The Kanuhura Maldives orchid flowers again after two-year break

The Maldives ‘Island of Orchids’ Blooms Again

Not many hotels in the world can claim to have their own unique flower, but Kanuhura Maldives is the home of the Dendrobium Kanuhura, a rare golden yellow and orange orchid that flowers once a year. Bred especially for Kanuhura and officially registered as a unique flower by the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK, the orchid has just flowered for the first time since the luxury resort re-opened its doors in December 2016 following a full renovation.

Bred by the resort’s head gardener Nimal Fernando in Kanuhura’s orchid nursery, the Kanuhura orchid is just one of over 7,000 orchids on the island and can be seen in the resort’s orchid gardens which are open to hotel guests. Nature lovers will also want to take time to explore the extensive gardens on the 1.4km island which are lush with orchids planted among indigenous plants and coco palms. This richness of tropical greenery is reflected across the island with orchids in every guest villa alongside beautiful greenery outdoors.

Nimal Fernando with Kanuhura Maldives orchid
Nimal Fernando with Kanuhura Maldives orchid

As the resort heads into its high season (January through to May) with the postcard-perfect weather, luxury travellers can book themselves a bargain stay of 15% off best rates for early bird bookings and an additional 15% off room rates when staying seven nights or more. Room rates begin at US$1,014 per night for two in a Beach Bungalow on bed and breakfast basis in January.

About Kanuhura Maldives: Set across three islands – two deserted islands and Kanuhura itself – the celebrated resort reopened in December 2016 after an 18-month full renovation, winning recognition from Conde Nast Traveller as one of the world’s top hotel renovations. Inge Moore of the London-based luxury hospitality studio Muza Lab in collaboration with Hirsch Bedner Associates redesigned the private island resort in the Lhaviyani atoll as a paradise for the world’s free-spirited jetsetters. One of the largest islands in the Maldives at 1.4km in length, Kanuhura has only 80 thatched-roof villas scattered throughout its untamed tropical interior and on stilts over the requisite turquoise lagoon.

Kilometres of unspoilt beaches slope gently into the warm ocean while the two deserted islands are reached by a picturesque 5-minute boat trip, or can be waded to at low tide. Eight restaurants and bars offer a world of dining, including the not-to-be-missed Chef’s Herb Garden where candlelit dégustation dinners are served in the heart of the herb garden.

About Sun Resorts:

Sun Resorts is part of the Sun Limited ‘Hotel Management’ Cluster. It owns and manages 4 hotels in Mauritius (La Pirogue Resort & Spa, Sugar Beach Resort & Spa, Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Ambre Resort & Spa) and the iconic Ile aux Cerfs a leisure island on which is nestled a championship golf course designed by Bernhard Langer. In the Maldives, Sun owns and operates Kanuhura Maldives, a member of Leading Hotels of the World luxury collection.

From Private Islands to A Barefoot Great Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve Party in the Maldives

Luxury resort Kanuhura Maldives rolls out its festive program, which includes bespoke festive options for luxury travelers. Highlights of the Christmas and New Year high season include gourmet dining across its eight restaurants and bars culminating in a stunning poolside Christmas Eve gala dinner and a Great Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve party on the beach complete with live band, DJ and fireworks at midnight. The New Year’s Eve party dress code is white tie, ball gown and bare feet for better dancing the night away in the sand.  A champagne bar in the sand will be in full flow, as will the team of 35 kitchen chefs who’ll be cooking up a range of gourmet temptations from locally caught lobster and seafood to the finest foods from around the world.

In keeping with the five-star resort’s gypset concept [a combination of gypsy and jet-set which describes a lifestyle that blends the vibrant free-spirited life of the world-traveler and the sophistication of jetsetters], celebrations will be both luxurious and unpretentious with the many beautiful locations on the island being showcased at their very best. For many guests, it’s the range of tailor-made events in unique locations where Kanuhura stands out from the herd. For example, guests can choose to arrange breakfast at a table in the water in the lagoon; or they may prefer a dégustation dinner inside the Chef’s Herb Garden in the glow of twinkling lights and the stars above. The resort’s wine cellar can be booked for private festive dinners for up 12 while the free-spirited traveler may prefer celebrating on one of the two deserted islands off the tip of Kanuhura which can be booked exclusively for their own use.

Kanuhura Maldives has two- and three-bedroomed villas making it the perfect choice for a festive family getaway in the sun. Better yet, children under 12 can stay and eat for free when staying in the same villa as the parents. Families can expect a full program of daily activities including a visit from Santa Claus on 25th December delivering gifts to children and teens. Parents can enjoy a truly relaxing break while the kids’ club for children aged four to eleven keeps younger guests occupied with daily events that include pirate cruises, watersports, nature walks and cooking classes.  Room rates start at US $866 per night for a Beach Bungalow on bed and breakfast basis in December.

About Kanuhura Maldives

Set across three islands – two deserted islands and Kanuhura itself – the celebrated resort reopened in December 2016 after an 18-month full renovation, winning recognition from Conde Nast Traveller as one of the world’s top hotel renovations.  Inge Moore of the London-based luxury hospitality studio Muza Lab in collaboration with Hirsch Bedner Associates redesigned the private island resort as a paradise for the world’s free-spirited jetsetters.  One of the largest islands in the Maldives at 1.4km in length, Kanuhura has only 80 thatched-roof villas scattered throughout its untamed tropical interior and on stilts over the requisite turquoise lagoon. Kilometers of unspoilt beaches slope gently into the warm ocean while the two deserted islands are reached by a picturesque 5-minute boat trip. Eight restaurants and bars offer a world of dining, including the not-to-be-missed Chef’s Herb Garden where candlelit dégustation dinners are served in the heart of the herb garden. Kokaa Spa has one of the largest treatment menus in the country and has won two awards: ‘Best Spa in the World 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller and ‘Luxury Island Resort Spa’ by the Luxury Spa Awards 2017. Kanuhura Maldives is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.

About Sun Resorts

Sun Resorts is part of the Sun Limited ‘Hotel Management’ Cluster. It owns and manages 4 hotels in Mauritius (La Pirogue Resort & Spa, Sugar Beach Resort & Spa, Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Ambre Resort & Spa) and the iconic Ile aux Cerfs a leisure island on which is nestled a championship golf course designed by Bernhard Langer. In the Maldives, Sun owns and operates Kanuhura Maldives, a member of Leading Hotels of the World luxury collection.

No more ‘bored at the beach’ as Kanuhura Maldives reimagines luxury travel as a carefree paradise for free spirited travellers

Those who are tempted by a luxury break in the Maldives and want more from their holiday than a good tan need to take a look at Kanuhura Maldives.  In keeping with its “gypset” style [a combination of gypsy and jet-set which describes a lifestyle that blends the vibrant free-spirited life of the gypsy and the speed and opulence of jetsetters] the private-island resort has created over 50 activities, which is in addition to eight restaurants and bars and an active childrens’ club. All this in a five-star setting and some of the longest and widest beaches in the country.

Designed for guests who want to be free, unconventional, and in the moment; activities vary from castaway picnics on a deserted island – Kanuhura has two such islands that are exclusively for the use of its guests – to Maldivian warrior workouts, piloxing and outdoor cinema under the stars.  All have been created for the playful guest who demands both luxury and style that matches their bohemian lifestyle and modern sophistication.

Turning convention on its head, activities at Kanuhura have a free-spirited appeal.  For example, every guest has their own bicycle to explore the island, which at 1.4km is one of the largest in the Maldives, while the boxing ring is set on the beach and has an inspiring lagoon view. Two beachfront bars offer a full range of tropical tipples by resident mixologists, but the individualist mix-it-yourself traveler is also welcome to create their own concoctions under a teepee on the beach. World-travelers who want to learn how the locals used to stay fit, can sweat it out during a Maldivian warrior workout inspired by the traditions of the Maldives before the invention of gyms and air-conditioning.  In addition to a visit to the gym, tennis or squash courts, those who want to work out in the heart of Mother Nature can enjoy a full body workout by stand-up paddle boarding across the resort’s lagoon or joining the resident personal trainer for an early morning jog around the island. A full range of watersports activities, fishing, snorkeling and diving are on hand for water babies.

At Kanuhura it’s not only about physical exercise, however: peaceful moments are a daily option with complimentary meditation and yoga classes led by the resident yogi and a full range of further yoga classes for all levels.

Foodies are well catered for with a choice of eight restaurants and bars around the island.  An absolute must-do is a visit to Drift, a café-grill on a deserted island adjoining Kanuhura reached by a five-minute boat ride. Here tables and chairs are adrift on the beach under shady palm trees while hermit crabs, rabbits, hens and their chicks wander through the untamed jungle-like interior of the tiny island. This is a true Robinson Crusoe style escape that’s a million miles from the stresses of everyday life.

Activities at Kanuhura Maldives:

  1.  Castaway picnic on a deserted island
  2.  Two private deserted islands for day visits, snorkeling, exploring.
  3.  “Gypset” sunset drinks in teepee on the beach
  4.  Maldivian warrior workout
  5.  Piloxing – (Pilates and boxing)
  6.  Functional fitness classes
  7.  Outdoor cinema under the stars
  8.  Nature walk around the island
  9.  Coconut tree climbing show
  10.  Visit to Kanuhura’s orchid gardens
  11.  Dolphin & manta safaris by speed boat
  12.  Visit to a local Maldivian village to see island life and the turtle sanctuary
  13.  Traditional Maldivian hand line fishing
  14. Fly fishing
  15. Big game fishing
  16. Beach boot camp
  17. Magical sunset cruise
  18. Private boat hire
  19. Jet skis and jet-lev flyer
  20. Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)
  21. Windsurfing
  22. Canoeing
  23. Wakeboarding, mono-skiing and waterskiing
  24. Catamaran sailing
  25. Banana boat and fun tubes
  26. Morning jogging
  27. Pilates
  28. Personal fitness training
  29. Circuit training
  30. Kick boxing
  31.  Beach boxing
  32. Beach Zumba
  33. Aqua fitness
  34. Meditation
  35. Yoga
  36. Swimming in the lagoon
  37. Snorkeling excursions to coral reefs
  38. Diving to over 40 incredible dive sites
  39. Turtle hatching on Kanuhura’s beaches – seasonal
  40. Tennis and tennis coaching
  41.  Squash
  42. Hermit crab racing
  43. Cooking classes
  44. Wine tasting sessions with sommelier
  45. Whisky tasting
  46.  Coffee and chocolate mixology
  47.  Full moon dinner on the beach
  48. “Dig In” dining on the beach
  49.  Picnics – ‘grab and go’ from The Deli
  50.  Spa –  one of the widest choices of treatments in the country
  51.  Sauna, jet & plunge pool, steam room
  52.  Hair & beauty salon
  53.  Wedding ceremonies
  54.  Indoor games room (pool table, table tennis, table soccer, darts, board games, video games, card games)
  55.  Eating well: eight restaurants and bars
  56.  Kids’ club with daily activities program

About Kanuhura Maldives: Set across three islands – two deserted islands and Kanuhura itself – the celebrated resort reopened in December 2016 after an 18-month full renovation, winning recognition from Conde Nast Traveller as one of the world’s top hotel renovations. Inge Moore of the London-based luxury hospitality studio Muza Lab in collaboration with Hirsch Bedner Associates redesigned the private island resort as a paradise for the world’s free-spirited jetsetters.  One of the largest islands in the Maldives at 1.4km in length, Kanuhura has only 80 thatched-roof villas scattered throughout its untamed tropical interior and on stilts over the requisite turquoise lagoon. Kilometers of unspoilt beaches slope gently into the warm ocean while the two deserted islands are reached by a picturesque 5-minute boat trip. Eight restaurants and bars offer a world of dining, including the not-to-be-missed Chef’s Herb Garden where candlelit dégustation dinners are served in the heart of the herb garden. Kokaa Spa has one of the largest treatment menus in the country and has won two awards: ‘Best Spa in the World 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller and ‘Luxury Island Resort Spa’ by the Luxury Spa Awards 2017. Kanuhura Maldives is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.

About Sun Resorts: Sun Resorts is part of the Sun Limited ‘Hotel Management’ Cluster. It owns and manages 4 hotels in Mauritius (La Pirogue Resort & Spa, Sugar Beach Resort & Spa, Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Ambre Resort & Spa) and the iconic Ile aux Cerfs a leisure island on which is nestled a championship golf course designed by Bernhard Langer. In the Maldives, Sun owns and operates Kanuhura Maldives, a member of Leading Hotels of the World luxury collection.

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Kanuhura Maldives to open in December

Located on one of the most unique and unspoilt beaches in the Maldives, Kanuhura will reopen its doors on 1 December, following an 18-month closure and multi-million-pound renovation.

The resort will have a bohemian and Gypset spirit, appealing to those travellers seeking laid-back island living. To reflect the essence of the island, Erin Wasson, international supermodel and jewellery designer has been chosen to be the face of Kanuhura, Maldives.

Just 35 minutes from Malé International Airport by seaplane, this private island resort will offer 94 elegant villas and suites, all situated along the beach or on pilings above the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. All villas and suites will have sea views, with either direct access to their own private beach area, or a wooden staircase leading straight into the crystal clear waters of the lagoon.

Water Villa, Kanuhura Maldives
Kanuhura Maldives

The interiors will feature colourful soft furnishings, complete with soft lighting, timber flooring and delicate scents that permeate a holistic sanctuary throughout the resort.  

Once open, Kanuhura will offer guests a wide selection of dining options, bars and activities to include yoga, fishing, watersports, tennis and a spa and wellness centre.  

The Kokaa Spa and Wellness Retreat will be an exclusive sanctuary for those seeking the ultimate in pampering and relaxation. Elegant, nature-inspired décor, delicate scents, soft fabrics and the purest ingredients will combine to uplift the body and mind. The spa will feature six single and three couples treatment rooms, an outdoor beachside spa pavilion, beauty salon, sauna, steam room and cold plunge pool, as well as a fully equipped state of the art gym, aerobics and hatha yoga studio. Products used will be locally sourced using natural marine elements from the Indian Ocean.

Ten exquisite culinary experiences throughout the resort will include:

A MANO – All day dining designed with the aesthetic of local market food stalls offering a variety of cuisines, using fresh produce and exotic local ingredients.

FOGO – Brazilian cuisine offering a selection of grilled meats and fresh seafood with a barbeque and kitchen at its core. DHONI FLOATING RESTAURANT – sunset cruise on board a traditional Maldivian Dhoni where a selection of oysters, caviar, crustaceans and champagne will be served.

DAGAS – A modern interpretation of fusion cuisine from the many rich cultures of the Maldives.

CHEFS HERB GARDEN – Set amidst a beautiful hanging vegetable garden, a large communal table becomes the focal point to enjoy lunch or dinner using the finest freshly picked herbs. Cookery classes will also take place here.   

Guests at Kanuhura will also have exclusive access to Jehunuhura private island, whereby a pristine sandy beach and a small manicured ‘jungle’ landscape will give a true Robinson Crusoe feel to this little piece of paradise. Guests will be able to eat lunch or dinner or experience private spa treatments and yoga sessions on the island, accessible only by boat from the resort.  

Water Villa, Kanuhura Maldives
Kanuhura Maldives

Kanuhura has its own Marine Biology Research Centre, which is dedicated to coral reef ecology and conservation, through an ambitious and extensive research programme. Guests of all ages will be encouraged to participate and interact with the onsite marine biologist to learn about what they do and to raise awareness of the ocean conservation.

Unlike many other resorts in the Maldives, Kanuhura’s K Club will have something to offer everyone and will cater to kids aged 4-17. Activities on offer daily will include snorkeling, fishing, cooking classes, football and much more. The resort also has a selection of villas that will cater to large and multi-generational families travelling together.

Opening rates will start from $380 per person based on two sharing a Beach Bungalow on a bed & breakfast basis, inclusive of all taxes. This rate includes a special 20% launch offer discount, valid on all bookings from 1 December 2016 – 30 April 2017.

Kanuhura Maldives

Kanuhura Maldives, precious island languidly set on the warm Indian Ocean, in the middle of the bright atolls of the Maldives, can be described as a unique “timeless castaway chic experience” for travellers seeking laid-back island living at its best with a contemporary and stylish feel. Award winning Kanuhura Maldives, one of the first luxury resorts in the Maldives, offers the most unique experience to its visitors.

Time is all yours on this small island. Every moment is a point of pleasure, a celebration of nature, on this hideaway. The resort is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World place of beautiful and natural enchantment which has been created by Indian Ocean civilisations. At Kanuhura, guests may experience successful laid-back island living with a contemporary and stylish feel. Kanuhura clearly stands out among other hotels of the Maldives as an indigenous and elegant hideaway with a contemporary feel and stylish service. The island boasts unrivalled natural beauty and offers natural aesthetic features with uncompromising five star luxury facilities and services.