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Kanuhura - Maldives
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kanuhura
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Lusaka
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“Picture Perfect...!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2011

We spent 10 nights in Kanuhura and we have no complaints. It was an unforgettable experience and everything was perfect. We stayed in beach villas and they were lovely, comfortable and spacious.The food was very good, we took the dine around full board package, although next time we would opt for the dine around half board. The staff at Kanuhura were very welcoming and went out of their way for us. The people at the sun dive centre were extremely helpful and encouraging and we have lots of fantastic memories from our experiences. It took us a while to decide where we wanted to go - and we have no regrets, Kanuhura was the right choice. The beach line, accommodation, service and everything else was top notch. We do hope to visit Kanuhura again soon!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2011

A large part of me doesn't want to write this review as I want to keep Kanuhura as our delicious, gorgeous secret.... but having read the (allbeit very few) negative reviews I now feel compelled to put the record straight!

We recently returned to Kanuhura for our sixth time to celebrate my "big" birthday, and I'm so happy we did.

We have travelled the world extensively and stayed in some amazing resorts but never have we stayed anywhere that allows us to just go "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..." within the first few hours of arriving. As with most people, that's something that normally takes a good three to four days... but not here!

The Island is just breathtaking in every sense, but in addition the WHOLE team of staff, from top to bottom level are just bursting with warmth and commitment to ensure everyone's stay is as perfect as possible.

Yes, maybe the fit out within the accomodation is no longer the most sumptious or high-tech that you may find in the Maldives, (the Management are already on top of this) but this is a place with a serious heart... and that you can never argue with.

Never have I felt safer - either physically or materially - so I would question anyone's word with regard to honesty or God forbid, theft - and when I mention physical safety, that absolutely includes my seven year old daughter spending hours playing with any number of staff members, both male and female without us having any qualms or concerns whatsoever.

I can only assume those few negative revues are from people on a parallel universe when they talk of the Management Team not caring less, being around and visible, or having any interest in moving forward with the resort.

Nothing can be further from the truth, Vladimir Scanu is always very visible around and about the Island. He is completely charming and has that rare knack as a General Manager with a huge job, of making you feel you are the only guests on the Island
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And when I say that he and his team really go the extra mile to exceed expectation you just have to believe me... as sixth time returners we have no reason to fabricate!!

Kanuhura is every bit as good under the Management of Sun Resorts as it was with One and Only, and we have experienced it under both.

So... for anyone who prefers the type of slick and glossy 5* resort which is actually identical to any other around the world, (I'm talking here about that superficial identikit type of resort which may have a winning formula - but absolutely NO soul) then this may not be the place for you - but if you want a true taste of Maldivian paradise that makes you cry afresh every time you leave it - then this is the place to go.

Oh and finally... for that intrepid traveller who prefers, and is heading back to Kuredu.... well I think you made a good choice...

Room Tip: Remember to choose from the "sunset" or "sunrise" side of the island
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2011

We were very happy to spend our romantic hideaway there. Villas are maybe not state-of-art and some equipment needs renovation but still in a good condition. The food was excellent. I would like to outline very good management - you feel the real hospitality in this hotel. Without any doubts I recommend this hotel to anybody.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2011

We went to this resort for our honeymoon in May 2011. From the minute we landed at Male airport till we went back to depart, our experience was absolutely fantastic!

We were collected by a staff member from the airport, taken to Kanuhura's own waiting lodge where we were treated to a refreshing drink while we waited for our seaplane transfer to the resort itself.

After arriving at the resort, we were allocated to our villa, which was beautiful. The villa was on the beach, and we had a very quiet secluded area away from everything. The only thing that bugged me was the noise from the waves... the beach was huge and we had a lot of privacy.

The resort has three restaurant areas and one bar. The bar provides drinks as well as food, and you can play board games, smoke sheesha on the beach lying on a bed... or a chair... The main restaurant carried different themes each night, and the food was simply amazing. Some of the best I have had anywhere in the world!

The staff at this place are happy, and always happy to help as much as possible. It is almost as though they are on holiday themselves, having a good time with us. We bonded well with all of them and cannot put in to words how wonderful they were.

Upon mentioning the noise from the waves to the manager, he came over to visit us about our 'concern'.. he took us for a ride in a buggy to different parts of the resort. We found that the water villas were most amazing and we said we would like to upgrade. He said he would check if there was availability. 20 minutes later - we were given a free upgrade!

We tried snorkelling which was a great experience, but the highlight would be when we tried the Januhura island experience. We got picked up just before sunset on a boat from the back of our water villa... on arrival to the island, we were greeted by two chefs and a waiter... there was nobody else on the island. We went for a walk with a drink in hand, found a quiet spot and watched the sunset. Later we had some dinner on the beach under the stars, relaxed with some tea, listening to my ipod on their speaker system... then went back home when we were ready.

This island is proffessionaly managed, a fantastic example of what a 5 star resort should be and I recommend it 100% - you simply cannot go wrong with this.

One of my worries when looking for resorts was that I didn't want to be upset on my honeymoon, its a once in a lifetime moment, and comes at a great cost. The staff at this resort realise this, and made sure there were no disappointments throughout our stay. Even one day when it was a bit dull, they had a wet day back up plan - activities to do while the weather is not great... they set up games and parties in the bar, a cinema show, reading classes, massages etc... amazing!

5 stars ALL the way for this place. Cannot think how to fault this place. One word - AMAZING!

Room Tip: Ask to be on the side opposite reception (Near to the water villas) Although the beach space is less...
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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iow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2011

Wow our trip to paradise, Kanuhura truly is amazing and from the bottom of my heart i will try to tell you why it truly is paradise and our best holiday ever. From arriving in Male we where met straight away and taken to the Kanuhura departure lounge which straight away makes you feel relaxed , nothing is to much trouble, we where given lovely iced tea while we waited for our air taxi and they sorted our passports etc ,followed by cold towels to refresh us and lovely coffee we set off to the island, this was an amazing experience flying over the atolls which all look stunning surrounded by the clearest sea and whitest sands, after a 35 min trip We where met by the manager Vladimir Scanu (lovely guy ) and some of his team .Check in was easy as most of paperwork was done at the lounge before, while preparing to take you to your villa we where given a lemongrass drink made from the chefs garden, delicious ! we stayed in a beach villa number 123 on the sunrise side of the island, i would recommend this side as its nearer to walk out to sea , more fish for snorkelling , quieter ,rooms 120-126 are the best,we did think about a water villa and had alook around one but preferred being able to walk out onto the beach and less noisy from the ocean although they are still lovely .We where taken to our villa by buggy, no cars on island just little sand paths, you dont need to wear any shoes on the island we didnt all week it was lovely ( no shoes no news !! ) so they say !,Our butler met us there with our luggage and showed us around our villa a fantastic outside shower which i did shower under the stars ! Kanuhura chillout music playing from tv , that extra special little touch, a coffee maker which is refilled every day and bottles of water and ice left by your butler, also daily fruit which is a nice touch.Dvd playing ,very comfy bed and your own sunloungers outside with fresh towels put on them daily.John Png( ex assistant manager rooms division) a lovely man makes sure everything is comfortable for your entire stay and couldnt do enough for us. The food is excellent we went half board i would recommend this it includes all restaurants and food with the exception of lobster and wagyu beef and in villa dining, you cant take any alcohol into the Maldives, we had wine every evening with our meal which was about 40 usd depending on what you like and 15 usd for a bottle of water.Breakfast is at Thin Rah a buffett, the best breakfast buffett ever, i chose from 24 different kinds of fruit which they peel and cut for you, prosecco/ bucks fizz !! every thing you could possibly want for breakfast was available, with a egg cooking station to the best coffees, they have a morning newspaper which they print of in all languages .We didnt have lunch as so full except for one time when we went over on the little boat to their other little island Jenunuhura , that was lovely we where all alone on our little private island and the best snorkelling, reef sharks !! its only 5 min on the boat , they pick you up from your room and take you over.Lunch was delicious , they have a few sunbeds and towels there as well. Thin Rah is at night the best buffett ever , with themes every night, chinese, fish , italian ,cooking station, they will make anything you like, Sumudu here at thin rah is amazing , he always checks to see that everything is ok , a realy lovely man, also the head chef who has been there for 11 years and truly passionate about his food excels this buffett, it truly is mouthwatering food.Velhi cafe is a lovely setting , had steaks which where delicious, lovely little lights surrounding your table, very romantic. olive tree also very lovely where you are seated around the pool area. Before dinner there on certain nights there are aperitifs at aaram beach, veli beach in front of veli cafe , while you sit on the big comfy beds watching the sun go down , cocktails and a resident dj playing his decks behind you, so relaxing, also sunday night is nashaa club their own night club , fab club, great music and lighting .Wednesday is mojito party at the Handhuvaru bar , dj under the stars.Monday after dinner is crab racing , would recommend this at Handhuvaru bar. The management cocktail evening is a must you get to meet everyone and try some of their amazing cocktails.WE didnt do any trips in the day but the sundive centre does a snorkelling trip wich is supposed to be fantastic. We went on the sunset trip all on our own to the sounds of the Bodu Beru drums calling the dolphins with a glass of champagne in our hands watching the sun go down with 30-40 dolphins dancing around us, i will never forget this most romantic moment in my life !! Vladimir the manager told us to expect the unexpected !! he was right , so unexpected and so magical. While out there it was green tourism week, we planted our own tree wich was a lovely memory and cant wait to return and see how its doing, we also did the nature walk , very interesting , we where given some orchid cuttings to bring home, they have the most amazing orchids they grow on the island. Snorkelling is the best here in Kanuhura , we took our own as easier. You dont have to get all dressed up for dinner , i didnt even wear make up as by by candlelight ! so relaxing.On leaving the manager and team waved us off on the seaplane , we both cried !! we enjoyed our stay so much, we are Kanuhura fans now through and through ! So there you have it .... a truly magical holiday within the beautiful ambience of Kanuhura the paradise isle !! we miss you Kanuhura and cant wait to return.

Room Tip: sunset side rooms 120-126
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kanuhura - Maldives
Address: Kanuhura Resort
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Region: Maldives > Lhaviyani Atoll > Kanuhura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kanuhura
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Hotel Class:5 star — Kanuhura - Maldives 5*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kanuhura is a 5 star 94-room hotel owned by the prestigious hotel chain Sun Resorts Ltd. It is located in Lhaviyani toll to the North-East of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, a lush green island, one kilometer long and 200 meters wide. Entirely renovated in 2016 Kanuhura sets the tone for a new Maldivian Resort experience, living up the Gypset Lifestyle. With a scenic flight by seaplane Kanuhura can be reached within around 40 minutes from the International Airport at the Maldives capital, Male'. With two beautiful private islands, Kanuhura is a unique and exclusive hideaway with a wide range of facilities, bars, restaurants, wellness center with a spa, activities and sports. With 18 luxurious room types Kanuhura caters to every traveler's need and offers every accommodation type from stylish beach villas with plunge pool to water villas on stilts or even 3-bedroom Residences with absolute privacy. Kanuhura is a place of natural enchantment which has been created by Indian Ocean civilizations. The brand new resort celebrates the Gypset Lifestyle and invites to unwind in a relaxed and uncompromising atmosphere. At Kanuhura, guests may experience laid-back island life with a contemporary and stylish feel. . Member of "The Leading Hotels of the World" has been recently awarded World's Best Luxury Private Island Resort by World Luxury Hotels Award. ... more   less 
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