Kanuhura, Maldives – a secret hideaway of barefoot luxury.
Discovered among the verdant atolls of the Maldives – pearls set in the blue.
The secluded and tranquil island resort of Kanuhura, Maldive, a five-star
luxury resort, reopened with a fresh look on 15 October 2005 following a
four-month refurbishment. Famed for its laid-back luxury and authentic,
natural Maldivian charm, the award-winning Kanuhura offers the highest
standards of accommodation, service and culinary experience. Every
effort has been made to retain the natural beauty of the island and
wherever possible, employ the use of only natural materials.
The resort is located on a slim, oval island, one kilometre long and 200 metres wide, in the north-
eastern part of Lhaviyani Atoll, to the north of Male’. The coral island is blessed with white
powder beaches, coconut and palm trees, and crystal clear turquoise waters of the Indian
To ensure that every guest is made to feel extra special, personal villa hosts are assigned to cater
to all their needs. Kanuhura is a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World, and has
attained several international awards including “Maldives Leading Hotel”, “Best Hotel Spa in
Africa, Middle and Indian Ocean” and “Hideaway of the Year”.
Republic of Maldives – 1,200 islands in the sun
The Republic of Maldives, more than a thousand coral islands spread across a huge area of ocean
to the south of the Indian Sub-continent, has always attracted traders and sea powers. The Arabs
came for cowries, the Portuguese set up a trading post, the Dutch, French and British all took their
turn. Today the islands live on tourism, fishing and shipping. There are over 90 resorts, each on its
own island, kept separate from islands with local populations. Over 60 per cent of visitors to the
islands come to scuba dive.
Geography and Climate
Located to the west of Sri Lanka, the 26 natural atolls, which make up the Maldives, contain
some 1,200 coral islands, infinite sandbanks and reefs that stretch 820 km across the equator
from North to South, and 120 km east to west. With such an assemblage spread over an area of
90,000 square km in the Indian Ocean, it is interesting to note that only 200 of these islands are
inhabited, while an additional 90 have been converted into resorts.
Tropical in climate with two significant seasons; the north-east monsoon, from
December to May, is light and fairly dry, while the south-west monsoon, from June to
November, occasionally brings brief downpours followed by sunshine.
All tourists receive a 30 day entry permit upon arrival. Passports must be valid for at least six
months. There is no Malaria in Maldives and no vaccinations are required, unless visitors have
recently been to a yellow fever area.
Location and Transfer
Kanuhura is located on the eastern rim of Lhaviyani Atoll, just 150
km, or 93 miles, from Maldives’ capital Male’ and is reachable by a
40-minute flight by seaplane. Privately managed Maldivian Air Taxi
Services is the appointed carrier that transports guests to and from
Kanuhura and Male’.
Touching down in paradise, at Kanuhura, Maldives
At Kanuhura, a guest’s holiday doesn’t just begin once they set foot on the beautiful 200 m-long
resort jetty. It begins when they arrive at Male’ International Airport, to be welcomed by dedicated
resort representatives, transferred by a private minibus for the short ride to
the seaplane terminal, and settled into Kanuhura’s air-conditioned private
Keema Lounge where refreshments are offered before embarking on a 40-
minute seaplane journey to Kanuhura. Check-in is done in comfort and
their luggage is transferred directly to the plane after weighing. Guests are
then escorted onto the seaplane jetty and into one of the Maldivian Air
Taxi (MAT) red De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft made famous in the
Maldives by their “barefoot pilots”, who, despite their casual appearance, operate a schedule like
clockwork to fit in with international arrivals and departures.
A breathtaking flight over the hundreds of pearl-like islands of the
Maldives that dot the turquoise shallows and midnight blue depths of the
Indian Ocean is completed when guests touchdown in style on the
shallow waters of the resort’s large private lagoon, to be greeted by staff
waiting on the expansive wooden jetty.
The path of the jetty continues across the island, bisecting it neatly into the main resort area on one
side – with a large freeform freshwater pool, two restaurants, a poolside beach bar, the award-
winning spa, and some Beach Villas – and the other at the northern tip, with water sports centre,
night club, a shoreside restaurant, further Beach Villas and Duplexes. It then extends out beyond
the opposite eastern shore, splitting into two runs of stilted Water Villas and Grand Water Villas set
over the lagoon, all of which feature individual verandas with wooden steps that lead down into the
water. Beach Villas are dotted along both lengths of the island, opening out onto the fine white sand
and azure sea.
Kanuhura has a special aura that embraces guests as soon as they step on to the arrival jetty from
the seaplane. The casual elegance of the island is preserved with the choice
of natural materials and a colour palette pulled from the sea.
Private beach or private water – the choice is yours
Kanuhura has 100 villas and five categories, all with sea views and either
access to their own white sand beach or a private wooden staircase leading
straight down into the clear waters of the lagoon.
The overwhelming impression as guests enter a villa is of a retreat from the sun, sand and sea; and
yet the view through the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors is always out to the mesmerising ocean.
Extensive use of hand-crafted wood, raffia, bamboo and other natural materials creates an elegant
rustic interior befitting the naturally beautiful island surroundings. The king-size customised bed is
draped with sheer fabric overhead and bed linen of the finest Egyptian cotton; soft furnishings are of
linen and slub cotton in earth tones with splashes of hot tropical colours; lights are dimmed with
sand-coloured shades and the walls are decorated with themed prints.
A romantic stage will be set in the refurbished villas with back-lit gauzy
cream and copper coloured linen draped behind the headboard and
suspended over driftwood poles above the bed. The cream coloured bed
cover becomes a backdrop for brightly hued cushions embellished with
organza flowers fashioned after those found on the island. The pattern of the
cotton and linen bed throw is inspired from Maldivian woven grass rugs.
Furniture pieces are hand crafted with chiselled wood and bamboo
textures. The wardrobe and dressing areas have natural light filtering
through the laminated glass and raffia double doors leading into the open-air bathroom. Sandstone
stepping stones lead guests to the open-air shower, or they can enjoy an aromatherapy bath in the
kidney shaped freestanding tub.
Thatched individual 68 Beach Villas (62 square metres), partially refurbished, ring the island’s sand
fringe, and feature a decked terrace leading to a private stretch of beach, in front of the lagoon with
a large thatched umbrella and wooden sun loungers. Lush foliage between the villas provides
Five further villas are arranged into Beach Duplexes (132 square metres), a
pair of two villas joined together with connecting doors between the
bedrooms, allowing for privacy. Interconnecting bedrooms are with en suite
bathrooms and a large beach front and separate decked verandas. Duplex
villas are perfect for families or friends travelling together.
There are also two Grand Beach Villas (188 square metres), with their own gates and private
courtyards, are exclusive furnished. One double and one twin bedroom, each with large en-suite
bathroom with free shaped Jacuzzi bath, are separated by a generous living room and pantry with
dining table. They feature large veranda and wide beachfront, ideal for families or those requiring
Out on the water, set along mighty sun-bleached wooden stilts stretching
from the centre of the island, are 18 Water Villas (125 square metres),
and two Grand Water Villas (135 square metres), all fully refurbished.
Below these platforms swims an array of sea life, clearly visible under two
metres of water. Terracotta pots along the walkway hold water and
coconut ladles, for rinsing off sandy feet. The spacious villas have infinite
views across the Indian Ocean and a large newly extended decked veranda with sun loungers and
an outdoor dining area. Perched just above the ocean, each villa has a wooden stairway with
handrails leading directly into the inviting waters of the lagoon where the depth allows for a
refreshing swim or exploratory snorkel at any time of day - the sea is at your doorstep. The charm
of the Water Villas is not only their setting, but their detail. The rooms are light and airy, yet
remain protected from prying eyes by curving plastered walls and, on the reef side, by high wooden
shutter screens. The large bathrooms have openings in the floor so that guests can watch the fish
pass beneath them. Grand Water Villas feature a separate living room.
All bedrooms feature a separate dressing room area with extensive hanging space,
deep drawer units and dressing table area. The spacious semi open-air bathrooms,
which can be screened off from the weather by roll-down blinds of split bamboo,
feature twin basins, freeform stone baths big enough for two and a shower beneath
the sky. Towels are huge and comforting, separate beach towels are provided, and
amenities are from Lady Primrose. All villas come with air conditioning, ceiling fan,
colour satellite television, el-safe, DVD and stereo player, IDD telephone, high-
speed Broadband Internet connection, private in-villa bar, coffee/Tea making
facility, private veranda and hand-crafted king-sized bed with Egyptian cotton linen
and customised Sealy Posturepedic mattress. Guests are looked after by a personal
Villa Host during their stay.
Fusion food and entertainment at Kanuhura, Maldives
Thin Rah, a large airy restaurant with its fold-back louvre
windows, immense thatched roof with inverted funnels letting in
the light and air, and outdoor eating area with sand floor and view of the main
pool and lagoon, serving the best of European and Asian cuisine for breakfast and
dinner. As well as extensive outdoor seating for dining with your feet in the sand,
Thin Rah has three open-sided indoor pavilions, each with a distinct theme and
ambience and new furniture and lighting throughout. The central buffet area has
a contemporary-rustic Indian element, offering Asian grills and Middle Eastern
fare ranging from regional curries and wok-fried noodles to shawarma’s and
couscous. Flowing into a Mediterranean theme, the rear seating area boasts a spectacular free-
standing temperature-controlled wine display holding more than 800 bottles of specially selected
wines and Champagnes. Both areas feature hand-blown glass screen sculptures under the peaked
thatched roofs. Nightly international buffets with live cooking stations offer an array of cuisines:
Maldivian, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Oriental, Italian and Continental European. The
breakfast buffets are a delight in their size and variety, with eggs, omelettes, pancakes and waffles
freshly cooked to order, and a daily selection of more than 15 different breads and pastries.
The Mediterranean-influenced à la carte Olive Tree is open for lunch and dinner.
‘Cuisines of the sun’ are offered for lunch, including light salads, fresh gnocchi and
pasta, grills, and classic and creative pizza wraps inspired by the flavours of southern
Italy. Poolside open-air tables and a breezy interior offer shady refuge by day, while
in the evening an intimate atmosphere is created when the lights dim and
candlelight glimmers. An open pizza oven, fresh handmade pasta and chef’s
specialities make for a tempting menu. Reminiscent of true Italian style, Olive Tree’s
dessert menu revolves around fabulous home-made ‘Gelataria’ ice cream. An
impressive range of Rosé and Pinot Grigio complement this truly Italian experience.
Candlelit romance on the shores of the Indian Ocean sets the tone for
Veli Café, open only for dinner, with its elegantly decorated timber tables
and chairs set amidst the palm trees on the beachside wooden terrace or
on the sand. An extensive choice of carefully selected crisp or fruity wines
make the perfect accompaniment to an array of some of the chef’s
personal creations using fresh seafood from the Maldivian atolls fused
with spices, pickles and sauces to form a delectable Asian fusion cuisine. the Guests can take in the
mesmerising lights of myriad stars while indulging in an array of unique desserts inspired by the
flavours of the region.
A private island getaway is just minutes boat ride away from Kanuhura - across a
300-metre shallow lagoon channel, just a five-minute boat ride, is the resort’s
neighbouring uninhabited islet of Jehunuhura. A pristine powder-fine sand beach
and a small manicured ‘jungle’ interior give a true Robinson Crusoe feel to this little
piece of paradise. Guests can find tranquillity and privacy while settling themselves
under a thatched umbrella with cushioned sun loungers. Picnic lunches can be
arranged to enjoy a day out.
When the sun sets, this neighbouring desert island becomes the perfect location
for private parties or romantic hideaways for two, with lavish Champagne dinners
served under the stars. Resort staff can create the ultimate magical occasion with
barbecues, bonfires and Bodu Beru (traditional Maldivian drum music and
dance) for a small group of friends, or an intimate candle-lit evening for couples.
Back on the main resort island, the spacious, partly sand-floored Handhuvaru Bar
on the other side of the pool from the two main restaurants has been dressed with
comfortable over-sized daybeds and chairs both in and outdoors, by the pool and on
the beachfront. The interior is with inviting, cozy seating and windows wide-open to
the daylight. On offer is a selection of sumptuous chilled smoothies enhanced with
frozen fruit purees, vitamin boosters made with fresh juices and uniquely flavoured
iced teas, as well as a full menu of creative cocktails as well as the Pool & Bar Menu
with all-day dining favourites. Handhuvaru also offers a selection of Cuban and
Dominican cigars. A selection of board and card games is also available. Evenings
are relaxed and chilled out with sheesha pipes, dancing candlelight and live music, and this is a
prime location for watching the sunset.
Next door, the air-conditioned Lava Lounge can be used as a private movie cinema with popcorn
or for watching big-screen sporting events during major world competitions, for karaoke
entertainment, or as a conference and meeting room (for up to 50 people, theatre-style). A range of
audio-visual equipment is available.
Nashaa Club is the Maldives’ first night club which may be the first to combine tropical ambience
with an up-to-date sound system, but it places equal importance on not disturbing the atmosphere
of the island. The club is located next to the Veli Café and behind the water sports centre, far from
the nearest Beach Villa, and is an enclosed venue, keeping the sound in as much as possible and the
temperature down for the dancers. The decor theme is Maldivian, with the long, curving bar
decorated with branches of coral, the walls swimming with fish and reef scenes; while the music
listing is international with current hits and old favourites expertly mixed.
A touch of Asia at one of the most extensive spas in the Maldives
Step away from the pool area and into the Spa at Kanuhura and the ultimate
experience immediately begins. At the Spa, new timber flooring, complementary
lighting concepts and a fresh colour palette for walls and fabrics offset new daybed
furnishings in the relaxation room. The moment guests enter this holistic
sanctuary, they find themselves in a serene world of delicate scents, low lighting
and natural marine products, where more than 40 different treatments are on offer
from trained therapists.
Everything about this Asian-style spa contributes to a sense of tranquility: aromatic scents,
surroundings of warm brown wood, billowing cotton on the ceiling, carved stone wall panels,
ornamental lilly ponds, bowls of water with floating frangipani petals, daybeds with cotton
turndowns, shady thatched roofs which admit natural daylight and a light sea breeze. With eight
treatment rooms, including four doubles for side-by-side couples treatments, as well as an outdoor
beachside spa pavillion, it is one of the Maldives’ most extensive spas.
Therapists are trained not only to perform treatments, but also to make guests feel as relaxed and
special as possible. That inclusive attitude extends to welcoming any guest who wishes to use the
steam rooms scented with lemon grass, or spend time in the saunas and plunge pools, whether
having a treatment or not; it’s all part of the spa experience. Therapist consult guests on individual
needs and recommend sequential treatments to harmonise and balance body and soul.
Try the signature massages such as: Maldivian Theyo Dhemun, a 90 minute massage of short, firm
strokes using local healing oils; Aromastone Massage, 90 minutes of gentle body massage, using
smooth, black stones from Bali with heat-holding properties. South East Asian therapists move as
lightly as feathers so that guests drift off on a tide of sensation.
Other treatments include a Polynesian Manawa Massage, salt or coconut based body scrubs,
nourishing body wraps and soothing, re-hydrating facials. The list totals more than 40 treatments.
Following each treatment, products are suggested for the guest’s skin type and condition, and they
are left to rest in the relaxation area with an uplifting cup of freshly brewed aromatic infusions such
as ginger with lemongrass, peppermint or jasmine with a side refreshment.
Products used feature aromatic blends of floral, herbal, fruit and marine based ingredients, and
massage oils are by Tropical Spa from Indonesia and Pevonia Botanica from the US. Best-sellers in
the spa shop include scented candles, incense and aromatherapy products.
The air-conditioned gymnasium boasts state-of-the-art equipment from Life
Fitness, while the spa’s weekly activity programme includes yoga,
meditation, stretching and classes, pilates – an innovative system of mind-
body exercise, and aerobics. There are also lessons in partner massages. A
personal trainer is available to tailor special fitness programmes for guests,
and private classes with an instructor can also be arranged. The spa also
offers a beauty salon, boutique, and separate steam bath, dry sauna, cold
plunge pool, and Jacuzzi, both for men and women.
A dream world for watersports enthusiasts at Kanuhura, Maldives
For those who wish to take a more active holiday, water sports and leisure activities are plentiful.
The resort lagoon and unexploited surrounding waters of Lhaviyani Atoll provide endless
opportunities for marine exploration, from scuba diving excursions and PADI certification courses
to guided snorkelling trips.
Water-sports enthusiasts can enjoy a wide range of activities offered at
the Dolphin Water Sports Centre, a member of the internationally
recognised Association of Windsurfing Schools in Germany, or VDWS
(Verband Deutscher Windsurf und Wassersport Schulen) run by
experienced German owners with the latest equipment. Windsurfing is
available on a complimentary basis, with tuition available at an extra cost. TopCats (Formula 2, K1
and K2) catamarans are available for hire, but sailors are required to do an orientation sail with an
instructor before setting off. For both windsurfing and catamaran sailing, beginners can choose to
do a resort or taster course lasting from four hours or an eight hour basic course, which leads to
certification (tuition fees apply). Other activities offered at the Water Sports Centre include wake-
boards, tubes, banana-boats, canoes, pedalos, speed boats and underwater scooters. Children are
also well catered for, with child-sized windsurfers, kayaks and water-skis, banana rides, fun tubes
and kneeboards. Catamaran and Banana rides are regularly on the Kids Club activity list.
While the snorkelling is superb at many spots around the island, with plenty of fish and live corals in
the shallow blue water of the lagoon, scuba divers will want to check out the Sun Dive Centre,
which has PADI Gold Palm certification. Lhaviyani Atoll has more than 40 excellent dive sites to
explore, including two wrecks and two Marine Protected Areas, all within easy reach of Kanuhura.
The dive centre offers a range of discovery or PADI certified diving courses, while experienced
divers may choose to do an underwater photography course, wreck or shark diving or other
specialty excursions such as Nitrox Diving (using enriched air, which allows diver a longer bottom
In the Maldives, a Big Game Fishing trip allows professional anglers and
beginners alike to indulge in the adventure of a lifetime, seeking out and
challenging some of the fastest and most testing large species fish in the
Indian Ocean. The professional team aboard the 31 ft (9.5 m) outrigger
‘Keyolha’ has insightful knowledge of the seas around. Kanuhura and
know well the habits of the magestic blue, black and striped marlin, wahoo and yellow fin tuna.
Guest’s catch of the day can be prepared by the resort chefs for lunch or dinner. The Keyolha crew
are members of the international Billfish Foundation and support Tag & Release of sailfish and
marlin. Other excursions available include traditional line fishing from a dhoni, and a Maldivian
island tour: visiting a local inhabited island, touring a tuna packing facility, speedboat trips and
marine safaris to see dolphins, private island picnic and sunset cruises.
On land there are two floodlit all-weather tennis courts and an air-conditioned squash court. Peter
Bullwash International tennis pro is available for coaching or partnering. An air-conditioned games
room with table tennis, billiards, darts and table football as well as the Lafuz Library. DVD movies
are available on request. Next to the games room and library is newly launched Haruge – “Shelter
for Dhonï” in the local language of Dhivehi. This Maldivian art and cultural centre provides guests
an insight to the unique local culture, offering displays of mat weavers, goldsmiths and lacquer
artists as well as demonstrations of handcrafting local souvenirs.
Kids kick back on the beach at Kids Club
Even on a tiny tropical island paradise, parents sometimes need their space.
Located at the southern end of the island is Kids Club, a complimentary
club facility catering to younger guests aged from two to eleven years
(children ages four and under should be accompanied by a parent or
babysitter). This gives mum and dad some time off for themselves, while providing fun-filled
entertainment for energetic youngsters.
Looked after by dedicated trained staff, the club features a large sand-filled playground, an enclosed
shallow swimming pool, while a dedicated beach area and lagoon are right next door. The full
programme of supervised activities includes building sand castles and crab kingdoms, island and
international games, fish feeding and shell hunting, nature walks, face painting and craft sessions, as
well as swimming and learning watersports (from age six upwards, with parental consent).
Kids Club is open daily from 9am to 10pm. The clubhouse décor has a
colourful marine theme with sea life murals adorning the walls, and makes
the perfect shady refuge from action-packed fun in and out of the sun.
Upon registering, new Kids Club members receive a welcome gift pack, and
a farewell present upon departure. Trained babysitters can be arranged for
daytime or evening sessions upon request at an extra charge.
Two - Six Year Olds
Coloured sand art, mini-beach Olympics, mask making, sand castle competition, salt dough
modelling, finger painting, cookie decorating, nature walks and ballgames.
Seven - 11 Year Olds
Pirate games, treasure hunts, water games, table tennis and billiards, ice cream parties, pizza
making, mask creations and wind-surfing, waterskiing, banana rides and snorkelling with kid-sized
equipment (some activities may be chargeable and require parental consent).
This way for a Robinson Crusoe wedding…
Kanuhura is already one of the most romantic settings in the world, and the
resort and its staff do their utmost to make every couple’s special day
completely unique and special. With the resort’s spectacular setting, the
celebration can only be magical. Couples have a choice of three styles of
wedding in different venues, and they need only to express their wishes to
the resort Wedding Coordinator who will create the wedding of their dreams. It should be noted
that this is a ceremonial, rather than legal, wedding: couples exchange vows in front of a Maldivian
Master of Ceremonies and celebrate with the feast of their choice. Photography and video packages
can be arranged upon request.
Romantic Infinity Wedding
Five minutes from the resort jetty lies a beautiful coral island, Jehunuhura, where a gazebo has been
made out of palm fronds and the beach decorated by nature with shells and crabs. The day starts
in the Spa, where the bride has a full facial, manicure, pedicure and make-up, before joining the
groom for the speedboat ride to the island. Carried to shore by two members of staff in Maldivian
sarongs and greeted by the boduberu, a traditional dance with drums, they pass under an arch of
palm leaves to the ceremony, where they exchange vows in front of a Maldivian Master of
Ceremonies. After photographs, they take their place in the gazebo for a candlelit wedding feast,
before returning to their specially decorated villa. In the morning, they may wake late to a
Maldivian Sunset Wedding
Again, the day begins with a bridal visit to the Spa, and the bride and groom later meet either in
the barefoot surroundings of the Veli Café or at the end of the sunset jetty. For the Maldivian
ceremony the groom dons a Maldivian sarong and white shirt, and the bride a Maldivian wedding
dress. After the traditional boduberu, the couple passes through a palm leaf arch, and exchanges
vows in front of a Maldivian Master of Ceremonies. After a stroll on the beach for photographs, the
couple will sit at a table set out on the sandbank for a romantic dinner, either alone or with friends
who have come along for the occasion.
According to weather conditions or preference, couples can choose to be married on the northwest
side of the island, and dine in full view of an exquisite tropical sunset. Dinner menus can be tailor-
made, or chosen from Asian, Maldivian or International options; whatever the choice, every six-
course meal is complemented by Moet et Chandon’s Cuvee Dom Perignon.
At your service, sir or madam
What makes a stay at Kanuhura all the more memorable is the personalised
service and friendly smiles. The resort has an international team of more
than 360 trained staff, who speak a total of some 20 different languages, to
ensure all guests receive the best possible service during their stay.
Villa hosts are assigned to every villa to look after the individual needs of each guest. Available 24
hours a day, seven days a week, villa hosts do it all – from reconfirmation of plane tickets, to
mending a hemline, to water sports bookings, the identification of reef fish and the delivery of an
urgently required bottle of chilled Champagne or elaborate breakfast in bed.
New arrivals, on request, can have their suitcases unpacked, the clothes hung or folded neatly in the
wardrobe; and make use of the complimentary pressing of an outfit when they arrive. A luxurious
villa bath menu offers a choice of Enriching Milk Bath (great for sunburn or dry skin), De-stress
Bath or Jasmine Flower Bath, to be drawn by the villa host at the guest’s chosen time, illuminated
by a scented candle or oil burner, the water strewn with petals and accompanied by Champagne
and chocolate-dipped strawberries. “Our aim is to please the guests in every way that is within our
means,” explains Gavin Murugan, Executive Head Butler, “and to make their stay at Kanuhura,
the most wonderful of their lives.”
Discretion is all-important; knowing when to attend and when to leave
guests to enjoy their privacy. All villa hosts are well-versed in the art of
conveniently turning up for assistance, offering buggy rides back to villas
after a long hard day on the beach, or dispensing sunburn advice. Villa
hosts can also offer a selection of DVDs for in-villa use.
On the eve of departure, all guests find their bed strewn with colourful island flowers and a farewell
note from their villa host.
The only problem for the guests, as they take off for home by seaplane and circle above their villa
host waving goodbye on the jetty, is the thought of readjusting to normal life.
Kanuhura, Maldives Awards
BEST HIDDEN GEM ASIA 2008
BEST DESIGN RESORT 2006
Judges Hansy Better Barraza, Studio Luz, Greg Bradshaw, AvroKO, Etienne
Coffinier, Coffinier Ku Design, Josh Geurtsen, Todd Oldham Studios, and George
Snode, Hilton Hotels, sifted through more than 200 projects to select the winners of
this year’s Hospitality Design Awards, sponsored by Hospitality Design magazine.
MALDIVES LEADING HOTEL 2005
World Travel Awards (UK)
TOP TEN HOTEL SPAS IN AFRICA, INDIAN OCEAN & MIDDLE EAST REGION 2004 & 2005
TOP TEN OVERSEAS HOTEL SPAS IN THE WORLD 2004
Readers of Conde Nast Traveller (UK) voted Spa at Kanuhura to be one of the top ten overseas hotel
spas in the world (outside of the UK) in the magazine's Readers' Choice Travel Awards. In
addition, Spa was also included in the top listings of the publication's annual Readers' Spa Awards
for best hotel spas for the region for 2004 and 2005.
TOP TEN HOTELS FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES 2004
Travel website WowTraveler.net included Kanuhura in their listing of the World’s Great Hotels
catering for Pre-Teens and their Families.
Top Five Hideaway of the Year 2003
Best in the Maldives for Food 2003
Gallivanter’s Guide (UK)
HIDEAWAY OF THE YEAR 2001
The readers of Hideaways (Germany) voted Kanuhura, "Hideaway of the Year”. Many of the
winners, including Kanuhura, have been featured in the magazine on several occasions, and survey
results show that readers agreed with Hideaways opinion. Criteria included location, architecture,
interior design, comfort in the rooms, cuisine and service. Hideaways described Kanuhura as “a
genuine pearl in the Indian Ocean, which not only reflects the natural beauty of the destination but
also has outstanding health and beauty facilities.”
BEST-DESIGNED HOTEL IN ASIA PACIFIC REGION 2001
Avedition, the German architecture and design publishers, selected Kanuhura as one of the best-
designed hotels in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Winning entries appeared in a book published
in cooperation with Lebensart Global Networks AG and Design Hotels™, and were described by
the editors as "hotels with a universal concept of contemporary or modern classic architecture... "