Kanuhura Maldives takes luxury to new heights with new private island, martial arts academy

Kanuhura Maldives has undergone a USD42 million overhaul that includes the purchase of neighbouring Masleggihura island and has announced plans to setup the first martial arts academy in the Maldives.

Located at the heart of one of the most spectacular Maldives atolls, Kanuhura is considered one of the most iconic barefoot beach resorts in the Indian Ocean. Part of the Mauritius-based hotel and leisure group Sun Resorts, Kanuhura hosted its first guest in 1999.

After 15 years of glorious history, Kanuhura closed on August 1, 2015 for a year-long major renovation project. The project completed late last year and Kanuhura welcomed its new customers on December 19.

Following the design overhaul of Kanuhura, Sun Resorts has appointed Robert Hauck, formerly of Raffles Hotels and Resorts and Thanyapura Phuket, as the new General Manager at Kanuhura.

“We have a sheltered location over three islands and are blessed with a heritage of repeat guests over the past 20 years,” said Hauck. “We are now developing experiences for guests where they can stay fit and totally relax.”

Along with the renovation, Kanuhura also acquired another neighbouring island — Masleggihura — adding it to its cluster nature. Apart from the main Kanuhura island and the newly acquired Masleggihura, the resort also owns the island of Jehunuhura, a 2.25km round island located a mere one-minute boat ride away.

Jehunuhura island.

With the addition of a new island, Kanuhura is also gearing up for the launch of its Project South, the first martial arts academy in the Maldives led by two-time world Muay Thai champion, Irshaad Sayed.

A reimagining of the resort positions it for the latest trending, travellers identified as Gypset; part gypsy in their drive for freedom and jetset, reflected in their wealth and craving for luxury living. The gypset muse of Kanuhura is Erin Wasson, famous top model and face representant of Maybelline.

The new rooms are luxury villas and suites with unusual elegance and furnished with natural materials with a touch of refinement and modernism. Whether you stay on the sunrise or sunset side of the island, you will be overwhelmed by the breathtaking view of the sea. The water villas have a private terrace with private access to the lagoon.

With its seven restaurants and three bars, Kanuhura Maldives will make you discover various cuisines from all over the world such as Italy, Brazil and the Maldives. The chef also provides interactive cookery demonstrations. Those looking for tranquility and well-being will be able to visit Kokaa, the Wellness & Spa centre for a unique sensual experience uplifting body and mind.

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