Kanuhura Maldives Orchid flowers after two-year hiatus

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 amongst 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.

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

Located at the heart of one of the most spectacular Maldives atolls, Kanuhura is considered to be 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.

A reimagining of the resort last year, which includes the acquisition of neighbouring Masleggihura uninhabited island, positions it for the latest trend travellers have 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 eight restaurants and bars, Kanuhura 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 Spa, the resort’s award-winning wellness and spa centre that offers a unique sensual experience for uplifting your body and mind. The spa features nine spacious treatment rooms including three doubles for side-by-side couples’ treatments, an outdoor beachside spa pavilion, cold plunge pools, jacuzzis, separate steam bath and dry sauna, and a beauty salon. It also features an air-conditioned gym and an aerobics studio, while a professional instructor is on-site to conduct yoga sessions.

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