Kanuhura Maldives, owned and managed by Sun Resorts, has shared the wishes of its high profile, long-term guests with the world by re-imaging a property consisting of three islands in the northern quadrant of the Lhaviyani Atoll.
With as many as 15 annual visits, lovers and dreamers who first set foot on the soft sands of Kanuhura as couples or young families were the cornerstone for this evolution.
This nautical bohemian design concept over the unique three island experience is by former Gold Key Designer of the Year and Founder of London-based Muza Lab, Inge Moore, in cooperation with Hirsch Bedner Associates, that revitalises the identity of the resort by focusing on the idea of “Gypset”.
Gypset is a new way of life, according to New York-based journalist and author Julia Chaplin, who wrote about a generation of travellers who she defined as part Gypsy, driven by freedom and escapism, and part Jetset, a reflection of their success and appreciation of the finer things in life.
The USD 42 Million design overhaul of Kanuhura, combined with the buying of the Masleggihura island, was overseen by Sun Resorts CEO David Anderson, who appointed Robert Hauck, formerly of Raffles Hotels and Resorts and Asia’s top sports and lifestyle complex, Thanyapura Phuket as General Manager to lead the resort.
“We have a uniquely sheltered location over three islands and are blessed with a heritage of repeat guests over the past 20 years,” said Mr Hauck. “We have grown up together and are now enhancing this by developing experiences for guests where they can be free, unconventional, open, stay fit and totally relax.”
“We offer everything from total escapism and tranquility on Masleggihura island to a 300-metre sea swim to Jehunuhura island, a 2.25km round island run on Kanuhura and soon to be launched Project South which will be the first martial arts academy in the Maldives led by two-time world Muay Thai champion, Irshaad Sayed.”
Guests can experience a local culinary masterclass at A Mano. A Mano, which means “touched by the hand”, is an ethos that is celebrated throughout every aspect of the island’s kitchen. All produce is free range, seasonal and mainly from small growers and producers – a celebration of traditional home cooking found on the trade routes.
Kokaa Spa, named after the all-white local butterfly, features Marma therapy that focuses on releasing energy from 103 pressure points in your body. It was recently recognised as one of the “World’s Best Spas” in National Geographic’s Spa & Wellness Collection.
For more information on Kanuhura Maldives, visit them at www.kanuhura.com.