Private-island indulgence in the Maldives' Lhaviyani Atoll
Beach | Relaxation
There’s something about arriving by seaplane that heightens the sense of castaway excitement. And the flight to Kanuhura's thin strip of palm-studded sand, 40 minutes from Malé, provides a spectacular introduction to this secluded, private-island hideaway.
Dotted along shore or on stilts over the lagoon, the resort’s villas are a harmonious blend of traditional thatched-roof rusticity and contemporary, island chic. Choose from sunset and sunrise views taken in from private wooden decks while private-plunge-pool upgrades add an extra layer of indulgence. Across all categories, air-conditioning, mini bars, complimentary internet access and satellite TVs come as standard.
With nine restaurants spread across the main island, and the secluded Jehunuhura on a small neighbouring island just a few minutes away by boat, there’s no shortage of dining options. Choose between delicious catch-of-the-day barbecues and indulgent roasts, keep in shape with a healthy salad or indulge with delicious desserts. Meanwhile, a series of island cooking stations allow guests to interact with the resort’s chefs as meals are prepared.
Relax with a rejuvenating massage or holistic treatment at the Kokaa Wellness Retreat & Spa whose serene beachside setting also hosts a beauty salon, invigorating plunge pool, steam bath, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. Explore the surrounding atolls on everything from sunset cruises and snorkelling trips to big game fishing and castaway picnics. Or, book onto a PADI-certified dive course to explore the Maldives’ underwater world. Back on the island, a stunning swimming pool, two floodlit tennis courts and a host of watersports provide further distraction. And there’s both a kids’ and a teens’ club where younger guests can enjoy the best of island life through fun activities and educational excursions.
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