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Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives

Kanuhura is an excellent luxurious island resort in a stunning and undeveloped part of the Maldives. The island lies on the edge of the remote Lhaviyani atoll and with its laid-back atmosphere and fantastic kid's club, Kanuhura is perfect for families.

At a Glance

  • Excellent accommodation for families giving plenty of space

  • Guests can enjoy a trip to Kanuhura’s own Robinson Crusoe-esque island

  • In keeping with the island's eco-friendly philosophy, all the villas are handcrafted using local materials that blend seamlessly with the luxurious, tropical surroundings

  • Although there is not a house reef close by, to compensate the island runs guided trips every day to local spots

  • The island has an active children's club for the younger guests, from the age of 4 years

  • Complete refurbishment due for completion in December 2016

Beach, Diving, Family, Golf

Insider's View

While there is no house reef close to the resort, the hotel can arrange fabulous snorkeling trips by boat from the island.

Clare Monro

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Kanuhura


Located on the Lhaviyani Atoll, Kanuhura is in a totally undeveloped part of the Maldives archipelago and is surrounded by hundreds of uninhabited islands and unexplored dive sites. The 26 natural atolls which make up the Maldives, contain some 1200 coral islands, infinite sandbanks and reeds spread over 90,000 square kilometers of Indian Ocean.

The island has 100 villas, located either on the white powder beach, or over the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Each villa has its own private outdoor area overlooking the sea. Dining options are varied on the island and range from the international, Mediterranean and Asian fusion restaurants, to lunch at Cove’s, which offers desert island fine dining on a neighboring private island. Tables can also be arranged for a private meal outside your villa or even on a deserted sand bank.

To entertain your children there is a fully equipped kid’s club, which is open from 9am to 10pm daily and is free of charge for children aged 4-11 years old. For the older children, Club One caters for 12-17 year olds and organizes a variety of activities, sports and excursions.

A diverse range of treatments and a comprehensive range of facilities, within beautifully wooden interiors, provide guests with a sanctuary for relaxation and overall body care. Signature massages like the Aroma Stone Therapy and Maldivian Theyo Dhemun are a “must-try”. The spa has eight treatment rooms as well as a fully equipped fitness center, aerobics studio, spa boutique, and separate steam bath, dry sauna, cold plunge pools and Jacuzzis, for ladies and gentlemen.


Kanuhura offers five categories of luxury villas and suites to cater to the individual preferences and needs of guests with a total of 100 rooms. Each villa has its own private outdoor area with stunning views to the ocean. Extensive use of hand-crafted wood, raffia, bamboo and other natural materials create an elegant rustic interior befitting the naturally beautiful island surroundings. Each Villa has a dedicated private Host, on hand 24 hours a day for your comfort during your Maldives vacation.

Beach Villa

The Beach Villa ensconce the sandy shores and consist of a wooden terrace leading to a private stretch of beach in front of the lagoon where a large thatched parasol and wooden loungers await your arrival.

Water Viillas

The Water Villas are out on the water, set along mighty sun-bleached wooden stilts stretching from the center of the island.

Double Beach Villas

The Double Beach Villas are beach duplexes: these Maldivian Villas are linked by a connecting door leading to en suite bedrooms and separate outdoor decks.

The Double Beach Villas are 132 m2/ 1420 sq.ft. in size.

Grand Beach Villa

The Grand Beach Villas are the most spacious of our Villas at Kanuhura. They are furnished with exclusive pieces and comprise a double bedroom and a twin room, both en-suites with Jacuzzi baths.

The bedrooms are separated by a spacious living room with dining area. They also have a large veranda and a stretch of private beach. These Maldives villas are ideal for families or for those seeking a secluded romantic getaway at the hotel.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Kanuhura. The Kids Club offers imaginative fun for kids aged 4 – 11 years, with organized games, videos, web surfing or the library to choose from. A world of natural wonders is just waiting to be discovered – hermit crabs, shells, and an abundance of colorful fish. Parents or a baby-sitter should accompany all children under 4 years of age.


The services of baby sitters or professional nannies (for children from the age of four months) are also available on request for an additional cost.

Kids Club at Kanuhura

The Kids Club is open for children from 4-11 years who are looked after by a team of dedicated trained staff, and features a large sand-filled playground, an enclosed shallow swimming pool, with the beach and lagoon right next door.

Supervised mealtimes, children’s menus, infant purees, and trained babysitters are available upon request as are baby cots, high chairs, bottle sterilizers and other equipment that you may need on your vacation.

The Kids’ Club is open daily, from 9am to 12 noon, from 2pm to 5pm and from 7pm


Kanuhura has a large fresh water swimming pool, beach volleyball, two floodlit tennis courts, an air-conditioned squash court, table tennis, games room, library and a lifestyle boutique. The island also has five Maldivian restaurants and a selection of bars.

Thin Rah is the main restaurant and provides delicious buffets for breakfast and dinner. The themes evenings give diners an opportunity to explore new flavors. The Olive Tree is an a la carte restaurant serving a variety of Mediterranean dishes for lunch and dinner. Veli Cafe is set on a deck above one of the beaches and is a very romantic setting. The restaurant specializes in asian dishes to include fresh catches from the indian ocean. Kandu is located on a secluded island a few minutes away by boat transfer from the resort. Diners can enjoy delicious grills in an idyllic location.

Thin Rah, the Main Restaurant

Thin Rah is a large airy Maldivian restaurant with its fold-back louvered 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.

Themed evenings allow guests to discover new flavors, in dishes prepared in front of them by our chefs in open kitchens.

Olive Tree

The Mediterranean-influenced à la carte Olive Tree restaurant 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 flavors 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.

Reminiscent of true Italian style, Olive Tree’s dessert menu revolves around fabulous home-made ‘Gelataria’ ice cream.

Veli Cafe

Candlelit romance on the shores of the Indian Ocean sets the tone for Veli Café, open for lunch and dinner, with its elegantly decorated timber tables and chairs set amidst the palm trees on the beachside deck.


The PADI 5 Gold Palm dive center offers newcomers a first-class introduction to diving and unique excursions for experienced divers. Nitrox diving is also available without extra cost. The water sports center has the very best in qualified instructors and equipment, guests are therefore assured of a safe and fun time on the various excursions and lessons that are offered. Speedboat rentals, canoes, four-seater banana, water-skis, fun tubes, knee-boards and catamarans are also available.

Location & Directions

Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives

Kanuhura is located on the eastern rim of Lhaviyani Atoll, on its own private island, North of Male.

When to go

The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.

February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian vacation week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.

Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.

Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.

The surfing season runs from March to October, which is when resorts are cheapest.

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