A large part of me doesn't want to write this review as I want to keep Kanuhura as our delicious, gorgeous secret.... but having read the (allbeit very few) negative reviews I now feel compelled to put the record straight!
We recently returned to Kanuhura for our sixth time to celebrate my "big" birthday, and I'm so happy we did.
We have travelled the world extensively and stayed in some amazing resorts but never have we stayed anywhere that allows us to just go "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..." within the first few hours of arriving. As with most people, that's something that normally takes a good three to four days... but not here!
The Island is just breathtaking in every sense, but in addition the WHOLE team of staff, from top to bottom level are just bursting with warmth and commitment to ensure everyone's stay is as perfect as possible.
Yes, maybe the fit out within the accomodation is no longer the most sumptious or high-tech that you may find in the Maldives, (the Management are already on top of this) but this is a place with a serious heart... and that you can never argue with.
Never have I felt safer - either physically or materially - so I would question anyone's word with regard to honesty or God forbid, theft - and when I mention physical safety, that absolutely includes my seven year old daughter spending hours playing with any number of staff members, both male and female without us having any qualms or concerns whatsoever.
I can only assume those few negative revues are from people on a parallel universe when they talk of the Management Team not caring less, being around and visible, or having any interest in moving forward with the resort.
Nothing can be further from the truth, Vladimir Scanu is always very visible around and about the Island. He is completely charming and has that rare knack as a General Manager with a huge job, of making you feel you are the only guests on the Island
And when I say that he and his team really go the extra mile to exceed expectation you just have to believe me... as sixth time returners we have no reason to fabricate!!
Kanuhura is every bit as good under the Management of Sun Resorts as it was with One and Only, and we have experienced it under both.
So... for anyone who prefers the type of slick and glossy 5* resort which is actually identical to any other around the world, (I'm talking here about that superficial identikit type of resort which may have a winning formula - but absolutely NO soul) then this may not be the place for you - but if you want a true taste of Maldivian paradise that makes you cry afresh every time you leave it - then this is the place to go.
Oh and finally... for that intrepid traveller who prefers, and is heading back to Kuredu.... well I think you made a good choice...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 26 natural atolls which make up the Maldives, contain some 1200 coral islands, infinite sandbanks and reefs spread over90,000 square kilometres of Indian Ocean. Only 200 of these islands are inhabited, while an additional 90 have been transformed into resorts. Kanuhura is located on the eastern rim of Lhaviyani Atoll, on its own private island. Famed for its laid-back luxury and authentic, natural Maldivian charm, the award-winning resort offers the highest standards of accommodation, service and culinary experience. Every effort has been made to retain the natural beauty of the island and wherever possible, employ the use of only natural materials. The island measures approximately 1000 meters in length and 200 meters in width, with a north-south orientation. It offers the best in watersports and diving. Travel is by seaplane and is around 40 minutes from the international airport at the Maldives capital, Male. The seaplanes, privately run by Maldivian Air Taxi Services, operate a schedule to accommodate international arrivals and departures. A private waiting lounge is available for guests of Kanuhura. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kanuhura Hotel Kanuhura
- Kanuhura Hotel Kanuhara
- Kanuhura Resort Kanuhara
- Kanuhura Maldives