Kanuhura Resort – Maldives

Kanuhura Maldives Aerial


With 95 villas and suites, including 20 overwater villas, the Kanuhura Resort is a premiere 5-star private-island resort with some interesting innovations. Each of the water villas is very large and well appointed and each guest has a personal villa host at their disposal. The gorgeous lagoon setting is one of the finest in the Maldives, helping make this one of the better options for honeymoons or romantic holidays.

The Kanuhura Resort has a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and lounges, meaning that even a stay as long as two weeks gives guests plenty of variety. The resort also has what they say is the world’s first private islet restaurant, as well as the only disco/nightclub in the Maldives. Those seeking something interesting and less traditional should enjoy this resort, though all the normal spa and water sports options are present as well.


The Kanuhura Resort is located at the eastern edge of the Lhaviyani Atoll, approximately 100 kilometers north of the main island of Malé in the Maldives.


18 Water Villas
Area: 1,345 sq ft (125 m²)

2 Grand Water Villas
Area: 1,453 sq ft (135 m²)

75 Island villas and suites

  • Beds: 1 king bed with single divan
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Entertainment system: Satellite television, DVD and stereo player
  • Room service: 24 hours

Special room features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Safe
  • Ceiling fan
  • IDD telephone
  • In-villa bar
  • Coffee and tea making
  • Private veranda
  • Spacious outdoor shower
  • Freeform bath semi-open to the sky
  • Personal Villa Host
  • Private sundecks and steps that lead down into the water
  • Bedroom, living room and a spacious sundeck (Grand Water Villas)


  • Low season online specials from US$692 per night
  • High season online specials from US$850 per night

Restaurants and bars

  • Thin Rah
  • Olive Tree
  • Veli Cafe
  • Kanuhura Pool & Bar
  • Araam Beach Bar
  • Kandu – Set on a private islet

Resort features

  • Fresh water swimming pool
  • Sun Dive Centre – PADI 5 Gold Palm certified
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach volleyball
  • Windsurfing
  • Water skiing
  • Speed boats
  • Fun tubes
  • Two floodlit tennis courts
  • Air-conditioned squash court
  • Table tennis
  • Games room
  • Library
  • Lifestyle boutique
  • Aerobics studio
  • Spa boutique
  • Separate steam bath
  • Dry sauna
  • Cold plunge pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Kids Club


The Kanuhura Spa offers a diverse range of treatments and a comprehensive array of facilities.

Nearby activities

  • Snorkeling tours
  • Big game fishing
  • Island hopping
  • Private island picnics
  • Sunset cruises

What the reviews say

Generally the Kanuhura Resort gets excellent reviews, though there is the occasional review by a guest who simply seemed to hate everything. In the context of the other reviews it’s hard to take the few extremely negative ones seriously, though it’s worth knowing about them.

Overall the location, size of the rooms, the staff, and the service get very high grades. The food in the various restaurants also gets quite high marks, although a few people mention that it’s all quite expensive, which is true throughout the Maldives so it’s important to be prepared for that going in. Even with that said, it does seem that the proportions are well sized, so that helps. There are also quite a few guests who state they’ll return for a second visit, which is always a good sign.

Getting there

To reach the Kanuhura Resort you’ll need to fly to the main Malé International Airport in the Maldives. From there you’ll be met by hotel staff who will assist you in boarding a sea plane for the 40-minute flight to the private island where the resort is located.

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