Striking a delicate balance between a classic, castaway feel and the generous modern indulgences the Six Senses brand is known for, the result at Kanuhura is a triumph of contemporary luxury that pays careful homage to its natural surroundings. Local and sustainably-sourced materials were employed in the construction of the modestly sized resort, where sleek shades of white and striking contemporary lines are balanced by soothing tones of sand, stone tiling and natural woods. A striking circular pool appears to hover above the water’s edge, while two additional private islands provide dream-like venues in which to castaway.
As is the case with any Six Senses property, the spa is a destination in itself, where ultra-modern therapies such as biohacking and hydrotherapy sit alongside traditional botanical scrubs, massages and ancient remedies such as Ayurvedic hot oil treatments and sound healing. This allows you to embark upon a wellness journey designed entirely around your individual needs.
Throughout your stay, the services of a 24-hour ‘guest experience maker’ ensure your every whim is catered to, whether that is setting out to sample some of the 40 surrounding dive sites in search of enormous manta rays, turtles and reef sharks, or simply surprising your partner with an intimate, toes-in-sand private dinner under a canopy of stars.
Divided between Beach Villas, Water Villas and exclusive Beach Retreats, the resort’s 91 fresh and contemporary residences offer options to suit every possible group size and inclination. Of the Beach Villas, seven individual categories range from one to three bedrooms, the vast majority of which offer private pools. Ocean views, deep-soaking tubs, outdoor terraces and signature Six Senses touches such as a full pillow menu come as standard. An additional glass-enclosed lounge and dining space is offered in the Deluxe category, while the Beach Villa Suites offer generous indoor and outdoor living spaces and larger pools.
For those who prefer to be positioned directly over the lagoon, a range of Water Villas all feature private pools, and expanded two-bedroom and family configurations offer plenty of flexibility. Lastly, for those seeking the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity, 11 individual Beach Retreats and a three-bedroom Beach Reserve are positioned in prime locations just steps from the turquoise waters. Their free-from swimming pools, private decks and uninterrupted views allow guests to carve out their very own slice of Maldivian paradise.
A carefully curated programme of activities makes the Six Senses Kanuhura a highly appealing choice for those seeking a family getaway. The resort’s complimentary Little Turtle programme arranges treasure hunts, arts and crafts and beach games amongst a wealth of other diversions for children between the ages of 3 and 11. Teenagers can abscond to the Island Hideout and take advantage of the teens club and games room. Activities that all the family can enjoy together include family cookery classes, children’s scuba diving instruction, island picnics, dolphin watching safaris and Cinema under the Stars. For weary parents in need of some time to themselves, nanny services and babysitting can be easily arranged.
- Free-form swimming pool and striking circular infinity pool
- Expansive overwater spa with nine treatment rooms, myriad therapies, alchemy bar and male and female heat and water facilities
- Scuba diving to suit all abilities from beginner’s and children’s programmes up to adventurous expeditions for advanced divers
- Watersports including water skiing, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding and catamaran sailing
- Yoga pavilion and gym
- Private Cinema Under the Stars
- Tennis and squash courts
- Volleyball, badminton and table tennis
- Earth Lab, organic farm and sustainability tours
- Cookery classes
- Children’s programme, teens club, babysitting and nanny services
OUT & ABOUT
- Castaway picnics on deserted islands
- Sunset dolphin watching cruises
- Traditional Maldivian handline fishing and big game fishing
- Snorkelling expeditions in search of Green and Hawksbill turtles
- Diving with grey reef sharks around the Kuredu Express channel
WINE AND DINE
From freshly-blended juices and irresistible ice cream at Scoops to delicately marinated seafood grills at Drift, the food and beverage offering at Six Senses Kanuhura delivers at any time of day or night. Relaxed, informal dining plays out throughout the day at The Market, where regional specialities include South East Asia, Indian and Japanese fare. Refuel from your marine pursuits with a wood-fired sourdough pizza at Bottega, or opt for charcoal grills or fresh sushi at Sip & Sand. Unwind with sundowners on the northernmost tip of the resort at The Point, feasting on tapas and fresh sharing platters, perhaps moving on to Sunset Point for cocktails against an atmospheric soundtrack spun by the resident DJ.