Ancient seafaring shelter Kanuhura Maldives relaunches
Sun Resorts owned and managed Kanuhura Maldives has shared the wishes of its coterie of high profile, long-term guests with the world, reimagining a property consisting of three islands in the northern quadrant of the Lhaviyani Atoll for the first time since it opened almost two decades ago.
The thoughts and aspirations of the lovers and dreamers who first set foot on the soft sands of Kanuhura as couples or young families were the cornerstone for the evolution of an island experience they had taken to their hearts over as many as 15 annual visits and whose kids called their second home.
The result is a nautical bohemian concept courtesy of the deft touch of former Gold Key Designer of the Year and Founder of London-based Muza Lab, Inge Moore, in cooperation with Hirsch Bedner Associates, that revitalises the identity of the resort by focusing on the idea of “Gypset”.
Gypset is a new way of life, according to New York-based journalist and author Julia Chaplin, who wrote about a generation of travellers who she defined as part Gypsy, driven by freedom and escapism, and part Jetset, a reflection of their success and appreciation of the finer things in life.
The concept forges an inseparable bond with Kanuhura which for over 1,000 years has been a sanctuary for traders, seafarers and fishermen due to its sheltered location, favourable sea currents and lush vegetation.
It is the main island for accommodation and activities, with Jehunuhura a short two-minute boat ride or 300-metre swim away across the translucent Indian Ocean, where rests dapple-shaded Drift restaurant courtesy of the broad-leaved indigenous pandanus trees; or the recently purchased Masleggihura next door where guests can cast themselves away from reality with just the lapping waves, sea herons and hermit crabs for company.