THERE are few places in the world that resemble paradise as much as the Maldives, the forever sunny and warm constellation of islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean with white sandy beaches lined with palm trees and blue lagoons inland.
Kanuhura Island, meaning “corner island” in Divehi, the language of the Maldives, is no different in this sense. But this resort, to which the island is home, makes the most of its assets and is becoming a number one travel destination for those seeking a memorable experience with various adventures on offer. Where else would you be doing Hatha yoga right on the beach at 7am with the sunrise while looking at the pastel-streaked sky, the fiery rising sun and the ocean with the soft murmur of its waves as your soundtrack?
Following a £30m revamp, Kanuhura is a great example of the unique design style dubbed “gypset” – a fusion of jet-set lifestyle with a bohemian gypsy attitude and aesthetic which styles the décor throughout the island – from colourful ly decorated rooms and watercolour art used as welcome signs to the sea-shell patterned curtains and chairs found in the island’s bars.
The overall atmosphere on the island is very zen. Even though you can walk around the entire island, or bike – which is the favoured way of getting around at Kanuhura – in only 20 minutes or so, you rarely ever see any other guests even when the resort is at full occupancy. It feels as if you’re on the island by yourself, at peace, just like in Eden.
That is why you can have breakfast in the ocean with the waves washing your feet as you admire the view and savour the fruit platter, pancakes or omelettes. Whatever you can and might think of, Kanuhura can make it happen. Whether it is an afternoon spent paddle boarding finished off with a fresh pineapple juice on the beach or a romantic private dinner at the next-door island.
Again, just like paradise.
by Sara Hesikova
Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives
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