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kanuhura sun resort & spa.....

by eelaine

kanuhura sun resort & spa.. was called kanuhura beach and spa resort when i was there..
compared to other resorts, this is rather on the slightly expensive side.. for about usd400 per nite, u get a great chalet with just about all the luxury u want.. so, if money isn't an issue, this is highly recommended! amazing chalets with canopy beds and outdoor bathrooms.. very romantic.. very friendly staff.. lovely clear water surrounding.. great place to relax and enjoy!

Lhaviyani Atholhu Tip

by badr

Kanuhura Sun Resort & Spa in Maldives, opened in February 2000, is a luxurious five star hotel, offering the highest standard of accommodation, service and culinary experience.

A well planned nationality mix gives the resort a truly international feel and brings together interesting people from diverse cultural backgrounds and various walks of life.

Every effort has been made to retain the natural beauty of the island, and wherever possible natural materials have been used. Only one third of the island surface has been used for buildings, leaving a feel of spaciousness and tropical splendour.

Complimented by its size and layout, Kanuhura offers a choice of pure relaxation, or for the more sports oriented, an active holiday experience.

Another hopefully complete review of kanuhura

by TripAdvisor Member Carlos-T

I just came back from the one & only kanuhura where I spent one week with my wife. Overall we had a terrific time and were very satisfied. We were also lucky with the weather, not a raindrop during the week from july 29th to aug 5 and got sunny days!!!!

We stayed in a beach villa for 6 nights and moved to a water villa the last one (upgrade costs 350 $ +10% service charge). Both have their own charm but I would still go for the beach villa for most of the stay and then move for a couple of nights to the water villa if you like to enjoy the other experience.

Beach villa room is very convenient if you like the beach which is gorgeous with its white sand and different blue tonalities in the sea. The room itself is functional and has nothing special but the view of a portion of the beach, you might consider it your own, with the blue turquoise sea at the end is fabulous. The bathroom has a little more charm with its open air shower. Water villa room is very similar but placed on the water and has a wooden fence to provide you with some privacy in your backyard. There are beach rooms at the sunrise and sunset side of the island. At sunrise you have the lagoon with calmer waters, is hotter during the day and becomes shady before. At sunset you have more breeze the beach might be a little larger with even softer and whiter sand and the sunsets are great. I favor the sunset side, my wife the sunrise.

Snorkling is nonexistant in the sunset side, ok to good in the sunrise side in front of the water villas towards the reef and pretty good in the nearby private island you can cross to with the hotel boat. We found absolutely no bugs in the main island but there were some active ones in the private island. The private island is worth a visit for sure.

There are a lot of activities and all of them are well planned, very convenient to sign up (just the night before or even at the moment) and I undertook quite a few and found them worth it. I tried, diving, game fishing, the spa and tennis. We are open water divers and the diving center takes cares of everything. There is at maximum one instructor for every six clients but normally as they have a large and very nice staff you get one guide for every three to four divers. They also speak many languages (spanish, italian, japanese, german, french and english). Game fishing is very expensive but I figured it was one of a life experience and took it. It is better in the morning and for example we catched a 15 Kgs wahoo which we ate later prepared by the chef and a 60 Kgs Sailfish which we released. I am not too much into spas but this one is supposed to be very good.

There are three restaurants and food is excellent. We went full board as we got it for half board price but if not with half board you should be fine. Food price according to its quality is not cheap although with full board I did not care too much. Service for food could be a little slow specially at lunch.

As for inconveniences, prices are the one most often cited. I was pretty happy in the sense that you do not feel the staff wants to make you spend or that you are being taken. Prices for activities were clearly stated beforehand and we found no surprises. Diving costed around 80$ per dive, the spa 80 $ plus 10% service for a 50 minutes massage, game fishing 750$ per boat for five hours (there is a non private sunset fishing tour of two hours for smaller reef fish you can take for around 45$) and playing with the pro tennis girl 50$ plus 10rvice.

There are some complimentary details like no motor activities from the water center, free ironing at your arrival, the boat to the private island, three bottles of water per day left in your room, a champagne glass dayly if you stay in a water villa and a weekly cocktail party offered by the management for all guests.

With the 10% service charge on most of your island expenditures I did not feel necessary to carry around money for tips or anything which is also great. Service was very good without expecting to get a tip from you which I liked.

The only thing that is bothering is the evian 1l water bottle you have to take with each meal which is not included in the full-board plan. It costs 8$ plus 10%. Also the wines start at around 45$. The selection is not bad as I took the cheaper ones and was satisfied with their quality but could introduce more variety in the lower prices and a lower starting point. Reasonable were soft drinks 4$, and digestifs 7$ (bayleys amaretto, grand marnier or spanish brandy) all plus 10% service charge. Beer was 7$ plus service.

For us the main inconvenience of this resort was that we had left our children at home thus we did not want to bear with somebody elses. Sometimes at lunch or dinner we had kids running all over the place. I am convinced this is the best resort you can find for families but to protect the couples (around half of the guests) from non-considerate parents with kids I would propose to restrict kids for dinner at Veli Cafe and avoid mixing villas with children and couples. At the water villas you do not find children as they are less appropiate for them.

On the positive side I had the sensation that our plan was different from the family with children, We went diving, to the private island etc.. while they stayed by the pool so maybe at the end we also enjoyed some more privacy by their presence.

This is it, I might check once a month if there is any question...

Detailed review for those thinking of staying at Kanuhura

by TripAdvisor Member HCW,Buckinghamshire

We have just returned from two weeks at Kanuhura and this review aims to fill you in on our impressions and give practical information that may help you decide if the resort is for you. I hope this is helpful.

First, some general comments:

One & Only resorts have a strong family orientation and this is evident in their commitment to kids facilities, first class child care and so on. This is great for families! By the same token, it is risky for couples. We travelled outside school holidays and encountered mainly families with pre-school children and while most were well-behaved (their parents seemd to be in charge!), a small minority of out of control kids, whose parents did not appear to make use of nanny services or kids clubs, can turn this resort into a nightmare. The serenity and tranquility of Kanuhura as advertised in the resort's marketing material is something we rarely experienced. I think this was exacerbated by the concentration of resort facilities in one small area around the pool. A three year-old running riot around the bar at 9pm, a mother changing a nappy on a sun lounger next to you as you eat lunch or a group of kids using the hammocks and beach furniture as an assault course takes the edge off the atmosphere. If there were a bar area for adults - or perhaps a second bar where children were not permitted after, say, 7pm, that would help. A very senior member of the team told us that he was bemused by some parents' unwillingness to discipline their kids or to make use of their excellent children's facilities.

The resort has been refurbished since the tsunami and is generally attractive and well-designed (I gather the water villas are new, but did not see inside one). The outside maintenance/gardening crew do a beautiful job. But our beach villa (see below) was not in the immaculate condition that the resort's blurb had led me to expect.

Service, from the moment you exit the airport building, is excellent. In one or two individual cases, it became almost obsequious, which was slightly uncomfortable, but overall the staff are skilled, highly attentive and hugely tolerant. Almost everyone who served us in any way seemed only to want to help and make our stay pleasant. The new general manager (previously at Le Tousserok in Mauritius) was charming and always interested to talk. So generally, the staff were probably the outstanding feature of Kanuhura for us.

Facilities are good (including watersports and tennis/squash and diving - see below).

We enjoyed our stay but probably won't return to Kanuhura, simply because the standard of the competition in the Maldives is so high now. Since One & Only acquired Kanuhura, in my opinion it has been eclipsed by other new resorts and serious upgrades, such as the Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa. This is the third resort we have stayed at in the Maldives and the only one of the three that I am not positively tempted to return to. If I had children, however, it might just become a favourite.

Now for the details:

Resort geography

Kanuhura is a relatively small island on the eastern edge of the atoll. You can walk right around it on the beach in about 30 minutes (leisurely pace). On the eastern side, beach villas look out onto the water villas and the reef. The beach is narrower here than on the western side and - during our stay - there was a strong, prevailing north east wind. When the seas are high, waves pound onto the reef - dramatic, but if you want total quiet, you may be better off on the other side of the island. The current on the eastern side is also stronger and here, working your way out to the reef, you will find the best snorkelling. During our time there, the weather was particularly wild and tides were high. Some villas on the east-facing side were sandbagged. These conditions may be exceptional or a risk only in certain months, of course, but you may want to inquire with the hotel beforehand and request a room in a particular part of the resort.

On the west-facing side, the beach is much wider (so those walking past your villa tend to be a good deal further away!) and your view is out across the lagoon. Neighbouring resort islands Kuredu and Komandoo are visible from here, but at some distance. The sea planes land throughout the day on this side, from about 7am.

Beach villas

The rooms are quite small (there are floorplans shown on the One & Only website) - just space for the bed and a small seating area. The bed and soft furnishings looked new and attractive but the wooden floor was deeply gouged and scratched, as was the bedside table, giving a rather tired look to accommodation that is marketed as recently refurbished. The dressing area is small and dark but wardrobe and drawer space are very good. Power points fit UK standard plugs.

The outdoor bathroom: spacious and attractive but there is not a conventional shower, just the garden shower, which is fun but delivers a single torrent of water. Again, some of the fittings were a bit scuffed.

Room cleaning service is excellent with fresh good quality cotton bedlinen daily and fresh towels twice a day. A fruitbowl is replenished daily, as is free bottled water and a Nespresso coffee machine. Little biscuits/cakes appear in a basket each night when the room is turned down. A "villa host" is at your service throughout and appears to be an intermediary for services like laundry (excellent but relatively expensive) and anything else you might want (we could not think of anything but I daresay others have challenged their ingenuity from time to time).

There's a large screen TV with satellite channels (e.g. ESPN, HBO movies, CNN, BBC World) and a dvd player/dvd collection of movies you can borrow).

Outside the room: a small covered terrace with wicker armchairs looking out onto a small area of beach with your sunbeds and sun umbrella. Again fresh towels appear out here daily. There is some privacy provided by a screening of trees and shrubs, but villas are set close side by side - I'd guess about 12 feet apart. You may be able to see your neighbours sitting alongside you and overhear conversation and TVs from the next room. This was not an issue for us, but may give you a feel for the space. Beyond the cultivated area the beach opens out and becomes "public". The hotel discourages people from cutting through the bungalow "gardens" from the central path along the island's spine to get to the beach. This assures a feeling of privacy.

Bar and restaurants

Clustered around the pool and serviced section of beach on the west-facing side are the main restaurant, Thin Rah, the Olive Tree (mediterranean style) and the bar. The Spa entrance and gym are also located here. This area is attractive but necessarily busy as a result. There are two or three rows of sunbeds between the pool and the beach here, as well as a small decking area outside the bar with sofas and armchairs where you can order drinks and food. Under the palm trees are more sofas and lounger chairs and a couple of hammocks. Thin Rah and the Olive Tree restaurant also have outside seating here. Musak - admittedly of a bohemian/Ibiza chill-out variety - is pumped out constantly from speakers in the bar and outside in the trees (as we were leaving, this turned incongruously into bizarre covers of Christmas favourites!).

Food, drinks and service from the bar/pool area are excellent in terms of quality and execution. For example, lunch menu includes gazpacho, freshly made spring rolls, sushi bento boxes, caesar salads, panini, pizzas and so on. Prices starts at around US$15 for soup/salad, pizzas/larger dishes around $US25. Service was mostly prompt and very attentive. Soft drinks like coke start at around US$4, beer US$8 and cocktails from US$12. Wine is pretty expensive - no doubt due to the hassle of getting it there but the list is good and varied.

Thin Rah - for breakfast and dinner. Buffet breakfast is excellent. Sparkling wine and fresh fruit juices, lots of breads, muffins; fresh fruit cut and presented to order, sushi and smoked salmon, muesli and granola, a full range of hot breakfast options including eggs and pancakes cooked to order, miso soup and maldivian curry. Breakfast is well done.
There is no a la carte service here. Buffet dinners (US$50 per head) were less appealing - to us at least. All ostensibly themed, there sometimes seemed little to choose between them e.g. Oriental, East meets West, Continental Cruise and International... Food is, however, attractive and generally good. But the experience can become a bit tired. Again, in this restaurant you can expect constant musak both inside and out.

The Olive Tree - mediterranean based menu - sits right next to Thin Rah and in our opinion was the best place to eat (serves lunch and dinner). The menu changes every few days, which helps. Everything we ate there was pretty good with no disasters cooking-wise. Appetisers US$12-20, main courses US$24-36. Seating is outside by the pool or inside (not much atmosphere within...). We ate here most nights, not having the appetite in the heat to work our way through a huge buffet.

Veli Cafe - at the other end of the island, on the northern tip, the setting is attractive (but was too windy to sit outside for most of the time we were there). Described as Asian fusion cooking, we found this more hit and miss, with some dishes not quite working and several times, dishes arriving cold. This was a pity.

Coves restaurant on the adjacent island was closed throughout our stay - for impending refurbishment. If you are at all concerned about restaurant variety, do check what is actually going to be available before you book. I wish we had, since we found ourselves having lunch and dinner in pretty much the same place every day.


The diving operation (established 1993) is very professional and the team works hard to make sure you get the kind of diving you are looking for and that each person avoids revisiting the same dive sites during their trip. Dhoni style boats with tank racks down the centre are used - Maldivian standard. Service includes transporting all your kit onto the boat (you assemble/dis-assemble obviously), fresh towels on board, bottled water and fruit. All divers do an orientation dive (mask clearing and simulating "out of air") and there is good attention to safety.

Excellent dive sites within and outside the reef. All dives are escorted group dives, in groups of up to eight (this, I feel, can be too big especially when abilities are mixed and the current is strong!). During our stay (and this may not usually be the case) we didn't find this the kind of place where divers socialise together in the bar or much of the laughter/camaraderie on the boats that you get in some places. Everyone got on with their diving, was polite and pleasant, but it was quite a serious atmosphere.

Prices - either take all your own kit or none, as the rental prices for individual items make it more economical to pay a fixed price for BCD, reg, computer etc than to hire more than one of these items individually. The more you dive, the cheaper it is - US$72 including kit for 10 dives or more.

Spa and gym

This is an "indoor" spa (I note this for afficionados of the Maldivian outdoor spa experience) but attractive and tranquil within. A large range of treatments professionally and charmingly delivered. My husband and I both had very good massages.

The gym is spacious and looked well-equipped, with a view out to the pool and the sea from the treadmill.

There is usually a (complimentary) class of some kind each day e.g. learning indian facial massage technique or pilates. I was hoping to do some yoga but there were only three yoga sessions on during our fortnight and I missed the two at 7.30am!

most of the time, you'll have...

by eelaine

most of the time, you'll have to eat at the resort you staying at.. those in kanuhura were delicious.. and we get great view to accompany the meals.. in town, you'll have more choices.. the one a short walk away from the international airport is pretty good..
it's quite cheap.. very local.. and yummy! there's this food that i've only tasted in maldives.. it's this pancake like thingy with lots of tuna and onion in it.. very simple but delicious..

Fabulous Honeymoon

by TripAdvisor Member VWM

We have just returned from a wonderful 9 days stay at the One & Only Kanuhura resort. My wife and are lucky to have been to the likes of Mauritius, Koh Samui and others, however, nothing compares to Kanuhura! If you like 5 star service then you will like how you are treated here.
We stayed in a beach villa, next time we might shell out for a water villa but to be honest unless you have deep pockets and you want to "frame the memory" you might not want to rush back to quickly to Kanuhura.
We went along with the recommendation of the travel agent and we booked half board - I would recommend this as I do believe we made a significant saving.
I would recommend the sunset side of the island (sid the planes land) as you do receive a welcome daily breeze off the sea - we felt the other side was a too hot as there was no breeze.

All in all, I cannot make any complaints about this resort if it were less expensive and closer in proximity then it would undoubtedly be spoiled - please go as you will gain some fantastic experiences.

Ken, Glasgow

A review as promised

by TripAdvisor Member pvj

We have just returned from 15 days and nights . The resort was everything it promised to be. (see evil homers excellent report)We stayed in a grand water villa . Very beautiful and well appointed however why do you really need two giant plasma screens in you apartment.? The water villas are cheaper and just as good.

Food and service was impeccable. The diving centre was excellent -special commendation to the "signing" James.
Visibilty whilst diving was not good(piles of plankton) however enjoyable none the less.Dive the express dive site if you're competent -what a blast!!!

Were there drawbacks?? Well we went barefoot for two weeks it took a while to get used to shoes again! We were both bitten extensively by sand fleas/flies everywhere in the resort(Sweet Irish blood is irresistible). Gave us a few sleepless itchy nights.
However the medic provided appropriate cream which helped.

The "cheaper" drinks were often unavailable. I found this irksome. I don't expect this from a five star resort.We spent a lot on champagne wine etc however I like cheaper spanish brandy -I was consistently offered the more expensive options.

Ok one major complaint. We were particularly annoyed at being charged $8 each for a small bottle of water at the beach. We thought it was free and should have been in my opinion.

A question in the survey which all guests are asked to complete reads : Is Kanuhura value for money? Strongly agree, Agree Disagree, Srongly disagree.

We thought about this for along time and talked to others we met. Conclusion. Water at $8 a pop is not value for money regardless of how it is packaged . Answer :Agree

Kanuhura is expensive . the old adage holds true....you get what you pay for!!

Fabulous experience

by TripAdvisor Member KW&GW

My wife and I spent 8 days here in mid September.
We opted for a beach villa on a bed & breakfast basis.
Over the last 11 years we have travelled extensively but this resort is by far the best "beach" type holiday we could have hoped for.

The "One & Only" takes care of everything from the moment you leave immigration at Male (lovely private lounge to await seaplane transfer) until the moment you pass through departure.

The villa was excellent - we were on the sunset side which has a lovely breeze during the evening and all aspects of service were simply excellent. The staff could not have been more friendly or helpful and the food in all 4 restaurants was of a good quality with plenty of variety.

The sea on the sunrise side of the island was extremely calm , clear and shallow and you could snorkel with ease - plent of fish which actually follow you around in hope of being fed!
Their private island with Cove's cafe is also worth a visit if you require even more of the "Castaway" feel although the main island is itself Paradise.

Overall we would thoroughly recommend Kanuhura for those looking to be pampered and for total relaxation - my wife particulary enjoyed the excellent Spa - we will definately return - next time with our young daughter.


by TripAdvisor Member ali100

We have just returned from 9 nights at the Kanuhura, it was a fabulous place with the most marvelous staff.
From the moment we arrived at Male you know you are in good hands, you are greated, taken to a lovely lounge whilst they sort out your luggage, then after a 40 minute sea plane ride you are at the resort.
The staff genuinely want you to enjoy your stay and delight in doing lots of those little extra things that make your holiday so special, like dressing up your dinner or lunch table.
We stayed in a beach villa, they are beautiful, and they are kept looking beautiful for your entire stay. It is lovely to have your own bit of beach and loungers.
The island is beautiful, everything is done beautifully from lovely hammocks and day beds to unlimited beach towels. The level of service is outstanding and the resort manager and assistant manger are very visable and seem to really want you to enjoy your stay, the best we have ever seen.
There are 4 restaurants in total and the menus are both diverse and also change daily, the food was excellent, beautifully presented and delicious. The wine list is extensive, alcohol is expensive in the Maldives and so be prepared to spend a bit on it.
The bar is by the beach and so you can have a drink, relaxing watching the sun set.
The spa is fantastic and the staff excellent, I hurt my back whilst there and the therapist researched it on the internet before giving me a massage.
We had a fantastic holiday and would recomend it to anyone.


by TripAdvisor Member pchandr99

We went there for our honeymoon Nov 10-15 and had a marvellous time. Unlike other travellers who have reviewed we haven't been to any other exotic locations other than Hawaii and mexico and well Goa n India.....but the amazing service here coupled with the beautiful blue/green calm waters made for what we'd call the perfect beach location.
We stayed on the sunset side which we preferred coz the only thing you can see is the blue/green waters and two islands in the distance - waters are very calm on this side and waist deep for at least a 100m into the water....on the sunrise side the current was a bit rougher and you could see the waves brreaking in the distance - the color also is a dark blue in the horizon....also i wouldn't want to stay on this side as the water villas are on this side. But the snorkeling was great and we spent a pleasant 1 hr snorkelling around.
Dining was scenic at the Veli cafe which is outdoors and overlooks the ocean on this side....breakfast was a big buffet which was great and included in our package....we enjoyed poolside lunches on occasion. We did order in food in front of our villa a few times as we loved sitting in front of our beach villa outside and eating under oour shade....our beach lounge chairs had an umbrella for shade and we sat in the privacy of our own 'yard' in front of the beach villa.....you do often feel you're the only ones on the beach although when you do step into the water and look toward your villa you can see rows of couples sunbathing in front of their villas....but surprisingly for full occupancy you did not see too many people. We felt like there were few people at one time and hardly many in the water at the same time - it seemed like people would dip into the water and get out within 15 mts max while we'd indulge in for 1/2 hour enjoying the warm waters and cloudy weather.

It rained almost every day either at night or starting 4pm once during which we hung out at the bar by the pool designed in a middle eastern style with sofas and veiled curtains, passing the time by playing scrabble. ;-)

We also partook in a massage at the spa which was heavenly and worth every penny spent! We did take walks around the island in the evenings when it wasn't raining as the morning/noon sun was too hot and uncomfortable to be about walking.....

we also took 1 trip to the private island without a cove or any other restaurant....a picnic basket was included, an umbrella and two chairs. It was uninhabited although you could see Kanuhura's outline in the distance as well as 2 other islands. Needless to say it was one of the best days in Maldvives...we'd keep goin into the waters, sitting under the shade, eating, drinkin wine...

we took the $500 honeymoon package which was a waste as the private dinner outside yr villa was a waste - a 4 course meal which neither of us could avail of thanks to our small appetites, a bathing ceremony and a villa turndown with some flowers strewn across the bed on the last day and a massage. if we had to do it over we'd go for the $150 private island picnic and the massage and skip the rest!!!

The best part was the outdoor bathroom, the semi private beach strip, the beautiful calm waters and walking only those 5 steps from your lounge chair to get into the waters.....staff was friendly and the 24/7 private butler is an amazingly convenient concept which we enjoyed.

Forum Posts

Kanuhura Advice

by ashie1

Hi everyone!

i am planning a honeymoon to the one and only Kanuhura in feb and have a few questions

we were going to book a water bungalow is it worth the extra £200 per night?

Should we upgrade to HB or FB or is better to pay for meals at the individual restaurants?



Re: Kanuhura Advice

by LisaMJ

£200 extra per night - I guess it depends how important having a water bungalow is to you. I'm a lover of beaches personally so this reply may be biased!

We very nearly booked Kanuhura for our holiday in October, and if we had we were going to go for a normal beach bunglaow - the reason being is they have a little stretch of 'private beach' in from of the rooms where your sunbeds and thatched umberella are, so we quite liked the idea of having our own space surroundng the bungalow. Also, the beach bungalows have a huge stone bathtub and large outdoor garden shower area, which sounded nice. (don't know if the water bungalows have these or not)

If you aren't sure which to go for, how about a beach bungalow for half the holiday, and a water bungalow for the other half? Get the best of both worlds then.
But If it was my personal choice I'd have the beach bungalow, and spend the extra £1400 per week on fine dining, private sandbank dinner,etc.

Also, if you go HB or FB, you'll probably have to have your meals in the main restaurant only, and receive a credit to dine in the other restaurants, which may not be the same amount as you prepaid for the eating plan. So unless budget is very strict, I'd stick to B&B and then eat where and when you want.

Re: Re: Kanuhura Advice

by kiki13

I stayed at Kanuhura in 2002.
Fantastic place! You'll love it.
We stayed in the beach villa and honestly for the price difference, I'm glad we chose the beach villa over the water villa.
So much nicer to have both beach and water at your door...and complete privacy.

We stayed with bed & breakfast only...we only ate breakfast and dinner...and snacked on complimentary fruit in the room during the day....it just gets so hot that your appitite deminishes. Never found lunch neccesary.
You'll have different restaurants to choose from at dinner or you can eat in your room.

have fun!

Re: Kanuhura Advice

by SiobhanL

Hi Annie
We haven't been to Kanuhura but you could consider a gamble in booking a beach villa and then see if you can upgrade to a water bungalow when you get there. It may well be less to pay for the upgrade in the resort in dollars rather than paying £200 per night before you leave. This is a gamble as they may not have any available and perhaps you can't upgrade locally so if you have your heart set on a water bungalow then don't risk the gamble but if you're not sure then it's worth the risk. We were offered an upgrade to a water bungalow in Filitheyo once we had arrived and it was much cheaper than the brochure price. I'm sure you will have a wonderful honeymoon either way.

Kanuhura review

by Genacruz

Hi kiki,
It seems that you had a great time at Kanuhura´s. How was the food & beach ?
In which kind of room did stay ?
Do people dress fancy ?
I have a phobia of lizards !! Did you find a common lizard, called gecko, out/inside the room or around the resort?
This may seem a silly question, but please be honest.
I`ve been to Malaysia, Philipines and Thailand and had found a few in the room & toilette. Thanks a lot.

Re: Kanuhura review

by kiki13

Hi ,
Food was great, no complaints. Always plenty to try not boring at all.

Breakfast is buffet of fruits,diff. breads,jams,cheeses,meats,cereal,eggs any way you like,juices,tea /coffee, pancakes and more! (even asian breakfast) eatten inside or ouside where tables are set up on the sand near the pool.

I believe there are 3 restaurants, so quite a choice for meals. Also a bar for snacks/drink. Yes they serve alcohol. Only on Male alcohol is not allowed (muslim ).
The beach was soft and white. Water is an amazing clear blue!

We stayed in beach villa. Your backyard is the beach and ocean with bushes growing in between the villas for privacy.
Plenty of space-has king bed w/ mosquito netting and entertainment center music/tv/vcr. Changing area with makeup table and closet. The best is the open-air bathroom!! Soo big w/ separate garden shower and tub for 2.
Dress fancy?...well not during the day but at night i'd say nice casual. No dress code though.

No geckos in my room.
Saw a few geckos in the open-air bathroom at night...but trust me when i tell you they NEVER leave the celing/roof ,and are harmless. They don't attack!-ha They're actually so cute and eat little bugs and mosquitos.
I tried catching one but the little suckers are just to fast.
They will never bother you I promise!! Don't let let this keep you from going, Maldives are fab!

I live in Malaysia and have never seen a gecko here..well i'm in the city :)
All the resorts have geckos in Maldives ...maybe most beach resorts anywhere in asia for that matter.
Some maldive resorts like Soneva fushi have chickens and rabbits running around!

Maldives immunisations & Kanuhura resort

by kingkelly


I am off to kanuhura for 11 nights in a beach villa on Wed 8th Sept for my honeymoon. I would appreciate any views from people who have stayed there.

Also being too busy with work I haven't had any immunisations for hep B or tyhpoid. I have tetnaus and BCG, should that be ok? any advice gratefully recieved.


Re: Maldives immunisations & Kanuhura resort

by Ali&Steve

Can't help you with Kanuhura, but I do know you don't need the immunisations. What you WILL need is mossie repellent.
Have a great honeymoon and lots of luck for the future.

Re: Maldives immunisations & Kanuhura resort

by kingkelly

Many thanks for your advice. I'm sure we will have a great time.



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Address: Kanuhura Rd,