Six Senses will add Kanuhura on the private island hideaway of Lhaviyani Atoll as its a second branded property in the Maldives, starting in late 2022. The laid-back retreat consists of three private islands—Kanuhura itself, plus two deserted neighbouring isles. When it adopts the Six Senses brand, the resort will offer 80 private overwater, beach and spacious family villas offering sunset or sunrise views.
This is the second collaboration of Six Senses with Singapore-based Hotel Properties Limited (HPL), which owns 41 hotels and resorts in 15 countries with eight in the Maldives. Kanuhura will become a northerly sister to the Six Senses Laamu. “Six Senses Kanuhura is a unique opportunity to combine our three best-loved ideals in life: sustainability, wellness and locally themed experiences,” says Neil Jacobs, chief executive officer, Six Senses.
Located in an extremely remote area of the Maldives, Kanuhura is a 40-minute seaplane flight from the main international airport on Malé.
Resort enhancements planned over the coming months comprise an upgrade of the overwater villas to include private pools, as well as new family suites, new dining concepts and a pioneering wellness offering—all with a sustainability focus.
Below the water, the Lhaviyani Atoll offers more than 40 dive sites. In the coming months, new water sport activities and high-performance equipment will be added. A turtle safari also can be arranged upon request to a point less than five minutes away from the resort.
On the sustainability front, Six Senses will offer support to a neighbouring island community with a focus on education and student development. With new organic herb garden landscaping, fresh vegetables and herbs will be collected daily for use in the resort’s restaurants and interactive chef’s workshops. The boutique will have a new space dedicated to sustainable fashion.
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