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Kanuhura Wins at the World Luxury Hotel Awards

October 29 2019

Situated in the glittering waters of the Lhaviyani Atoll lies the five-star paradise of Kanuhura, which spans both the main island itself and its two neighbouring deserted islands. Artfully decorated with a unique gypset charm, Kanuhura is a vibrant tropical playground, perfect for barefoot wild-hearted world travellers. 


Along the pristine golden shores of this luxurious haven, guests can indulge in their Robinson Crusoe fantasies. Kanuhura offers a variety of island-inspired gastronomic experiences (think private deserted island picnics), luxury villas, some of which seem to rise out of the scintillating azure waters themselves, extraordinary outdoor activities, outdoor cinema evenings under the stars and much more. A holiday spent at this dreamy hotel promises to be one to remember.
If unrivalled signature offerings, gypsy-chic comforts and the pure natural beauty of Kanuhura already has you looking at flights, then it’s probably no surprise that it’s also garnered a considerable amount of international attention over the years. 
Kanuhura, Sun Resorts’ flagship hotel, has won a host of amazing awards which include being rated One of the World's Top Renovations by Conde Nast Traveller (after the resort had a full revamp), the resort’s Kokaa spa winning World's Best Spa by National Geographic Traveller, being named Most Charming Island Resort by 1st Star Awards, Global Luxury Island Resort Spa by Luxury Spa Awards, and Maldives' Leading Family Resort by the World Travel Awards. Kanuhura also won Outstanding Island Resort Destination at the Asian Lifestyle Tourism Awards in South Asia and boasts a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. This exotic hotel is in a class of its own. And, at the annual World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2019, Kanuhura was able to add to its list of accolades once more.
Here’s what you need to know about Kanuhura’s latest recognition: 
The achievement was announced at The World Luxury Hotel Awards gala ceremony in October 2019 
The highly-anticipated 13th annual World Luxury Hotel Awards took place at the gorgeous Arctic TreeHouse Hotel and SantaPark in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland, on 12 October 2019. This world-class event drew approximately 300 guests and was certainly an event to remember. 
Here, the winners of the prestigious awards were announced, and it’s with great pride that we reveal that Kanuhura was among them, earning the title of 2019 Luxury Family Beach Resort, not just for the Maldives, but the entire Indian Ocean region. 
The World Luxury Hotel Awards are hugely prestigious 
The incredible World Luxury Hotel Awards was established in 2006 and has been naming the top industry players ever since its inception. These international awards are seen as the highest achievement in the luxury travel landscape and hotels are able to enter according to the categories most relevant to them: from destination-specific categories to those that highlight unique selling points or offerings. 
They are voted on by the public
Each of the categories (there are some 99 different categories) are then voted on online by some 300 000 international travellers over the course of four weeks, after which the winners of each category are selected. Because the awards - which are handed out on a country, region, continent and global basis - are voted on by external parties, they are an accurate representation of the incredible service excellence of the winning establishments, who receive invaluable recognition for being best-in-class. 

Hotels and hotel groups can be nominated by travellers, tour operators, travel agents or can nominate themselves via the World Luxury Hotel Awards website. The eligibility of each property is then evaluated based on guest feedback and reviews. Those that make it through this round, are then invited formally to partake in and register for the event. 

This accolade recognises Kanuhura as being amongst the crème de la crème of luxury hotels 

Kanuhura prides itself on offering its guests novel and memorable experiences, the finest luxury comforts and excellent service - and it’s a phenomenal achievement to see the efforts of those who work at Kanuhura pay off with such an esteemed award.


World Luxury Awards Marketing Director, Michael Hunter-Smith had this to say, “We congratulate this year’s winners. True luxury is not easily attained. It takes highly efficient and dedicated staff who are willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that every guest feels cared for and no challenge goes unresolved. This is the definition of luxury. It is what makes the winners shine.”

It’s fabulous for Kanuhura to be highlighted as an exceptional hotel for families


Kanuhura’s temperate sapphire-blue waters, exotic gardens and pristine beaches provide the ultimate backdrop for anyone looking for an unparalleled holiday destination. But this luxury establishment is not just reserved for happy couples and discerning world travellers: it offers its little guests, and families as a whole, a wealth of activities and experiences. The World Luxury Hotel Award that Kanuhura has received - 2019 Luxury Family Beach Resort for the Indian Ocean region - is such a wonderful affirmation of this. From an excellent kids club and a host of culinary choices for children, age-appropriate island experiences, family-friendly villas and more, Kanuhura is the ultimate choice for your special family holiday in paradise. The cherry on top? Children under the age of 12 stay and eat for free on the same board basis as their parents*.

Interested in finding out what else Kanuhura can offer you and your family? Then get in touch with us and we will help you create the island holiday you’ve always dreamed of. 

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