The secluded and tranquil island resort of One&Only Kanuhura, in the northeastern part of Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives, will reopen with a fresh look in mid-October 2005 following a four-month refurbishment.Ê
The 100-villa resort, famed for its laid-back luxury, will retain its authentic, natural Maldivian charm. Enhancements include the rejuvenation of the 18 Water Villas and two Grand Water Villas, and the freshening up of the Beach Villas, bars and restaurants, public areas and the award-winning One&Only Spa (formerly Veyoge Spa).Ê
Mauro Governato, General Manager of One&Only Kanuhura, feels strongly that the inherent key attractions of the island will remain the same. He commented: “The philosophy of the resort remains untouched. Private dinners on the sandy beach, magical evenings under the stars, incredible sunsets, unique marine life, and genuine and impeccable service combine with the feeling of being somewhere so remote and naturally beautiful. These are the primary ingredients of our resort.”
ÊA romantic stage will be set in the refurbished villas with back-lighted gauzy cream and copper coloured linen draped behind the headboard and suspended over driftwood poles above the bed. The cream coloured bed cover becomes a backdrop for brightly hued cushions embellished with organza flowers fashioned after those found on the island.ÊThe pattern of the cotton and linen bed throw is inspired from Maldivian woven grass rugs. Furniture pieces are hand crafted with chiselled wood and bamboo textures.ÊThe wardrobe and dressing areas have natural light filtering through the laminated glass and raffia double doors leading into the open-air bathroom.ÊSandstone stepping stones lead guests to the open-air shower, or they can enjoy an aromatherapy bath in the kidney shaped freestanding tub.
“One&Only Kanuhura has a special aura that embraces guests as soon as they step on to the arrival jetty from the seaplane. The casual elegance of the island is preservedÊwith the choice of natural materials and a colour palette pulled from the sea. TheÊnewly renovatedÊvillas have floor-to-ceiling glass and wood doors that slide back to reveal either the beach or a private deck before you fall off into the amazing turquoise sea,”Êcomments Jan Clausen of Atlanta-based CCID, who designed the resort’s interior.