Six Senses, a part of Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), has announced that it will open a second resort in Maldives in partnership with Singapore-based Hotel Properties Limited (HPL).
Encompassing three private islands – two deserted neighboring islands and Kanuhura itself – this laid-back retreat is the epitome of white sands, turquoise lagoons, lush tropical greenery and gently swaying palm trees to doze under, states Six Senses. The property will adopt the Six Senses brand in late 2022 as a northerly sister to the popular Six Senses Laamu. Until then, it is available for bookings through www.kanuhura-maldives.com and www.ihg.com, and guests can earn and spend IHG Rewards points and experience exclusive benefits as the resort joins IHG’s loyalty program.
A 40-minute seaplane flight from the main international airport on Malé, the untouched paradise vibe is rivaled only by two completely deserted islands, Jehunuhura and Masleggihuraa. When it opens as a Six Senses-branded resort, it will offer 80 private overwater, beach and spacious family villas offering sunset or sunrise views.
The mesmerizing natural beauty of the Maldives demands high design standards and Six Senses states that Kanuhura has already been recognized as the Best Luxury Resort in the Maldives at the Luxury Lifestyle Awards and Best of the Best in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice. Sensitive enhancements are planned over the coming months including an upgrade of the overwater villas to include private pools, new family suites, new dining concepts and a pioneering wellness offering – all with the Six Senses brand’s sustainability ethos in mind.
Below the water, the Lhaviyani Atoll offers more than 40 dive sites for exploring marine life. In the coming months, new watersport activities and high-performance equipment will be added in partnership with Ocean Wings Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Ocean Group Maldives. Additionally, Six Senses says that a turtle safari may also be organized on request to a turtle point less than five minutes away from the resort, an activity popular at Six Senses Laamu. Sustainability reaches far beyond the building design and protecting the local flora and fauna. Projects are in place to support a neighboring island community with a focus on education and student development, states Six Senses.
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Neil Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, Six Senses, said:
Six Senses Kanuhura is a unique opportunity to combine our three best-loved ideals in life: sustainability, wellness and locally themed experiences. By day, your feet will be sandy and your hair salty. By night, surrender to the spa and your skin will be smoothed, your soul will be soothed, and your mood will be as sparkling as your sundowner.
The resort will feature an organic herb garden that will provide vegetables, herbs and salad leaves. These will be collected fresh each day to use in the restaurants and interactive workshops with the chef. Also, the boutique will also provide a new space dedicated to sustainable fashion.
HPL owns 41 hotels & Resorts in 15 countries with eight in the Maldives. Stephen Lau, Executive Director of HPL and Chairman of HPL’s Hotel Division, said:
We are delighted to collaborate with Six Senses on our latest acquisition in the Republic of Maldives. Kanuhura is one of the few pristine islands blessed with amazing natural beauty. We are confident that Six Senses will be able to bring to Kanuhura what it has achieved at its sister resort, Six Senses Laamu: a high degree of sustainable sophistication in a natural environment coupled with unparalleled service.
Meanwhile, Six Senses recently announced the opening of Six Senses Ibiza. The luxury hospitality chain’s first resort in India, Six Senses Fort Barwara, is now accepting reservations from 15th October. Six Senses has introduced a ‘Luggage Free’ booking platform and also launched a Travel App in December 2020.
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