Sun Resorts takes a shine to Maldives luxury

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LHAVIYANI ATOLL, MALDIVES, 12 April 2017: Sun Resorts owned and managed, Kanuhura Maldives, has undergone a USD42 million  overhaul that includes the purchase of Masleggihura island.

Consisting of three islands in the northern quadrant of the Lhaviyani Atoll the original property opened almost two decades ago.

A reimagining of the resort positions it for the latest trending, travellers identified as Gypset; part gypsy in their drive for freedom and  jetset, reflected in their wealth and craving for luxury living.

Following the design overhaul of Kanuhura, Sun Resorts CEO David Anderson, appointed Robert Hauck as general manager, formerly of Raffles Hotels and Resorts and Thanyapura Phuket.

“We have a sheltered location over three islands and are blessed with a heritage of repeat guests over the past 20 years,” said Hauck. “We are now developing experiences for guests where they can stay fit and totally relax.”

The options include the escapism and tranquillity on Masleggihura island to a 300-metre sea swim to Jehunuhura island, a 2.25km round island run on Kanuhura and soon to be launched Project South, which will be the first martial arts academy in the Maldives led by two-time world Muay Thai champion, Irshaad Sayed.

Other active sports programmes include football with Kanuhura’s inter-island team, tennis cardio clinics and the chance to join disabled athlete Jason  Lester when he attempts a Guinness world record at the island in June and run 100 miles criss-crossed across the island in November.

Simple lime washed villas and suites have been given more flexibility and space – with the room count coming down from 100 to 80 – to cater to larger families and teenagers with one- to three-bedroom beach and over-water pool villas from 59 sqm to 385 sqm in size.

The resort focusing on the idea of “Gypset”.  Gypset is a new way of life, according to New York-based journalist and author, Julia Chaplin, who wrote about a generation of travellers who she defined as part Gypsy, driven by freedom and escapism, and part Jetset, a reflection of their success and appreciation of the finer things in life.