Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

The Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives takes its name from the Maldivian word for crystal white sand, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Dhonveli is situated on a private island, surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. A secluded tropical paradise, the resort combines authentic Maldivian design and décor with modern comforts, facilities and amenities, to offer guests the ultimate Maldivian holiday experience. Why not treat yourself to a stay in an Over Water Suite — resting over the shallow waters surrounding the island, they offer privacy and seclusion. They have a spacious bedroom and a living area with glass panel to watch the marine life below, whilst outside a private sun deck has steps directly down into the water.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Honeymoon
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Villa / private house

Where is it

On its own private island in Kaafu Atoll, in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 25 minutes by speedboat.

Hotel information

152 rooms. All with balcony or terrace, air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, iron, safe, and spacious indoor/outdoor bathrooms, some with bathtub and/or separate rainfall shower and bath amenities. Superior Ocean View Rooms are located in two-storey buildings facing the ocean, with 1 king-size bed (2 additional beds on request), sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Please note: guests staying in Water Bungalows may also dine at Maakana Restaurant and guests staying in Over Water Suites may dine at the exclusive Rehendhi Restaurant, as well as Koimala or Maakana. Other guests may also dine in Rehendhi with a local surcharge (reservations required, subject to availability). 

All Inclusive packages run from 7:30am–midnight. Any drinks consumed outside of these hours will be charged on consumption.

Standard All Inclusive package: includes buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selection of local snacks are serviced between the hours of 10:30am-11:30am, 4:00pm–6:00pm & 10:30pm–11:30pm. Unlimited regular house brands from a selection of spirits and wines (served by the glass only), unlimited cocktails and mocktails from a select menu, selection of draught beer, selection of carbonated soft drinks, canned fruit juice, mineral water plus teas and coffees at all outlets. Access to gym, badminton, tennis, squash courts, table tennis, billiard, snooker, beach volleyball (equipment included).

Virgin All Inclusive: includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. A selection of local and premium branded spirits, wines, beers and cocktails, soft drinks, fresh juices and milk shakes, tea and coffee. Plus one seafood grill steak dinner at the table once per stay, a platter of chocolates in room on second day and mini-bar including soft drinks and beer (replenished once daily). One dolpin watching excursion per stay. Use of fitness centre, badminton, tennis courts, table tennis, billiards and beach volleyball.

Premium All Inclusive package: includes all inclusions of the standard package plus a welcome bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, in-room minibar stocked with beer, soft drinks and selection of snacks (replenished daily), premium International brand spirits wines and cocktails, unlimited fresh juice and milkshakes, 2 complimentary excursions from selected list - per person per stay (weather permitting), invitation to two special themed party events organised by the resort, one special dinner on the beach with the option of a mixed seafood grill or steak, signature 60 minute Balinese spa treatment at Mandara Spa once every 5-night stay, turndown service every night and outside the hours of 7:30am–12:00am any drinks consumed (regardless of AI package booked) will be charged on consumption.

Beach Bungalows are located around the bay, offering stunning views of the glistening Indian Ocean, with 1 king-size bed and separate divan/day bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child.

Water Bungalows are located on the southwest side of the island and offer 66 sq m of living space, state-of-the-art entertainment facilities and a spacious private terrace leading out to the lagoon. Each bungalow comes with a Jacuzzi, 1 king-size bed and separate divan/day bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Junior Beach Suites are located on the beach with an outdoor verandah and terrace and an open-air shower or bathtub with 1 king-size bed and separate divan/day bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Over Water Suites are situated on the northwest side of the island and have a total of 85 sq m of living space with a glass floor panel, and a private outdoor terrace, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. Over Water Suite guests enjoy exclusive access to the resort’s Rehendhi Restaurant and Bar, serving gourmet buffets and wines from the attached wine cellar, plus an exclusive swimming pool to while away the hours. 

Beach Suite with Pool are a 2 story unit with a separate living and bedroom space overlooking the beach front and an outdoor shower with 1 king-size bed and single/day bed on upper floor and the option for a rollaway bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Ground Floor Suites have a day bed which can be used as a single bed, sleeping maximum 5 adults and 3 adults and 2 children.

Koimala Main Restaurant (open for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner; international cuisine), Maakana Restaurant (buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, exclusive for Water Bungalow guests), Rehendhi Restaurant & Bar (exclusive for Over Water Suite guests). Raalhu Bar (serving a selection of cocktails). Raiyvilla Bar. Beach Bar. Room service*. Freshwater swimming pool with kids pool, plus exclusive infinity pool for Over Water Suite guests. Chavana Spa* with sauna and aromatherapy bath. Mini-gym. Snorkelling*, windsurfing*, kayaking* and catamaran sailing*. Motorised water sports*. PADI certified scuba diving*. Tennis court, beach volleyball, table tennis (floodlighting*), billiards. DJ music, Maldivian cultural show and acrobatic show. Beach cinema. Excursions available*, including fishing, island visits and dolphin watching. Complimentary WiFi for Virgin Holidays' guests.

*Denotes local charge. 

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Jul 23, 2021 Zrippss

The staff are very friendly and everything is really nice. The bungalows are clean and you have a good view. The dinner on the beach was definitly a highlight and the food in generel is really tasty. 😀
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Jul 23, 2021 Eliane R

Excellent resort with a staff extremely kind, efficient, that work with dedication and pleasure. Congretulations to Cinnamon Dhonveli and all their workers, specialy Chamil and Pratice, included Tailor-Sanath and HK Manager - Dinesh!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Well worth the 30 hour travel time from California!!

Jul 22, 2021 A7796DLmicheller

My husband has always had a dream..to surf at Pasta Point in the Maldives. Well, his wish came true as well as many other wishes and fun adventures. Not only did the surf break provide amazing non stop waves but the resort and amenities were top notch! We stayed at a garden view room that was the perfect size for our family of 3. We went on a… Read more
My husband has always had a dream..to surf at Pasta Point in the Maldives. Well, his wish came true as well as many other wishes and fun adventures. Not only did the surf break provide amazing non stop waves but the resort and amenities were top notch! We stayed at a garden view room that was the perfect size for our family of 3. We went on a snorkeling boat excursion that left us breathless and wanting more while swimming with sting ray the size of automobiles. And the entire staff at the resort treated us like VIP. Including Mali, the chef, who prepared a special dish for us most nights. Usually, a fish recipe that had so many new flavors than what we experience in the USA. In conclusion, we have already booked another trip next year! Read less
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Jul 21, 2021 762diannac

Cinnamon Dhonveli was absolutely incredible! We were there for an extended period of time and we were lucky to experience several room types. All rooms are beautiful, modern and well appointed. Lovely spacious bathrooms too. All staff members and the management team were exceptional - so hospitable, friendly and welcoming. The choice of food at… Read more
Cinnamon Dhonveli was absolutely incredible! We were there for an extended period of time and we were lucky to experience several room types. All rooms are beautiful, modern and well appointed. Lovely spacious bathrooms too. All staff members and the management team were exceptional - so hospitable, friendly and welcoming. The choice of food at all meals was so varied and everything was ultra fresh and delicious. The children's play area is really lovely and well situated next to one of the restaurants. Beautiful beach with amazing sea creatures so close to the shore. An unforgettable family holiday - we cannot wait to go back! A home away from home ! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Eternal memories with our Cinnamon Family!

Jul 21, 2021 Ali2021124

From the moment we arrived at the airport, we were greeted with a warm welcome and the upmost care. All of the resort family paid such special attention to our needs and went well beyond meeting our expectations for a truly memorable holiday. Below are a few highlights that capture some of the incredibly thoughtful and generous spirits we… Read more
From the moment we arrived at the airport, we were greeted with a warm welcome and the upmost care. All of the resort family paid such special attention to our needs and went well beyond meeting our expectations for a truly memorable holiday. Below are a few highlights that capture some of the incredibly thoughtful and generous spirits we encountered at the resort. - The Concierge is so thoughtfully managed, extremely well organized and attentive. Patrice is a shining light who takes the time to truly know her guests and their unique desires for their trip. She checked on us early on and was so loving that we had the blessing of getting to know her throughout the course of our trip. She made sure we had all of our needs met (e.g., room amenities such as a special honeymoon welcome with fresh flowers, dining preferences such as our restaurant assignments, activity resources such as tennis racquets, etc.). - The Dining experience was phenomenal in so many ways: our dedicated waiter Hassan greeted us for every meal with joy and a giving heart; he remembered the drinks we love and took the time to get to know each other. The executive chef, Akompa, was sure to greet us our first evening and get to know us as well; he ensured we were well taken care of with our special smoothies, personal sushi surprises from Mohamed who took the time to prepare unique sushi just for us, and decaf coffee at night with the help of our restaurant manager Chamil. The team of extremely attentive wait staff included Shaukath and Fara and Aamil who all made sure to stop by our table regularly and say hello. By far one of our favorite friends at the restaurant was Dilruk who brought us so much joy each day through his friendly custom salad creations. We loved all of the many inclusive meals that captured cuisine from all four corners of the world in every experience. - The Atoll Adventures surf team made sure we were always greeted throughout the day with not only the most timely surf report, but eager hearts to get us out and enjoying the magical waves of the Maldives. Edom and Anni’s gentle and kind spirits brought us comfort, encouragement and wisdom each and every day at sea. We appreciated not only surfing with them, but getting to know them as brothers. Nannu and the rest of the team were consistently present as well, ready at any moment to get us out at either Sultana’s or Pasta Point or Jail Break. They also ran regular snorkeling trips and offered paddling in the lagoon to ensure we wouldn’t miss any time in the water. - The Spa experience was unforgettable with Melva and Cilla who gave us such a relaxing and skillful couples massage. We were pampered from the moment we arrived with delicious tea to our decompression and relaxation in the serenity garden afterwards as we took in the sunset. We could certainly call out the impressive and magical environment (the water, sand, waves, sea life, accommodations, restaurants, amenities), yet any guest would be far remised if they did not pause and appreciate the lovely resort family who make the entire experience profoundly beautiful and blessed. Without a doubt would we highly recommend this resort as a must visit in your lifetime! For a couple who loves to make the most of the sea life (whether it is surfing, snorkeling, paddling) and also experience it in luxury (e.g., five star over the water huts), this is a perfect home away from home! Read less