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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Apr 16, 2021 guilennez Porto Alegre, RS

Every thing was perfect Staff was very friendly Sattar gave us the best pictures ever. Place is beautiful, food delicious. Good place for surfers Really recomend this place for families or couples. Amazing
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Apr 14, 2021 991KonstantinK Passau

We enjoyed our holidays in Cinnamon Dhonvelj really a lot. The holiday right started by arriving at the island and our water bungalow. The water bungalow is very nice and was recently renovated (2019), only the bathroom would need a slight upgrade. The island itself has a perfect size with some possibilities for some walk. A very nice pool & pool… Read more
We enjoyed our holidays in Cinnamon Dhonvelj really a lot. The holiday right started by arriving at the island and our water bungalow. The water bungalow is very nice and was recently renovated (2019), only the bathroom would need a slight upgrade. The island itself has a perfect size with some possibilities for some walk. A very nice pool & pool area and lots of space at the beach have to be highlighted. Especially thanks to Raja we always had our determined beach chairs. Thanks again to you, Raja. The food in the main restaurant was always delicious and varied. The selection of cocktails and drinks was very large. We had All-Inclusive, which we absolutely recommend. Last but not least we have to mention Sattar - he is the good soul of the island. His flower chains and many very nice pictures of us sweetened our walks across the island to spot sharks, stingray, turtles & reef fishes. Thanks to everyone on the island for our awesome holiday. We hope to see you back soon. Read less
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Apr 9, 2021 620fuada Istanbul, Turkey

Second time in Maldives, first time in Cinnamon Dhonveli. Amazing stay lovely helpful staff specially Mr. Sattar With his amazing smile and his wonderful photo sessions ideas and spots, also the hand made flower necklace, amazing Definitely its a place where i would be again one more time.
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Apr 7, 2021 Lester B New York City, New York

A friend of mine always dreamed of going to the Maldives and asked me to post this review. His trip has inspired me to plan my own trip to the magical islands of the Maldives. He did not know what to expect from the isolated and remote islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. All he envisioned was beautiful waters by the bungalows. To his… Read more
A friend of mine always dreamed of going to the Maldives and asked me to post this review. His trip has inspired me to plan my own trip to the magical islands of the Maldives. He did not know what to expect from the isolated and remote islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. All he envisioned was beautiful waters by the bungalows. To his surprise the Hotel Cinnamon offered everything he dreamed of and more. He found a diverse staff of multiple backgrounds and languages. All were warm, caring and did their utmost to be accommodating. One of his travel friends was handicapped and he could not believe how the hotel staff went out of their way to ensure that his experience would be no different than a person who was not handicapped. From the moment of arrival to the moment of departure, the staff made you feel as if you were part of their family. He commented particularly about Sattar who he considered a special staff member. He made flowers for him and his friends to adorn their heads and neck. Sattar was the ultimate expression of “welcome and hospitality”. He was grateful to everyone at the hotel for making him feel at home when away from home in New York City for the Holidays. It was a trip to be treasured. Read less
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Apr 7, 2021 FyodorB St. Petersburg, Russia

We have been staying for a second time at Cinnamon. Great hotel with absolutelly amazing associates! You really fee welcomed and looked after here! Food is great, service is excellent! Very good entertainment during the evenings with changing locations - you always discover something new. We will come back again!