Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Virgin rating

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

  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Honeymoon
  • Bar
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Swimming Pool

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 Suite categories 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 dolphin 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 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. 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.

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 May '24 to receive up to 38% off the accommodation cost between 09 May–31 Oct '24.  

    Terms and conditions apply. Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. Blackout dates apply

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 May '24 to receive up to 33% off the accommodation cost between 16 May–30 Oct '24. Plus, receive a complimentary return speedboat transfer when staying between 16 May–30 Sep '24. 

    Terms and conditions apply. Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. Blackout dates apply. 

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 May '24 to receive up to 38% off the accommodation cost, plus a complimentary return speedboat transfer between 16 May–31 Oct '24, when staying in a Suite. 

    Terms and conditions apply. Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. Blackout dates apply. 

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. Raalhu Bar (serving a selection of cocktails). Raiyvilla Bar. Beach Bar. Room service*.

DJ music, Maldivian cultural show and acrobatic show. Beach cinema. 

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. Excursions available*, including fishing, island visits and dolphin watching. 

Complimentary WiFi for Virgin Holidays' guests.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: to ensure our customer's safety, we are unable to offer over water accommodation to children under the age of 12.

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May 28, 2024 Rutimb

Holiday of our lives,made us feel special. Beautiful little island with wonderful people...they can't do enough for you. Thanks to the Maakana restaurant for looking after us...especially Ash,Lasaan and the rest of the team. We'll definitely come back.
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May 28, 2024 Arshad M

The experience very fabulous and really mesmerizing. The friendliness and hospitality from Mr Rafiqul. Had the best drinks and welcoming atmosphere in the bar. I would rate him 10/10 for his services and I would recommend for everyone…..
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May 28, 2024 V5994EBbettys

I had amazing time at the resort the staff were so welcoming & friendly ..Special shout out to Rafiqul and moklesh beach bar good job keep it up..Amazing views I will definitely recommend it to my friends..The weather in may was good. Highly recommended!!!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating good job Rafiqul way to go

May 28, 2024 belenvsoldg

i meet this incredible guy at Cinnamon Dhonveli bar and he is so amazing, kind, very funny and entertaining and so good making drinks way to go RAFIQUL !!!!! resort itself is very fantastic so gorgeous, the villas are tidy pool is wonderful, should be back agin!!! and highly recommend
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Honeymoon Experience - 10/10

May 27, 2024 Ritu_and_Sudipta New York City, New York

My husband and I stayed at Cinnamon Dhonveli for 11 nights for our honeymoon and we would definitely recommend coming here again! When we first arrived, we were greeted at the airport and dropped via speed boat to the resort. The ride wasn't scary at all and quite enjoyable. We arrived to the resort in approximately 25 mins. The staff at the… Read more
My husband and I stayed at Cinnamon Dhonveli for 11 nights for our honeymoon and we would definitely recommend coming here again! When we first arrived, we were greeted at the airport and dropped via speed boat to the resort. The ride wasn't scary at all and quite enjoyable. We arrived to the resort in approximately 25 mins. The staff at the resort were welcoming and always greeted us with smiles. We ate at Makhana Restaurant since we stayed at a water bungalow and each night there was a different type of cuisine. There was always a pasta station, desert, chicken curry, fish curry available. Most of the dishes had a distinct Sri Lankan/South Indian touch. We especially loved breakfast the most. Views were incredible from our water bungalow and so serene, romantic. We never got tired of listening to the ocean waves. We wanted to give special recognition to the following staff at Cinnamon for their professionalism, sincerity, and kindness. They truly made our stay more memorable. 1. Ambarasan- A South Indian chef at Makhana who went out of his way to cook us his delicious Chicken Tandoori. He is such a skillful chef and never misses with the flavors. We also loved his vegetable/chicken fried rice and noodles. He is simply a gem of a human and so sweet. 2. Manjeeta- A Sri Lankan chef at Makhana who works at the pasta station/omelette station. Every morning, my husband and I would excitedly make our way to have his flavorful sunny side up eggs. He cooks with love and attention and you can feel that when you eat his food. Another kind and sincere gentleman who always greeted us with a warm smile. 3. Lasaan- This guy truly made us feel so welcomed and warm. We learned so much about the Maldivian culture from Lasaan and he would always patiently answer any questions we had. He was so hardworking and attentive to our needs at all times. 4. Sanjaya- He works at Raalhu Bar. So caring, friendly, quick, and extremely hardworking. He is someone who makes an effort to get to know you. No matter how busy he was, he would always chat with us and make us feel like family. Not to mention, he makes the best drinks and always a wonderful, sweet smile! 5. Dileepa- He also works at Raalhu Bar. He works hard and always listens. He would always wave or chat when he saw us. He made me the most delicious iced latte during my last day. We will hold these memories with us forever! Thank you so much to each and every person, especially those 5 individuals mentioned above. Read less