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: 20 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 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 (applicable for bookings made from 31 May '19 for travel during 2020):

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 (applicable for bookings made from 31 May '19 for travel during 2020):

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 (available for stays from 1 Jan'20) 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 (available for stays from 1 Jan'20) are a 2 story unit with king-size bed and single/day bed on upper floor and the option for a rollaway bed. 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.

  • Early Booking Offer: Book by 31 Oct '19 and save 15% on your accommodation costs for travel from 1 Jan-30 April '20 or book by 30 Apr '20 and save 15% on your accommodation costs for travel from 1 May-31 Dec '20. Terms and conditions apply. May not be combinable with other offers.

Koimala Main Restaurant (open for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner; international cuisine), Makana Restaurant (buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, exclusive for Water Bungalow guests), Rehendhi Restaurant & Bar (exclusive for Over Water Suite guests). Raalu Bar (serving a selection of cocktails). Freshwater swimming pool with kids pool, plus exclusive infinity pool for Over Water Suite guests. Mandara 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. 

Rating summary

  • Location Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Sleep Quality Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Rooms Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Service Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Value Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Cleanliness Image of the Tripadvisor rating

Traveller rating

  • Excellent (2083)
  • Very good (806)
  • Average (208)
  • Poor (78)
  • Terrible (53)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Honey moon of dream

Jul 14, 2019 Ines_Fares_1707

We were in cinnamon Dhonveli hotel for our honey moon trip! They made it special with the great service and hospitality. We would like to thank especially Sattar for the Flower necklesses and the photo he made for us! So kind!! Thanks to Majeed also for his availability and the great job he make! Hope to see you soon 😘
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our honeymoon

Jul 10, 2019 Graham C

It’s our last day at Cinamon Dhonveli Maldives today and we’re so sad to be leaving. The resort is absolutely brilliant, from its amazing staff to the food, the excursions, house keeping, cleanliness and beauty. We arrived on June 30th and stayed for 10 nights. From the moment we arrived we realised what an amazing place this is. The island is… Read more
It’s our last day at Cinamon Dhonveli Maldives today and we’re so sad to be leaving. The resort is absolutely brilliant, from its amazing staff to the food, the excursions, house keeping, cleanliness and beauty. We arrived on June 30th and stayed for 10 nights. From the moment we arrived we realised what an amazing place this is. The island is stunning and all the staff are excellent but I would just like to mention Majeed our waiter he went above and beyond to cater for us and he really puts in the work, he is an asset to the hotel. Hussain who took us out snorkelling as we needed some lessons was brilliant he made my wife feel so at ease in the water even though she can’t swim but by the time we got back in she was ok and really enjoyed seeing all the marine life. I didn’t get the guys name but our house keeper was excellent, he came in twice everyday and kept the place spotless and always topped up the minibar! We went on a sunset fishing trip which was excellent. The guys on board made us feel comfortable and made it easy for us all. We also got the fish we caught for dinner the next day! We also did a dolphin boat trip, it was only me and my wife booked on and they still took us out and found the dolphins within half an hour which was great. We also had a massage in the spa which was unbelievably good. The girls in there are great and really know what they are doing! I can’t speak highly enough of Cinamon Dhonveli in the Maldives. It’s been the best resort we’ve ever stayed at. So thank you to all the staff for making our stay the best! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Holiday Island

Jul 7, 2019 BrummieBoy70 Doha, Qatar

Just got back last night from a 5 night stay here and it is the best holiday we have ever had. Even though the island is under renovation it is only noticeable when you have a walk around and does not affect your holiday in any way. The biggest asset to the resort is the wonderful staff! Everyone of them is helpful and they cannot do enough to… Read more
Just got back last night from a 5 night stay here and it is the best holiday we have ever had. Even though the island is under renovation it is only noticeable when you have a walk around and does not affect your holiday in any way. The biggest asset to the resort is the wonderful staff! Everyone of them is helpful and they cannot do enough to make your stay memorable obviously in the hope that you will return one day. We stopped in 2 overwater suites (newly refurbished) which were lovely and very well equipped with a living area, very large bedroom and stunning bathroom. The standard was very high without being so luxury that you couldn't feel comfortable. We dined exclusively in the Rehendhi restaurant and loved every meal we had in there and the quality and choice was excellent and we all struggled not to over indulge at ever meal. Samir our waiter really looked after us and the bar staff and chefs were all good fun! The 25 minute speedboat trip was welcome after a red eye flight into Male even though the wife found it a bit bumpy at times. Shark feeding at the jetty was brilliant and we even won 2 prizes at the bingo night! Overall I highly recommend this resort! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Really paradise! Overrated suite is a must

Jul 7, 2019 922Alexis Hong Kong, China

Late to write the review because It would take time to thank many people who made our holiday memorable. Over water suite is a must, very value for money comparing to other overwater suites in Maldives with same quality. Very very spacious, huge bathroom with separate shower and bathtub, large balcony, and a loving room with a glass floor which… Read more
Late to write the review because It would take time to thank many people who made our holiday memorable. Over water suite is a must, very value for money comparing to other overwater suites in Maldives with same quality. Very very spacious, huge bathroom with separate shower and bathtub, large balcony, and a loving room with a glass floor which I enjoyed watching fishes at night. Very clean. Over water suites had its own restaurant, bar and swimming pool, while guests could go to other restaurants and bars of the island. All inclusive plan was a must, if you were wine/beer lovers as us. We were allowed to bring drink back to our room, as AL did not include mini-bar. The staff were so nice, making your stay relaxing and warm. Thanks Zea of reception for giving help on the whole stay. Thanks Ash'had, Samir, our waiters, for kind and tender service, smiling to us as friends. Thanks Sheli, lovely lady of salad and fresh fruits drink. Her salad was incredible, and drink was refreshing. Thanks Sneha, Ashen and Malinda, our bar tenders, we enjoyed your cocktails and chattin with you. Finally, thanks Khair, my husband loved loved your fried dishes of the day. All are good, but have two areas needed for improvement: 1. The fishing tour: only 2 hours including traveling, is surely inadequate. We did fishing tours around the world· I do not see that the captain or staff were professional or helpful. No fish caught for entire boat, of course. Fishing is such thing, I understand. But, I found the trip quite unsafe: not enough, good quality life jackets on the boat. So we brought our life jackets from our rooms. And, the wooden boat went very near of coast shores all the time in a completely dark area. I felt very unsafe. 2. It's heard that the resort is going to replant coral. There are only few life coral. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing anniversary visit

Jul 5, 2019 viraj2080 Belle Mare

This place is amazing from when we arrived until the moment we left. The staff here really made our stay very special. Sattar he was the most amazing pool attendant and made us feel so special and he is so funny made us laugh everyday. He also took the time out to make us beautiful flower garlands and decorated our sun beds. He always went above… Read more
This place is amazing from when we arrived until the moment we left. The staff here really made our stay very special. Sattar he was the most amazing pool attendant and made us feel so special and he is so funny made us laugh everyday. He also took the time out to make us beautiful flower garlands and decorated our sun beds. He always went above and beyond to make our stay full of laughter and joy. The food was great and they did their upmost to cater for any dietary requirements Pant the chef made the most amazing curries and Indian food and really tired hard to make sure we were fed well Farouk the best barman made amazing drinks and remembered what we were drinking Ash'ard also an amazing waiter made sure we had a table and drinks were waiting for us when we sat down Zea for arranging sharkfeeding for us that really was a amazing thing to see The best thing about this place is the personal touch the staff give really made is memorable It was 11 days in paradise Over water suits are breathtaking huge rooms with separate living area and a huge bathroom You will never get tired of waking up to a ocean view every morning and the rooms are to a very high quality and finish you dont need to bring adapters as the plug sockets are universal for any plug and there are USB ports all over the room Their is a clear glass area to look under and see the fish while sitting in the living area that was amazing we sat there for hours watching the fish go buy Read less