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. 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Mike and Abi

Sep 20, 2019 869abi

We have just come back from an amazing 10 night stay at Cinnamon Dhonveli. From the moment we arrived at the airport, we were taken by speed boat which took around 25 minutes. The staff on the boat were very warm and friendly and once we arrived on the island the reception felt very welcoming. Our room was ready and everything was prepared for our… Read more
We have just come back from an amazing 10 night stay at Cinnamon Dhonveli. From the moment we arrived at the airport, we were taken by speed boat which took around 25 minutes. The staff on the boat were very warm and friendly and once we arrived on the island the reception felt very welcoming. Our room was ready and everything was prepared for our arrival.  We stayed in a over water suite and the room was fitted with very modern facilities. The view from the suite was exceptional and felt very private as if we had the island to ourselves. The warm welcome continued when Satar gave us his own handmade flower necklaces and always made sure we had towels on our Sun lounges near the pool. He also made sure we didn't leave the island until we had seen the infamous shark feeding which was definitely worth seeing. Thank you Satar :) The all inclusive package, in our opinion, is worth doing. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner was always to a high standard with various options every day. Drinks were always available to us and the selection was also very varied. All the staff at the restaurant and bar were friendly and helpful. Malinda behind the bar always welcomed us with a huge smile and great conversation. We wish we got everyone's names who were there when we were because they all deserve a special mention on here. We took the opportunity to snorkel at our pleasure and there were many types of fish to see including Sting Rays and Black fin reef sharks which we had never come across before. Kole at the water sports centre took us on a jet ski excursion which was a cool experience as we hadn't done this before either. Even though there were renovation works taking place on the island, this didn't affect our holiday and we couldn't see or here this from our room or restaurant. Overall we expected the Maldives to be a holiday to remember but what made it so special for us were the people who made us feel at home. The personal touches like remembering our names, the "good mornings/evenings" and just general conversation made us feel very welcome. We will definitely remember this holiday and would recommend anyone to go there who is after relaxation with some water sports/ surfing if you so wish. Thank you Cinnamon Dhonveli for making our holiday so special. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A dreamed honeymoon!

Sep 19, 2019 cathiguzman Oxford, United Kingdom

Where to start? Its a paradise! We celebrated our honeymoon here and it was worth every penny!! More than expected!. On arrival on the airport we had a transfer of 20min in a high speed boat. Once there patrice was very welcoming and provided all the info needed plus some extras included in our premium all inclusive. The watervilla was amazing and… Read more
Where to start? Its a paradise! We celebrated our honeymoon here and it was worth every penny!! More than expected!. On arrival on the airport we had a transfer of 20min in a high speed boat. Once there patrice was very welcoming and provided all the info needed plus some extras included in our premium all inclusive. The watervilla was amazing and the views are breathtaking. The staff was super nice and helpfull specially Sattar on the pool area who everyday was surprising us with his flowers skills and even did a photoshoot with us (always willing to go over). Malandi on the bar area was friendly too and great drinks and coctails were done by him. And last but not least Suleiman in the restaurant was incredible (our last dinner on the beach was fantastic). I most mention the 75% of the island is being renovated but does not affect your stay and you cant hear noise at all. Only areas open are the watervillas, the restaurant buffet, The beach, the surf bar or pasta point and the infinite pool but that is more than enough to have a great time. The food was tasty but I most say after few days it gets repetitive so my feedback will be to change the food options more often. We wish to come back again one day! Regards to the cinnamon dhonveli group. Read less
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Sep 16, 2019 RedGeoff54 Liverpool, United Kingdom

We went on friend's recommendation, an11 night, over-water bungalow holiday. Great snorkelling, fishing, dolphin watching, food and service. Despite currently undergoing serious renovation (Sept. 2019), every effort had been made by the company to minimise disruption and it worked. In fairness, we had been informed about the work months in advance… Read more
We went on friend's recommendation, an11 night, over-water bungalow holiday. Great snorkelling, fishing, dolphin watching, food and service. Despite currently undergoing serious renovation (Sept. 2019), every effort had been made by the company to minimise disruption and it worked. In fairness, we had been informed about the work months in advance and offered an alternative island resort, but decided to stick with our plan. A good decision. Cruise standard food, and an excellent selection of drinks in the 'all inclusive' package. Patrice (reception/hospitality) was lovely and always available and the restaurant team were spot-on. At the pool bar, Malinda, Rafiq and the team were great hosts, good fun and full of local information. I'm really struggling to find any fault in this very enjoyable experience. Thank you all, we would return in a heartbeat. Read less
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Sep 16, 2019 Tour41025604571

Wonderful week with good surf, great food and fabulous service. Malinda and his staff at the swim up cocktail bar were exceptional. Stayed in an overwater bungalow which was lovely and gave good access to the surf. Beautiful place.
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Sep 14, 2019 TALYA B Mount Arlington, New Jersey

How do you write a review for the best place you have ever visited? This resort was absolutely gorgeous! the views were breathtaking, the waves (by our villa 704) were calm and warm- i was able to SUP daily, and the room was absolutely spectacular! the service from the staff was top notch and they were really kind and helpful whenever we needed-we… Read more
How do you write a review for the best place you have ever visited? This resort was absolutely gorgeous! the views were breathtaking, the waves (by our villa 704) were calm and warm- i was able to SUP daily, and the room was absolutely spectacular! the service from the staff was top notch and they were really kind and helpful whenever we needed-we also got 2 free excursions (most likely due to the construction taking place and the employees wanting to make sure that the visitors were happy). The least favorite part for us was the food, we didn't find it that great, esp considering their a cinnamon location and we love all of their properties in Colombo; however the amazing views and surroundings make up for it. We hope to be able to return one day as it was truly a dream vacation totally relaxing and blissful. The staff were all so so so nice and we had great chats :) Read less