Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

This lush resort is blessed with amazingly colourful coral reefs, a fine white sandy beach on one side of the island and a turquoise lagoon, making it perfect for those seeking unspoiled surrounds in which to relax. You won’t want to miss the underwater world though so be sure to grab a snorkel, jump in and discover the spectacular marine life. Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon offers warm friendly service and has a great range of amenities, as well as regular entertainment for those chilled island evenings. Choose to access the island by an exhilarating speedboat ride or travel by seaplane, a great way to arrive, offering spectacular aerial views.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Snorkelling

Where is it

In the northeast of North Ari Atoll. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 25 minutes by seaplane or 1 hour 30 minutes by speedboat. Please note: Seaplane transfers to/from your resort will only operate in daylight hours. Speedboat transfers are more economical, are available during daylight hours (except May-September) and are weather dependent. Please ensure your international flights into and out of Malé allow for these schedules.

Hotel information

112 rooms and bungalows. All with terrace, air-conditioning, satellite TV, complimentary WiFi, telephone, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar*, safe, hairdryer and iron. Standard Rooms are located on the island, open out onto the gardens and have outdoor showers, with 1 king-size bed, plus extra bed on request, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Standard All Inclusive package (applicable for bookings made from 31 May '19 for travel during 2020):

7:30am – 12:00am buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner plus selection of local snacks served between 10:30am-11:30am, 4:00pm-6:00pm & 10:30pm-11:30pm: unlimited regular house brands from a 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, mineralized water plus teas and coffees at all outlets. Access to gym, badminton, tennis, squash courts, table tennis, billiard, snooker, beach volleyball and football (equipment included).

Virgin All Inclusive: includes buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in allocated buffet, plus morning, evening and late night snacks. Local and premium branded spirits, wines and cocktails, fresh juices and milk shakes, still bottled water, and tea and coffee. Plus one seafood grill or steak dinner at the 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, snooker and squash.

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 mini-bar stocked with beer, soft drinks and selection of snacks (replenished daily), premium international brand spirits wines and cocktails, unlimited fresh juice and mild shakes, 2 complimentary excursions from selected list - per person per stay (weather permitting), invitation to 2 special themed party events organized 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 Chavana Spa once every 5 night stay and turndown service every night.

Please note: Outside the hours of 7:30 and midnight any drinks consumed (regardless of AI package booked) will be charged on consumption.

Superior Rooms are in two-storey blocks (with two Superior Rooms on each floor) and face the ocean. These spacious rooms have 1 king-size bed and 1 single bed (extra bed available), sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Beach Bungalows are individual and look out to sea, offering more privacy, and have 1 king-size bed plus extra bed on request, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Water Bungalows are set on stilts over the water, with private deck, and have 1 king-size bed plus extra bed on request, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

  • 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.

Madi Restaurant (international buffet, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Malamathi Restaurant & Bar (exclusively for guests staying in Water Bungalows). Iruohsnee bar and coffee shop. Infinity swimming pool. Chavana Spa* with choice of massages and treatments. Fitness room. PADI dive centre*. Snorkelling* and canoeing*. Tennis, table tennis, squash, badminton and billiard table. Island hopping excursions*, manta safaris* and fishing trips*. Entertainment including live bands and DJ music. Laundry service. WiFi*.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Looks better in real life than in the pictures.

Jul 19, 2019 TropicaldiverNL

All rooms are recently renovated, we thought it would be a bit old and outdated. Because the pictures on the website (and Tripadviser) are not updated yet. It was a nice surprise to see that the rooms look better in real life. The food was much better than expected, I have to admit that my expectations were not that high. But the most positive was… Read more
All rooms are recently renovated, we thought it would be a bit old and outdated. Because the pictures on the website (and Tripadviser) are not updated yet. It was a nice surprise to see that the rooms look better in real life. The food was much better than expected, I have to admit that my expectations were not that high. But the most positive was the extremly helpful and friendly staff. Only the Diveschool staff (not a part of the hotel if I'm correct) could have been a bit more enthusiastic. Did their job well, nothing less, but definitly nothing more. We had a very good experience, and I think for the Maldives the hotel is very good value for money. Pro's: Reef, weather, lack of insects, friendly staff, beach, food. Con's: Sometimes they burn waste on the island. Occasionally we had to sit on a different part of the Island because of the smell. Eventually we complained about it. The staff helped us with a solution that was to our liking. Read less
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Jul 13, 2019 yasintop Dordrecht, The Netherlands

The Island transfer time with boat is okay & with seaplane also good, excapt that it is too expensive for both of them. The Island is really nice & smart for relaxing, walki ng , spent time with your partner. It is a clean place, the staff is doing good to make you a smile, the activities is not practical, if you go in groups than it is to do,… Read more
The Island transfer time with boat is okay & with seaplane also good, excapt that it is too expensive for both of them. The Island is really nice & smart for relaxing, walki ng , spent time with your partner. It is a clean place, the staff is doing good to make you a smile, the activities is not practical, if you go in groups than it is to do, cause otherwhise it is really too expensive for a smart activity. The rooms are very clean, we taked the water bungalow, & that is really really awesome, the silence, the moments, the view everything is really great!! We maked a lot of pictures & drone videos there, it is possible to show just contact me. The beach & water are really clean, the waterside on the water bungalows also okay For a little summary just a few words about this little paradise: just go & enjoy all of the moments there !! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing reef with thousands of fish, brilliant holiday

Jul 5, 2019 293ehsany Swansea, United Kingdom

4 of us stayed in 2 rooms for 12 nights here and it was amazing. It was our favourite trip to the Maldives so far and recommend this island to anybody who wants a good snorkel. Rooms 5/5 rating = rooms were spacious, so clean and high spec. The air conditioning works very powerfully and there is a big TV. The bed was so comfortable and I wish I… Read more
4 of us stayed in 2 rooms for 12 nights here and it was amazing. It was our favourite trip to the Maldives so far and recommend this island to anybody who wants a good snorkel. Rooms 5/5 rating = rooms were spacious, so clean and high spec. The air conditioning works very powerfully and there is a big TV. The bed was so comfortable and I wish I knew the make so I could buy one for myself (perhaps management could let me know!) Pool 4/5 rating = pool man was nice and helpful, big pool but not that deep only 1.3m so had to kneel or squat to be covered. Although it is an infinity pool with an amazing view. Staff 5/5 rating = all staff will greet you when passing by which is nice and a big shout out to our waiter sobah. He was very helpful and nice to see his amazing snorkelling photos he shared with us. Also a shoutout to Vipal who was very friendly. Entertainment 2/5 rating = only entertainment about 3 or 4 of the nights and it was only a man with a guitar singing. There was a beach party but came with a 15$ charge per person, where it really should be free so we didn’t attend. Plus it was only for 2 hours. I suppose this is a snorkel/dive focus island so people go to bed early and wake up early. Food 3/5 rating = breakfast had wide variety but dinner wasn’t the best. The beef and pork were very fatty so just avoided them the entire time. Other islands have better selection and quality for example ice cream selection was only 2 flavours a night rotation between vanilla, strawberry and chocolate but other islands have sorbets with different flavours every night. Reef 5/5 rating = best reef ever, saw everything and more, nice to see lots of corals but some bits have been bleached. Sharks, rays, eels, schools of fish it was amazing. Under the water bungalows you will find baby sharks and one bungalow had 7 stingrays underneath it. Pros of the island: - amazing reef - Fantastic rooms and staff - Good gym area - Nice big pool - Great manta excursion Cons of the island: - Expensive excursions e.g 107$ inc tax for manta trio - Charging for entertaining (beach party) - Delay on speed boat when leaving, management chasing customers to pay bills at the very last minute which should have been sorted out earlier. This left us on the boat for 20 min and when stationary it sways a lot. - Double standards for the pool, some people told they can’t wear a t shirt and had to buy 56$ rash vests from the shop but some people allowed to wear t shirts in the pool, should be the same rules-for everyone. Overall an amazing holiday with so many memories, I will never forget this holiday and already want to come back. Read less
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Jul 3, 2019 KBSunseekers Worthing, United Kingdom

As with all holidays you weigh up the pros and cons, we love this little Island it was our third visit and we will visit again. If you love snorkelling this is the Island for you. Here are the pros & cons as we see them. Pros House reef is improving although still some dead coral much is now coming back to life, we found the best area behind the… Read more
As with all holidays you weigh up the pros and cons, we love this little Island it was our third visit and we will visit again. If you love snorkelling this is the Island for you. Here are the pros & cons as we see them. Pros House reef is improving although still some dead coral much is now coming back to life, we found the best area behind the water bungalows there are plenty of fish and turtles. We requested by email prior to arriving at the Island a beach villa near to the pool as I swim a lot. Thank you Ellaidhoo they arranged this & we had a lovely room, kept spotless by the room boy. There is some night entertainment, the singers were very enjoyable - the Dj during our first week played some head banglingly loud music not really appropriate for the Maldives but during the second week he played music more appropriate for the audience and we danced with some other guests. The managers cocktail party was really appreciated as it meant that guests mingled & got to know each other better. All staff are an asset to Ellaidhoo, very friendly,polite & helpful. Saman the pool attendant was great & full of useful information. Nihad our waiter was very attentive. We booked through travelbag and had wifi included it worked well during our holiday. Cons There are better all inclusive packages on other Islands - some include soft drinks from the mini bar & have a better range of alcohol that said the wine was perfectly acceptable. The food in the restaurant was a bit hit & miss. The curry selection is a little dissapointing for e.g. I tried the potato & drumstick curry one evening - the drumstick was a type of vegetable that wasn't edible (very stringy) so really it was potato curry. The hot selection of pudding was always sponge but whatever the flavour it always tasted the same. The chairs in the main restaurant are very uncomfortable. Mosquitoes are a problem even though the Island is fogged daily. Make sure you take plenty of insect repellant. The Island accepts visiting guests on day trips from other Islands - these guests may take many of the sunbeds over at the pool on occasions & can become noisy, possibly annoying other guests posing for photos and genrally getting in the way. Suggestions A tip box at both bars for your waiters who do an excellent job. It would be a good idea to request guests take their used plastics home with them at the begining of the holiday not at the end when they have possibly already discarded them into the bin. Read less
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Jul 1, 2019 louisejY7059TX Ingleton, United Kingdom

We have just left Ellaidhoo after 13 nights for our honeymoon. We had the most amazing time! The staff at the resort are amazing, they really made our holiday, they are so friendly and went the extra mile to ensure all our needs were met. Big shout out to Sobah who was our waiter for the duration of the holiday, always had a big smile for us and… Read more
We have just left Ellaidhoo after 13 nights for our honeymoon. We had the most amazing time! The staff at the resort are amazing, they really made our holiday, they are so friendly and went the extra mile to ensure all our needs were met. Big shout out to Sobah who was our waiter for the duration of the holiday, always had a big smile for us and always went out of the way to help us! We stayed in a standard room and it was clean and comfortable. We got a few mozzie bites whilst we were there, so bring your repellent. The snorkeling around the island is out of this world, and if you're brave go out near the feeding time, the fish look even bigger when your swimming with them! The only down point we have to mention is the plastic use. Every time we got a drink there was a plastic stirrer in it, there is no need for this and this should be stopped. We did ask for no stirrer but obviously some times forgot to mention it so Cinnamon need to stop providing these to reduce one use plastic! Also we noticed that they take all the leftover food and drop it out to sea a few miles from the island for the fish to eat and noticed the individual plastic butter pots were in there too, this needs to stop, we don't need more plastic in the ocean!! We also went on the manta trip, dolphin trip, and sunset fishing! I would definitely recommend the manta trip it was an experience I will never forget! We had great weather only raining for a small time a couple of days! All in all we had an amazing time, the food and drinks were great, but what really made it was the awesome staff so thank you to each and everyone of them! Read less