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 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 (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 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), 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 Great service and amazing staff

Sep 22, 2020 CorneB31

Stayed for 5 nights and have nothing but good experiences from this resort. Staff goes above and beyond to make the stay comfortable. Facilities are nice and large variety of food options, so something for everyone.
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Sep 21, 2020 joshmech Los Angeles, California

Amazing! Everything about Cinnamon Dhonveli was perfect. The island is so beautiful with so many options of things to do. Not only is the surf right out front at Pasta Point some of the best in the area, but there are plenty of activities for the non-surfer to do. It was so nice to be able to surf right out front of the bar while my wife could sip… Read more
Amazing! Everything about Cinnamon Dhonveli was perfect. The island is so beautiful with so many options of things to do. Not only is the surf right out front at Pasta Point some of the best in the area, but there are plenty of activities for the non-surfer to do. It was so nice to be able to surf right out front of the bar while my wife could sip cocktails and watch me surf. Then we could go to the lagoon side where the water is so clear and tranquil. You can just lounge and take in all the beauty, then go for a dip to cool off. We even snorkeled and saw tons of fish, rays, and even some small reef sharks. If more active, they have options for kayaks, SUPs, paddle boats, and even jet skis and power boat activities. We were able to snorkel at some other reefs a few minutes away from the island as well. We have our own gear, but they have everything you need to rent there and also do full SCUBA trips as well. In addition to all the water activities, they also have pool table, ping pong tables, tennis and badminton courts, as well as a gym with an ocean view. The spa was great and I highly recommend the couples massage. The food was also very good, and every meal has tons of options. There are options for garden, beach, or over water lodging, and I think it was well worth it to spend a little more for the over water bungalow. Laying in bed and watching the beautiful water/surf through a large window was so serene, and jumping in the warm clear water right from the back of the room was awesome. Other than the amazing location/amenities, the staff was so accommodating. 5 star service everywhere we went! Highly recommend and will definitely be back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Surfing paradise on a beautiful island

Sep 17, 2020 Bapoldsurfer

I strongly recomend a stay in Cinnamon Dhonveli Pasta point, Maldives, wheather you are a Surfer or Just a regular lover of Nature,pristine Beaches and a careful and efficient managing by mr. Malsha, who made This Trip a pleasure in these difficult times.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best SurfTrip of my life!

Sep 16, 2020 brunozaninn Florianopolis, SC

Best place I've ever been so far as a surfing filmmaker, the comfort we had was unreal. Waves were pumping all days, nobody around ( only guests can surf***), the rooms are just amazing, always clean and organized. If one day I get married, for sure my goal is to spend my honeymoon here 😂😍 surfing and living the best life at Cinnamon Dhonveli.… Read more
Best place I've ever been so far as a surfing filmmaker, the comfort we had was unreal. Waves were pumping all days, nobody around ( only guests can surf***), the rooms are just amazing, always clean and organized. If one day I get married, for sure my goal is to spend my honeymoon here 😂😍 surfing and living the best life at Cinnamon Dhonveli. The lagoon is pretty calm, clean and warm, perfect for kids and family. We also had a lot of fun aside surfing, tennis court is pretty good ( but us as players were pretty bad hahah ). We also had bicycles to ride around the island which is pretty cool, there's a lot to explore. All the crew are super helpful and friendly, super dedicated to make our best experience on our stay. The Kitchen's Head Chef is super talented, every day we had delicious and a huge variety of food. Thank you Cinnamon Dhonveli Crew, Atoll Travel and Pasta Point Crew. This was the kinda of trip I will be talking about for ages. Hope to get back on paradise pretty soon. <3 Read less
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Sep 16, 2020 danigrubba Santos, SP

It's one of the best places in the world that I've been to. A paradisiacal island that has an excellent infrastructure in the five-star resort. abundant and delicious food. what about the service? they are the most educated people in the world. really. perfect for couples and also a group of friends. if you are a surfer, you are a paradise… Read more
It's one of the best places in the world that I've been to. A paradisiacal island that has an excellent infrastructure in the five-star resort. abundant and delicious food. what about the service? they are the most educated people in the world. really. perfect for couples and also a group of friends. if you are a surfer, you are a paradise of perfect waves. I traveled 30h from Brazil and would do it again and again. Read less