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):

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner plus selection of local snacks served between 10.30am-11.30am, 4.00pm-6.00pm and 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 dolphin 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.

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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Apr 17, 2020 PooleyNorthampton Northampton

Once again we had a fantastic stay. Te rooms were kept immaculate and the food was good. It is a buffet but much of it is prepared in front of you. You will not go hungry. The snorkelling was as good as anywhere on the house reef. All the staff are second to none, whether they are room boys, waiters, pool boy or gardeners. The only downside was… Read more
Once again we had a fantastic stay. Te rooms were kept immaculate and the food was good. It is a buffet but much of it is prepared in front of you. You will not go hungry. The snorkelling was as good as anywhere on the house reef. All the staff are second to none, whether they are room boys, waiters, pool boy or gardeners. The only downside was we didn't get to stay goodbye. We were due to stay 12 days, but at 1:00am we had a pone call advising us that we would be leaving in 5 hours, as Virgin Holidays required us to return 4 days early due to the virus and hence no goodbyes were possible. Must compliment the manager, he was always around and was very approachable. A great holiday again, but all too short. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A great experience!

Apr 12, 2020 Bhushan V

Enjoyed the stay in over the water villa. Access by water speedboat from Male was rough. There was a little hick up at the time of check in but it got sorted out amicably. Food was good quality and the room was very clean. Appreciated a special decor on my wife's birthday!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful Maldives - Disappointing Resort

Apr 8, 2020 TJ-and-Chy Plymouth, United Kingdom

Only fair to start by saying that we visited Ellaidhoo for the last 2 weeks before they closed due to Covid-19, and the review will reflect that this was a very difficult time for guests and staff alike. A lot of other reviews highlight long waits, at the airport on arrival, for the speedboat transfer. Our experience was absolutely fine, with a… Read more
Only fair to start by saying that we visited Ellaidhoo for the last 2 weeks before they closed due to Covid-19, and the review will reflect that this was a very difficult time for guests and staff alike. A lot of other reviews highlight long waits, at the airport on arrival, for the speedboat transfer. Our experience was absolutely fine, with a wait of around 20 minutes before being taken to the boat and leaving for the island. The speedboat transfer was a fantastic experience of around 90 minutes with smooth sea conditions and the crew stopping on the way to let us watch a really playful pod of dolphins. During the boat journey we were offered cool towels, bottled water and sweets. On arrival at the island we were greeted with smiles and refreshingly cool towels. The check in process was quick and we were shown directly to our room, with our cases following quickly after. The room was very clean and had everything you would expect and although semi-detached we had no problem with noise from next door. Positives: - Location. It’s in the Maldives! - Weather. Hot and sunny, with a couple of short lived thunder showers. - The reef. One of the best and most accessible we’ve been to in the Maldives, with a huge variety of reef fish, rays and sharks. A number of very large (approx 10 foot) nurse sharks come into the small harbour each evening at around 10pm to follow the dhoni that disposes of the food waste. Well worth watching! - Fish feeding. Each evening at 5:30pm one of the staff fed the fish from one of the breakwaters. This attracts a vast number of very big jack fish, rays and reef sharks. A real spectacle, which is really worth watching.... with a cocktail, of course. - Food. Some people thought the food was repetitive, although we were impressed with the variety, from freshly made salads, live cooking stations, European hot food, curry selection and puddings. There is an element of repetition, but we didn’t find this an issue and can honestly say we were never left with empty plates. - Some of the staff. Our waiter (Niushad) and our room attendant (Nazzi) were both amazing. Very attentive, friendly and hard working. Disappointing: - Beaches. Only one section of useable beach (close to the dive centre). The rest of the island perimeter is walled as an inner sea defence, with sand artificially built up behind the wall for sunbeds. We totally understand that the sea defences are needed due to erosion and rising sea levels, however some effort could be made to make them less ugly! Perhaps some sort of natural stone to help disguise the very unattractive concrete? - Some of the service. Especially at the main bar, where table service was non-existent and at the bar drinks were very inconsistent in strength and ingredients for the cocktails. Although the bar staff weren’t overly busy it felt like the drinks were hurriedly made and virtually thrown at you. On other Maldivian resorts bar staff continually attend and proactively serve drinks to the tables. The second week was very surreal due to the Covid-19 situation. It dominated conversations around the island and it was really obvious that guests were leaving the island, but no new guests were arriving. Hand sanitizer was available in all public areas and the staff assured us there wasn’t an issue, even when they started wearing surgical masks and gloves! Towards the end of the week, as guest numbers were greatly reduced, everyone was asked to relocate to different tables in the restaurant - all being seated tightly together in the middle of the restaurant..... surely spacing people out, to provide some form of social distancing would have been much more advisable? We were some of the last guests to leave the island, as some people were transferred to earlier flights and by that stage we were relieved to be leaving - mainly due to the Covid-19 situation. Would we go back to the Maldives? Absolutely! We’ve been going to the Maldives for about 12 years and have stayed on a variety of islands. Unfortunately we don’t plan to go back to Ellaidhoo. There are many much more attractive islands, with exceptional customer service. Albeit slightly more expensive, but definitely worth the extra. Read less
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Mar 28, 2020 1_geordie Whitley Bay, United Kingdom

First time in the Maldives so I cannot make any comparisons. There was a lot of ground work done before we booked Ellaidhoo. The Island is small but we thought that was a positive. We took the Seaplane from the airport and the speedboat back. Both were very enjoyable. We were met at the resort and shown to our Water Bungalow. Fantastic! Very… Read more
First time in the Maldives so I cannot make any comparisons. There was a lot of ground work done before we booked Ellaidhoo. The Island is small but we thought that was a positive. We took the Seaplane from the airport and the speedboat back. Both were very enjoyable. We were met at the resort and shown to our Water Bungalow. Fantastic! Very comfortable and the only place to be able escape the heat. Shampon our housekeeper did a great job. We ate only in the restaurant by the pool and it was excellent. Huge amount of choice and meats offered, Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb and Duck on occasion. The staff were attentive and enjoyed a joke. The snorkelling on the house reef was simply superb! Rays, Sharks (little ones) and Stingrays along with hundreds of other species. loved it. I would certainly recommend this resort we both thought it was great value. Well done to all! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A special place where special staff provide special memories

Mar 28, 2020 Jill d

A beautiful island with great snorkelling made special by the warmth and friendliness of the staff. Our water bungalow was comfortable, restaurant excellent pool and reef ideal. Thank you for an amazing experience and see you again soon !