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

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

Where is it

In the northeast of North Ari Atoll. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 30 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, 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: includes 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: includes 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. EYZ Bar. Malamathi Poolside Bar. 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. Complimentary WiFi.

*Denotes local charge.

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Oct 15, 2021 Kirsten0124

Does this resort accept debit cards as payment, or do I have to obtain a credit card (which I didn’t really want to do). Also, I am aware about taking dollars for tips, but should I also take cash to pay for things? TIA
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Oct 12, 2021 rickstony_133

I couldn't comprehend their hospitality. Touched and 10/10 recommended! The food was fresh and that usually is rare. The manager was friendly and welcoming and had warmth in his welcome. I travel a lot and I think this in a bucket list for sure.
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Oct 12, 2021 YaelSwitzerland Switzerland

The good thing is that Ellaidhoo is reachable by seaplane, but also by boat which is a cheaper option (1 hour 15 to 1 hour 30 depending on the conditions). Unfortunately the wait at Male airport for my transfer was too long - 3 hours… My husband who arrived one day earlier waited a bit less. We have been to the Maldives many times but never to… Read more
The good thing is that Ellaidhoo is reachable by seaplane, but also by boat which is a cheaper option (1 hour 15 to 1 hour 30 depending on the conditions). Unfortunately the wait at Male airport for my transfer was too long - 3 hours… My husband who arrived one day earlier waited a bit less. We have been to the Maldives many times but never to Ellaidhoo. It’s a small quiet island with all the infrastructure very close by, just the way we like it! The wave breakers are all around the island, it’s not a nice sight, but unfortunately necessary… The house reef is beautiful, one of the best in Maldives.The dive center is extremely well organized and the rental equipment is in very good condition. Good spacious diving boat. Nice team! There is even a pool on the island which we did not use. Maybe it makes up a bit for the other half of the island which unfortunately does not have a beach. There are two restaurants on the island but one is reserved for the water bungalows which is a bit of a shame. It would be nice to be able to go to both. The Spa offers very pleasant Balinese massages and a very warm welcome. The staff is really very pleasant and kind everywhere - a special thank you to our waiter Irushad. Ellaidhoo’s manager, Marlon is extremely professional, very available and attentive! He does his best to reduce plastic on the island, amongst other good things. BRAVO ! The food (buffet) is good. I personally enjoyed mostly the Indian corner, the naans and the fresh fruits. We didn’t find the house wine very good… then again, we are spoiled back home! We asked for a beach villa and were very happy with our choice. Overall we were very happy with our stay! What could be improved or what we liked less: - The long chairs on the beach that come with the room and have the room number written on them are always taken by people from others rooms if one doesn’t reserve them with a towel… - If you buy a bottle of wine you have the possibility of eating outside of the restaurant, closer to the sea, under a beautiful tree all lit up. You still have to serve yourself at the buffet. It would be nice if this option was possible upon reservation for All Inclusive customers (like us) without having to buy a bottle of wine. - Ellaidhoo runs on Male time. A lot of other islands run one hour ahead of Male time which is nice because it allows a bit more daylight since the sun sets quite early there. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Honeymoon in Maldives with incredible food, the most friendly staff and an incredible reef for snorkeling!

Oct 11, 2021 T2204MAsimon_s

Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon is an incredible little island resort! We had our honeymoon there and we had the best time! Although small, the island has its own reef thus allowing for endless snorkeling and diving activities! We has the pleasure of experiencing both the Water and Beach Bungalows, both o which were beautifully furnished, always… Read more
Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon is an incredible little island resort! We had our honeymoon there and we had the best time! Although small, the island has its own reef thus allowing for endless snorkeling and diving activities! We has the pleasure of experiencing both the Water and Beach Bungalows, both o which were beautifully furnished, always kept perfectly clean by staff and very well maintained! If we had to choose between the two, the Beach Bungalow was our favorite! The food, although being buffet style, was often changed up and was really good! Probably the best buffet we have experienced, and even after six night we weren’t tired of it yet! The best part of Ellaidhoo however is the staff. The staff are all so friendly and we have to give a special thank too to our waiters Niushad, Charuka and Susil! They entertained us every day and taught us a lot about the island and how things work there! We had a incredible time and would definitely recommend to anyone who was considering a island holiday in the Maldives! Read less
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Oct 10, 2021 DanielK9165 Cape Town Central, South Africa

Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon is an incredible island, not being to big or too small, with incredibly friendly and helpful staff and a whole host of activities which will ensure that you don't feel like you are just lying next to the pool/beach the whole day. Ellaidhoo also has it own reef which is very well maintained and allows you to see so… Read more
Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon is an incredible island, not being to big or too small, with incredibly friendly and helpful staff and a whole host of activities which will ensure that you don't feel like you are just lying next to the pool/beach the whole day. Ellaidhoo also has it own reef which is very well maintained and allows you to see so much sea life! We stayed one night in the Water bungalow and the rest of our trip in the Beach Bungalow. The Water Bungalow is amazing but the Beach Bungalow in my opinion is the better option considering the price difference. The food is also very good. Strongly recommend to anyone considering a Maldives holiday! Read less