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 Excellent island i love this place

Mar 5, 2021 viraj2080 London, United Kingdom

We love this place its so special and all the staff really care and make sure they make your stay as special as possible I would like to make a special mention to Sattar who was always so nice and gave us hand picked flowers everytime we saw him. Its the little things like this that made my stay so memorable
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Mar 4, 2021 cpgibson62 Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom

We went to this resort in 2010 returning this year. We stayed in a water bungalow and the whole holiday was excellent. The food and drinks were out of this world. Staff were amazing especially our friend Sattar who looked after us like royalty. Sattar went above and beyond to make sure our holiday was special. The accommodation was superb and the… Read more
We went to this resort in 2010 returning this year. We stayed in a water bungalow and the whole holiday was excellent. The food and drinks were out of this world. Staff were amazing especially our friend Sattar who looked after us like royalty. Sattar went above and beyond to make sure our holiday was special. The accommodation was superb and the beaches out of this world. See you soon Sattar. Read less
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Mar 4, 2021 P8624ILlindab Warrington, United Kingdom

We last visited in January 2020. Our 2021 trip was cancelled due to the pandemic. We have been travelling to the Maldives for over 20 years. This is our preferred island. Perfect in every way. Sanjeeva Perera the GM runs a tight ship. He is well respected by all staff and the teams are well motivated to give of their best . He expects and… Read more
We last visited in January 2020. Our 2021 trip was cancelled due to the pandemic. We have been travelling to the Maldives for over 20 years. This is our preferred island. Perfect in every way. Sanjeeva Perera the GM runs a tight ship. He is well respected by all staff and the teams are well motivated to give of their best . He expects and sets high standards. From arrival and being warmly greeted by Sheila and the reception team. Arrival is well organised and speedy. Rezaul delivers your luggage to the room very fast. Welcome when you are keen to get settled in. Over the years we have visited we have made so many special friends. Abul who looks after our room is a lovely person. Room spotless. Polite professional and friendly we hold him in high regard. The restaurant service and giid us superb and ouf special friend Mamma always greets us with a smile . A really lovely man who takes great pride in his job. The stars of our show are Sattar Obiadhul and Laleeth who look after the pool areas. Real attention to detail. Best sunbed decorations and flower garlands I gave ever seen. They work so hard to keep the area spotlessly clean always sweeping and cleaning pool filters. The food quality and presentation are easily 5*****. Chefs will cook anything you ask for. Zareer our waiter 5*****. Can't wait to go back when able to travel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good Service and A lovely Place

Mar 4, 2021 784kamaec United Arab Emirates

The hotel is amazing! We love it here. A Paradise u must visit. Sattar was very nice , helpful and he took lovely photos of us. Me and my cousin was very happy. We will surely recommend this Hotel to my family and friends. Thank u soo much 😍.
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Mar 3, 2021 sumeetg2021

Sattar is the guy from the hotel staff is very kind and helpful. He clicked some nice pictures of us and also he gave us a flowers which were cheery on the top. Sattar also helped us with the information regarding food and hotel. Thank you Sattar: