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 Anila kayani

Aug 7, 2020 Anila_kiani

It was an amazing experience Which I have ever had in my life before , very much impressed by hospitality. Each and everything was so good and I am glad that I have chosen Cinnamon 😊 Well organised and beautifully maintained rooms ,food was out standing Really appreciate highly trained staff , their smiling face always make difference I was… Read more
It was an amazing experience Which I have ever had in my life before , very much impressed by hospitality. Each and everything was so good and I am glad that I have chosen Cinnamon 😊 Well organised and beautifully maintained rooms ,food was out standing Really appreciate highly trained staff , their smiling face always make difference I was looked after so nicely , i felt like home. I would love to visit again n again and recommend all my family n friends It was a life time experience. I must say “ Cinnamon “ has best people to look after the guest. Wish you all the best Regards Anila Kayani Read less
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Aug 4, 2020 eliz864

I can not speak highly enough of, not only the resort, but the staff as well. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Maldives, every single thing was taken care of. From the room, to the restaurants, to the bar, to the excursions, our expectations were well exceeded. The staff makes the guests feel like royalty; anything that a guest needs… Read more
I can not speak highly enough of, not only the resort, but the staff as well. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Maldives, every single thing was taken care of. From the room, to the restaurants, to the bar, to the excursions, our expectations were well exceeded. The staff makes the guests feel like royalty; anything that a guest needs is taken care of with quality care and in a timely matter. If there was an issue, which was an extremely rare occurrence, it was taken care immediately with an immense amount of concern. My husband and I will definitely be returning and will be recommending this resort to everyone we know, and maybe even some people that we do not know. Read less
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Aug 2, 2020 captnatique Dubai, United Arab Emirates

An absolute piece of Heaven. Their strength is the Great people who manage and run this heavenly outfit. They would go out of their way to feel you warmly welcome and would see to it that all your needs and requirements are fulfilled beyond your expectations. A Great place to unwind and disconnect with the rushes of life.
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Jun 17, 2020 nigelh689 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

30 minutes from Male, this little island provides a nice little getaway. The cottages are world class, with immediate access to the sea from the ample decking. Luxury inside, practical outside. The food was terrible. Ruined the whole stay. Our booking was done through an agent, who only booked bed and breakfast. For a much lesser price, all… Read more
30 minutes from Male, this little island provides a nice little getaway. The cottages are world class, with immediate access to the sea from the ample decking. Luxury inside, practical outside. The food was terrible. Ruined the whole stay. Our booking was done through an agent, who only booked bed and breakfast. For a much lesser price, all inclusive was available on booking.com and Expedia. A huge mistake to go thru an agent - can only imagine there must be some dealings going on. Dinner would add over USD 50 per dayif you did not have all inclusive ...... plus drinks! I ordered some milk in my room for a cup of tea and they charged USD 10 !!! The lesson here is don’t go to the Maldives unless you have all inclusive. We tried to upgrade to all inclusive but management held fast on 90USD a day. We offered 70 but no negotiation so we held fast and went basic. They missed out ! Expedia offered the rooms all inclusive for 150. (Something doesnt add up here???) The service was friendly and welcoming, but the stay was ruined by management not willing to negotiate and poor quality food. I have stayed at other islands at lessor prices who offer much better quality. I would not go back here. Read less
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Jun 16, 2020 kc21kent Wickhambrook, United Kingdom

We were lucky to complete our stay before lockdown, the whole Island is amazing. We stayed for two weeks in an Overwater Suite and it was everything we expected and more. The Staff are amazing and really friendly. Our Housekeeper was Rahman he kept everything spotless always had a smile on his face and time to talk to you. During the time we were… Read more
We were lucky to complete our stay before lockdown, the whole Island is amazing. We stayed for two weeks in an Overwater Suite and it was everything we expected and more. The Staff are amazing and really friendly. Our Housekeeper was Rahman he kept everything spotless always had a smile on his face and time to talk to you. During the time we were there we noticed lots of changes to make it more environmentally friendly, all of the toiletries were changed from small plastic bottles to refillable ceramic dispensers, the straws were changed to paper and the bar coaster were changed to wood in some of the bars. The Staff in the Sunset Bar and the Rehendhi Bar were always ready with your next drink Ashen, Nimesh, Malinda and Mahesh really seem to enjoy their jobs and it was always service with a smile. Under the Overwater Suites they are growing Coral on metal frames, which is great to see and talking to returning guests of which there were many it seems to be another successful project. We went on the Dolphin excursion which was a very pleasant way to spend a few hours. We also saw lots of dolphins from our deck along with Turtles, Rays, Sharks and many colourful fish. Last thing I must recommend is the Laundry Service to come home with suitcases of freshly washed clothes was amazing and such a reasonable cost. Read less