With its welcoming staff, easy-going nature and great value all inclusive, this is a popular resort.
Offering an affordable escape to the Maldives, Cinnamon Dhonveli showcases the diversity of the Indian Ocean, with a dramatic surf break with crashing waves to one side of the island and a calm lagoon for snorkelling on the other.
There’s a casual, laid-back vibe here. For dining, you’ll be allocated one of the three restaurants – Koimala in the gardens, Maakana with a view of the surf break, or Rehendhi at the edge of the lagoon. All are buffet-style, with a wide choice of international dishes and live cooking stations. Raalhu Bar’s outdoor deck overlooks a renowned surf point, and dolphins and even pilot whales can occasionally be spotted, while the Raiyvilaa Bar is the perfect spot for sundowners.
Rooms here are simply furnished and housed under thatched roofs. We love the two-storey Exclusive Garden Bungalows for the space and excellent value that they offer, as well as the fact that they sit in shaded gardens just steps from the ocean. Inside you’ll find white walls and floors, with splashes of colour, a downstairs lounge area plus a mezzanine bedroom with balcony overlooking the ocean. Over water, accommodation options include Water Bungalows to the south-east of the island and Overwater Suites to the north-east, both with overwater decks and direct access to the lagoon.
In the North Malé Atoll
Good to know
Cinnamon Dhonveli allows a very small number of surfers to enjoy its world-class surf break. It’s worth noting that we’re unable to arrange surfing holidays here and you won’t be able to arrange any surfing once you arrive, but if you’re looking to take to the water we can recommend the local snorkelling and diving. Children under 12 are not recommended in Water Bungalows. The Rehendhi bar, restaurant and pool are exclusively for Overwater Suite guests. Guests in other room types can dine here but at a supplement.
148 garden, beach and overwater rooms
• Book a half-day island hopping adventure* • Try your hand at sunset fishing* • Go dolphin watching on a boat trip* or try to spot these wonderful creatures close to the harbour wall.
3 main buffet restaurants, 3 bars
All Inclusive • Buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner in your allocated restaurant • Selected drinks by the glass including bottled water, house wine, draught beer and a selection of cocktails • Selected snacks • Wi-Fi.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Premium All Inclusive from £85 • As All Inclusive, plus: • Selection of premium drinks • Bottle of sparkling wine on arrival • Minibar water, soft drinks and canned beer refilled once daily • 1 beach dinner • 1 x 60 minute signature spa treatment • Choice of 2 select excursions per stay. NB – minimum 5 night stay.
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