Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives
This is a popular resort with welcoming staff, an easy-going nature and a great-value all inclusive.
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. Towards the end of 2019, most rooms and facilities will have a fresh new look as the island is undergoing a major refurbishment.
There’s a casual, laid-back vibe here. For dining, youll 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 Bars 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 are housed under thatched roofs. Choose between the Superior Ocean View or Beach Bungalows facing the ocean. We love the two-storey Exclusive Duplex Garden Bungalows (exclusively reserved for Kuoni UK guests from November to February) 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 youll find white walls and floors, a downstairs lounge area plus a mezzanine bedroom with balcony. Over water, options include Water Bungalows, which have a peaceful location in a shallow lagoon, and the premium Overwater Suites, which have direct access to the ocean. From November, you can also choose the new Junior Beach Suite or Beach Suite with Pool.
2 pools (1 exclusively for Overwater Suite guests), spa*, watersports*, dive centre*, beach volleyball, tennis, badminton, fitness room, table tennis, internet caf*, play area, Wi-Fi
Restaurants & bars
For dining, youll be allocated one of the three restaurants Koimala, Maakana or Rehendhi. All serve international buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Koimalais a large family-style buffet restaurant with tables set under the high thatched roof and on the beach.Maakana(named after the island’s grey herons) is a large buffet restaurant close to the Garden Bungalows and the island’s surf break, with a circular design and vibrant atmosphere. The gourmet buffet-styleRehendhirestaurant has a bar, located by the overwater suites. Its most popular dishes include spicy Maldivian curries and grilled king prawns.
Raalhu Bars outdoor deck overlooks a renowned surf point, and dolphins and even pilot whales can occasionally be spotted, while theRaiyvilaa Baris the perfect spot for sundowners. There’s also a day-timejuice baron the beach for refreshing tropical juices… pairing them with rum or vodka is optional.
In the North Mal Atoll
Airport transfer time:Approx. 20 minutes by speedboat from Mal airport
Good to know
Cinnamon Dhonveli is undergoing refurbishment until Oct 2019. The resort allows a very small number of surfers to enjoy its world-class surf break. Its worth noting that were unable to arrange surfing holidays here and you wont be able to arrange any surfing once you arrive, but if youre looking to take to the water we can recommend the local snorkelling and diving. Minimum age 12 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.
152 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 £68 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 Choice of 2 select excursions per 5-night stay 2 themed party events.