We had our honeymoon in August 2011 here.
We normally tend to book 4/5,star so were worried before we went that it wouldn't be up to standard. We had nothing to worry about. Although the hotel is not a new property, it is very easy to over look this due to the maintenance and the finishing touches to the rooms that make it feel like a four star.
The food is fantastic, we were all inclusive, however didn't venture for breakfast, but lunch and dinner were superb. The fresh handmade salads were incredible and the guy serving in the salad bar was so friendly.
We were in room 303 which is situated on its own little area of beach. It seemed like we had our own private beach. It was so nice we didnt really bother to go to the the lagoon. The lagoon however is beautiful and is incredible for guests staying in the bungalows there. The only thing that takes some getting used to was the crashing of the waves. This sounds odd, but during the night it can sometimes be very loud if your on the ocean side. The lagoon side wouldn't have this issue as always calm, but then you have to share the beach!
The entertainment in the evenings was typical of a quiet long haul hotel, although people have reviewed this as a negative, it honestly adds to the ambience of the hotel. The staff are so helpful and very polite. It's simple entertainment for people looking to escape loud hotels and bars. The hotel overall is ideal for honeymoons, although we met a family with two children under ten at the same time we were there, the staff made a huge effort with them and the kids loved it. The crab race makes for a giggle. It's worth paying for the pool party on a Saturday night as the drinks that you don't normally have included in the all inclusive option ie jack Daniels, baileys all the imported drinks are there.
Facilities are pretty good at the hotel, ie spa, diving courses, trips etc, although the gym literally was two treadmills and a multi gym (although outbof order).The only issue is the cost of the facilities ie spa, diving course,mini market and trips but again nothing thats not to be expected from location. Bottle of sunscreen $38.00....
However if you choose to go all inclusive there Is no reason to spend anymore than what you have paid already. The one tip we would give, make sure you take snorkelling equipment with you rather than having to buy/rent there and enough sunscreen.
Our favourite time of day was 5pm, sunset bar lives up to its name and the view is amazing. They put on little sliders which is nice if your peckish. That and a nice glass of red!
If your looking for a really relaxing break, with good food in a nice hotel that is definitely a four star, no more but no less, than this is the place.
You must keep an eye out for the michael Jackson look a like waiter!
- Also Known As:
- Chaaya Island Dhonveli Hotel North Male Atoll
- Dhonveli Beach
- Chaaya Island Dhonveli Hotel
- Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort
- Dhonveli Beach Spa
- Dhonveli Beach & Spa
- Chaaya Island Dhonveli Maldives/North Male Atoll
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chaaya Island Dhonveli is Kaafu Atoll's best-kept secret for its world famous surf point known as Pasta Point. Located in the heart of the best surf areas, the island is a paradise for water sports lovers. Surfing, Diving, Snorkeling, Canoeing, Pedalo are hot favorites while Outdoor sports such as Tennis, Beach Volley Ball and Badminton are also available. This exqusite island resort offers lavish living spaces with 148 stylish rooms and six restaurants and bars. ... more less
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