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“Little piece of heaven” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Little piece of heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

Just finished our honeymoon in Chaaya frm july 21-26 and can't sing enough praises abt this quaint little resort !
My husband wanted to honeymoon in a laid-back resort with a private pool. He left the planning part to me and i thought why not gift him , with a small piece of the ocean instead !! Thats how I decided on the Maldives and after reading through pages of reviews in tripadvisor.com finally came across this resort. We booked through antilog vacations.
This is our first time in Maldives , so the first glimpse from the aeroplane window of the beautiful little islands scattered across turquoise waters is a spellbounding sight , that will be imprinted in our minds forever !!

Antilog vacations' representative picked us up at the airport and guided us to our transfer. Really appreciate it ! After a speed boAt transfer like in action movies (absolutely thrilling) , we arrived at Chaaya Island dhonveli ! We were welcomed with cold drinks and quickly shown to our beach bungalow where we spent 2 nights.
Its a beautiful room jus 1 min away from the beach but with ample privacy. Rooms were cleaned twice daily.
We upgraded to over-water bungalow for the last 3 days. I have no words to explain the amazing experience of just having to lean out of the windows to see the entire ocean with its crystal clear water and colourful fishes ; going to sleep listening to the sound of waves and watching the sun rise and set from your own sun-deck. Its a must-have experience for every couple ! We waded out in the shallow sea around our villa every morning at low tides.
The rooms are comfortable , well-equipped , clean and ample spaced. Wifi is charged according to usage which is very reasonably priced.
The resort offers some activities like dolphin safari (45$) , sunset fishing , bbq tour to kuda bandos , night fishing , photo flight , Male submarine ( highly recommend the dolphin safari and submarine tour ) in case you're tired of water-activities like snorkelling , surfing and diving. We tried snorkelling for the first time and it was fun. But we saw lots of types of fishes including a reef shark on the way to Maakana resturant. If u want to watch manta ray , try taking a walk near the water suites. We even spotted a white sting-ray there.
Food is exceptionally good. Highly recommend everyone to take the all-inclusive plan. We were assigned to Koimala and Maakana resturant. The chefs in the live counters were very friendly and funny. Being a big foodie , I enjoyed being able to taste new dishes in every meal. Be ready to gain a few extra kilos ! After a heavy meal in Maakana , we dozed off in the beach chairs placed outside while watching surfers ride out the big waves.
The staff are polite and always willing to help you.
One drawback is you are provided with only two 500ml water bottles per day. Everything else is chargeable even in all-inclusive basis. Also there is no special effort for honeymoon couples like decorating the bed or jacuzzi. That would have been great. The resort is not too crowded. The pool looked great though we didnt use it.
Check- out was smooth , none of the usual hurry and arguments.
Overall it is the ultimate romantic getaway that every couple desires. Chaaya island is very amenable for the price you pay. Have already recommended this to a couple of friends.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Greeting from Chaaya Island Dhonveli

Allow me to first thank you for your detailed review! Such comprehensive comments are always very valuable for us and I can assure you that we are already working on the areas of improvement you have highlighted.

We are happy to read that despite some minor adjustments that still needed to be done, you and your partner truly enjoyed your stay with us. We are really proud of our spacious and inspired Villas but most of all, we are blessed with a passionate team of Ambassadeurs who help us make our guests’ stays unforgettable!

We thank you once again for having taken the time to write such detailed review and are truly looking forward to welcoming you all again for a stay filled with lasting underwater and terrestrial memories!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

We spent two weeks in juli 2014 on this magnificent island with our two kids. We had a beach bungle (#213) which was located approximately 30 meters from the lagune beach and close to one of the restaurants and bars. We had a wonderful time, the people at the island have been very nice and friendly, the service was outstanding and the food was very good. Although the island is not big, we have never had a dull moment, there are plenty of watersport activities to undertake and the different locations on the island give you the great opportunity to sit back and relax and enjoy the most beautiful scenery you can imagine. Picture yourself a bounty island and this island meets that picture. It is certainly an island worthwhile visiting.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Paul B
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Greetings from the Dhonveli team!

Thank you for your review of your brilliant review. I am happy to hear that you fell in love with Maldives. We are delighted that our resort met with your expectations and that your holiday was fantastic. As a hotel we are dedicated to ensuring that our guests have the best possible experience and our entire team is geared towards making this a reality.

We will share your positive feedback with the entire team and certainly trust that we will have the honor of hosting once more.
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

We stayed on the resort from 1st-11th July. It was our honeymoon and a gift to us from our families.

We travelled from Manchester with Turkish Airlines and had a stop in Istanbul. When we landed baggage reclaim was quick at the airport and we were directed to a booth, the man in the booth told us the speed boat would be 10 minutes. It was about a 20 minute ride and quite fun and refreshing after such a long time travelling.
Upon arrival we were kindly greeted by the staff offering us cold towels and fresh juice/ice tea! We were checked in quickly and were taken to our room. We had room 708 and over water suite, which was incredible! the room was so spacious and clean. The room was cleaned with fresh towels twice daily. our cleaner Mohammed was amazing, he really looked after us.

We were assigned to the Rhendi restaurant but it was closed for half of out stay due to the resort being quiet. We ate in Koimala restaurant the first half of our stay which was lovely! Although we had different restaurants we had the same waiter who was amazing (can't remember his name, sorry) He was friend with Gin, who was a lovely lad. The chefs in Koimala T.J. and Abdul were incredible, always had a chat with us and cooked amazing food! I really can't stress enough how amazing the food is on this resort, there was so much choice and diversity. When we moved to the Rhendi restuarant it was really nice to have the change in scenery, our table looked right through the doors and out to the ocean. We had a set menu here one day and loved that. We had a special meal on the beach while we were there and loved being under the stars! We also had room service on our last day which was really good. The drinks are great, a few cocktails on all inclusive and the wine and beer was tasty. you can pay extra for premium brands but I would recommend to wait for the beach/pool party. The cocktails ranged in price from $10-$15 but on a beach/pool party night you pay $17 for all you can drink premium brands with a disco.

We didn't use the pool but it looked lovely. The beach was incredible. so much choice in where to sit. the Snorkling was great, we saw sharks, sting rays, manta rays, parrot fish, lion fish, unicorn fish, angel fish, goby's, damsel fish, rainbow fish, eels, pipe fish, ras fish and many more that we don't know the names of.

The excursions we did were great, we did the BBQ at Kuda, which was $75 PP the snorkling was great and it was a lovely little island, we walked around it in 10 minutes. The BBQ was lovely and as in the restaurants plenty of choice. We did the Sunset fishing $34 PP which was a real laugh, we caught a barracuda and red snapper, you had the option to eat what you caught. The Dolphin safari £45 was well worth it, we went out on a dhoni boat and we saw a lot of dolphins (we also saw them go past the surf bar and on the fishing trip) on our last day we did a jet ski safari $180 This was epic, Sam took us out and we went around the 3 closest islands and to and area where dolphins are commonly seen. It was so surreal, we were literally surrounded by dolphins, all playing together and jumping around. Also, crab racing is great fun, we won a bottle of wine!

Overall this was the most, beautiful, amazing, epic, surreal, stunning, awesome place we have ever (and will probably ever) been to. This is what dreams are made of!! We really hope to return in a couple of years!!!

Room Tip: After walking around the whole island we were really happy we had an over water suite!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Adele H
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Greetings from the Dhonveli team!

Allow me to first thank you for your detailed review! Such comprehensive comments are always very valuable for us.
We are delighted that our resort met with your expectations and that your holiday was fantastic.

We will share your positive feedback with the entire team and certainly trust that we will have the honor of hosting once more.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Our group of 8 friends (only men) went to this hotel from the 7th till the 10th of July for 3 nights. It was my 5th trip to the Maldives & I have always enjoyed the Maldives (my favourite destination for snorkeling) We stayed in 4 water villas on half board basis. The breakfast & dinner buffets were quite good although could have been better. Lunch was a slight problem as there was only one place where we could order food & the variety was not that great. The lagoon was not that great for snorkeling & we learnt from other guests from Australia & New Zealand that the surfing here was very very good. Anyway, our main interest was that we were going for a liveaboard from the 10th till the 14th for 4 nights cruising the Maldives & that proved to be our highlight. We did great diving & snorkeling & there's no better way to see the Maldives. I would highly recommend all to try out the liveaboard cruise. Normally all companies do not accept less than 7 days but we were lucky that ANASTASIA let us try out for 4 nights. Thanks to Riyaz of Lets Go Maldives for giving us this great opportunity. Overall we all had a very great time & would love to do it again in the near future.

Room Tip: We stayed in water villas & had to walk quite far to get there. My friends complained that we sh...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NarinSachathep
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Allow me to first thank you for your detailed review! Such comprehensive comments are always very valuable for us and I can assure you that we are already working on the areas of improvement you have highlighted.

We are happy to read that despite some minor adjustments that still needed to be done, you truly enjoyed your stay with us. we are blessed with a passionate team of staff who help us make our guests’ stays unforgettable!

We thank you once again for having taken the time to write such detailed review and are truly looking forward to welcoming you all again for a stay filled with lasting underwater and terrestrial memories!
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

We added on a 5 day stay here on the back of our Sri Lanka trip as part of our honeymoon.
We only booked this place 5days (half board) before we arrived and what a great risk it was!
We're a well travelled couple, we have travelled around the world and have visited many beaches far and wide.
My husband is (we joke) some what a 'beach snob' as we have visited so many white sand turquoise sea beaches he's very fussy!
I researched so much on finding the perfect beach for him and I have to say I think I found it :-)
We splashed out and opted for an over water villa (ocean view) with it being our honeymoon. Definitely worth it although the beach front villas facing the lagoon also looked amazing!
The staff on arrival weren't particularly warm & friendly (obviously we'd been spoilt in Sri Lanka before hand) but once we got overly friendly to a few people they made a bit more of an effort.
We did get a refreshing welcome drink and cold towel which was nice after the short boat journey.
Upon arrival we had a quick walk through the island to where we were staying.
The walk out to the bungalows was gorgeous and there were so many fish in the shallow waters!
The lagoon is stunning! Beach highlight it's so calm, white sands and turquoise seas. It really is paradise.
This is a great island to surf, we saw many groups of people catching waves and generally having a great surfing time here.
From our bungalow we saw many fish below us, baby sharks and even a moray eel on our Walk to breakfast! We have done amazing diving /snorkelling all over the world & I'd say it was ok here. You see lots of pretty tropical fish & a few of the local manta rays.
We also did a snorkelling trip (extra£) the sea was very choppy although 7m visibility we saw turtles and sharks as well as hundreds of tropical fish.
For 5days this suited us perfect, along with half board.
Breakfast and dinner was great, the evening themes we loved. Could have more option of sea food though being an island. We just had chips or something small for lunch as we filled up at breakfast.
Great place to relax and snorkel, there's extra trips if you wanted to do them.
A lot of people moan about the added expenses but to be honest, in our experience,we have never stayed somewhere where you get free excursions. This is always added cost.
The Maldives is £££ & I'd say this was pretty good price for what it is and what you get.
These islands are disappearing and are getting priced out by the rich (we got informed thomsons no longer fly here whilst we were there) I'd definitely recommend tagging it on to the back of a Sri Lanka tour (flights from here £150) and just chilling for a few days as there really isn't much to do but relax and enjoy the stunning views!

Room Tip: Relaxing, romantic holiday Stunning beach lagoon Surfing and snorkelling Great choice for accommo...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Natasha T
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Sunny greetings from Chaaya Island Dhonveli.

Thank you for submitting your feedback on trip advisor. It's important for us to know your thoughts as it helps us to grow as a resort family. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and recommending us on good value for the money. It’s great to know that you love Maldives and its natural beauty

Thank you and we look forward to your next visit!
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

I am writing this review while I am still in chaaya dhonveli resort. It is the best experience you will ever have. From the minute you land on there shore you are welcomed with the smile and politeness. I have been to many excursions but my best would be sunset fishing, maybe because I caught a big fish.
I would like to thank the gentleman who Looked after us at the swimming pool everyday, the cooks who made different and delicious meals for us each day, always told us what type of meat it was as we do not eat beef. Big thank you to Ahmed who was our waiter I could not fault him. He was courteous and would always ask us if we needed anything.

We are currently staying in room 809 water bungalow the view is breath taking. The room is very spacious as well as the bathroom. You even have your own back yard that has two sun loungers and table and chair.

I would recommend this holiday to anyone definitely will be back ap

Room Tip: Recommend the water bungalows
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Shakuntala A
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Greetings from the Dhonveli team!

Thank you for your very enthusiastic lines. How gratifying it is for us to read from you while you’re staying with us. It’s visible that your holiday is fantastic and met your expectation.

We will share your positive feedback with the entire team and certainly we are glade that will have the honor of hosting once more.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

Me and my girlfriend stayed here for 1 week at the end of May and had a great time. The weather was great, food was wonderful and the people incredibly friendly.

We were picked up at the airport by speedboat and taken to the Island, took about 20min. There was a storm on the way and by the time we got to the Island the heavens opened. I have never see rain like it before in my life (and we live in England). The next morning we woke up we were met by wonderful sunshine and that was the norm through out. We couldn't have wished for better weather.

The food was very good and every night they have a different theme night. There chefs work incredibly hard and is always there with a smile and looking for a chat. The curries I had here is better then anything I've ever had in London. I cant speak highly enough of everyone that works in the restaurants so would be unfair to single anyone out.

Going to the Maldives you would tend to spend most of your time in or around the water, which is the way it should be. But, walking around the Island you cant help but be impressed how well its being maintained. We stayed in a beach bungalow and would definitely recommend it. You walk straight out into the sea were the snorkelling is incredibly. We bought a book of "fish in the Maldives" before we went and saw approx 70% just snorkelling around the Island.

All in all it was a brilliant holiday and we are looking to go back next year, I would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Gawie3
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Greetings from Dhonveli team and staff!

Thank you for your quick feedback on your busy schedule. We are delighted to know that you love the natural beauty of Maldives and our verity of food selection. I will pass your compliments to out chef and other colleges. They will be delight to know that they made you feel wonderful..


Thank you and we look forward to your next visit!
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Property: Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives
Address: Kanuoiy Huraa (Formerly Chaaya Island Dhonveli)
Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Farukolhufushi Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Farukolhufushi Island
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Hotel Class:4 star — Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives 4*
Number of rooms: 148
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Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives 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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