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Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
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derbyshire
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3 reviews
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“Best Ever Holiday”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

We celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary in style on this beautiful island the staff prepared a candle light diner on the beach and served us with a fantastic meal it was a holiday which we will never forget.This was our second trip to the Maldives and hopefully it won't be our last, this island exceded all our expectations and more, the management and staff were fantastic they could not do enough for you, we felt very humbled by there hospitalty, the food was prepared and cooked with very high standards with plenty of choice.if your looking for value and quality fro your money then this is the island is for you. Gerrard our rep was a gem he is proffecient and dedicated in his job he goes the whole mile to ensure that you have a good time, he will be greatly missed as a rep on the island and wish him every success in the future.
Met up with some truly lovely people of all nationalities and had so much fun it was magic you must give it a try as it is a wonderful experience it was "Paradise"
Monica @ Mick from Derbyshire

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ellaidhoo_Team, Front Office Executive at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
hello mmontoya51..
Greetings from Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo..
Thank you for choosing Ellaidhoo to celebrate your 45th wedding anniversary and for taking time to share your wonderful experience on Trip Advisor. It has been our delight making your stay very memorable and are pleased to know that this was your “Best Ever Holiday”. Looking forward to welcoming you for another vacation of pure bliss. Cheers from the Management and all the staff out here at Ellaidhoo.. :)
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Doncaster, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We have just returned from an idyllic 10day stay on this beautiful island. A visit to the Maldives has been a dream of mine for so long, + this did not disappoint.
My partner spoke very highly of all the dive school staff-he has some amazing video footage of his many diving trips.
I recommend a visit to the Spa-not the most attractive 1 I've ever visited, but this shouldn't distract from the excellent treatments on offer.
We used the laundry service- $35 for unlimited use over your stay. Items can be returned within the day. Because of this, we could have taken hardly any clothes with us, as there is no expectancy to dress up for meals. A real bonus to not arrive home with a suitcase full of dirty washing.
The quality + variety of food on offer at every meal was fantastic. So much choice + freshly prepared. The chefs + waiters worked really hard in the high temperatures. Everyone was so friendly + cheerful, which made all mealtimes a real pleasure. The general dining room had more character than the water bungalow 1.
This was my 1st experience of an AI holiday (which was recommended by friends who had previously been to the Maldives) + I would highly recommend this option. There was no need to carry any money, + the whole holiday was excellent value.
I cannot speak highly enough of all the staff-nothing was too much trouble, + everyone was so pleasant + friendly. How the barmen remember everyones room nos is amazing.
The only negative thing about the visit, were the pesky (invisible!!!) mosquitos, which appeared to have voracious appetites-despite the frequent spraying that took place.
Thank you to everyone at Chaaya, + Amit at Simply Maldives, for giving me some wonderful memories.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ellaidhoo_Team, Front Office Executive at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
hello StellaH136..
Greetings from Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo..
We are extremely pleased to know that it was “A dream come true” vacation for you and thank you for taking time to share your experience. Also, a big thanks for the very encouraging comments and feedback, as it boosts our morale to strive higher. It is a true delight to know that you've thoroughly enjoyed every moment spent here and look forward to having you with us for many such wonderful holidays. :) Until then, Cheers from the Management and all the staff.
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Chesterfield
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

This was our 4th visit to this wonderfull island. We have visited quite a few islands over the last 14 years of going to the Maldives,some because 2 of those years we went on the Attoll Explorer visiting different islands, and this is the best by far even if we didn't dive.Sadly this year Mr Donald (the legend ) retired so his smiling face won't be there when we return this Xmas.Last Xmas was an exceptional year for diving with the sharks, as on every dive(& we did 28)we saw at least 1 shark. On the last dive we didn't see any until we were just about to do our safety stop & someone signalled us ,as we went over there was an 8-0" nurse shark under some rocks.What a climax!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ellaidhoo_Team, Front Office Executive at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, responded to this review, 3 November 2013
hello TalcyChesterfield..
Greetings from Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo..
Thank you for taking time to share your experience on Trip Advisor.
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london
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Went to this island to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and my 60th birthday. First visit to maldives and was not disappointed, it was fantastic, staff brilliant, food brilliant, resort brilliant. Met some fantastic people, brits and germans, made our holiday, thankyou. Gerard great rep, first choice you need to find him a position asap. Seaplane transfer great, water bungalow great, not too keen on speedboat transfer, would suggest seaplane, overall would def say, great holiday, great staff, great weather, sorry to be home.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Ellaidhoo_Team, Front Office Executive at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Hello Lozbaz..
Greetings form Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo..
It is a great delight to know that you've had a “Brilliant holiday” and we thank you for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor. We are even more pleased that you chose us for your very first Maldivian holiday, 40th wedding anniversary and your 60th birthday celebrations and was not disappointed. :) We look forward to welcoming you for many such splendid and memorable vacations. Till then, Cheers from the Management and all the staff out here at Ellaidhoo.. :)
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Stayed for the last 2 weeks of September and had a wonderful holiday. We emailed the resort beforehand asking for a room as near as possible to 305/306 and on arrival whilst we had to stay for one night in room 341 were then moved to 310 which we feel is arguably in the best location on the island particularly if you don't dive or snorkel but do enjoy swimming and cooling off in the warm crystal clear sea (thank you Chaaya). The food is lovely, the resort tries to cater for all tastes, and nothing is too much trouble. The only downside for us was disruption caused by some rowdy groups on a corporate "jolly", hence our 4 rating, but to be honest the resort did take complaints about this seriously and made every effort to try to resolve the problem even seeking us out several times afterwards to ask if everything was OK now. If you want to go to the Maldives but are on a budget Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo is an excellent choice. We can also recommend the seaplane transfers, whilst expensive it's something to "tick of the list" and the views are fantastic.

Room Tip: If you want to spend your days on the beach ask for a room between 301 to 311.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ellaidhoo_Team, Front Office Executive at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Hello colinw352..
Greetings form Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo..
Thank you for sharing your experience “Paradise Found” on Trip Advisor. We are very pleased to know that you've had a fabulous holiday and thoroughly enjoyed every moment spent here. Looking forward to welcoming you for many more memorable vacations of sun, fun and glorious sea life. Cheers from the Management and all the staff.
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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2013

This was our 8th visit to the Maldives and once again we were not disappointed.
Where do we start everything was perfect so forget any negative reviews just take notice of the good ones.
We met some great people Anthony the pool boy looked after us for the whole 3 weeks top man.
The spa girls Annalyn and Kapalana will give you the best massage you have ever had.
And as for the bar staff waiters room boy need I say more.
Take my advice get it booked while you still can and if first choice read this look after Gerard you will not get a better rep.
As for the Brits we me thanks for a great holiday
Can't wait to book the next one
Thank you Chaaya reef

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ellaidhoo_Team, Front Office Executive at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, responded to this review, 3 November 2013
hello Ethers41..
Greetings from Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo..
We are extremely pleased to know that you were not disappointment even though it was your 8th Maldivian holiday. :) and also thank you for sharing your experience “happy days” on Trip Advisor. Looking forward to welcoming you for another round of pleasant and memorable days at Ellaidhoo.. Until then, Cheers from the Management and all the staff, especially those mentioned.
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

We’ve just comeback from the island, we had a fantastic time. The flight was direct and not overly long, similar to flying to the Caribbean; the speedboat transfer was a roller coaster ride, fantastic. We had a Garden Room which was large, roomy, clean and comfortable. It was as everyone comments, dark. The buffet food was excellent offering a varied selection; over the two weeks there as always something new and very very tasty, lots of different curries, plus grilled fish, lovely steak, pork fillet and chicken. The dive center was great, the people there were very nice and very helpful. The weather was great as expected. The lagoon and reef were both great for snorkeling. Apart from the reef fish we swam with giant turtles and white tip reef sharks out on the reef past the sea wall. Yes, there is a sea wall but if the wall wasn’t there. then there wouldn’t be a lagoon and there’s no doubt the island wouldn’t be there either. The staff were very helpful and attentive. It took about 90 minutes to snorkel around the island. The current outside the wall was strong but not dangerously so, I could swim against it most days. and did so at one point going around the island. The waves look impressive but they're not huge it's simply they are crashing against the sea wall, under normal weather conditions at worst it's choppy.. A pair of fins are recommended/required just for the extra control and drive in the current. The gym facilities were excellent as good as any gym in the UK, fully equipped. As an example of service, on finding a shady spot on the edge of the lagoon a quick phone call and we had two new sun-beds at the spot. The cocktails were very nice, the mocktails were excellent and very refreshing. The pool bar was an excellent location for a pre-dinner aperitif. The clientele were mostly couples but there were some families and some with infants all were having a good time. We had an excellent time and were very sad to have to leave. We recommend it to everyone.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ellaidhoo_Team, Front Office Executive at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, responded to this review, 3 November 2013
hello Pilier3..
Greetings from Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo..
Thank you for sharing your review “Fantastic, a utopian idyll...” It is our great pleasure to know that you've had an amazing holiday and that you've enjoyed every moment spent here. We are also very pleased that you've experienced the snorkelling in our magnificent house reef, enjoyed the quiet per-dinner drinks at the pool, the delicious food and cocktails and the friendly atmosphere. Looking forward to have you with us for many more pleasurable holidays. Cheers from all out here.
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Property: Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Address: Ellaidhoo Island (Formerly Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo)
Region: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > North Ari Atoll > Ellaidhoo Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ellaidhoo Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon 4*
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, like all nature's wonders, is blessed with a spectacular offering for marine enthusiasts, is known the world over as the dive island in the Maldives.In the shade. Under the palms. On the Beach. Over the water. There are plenty of stylish types of living spaces to choose from at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon. The 112 rooms are delightfully designed to blend in with the tropical backdrop and its natural environment.A stunning location combined with star-class facilities and outstanding levels of service. ... more   less 
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