Maldives is a full package destination for all type of travellers who love sea, sun and sand. Whether you are a solo traveller, or travelling with your partner, kids, mates, parents or even with in-laws, and desires something different, you can find it in Maldives. When you are picking Maldives as your travelling destination, other than relaxation, fine dining and spa, there is one thing you cannot miss, “Surfing”. This little paradise island is one of the true surf holiday destination that takes its resorts to a whole new level, where the surfers fall-in-love instantly.
In the world there are many places that surfers will define as paradise and Maldives is definitely at the top of that list. The luxurious resorts which are built over water or in an all your heart desires bungalow with private beach access, co-exist with breath-taking tropical landscapes surrounded by ever graceful azure Indian Ocean and white beaches provide easy access to some of the world’s best reef breaks for surfers. Maldives surf resorts are scattered all over the region with the highest intensity situated on North and South Male’ Atolls. The beauty of surfing in Maldives is that there are waves for all levels of surfing and all levels of stoke.
Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives is one of the small tropical surf resorts in Maldives, that accommodates surfers by offering exclusive access to the classic Pasta Point surf break. Pasta Point is the wave machine of North Male’ Atoll. Pasta Point at North Mae’ atoll is one of the most well-known in the surfing world with its popular surf breaks, long rides and easy accessibility.
Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives is only a short hop from Malé Airport (about 20 minutes), which makes it ideal for those wanting to cut down on travel time, plus the island has all the facilities that you would expect from a luxury Maldives surf resort. Dhonveli, means in local Maldivian language (Dhivehi) “crystal white sand”, the island owns it all. This tiny island worth your time and money by giving you the chance to enjoy your vacation leisurely staying close to the main island of Maldives. Cinnamon Dhonveli Island is also placed in just a walking distance to the region’s most consistent Pasta surf break and less than 10 minutes boat ride to Sultans, Honky’s and Jailbreak surf breaks. No matter what the conditions are, you are in the perfect spot. Every surf traveller can experience the uncrowded, consistent and perfect waves of the renowned Pasta Point while enjoying the comfort service and sensational food at the four-star Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives resort.
Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives has won the ‘Leading Surf Resort’ accolade at the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) during 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019. Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives is the only resort with a program designed especially for surfers by ‘Atoll Adventures’. Atoll Adventures is the most experienced and professional surf operators in Maldives. Pasta Point is exclusive for Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives in house guests with a surf pass, which is limited to 30 surfers. Even though it sounds a lot, you will never find it too crowded as the Atoll Adventures team run boats all day to a variety of other spots nearby, including Sultans, Jailbreaks and even further afield if you fancy in going. The resort has small armada of modern and traditional dhoni style boats for surf, dive, fishing and excursion trips.
If you are a surfer looking for an uncrowded waves and high-quality breaks with perfect protection from the wind, regular swells and ideal reef setups, then you better book your surf package in advance before arriving to Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives. What a better place to learn surfing than in Maldives. If you need to learn surfing at Cinnamon Dhonveli, they have a surf school and surf board rentals just in case you do not travel with your own board.
Being one of the best surf resorts in Maldives with its own Pasta Point surf break, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives is not just about surfing until your legs fall off. If you decide to have a “lay day” or you need to explore the exotic nature then there are plenty of things to do that do not include a surfboard. You can just sit back and relax while sipping a cocktail on a secluded island enjoying paradisiacal exotic tropical beauty.
Though Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives is a small tropical island, it offers different types of rooms perfect for solo travellers, honeymooners, groups and families for all sort of budget plans. The resort is capable of accommodating up to 250 guests. With the base package, you can stay in the Garden Bungalow and you have the option of upgrading your package to any style of accommodation; Beach Bungalows, Water Bungalows, and Over Water Suites.
Maldives is known for its Over Water Bungalows. Since all the travellers are not millionaires, you can find the most affordable budget friendly Water Bungalow at Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives. Though it is a budget option, it is pretty cool. The surreal sight of the Water Bungalows will capture your heart instantly. A wooden pathway curving towards the left, branching in to a line of water huts on either side, well arranged like pearls on a necklace. The barren brown of the huts settling in with the lively blue ocean. Located off the southwest side of the island, the sight of the Water Bungalows are phantasmagorical, which present a sense of timelessness and peace. The plush over water timber bungalow consist with colourful furniture, walls adorned with artwork, a king size bed with white linen sheets, wooden flooring, dressing table, wardrobe, private deck, modern amenities are air conditioner, mini bar, tea/coffee making, satellite TV and IDD telephone facility. The long windows in the Water Bungalow give you a sight of the blue ocean. The windows are blacked-out, where you can see outside but no one can see inside.
To the left of the room, there is the fully tiled bathroom with a separate shower space, a jacuzzi, bidet and double hand basin. Adjacent to the bathroom, there is another door which leads to the balcony with two resting beds and your own private staircase which leads to the lagoon. Patio out there is the best; you can do all the typical beach thing; you can enjoy a dip or snorkel with the reef fish or pretend to be the Aquaman. Imagine waking up to the splashing sound of the waves each day during your vacation, jump in to the ocean for an early morning swim and enjoy the sun on your balcony lounging, what else you can expect from your dreamy vacation. The thatched-roof, timber bungalows are built over the lagoon, with crystal clear water underneath. Each bungalow has a private balcony, the perfect spot to enjoy cool sea breezes and uninterrupted ocean views while enjoying a glass of wine. The timber walkway links the bungalows to the main island, and a short stroll will take you to the surf and the Roalhu Bar overlooking Pasta Point.
The top-tier rooms are Over Water Suites, which are outfitted with more stylish and contemporary décor. When you are at Over Water Suite, you will be able to catch a glimpse of Manta Ray and dolphins from your private terrace. Located on the Northwest side of the island these inviting suites are furnished as spacious living spaces with a King Bed, a Dressing Table, a Wardrobe, a Jacuzzi tub, a Mini-bar, Satellite Television, Private deck with loungers and IDD Telephone facilities.
Beach Bungalows, facing the crystal-clear blue lagoon where its authentic Maldivian architecture blends seamlessly with the tropical nature. The high framed thatched roof and beautifully finished structure with tropical timbers and textured large stone walls covered in white paint take your resort experience to a different level. Beach Bungalow’s structure is built as a two-story accommodation where downstairs consist with outdoor garden bathroom with ergonomic tub, rainfall shower and double hand basin. There is a living room area with minibar, tea & coffee making, satellite TV and there is slightly dated wooden furniture for you to relax while enjoying a cold beer. There is a built-in sofa (day bed) in the living area which doubles as a single bed. Upstairs stylishly furnished with king-sized bed, white linen sheets, wardrobe and a dressing table. There is a little balcony for you to enjoy the purple sky during evening relaxation. The huge timber staircase leads to the bedroom is so fascinating. Overall, the Beach bungalows have sunset-hued drapes and decor accents, ceramic tile floors, and personal patios that empty directly onto the white sand. These spacious rooms can be quite dim, despite the number of actual lights throughout. There are contemporary love seats and vanity stools that give a bit of much-needed style oomph. These air-conditioned rooms, built on the beachfront, facing the white sand beach and the crystalline waters that hug its shores. The structure is charming, personal and romantic. Beach Bungalow has a separate entrance onto the white sand beach in front and a private landscaped courtyard.
Air-conditioned Garden Bungalows, built with a dual-level design and beds on separate levels, they are also suited to anyone traveling with an older child looking for a simple, no-frills room. These rooms have white tile floors, turquoise fabric and paint accents, dark varnished wood panelling, and stairs to their lofty levels. The bottom floor of each is home to the lounge space, a built-in single bed, closet, fridge, mini-bar, tea & coffee making and shower-only tiled bathroom, while upstairs, there’s a king-size bed and second outdoor deck.
Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives gives its guests a choice of bed and breakfast, half-board, full-board, and all-inclusive meal plans. There are three restaurant areas in the resort where you can enjoy variety of food choices, local & international cuisines plus a corner filled with nightly rotating themed dishes. From fresh salad, pasta, and pizza stations, to tandoori ovens baking naan, and pots of sauerkraut, stir-fry, and chocolate mousse, you will never get bored, everyday there is something different and featured several food stations. Dining rooms and seats are assigned depending on room and category. Koimala Garden Restaurant serves the majority of the guests in a casual and large, double-room venue in between the beach and the garden paths. This beachfront buffet restaurant specialised in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch & dinner. Children’s menu is also available. Maakana Restaurant is a much smaller circular spot, located down by Raahlu Bar. It serves all three meals. Rehendi Restaurant and Bar is a stylised restaurant which serves only for the guests who are staying in the Water Suites. The venue stands out as having its own dedicated bar, large ocean-view deck, and small, chilled wine room.
You should purchase a meal package when booking the resort where the all-inclusive package which entitled three meals during your stay and unlimited alcoholic drinks. If you are a light drinker then you can easily get by with the half-board option which serves lunch and dinner.
Cinnamon Dhovenli has two large main bars, Raalhu Bar and Raiyvilaa Bar & Coffee Shop. Raahlu Bar is a casual oceanside spot located along the southwestern edge of the island, and has sand floors, a pool table, and a small entertainment area. With prime views of Pasta Point, it’s a natural hangout spot for visiting surfers who grab a few brews on the expansive wooden deck while watching other surfers catching some waves in the twilight. Raiyvilaa Bar & Coffee Shop sees more guests drinking alcohol than sipping espresso, and serves afternoon tea (for all-inclusive guests only). Located just beyond the pool, this bar seems to have it all, a massive deck with crashing waves, bean bags, a library, foosball, and an afternoon snack service (for all-inclusive guests only). It shares walls with the gym and a couple of boutiques.
Cinnamon Dhonveli also has a pool area with a massive wooden deck area where guests can lounge on plastic loungers. There is also a small and shallow kids pool just off the main pool, complete with mushroom waterfall. To get a break from the family or just to relax, guests can head over to the Chavana Spa. Using Elemis products for treatments, this spa has bungalow treatment rooms in a garden setting, and a central hut for nail treatments. Treatment rooms have hydro-showers with tiny built-in saunas.
Though Cinnamon Dhonveli earned its prestige as a surf resort in Maldives, there is another side; there is a gorgeous, super calm white sand beach where you can snorkel right from the shore. If you prefer to snorkel outside the lagoon area, there are some snorkelling trips organised by the resort staff. One of the most popular snorkelling trips are turtle snorkelling tour. You can even rent a kayak and spend a day out on the water. For those who are feeling adventurous there is an in-house dive resort where you can give scuba diving a try on an intro dive, do your full open water dive course or if you’re already certified head out to some of the surrounding dives sites. Snorkelling and scuba diving are true bucket list experience in Maldives. The water is crystal clear with plenty of sea life action around this tiny island. It is filled with rays, schools of clownfish and if you are lucky you will encounter reef sharks too.
Entertainment-wise, the resort has traditional Maldivian performances, a beach cinema, live music, magic shows, DJ nights, pool parties, and beach parties, as well as the typical off-island excursions to local islands.
Typical resort features available at Dhonveli include a 24-hour gym, tennis courts, a portrait picture studio, private meals (for a fee), and fee-based WiFi.
Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives is constantly buzzing with action whilst offering good balance vacation experience to its guests from all over the world. Large families, groups of friends, divers and snorkeling buffs all seem to find a comfortable common ground in the heady atmosphere of the 16-acre island as well. Even though the island is not that big, it is big enough to find your own slice of peace and quiet that you are searching for or you can easily mingle with other guests and make some new buddies too.
Dhonveli island is one of the few resorts that are open during the Coronavirus pandemic. But, now the government has announced reopening of tourism starting with private jets and private yachts. An initial plan suggested that all tourists would be tested for Covid19 but the government has announced there will be no such restrictions. Any suspicious case means guest would be isolated and tested.