Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives which takes its name from the Maldivian word for crystal white sand, is situated on Kaafu Atoll about 16 km or a 20-minute speedboat transfer from Velana International Airport.

The 16-acre resort island has five categories of rooms that are spread across each corner of the island including Garden bungalows, Superior Rooms, Water Bungalows, Beach Bungalows and Over-Water Suites.

With excellent restaurants serving local fare, international cuisine and succulent seafood in every conceivable form, juice bar on the beach and 3 cocktail bars spread across the island guests have convenient access to even great F&B outlets at Dhonveli. The resort also take turns serving the cuisine of a particular part of the world on different nights.

The Chavana Spa at Dhonveli comes with many treatments and a range of spa products to revitalise, rejuvenate and reawaken the young at heart. The spa is a part of the international spa chain Mandara, featuring specialised Balinese therapists, invigorating treatments and the internationally renowned Elemis brand of products.

The list of recreational activities provided by the Dhonveli is endless. Guests can work off a heavy meal at the resort’s self-service gym, take their chances with a surfboard or go snorkelling with sea turtles.

  • Ultra Luxury
  • 4 star
  • 148 villas
  • Speedboat
  • 25 min
  • 16 KM km
  • Kaafu Atoll
  • Dhonveli Island Island

Villas Type


Hello honeymoon! For the two of you looking for some private time, our Over-Water Suites at Cinnamon Dhonveli are designed to give you all the intimacy and privacy you need for your time alone together. These 24 wood-paneled units sit right over the shallow turquoise waters surrounding the island. Spacious interiors greet you as you walk in – a plush bedroom, large living room, and sprawling bathroom. Walk out on to your own private sun deck with a stairway giving you direct access to the heavenly waters below. Secluded on the North West of our island paradise, step into your Over-Water Suite and you’ll know in an instant why we are the ideal resort in the Maldives for honeymooners and lovers alike.

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There maybe a lot of water bungalows on offer in the Maldives, but the Cinnamon Dhonveli water bungalows are truly in a league of their own. A quick walk to the south-west corner of the island will bring you to rows of these plush bungalows that make up a total of 36 modern tributes to tropical modernism, sitting on stilts, directly above the ocean. Ornate Maldivian carvings, a Jacuzzi and interiors that are bound to take your breath away – our Water Bungalows are your dreams come true while you’re in the Maldives. Walk out of your room and lounge on our sun deck to perfect that tan or walk down the ladder that gives you direct access to the ocean for a quick dip in our crystal blue shallow waters.

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Our beach bungalows are designed for those here on our island looking for great views of the ocean and space enough to fit in a family or group of three. These large, high ceiling rooms are the epitome of comfort for the whole family or a small group of friends. The tiny things also matter to us here at Cinnamon Dhonveli and you’ll see how this notion comes to life when you walk into our beach bungalows and notice the vibrant décor and minimalist bamboo finishings that make the room a little piece of heaven. Walk outdoors to your semi-open bathroom showers are located outdoors but still closed off from the rest of the resort. Shower under the stars before you head back to your comfortable bed for a good night’s sleep.

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The 24 Superior Rooms at our Maldives all-inclusive resort are spacious and comfortable, furnished with vibrant tones and extravagant amenities to give you an excellent stay with us. The rooms sleep 3 adults and a child with ease, with partitioned sleeping areas making it the perfect family home away from home. Facing the Indian Ocean, the two storey rooms are a haven for the group on holiday. Air conditioned to keep you comfortable after a long day in the hot tropical sun, our superior rooms at Cinnamon Dhonveli allow everyone to have the best of times in one big room together.

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Welcome to the shady gardens of Cinnamon Dhonveli where our 20 garden bungalows make a perfect haven for the surfer in paradise. Located right by the big waves of Pasta Point, our Garden Bungalows become a close-knit community of family & friends who return year after year to surf our giant morning waves. The two-storey bungalows come with a loft space for extra bedding easily accommodating two adults and two children at a time, and some of the most economical room rates in the Maldives. All the rooms come with balconies and verandahs overlooking the Laccadive Sea as you wake up to a small swarm of surfers lining the ocean each mornings. Of course, if you’re here for the surfing, chances are you won’t be in your room most of the time, because surfers are a very social and communal bunch finding the heart of their vacation out in the ocean each dawn. But when you’re tired from a morning out, these rooms with the scent of the salty ocean that finds its way inside are the perfect way to catch 40 winks as the waves lull you to sleep.

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Maakana Restaurant

Somewhere on our island, you’re bound to encounter a Maakana, elegant Grey Herons with their conical black head markings. Similarly, the Maakana restaurant that sits close to Pasta Point and our Garden Bungalows has an iconic circular structure and high cone-shaped thatched roof. Great international cuisine, an action-packed atmosphere and many action stations make it a popular dining venue at our resort in Maldives. Tuck in a hearty meal and watch the surf break or watch a Maakana pass you by.

Order a fresh tropical juice for your afternoons under the sun outside our beach bungalows. While the view is breathtaking the tropical heat is bound to make you thirsty and what better way to cool off than with a chilled juice? Fresh juice is also a great chaser for an island afternoon spent in the company of some rum or vodka.

Raalhu Bar

If you don’t meet a champion surfer, then you’re not at the right place. The Raalhu Bar has long been the favourite hangout of the surfers on our island because of its fantastic view of Pasta Point’s giant left-handed waves and the surfers riding them back to shore. A la carte, al fresco dining with a great selection of cocktails, international spirits and juices, there really is nowhere else our surfers want to be when they’re not riding the waves. Some evenings are known to bring in flocks of dolphins and others aracouos game of pool and a makeshift dancefloor on the deck as patrons keep themselves occupied until it’s morning and time to hit the waves again.

Raiyvilaa Sunset Terrace Bar

There’s a lot to see on our island but only one great place from where you can watch the sunset over the horizon, throwing maddening shades of purple and orange across the cloud-drenched skies. If you’re on our all-inclusive package, this means coming by here for your evening snack and coffee would be a great idea – and while you’re at it, why not throw back a few cocktails when the moon begins to rise? You know what else it’s good for? A romantic candle-lit dinner for two, once the sunset audience has moved elsewhere for the night’s revelries.

Rehendhi Restaurant and Bar

Located by the over-water suites, this exclusive restaurant is for our special guests offering a deck by the ocean for romantic dinners and a tasteful spread of food from around the world. We do suggest you try some traditional Maldivian curries while you’re here though – while they are spicy, we really do know how to do spice right. We maybe a little island resort in the Maldives, but we know how to wine and dine you right in honour of our late Queen Rehendhi after whom this venue was named. The restaurant’s attached bar and wine cellars are among the best-stocked you’ll find on this part of the planet. And when we say our buffets are gourmet, we truly mean it! There won’t be another one for miles serving high-class gastronomy for their daily buffets. Oh, and be sure to try out some of our tender-grilled king prawns for dinner.

Koimala Family Style Restaurant

Our Koimala family style restaurant, named after one of our late Queens serves a regal spread across the many tables both indoors and on the beach. Even if you’re in the vicinity of our island, this is a great place to drop by for a relaxing lunch or dinner by the sea. Partitioned into two large dining wings, this thatched-roof venue on the beach is our main restaurant, serving the biggest spread on the island. From Western to Eastern to traditional Maldivian, every conceivable cuisine is a constant at Koimala with our lavish spread and many action stations ready to whip up anything from scrambled eggs to Yorkshire Pudding in moments.


Hold hands and hop on board a traditional Maldivian Dhoni as we take the two of you out to sea for an altogether different dining experience. Our team will join you on board as they prepare an intimate dinner for two.

Dive head first into paradise with the wide selection of watersports activities we have on offer here at Cinnamon Dhonveli. Living on a remote island most certainly has its benefits and you won’t feel landlocked for long if you get on a jetskii and rip through the ocean for a mad rush of adrenalin. Maldives has been consistenly famous for the great selection of water sports activities and here on our island, we have it all.

Here are some of the watersports you can indulge in while you’re with us:
Fun Tubing
Banana Boating
Kayaking (Single & Double)
Pedal Boating
Jet Skiing
Stand Up & Paddle
Catamaran Rides
Wind Surfing
Wake Boarding
Water Skiing

One of the great things about Cinnamon Dhonveli is its location, not merely in terms of proximity to the mainland but also because it neighbours some of the greatest dive sites in this part of the world including HP Reef & Banana Reef. Run by Meredis Dive & Relax, a member of the PADI Internation Resort Association and a PADI 5-Star Gold-Palm Resort. Located close to the entrance of the resort, Meredis offers a host of snorkeling and diving options for newcomers and certified divers alike. The discovery of colour, shape, form and species underwater is an indescribable thing. The best possible way to attempt to explain what it is like would be to tell you that you’d probably find the rest of the world an absolute bore once you’ve been down there.

Talk to us about how we can create a private dining experience for you in your room or your private terrace.

Walk close to the water’s edge and sit down under a pristine white marquee as we serve you some of the island’s finest cuisine for two.

Swimming only in the ocean can be a little exhausting sometimes when you have to fights the currents and waves – only to come up with sand all over you and a wave that crashes you to shore. So why not give the ocean a break and dip into our freshwater swimming pool? Located on the West end of the island between the tennis courts and our sunset bar, the poolside is also a great place to lounge and sip on cocktails to while away a lazy island afternoon. The kiddies’ pool that makes up a portion of the pool area allows for the whole family to spend time together too.

Legend tells of an old sage named Chavana who discovered the fountain of youth. After drinking from its waters, his appearance regained its youth almost instantly. The old sage went on to marry a beautiful, young princess.

Aptly named, the Chavana Spa at Dhonveli comes with many treatments and a range of spa products to revitalize, rejuvenate and reawaken the young at heart. Chavana Spa at all our Maldivian resorts are a part of the international spa chain Mandara, featuring specialized Balinese therapists, invigorating treatments and the internationally renowned Elemis brand of products. Walk in and browse our extensive spa menu as you sip on a warm jasmine tea and freshen up with a warm towel.


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