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We stayed on this island for 10 nights and spent the remainder at a sister island. This island is the prefect place for couples. Our beach bungalow was lovely with amazing sea views. Lovely and clean with everything we needed. As for the food there was a good selection for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You get given a table which is always yours for the duration of your stay. We did a few excursions but would defiantly recommend the turtle boat trip. Wear your life jacket! (It gets really tiring). It did change dates a few times due to wind so I’d recommend booking as soon as you get there. The only negative was abit of work going on behind our room in the staff part of the Island. I appreciate things need to get done but not what you want to hear when laying on the beach. Especially all day. The staff were very apologetic about this situation and are really helpful. Thankyou for the great memories Rhianne & Jack
We stayed here for 5 nights in March and had a wonderful time. We were upgraded to a Water Bungalow which was great, spacious, everything we needed and steps right into the sea where we saw loads of fish, rays and black tip reef sharks. The staff were all wonderful, from the reception staff who greeted us, checked us in and drove us to our rooms to the waiters in the restaurants, the chefs and bar staff. All really helpful and always smiling. Sanjeeva was especially great and no request too small. We did one excursion which was the turtle snorkelling, we had a great time. The reef was beautiful, lots of wonderful fish, crystal clear waters and loads of turtles. We then stopped off on a sand bar on the way back which was equally as stunning. The food was great, lots of variety each day. It never felt like the restaurants were overcrowded. The beach and lagoon was really nice. The lots fish after you take a couple of steps, as you venture further out we saw black tip reef sharks, a turtle and a family of rays. A fantastic trip which has left us with a lifetime of memories. Thank you to all of the staff and especially Sanjeeva who arranged everything for us. We look forward to returning soon!
A fabulous return visit
My partner and I recently made a 7th return trip to Dhonveli and count ourselves very lucky to have made the trip before travel was stopped due to COVID 19. Our first year we stayed in a water bungalow, the second a beach bungalow and each year since then the over water suites. We have enjoyed all the accommodations we have stayed in and have been impressed with the changes Cinnamon have been making in recent years. This year we travelled with 4 other members of our family and enjoyed sharing the island with them. Now they can all see why we return year after year. The over water suites have stayed beautiful since their renovations a few years ago and are very well looked after by both maintenance and the cleaners. The restaurant there is always outstanding and the staff excellent both at the restaurant and the bar. One comment I would make this year is that the number of restaurant tables seems to have increased a great deal which is a shame. It used to feel very spaced out in there but not so much now. The number of tables even seemed to increase further during our stay. Under the lounge floor window in the over water suites there is a structure with coral attached underneath to attract the fish. With so much of the coral having died off we could see that the coral on the structure under our window had grown quite a bit since our last visit (same suite) which was so nice to see. We hadn’t realised until we saw a programme in the UK about coral that these structures are part of a programme to stimulate coral growth and it would be lovely to see more of these around. The pool at the over water suites is lovely but personally we prefer the sea and lagoon. We saw some beautiful decorations on the sunbeds and smiley Sattar made us some amazing flower garlands during our stay. We enjoy all the bars on the island and go to the surf bar in the afternoon most days when the sun leaves the deck. You never wait for a drink there thanks to Manik and Dileepa who give excellent service. As always we enjoyed seeing the various creatures of the sea as we wandered round the island. There is so much to see and we never go anywhere without a camera. The sunset bar has had some great changes made since last year and is beautifully looked after by Malinda and team. Malinda is one of the staff members who always goes that extra mile to ensure you have a fabulous stay at Dhonveli and is a credit to the island. We will be visiting again and hope every year that Malinda is still with the Dhonveli team. Overall the island is wonderful and you feel very well looked after there from the moment you set foot on the island till you are waved off when you leave.
Paradise on earth!!
Fell in love with this place 3 years ago when we visited for my 50th birthday and have been back every year since. It’s as close to paradise as I’ve found. The climate is fantastic, the food exceptional but it’s the people that make it my go to destination. Never have I experienced such friendly, focused people in all my travels. You are treated like royalty by everyone and made to feel very special indeed. I have to mention Malinda who has become a great friend and someone who I keep in touch with regularly. Every time we arrive, he is there to greet us and welcome us back. Nothing is too much trouble and he goes way beyond anyone’s expectation with his hospitality. It’s often the little touches that make all the difference like the buggy ride home this year, nice one!! You’ll find him at the sunset bar taking care of everyone and mixing up a great blue lagoon cocktails. ‘One for the road, my friend’ The accommodation is faultless, cleaned twice daily, comfortable with the best beds I have slept on. Even the white sandy beach is swept daily to keep it immaculate. It is truly awesome. The food in the restaurants is exquisite, huge variety,superb presentation and served by fantastic chefs and waiters. The meal on the beach this year was again a highlight with the best steak I have ever tasted!! As a keen scuba diver, the Meredis dive centre is superb. Nik and the team look after me with tailored dives in very small groups. In fact it’s 1 on 1 most of the time! Diving with sharks, rays and turtles a true dream. I can not fault this island and plan to return every year that I can. Thank you cinnamon for another excellent holiday, but thank you to everyone who works tirelessly to make each holiday so special.
First visit to the Maldives
Have been wanting to go to the Maldives for nearly 25years. Affordability was not there having raised two of my children in a one parent household, schooling, Universities. Proud of them, now they are proud and extremely happy that at long last their mummy has after a long time fulfilled her dream. The Cinnamon Dhonveli more that surpassed my first experience on the their beautiful Island. The beach bungalow was fantastic, very clean, the staff on the whole complex went the extra mile with helpfulness, kindness and warmth. Love to return again as soon as possible. Thank you everyone at this beautiful complex.
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