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“Good but not great” 4 of 5 stars
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Chaaya Island Dhonveli
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Kanuoiy Huraa   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sandefjord, Norway
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Good but not great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The atmosphere on this island is very good and relaxing. Beautiful lagune with a fantastic beach. A minus is that there was, at least when I was there, only one possibility for a la carte in addition to the buffet restaurants.

Also the water villas could do with a redecoration job, a lot of water damage to the floors.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Chaaya Island Dhonveli, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Dear Ellen S,

Greetings from the Dhonveli team!

Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your recent stay at Chaaya Island Dhonveli.
We are glad that you found our island, relaxing and lagoon, beautiful and fantastic.

On the other hand, we wish to acknowledge also your review and observations about our water villas. We take great care to ensure that important matters such as this are properly addressed to the management. we’re committed to do everything we can to ensure our customers will have a wonderful and memorable stay in our resort.

Again we highly appreciate your feedback as it will assist us in becoming better at what we do. It’s our goal to retain you as a satisfied customer and will hope to serve you again in the future.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Visited the hotel mid June with my wife on our honeymoon. The island is fantastic. The staff are by far the friendliest and politest ive experienced while on holiday at any hotel. The food selection, taste and presentation is to a very high standard. We stayed in a beach bungalow which had outside bathroom. Was great for showering under the stars. Our bedroom doors opened up to the beach and 5 paces from the sea. All the different bars were welcoming. Snorkelling was great and i recommend taking coral shoes. The hotel was 75% full when we went but it sometimes felt we were alone. We often had the pool to ourselves and there were plenty of sun loungers available on the beach.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Chaaya Island Dhonveli, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Dear James B,

Greetings from the Dhonveli team!

Thank you for your remarkable review on tripadvisor. We are delighted that you had a marvelous honeymoon in our resort and had a magnificent time snorkeling in our resort. We are also glad to note that our staff in particular made such a favorable impression during your recent visit in our resort. I will share your positive feedback with the entire team .We aim to provide a complete vacation experience for our guests and your feedback is most encouraging.

We have no doubt that you would select our resort for your next holiday, and it would be delight to have you with us.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a late review of this holiday as we travelled there march 2013.

Firstly the holiday was absolutely stunning. Our flight was through Thomson which if I'm honest, was hell. The plane seemed very old, very dated and the staff were some what unhelpful (outbound) would recommend a seat upgrade to premium.. Landing at the airport was amazing, the heat was extreme, but was expected. Whilst waiting for our rep, we had a walk outside just to the docks bit, it was amazing, just being at the airport gave us a sense of being in paradise. The sea was clear with every fish in sight. It was heaven!. After the group got together for this resort we were introduced to Zeta (spelling unsure), this was our holiday rep, she was excellent, she deserves to be on that island every year. She took us to our speed boats which would take us to the island, if you hear anyone say its best to get a plane as the boats are awful, don't listen, the boats were exceptionally clean, there was a roof over us to block the sun and the boat ride was amazing, we got a view of many islands and also an idea of what's to come. The excitement was killing us.. Arriving at the island about 25 mins later, we stepped foot on the island and it was as expected beautiful, the gardens were full of tropical plants which lead to the reception area which also was beautiful.

This holiday was honestly the best holiday ever. The staff are spot on, extremely helpful and can do anything for you.. The food was outstanding, the range of foods accommodated everyone.

The bar staff were amazingly friendly and definitely make the hotel stand out. If you ever meet Rumesh, he is lovely. He made our holiday 100 times better and we felt like we made a genuine friend. My partner had swollen feet from the flight and he was always checking to see if she was ok, always rushing ice over to comfort my partner, basically an absolute gem.

Overall this holiday was amazing. Ignore the bad comments seen on this page regarding the hotel. It's excellent, my personal opinion is people expect to much who rate this holiday bad, we saw first hand people moaning at staff, it was obvious the staff were making every efforts to make things right, even though nothing was wrong in the first place.


Zeta you were a gem.
Rumesh, you made our holiday superb and special
Bar staff, you were perfect and the special cocktails were beautiful
Food staff, your food was perfect, thank you for all the great food

Me and my partner will definitely be back again.

Thank you all

Ben and Vicki

Room Tip: Personally, the over water villas do look stunning but I do question if the price is justifiable. It...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Chaaya Island Dhonveli, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear Ben F,

Greetings from the Dhonveli team!

Thank you for your impressive review on tripadvisor. We are happy that you found staff extremely helpful and food is outstanding.


We are thrilled that you had an amazing stay with our resort . We aim to provide a wonderful vacation experience for our guests and your feedback is most encouraging.

I am delighted to know that Zita, Rumesh and other food and bar staff that provided you with remarkable service. I will be sure to acknowledge their outstanding customer service.

We have no doubt that you would select our resort for your next holiday, and it would be delight to have you with us.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Arriving at Dhonveli is an incredible experience in and of itself... from the wintery climes of Europe and on to a sea plane from Male, and then flying out over crystal blue seas with small islands gloating in the tranquility - what could be better?
Upon arrival the seaplane maneuvres itself up against the jetty, and then begins an outstanding walk along the approach to the hotel. Looking over the side of the jetty into the turquoise sea where thousands of fish abound just takes your breath away...
the rooms are private houses on stilts above the water, and sitting in the lounge area of the room there is a glass floor beneath which you can watch the marine life. the Terrace of the room looks out to the reef and beyond.. time becomes meaningless and life takes on a whole new perspective.
I liked the walk around the island, there is even a special table that you can reserve to watch the sunset. You can have dinner on a private table right next to the water (which we did), you only have to ask earlier in the day.
it's romantic, it's relaxing - an incredible place to go and revitalize
the spa does a fantastic Balinesian massage...
the highlight for me was speeding across the lagoon in a catamaran with the breeze blowing and the spray
Cannot wait to go back

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Chaaya Island Dhonveli, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Dear Ideaz,

Greetings from the Dhonveli team!

Thank you for choosing one of the Chaaya brands for your holiday. Going by your feedback it appears that you have stayed at Chaaya Lagoon Hakura Huraa.

Anyhow, We appreciate you writing a positive comment about our sister company. It’s a pleasure to receive such high praise about our brands. We will share your good review with Chaaya Lagoon Hakura Huraa and You can also write directly on their Trip advisor page. Thank you so much and we hope you will come and stay in our resort next time. Until then, be well…
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Derby, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

It has taken me a while to write this review (stayed 2 weeks end of Feb into March) but everything about this place is still so fresh in my mind as it was out of this world. First time to the Maldives and it is a must see beautiful place. Stayed in an over water suite which was spotlessly clean with excellent views out to the ocean when you wake up in the morning. The resort was full but it was still so quiet whereever you went on the island which gave us a total chillaxing time for the full 2 weeks.

The staff are so friendly and we would like to say a big thankyou to all the staff in the Rehendi restaurant. Sorry I can't remember all your names but you were all fanstastic and the food is out of this world. Pasta man (Abdul) makes the most amazing pasta dishes and is always smiling. Ahmed our waiter was brilliant and tought us some local words which I could only remember by relating to other words which is why this review is entitled Shakira as it helped me remember Shukkuryia (thankyou)

Zita the rep was really helpful, she does a fantasic job and never seems to stop (First Choice you have a gem here)

We would have no hessitation in returning to Chaaya Island in the future so once again "Shakira" to you all.

Room Tip: Over water suites a must if you can. Amazing views and so quiet
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Chaaya Island Dhonveli, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
Dear Tony F,

Greetings from the Dhonveli team!

Thank you so much for your recent 5 star review. I am so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay on our resort and that you found are staff, fantastic and loved the food! I am delighted to hear that you’ve had a great holiday in our resort. I am ecstatic to know that Zita, Abdul, Ahmed and other staff provided you with amazing service. I will be sure to acknowledge their outstanding customer service.

Once again, thank you for your wonderful review and for staying with us here. We highly appreciate and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back again. Thank you and we look forward to your next visit!
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Our first time in the Maldives. and WOW what a wonderful place. My husband loved the surfing and had really good breaks to choose from all within a 10 min boat ride from the island, with the famous Pasta Point left hand break right infront of the beach bar. If you are keen on the surfing you have to book through Atoll Travel. The water a wonderful 28 degrees, you can literally stay in the water for hours. The different species of fish will blow you away. I had the pleasure of diving with black tip reef sharks in thigh high water. right from our water bungalow. The food was excellent! and the service out of this world, you will never met more friendy bunch of people, every staff member on the island greets you. It is as neat as pin, not a paper to be seen, they have ladies sweeping the island all day, there literally is not a leaf lying around. This was a very expensive holiday for us with our South African Rand. And the alcohol is expensive.

Room Tip: Beach bungalows were great, a little nosy though as the walls are made of coral, so you can hear eve...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Chaaya Island Dhonveli, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Dear Simone E,

Greetings from the Dhonveli team!

Thank you for writing a brilliant review about your recent stay at Chaaya Island Dhonveli. We are enchanted that you enjoyed your stay on our beautiful island, food and also extremely happy to hear that you found our staff very friendly.

We are also delighted to hear that you enjoyed surfing in our resort and you had a great time diving with black tip reef sharks.

We value your feedback and look forward to other opportunities to serve you in the future.
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Just returned from an amazing weekend at Chaaya Island Dhonveli.

It has always been my dream to spend my 50th birthday chillaxing on an island in the Maldives, and I wasn't disappointed. Read a lot of fantastic reviews on here before we booked and found them all to be spot on, ignore the negative ones!

Booked a beach bungalow no 218 which is in my opinion on the best location, right on the beach with stunning views of the sea to wake up to every morning. Rooms always clean and our room boy was lovely, always polite and smiling,actually all the staff are and it's vey infectious you can't help but smile all week.!
Outside shower was fab, the only minor niggle was the bath,it was a bit worn but then it is open to the elements. The water bungalows and suites are fab but still preffered the beach bungalow as you had your own bit of beach and could pop in anytime or just sit in the shade on the terrace and people watch, especially the Chinese, they are really sweet and really amusing to watch, posing and taking photos at any opportunity, just like us all, enjoying their holiday.

Won't repeat everything else about the food etc as all the other reviews say it all, you won't be disappointed, can't even complain about the weather as even if it does rain it's still so very warm and actually quite fascinating to watch.

Our best holiday EVER, totally spoilt and can't wait to return.

Special thanks go to our lovely rep Zita, our fabulous salad man Joseph and our waiter Ali, and everyone else who made this a very special holiday and birthday at Chaaya Island Dhonveli you should all be very proud of your staff and beautiful resort.

Room Tip: Beach bungalows 215-218
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chaaya Island D... G, Guest Relations Manager at Chaaya Island Dhonveli, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Dear brizzle63,

Greetings from the Dhonveli team!

Thank you for choosing Chaaya Island Dhonveli to celebrate your 50th Birthday.

We are truly overjoyed to read your delightful review regarding your recent stay in our resort. It has been a real pleasure to be of service to you. We are happy to learn that you have enjoyed your stay with us.

Your compliments to our staffs are highly appreciated and it will surely be passed on to them.

Once again, thank you for your wonderful review and for staying with us here. We highly appreciate and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back again. Thank you and we look forward to your next visit!
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Address: Kanuoiy Huraa
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Farukolhufushi Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Farukolhufushi Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Chaaya Island Dhonveli 4*
Number of rooms: 148
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chaaya Island Dhonveli 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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