My husband and I went to Chaaya for our honeymoon Oct 2009. We had the best time and holiday ever... so much so, were struggling now to find a holiday to match it for the same price this yr!
If your looking for relaxation, crystal clear waters with excellent snorkelling and great food.... this is your place!
Beach - Is everything to me! It makes my holiday. Water was warm, clear and clean an calm. There is a large reef 12 feet from the waters edge, which is full of all the fish you could possibly imagine. Everything from damsels, butterfly fish, triggerfish to puffers, stingrays and even reef sharks! - Which we did see and swim with. The sharks however are not dangerous. As the beach is a lagoon, large sharks cannot enter.
The sand is quite sharp, being mostly ground coral, so i strongly advise jelly shoes. I wore these getting to and from the water. This is not a problem.
If you like soft sand and a large beach - chaaya does not provise this. The sanded area is quite thin.
Sunbeds seemed to be a bit of a bother to some. The traditional white sun beds with parasols were snapped up early - and Im talking by 6 / 7am. So im afraid getting up early is a necessity if you want one.
The fixed white sunbeds were often available, but are very unconfortable. Okay for us being 25 years old, but many older people could not lie on them at all.
We stayed in a family beach bungalow. We paid and extra suppliment of £14.00 per night for the bungalow, but recieved the larger family bungalow which we were thrilled with! We did tell frist choice that we were honeymooners when we booked our trip - which may have helped.
Our room was clean, massive and very comfy! Huge outdoor bathroom, with two sinks, clean shower and jacuzzi bathtub with water fountain. (Unfortunately fountain was broken).
We had an upstairs where our bed was, with outdoor balcony - fantastic! If you can get this room! Do try! We had our own private pattio area, which had sun beds which we could use if beds were taken on the beach.
The over water suites did look nice inside, but not much to look at on the outside. They were also away from the beach - which some older visiters we met said was a pain - especially when trying to get a sun bed!
My husband went diving, which he said was the best he'd ever done. Seeing fantastic fish and even turtles. Its is a PADI approved centre and provides a free taster. The staff were very freindly and full of knowledge.
Food - buffet food available only, with a section of special food being freshly cooked at every meal. Fresh pasta was available also. Food was fresh, varied and very good. We really enjoyed, but did become a little repetative towards the end of week 2. But very good and lovely sweets. Wait service was excellent - my glass was never empty. Bottled water is free and available form the bars which can be taken to your room. Mini bar is not free!
We paid extra and had special candle lit dinners of the beach a couple of times - under the stars which was lovely and very romantic. Price was reasonable and food very tasty!
We paid for a bottle of wine - which was quite expensive and no better than the free house wine! So id recommend sticking with the all inclusive option!
We went to the seafood night - which was a little dissapointing with the prawns being a little mushy. Fish was good - but i was a bit 'fished out' by the end of it!
There was not much entertainment. We went in October - ? out of season. We didnt mind though - as its not really our thing. They did do a few things like crab racing which was fun, bingo and had a few music nights with visiting bands which was good.
The surf bar is excellent - with very attentive and friendly waiters. Every night there were the most amaizing sunsets, major photo apportunity!
The surf bar overlooked the sea, which was the rougher waters - fantastic for surfing. Excellent to watch! Please note that UK visiters cannot get insurance to surf here, which was dissapointing. However, the waves did go very close to the coral which a a little scarey!
All staff were very freindly and helpfull, we had no complaints at all! We did tip our waiter and room boy at the end of the week, which was appreciated. We also tipped the bar waiters, as they work hard and deserve it!
Pool was lovely - beds always available. Clean and warm.
We paid a low amount to go on a dolphin excursion through the resort. We travelled only 15 mins from the island, and found a huge school of dolphins! Best thing ever and very entertaining - lovely to see them how they should be and not in a goldfish bowl!
Transfer was easy and fun - travelling by boat! We were met at recpetion with cold flannel and cocktail - v.refreshing! Bell boys brought our luggage and showed us to our room. On the transfer home we even saw our friendly dolphins up close again!
Rain? What rain? we were there for two weeks and it spat for about 10 mins one evening and that was it!!!! FAB!
Overall - 10/10. Fantastic - dont hesitate and book with confidence! Hope this has helped you, sorry its very long!!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Chaaya Island Dhonveli Hotel North Male Atoll
- Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort
- Dhonveli Beach Spa