Our flight was alright as flights go, although had not reserved our medical seats. When we arrived at airport it was hot and hectic (alterations/overhaul to everywhere in one go). Had to wait half an hour or more for our transfer by speed boat which was quite an experience as it was a bit choppy. When we arrived in the island had to wait 10 - 15 minutes for everyone to check in (although we did get a cold drink and flannel). We stayed in a beach bungalow (403) which was positioned a short way from reception,bar and our allocated restaurant. Room was spacious and airy as long as air con was on, but all the furniture was dark which made the room dark as there was nota central light only wall lights, outside bath was always full of leaves (but then there was a tree over it. Food at all meals was plentiful and edible,we celebrated our 24th anniversary while we were there and they put flowers on our bed,decorated our table and baked a cake (more than what we would have had at home). We want to the welcome meeting and met Zeta (the first choice rep) and it was explained that only certain drinks were all inclusive and that whatever you had wether chargeable or not had to be signed for as well as things bought from the shop, tailor or any excursions, and that you could settle your bill daily or weekly (as long as by last day), as long as you kept an eye on what you were signing for you knew what you would have to pay. Weather was hot whilst we were there but towards the end of our second week it started to cool down and there was a thunderstorm and it rained on three separate occasions. There was also a pore cut but it only lasted about two minutes, although there was a longer power cut when some work was being done (about one hour).
Everyone was friendly and polite (although a few people did not say hello). Zeta was extremely helpful and booked our medical seats on our return flight.
The beach bungalow we were in needed a bit of TLC as did the bar and restaurant although I think they were updating the bungalows slowly as some were white and others were dark wood, also they started to paint the bar area, and asked to come into our room the day before we left to start painting (didn't let them in)"
We only had to take ten steps to the beach from our bungalow and our loungers were saved for us everyday by the Landon beach duty (he was promoted to lifeguard whilst we were there as he had to save so many Chinese people). There were quite a few Chinese people on the island., but they were friendly enough. The holiday all in all was relaxing and we had a lovely time.. My husband really enjoyed snorkelling, he saw a stingray on more than one occasion.
- Also Known As:
- Chaaya Island Dhonveli Hotel North Male Atoll
- Dhonveli Beach
- Chaaya Island Dhonveli Hotel
- Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort
- Dhonveli Beach Spa
- Dhonveli Beach & Spa
- Chaaya Island Dhonveli Maldives/North Male Atoll
- 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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