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4.5
#1 of 1 resort in Ellaidhoo Island
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
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Service
4.7
Value
4.5
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Dive into blue waters hiding shipwrecks and mysteries, explore an exclusive house reef a few steps away from your room, discover glass-clear shallows with coral kingdoms, indulge in sand bank picnics and Balinese spa experiences, or simply watch the ocean collide with sunset at the bar. Whether you seek an unforgettable dive holiday or a romantic island escape, your untold story is about to begin at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon.
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Property amenities
Wifi
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Badminton
Children's playground
Children's television networks
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Canoeing
Diving
Snorkeling
Squash
Tennis court
Billiards
Darts
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Table tennis
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Infirmary
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, German, Hindi, Indonesian and 3 more
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Location

Ellaidhoo Island 20252
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Car recommended
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Male Intl Airport
Villa Intl Airport
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Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon garners high marks for its pristine condition and eco-friendly practices, with guests enjoying the immaculately kept rooms and grounds. The resort's amenities, such as snorkeling and quality dining, receive praise, although some guests note limited access to certain facilities. The warm staff and tranquil atmosphere contribute to a relaxing experience, with the hotel's location offering serene views and proximity to natural wonders. While the spacious rooms are generally commended, occasional noise and air conditioning complaints arise. Service is consistently celebrated for its attentiveness, and despite some price concerns, the overall value is often seen as positive, with all-inclusive options available.
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Lynette0035 wrote a review Mar 2024
Hereford, United Kingdom
+1
Hotel's Favorite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have never been to the Maldives before and this has been a dream destination and it far exceeded my expectations. We flew Virgin, mainly because it is non-stop to Male. On arrival we found the correct desk for Cinnamon and were directed where to wait for the speedboat to take us to the hotel. The hotel reps at the airport could have communicated better as to how long we were to wait as all we were told was that we were waiting for another couple. Unfortunately we didn't know how long so were worried about going to the toilet or get a drink for fear of missing the boat. We ended up waiting just over 2 hours. The speedboat crossing was great, the driver certainly didn't hang around but on spotting dolphins stopped for us to take some pictures which was amazing to see and some brilliant pictures were taken. Although we were advised it was a 90 minute crossing we did it in just over an hour. On arrival we were greeted and requested that if we had any plastic bottles to leave them on the jetty as these were not allowed on the island and we would be given our own water bottle. We were taken to reception where we were given refreshments and aluminium water bottles with our names on, to use on the island and to keep.
Booking in was very easy, whilst we sat on the sofas in reception we were asked for passports which they then returned along with our room key and some documentation including the wifi code which was free and covered the whole island. We were then escorted to our room and our luggage followed soon after. We were staying on an overwater bungalow room 408. On entering the room the first thing we saw was part of the floor was glass so we could see the water and sealife below, the bathroom was to the left a fridge and coffee facilities to the right then we walked into the room. It was a clean, tidy and comfortably large room with a massive bed, sofa, tv and the most amazing view. Sliding doors opened to a decked area with a sofa, table and 2 sunbeds and of course the view of the ocean. The bathroom was semi open air with the shower and toilet in the area with no roof but it had a lock on the room side as well bathroom side. It was large with his and her sinks and a full range of toiletries in reusable containers (and paper packets). There was also a washing line to dry towels, swim wear, etc. The shower was good; hot water and good pressure. Also provided in the bathroom was 2 life vests and raincoats as well as an iron and ironing board and plenty of drawers and wardrobe. The room also had air conditioning as well as a ceiling fan which was a godsend on a night. Our room was cleaned everyday and we had a turndown service on a night. Our room boy was Alamin who was lovely and did a fantastic job even decorating our bed one evening with individual petals which was such a lovely surprise.
We were only a minute or so walk from one of the many golden sandy beaches. We hadn't been told about the rules with the sunbeds so after we had been asked to move we asked at reception what the deal was. It turns out that all the beach bungalows are assigned 2 sunbeds on the beach and any that didn't have a number on were free to use. This would be useful to have been told at the check-in at reception.
The weather was amazing, some mornings started overcast and we had some rain in the first couple of days but every day was no lower than 28 and most of the time 30's even at night. Everywhere is white, coral sand. The paths, the beaches, the lagoons, even the dining room and most people didn't wear any footwear including at dinner time. There are plenty of trees providing shade and the tress had signs explaining what they were. There are 2 restaurants, the main one serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The staff were wonderful, very friendly and great fun. Particular mention was Susil who served us for most meals. There is a lot of chefs cooking to order even the preparation of salads. All the cooking staff were fantastic and always had a smile on their faces. There was a good range of food every day from curries to themed nights. Everything appeared to be very clean and hygienic. The other restaurant, by the pool, serves lunch and dinner. There are two bars, one near the restaurant and one by the pool. Again, all staff were very friendly and the range of cocktails is good. Special mention to Asela and Saddam. Asela really looked after us as there was no cider on the island (which is usually what we drink) and was more than happy to create a brandy cocktail known as the Brandy special. When we went to the bar he knew exactly what we wanted to drink and being told to go and sit down are drinks would then arrive.
We were invited to a Manager's Cocktail Party on the 2nd night where the manger explained what they had been doing over the last 4 years to improve and restore the reef, the eco-policy and the biodiversity. It was great to hear the amount of work that had gone into removing plastic from the island and sea. They have their own vegetable garden, reef protection and efforts to reduce their oil use. The manager was very proud of the work being undertaken (and so he should be) and organises behind the scenes tours and a talk from the resident marine biologist which we attended. Pity more hotels in the UK aren't doing the same.
We also attended a cooking demo where the chef showed us how spices are used and also gave us the recipe to take home.
One event not to miss is the shark feeding at 17.30 everyday. This was amazing to sea and the sharks definitely know when it is time. Security ensure there are no snorkelers nearby and if there are they are asked to move away. Two wheelie bins are then brought out and one of the staff then start throwing in the contents. What an experience.
The evening entertainment was also excellent. The lagoons are wonderful. They are split into four with a good amount of live coral and plenty of fish. It only gets to about 5 to 6 feet deep at high tide. Every now and again reef sharks or a ray would come in, swim round and leave. Great entertainment. The lagoon outside the dive centre was smaller but also has coral and plenty of fish. It gets deeper and has access to a great part of the main reef. The next lagoon goes round under the water bungalows and is too shallow at low tide but otherwise can be used for snorkelling. There are rays and plenty of fish in there too. Also, man made reefs to replenish coral stocks. The north end, where the pool is, gets little wind and is also sunniest from around midday. The infinity pool is large enough. There is also a resident doctor. We were new to snorkelling and nervous about what to expect. Totally unnecessary. The lagoons are safe and fun for those starting out. Plenty to see from coral to fish. When we ventured onto the main reef we sometimes used the life jackets provided and it was well worth it. The amount of coral and variety of fish were amazing. From Nemo clown fish to multi-coloured parrot fish and so close you could, literally, touch them. We also ventured out to swim with Matna Ray what an experience, the guide made sure everyone on the trip got to see them. The only point to note on the manta ray trip is the price advertised is not what you pay, taxes are added on but this was not clear. I would advise the Dive shop look at making sure this is visible as when you see a price, that is the price you expect to pay. Truly amazing. We stayed for 9 nights and never got bored. The island should be so proud of what they have achieved and as I say far exceeded my expectations, an amazing holiday and wonderful staff and location. Will definitely return.
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Any sunlounge on the beach with no number on can be used unless you have a beach bungalow and...
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Response from Shahin Ahamed, Guest Services / Front Office at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Responded Mar 19, 2024
Dear Guest, A fantastic day from the sunny side of life! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are thrilled to hear that your dream destination surpassed your expectations and that you had an unforgettable stay with us at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon. It brings us great joy to know that you appreciated the little touches, such as the personalized aluminum water bottles and the cleanliness and comfort of your overwater bungalow. We're delighted that Alamin provided exceptional service and made your stay even more memorable with his thoughtful gestures. Your feedback regarding the beach sunbeds and other information that could enhance guests' experiences is invaluable to us, and we will ensure that our reception team provides comprehensive information during check-in. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the culinary delights at our restaurants and bars, and that our staff, particularly Susil, Asela, and Saddam, went above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction. Your praise motivates us to continue delivering exceptional service to all our guests. Furthermore, we are delighted that you appreciated our commitment to sustainability and conservation efforts, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities such as the Manager's Cocktail Party, the cooking demo, and the shark feeding experience. We are grateful for your kind words regarding the natural beauty of our surroundings, the abundance of marine life, and the professionalism of our dive team. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we will certainly take your feedback regarding pricing transparency into consideration to ensure a seamless experience for future guests. Once again, thank you for choosing Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon for your vacation, and we cannot wait to welcome you back for another unforgettable stay in paradise. It has been a great pleasure serving you. We wish you good luck and all the very best. Best Regards, Management Team
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Mint61 wrote a review Jan 2020
Taunton, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a lovely week here, the food is wonderful, there was plenty to choose from and hand Hygiene so you are not going to become ill. They even had Marmite!

The staff are excellent and they worked extremely hard to make everything really nice for us.

Our Beach bungalow which was very comfortable and everything you could really hope for.

The transfer is about 1 and a half hours by boat . The last boat leaves the island at 3.00pm. So take care when booking your flights Male is not worth seeing and the airport is terrible and very expensive.

The hotel has a large shallow pool which is spotlessly clean and there are towels provided although not many sun loungers and there is not much shade. the sun is very strong and you will burn in about 15 minutes so be careful and use high factor sun screen.

For a high end hotel the drinks are disappointing the local spirits are really cheap and not very nice. The beer is very good and the wine is ok.

The sea life is outstanding and the main reason we choose this place . You will see turtles, sharks, rays, octopus and all manner of fish. Take mask and fins. They are about 50 dollars in the shop. The current can be strong and there are no life guards. Life jackets in the rooms

My feedback to the hotel is that is using too much plastic. We had 10 or more water bottles per day. Tiny shampoos etc. There must be a mountain of plastic being used. Need to do something with the badminton, volleyball and football pick all look a little unloved.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from Ellaidhoo_Team, Guest Relations Manager at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Responded Jan 16, 2020
Dear Guest, A fantastic day from the sunny side of life! We do appreciate you for taking time & sharing your experiences here on Trip Advisor based on your recent visit. We thank you for choosing Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon as your holiday destination. Our deepest gratitude for your recommendation. We appreciate your kind words to all our cinnamon ambassadors. Rest assured, your compliments will be shared among the entire team. Furthermore, we appreciate your feedback on areas you felt could use improvement . Your comments are noted and will certainly be taken on board, as we continuously strive hard to manage the use of plastic in the island. Till we meet again, we wish you good luck and all the very best.
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Wander561892 wrote a review Mar 2020
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our first time to the Maldives and it certainly surpassed all expectations.
A beautiful island. We loved that it was small and not too busy. We all snorkeled and being not all strong swimmers didn't matter if you stayed inside the defence wall. A truly relaxing holiday just what we needed.
We stayed in a beach bungalow. It was magic to step straight out onto the sand and crystal clear waters.
The beach bungalows were amazing and we loved the outside bathrooms. They were cleaned every day and rooms were turned and beach towels replaced every evening. All toiletries were included and restocked as needed including toothbrush n toothpaste and shaving items.
The whole island was well kept and fumigated each evening against mosquitoes.
The food fantastic with plenty of variety and choice so always something for everyone. We did upgrade to premium all inclusive which gave us a wider range of drinks, cocktails etc.
The thing that made the holiday extra special was the staff. They could not do enough for you. They remembered your drinks and had them waiting. They wouldn't let you lift a finger the whole stay.
While we were there my partner and children had schemes with the staff and arranged the most romantic beach proposal. The staff set it all up (see pic) ready for sunset. I did have some names but unfortunately have lost them and would hate to get them wrong but a really special thank you to the Elliadhoo staff you made our time there even more wonderful.
Oh and we loved the speedboat transfer especially as we left during sunrise and saw dolphins.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Ellaidhoo_Team, Guest Relations Manager at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Responded Mar 16, 2020
Dear Guest, A fantastic day from the sunny side of life! We do appreciate you for taking time & sharing your experiences here on Trip Advisor based on your recent visit. We want to express how wonderful it was to welcome you in our charming island. It is of great delight to hear that we have exceeded your expectation. Your feedback and warm words of appreciation is more than enough for us, to be reminded to continuously strive hard for excellence. Rest assured that your compliments will be shared among the entire team. We look forward to sharing more wonderful memories with you on your next holiday to the Maldives. We wish you good luck and all the very best.
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Nomadic_Giraffe wrote a review Jan 2021
Shropshire, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just returned from this amazing, relaxing, welcoming and truly wonderful island resort. Having to cancel a pre planned trip to Gambia we found this last minute holiday available through TUI so booked a couple of weeks before departing so we could celebrate NYE. From the moment we landed, everything was faultless and well organised. On arriving to the island we were met by friendly and happy staff, offered juice and warm towels and in relation to Covid, had our temperature taken along with the sanitisation of our luggage and informed we could remove our face masks if we wished. I felt extremely comfortable and safe with all precautions being taken. (Temps taken daily, sanitisation regime is excellent, gloves mandatory in the dining areas and by the end of the holiday masks were too )
Our room was fabulous, we booked a beach bungalow (336) with a perfect view of the sea, a good sized terrace for sitting out and a private sandy area for our sun loungers. What is nice is that the bungalows are not situated too close together so you have privacy when relaxing on the terrace. Rooms were spacious, modern and extremely clean, loved the outside bathrooms too, our house keeper worked very hard and cleaned to a very high standard consistently and was thoughtful in that he kept us topped up with coffee and milk so we never ran out as we like our coffee, it was this attention to detail that makes all the difference - just a shame we didn’t catch his name as he is definitely worth mentioning.
Staff are amazing, far too many to personally mention but they all work very hard and nothing is too much trouble, they are happy, friendly and genuinely care about us having a good time, the hotel manager, food and beverage manager and customer relations staff always made an effort to speak with us which is a great touch.
We booked all inclusive for food and drink and were pretty impressed, food was amazing, great and wide selection of absolutely everything, the favourites for us were the curries and Indian breads - this chef was awesome, again never caught his name but his food was some of the best we’ve had, fresh, tasty and flavoursome and had us wanting to go back for more! I also loved the salad bar and the soups, really delicious. A really special touch was being presented a gorgeous chocolate cake for our anniversary- it was superb! As for drinks, completely faultless, plenty of selection and a good variety of cocktails, all well made, alcoholic and tasty so we drank many and enjoyed them in both of the bars.
Overall this was a relaxing chilled out holiday where for 10 days we did little or nothing, we didn’t dive or snorkel we just immersed ourselves in the beautiful surroundings, taking barefooted walks in the gorgeous sunshine, listening to waves crashing, palms swaying and nothing else, for us this really was paradise found and everyone at the Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon played their part to make this happen for us and for that we thankyou!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Team, Other at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Responded Jan 17, 2021
Dear Helen, A fantastic day from the sunny side of life! We appreciate you for taking time & sharing your experiences here on Trip Advisor based on your recent visit. We thank you for choosing Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon as your holiday destination. It brings us great happiness to know that you enjoyed an exceptional holiday here. Your kind words will certainly be shared among the entire team and thank you for considering us, as a paradise found. It has been a great pleasure serving you and we look forward to be of service to you again. We wish you good luck and all the very best.
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Sarah W wrote a review Aug 2020
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my daughter visited Ellaidhoo by cinnamon, from the very start we was greeted by the whole island, every single person was so kind caring smiley and thoughtful, we were treated like queens the whole time we were there, loved chatting to everyone , the diving centre are just superb at what they do we really loved snorkelling diving and canoeing, all the guys were so lovely. And they are with you every step of the way, specially as I got slightly scared! The kitchen staff are the funniest and always remembered what your favourite is, and the chef is outstanding at what he does such perfection with every single meal! The food was unreal!! Our beach bungalow was perfectly clean so a high standard, everybody was just so happy to see us everyday, and the manager is a angel, we burnt pretty bad and without his suggestion of the pure aloe Vera plant he had some given to us! Such a friendly and sweet man, my daughter had a birthday out there they made a cake and sang to her it was just utterly lovely if every one of them, the two sweet ladies in the spa, the treatments are really something the ladies are so professional and have the most calming voices. Not forgetting chalani peiris and a sweet other lady whom name escapes me where so so helpful and incredibly sweet, we miss everyone so much, the whole island is just stunning I will be back as soon as possible!!
Every person always kept social distancing and protective masks we felt ever so safe, everything was being cleaned constantly, most relaxing holiday we have ever had the pleasure of having. Xx
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Team, Other at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Responded Aug 12, 2020
Dear Sarah, A fantastic day from the sunny side of life! We appreciate you taking time to share your experience and review, "Most wonderful island on Earth!" on Trip Advisor based on your recent visit. Upon reading your fantastic 5* review of the hotel, we are delighted to hear all the wonderful experiences you had during your stay. We thank you for choosing Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon as your holiday destination and it has been our privilege to serve you in every possible way that we can. The entire team thanks you for your kind words of appreciation. We would definitely be thrilled to welcome you again for more fantastic memories of a lifetime. We wish you good luck & all the very best.
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Judd 46 wrote a review Jan 2020
Barnsley, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a week here all inclusive with TUI for my wife’s 50th birthday, we flew with ethiad from Manchester at 8.20pm to Abu Dhabi, we then flew to Male landing at 2pm the following afternoon, the next transfer to the island was by speedboat with a 3 hour wait which was disappointing after the 2 flights, you can pay for a sea plane and I would consider this next time. The boat took 1 1/2 hours which meant we arrived on the island at 6.30pm.....it’s a long time travelling ! From home to hotel 24 hours !
On arrival we were given a warm welcome and soon forgot about such a long journey.
The island is very traditional and if you like snorkelling it is one of the best places I have ever been, there are large sea defense walls all around which are unsightly but they are to protect the island and it’s fantastic reef. Snorkelling outside the walls is fantastic but you have to be careful with the sometimes strong currents. All the staff are fantastic, with our all inclusive package we stayed in a garden view room which was spotlessly clean, the bathroom was outside and again spotless. The drinks include a draught lager called Lion, local spirits and choice of wines al of which were very good, our food was served in the central restaurant and had plenty of choice from the buffet style, you do have to use the same table each sitting which did seem a bit strange and canteen style.
There are quite a few excursions to pick from and we took the night fishing for two hours which was fantastic.
To sum this up it’s a fantastic place and I am so glad we picked this lovely place to stay and as I said it’s a long way but just remember you are on a small island in the Indian Ocean with great white sand beaches, good food, spotless accommodation, the best Spa and massage centre, it really is a different kind of holiday to the norm but the Maldives is one to tick off the bucket list.
So thank you Ellaidhoo for an amazing time and making my wife’s birthday one we will never forget !
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Room Tip: The water bungalows are excellent as are the beach view bungalows.
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Response from Ellaidhoo_Team, Guest Relations Manager at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Responded Jan 20, 2020
Dear Guest, A fantastic day from the sunny side of life! We do appreciate you for taking time & sharing your experiences here on Trip Advisor based on your recent visit. We thank you for your recommendation. Review as such, is very important to us. With this in mind, we know that we are on the right track to ensure guest satisfaction during their stay. It has been a joy to be a part of your wife's birthday celebration. We hope to see you again on your next visit. We wish you good luck and all the very best.
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horejah n wrote a review Oct 2020
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Myself and my best friend spent a week at Ellaidhoo and from the moment we stepped onto the island to the moment we left we was soo looked after. It felt very safe on arrival all our luggage was sprayed our temperature was taken which gave me piece of mind in the current climate. At check in they have drinks waiting for you and the whole process was very easy, they even gave us a personalised water flask to use during our stay. We were then taken to our room and on the way they gave us a tour of the island which was very helpful.
We had a beach bungalow which I think was perfect the beach and sea on your doorstep. The rooms were cleaned everyday and on my best friends birthday they decorated her bed which was lovely and also on our departure our room was decorated this was such a lovely and personal touch.
The facilities at this resort were all amazing from the diving centre which gave us a beginners lesson into diving to the spa. We had a 60min Balinese massage which was absolutely amazing and definitely a must if you visit this island.
Let’s move onto the food, I am a very fussy Eater and I don’t really like fish however I found myself eating more fish than I probably ever have. The food at this resort was absolutely amazing and I have no complaints whatsoever. Compliments to the chefs and restaurant staff who do really look after you!
The excursions are limited at the moment due to COVID however we did the ones available which were fishing and dolphin safari. I have never been fishing and wasn’t really interested but after our first excursion I fell in love with fishing and we booked another fishing trip, this was again due to the staff and how fun and helpful they made it.
The sunset cruise was again just beautiful and we were soo looked after again with cocktails and a pick nick which we didn’t expect.
I wish I could add more photos to show how amazing this place is, but it would only let me select 10.
A special shout out to our pool guy Kamal who also looked after us soo well we had flowers and decorations on our sun beds for when we wanted to use it.
And a very big thank you to all the staff apologies I didn’t get everyone’s names but every single one of you made this a trip of a lifetime.

I could go on and on About how amazing this trip was I would highly recommend visiting Ellaidhoo and I for one cannot wait to book this holiday again!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Team, Other at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Responded Oct 3, 2020
Dear Horejah, A fantastic day from the sunny side of life! We appreciate you taking time to share your experience and review, "The Perfect Holiday!" on Trip Advisor based on your recent visit. Wow! we felt elated to hear that we have exceeded your expectation. Feedback as yours, is a great indication that we are on the right track in providing quality service to all our valued customers. Your compliments to our cinnamon ambassadors are highly appreciated. Rest assured that your warm words of appreciation shall be shared among the entire team. We look forward to sharing more wonderful memories with you on your next holiday to the Maldives. We wish you good luck and all the very best.
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Jason - Kevin wrote a review Jan 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a completely perfect holiday in a fantastic, well run and covid safe hotel.
All the staff in the hotel are friendly and welcoming and cannot do enough to make your holiday special. We want to mention Reeshan and Shaffiu especially who worked so hard. Reeshan looked after our room exceptionally well, it was sanitised and cleaned every day with fresh beach towels whenever we wanted them. Shaffiu was our waiter in the dining room and we got to know him well during our stay. Nothing was too much trouble for him and made sure all our food and drinks needs were met. He gave us a great insight into the Maldivian way of life too. Keep up with the guitar and singing Shafiu - we will look out for you on "Maldives Has Got Talent". Thanks so much to Toriq who helped Reesahm, to Marlon the GMr, Russell the F&B Manager and Adrienne who made sure we were able to get a Covid test without any problems. We felt really Covid safe with temperature checks every day and masks/gloves round the buffet. The food in the restaurant is great - plenty of variety and fresh with 5 cooks cooking stir fries, pasta, making up salads to your own specification and fresh naan breads etc. Perfect. The beach on the island is paradise with sun beds dotted around to use. The coral reef is just seconds from your sunbed and the snorkelling is exceptional. Millions of tropical fish, rays, sharks and colourful coral all around you in warm, clear sea. All in all a perfect, paradise holiday. We will be back!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Response from Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Team, Other at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Responded Jan 26, 2021
Dear Jason & Kevin, A fantastic day from the sunny side of life! We appreciate you for sharing your experiences here on Trip Advisor based on your recent visit. Wow! We could not contain our happiness reading your heartfelt & genuine 5* review. To ensure guest satisfaction during their stay, we do our absolute best to exceed their expectation and fulfill each and every guest request. Our deepest gratitude for acknowledging our cinnamon ambassadors whom you have met along the way. Your compliments will certainly keep them motivated and inspire them to continuously strive for excellence. We wish you good luck and all the very best.
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Vineet Umaria wrote a review Mar 2020
Mumbai, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose this place for our honeymoon back in 2017. Here goes:

The Property: Very hospitable and polite staff, we chose to take up the beachfront facing room (Room: 301). The cottage was exquisite and huge, specially loved the outdoor bath. The room opened straight to the ocean and had one the perfect views for sunsets. Right next to our room was the snorkelling booking place which was very helpful as we could just get out our room on the beach and pick up snorkelling equipment and dive in to the ocean. The property also has a very decent pool right by the bar which was perfect for basking in the sun and sip on some beverages before lunch while dipping into the pool. The restaurant was also very closely located to our rooms wherein they booked us a permanent table.

Staff: As mentioned, the staff is extremely hospitable and friendly. Specially the chefs at the restaurant. Since my wife is fully vegetarian, the chef offered to making exclusive vegetarian meals for her (for brekky, lunch and dinner). They even made egg less desserts for her, which we thought was great service. The bar staff is also extremely friendly and chatty.

All in all, this is a great place if you're looking for a romantic getaway, or even just some time away with your loved one where one can just layabout for a few days and rejuvenate with a slightly higher budget.

Tip: Take the sea plane instead of the speed boat from Male airport to the island if you want a bit more of an adventure, it will cost a bit more but will be worth it.
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Date of stay: April 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Ellaidhoo_Team, Guest Relations Manager at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Responded Mar 11, 2020
Dear Vineet, A fantastic day from the sunny side of life! We appreciate you taking time to share your experience and review, "Tranquillity for Couples" on Trip Advisor. We are honored that you have chosen Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon as your honeymoon destination and thank you for recommending the hotel and its services. Our hearts are filled with utmost gratitude for your warm words of appreciation among the staff whom you have met along the way. It has been a great pleasure serving you and we look forward to be of service to you again. We wish you good luck and all the very best.
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Frank wrote a review Feb 2020
Stamford, Connecticut
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon is a large resort on a small island in the the North Ari Atoll. The island is completely occupied by the resort. I choose this resort because it is reputed to have the best “house reef” in the Maldives. My wife and I love to snorkel in coral reefs and this reef is truly spectacular. While in the water we were constantly surrounded by beautiful, colorful fish. And because the Maldives take such good care of their reefs, the fish grow to larger sizes than in most other reefs around the world. The Ellaidhoo appeals to serious divers. They rent all the necessary equipment and also offer classes for beginners. You can dive right off the beach into a deep wall dive. They also offer many excursions by boat to spectacular nearby dive sites. Even though I am a certified open-water diver I was completely satisfied snorkeling with my wife. In addition to seeing many gorgeous and rare species of coral fish we saw sharks, rays, turtles, and eels.

We had a large unit right on the beach. The reef completely surrounds the island so everyone staying there can walk out their door onto the reef, put in their fins, mask, and snorkel, and be swimming along the reef in two minutes. Some of the units are set back behind the beachfront bungalows so they will not see the sun set over the water and will need three minutes to be swimming in the sea. Those are available at a lower cost. There are also over-the-water bungalows, with a higher price tag of course.

The food was okay, but nothing special for a resort. I suppose it is challenging to get any kind of quality and variety of food on such a small, very remote island. If you are willing to spend more money there are more luxurious resorts in the Maldives. However, for us the Ellaidhoo was already a splurge, but worth it. We certainly enjoyed ourselves and recommend it for those who love to dive or snorkel.
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Get a Bunagalow with a view of the sea
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Response from Ellaidhoo_Team, Guest Relations Manager at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Responded Feb 11, 2020
Dear Frank, Warm Greetings from Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon! Thank you for sharing this wonderful review! We are honoured to receive such level of recommendation. We are overwhelmed to know that you mesmerized with the House reef’s beauty. It has been a great pleasure serving you and we look forward to being of service to you again. We wish you good luck and all the very best.
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Answer from Maldives😍🏝
Brighton, United Kingdom6 contributions9 helpful votes
Hi, either 412 or 413 as the sun sets right in the middle of them. Best place is in the pool though. Enjoy
Answer from Maldives😍🏝
Brighton, United Kingdom6 contributions9 helpful votes
Yes to both questions
Answer from Gerald S
Reading, United Kingdom7 contributions
Ellaidhoo is a small island I will agree, however, the side of the island where it is best to snorkel has a varied amount of sea life, as I said in my post we were there for 9 nights but I never got tired of looking at the fish between the barrier and the reef drop off. Enjoy, we did!
mariabatten wrote a tip Jul 4
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just go there its literally the best place on earth "
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Yoyo Y wrote a tip Jun 2024
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"🥰🥰🥰🥰We love this place too much👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻, we have a nice vacation here, nice lunch and nice dinner, nice view from our water bunglow"
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DocHoliday222 wrote a tip Jun 2024
Cheltenham, United Kingdom60 contributions45 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be aware of the different types of ‘all inclusive’ Things are VERY expensive if not AI - a bounty bar costs £5 for example."
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Victor K wrote a tip Jun 2024
Hong Kong, China570 contributions171 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a Sunset facing water villa"
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Mark P wrote a tip Jun 2024
Halifax, United Kingdom19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This place is elegant and relaxed- no need to pack loads of shoes as the whole island is sand and decking so barefoot and relaxed is the way"
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PRICE RANGE
$275 - $679 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
chaaya reef ellaidhoo hotel north ari atoll, chaaya reef ellaidhoo resort
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo
LOCATION
MaldivesAlifu AtollNorth Ari AtollEllaidhoo Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
112
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
What are some of the property amenities at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jahaz, Jing, and Malamathi Restaurant & Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon have airport transportation?
Yes, Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Ellaidhoo Island.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Tamil, Sinhala, and Nepali.
Does Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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