Excelent attention , very beatifull place with activities, tennis court, yoga classes, snorkel and diving activities and karaoke nights. The yoga master Nirmala is a very nice person .😎😎😎🦈🦈🦈🍷🍷🍻🍻🍻
We visited Ellaidhoo in July - rainy season - for our anniversary. The standard transfer is by speedboat. Be aware that, during the wet season at least, this is a long, bumpy and loud experience. The journey can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours depending on the conditions, and it's full throttle all the way. The resort does offer seaplane transfer upgrades and this is worth the extra if you don't travel well. The transfers are grouped, so depending on your flight time you may have to wait for your transfer at the airport. We were given welcome drinks, checked in efficiently, and taken to our rooms. We had booked a superior room with ocean view - these are spacious rooms with very easy access to the water. You also get your own sunbeds, so there is no fighting for a bed which is a welcome change from most European hotels. For dining, you are assigned a dedicated table with a dedicated waiter, so there is no queueing or hovering about for a table at the restaurant. Our waiter Sharif kept us well topped up with drinks while we ate. The restaurant has set dining times, so it isn't one of those AI places where you can just gorge endlessly during the day, although there are snacks generally available. The main restaurant has a somewhat crowded canteen feel to it, but the staff are fantastic, the cooks are good humoured, and I found the variety excellent - from Western food through to Indian and Sri Lankan dishes - lots of choice every day and some really top curries. Lots of stuff is cooked in front of you (roti breads, stir fries, pastas, salads, various meats) so you might have to stand for a bit but you get freshly cooked food. Vipula, one of the chefs was particularly cheerful but all the staff work tirelessly. The rooms are cleaned to a high standard, and our cleaner Moosa from Bangladesh was friendly and personable. The island only has a small beach at the top end near the diving centre, but we never found this an issue and it was never overly crowded. The rest of the island is surrounded by a low wall with steps down into a coral sand lagoon, which is very shallow for wading and relaxed swimming/snorkelling and still has plenty coral and fish to observe inside the sea walls. There are a lot of comments about the sea walls in the reviews - due to the location of the island, the currents from the Indian Ocean are pretty strong, so the walls are really a necessity. We didn't find them an inconvenience, and they allow for a calm lagoon area with shallow water as a welcome respite for those who do not wish to snorkel, swim or dive in the open water. It's worth mentioning that once you are outside the sea walls the current is fairly strong in places, and the sea floor plummets 30+ metres, so don't venture outside the walls if the thought of that makes you uncomfortable. In the open water outside the walls I swam with rays of various species, turtles, large jackfish and tuna, grey reef sharks, blacktip reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks and so on. The reef is really fantastic and clean and brimming with an incredible variety of species. Truly an incredible sight, it's like someone took a vast tropical aquarium and dolloped it off the edge of the island. Midway through our stay, we were given a complimentary upgrade to the Water Bungalows and their associated private restaurant. These really are fantastic and make a big difference to the stay. If I went back I'd probably pay to stay in the water bungalows. Our cleaner Salime decorated our bed beautifully for our anniversary and kept the room spotless. The dedicated restaurant for the Water Bungalows is spacious and more relaxed than the main restaurant. The food is essentially the same as the other restaurant, but you feel like you are getting a more personalised service as there are less guests to tend to. Our waiter Naufal was funny and engaging, ask him to show you his "excellent" magic tricks. The chefs Suneth, Sampath, Danuka, Singh are all warm and friendly - in fact, every member of staff I walked past or interacted with was polite, friendly, warm and funny. This really does make a big different to the quality of your holiday, so if you can take some dollars and give them some tips at the end of the break (there is no ATM on the island) The bar staff, like everyone else, are efficient and friendly and will make a genuine effort to build rapport. It's worth attending the Manager's Cocktail Night shortly after you arrive. Marlon and his team do a great deal of conservation work in order to reduce the ecological impact of activities on the resort. There are lots of efforts underway such as plastic reduction, waste reduction, growing their own vegetables and so on. The staff do fish feeding daily at 5:30 behind the bar - this draws a large crowd of not only humans but a plethora of sharks, rays and jack fish. Well worth watching. As a final point - the weather. We travelled in mid July; it was overcast but warm for the first half of the holiday, then blistering hot and sun for most of the second half. It did rain a fair bit, and the wind can get fairly strong. We had 2 or 3 large storms (no thunder, just rain and wind) and at night in the water bungalows you really do feel at the mercy of the elements! Of course the resort doesn't control the weather, but it's worth knowing. I would still come again in July, you'll still get a tan and plenty of decent weather, just keep in mind it isn't sun and blue skies every day. Well done Ellaidhoo, this is a really friendly resort and the ecological efforts are commendable. Thanks for a great holiday!…
It is a good hotel. The staff is very kind. The Beach bungalows are very good, just beside the sea. The Beach is very sale, and you can enjoy the sea partially. Good food and drinks. But a 3 days staying was very good.
A wonderful place in paradise, very well managed, very nice staff whether waiter, roofer or roomboy. You feel like a king. Also the possibilities of excursions, snorkeling, diving or just enjoying peace and quiet are fantastic.
We plan a five day trip here the advertisement was not correct in regards to all inclusive and what was offered. We were here with other people and we’re not allowed to eat in the same restaurant it made for a very bad experience. Also the drinks that were supposed to be all inclusive or selective upon arrival which is bad marketing and advertisement. The staff that was very kind and very cooperative. Cleanliness was questionable my sheets had a big stain on them when we got there which shows of the sheets were not changed prior to our arrival
We are very happy that we have made the decision to come to Ellaidhoo. The hotel ist beautiful and the coral reefs and the ocean are stunning. We had a very good time diving, relaxing and exploring the Maldives. Thank you.!
Such a lovely experience with one of the best island and hotel! All the staffs are really friendly and the place is beautiful! Best for snorkelling and dive too. I would suggest all of you to stay in water villa because it gives you a different experience all together! In short! It was the best!!!
This is my second visit to Maldives and both times stayed at Cinnamon. Couldn’t think of a better option than this after the first stay with an amazing hospitality and great service and a lot of smiling faces and of course great food. The view and the experience is just breathtaking and can’t explain in words of relaxing and soothing it is. Do visit for an amazing holiday. !!!
It was a fantastic experience, breathtaking in every aspect, I would like to mention one of the staff members Nazeer who really was outstanding, he was all-ways willing to help in anyway. further more all the sites on this islands are definitely worth looking into, they provide a wide range of activities for customers which is really good and restaurant service is fantastic, I would definitely 100% recommend anyone to go here.
It was a milestone birthday for mum and this was the ultimate relaxing vacation... Flying into Male on a wet August morning, we had to brave some very choppy seas to get to the resort by speed boat. We were greeted by Andie, Kolitha and team who accompanied us to check in under umbrellas and wearing raincoats. Upon check in we received a wonderful surprise of a room upgrade to the beautiful water bungalows which were simply amazing! The outdoor shower and deck overlooking the warm crystal clear waters was a highlight! Komal from house keeping always ensured the room was in immaculate condition. We opted for the all inclusive package for food & beverage. Sampath, Suneth, Singh and Danuka created some amazing dishes in the kitchen and we were constantly fed with delicious food. Damith and the bar crew always ensured our drinks were flowing. There was even a birthday cake and a special dinner to celebrate. Special mention to Naufal and Igbal for waiting on us at Malimathi restaurant (which is for the exclusive use of those residents occupying the water bungalows) at every meal time. Their service was impeccable! Unfortunately the weather was wet and gloomy most of the time we were in the Maldives, which was obviously outside of anyone's control. This limited us to the confines of the resort and were not able to take advantage of any sight seeing tours/activities that were on offer. Ellaidhoo Maldives must also be highly commended for its sustainable practices of minimal to zero plastic use, own desalination plant and organic gardens for fresh produce among other practices. Overall the service provided by every single resort staff member was exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble and always greeted us and responded to queries with a smile. A huge shout out to Marlon (resort manager), Kolitha, Ruwan, Andie and everyone else that looked after us and helped make this a very memorable celebratory vacation! Thank you!…