Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon Maldives
Featuring 24 overwater bungalows in addition to 88 rooms on the private island, the Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon Maldives Resort (formerly known as Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Malidves) is a solid choice for those seeking an affordable 4-star hotel in the Maldives. It’s worth noting that the water bungalows at this resort are semi-detached, so it’s not exactly like the lone hut-on-stilts rooms at most other resorts in the area.
Considering that this is one of the larger private-island resorts in the Maldives, there are few restaurant choices and not much nightlife. The food is served efficiently and it gets good marks from past guests, but there isn’t as much variety as there is at most of the more expensive resorts.
The Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon Maldives is located about 42 kilometers southwest of Malé International Airport in the Maldives.
24 Water Bungalows
(2 bungalows per unit, so semi-attached)
- Beds: 1 kingsize
- Wi-Fi: Available
- Entertainment system: Cable TV, DVD player
- Room service: No
88 Island rooms and suites
Special room features
- Air Conditioned
- Bath Towels
- Bath Tub
- Beach Towels
- Complimentary Toiletries
- Hair Dryer
- Hot & Cold Water
- Mini Bar
- Tea / Coffee making facilities
- Telephone with IDD facility
- Low season online specials from US$515 per night
- High season online specials from US$640 per night
*Sea-plane return transfer from Malé Airport: US$381 per adult
*Speedboat return transfer from Malé Airport: US$202 per adult
Restaurants and bars
- Madi Restaurant (main restaurant)
- Malamathi Restaurant and Bar (buffet restaurant for overwater guests only)
- Iruohsnee Bar
- The Sand Bar
- Scuba diving
- Tennis court
- Spa tub
- Table tennis
- Raquetball/squash court
The Azmaara Spa is comprised of 3 Double Treatment Rooms, 1 Single Treatment Room, a Manicure / Pedicure Salon and a Lounge area.
- Island hopping
- Helicopter/airplane sightseeing
What the reviews say
The Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon Maldives resort gets generally excellent reviews, with a very low rate of any kind of dissatisfaction at all. Guests rave about the house reef, about the rooms, and especially about the staff and location. Essentially almost every part of this resort is considered a knockout.
While there are plenty of things to do during the daytime, some do point out that the nightlife opportunities are rather mellow and limited. This is a plus for most guests, so this would be a very good choice for those looking for a larger resort without a raging party scene at night.
To reach the Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon Maldives resort you’ll need to fly to the main Malé International Airport in the Maldives. From there you’ll be met by hotel staff who will put you on a sea plane for the 25-minute flight to the resort itself, or an 85-minute speedboat ride instead.