J Resort Alidhoo – Maldives

J Resorts Alidhoo

Featuring 42 duplex water villas in addition to 57 island and beach rooms, the J Resort Alidhoo (formerly the Cinnamon Island Alidhoo) has some of the largest overwater bungalows in this price range. There are also 5 restaurants and bars plus a long list of water sports and land activities, making this a top choice for active people and families.

The transition from the previous owner to the current one hasn't gone without complications, but overall this is a well appointed resort that should deserve consideration for the 2-story water villas in this price range alone. There's even free wi-fi in the rooms, and many services on the island, so this is a good choice for those who prefer to stay in touch.


The J Resort Alidhoo is located in the South Ari Atoll, about 350 kilometers north of Malé International Airport in the Maldives.


42 Duplex Water Villas

  • Beds: 1 king-size
  • Area: 1,582 sq ft (147 m²)
  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • Entertainment system: LCD cable TV, CD and DVD player
  • Room service: Available

Special room features

  • Tropical décor
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Sitting area
  • Stocked mini bar with refrigerator
  • Tea/coffee
  • Phones with international calling
  • Personal safe
  • Open plan bathroom with shower
  • Bath accessories and hair dryer
  • Porch with lounge furniture
  • Desk with ADSL connection and stationery
  • Choice of pillows
  • Nightly turndown service


  • Low season online specials from US$463 per night
  • High season online specials from US$591 per night

*Speedboat return transfer from Malé Airport: US$358 per adult

Restaurants and bars

  • Hiyaa Restaurant
  • Holhuashi Restaurant
  • Rehendhi Bar
  • Hiyala Tea Lounge
  • Kalhu-oh-fummi Juice Bar

Resort features

  • Meridis Dive & Relax
  • Boat rentals
  • Snorkelling
  • Sailing
  • Water skiing
  • Wind surfing
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Table tennis
  • Gym
  • Backgammon, scrabble and chess
  • J Resort Alidhoo Boutique
  • Sifani Jewelry Shop
  • Business facilities
  • Kids' Club
  • Library


The Mandara Spa features open air treatment areas together with herbal Aromatherapy, steam showers and intimate bath tubs

Nearby activities

  • Discover the Maldives Excursion

What the reviews say

Reviews of the J Resort Alidhoo are mixed, with most guests praising nearly everything but still a few who claim that things don't look as well-kept and modern as they had expected and in fact, seem a bit upset about the resort conditions.

The facilities themselves get very high marks, as do the large duplex water villas. The service also seems to get a lot of praise with many guests feeling that staff embers are professional, friendly and helpful throughout the entire stay.

Getting there

To reach the J Resort Alidhoo 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 guide you to a 50-minute domestic flight to Hanimadhoo Regional Airport. Once there you'll be taken on a 15-minute speedboat ride to the resort itself.

Video tour of a water villa at the J Resorts Alidhoo

The video below is from 2010, which is just before it changed name from Cinnamon Island Resort to J Resorts Alidhoo Resort.

Photo Gallery of the J Resorts Alidhoo