Chaaya Island Dhonveli
Travel Blogs from North Male Atoll
... fest for us too?
We’ve gone back another half-hour so are now five hours
ahead of London. We get herded like the tourist sheep we are into a very humid
outdoor bar and get our 'all inclusive’ plastic wrist band. Helen does not like
wrists bands but submits.
Our villa on the shore is the one she wanted (or within a
range of numbers quoted on Trip Advisor – I am only just realising how much
work my dear wife has put into ...
... as we booked our flights in order to maximize our time ...
FROM THE GRIDDLE
(v) Banana Pancakes with Vermont Maple Syrup
... start pouring lot's of rain. We dived a site called Kandooma Thila. I almost had to abort the dive, since my leakage sensor of my under water video camera was flashing during the descent. I quickly returned the camera to the dhoni (luckily still working) and continued the dive. Good that I did since we immediately spotted some big stuff: reef sharks and an eagle ray. We were just enjoying those big pelagic species whilst hanging in the blue. Then a large school ...
... fruit/nut trees, bougainvillea, oleanders and frangipanis. We look at a water extraction well, the cable TV station, power station, and a house built out of coral rocks and mortar, now illegal because of destruction of the islands.
Walk back along the street of tourist shops, Dianne getting an island map sarong, and (finally) two matching “Nemo's” for the granddaughters.
Back on the sea-front near the harbour, groups of ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Chaaya Island Dhonveli North Male Atoll
If you were thinking of visiting Dhonveli, and are relying on these reviews to confirm your decision, you probably are confused. We have just returned from a fortnight there, all inclusive, and these are our perceptions.
Italian animation team rude to waiters, noisy on beach, in dining room in fact anywhere. Management were aware of this and opened the Co bar especially for British visitors. Tranquility of the island was totally spoiled by them. More building work on island that we thought, but it has to be done I suppose. When building work finished this is going to be a very big resort. We stayed in a Sunrise Cottage which in our opinion was the best part of the island, beach, lagoon. Food and accomodation was excellent, waiters, bar staff, room boys, in fact all staff on the island were most helpful. We were left a bit concerned with the bill at the end of the holiday, a complaint with the bill had not been dealt with and we were told to take up with the First Choice rep again (3rd time) as we departed from Male. He was nowhere to be seen, much the same as our $115 dollars I suppose. (lesson learned sort out any problems before you leave the island with the manager) This was the first time we have stayed half board in the Maldives although we will go back to paying for All Inclusive holidays - moneywise the holiday cost us AI price at the end with drinks and lunches. This was our 4th visit to the Maldives and the excursions on Dhonveli were overpriced. I probably would not return to this island only on the fact that it is going to be a big resort when the building work has finished and we prefer the smaller more intimate islands. The animation team lose their contract 31st March 06 which is excellent. Surely tranquility will return.
myself and my husband visited this resort for our honeymoon from 24th jan til 8th feb. two words to say NEVER AGAIN. only good thing about this resort where the english and maldivian people we met and the food. this was meant to be a peaceful and romantic get away NO CHANCE when there is building work ongoing from 10am til 1am EVERY DAY. this building work was nothing to do with the tsunarmi that happened, we asked the maldivian people they said that the resort had hardly been affected by this. it felt like the whole of italy had decended on the resort, dont their children go to school in jan? constant noise from them even during meal times we where beseached by noisy children getting pulled up for the conga, not what you want when your having a romantic meal. the beach is nothing to write home about, coral dragged up and rubbish strewn about its like crush and run, amazingly if you can put up with the italians they had a much better beach however as it was the side that they had the 18-30's group there was not much chance that being a relaxing and romantic. the people that rated this resort as a 4* have never been to a 4* this was more like a 2* even thats being generous. we have travelled all over the world and we will never return to this resort. people who we met there have also stated this one couple has even been to 10 different islands and they also state its the worst and they wont be returning even if its for free.if you wish to see photos you will need to e-mail us however we will be putting another review on at a later date with the photos (having problems at moment getting them onto the computer!)
just got back from dhonveli,what a great holiday.the rooms are great really clean,ours had a canopied bed and a lovely outdoor bathroom,we stepped straight out of our room on to the beach which had a nice lagoon for snorkling.when the tide is out you can walk to a small deserted island,but you will need shoes for this,the staff are the best we have had in the maldives,the food is excellent ,but do get to the resturant early (before the noisey italians)we have been to about 8 differant islands and have enjoyed them all. this island has got real maldivian charm about it and all in our party (eight people)had a fabulous time.great value for money!
We travelled to Dhonveli on 11th January for our 2 week all inclusive holiday. The flight with First Choice was excellent - even in economy you get 33" legroom. To start our holiday, the speedboad transfer had engine problems and on arrival at the island, we were asked to get off the boat over a broken concrete slab - rather than the nice wooden jetty. We then had to trek to the Sunset bar to receive our cold flannels & welcome drink. We stayed in a Sunset Villa which was basically a first floor flat. The room was extremely dark & the lights had to be put on at all times of the day but was it also very spacious & clean. The hotel consisted of 200 Italians and 40 British. The Italian travel company have their own animation team on the island who were extremely noisy - shouting across the beach, singing at the top of their voices, even playing noisy games right next to people sleeping when other parts of the beach were derelict! We weren't informed of any building work when we booked this holiday so were very annoyed to hear the drone of diggers on the beach all through the day & night. The diggers would come across the beach during the evening transporting building material - not what you expect for a peaceful holiday. The black netting around the building work looked awful. There was no soft white sand on the beach - only rough coral & shells. The beach smelt of rotten eggs during our 2nd week and there was a collection of black sludge in the one corner of the shore. Rubbish & building material were also washed up on the beach. On a handful of occasions, we had no water supply to our room which is understandable for a remote island but when asking other people, they hadn't suffered any problems. When leaving the island the engine of our boat caught on fire which resulted in us 'crash landing' at the jetty at Male airport. What an end to a disappointing holiday! Overall, this hotel is definately not 4-star and it is certainly not the typical idyllic resort that is advertised. I previously stayed at Meedhupparu island for the same money and had a much better holiday.
Just come back from Dhonveli we had a wonderful holiday. The food and staff were outstanding, visit the Co bar meet Preddy & Azeem and watch the dolphins as the sun goes down. This bar has been opened for the british and is at pasta point. We stayed in the sunrise villas which opened on to the sandy beach, although the rooms were a little dark it all added to the maldivian charm of the island. There was some building work going on but this didn't disturb us although it did effect the quality of the snorkling. I have read one of the other reviews and have to disagree the few boats that did come past slowed right down and were looking out for snorklers. At the lagoon side you could walk in to the water and snorkel safely in calm waters. We were AI and although the mini bar was not included it was a short walk to the bar and they were happy to give you drinks to take back to your room. My husband visited the shop several times and found the staff very helpful and friendly. Our group have stayed at 8 different Islands and found Dhonveli excellent value for money and would recommend it to any one.
We have been home only one day and I must advise people who have been sold this holiday as a 4 star that they will be very disappointed.
We have just returned from Dhonveli Beach & Spa.
What can you say but this should be named paradise island, we took a last minute booking with first choice excellent new planes just to start. Dispite the fact we could find very little in the way of reviews for this island we took a chance and booked, just everything about this place was first class. Top of the list has to be the people, so friendly, nothing too much trouble always a smile and working so hard, very honest. Accommodation, we stayed in a sunset villa which is not top of the price range, but absolutely amazing anyway, we had the most incredible views of the sunset, which were breathtaking. Food, was excellent. The island is so beautiful, with thatched type roofs, sand footpaths, incredible. We stayed on another island called paradise Island for two days before Dhonveli , this island was graded as 5 star and dhonveli as 4 star, in my opinion Dhonveli outshone Paradise in every way.