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Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives Resort

7 nights from: $4,989pp (surfer rate)

7 nights from: $3,488pp (non-surfer rate)

Packages include: airport transfers by speedboat, 7 nights garden villa accommodation, all meals (soft drinks, tea and coffee with meals), unlimited boat trips to surf breaks in North Male’ Atoll, surf guides and snorkelling trips. LONGER STAYS ALSO AVAILABLE.

Cinnamon Dhonveli (Chaaya Island Resort) (3½-4 star resort) is a small and beautiful tropical island resort in the Maldives. Offering exclusive access to the classic Pasta Point surf break, Chaaya Island Dhonveli is the only holiday resort with a program designed especially for surfers by Atoll Adventures, the original and most experienced and professional surf operator in the Maldives. With unrivalled local knowledge and boats available on demand, you’ll get on the best waves going. In the 2016 season their boats will be ready at 5.30am to get you into the line ups FIRST on any of the surrounding breaks.

Pasta Point, the region’s most consistent break, is just a minute’s walk from your room. This is exclusive to the guests only staying on island. Other classic breaks - Sultans, Honky’s and Jailbreak – are less than ten minutes away by boat. You can see the waves from the resort, so you’ll know when they’re pumping. When conditions are favourable, try Chickens and Colas (about 45 minutes away) – boats are available all day from 6am (see Maldives Surf for more information). The resort accommodates up to 250 guests, but the number of surfers is limited to just 30. Facilities include a spa, open-air restaurants, three bars (one overlooking Pasta Point), wi-fi internet access, swimming pool, billiards, tennis court, badminton, gym, safe beach for children, and a fully certified PADI Diving School. With a white sand beach and plenty to do for non-surfing partners and children, it’s a great place to relax or to holiday with the family.

All rooms are air-conditioned and have king-sized beds, a stocked mini-bar, satellite-cable TV, telephone, tea/coffee making, closets, writing table and chairs. Additional beds can be provided for family accommodation. Four types of room are available (click the links for pictures and details).

Garden Bungalows are the most popular choice for surfers. These two-storey units have a king size bed and balcony up on a mezzanine level, and spacious sitting room with an extra bed (or day bed) downstairs, and a stylish, fully tiled bathroom.

Beach Bungalows face the lagoon, and are beautifully finished with tropical timbers and textured walls. They feature a king-size bed and an open-air bathroom with shower and tub in a private tropical garden. There’s plenty of space for an extra bed for family holidays.

Water Bungalows are built over the water inside the reef, with views of the waves and the Pasta Point break just a short stroll away – wake up to the sound of the surf! Water Bungalows feature a spa bath and private sun deck.

The open-air Makana Restaurant serves an international buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For those who like to try the local foods, and particularly enjoy a curry, the Maldivian dishes are highly recommended. Right at the water’s edge, the Raiyvilaa Bar opens daily from 8am till late at night. It’s the place to enjoy a fancy cocktail on the open deck as the sun sets on another tropical island day. The Raalhu Bar, overlooking the break at Pasta Point, is the ideal place to watch the action or retreat for a cool beer after a long day in the surf. It’s open from 6am till late at night.

PRICES ARE IN NZ$. Please note most of these prices are ex Auckland and subject to currency fluctuations, flight availability and dates of travel. High season surcharges may apply.