Ellaidhoo Maldives by CinnamonNorth Ari Atoll, Maldives
Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon is beautiful small coral island situated in North Ari Atoll, only a short distance from Male, but far enough away to be a little secluded paradise.
The resort has 4 different room types that surround the island and there are plenty of facilities for the diver and non diver alike.
The house reef here is one of the best in the Maldives and is famous for colourful coral garden, schools of passing fish and a large drop off surrounded by soft coral. There are 5 entry points around the island and plenty of opportunities to dive and snorkel.
The resort is a relaxed haven with good facilities and ticks a lot of boxes for those looking for a well priced, all inclusive resort in the Maldives.
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Getting to the Maldives is pretty straightforward with many quality carriers stopping once en-route to Male. The most popular airlines tend to be Emirates, Qatar and Etihad who each have a short transit and arrive into your destination at a sensible hour. There are direct flights with British Airways from November to March from London Gatwick, but only 3 days per week. The flight time is around 11 hours to Male from London.
Upon arrival in Male we arrange for you to be met by our ground representatives and shown to your seaplane or speedboat transfer. The journey time is approximately 25 mins by seaplane and 90 minutes by speedboat. We also liaise with the resort to arrange your speedboat transfer back to Male to tie in with your international flights or onward connections.
Guide price: 7nts from £1775pp*
Includes: Return economy class flights on Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow to Male, meet and greet, seaplane transfers and 7nts all inclusive in a twin/double Standard Room.
*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Any length of stay is possible, please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.
Extend your stay
A perfect way to experience the best of the Maldives would be to combine your island stay with a liveaboard or another resort. As all of our holidays are completely tailor-made this allows us to put together the perfect itinerary for you to suit your exact requirements.
Get some rest
The resort has a total of 112 rooms in 4 different room types. All rooms have a king size bed, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, combined living/bedroom, TV and sofa.
The 14 Standard Rooms are situated around the centre of the island and have land views. They are clean and comfortable and have good access the island’s main buildings and facilities as well as a footpath to the beach.
The 28 Superior Rooms are on the east of the island, are incredibly spacious, have good access to the main buildings, are beach front and have a sea view with balcony.
The 46 Beach Bungalows are designed with a traditional Maldivian flavour and are dotted around the island from South to East. They are all on the beach and have beautiful sea views.
The 24 Water Bungalows are located on the West of the island along a semi-circle deck and have all been tastefully designed with a nautical theme. There are incredible sea views to enjoy from the large balcony or stare at the stars from your outside bath tub!
Enjoy your stay
There are plenty of facilities to keep everyone entertained at Ellaidhoo. All meals are served at the Madi buffet restaurant, which serves international cuisine with different theme action stations daily. The Malamathi restaurant is an a la carte restaurant and exclusive to the guest staying in water bungalows. Enjoy a sundowner at the Iruohsenee Bar which has stunning views out to the Indian Ocean and the EYZ Lounge & Bar is a great place to relax and enjoy a cocktail with sand between your toes.
For those keen to keep fit and active while on holiday there is a tennis court, sports centre, badminton court, fitness centre and water sports centre. The resort has an outdoor pool which is exclusive for those staying in Water Villas.
The Chavana Spa is located near the centre of the island and has a reception with shop and 3 double and 1 single treatment rooms. There is a huge treatment menu to look through from Balinese Massage to body scrubs and muscle soaks. Just what the doctor ordered after a full days diving!
You can also book a variety of activities from the resort such as beach picnic, island hopping, fishing and local island visits.
The diving at Ellaidhoo is superb and the house reef is legendary in the Maldives. It runs around the entirety of the island and the huge drop off is ideal for big fish in the current. Liveaboards used to stop and dive the Ellaidhoo wall, but this is now for guests only.
The dive operation is run by Dive and Sail and the dive shop is located at the South of the island. There are 2 air conditioned classrooms, a reception and dive store where all manner of hire equipment is available.
The dive centre organises 2 morning and 2 afternoon dives each day and with over 45 sites nearby there is plenty of choice! Ari Atol is home to some of the best diving in the Maldives and you can expect to see big fish, mantas, eagle rays and reef sharks in the currents. With pinnacles and shallow reefs you will also find all kinds of smaller fish and macro.
Nitrox is free here for those certified!
Ready for your next adventure?
Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd
Office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tel: 01473 921888