- Multiple bars and restaurants, the perfect atmosphere for any occasion
- Explore the world-class house reef with its deep walls and many caves
- Exceptional facilities including a sports complex, spa, cruises and more
Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon is a picturesque paradise-island resort providing peaceful getaways to both divers and non-divers alike. This resort is perfectly-placed to explore North Ari’s many dive sites and boasts a world-class house reef, as well as a variety of relaxing and adventurous leisure activities for the whole family.
About Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon is a beautiful island paradise located on North Ari Atoll. The resort is nestled among palm trees and surrounded by white sand beaches and vibrant fringing reefs, providing a secluded haven for lovers of peace and quiet. Guests can access this resort by speedboat or seaplane, both offering incredibly scenic journeys which set the perfect mood for a relaxing tropical getaway.
The resort’s dive centre is well-equipped with modern facilities and offers a variety of excursions to North Ari’s many dive sites. The house reef is located just meters from the beach, and is considered one of the best in the country, boasting a 750-meter wall, several caves, and even a wreck. For non-divers, Ellaidhoo Maldives offers a wide range of first-rate activities including an in-house spa, fitness centre and sports complex, big-game fishing, dolphin watching, snorkelling, and romantic sandbank excursions.
Exploring the resort
Ellaidhoo’s Madi Restaurant is the biggest dining venue at the resort, boasting a sand floor that keeps guests connected to the island while their taste buds travel the world – delicious continental buffets are served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Malamathi Restaurant and Bar offers an enchanting atmosphere, an a la carte menu, and delicious cocktails. This semi-open venue spreads out onto the pool deck and is the perfect vantage point to view the sunset. Another thatched-roofed lounge with sand floors ensures the beach-based fun doesn’t stop if the rain starts, while the Iruohsnee Bar proudly gives back to the surrounding wildlife with daily seafood offerings to the resident jackfish, stingrays, and herons.
The Cavana Spa offers many treatments by expert therapists including traditional massages, pedicures, and an exotic lime & ginger dew bath. Snorkelling is a highlight of this resort with fantastic fringing reefs surrounding the island, just 20-meters from the beach. Guests can also find a swimming pool, fitness centre and sports complex, tennis court, squash court, beach volleyball, and watersports facilities at this resort. Additional activities include dolphin watching, big game fishing, island hopping, and sand bank picnics or romantic candle-light dinners. There is also a playground for children.
Diving at Ellaidhoo Maldives
Run by Dive and Sail, the dive centre at Ellaidhoo is both spacious and well-equipped. It boasts plenty of equipment storage, a shop selling dive related accessories, 2 air-conditioned classrooms, and a large sociable terrace facing the ocean. Full equipment rental is available including computers, underwater cameras, diver propulsion vehicles, and torches, and reputable brands such as Aqualung, Suunto, and Sea Quest are used.
A variety of excursions to over 40 dive sites are offered, including dusk and night dives, providing plenty of flexibility for guests. The resort also boasts a fantastic house reef just 20-meters from the shore, with a 750-meter wall, several caves, and even a wreck – the house reef can be explored during sunrise, daytime, evening, or at night. Diving is done from a dedicated dhoni equipped with a sun deck and toilet, as well as first aid and oxygen kits. Dive and Sail also offers a full range of PADI courses, from beginner to divemaster, including a variety of specialities.
- Head out for a dolphin watching experience - pods of dolphins are a common sight around North Ari.
- Divers can head to nearby Rasdhoo Island and dive the legendary Rasdhoo Madivaru.
- The beautiful Malamathi Restaurant and Bar is the perfect spot for an evening meal or cocktail.
Diving in North Ari Atoll
Schooling reef fishYear round
Manta RaysYear round
Eagle rayYear round
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