Chaaya Island Dhonveli


Exclusive to First Choice, Chaaya Island Dhonveli is a short speedboat trip from Male – it’s just 13 kilometres away. On the island, you’ll find a luxury spa that uses Pevonia Botanica products, and a laid-back, open-air buffet restaurant that serves meals like Maldivian fish curries under a thatched roof. There are modern, wave-shaped sunloungers to relax on, and you can snorkel and scuba dive here, too.

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Based on 998 reviews

  • 1Building
  • 2Floors
  • 148Rooms

All Inclusive - Here's what you get


Buffet meals from 1 of 3 restaurants, allocated according to room type booked. Afternoon tea and coffee 16.00-17.00.


Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages 10.00-24.00.

Sports and Activities

All are included except where indicated.

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Outdoor pool

For adults, with towels, sunbeds and a shower area.


Whether you are a experienced snorkeler or a beginner the Indian Ocean has some of the most unusual and amazing marine life in the world, a must on anyone's to-do list.

Evening entertainment programme

Disco nights, live music and a Maldivian Cultural show.

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double beach room

Double beach room sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children with double beds.Minibar at a charge.

superior double room

Superior double sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children with a double bed and daybed. Minibar at a charge.

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True paradise at Chaaya Island Dhonveli Maldives!

Just returned from repeat visit to Chaaya Island for our 30th wedding anniversary. We stayed in a water suite again - as I had mobility issues we were in 700 section as perfect peaceful and easy to get to the restaurant. As always Zita the Thpmson Rep was superb and would like to thank her for her support and little touches that she always does so well. The staff in the restaurant are lovely so friendly even got a recipe from Chef Singh ;) thanks to Nauthal, Assam,Moussa Kerlum at the bar and the amazing man with the pasta #Brilliant. Can't fault anything just utter paradise food great staff so friendly, rooms spotless. Gorgeous warm turquoise sea white sand even love the bats. Even if you are not a swimmer just stand in the sea and the most amazing fish flit by. Total heaven and counting the days until we return. We were appalled that Thomson have pulled put of the Maldives total total madness so as a repeater and talking to others Thpmson will lose A LOT of repeat custom. No indication sent to us letting customers know. Our love and best wishes to Zita a real gem and works so hard thinking of you Zita hope we meet again. We will return so will be booking with another company. Just love this place total harmony pure air no cars and smiles all the way! WE WILL BE BACK!More

karrie47, Claygate

Holiday of a lifetime!

We have just got back from the most amazing holiday! Couldn't fault the location, accommodation, travel, staff or food. As a vegetarian I often find myself with little options but here the staff made sure I always had a good choice often making me special dishes, thanks to chef Ali!More

Wurlywendy, Gillingham, United Kingdom


Had the most amazing stay at Chaaya Dhonveli, really was a fab place. We stayed in a beach bungalow at first then upgraded to a water suite- def def go for that! INCREDIBLE food with so much choice. Really friendly waiters. Bring shoes to snorkel with so u can be extra adventurous - do the kuda bandos excursion! Best time- love Moosa! Thanks so much :) More

Ljbusse, London, United Kingdom

Lovely place and lovely people: very friendly service

We had a very nice week here, staying in an over-water suite. I was surprised by the humidity - my swimming trunks just didn't dry out! The people are lovely and friendly, always saying hello or good morning when they see you. We were also personally cooked for by the best pasta chef in the Maldives, in the Rehendi restaurant, which was very special.More

Mr_David_T_Smith, Ely, United Kingdom

once again wonderful

This is our 2nd visit to dhonveli and same as last time it was fantastic, We again stayed in an overwater suite which is on the edge of the lagoon. We had our wedding ceremony here on the beach and we could not of asked for more, the attention to detail and the organisation by Geeth was amazing. Zita helped us from start to finish and was absolutely brilliant, nothing was ever too much trouble for her or for Geeth. The staff are some of the most helpful and nice people we have ever met. A very special mention has to go our waiter azhamm, chef abdoul and nanamada from the rehendi restaurant who were all outstanding in their service and courteous professional manner. The island is beautiful, the food is great and it really is a special place. we will certainly be going back Thanks very much for everything Mr and Mrs TaylorMore

becs2111, Preston, United Kingdom

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You won't be able to surf whilst staying here due to licensing.

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