Cinnamon Velifushi opens

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Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts has opened its fourth property in the Maldives, Cinnamon Velifushi.    The five-star resort was officially opened on 1October. Located in Vaavu atoll, the luxury resort is the 15th property added to the group’s portfolio. 

“Cinnamon has succeeded in growing its occupancies and profitability in an economically challenging environment and envisages aggressive expansion in the region. We are committed to stay competitive and grow our portfolio with enhanced technology and processes introduced to our own operations to be the preferred management company for potential developers in Sri Lanka and the Maldives,”said Jit Gunaratne, John Keels Group president of leisure. 

The resort offers 90 rooms in five categories; superior beach loft, beach bungalow, water bungalow, sunset water bungalow with jacuzzi, and water suite with pool. 

Its main restaurant Vah serves international cuisine while its seafood restaurant Marlin promises “an ocean on a platter.” The resort’s Fen pool bar serves snacks and cocktails to loungers and swimmers and its Iru beach bar serves its signature gelato, snacks and drinks. 

There’s also a fully-equipped sports bar and a luxury wellness spa operated by Mandara Spas.  

“This memorable occasion of opening another one of our resorts in the Maldives is a significant step in the tourism expansion planned for the region and is an important milestone in our journey. The Cinnamon brand has always strived to be a hospitality trendsetter and intends to maintain its status as a leader in the travel and tourism industry with further projects,” said Jayantissa Kehelpannala, John Keells Group executive vice president and head of Maldivian resorts. 

The Maldives arm of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts first started business in 1996 with Velidhu Island Resort, and Cinnamon Hakura Huraa opening two years later, followed by Cinnamon Ellaidhoo Maldives and Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives. 

Ahmed Salih, the state minister of tourism stressed the importance of foreign direct investment in the country, and expressed his appreciation for the level of investments and commitment made by Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts as a pioneering tourism entity in the Maldives and its continued support in expanding the country’s burgeoning tourism industry.  

Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts is a chain comprising of 15 hotels and resorts located in key areas across Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The brand embodies a passion for inspired living and promises holistic and enhanced experiences that are tailor-made to suit the specific interests of travellers. Visit for more information.