We stayed at Cocoa Island for seven nights as part of our honeymoon. I researched so many resorts in the Maldives and this one just seemed perfect - the small number of water villas, huge lagoon, great reviews and restrained luxury. It was a combination which proved to exceed all our expectations.
We arrived at night time and were met straight away by two reps - one from Atoll Paradise and one from Cocoa. They led us straight away to our waiting boat which we had all to ourselves for the 40 minute journey to Cocoa. The sea was so flat and we travelled at 40 knots which was exhilarating through the dark. We arrived at Cocoa and the first impression was it was so quiet.
We were so excited about waking up the next morning and seeing the island in daylight. That morning we awoke early and watched the sunrise which was magical - a definite must at some point during your stay. There was not one person out that morning and we had the whole island to ourselves.
Our accommodation was the Dhoni Loft Suite which we loved. We had room 829 which was the second last villa on the jetty (right hand side) and thought this had a nicer outlook than villas further down the jetty. The view was of mostly open sea with dive boats anchored some distance away. I found the villa incredibly stylish - it was so light and bright and those views! It was spotlessly cleaned twice a day.
The pool area was stunning - there is quite a bit of vegetation around and sun beds are discreetly placed so you can have some privacy. Even though the hotel was full you could always get a sunbed and the pool wasn't crowded. A couple of times we managed to get the double sunbeds under the palm matting umbrellas and these were bliss!
We ate at the restaurant for every breakfast and dinner and around half of our lunches. The setting is gorgeous and we loved sitting outside with our feat in the sand. Breakfast was a feast which an extensive menu selection as well as a buffet with fresh fruit and pastries.
We normally enjoyed drinks in the bar before dinner - the cocktails were the best! The restaurant area was lit with lanterns every night and looked magical. The menu was varied and there were a few theme nights while we were there. I food was so good I was planning my lunch and dinner at breakfast. Room service is also fantastic.
During our stay we both visited the spa a few times and had great experiences. We also tried the yoga but found by the time it finished we missed the sunset.
We went on two trips - one the private island hopping. This is expensive but we thought really good value for money. We left in the morning and the first stop was the local island opposite Cocoa. The streets are so colourful and it was well worth a visit. Beware of the souvenir shop they take you to - the prices are outrageous. Next up we went to Rihiveli Island which is a budget island but very beautiful. They took us on a little speedboat over the lagoon to a tiny islet with half a dozen palm trees- heaven. The lagoon here seems to go all the way to the horizon. One the way back to Cocoa we stopped in the middle of nowhere for the snorkelling portion. I was scared stiff to jump in but it really was amazing.
The other trip we took was the sunset fishing - a little disappointing i only caught the tinniest fish imaginable. Most people caught something.
Lastly the staff were really fantastic. A credit to Cocoa and also the GM Felix.
I filled out a guest feedback survey when leaving and Felix emailed to advise the couple of suggestions made we being implemented which is nice to know. My husband was ok but I was terrified of snorkelling especially at the drop off and suggested a group snorkel everyday with one of the dive team to ease people into it. The last day i finally spent around 45 minutes at the drop off and didn't want to get out. There were so many fish and we also swam with a turtle. Next time I am back I won't make the same mistake - just do it!
Just a note for budgeting purposes - our bill at the end was more than half of what the accommodation was. We did not feel at all like things were overpriced - the spa, restaurant and bar charged the same as a top notch place in Australia so I don't know why people complain about this.
We will definitely be back at Cocoa again in the future and also try other Como properties. It's a holiday that will stay with us for a long time.
Thanks to the team at Cocoa
- Also Known As:
- Cocoa Island Hotel South Male Atoll
- Cocoa Island Hotel
- Cocoa Island Maldives
- Cocoa Island
- Hotel Cocoa Island
- Cocoa Island By COMO Maldives/South Male Atoll
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cocoa Island by COMO is a private island in the Maldives and offers measured simplicity in its design. Wrapped in white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters, Cocoa Island is in close proximity to some of the best dive sites in the world. The tranquil setting is enhanced by the understated elegance of Cocoa Island’s 27 rooms, which resemble local dhoni fishing boats and feature direct access to the shallow lagoon. Ufaa, the resort’s restaurant, serves fresh local produce and seafood cooked in the Keralan style, while Faru bar overlooks the pristine infinity-edge pool. Cocoa Island’s spa, COMO Shambhala Retreat, offers rebalancing treatments, including Ayurveda, reflexology and a range of recuperative massages and facials. ... more less
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