I've never before written a review while still at a hotel, but it seems the right time. We are currently sat in the bar, having drinks - it's happy hour. I'm having a Cosmopolitan. On the way here from our room we got caught in a rainstorm. Someone rushed over and gave us an umbrella, but the wind was so strong it whipped inside out. Now we are warm and dry, the rain has stopped and the sun is setting. The lights are dimmed and the setting sun is casting a warm glow on the walls. A French couple are playing dominos. Two other couples are also having drinks. This is the most people I have seen all day. It's perfect.
We are biding our time until dinner - a seafood barbecue with locally caught fish. The food has been exceptional. I love being active, but there is something very seductive about doing little - reading books, going for a swim, having a massage, taking a walk round the island, eating. It's all so different from normal life.
This is the second visit we have made to Cocoa Island. My memories of last time were so good I was worried that after six years it couldn't hope to have kept up the incredibly high standards. There was no need to worry. Everything was just as it was and, in some respects, even better.
I am loving every minute of my time here. We are being looked after so well. The hotel is so small that everyone seems to know your name, nothing is too much trouble and everything is done with a smile. I really can't find anything that I would change, except one thing - it won't be six more years before we're back.
Thank you Laurent, and your team, for making our holiday truly wonderful.
Until next time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cocoa Island Hotel South Male Atoll
- Cocoa Island Maldives
- Hotel Cocoa Island