We have just returned from 7 nights on Cocoa Island and have to rate it in our top 3 trips of all time. We booked with Elegant Resorts and flew Emirates stopping briefly in Dubai. It was a long journey to get to The Maldives and we were slightly disorientated on arrival when we couldn't find the transfer rep... but a few minutes later all was in hand and we were whisked off on a speedboat for a 40 min trip to Cocoa Island, Dolphin spotting en route. On arrival we were given a fresh coconut to drink from and given an orientation tour of the island. In truth after 11 hours in the air and bundled up in jeans... all we wanted to do was get to the room and get into our shorts and sleep for a couple of hours. The tour was clearly well intentioned, but a bit misjudged in terms of our ability to take it in and to our surprise we were a bit taken aback when our guide announced our 7 nights for the price of 5 deal to the honeymooning couple we were being shown around the island with. That aside, the rest of the week was truly heavenly. Fantastic weather with only one overcast, but still warm day. Thankfully all the rooms were air conditioned. The sea was warm and clear and snorkeling and kayaking in glass bottomed boats a treat. Sunsets were amazing and we treated ourselves on the last night to a sunset cruise to watch dolphins playing as we sipped champagne. The rest of the week was devoted to reading, enjoying the swimming and spa and indulging in exquisite meals. We have eaten in some of the world's finest restaurants from Gleneagles to The Three Chimneys and the food at Cocoa Island is worthy of special mention. As a non fish eater, there were plenty of alternatives including amazing chargrilled steaks and wonderful handmade pasta dishes that oozed flavour. My partner has rarely eaten and enjoyed so much fish - very fresh - beautifully cooked and served in style. There are just over 30 rooms - we stayed in a Dhoni Loft Suite and were glad we had taken the travel consultant's advice to go for the Loft Suite. It afforded extra room with a huge bathroom dressing area under the bedroom loft. Not suitable for those with severe mobility problems, but I managed up and down stairs with my arthritic hip and there was an ensuite toilet upstairs. We ate on our private deck two nights out of the seven and took the opportunity to watch a couple of DVDs borrowed from the library. We went B&B, but on reflection I think half board would have been the best route. It is unlikely you could munch your way through 3 courses three times a day... however, the a la carte prices are steep so if you enjoy dinner every night... go half board. A soup or starter was $18 - $24, a main course circa $40 and puds / cheese around $24. Add a bottle of wine in starting at $50 and rising to $120 and it soon mounts up over the week. Nevertheless, it was worth every penny. The staff are amazing, remembering not only your room number and preferred bar drink, but advising on food which contained fish without me even prompting. The room was tended to three times each day and stocked with fresh fruit, tea and fresh coffee. There was also a pay mini bar and snacks. This is definitely an island for people who enjoy their own company and that of their partners. There was a family with children, but really very little for young people to do so don't be surprised if they get bored. Equally if you are into nightlife and loud music or having a ball with friends... this isn't the island for you. All in all this is a trip of a lifetime for couples and if you are any doubt about taking the plunge - go for it! One final tip - book excursions and spa treatments in advance or on arrival - they get booked up quickly.
- 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