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“Postcard from Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Cocoa Island by COMO
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Cocoa Island, Makunufushi   |  
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Bedfordshire
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Postcard from Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2009

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.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2009

Spent a week on Cocoa Island and just loved it. It feels like being on an exclusive private island. We flew Qatar Airways which were excellent and the transfer on the speed boat is a treat and just what the doctor ordered to wipe away the cobwebs. First class service throughout with the most lovely staff who can't do enough for you. If you want to just chill out but be totally pampered at the same time this is the place to come. If you want lots of socialising and 24 hour entertainment this is not for you!! We stayed in a Dhoni Loft Suite which was just wonderful although all the villas looked fabulous too. The food was to die for - what a great chef. Half board is definitely enough to keep you going throughout the day as you are spoiled for choice at meal times. Alcohol is pricey there but as previously mentioned any wine bottles can be corked and left for the following night which is very useful. If you want somewhere relaxing, quiet and exquisite this is the island for you!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2009

Second visit to Cocoa. It truly is stupendous. As far removed from grey old GB as Mars from Earth! Love the tranquillity and spent a week reading, swimming, feasting, sleeping and.....hearing our loved-up German neighbours making raucous love. Several times per day. Didn't complain - this is an island for couples. But their enthusiasm, regularity and volume was quite startling. Glad we didn't have children with us asking what was going on next door. We rather suspected that they were performing on their deck! But the Maldives are made for lovers and Cocoa is the best of all retreats. Gorgeous!

Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2009

Stunning island, brilliant boat transfer, gorgeous food - for healthy and non-healthy eaters :) really a fantastically relaxed, sexy and romantic destination. We stayed for a week and then went to Mirihi for a week. If you can, stay in the large water villas, they have amazing outdoor bathrooms and fabulous loungers. The snorkeling was ace and there's also a pool on the island. Cocoa Island is tropical paradise..

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2009

My husband surprised me last week with a 9 day "second honeymoon" to the Maldives and fought hard to get us the last available bunk on Cocoa Island. I had always dreamed of a holiday like this and I cannot recommend this resort enough. It's tiny - some 450 metres end to end, with a picture postcard spit at one end - and with only 36 odd water bungalows, you really feel alone and are rarely disturbed by anyone. Spotlessly clean, with endless lovely touches like HUGE bathtowels, wonderful Spa toiletries, chilled airconditioning in the accommodation, free chillled towels, water and fruit snacks offered around the beach all day, lots of books and DVDs to borrow and free bottles of water everywhere, this was a dream holiday. Clean white sand, great snorkelling, quite INCREDIBLE food and friendly service; several guests we met said this was the best they'd seen in the Maldives. A few tips: naturally it's expensive to buy anything on the island, particularly the drinks (G&T $15, most wine starts at $50 and massage $120, fishing trip $800 - champagne if you are on honeymoon is mega expensive - $120?) which is a shame because though the Spa was well attended the bar was not and so this is not a place for socialising; you will not need any smart clothes and certainly no heels or shoes - we walked everywhere barefoot all the time and they provide flip flops; the shop is not great on day to day needs like tampax or calamine - though they will send to Male for anything you need - but bring everything you need with you in the way of toiletries; the dhonis were much much nicer than the larger "loft houses" though cheaper and cooler too - we can recommend no 827; you will need at least factor 30 sun cream - we used 50 - though there are shades umbrellas everywhere, it's easy to get burnt; the food is quite simply amazing - do NOT book full board, you wont be able to eat lunch! and finally go fishing but not in a crowd - just the two of you on the boat! They will cook your catch for you for the next day! Impeccable service - really the holiday of a lifetime! I can't recommend this place enough!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2009

A small boutique romantic island where staff is most courteous and will do anything to make your stay memorable.
Due to its small size (can walk around island in less than 10 minutes), it is good for a week of relaxation, romance and Shambhala massage therapies.
Families please note...don't bother coming here as there is nothing for children to do..hint hint ;-)

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PJ
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2009

This was my second trip to the Resort and I have only compliments for the whole resort. The staff, the service, the facilities - par excellence, until at lunch with only 3 adults and 2 children on the deck of our villa we were taken aback at the management telling us that our neighbour had complained of the 'noise'. Noise at lunch time? How loud can one be when we were having lunch? How loud can one be when there is no booze? Moreover the layout is such that every room is quite private where noise at most would carry out over the waters directly in front of the villa. Fortunately the staff were very understanding and soothed us with their warmth - and we were relieved to see that throughout the resort as we met with others, they were warm and friendly to the extent we could never really find out who it was that complained. Towards the end of our stay we noticed other families with very young children coming in and we noticed the same understanding and tolerance that the staff and other guests demonstrated towards them. Back to the resort - where on earth can you find a beautiful place where fish swim up to your villas, where facilities do not carry a charge, where everything is so perfect. Even the cuisine changes often and the food can be adjusted to your taste buds. And of course, people remembering your tastes in teas, milk shakes etc. We LOVED IT and have vowed to make a yearly trip. The beauty is just mesmerising!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cocoa Island, Makunufushi
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Cocoa Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cocoa Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Cocoa Island by COMO 5*
Number of rooms: 33
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

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