It was our first time in Maldives and we just loved every minute we spend on Cocoa Island! We were searching for a small romantic island that offers pure relaxation and definitely found it on Cocoa! Our travel agent and the many reviews on TripAdvisor draw a beautiful picture of the island so we expected something special – yet it was beyond our expectation!
Transfer & Welcome
We were greeted at the airport by the ever-smiling Zara who guided us and another couple to the speedboat where we were refreshed with scented wet towel and bottled water. The transfer by boat took about 40min and although the sea was quite rough it was enjoyable. We were greeted by the manager Felix on his day off (!) and could enjoy a fresh coconut drink while checkin – what a perfect welcome, we felt at home right away! On the way to our dhoni suite we were guided to have a look at the whole island with spa retreat, dive centre and restaurant/pool area. Cocoa Island is very small but wonderfully designed so that it was a great joy to walk around every day. The staff members clean the beaches and every spot of the island so that you can always enjoy the pure white sand under your feet while wandering around.
We stayed in the Dhoni Suite first and moved to a Loft Villa for the last 3 nights.
What a wonderful idea to use the design of the traditional Maldivian boats, it’s just beautiful, couldn’t get enough of this sight! Dhoni Suites are very light and friendly, a combination of white and dark wood, very nice design. Beds are very comfortable and come as twin or kingsize (ask for your preference when booking). The living area is not too big but was more than enough for us, loved the day bed indoors! Complimentary fresh fruits and lots of bottled water every day, great with coffee making facilities! Private terrace with 2 comfortable sun beds, umbrella and sitting area…sun all day, direct access to the lagoon and perfect sunset view. There is a spacious bathroom with all you need - loved the spa products, Cocoa flipflops and the soft comfortable bathrobes!
In the Loft Villa the bedroom is upstairs with an extra bathroom and kindsize beds. Living area therefore bigger, very spacious with nice couch area. Very elegant design with dark woods, big window front to the terrace. We loved the huge terrace with a kingsize sunbed. The main bathroom downstairs leads to an outdoor shower area which is just a wonderful experience, and with direct access to the lagoon! Overall the Dhoni Suite was our favourite – smaller but lighter and cozier.
We heard that the One bedroom Villas that are located on the one end of the long row of villas are very nice as all rooms on Cocoa but that there is little water left around the villa when it is low tide.
Excellent!!!! We booked halfpension with breakfast and dinner which was enough food for us with the fresh fruits in the room as snacks during the day. It`s “only” one restaurant but it`s all you need!!! Many dishes to choose from for breakfast, plus buffet with pastry, breads, cereals, joghurts and lots of fresh exotic fruits! In the evening first-class food à la carte: halfpension includes a starter, a main course with side dish and dessert, plenty of food! The menu varied and there were theme menus 3 times during our stay (thai dinner, seafood bbq, indian dinner)! Everything so delicious and it definitely is not getting boring! We didn`t try the mediterranean dishes on the menu but had a lot of seafood and regional dishes plus the wagyu steak – best quality and highly recommended! Service was first class also – friendly, attentive and very skilled…loved to hear the origin of dishes and to get recommendations about wines fitting best!
The bar offers very nice cocktails that come with some snacks and it is the best place to relax when the sun went down and your evening starts! Try Bombay Smash and Kiwi Daiquiri…so good!
There is room service of course if you prefer to have your meal in privacy and they set up private dinner on the beach too but we preferred the restaurant! The room service is not offering the same range of dishes and it was a bit too windy during the time of our stay for us to really want a private beach dinner! But it looked very romantic how they set up the tent surrounded by lamps! ;) Anyway you can be very private in the restaurant and it was such a cozy atmosphere with a brilliant view over the swimming pool out to the sea – it was amazing, loved every meal!
Excursions - We didn`t book anything but they offer lots of trips if you are searching for some activity
Dive center – You get snorkeling equipement that you can keep for the whole stay! Even dioptric googles if you want! Great instructions on where to snorkel…that gave us some breathtaking underwater experiences! We heard that the reef is supposed to be one of the best in the Maldives!
Sunbeds - Lots of sunbeds and umbrellas on the windless part of the island close to the swimming pool. Great service, as soon as you choose your spot a staff member comes to offer you fresh water!
Spa area - a beautiful spot on the island! Very relaxing just to go by! There is the yoga pavillion (complimentary yoga classes in the afternoons), the well-equiped boutique and of course the spa retreat. They offer a wide range of massages and treatments by very skilled and friendly therapists! Tried it, loved it! Had our spa day exactly when it was raining, perfect timing! Also enjoyed the hydrotherapy pool and steam room, and a perfect way to relax afterwards with a hot ginger tea! The gym is small but modern and has everything you need for a good work-out!
Library - Great with the library of books in different languages and the opportunity to borrow DVDs.
Laundry Service – brilliant in case you need it! We did and it was super-fast!
All guest services – You can`t wish for more! Every staff member was very helpful and efficient in fulfilling every request…very fast and always best service!
According to a couple who travelled to several islands in the Maldives before Cocoa Island really is the best place to stay and very hard to beat! As first-time visitors we can`t compare but for us, Cocoa Island was the absolute paradise – the scene with the turquoise ocean with fishes in all colours and the perfect white beaches combined with the top quality service and friendly faces of the staff is something we`ll never forget! It was a wonderful experience in every aspect…everything we dreamed of and even more!
- 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