We have just returned from 7 nights in a Lagoon Villa at Coco Palm and I simply cannot rate highly enough this outstanding Spa resort.
Arriving at Male airport 3 hour late thanks to poor weather in Istanbul, we were met by Coco Palm's own staff and they took our bags and us to check in for the seaplane transfer. Within an hour of landing, we were in the air again and 35 minutes later, met on the island and escorted straight to our villa (98) in the Lagoon.
The villas are spacious and comfortable, well equipped (an iPod dock was installed on day 2, part of an upgrade across the villas), with WiFi connection (you need patience for this!), a lovely bathroom and deck with a small plunge pool. We had no complaints or issues with the accommodation or housekeeping services.
We went all inclusive, not cheap, but then again, we didn't expect it to be, and with prices in US$ quite steep, we believe we got value for money from this deal, spending exactly nothing on drink and food throughout.
Buffet food for 3 meals a day in the Cowrie restaurant was fantastic, they have 22 chefs on site and it shows, from beautiful pastries and frech bread at every meal, to a wide variety of meats, fish and salads every day - we never struggled to find variety or good quality. The 3 'live' cooking stations meant whenever you turned up to eat, it was freshly prepared how you wanted it.
Much has been written about the sand and beaches, erosion is clearly an issue and opinion (amongst the staff) is divided on the solution. They are white bags used across the resort, but simply, if your very existence as a resort island depends on sandy beaches - you need to make sure you actually have one! We never found them a problem, sure a little unsightly, but a necessary evil.
Staff were always courteous and friendly, they got to know individuals by name so quickly and latched on to your preferences and likes.
Departure was early for us, a 7.00am seaplane back to Male, but they collected our luggage at 6.00am and a continental buffet breakfast and staff were in place for the 7 of us leaving early that day - great service.
We loved our stay here, would absolutely return or try their sister resort and would like to thank the staff and management for their outstanding service and standards
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The beauty of the islands that make up the Maldives live up to all that has been written about them. The blue lagoons and dazzling white beaches fringed by swaying coconut palms challenge the scope of any camera, and Dhuni Kolhu is said to be the most stunning of them all. Located in Baa Atoll, 124km from Male’ international airport, and easily reached by a 30 minute seaplane flight or a domestic flight followed by a short speedboat ride, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu captures tropical magic in abundance, beautifully balancing the island’s bountiful vegetation with the resort’s architectural charisma. Inspired by the flourishing sea life and local customs, the resort has been built in harmony with the natural environment. Guests have their own luxury villa, either dotted among palm trees offering peaceful tranquility or on stilts over the lagoon, with spectacular views of the ocean and nearby desert islands. Wood, rattan and cotton furnishings complete the picture of laid-back tropical elegance. The 32 Beach Villas, 25 Sunset Beach Villas, and 27 Deluxe Villas have a Maldivian charm and paradise appeal, whilst the 12 Lagoon Villas offer a refined experience of exclusivity and indulgence. The 2 Sunset Lagoon Villas feature the height of luxury with a separate bed- and living room, Jacuzzi, and wide sundeck with private pool. There are two relaxed bars and a choice of tantalizing dining options, both indoor and outdoor under a canopy of Banyan trees. For the more adventurous, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu has a variety of Uniquely Coco experiences on offer, including private overnight stays at a near-by deserted island, snorkeling excursions with the resident Marine Biologist to swim with Manta Rays and Sea Turtles, sandbank picnics, scuba diving, island hopping, and sunset fishing. Relaxation can be found at Coco Spa where guests can experience Asian-inspired treatments or participate in Yoga lessons at the beach. Creatively conceived and superbly designed to blend into the natural environment, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is the ultimate authentic Maldivian hideaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu Hotel Baa Atoll
- Coco Palm Maldives