Cocoa Island lived up to all our dreams and more - everything about this place is amazing, even all the rave reviews on here couldn't have prepared us for how blown away we were going to be!
I had spent months researching all the islands, we wanted a small, beautiful island that had a private feel to it, that was discreetly luxurious with fantastic snorkeling...Cocoa exceeded our expectations on all of these requirements and more...
we arrived early in the morning at 8am, the speedboat was there waiting for us and it was just us and another couple going to Cocoa so we were on the boat and away within 10 mins of landing!
I was so excited as we arrived at Cocoa 40mins or so later, it was the stereotypical picture perfect paradise island, absolutely pristine and the sky a perfect blue with the sun high in the sky.
We were welcomed by Felix the resorts GM, given a chilled young coconut and an introduction to the island and its facilities, we then stopped by the dive school en route to our villa to pick up our snorkel gear.
Our Villa - we stayed in one of the over-water Dhoni Villas - it was extremely stylish, comfortable and luxurious in a classy and rustic way, nothing flashy/ott at all, bed was amazingly comfortable, soft quality linen - even the robes provided were gorgeous!
we had a lavazza coffee machine, as much bottled water as we wanted plus a different array of unusual tropical fruit daily.
The villa had its own private deck over the water, we spent so much time just lounging there in the afternoon and it was a great start to the day, having a coffee while watching the stingrays, baby sharks and fish swimming around below.
The steps of the villa lead down straight into the lagoon, and we discovered that the snorkeling straight ahead to the coral reef drop off incredible - the best time to go is first thing (we were going at 6.30am)
it was like being in a huge aquarium, we swam saw large turtles, a huge eagle ray, a moray eel plus on our last day 2 large white tip reef sharks! the drop off was a truly amazing place to see a huge array of underwater life...this was probably the best snorkeling i have experienced and I had very high expectations having snorkeled in the red sea, maldives and thai islands....
the island overall is stunning...it almost looks photo-shopped and unreal its so visually perfect
we really felt like we were the only ones on the island the entire time we were there, even though there were other couples there, we never saw anyone else when snorkeling and felt we had the beaches/pool area to ourselves...cocoa really manages to give you that secluded/private feel
we spent a lot of time chilling by the pool in the day, the pool area staff were so attentive and would bring chilled bottles of water within seconds of us settling on a lounge, they also brought refreshing aroma chilled face clothes and chilled fruit...all the little touches that just add to making everything as comfortable as possible
the food at cocoa is sublime - again we have very high expectations re food, but everything we had was fantastic and fresh - breakfast was full of fresh tropical fruits, home made breads/pastries, ultra-healthy cereals and home made yogurts and fruit compotes, plus the cooked menu offered everything from indulgent eggs benedict to traditional maldivan breakfasts or organic porridge...
although there is only the one restaurant, the menu is so varied that we never got bored and there was still many things i wanted to try...you could be uber-healthy and almost detox on the light, japanese influenced coco shambala menu, order something simple like pizza/burgers/paninis or go all out with the more gastro menu...
I loved sitting in the bar for drinks as the sunset, the cocktails were great!
one of the things that i was amazed at on cocoa was the absence of mosquitos - something that I was fully prepared for having being bitten badly everywhere I go, plus I read a lot of warnings on here re mossies and so came armed with the strongest deet repellent and anti-histimines... they simply were none on the island at all!
we later found out that the island actively 'fogs' at key times of day to get rid of any, and also ensure the sand/beaches are kept immaculately clean...this was a massive bonus for me who usually really suffers with mossies!
The spa at Cocoa was wonderful, we both had the signature massage which was one pf the best I have had, again I am very particular re my massages but the therapists at Cocoa are excellent.
We spent quite a bit of time in the hydrotherapy pools too...it was really nice to have the hydro pools there as a relaxing way to end the day after being out snorkeling and in the heat
One of the main concerns that I had before our trip was the weather, as I knew from the forums that the weather in the Maldives was so unpredictable even in the so-say dry season and we were staying at the start of the wet season...all my fears soon disappeared as we had day after day of perfect blue skies, fluffy white clouds and very intense heat...every day! we had a 2 days where it did go a bit overcast and rained very quickly...then then clouds past over and it was glorious sun again! so we will without doubt return at this time of year.
One of the factors that makes Cocoa Island so special is the attentiveness of the staff, everyone from the waiters, to the pool attendants, to the GM Felix was so genuine and cared that we were totally happy during our stay, everyone was so friendly and we were really overwhelmed by this level of service - a real credit to Felix, who is so very knowledgeable and hands-on, he took the time to speak with us most days and answer any of our questions on the island/snorkeling etc...you really don't come across this level of service very often!
so, to summarize, we really did have the most amazing experience at Cocoa Island and were truly sad to leave, everything about the island was elegant, classy and romantic. This holiday was totally worth the money and we are already planning to return next year, we are not even interested in trying another island now we have experienced such perfection at Cocoa!
- 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