Cocoa Island Resort – Maldives
Part of the Asian luxury hotel chain COMO, the Cocoa Island Resort in the Maldives is wonderfully set on a small private island, featuring 33 overwater villas that are each shaped like a Maldivian fishing boat. You’ll find excellent diving and snorkeling in the area, plus great food and a deluxe spa, but you won’t have an enormous list of activities, so this hotel is ideal for honeymoon couples plus anyone whose main goal is to relax in paradise.
The overwater villas and suites at the hotel are all quite large, including two 2-bedroom villas that are enormous. The rack rates for the rooms puts this well into the 5-star luxury category, but online discounts and packages are almost always available that will cut the price substantially. This makes the Cocoa Island Resort one of the better value private-island resorts in the Maldives.
The Cocoa Island Resort is located on a small private island known as Makunufushi, which is about 40 kilometers south of the main island of Malé in the Maldives.
8 Dhoni Suites
Area: 807 sq ft (75 m²)
9 Dhoni Loft Suites
Area: 1,184 sq ft (110 m²)
10 Loft Villas
Area: 1,324 sq ft (123 m²)
4 One-Bedroom Villas
Area: 1,345 sq ft (125 m²)
2 Two-Bedroom Villas
Area: 3,229 sq ft (300 m²)
1 Kingsize plus two twin beds
3 Island villas
Special room features
Beds: One kingsize or two twin beds
Entertainment system: Satellite TV and DVD/CD player
Room service: Available 7am until 10pm daily
- Double vanity unit
- Separate bathtub and shower stall
- Split-level bedroom with sitting area
- Private sundeck with direct access to the lagoon
- Complimentary beach bag with flip flops
- COMO Shambhala bathroom amenities
- Full length glass windows on three sides (most units)
- Low season online specials from US$824 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,086 per night
*Speedboat return transfer from Malé Airport: US$250 per adult
Restaurants and bars
- Ufaa – International cuisine
- Faru bar
- In-room dining
- Fully equipped PADI certified Dive Centre
- Yoga Pavilion with a resident instructor
- Fully equipped gym
- Steam rooms
- Hydrotherapy pool
- Scuba diving
COMO Shambhala Retreat has an open-air pavilion for Yoga practice located on the sunrise side of the island. In addition, find four treatment rooms (including one for couples), steam and large hydrotherapy pool.
- Half-day and full day boat charter
- Island hopping
- Luxury island-hopping
- Sunset cruise
- Local island visit
- Island picnic
- Catamaran snorkelling trip
- Game fishing
- Sunset fishing
- PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience
What the reviews say
Easily one of the best-reviewed resorts in the Maldives, the Cocoa Island Resort gets very high marks all around, and you’ll have to look for a long time to find even one negative comment. People are impressed by everything from the greeting to the staff to the service to the rooms and to the food.
It is, however, important for potential guests to realize that this hotel is small, and on quite a small private island, without the endless list of activities that some other hotels offer. Also, the overwater villas (which are almost all the rooms) are not overly ornate, so this is a place to relax and be peaceful rather than to have toys and games at your constant disposal. All in all, the reviews suggest this resort to be top-notch and definitely one to consider for your next vacation.
To reach the Cocoa Island Resort you’ll need to fly to the main Malé International Airport in the Maldives. From there you’ll be met by hotel staff who will put you on their speedboat for the 40-minute ride to the small island where the resort lies.
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