Cocoa Island

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Cocoa Island, Maldives

Cocoa Island is a small, private island resort designed for those seeking an easygoing, barefoot luxury experience. The rich, warm waters and bountiful coral also promise some of the world’s best beaches, snorkelling and diving.

Accommodation at Cocoa Island is inspired by the traditional dhoni boats sailed by local fishermen. The rooms are all reached via wooden jetties reaching out over the shallow blue waters of the lagoon, and from the terrace of each one steps lead straight down into the warm Maldivian sea. All rooms come with the ‘mod’est of mod cons and even flip-flops are provided.

Facilities on Cocoa Island include a Shambhala Retreat Spa offering expert yoga tuition and a range of treatments and therapies based on natural Asian traditions. Windsurfing and sailing are on offer at the watersports centre and the diving at Cocoa Island is exceptional.

A fully equipped dive centre staffed by PADI-certified instructors caters to every experience level, and there are more than twenty different dive sites in the area. On the eastern side of the island, the reefs are perfect for those who prefer snorkelling. Other activities available include deep-sea fishing, island-hopping trips and sunset cruises. Alternatively, guests can just relax on the idyllic white sand beach or by the large swimming pool.

Lightfoot Travel loves…

“This is Lightfoot Travel Director Lucy Jackson’s favourite hotel in the Maldives – not a statement to be taken lightly!”

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate the Maldives into a longer multi-destination holiday. Take a look at Paradise on Earth on Cocoa Island as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

Cocoa Island Information

Location & Getting There

Located in the South Male Atoll beside some of the world's best beaches, Cocoa Island by COMO is a 40-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport.

Accommodation

The 33 overwater suites and villas are interconnected by wooden walkways built above the shallow lagoon, and each has a private terrace. The Dhoni Suites stand out for their generous indoor sitting area with private sundecks; Loft Villas also feature private sundecks, as well as full-length windows overlooking the Indian Ocean and an airy sitting area below the elevated loft; the two COMO Villas are each approached by a private jetty, and feature a terrace, balconies on either side to allow direct access to the lagoon and personalised butler service.

Facilities

- Gym
- Signature COMO Shambhala Spa
- Diving & swimming pool
- Dining: 2 restaurants (South Indian, Asian & Mediterranean cuisines), 1 bar

Activities

The diving conditions at Cocoa Island are fantastic given its proximity to Male, with 20 different dive sites in the area. On the eastern side of the island, the reefs are perfect for those who prefer snorkelling. There is also windsurfing and sailing on offer at the watersports centre. Other activities available include deep-sea fishing, island-hopping trips and sunset cruises.

Children

While children are allowed at Coco Island, due to the fact that all the accommodation is overwater, they are not encouraged.

Cocoa Island Price Guide

4 out of 5

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Cocoa Island Testimonials

Hi Josie,

Fantastic trip thanks very much for booking for us.

Cocoa Island is the perfect island for foodies.  Some of the best food I have had at any hotel – especially on a deserted island!  Very well priced food for the Maldives also.

There are tons of sharks, albeit small black tip reef sharks swimming all around the island.  Is a really positive thing for most people but some might not like it!  Also lots of rays and a great variety of fish on the reef which you can swim straight out to from the room.

Rooms are gorgeous but definitely very simple chic.  Not for bling bling guests who want private pools and high tech stuff. Spa is incredible. Staff really friendly

For us, the island was perfect, I have been wanting to go for years.

Thanks again for arranging!

AH – July 2014

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Tried & Tested

Melissa enjoys the soft sandy beaches of Cocoa Island
Melissa enjoys the soft sandy beaches of Cocoa Island

The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Cocoa Island is low-key, personalised luxury and romance. Lightfoot Travel’s Melissa relaxes on this secluded Maldivian island and embraces the laid-back vibe and quietness that permeates throughout.

How do you reach Cocoa Island?

Cocoa Island is reachable from Male Airport by 40 minute speedboat ride. Boat transfers are shared with other guests, but if you want a little more exclusivity, the hotel can arrange a private boat transfer as well.

Lightfoot Travel’s HK Director, Lucy, has stated that Cocoa Island is her favourite Maldives property. What makes Cocoa Island unique? Who would you say this property caters to?

It’s easy to see why Lucy adores this hotel; it’s one of the most intimate resorts I visited whilst travelling through the Maldives. Only 33 keys and an island no larger than 400x200m, which instantly sets the tone, it’s is completely unlike larger and more crowded resorts. Consequently, it’s an amazing destination for honeymooners and couples looking for a quiet and more grown-up getaway.

 

What’s the food like?

Their restaurants are low-key and romantic while cuisine standards are top notch with both a regular and healthy/organic COMO Shambala menu. Depending on the tides, Cocoa Island has beautiful sand banks that stretch for over a kilometre – perfect for romantic strolls and picnics.

Tell us more about the design and architecture of the hotel. What are the rooms like?

Cocoa Island is known for its dhoni-shaped water villas, inspired by local fisherman, all of which are split across two levels and offer a lot of space. The interiors combine a lot of white walls with clean lines and accents of colour whilst the bathrooms are oversized. My personal favourite was the Loft Villas for extra space and a great outdoor deck with direct lagoon access; perfect for a morning swim.

Were you able to indulge in a massage?

The Signature Como Shambhala treatment is a wonderful massage using their special blend of essential oils. My spa hut looked out onto the ocean and my very experienced therapist said she’s spotted dolphins a couple of times!

Any parting thoughts on your holiday in Cocoa Island?

I think it’s important to mention the staff. They were brilliant! Most have been working on the resort for 5-6 years and understand operations as a whole as opposed to just their specific departments which meant that the service was a lot more seamless than on other resorts.

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