Cocoa Island by COMO
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Hi Guys we are not in Delhi but we are in paradise ;0) 1stly a quick note to apologize for my terrible grasp of the English language in the last blog after all I only stopped working a couple of weeks ago so i blame the heat entirely. While in Varkala Alex took the opportunity to sweep me off my feet and book us a 4 night stay on Cocoa Island in …
... But the flight from Sri Lanka was under £100; going on to India from here is cheap and we know we would never take a holiday here because it is so crazy expensive. So we booked 6 nights in one of the cheapest places we could find, a sort of village community centre on an island called Keyadoo.
We landed in Malè on Saturday night and were taken to our hotel for an overnighter before catching the ferry to Keyadhoo at 10.00am on Sunday.
... 5 pics. But it is still very much worth the trip - even without taking into account the 'free-flowing' champagne ;)
Egg-White Frittata with Smoked Salmon, Basil, Capsicums and Tomatoes
Crab Meat, Asparagus and Poached Eggs on Chickpeas Topped with Hollandaise Sauce
... opened coconuts (compliments of Peter) then head back to the wharf. After dressing respectably, we are ferried to Maamigili for the village tour and shopping, which was scheduled for yesterday, before we ran out of time.
Taken for a guided walk of the sandy streets of Maamigili by boat staff.
Highlights were the clean and well-kept school, with almost all the notices, names, instructions in English. There are a lot of breadfruit trees, ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Cocoa Island by COMO South Male Atoll
This was the second time we have stayed on Cocoa Island in two years. I can tell you it's just as good the second time, all the staff remember who you are and we got a free room upgrade (although I'm not sure they meant to as they said nothing about it), also free champagne and cocktails on one night.
Wow, this place takes your breath away. My wife and I came here for 11 nights on our Honeymoon after a stop over in Dubai. After being met by a representative from the hotel on arrival in Male our dream holiday began. A private speedboat ride to the resort started the holiday off on the right note. On arrival at the resort we were met by the management team and given a coconut juice drink, which was well received. After a brief and efficient check-in we were then shown to our Dhoni Loft Suite. There was nothing not to like about the room/apartment. It was very stylish with white washed walls and wooden floors and all the amenities you could want, including a pair of Cocoa Island flip flops (which are the only shoes you'll need for your entire stay). The COMO Shambhala scent is everywhere and smells amazing, from the bathroom accessories to the cold towels presented to you at every opportunity. We had to purchase some to bring home, although wonderful, it is slightly depressing to smell the scent again.
My partner & I stayed for 2 weeks in a dhoni loft suite in march this year.
First of all I'll get the minor down point out of the way; the menu doesn't change as often, or at least as much as they say. That's it really, and at the end of the day it doesn't matter. The food is amazing, and I'm almost ashamed to be nitpicking. My wife and I went to Cocoa for 2 weeks in March 2005, after having had a very stressful couple of years, moving abroad and starting new jobs, but it was also a second honeymoon for us. It was the perfect place, even better than we had expected, even having read all the rave reviews we could find on the internet.
We chose this as our Honeymoon and really couldn't have chosen a more perfect destination! From arrival to departure we were extremely well looked after and were given the impression that nothing was too much trouble at any time of day/night.
We have been to 3 resorts in Maldives, and unless Soneva Fushi (which is over $1000 a night) is some true Xanadu, I have found my heaven in Cocoa Island. And by Maldivian standards, it is not even that expensive (it is still steep, but again, Soneva Fushi is over $1000 per night). Cocoa Island will offer you a stay which is as close to staying on your own private island as it could get without paying $10,000 a night. Rooms are fantastically appointed and spacious. Swimming lagoon - breathtaking. It does get a bit shallow at low tide (mid-day), but early morning and late afternoon swimming is great (and I emphasize the word "swimming" since I am a swimmer and for some people swimming is the same as snorkeling - not so!) I was doing my laps along the Dhoni suites every day and on several occasions I was accompanied by stingrays. As far as snorkeling - Excellent again. Right along the Dhoni suites the reef is abundant with huge fish and occasional turtles. Diving - AWESOME! Don't be fooled by the size of thier dive boats (a little wooden platform with the motor, nothing special). They will take to places that will take your breath away! One advise, though: take the deep dive quick overview so that you can go down to up to 100ft. That's where the cool stuff is. I saw a school of dolphins, about 15 sharks, Giant Trevally and other humangous fish (as if on steroids), and of course stingrays and turtles.
My husband and I spent a week at Cocoa Island in March 2005. We almost cancelled the trip because of the tsunami but thank goodness we didn't because we would have missed out on the trip of a lifetime! There was no serious damage done to the resort by the tsunami. While we got off to a bit of a rocky start (we waited a half-hour for our boat transfer to arrive) the rest of the trip was just incredible. We stayed in a Dhoni Loft Suite which was spacious and beautifully decorated. We had amazing sealife come right up to the steps of our suite....fish, octupus, sharks, rays, etc. The snorkelling was the best we have ever experienced with a reef and a 40 foot drop off very close to the suites. The food was delicious...I am not really a huge fan of seafood, but I found myself choosing the fish almost every night....it was so fresh and well prepared. The staff was very friendly and the Maldivians are incredibly beautiful people. Although the Maldives is an islamic republic, they practice religion very discreetly. Alcohol is available, as was pork, and the dress code is the same of any other 5 star resort...nothing particularly restrictive for women. The spa was decadent....I highly recommend the Indonesian massage. Overall this was a great hotel, and truly a trip to remember. Two bits of advice 1) don't bother bringing any shoes...Cocoa provides flipflops if you really want them, otherwise, shoes are completely unneccessary and 2) be aware that they are planning to add another 10 dhoni boat rooms, so there may be some serious construction happening soon.
Paradise - Heaven- words will not discribe this place - there will never be another place in the world that will come close to Cocoa Island - Staff were amaizing friendly and very approachable - serive out of this world - food would blow you away - I will never eat meals anywhere better than the maldives - I just cant wait to go back and I will tell every one about this magical place - room service - the room was cleaned so many times a day - gea this holiday was the most relaxing holiday that my husband and I have ever had.
Cocoa Island resort is simply stunning. We have stayed in other 5 star Maldives resorts, but this is the best so far. Only 23 rooms (some others were lost in a fire apparently) and every room has pretty much the same wonderful view. The restaurant and bar are both quiet, but are beautifully set out with a real desert island feel. The food is absolutely first class and service is typically maldives - excellent. The island is small but like your own desert paradise, with pristine sand, stunning, shallow and huge clear blue lagoons and the very best snorkelling ever. Snorkel out to the reef for incredible views of sharks (small and harmless!), dolphins and turtles. If you want peace and quiet and want to get away from it all (there appear to be no clocks anywhere!) with the very best rooms, food, service and setting - go to Cocoa Island - you will love it.