Cocoa Island by COMO
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Excellent as ever
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.
The rooms were just as we remembered (perfect) although they were looking slightly more worn, particularly the paraol on the back.
The food was also delicious and very fresh.
The highlight though has to be the snorkeling which is absolutely incredible. The house reef is just off the back of the rooms and we saw turtles, loads of different fish and even the odd shark. We were also fortunate enough to see some Giant Manta Rays on one of there snorkeling trips.
Overall I can'nt recommend Cocoa Island enough and I know we'll be going back again soon.
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.
A complimentary bottle of champagne was also waiting on ice for us. The whole resort is set for pure relaxation. The beaches are the best I have ever been to and the spa and hydra pool amazing.
We stayed B&B, although options for half and full board exist, which would probably be beneficial if you drink a lot as alcohol is expensive. Food on the island is pricey but well worth every penny. Breakfast was ordered off a menu and then topped up with items from an incredible buffet. Lunch and evening meals could be had in the restaurant or in your room/terrace and was excellent too. Do not expect to come back lighter then when you left!
We had two days of torrential rain but the remainder were perfect, Cocoa has the most amazing sunsets (See Pics.)
Days were spent sun bathing or snorkelling, which again is great. We saw turtles, sharks (small) and stingrays, in addition to all the fish on our diving card.
I cannot recommend this resort highly enough. On leaving a member of staff (all of whom were very polite and courteous) asked if they would see us again next year......our reply "You couldn't stop us."
Some final tips:
ˇDon't take any shoes
ˇCash isn't needed everything is charged to the room
ˇYou must bring or borrow free from the resort the snorkel equipment the fish are too good to miss
ˇYou cannot bring alcohol through customs. If you try it is confiscated, although you can collect on your way out.
My partner & I stayed for 2 weeks in a dhoni loft suite in march this year.
There is little I can fault about the resort. The staff were truly wonderful & nothing was too much trouble.
Food was excellent-although I have to say by the end of 2 weeks we were looking forward to a little more variety.
Drinks etc were not massively expensive-certainly no more than we expected to pay.
The dhoni was wonderful-spacious with a huge bathroom together with an en-suite. The furnishings were simple but of excellent quality.
The highlight for me was the wonderful spa & the fact that we could have massages together in the double treatment room. The staff were highly professional & the treatments were excellent.
Some of the treatment rooms face onto the beach & one of my lasting memories is having a manicure & pedicure watching the tide coming in!!
One tip-dont bother taking any shoes you definitely wont need them!!
We understand from talking to the general manager during our stay that they are building some mor e dhoni loft suites. We only hope that this doesnt affect the exclusivity & peacefulness of the resort.
PS about Cocoa Island
To add to my husbands review:
Even though a muslim country, alcohol and pork were readly available.
Also as we were there over easter there were hot cross buns and litttle chocolate eggs on the breakfast buffet.
They even had the daily news (printed off the internet but was like a newspaper) at breakfast, and the uk version even had a crossword to do in it!
There is a large selection of dvd's and cd's available to cuddle up to in the evenings. Don't expect evening entertainment-if you need entertaining go elsewhere!
It is about 30 mins of the most amazing speedboat ride in azure waters to the island-very cool.We say flying fish on the way back!
The snorkelling is AMAZING- even if you cant swim too well (I had a life jacket on and the water wasn't too deep- I saw amazing giant fish and things I thought I'd never sea. Even without leaving the deck we saw octopus, picasso fish, baby sharks, sting rays.. and a few times as we were sunbathing on the decking a shoal of silvery fish just all jump out of the ocean! My husband saw a turtle on the reef! The water is so clear its like a swimming pool!
Around the island there are sunbeds placed and hammocks ..you have to hunt to fine them though-all part of the fun!
All in all great for honeymooners and couples, an amazing location, very friendly and helpful staff who although some a little bored with the island life- all seemed very happy working there. The accomodation is just simply perfect.
The downside is that they are building more dhoni's this will mean of course more people on the island (and the seclusion from our villa wouldn't have been the same) this means they are closing in May/June. Also next year the prices are going up 20%!
We were there at the end of March. The weather was glorious. The water started off clear but was changing towards the beginning of April, best time to go = nov-april. I would go in march again in a heartbeat! The sun is stronger than you think though so cover up!
Barefoot Paradise on Cocoa Island
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.
This was our first experience of the Maldives which of course speaks for itself, we don't need to go into a review of the islands. But Cocoa Island enhanced it for us perfectly, through Christina Ong's design and attention to detail. We found ourselves writing down the brand names of the bathrobes, the breakfast crockery, the towels, the bedlinen and even the orthopedic mattress!
We stayed in a 1 bedroomed villa, which is 2nd to the 2 bedroom villa in price, and totally worth the money. We didn't see inside the Dhonis, but to us they appeared a little close to eachother, and it seemed that their sundecks were more like balconies - we saw the residents of Dhonis subathing by the infinity pool, which was of course beautiful, but we felt oursleves lucky to have a sundeck with two large beds, an umbrella, a table and chairs plus 2 rocking chairs on the deck just outside our room - we never had to carry swimming gear over to the pool, which of course made things even more relaxing and private. A holiday at Cocoa in a Dhoni would have been amazing, but we both agreed that if you can afford it, a villa is better.
The decor everywhere is amazing, as already mentioned, minimalism in earthy colours and materials. The room had wall to floor windows to maximise the incredible views. The bathroom was huge, with a massive sidelit mirror staring down over his and her sinks, a large shower area, a free-standing bath tub by the window, and for me the highlight - the outdoor shower.. Not only is it obviously fantastic to shower outside under sun and moon and stars (it never seems to get cold), but these showers are actually really good too, and even being a bloke I have to admit the endless supply of Shambala products were great.
The bar and restaurant area is also beautiful, and the staff are amazingly friendly and helpful. My wife suffers from gluten intolerance, and everyone made a huge effort to help us with the menu, even making some fruit muffins for her with gluten free flour we had brought with us. It was also her birthday during our stay, and they made her a gluten free cake, as well as giving a card, and everyone on the island saying happy birthday.
We were not bored for five seconds. We had wondered if 2 weeks on a tiny dot of an island would be too much, but given that we wanted total relaxation and privacy, this was the perfect place. The water is idyllic, like pictures you've seen, but never imagined to see in reality. All around the accomodation it is waist deep (or shallower at low tide), always seriously warm, and crystal clear. Almost like they've thought of everything, it's also very salty, making it even easier to relax and splash about in! The house reef, 50 metres or so out, is great for snorkelling. As you approach the coral and fish life increases across the surface, and then you hit the huge drop off point where the water turns a deep blue and you can snorkle over its edge. It is teeming with life, especially early evening feeding time. All around the resort we saw baby sharks (still young enough to be totally harmless!), which was for me the highlight of our above water sightings - basically the water is so shallow and clear that without getting into the water you see a huge variety of tropical fish as well as rays. We even saw a small octopus. So just strolling around the island has unexpected rewards. Needless to say the diving is incredible, with plenty of reef sharks (there are some very strong currents). The staff of the dive center are, just like everyone else, very friendly and relaxed. You can also rent small sailing boats, kayaks, windsurfs. Snorkel rental is free by the way.
The Shambala treatments are, surprise surprise, amazing. Initially we booked my wife in whilst I was diving, but she insisted I try which I did, and I went back for more. They have a range of massages which helped refine the relaxed stupor we were developing. Again the decor everywhere is lovely,earthy and minimalistic, so if that's your style this is great, and is still new and clean. Even the 'spa muzak' was acceptable in the background. The Thai masseuses really seemed to care about what they were doing, and seemed to be able to read your mind about where the knots were. If you fancy a paddle while easing the strains, there is also a hydrotherapy pool (under the gym which looked very well equipped that one time on the first day we peered in). Not all the jets are that great actually, but there are a couple which make up for it and are very strong.
Again the posh grass-hut style made the whole thing even more beautiful.
Obviously having never been to the Maldives before, we cannot compare Cocoa to anywhere else, but what we can say, is that given our criteria for this particular holiday, we were totally spoiled; we came to totally hide away, to taste this 'bare foot luxury' we'd heard about, to eat great food, to paddle together in crystal blue seas, basically to totally relax. We were extremely sad to leave, and I have never felt such a feeling of relaxation as I do now a month after any other holiday. I give every category 5 stars, and I have to finish on a good note about the food - it is wonderful, with fresh fish curries as well as more traditional western dishes with local touches. (My wife is not a fish eater by the way and there was plenty of other choice). Staying for 2 weeks, perhaps it got a bit samey, but that just goes to show how spoiled we had become, in the nicest possible ways.
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.
Having upgraded to Business Class on Emirates we arrived refreshed and not at all jet lagged. Our representative quickly found us and whisked us away to our tropical island of our dreams on their private speed boat. Whilst onboard we were helped to accustom ourselves to the humidty with fresh bottled water and cold towels (this was our first encounter with Como's Shambhala fragrance! To this day its' smell takes us back there!)
Upon arrival our baggage was delivered promptly to our Dhoni and check in was painless as we sipped our fresh coconut juice. We really could talk endlessly about our wonderful experience (and no doubt have to our poor suffering relatives/friends), it truly was heaven on earth.
The food was of an exceptional quality, and something that we really hadn't expected. The wine list was also pretty impressive for such a hot and remote location. The Dhoni suites were stunning. Clean, simple, but spacious, and fairly private from each of the other Dhonis.
The island itself was small, but well thought out and well kept, with perfect sand, perfect water, and just simply a wonderful atmosphere.
We really want to go back and highly recommend the Dolphin Sunset Cruise and of course the massages!
The best resort in Maldives!!!
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.
Hotel service - true 5 stars! Food - great, expensive though, but again, you are in Maldives. This hotel is owned by the family from Singapore, and their taste is exquisite.
So, for a a real piece of heaven on Earth, head over to Cocoa Island. You will leave your heart there.
Barefoot luxury at Cocoa Island
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 - Haven
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.
Just don't go for a week two would of been better
Thanks Cocoa Island I wish Tasmania would take a leaf from your book
with customer service - my husband and my dreams have come true
See you soon - I have start saving for my holidays again - to come back to this magical place.....thank you so much Joscelene and David Lambert.
Stunning -luxury rooms, fabulous food, incredible setting, perfect!
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.
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