Cocoa Island by COMOSouth Malé Atoll / Maldives
Cocoa Island by COMO is a tiny resort with a quiet beach coastline surrounding a small stretch of flourishing tropical woodland. Designed with just 33 over water villas, guests will note the intimate atmosphere of the retreat, particularly the highly personable restaurant and spa services on offer. The retreat’s naturally inspired accommodation rests above the shallow lagoon, creating a truly authentic island experience.
What to love
- Wonderfully crafted Dhoni (Maldivian fishing boat) inspired accommodation.
- Each bright and spacious over water villa is fixed to the bed of the resort’s lagoon, gifting spectacular ocean views across the horizon and making it easy to slip into crystal clear waters from your own sundeck.
- The COMO Shambhala spa retreat is designed with four treatment rooms (including one specifically for couples), steam rooms and a large hydrotherapy pool. Guests can enjoy massages, facials, body scrubs and yoga.
What to know
- This small, intimate island is the epitome of barefoot luxury and understated elegance.
- COMO offer a private dining service, allowing guests to book a personal chef to serve a selection of gourmet cooking at its guests’ choice of location; whether a picnic on your private veranda or a candlelit dinner on the beach.
- Despite having just the one restaurant the menus change daily.
- It is just a 40 minute speedboat ride from Male
Small though it may be, the tiny Cocoa Island has inspired a resort of impressive grandeur and luxury. The five star retreat is home to just 33 over water villas, which each sit out above the island’s shallow lagoon, and are connected by a series of wooden walkways. This low number of guests at any one time ensures the resort of an intimate setting, and makes quiet spots on the beachfront easy to come by.
The villas themselves have been crafted to resemble island Dhoni boats (a Maldivian fishing boat). Together with the authentic thatched roofing, this distinct architectural design gifts the villas a charming island aesthetic, which continues indoors.
Each spacious suite has been decorated with a neutral, stylish colour scheme, offset by slightly rustic furnishings. The spacious rooms have contemporary amenities, including the bathroom, which is fitted with a large bathtub and separate shower stall. Each villa has its own private outdoor terrace, where guests can relax in the sunshine, or even take a dip into the warm, turquoise lagoon.
The Cocoa Island resort’s main restaurant is the incredibly chic Ufaa. Serving modern interpretations of Asian and Mediterranean dishes, guests can choose to either dine beside the sparkling infinity pool, or have their table set up on the beach.
The resort’s sophisticated, al fresco bar, Faru, serves a desirable selection of fine wines, fresh cocktails and healthy juice mixes – a real treat to enjoy amongst friends when sat under the starry night sky.
If you’re feeling in need of some relaxation time during your stay on the island, then look no further than the resort’s Shambhala spa retreat. The holistic inspired spa is fitted with four treatment rooms, steam rooms and a large hydrotherapy pool. Guests can choose from a range of treatments including facials, body scrubs and massages, while an open-air pavilion has been specifically designed for yoga sessions.
When to travel
The Maldives offer an idyllic tropical climate with the main summer season from December to April, getting hotter from February. The wetter months are May to November.
Best time to visit: December – April
Good time to visit: May - November
Cocoa Island by COMO, known locally as Makunufushi, is located among South Malé’s coral atolls. Cocoa Island is a 40 minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport.
Photo credits: Yassin Hameed
Children are welcome at Cocoa Island, however due to its over-water accommodation, very young children are not encouraged. Children should be proficient swimmers and supervised at all times.
Rather than a kids club, the hotel offers babysitting services. The familial intimacy of Cocoa Island by COMO allows children to mix easily and find their own friends.
Menus are tweaked for children—and include healthy and delicious choices—while the resort’s various accommodation styles allows for kids under 12 to share their parents’ room.
Beyond Cocoa, there are a number of family-friendly excursions available from beachside picnics to following dolphins from the prow of a privately chartered boat.
Babysitting is on request, with 24-hours notice.