Reasons to Visit
Protected by reefs and lagoons, the islands that form the Maldives have beautiful white sandy beaches with little or no waves, allowing for a refreshing swim to escape the tropical heat.
A relaxing or romantic break is not complete without a rejuvenating spa treatment, so it is no surprise that the resorts that we work with have great spa facilities. Huvafen Fushi has an underwater spa with windows looking straight out onto the reef.
Famous for its immense variety of fish, corals and other underwater flora and fauna, the Maldives is amongst one of the best places in the world to enjoy snorkelling and diving with comfortably warm and often crystal clear waters. Turtles, sharks, Manta Rays and Whale sharks can be spotted, depending on the season.
The Maldives is renowned for its luxurious resorts. Whether you wish to stay in a villa on stilts in the water or on the beach or fancy your own plunge pool, we have a small selection of resorts offering the best value for your money.
Surrounded by tropical waters it is no surprise that the Maldives are a haven for some of the best and freshest seafood, but it doesn't stop there. The resorts that we work with all have great restaurants all employing experienced chefs guaranteeing a culinary delight.
Tiny palm clad islands, wonderful accommodation, tropical weather and the nearest big city at least 50 min flying time away, it is no surprise that the Maldives offer a relaxing escape from the hectic lives lived by most of us. As they say on the islands, 'no shoes, no news'.
Small intimate islands, lovely weather and luxurious, well appointed resorts make the Maldives a great romantic escape whether it is for a honeymoon or to celebrate an anniversary. Most resorts offer a private moonlit dinner for two on the beach.
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Small, chic and minimalist in concept, Cocoa Island is a stylish yet relaxed resort set on a beautiful island fringed with white sandy beaches.
Discover escapism at Cocoa Island which is a private resort island located in the quiet waters of the Indian Ocean.
Cocoa Island sits in the less developed South Male Atoll, 40 minutes by speedboat from Male International airport. On the west side of the island you will find the Kandooma Channel, which is considered to be one of the better dive sites in the Maldives; on the other side is a quiet reef for snorkelling flanked by a curl of sandy beach which tapers into a spit of sand. This is as long as the island itself.
Rooms (with the exception of Loft and One and Two Bed Villas) are inspired by the dhoni, the traditional wooden Maldivian boat. However, the rooms are anything but small and basic - the moment you walk into your dhoni you will be pleasantly surprised by the comfort and size of the rooms. Adding to this feeling of space are the high thatched ceilings, the delicate use of colour and abundance of natural light coming in from various sides.
All the rooms are placed over-water and laid out to maximise privacy adjoined by simple wooden walkways. The room types; one/two bedroom villas; loft villas, dhoni loft suites and dhoni suites are all very stylishly decorated using South Indian and colonial-style furniture and local fabrics. The rooms feel modern and bright with strong classical touches and each has its own private sun-deck with direct access to the turquoise ocean a few feet below.
Cocoa Island offers different dining experiences. The 'Ufaa Restaurant' serves a blend of Indian and Sri Lankan cuisines and not surprisingly, there is also plenty of freshly caught seafood as well as a variety of international dishes. For guests who enjoy their food but prefer healthy eating there is COMO Shambhala cuisine focussed on organic produce and raw ingredients. The 'Faru Bar' is the perfect place to enjoy a snack or sundowner.
IDEAS FOR YOUR LEISURE TIME
There are numerous ways to unwind on this tiny picturesque island including a visit to the COMO Shambhala Retreat where a range of Asian treatments are offered in simple but comfortable wooden beach houses. Yoga sessions are available as well and you can relax in a good size hydrotherapy pool.
Although Cocoa Island does its best to nurture your every need during your stay, if you would like to explore this remarkable archipelago further, both above and below water, it can arrange additional excursions locally for you. To whet your appetite some of these excursions include: island hopping, snorkelling, Male tour, sunset fishing, local island visit, sea plane charter, private picnic, game fishing, and boat charters
Thinking of visiting the Cocoa Island as part of your honeymoon? The combination of good climate, white sand and warm seas makes it a perfect place to stay.
For honeymooners staying 5 nights or more in a Dhoni Suite or Dhoni Loft Suite, the following will be offered by Cocoa on a complimentary basis:
• A bottle of champagne and fruit platter on arrival
• A honeymoon souvenir from Cocoa Island
• US$60 credit per person towards selected spa treatments
Honeymooners staying 5 nights or more in a Loft Villa, One Bedroom Villa or 2 bedroom COMO Villa, will also receive a candlelit beach dinner for 2 (excluding beverages) and a choice of either: a private yoga class for 2 or a snorkelling trip.
(Above valid on presentation of marriage certificate dated within the 3 months of the stay, conditions subject to change).
Include a stay at Cocoa Island on your tailor-made trip around the Maldives by contacting one of our specialists...
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