An effortless experience from beginning till end, this is the best way I can describe COMO Cocoas Island. They have mastered the art of hospitality, with attention to detail, personalised service and an amazing team. The fact that it is a short 40 minutes boat ride from Male airport, made it the ideal private island to spend our first 2 nights in the Maldives. As soon as we stepped out of the airport, a COMO staff was waiting for us and in no time we were on a boat on our way to COMO Cocoa Island.
It was a very welcoming arrival, the attentive team along with the general manger, Benjamin greeted us with fresh coconut water to sip while we checked-in. We had a short tour of the premises and encouraged to live our 2 nights there barefoot, which we happily adhered to. The resort felt sophisticated and yet super low-key, giving an instant feeling of being at home.
This intimate resort focuses on wellness and a holistic experience, what they call COMO Shambhala Retreat. This concept was designed for you to reconnect with yourself with therapies, nutrition, exercise and daily yoga classes pair with top experts. Enhancing all of this is the island’s beauty, the perfect formula for soul searching or just a simple change for a healthy lifestyle.
‘Shambhala’ refers to a sacred place of bliss.”
The villas are inspired by dhoni fishing boats, built on top of a shallow lagoon. Our spacious Loft Villa, was tastefully decorated, all white interiors, teak wood floors and accents that created the perfect understated elegance. The bathroom was huge, with an outdoor shower that we used every single day! A few steps up to our bedroom, where the large windows allowed us to enjoy endless views of the turquoise sea. Privacy is a key element played at COMO Cocoa Island, every single villa has its own terrace overlooking the water and even though the villas are next to each other, they are positioned in a way that you feel the resort is entirely yours.
Our private terrace.
COMO Cocoa Island opened its door back in 2002, one of the first resorts in the Maldives. We really admired and loved that they have kept true to their understated luxury, especially when new resorts opening are going for everything over the top, loosing the authenticity and simplicity needed for such a naturally beautiful place as the Maldives.
Ufaa restaurant (which means happiness in Maldivian) is located right next to the infinity pool, positioned perfectly for views of the sunset. Serving contemporary Indian, Southeast Asian and Mediterranean cuisine crafted from the best ingredients, including the freshest possible local fish. Three times a week Ufaa is offering a special themed cuisine, Indian and Thai dinner menu as well as a Seafood BBQ buffet.
If this was not enough to bring up an appetite, COMO Shambhala menu is offered daily in addition to their regular menu, a unique nutritional concept that incorporates organic ingredients. Food is raw, steamed or grilled for maximum health benefits. This menu is also available for in-room dinning, we took advantage of that to have lunch on our private terrace.
The coral reef surrounding the island is spectacular, we saw so many fishes, sharks and even turtles while snorkelling. Diving is supposed to be one of the best in the Maldives with two private house reefs in the area, we sadly missed the opportunity because I had blocked ears due to a cold, but I have a feeling I will soon return! There were many other water sports available, we really enjoyed going around the island in our SUP.
It is no wonder that COMO Cocoas Island has won many awards for best resort in the Maldives, 2 nights were not enough to enjoy all of the charisma it’s team and stunning location had to offer. We felt like part of a family while discovering every bit of the resort and left wanting to discover much more. Another thing I love about COMO is their passion to promote sustainability through all their resorts and hotels, you can read about it here.