This is a stunning little gem of the Indian Ocean.
I loved everything about this perfect little resort. Every honeymoon couples dream!
The island has a very rustic, Maldivian charm about it. The GM, Bruce was extremely friendly and welcoming as were all his team.
All the rooms are over water (although at low tied some of them appear on land, but that’s just the nature of the ocean).
The Dhoni Suites are very unique and I think a standout feature for the resort as no other resort in the Maldives has rooms like these. Unlike most designs that are made to look like a Dhoni (traditional sailing boat), these actually are Dhoni’s with a room built on them. Yes, it means there is no room for a plunge pool or large decking but with the warm ocean steps away, you don’t need it and they really are so different.
I was lucky enough to stay in the Como Residence which was amazing. A large living, dining area, with two en-suite large bedrooms. Private decking and spectacular views. These rooms are perfect for families travelling together.
The resort is only small with 33 villas, one bar, one restaurant, Spa, water Sports, pool and stunning sandbank.
The food was delicious. One the first night there was a themed seafood buffet which was an additional 55USD per person (on top of the HB rate) but for seafood lovers this is nothing, as the choice of seafood on offer was amazing. Meals tend to be al a carte but several nights a week they have different themed buffets which are optional.
Breakfast was a mixture of a buffet (for cold items) and then the hot dishes were cooked to order.
The Spa is beautiful with an indoor hydro pool which is free of charge to all guests.
Sadly the weather was not on our side and we had extreme weather conditions so were unable to experience the lagoon and reef. I’m told however the reef is excellent for snorkelers.
The staff was all professional, charming and friendly.
Cocoa Island is everything I remember the Maldives to be (before all the new ultra-modern resorts opened) and I’m so pleased it has not lost its charm. It is perfect for couples looking for a boutique, stunning, private little island with a truly Maldivian charm about it.
Thank you Bruce and all your wonderful team at Cocoa for an amazing two days.