Awake to the cobalt blue Maldivian sea at the Cocoa Island, Como Resort in the South Malé Atoll of the picture-perfect Maldives. Situated on its own private island, this truly is a piece of paradise – it’s not hard to see why this is our favourite hotel this month…
Built in a shape that mirrors the island, this sublime hotel sits perched above the crystal clear water. You’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing from the five different accommodation types, all of which offer a decadent 24-hour personal butler service. All the suites and villas are inspired by the dhoni boats used by local fisherman, featuring New Zealand pine and Kajan thatched roofs, whilst the stylish natural interiors are complemented with white cotton furnishings and the finest Italian linens. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Maldivian sea whilst floating in the glistening waters and relaxing in seclusion on your private deck.
Cocoa Island caters for all guests, appreciating that some may prefer to do very little and find a secluded stretch of beach, whilst others may wish to keep active. The hotel’s spa, the COMO Shambhala Retreat, offers guests the perfect place to relax and unwind. Enjoy a treatment inspired by Asian healing traditions or, for a complete detox of mind, body and soul, take part in a week-long yoga retreat with award-winning teachers. On the west side of the island is the Kandooma Channel, well-known for being one of the best diving sites in the Maldives. A guided snorkelling tour of the reef and a vast variety of watersports are on offer, whilst the unforgettable sunset and dolphin cruises are definitely not to be missed!
Indulge in mouthwatering Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant, Ufaa – meaning ‘happy’ in Maldivian. The menus change daily, and always offer guests a range of contemporary cuisine that combines freshly-caught seafood and local produce. Highly recommended is the famous lagoon lobster served on the beach at the Sunday barbecue! Choose to enjoy the luxury of dining on your own private terrace or, for a truly magical evening, dine on a secluded spot on the sand, lit by soft candlelight and the sparkling stars.