Cocoa Island Resort
Cocoa Island by COMO is an intimate private Maldives island resort with 33 overwater suites allowing you to slip right into the turquoise lagoon to explore an exceptional house reef. Encircled with powder white sand, the carefree, understated luxury experience includes holistic wellness treatments at COMO Shambhala Retreat, South Indian-influenced cuisine and worldclass diving.
As to Cocoa Island, the resort is located in the South Malé Atoll (or South Kaafu Atoll), only 40 minutes by speedboat from the capital of Malé, which is also where the international airport is located. The equator, an imaginary line equidistant from the North and South Poles, passes through the Maldives, just south of Cocoa.
Simple yet sophisticated, contemporary yet indigenous, and always deliberately restrained"”Cocoa Island by COMO is a gently cosseting Maldives luxury hotel that reflects the archipelago"s serene soul.
The style and design of the 33 overwater suites and villas are like that of no other luxury resort in the Maldives. Uniquely inspired by dhoni boats"”the gently curving wooden vessels used by local fishermen"”Cocoa Island"s rooms arc out from the island itself. Simple wooden walkways built above the shallow lagoon connect them, forming a sinuous boardwalk pathway.Â
Each room has its own private terrace, all the better for slipping into the warm Maldivian sea, right from your room. The view from the wide platform is directly out to the watery expanse and horizon. Interiors are dominated by whites and blues, with only the subtlest nod to a certain local rustic aesthetic.
Watersports Activities and Excursions
At Cocoa Island by COMO, we would like you to fully enjoy all the activities on offer "” on or under the water. Cocoa Island"s Marine Sports Centre is open from 8am until 6pm, seven days a week. Renting kayaks, windsurfing boards, stand up paddle boards and catamarans are stopped at 5.30pm "” the sunset is very short in the region and safety is ensured as you have to make it safely to the resort before sunset.
All activities are undertaken at the guests" risk. The Marine Sports Centre holds no responsibility whatsoever for property damage or personal injury that may occur during such activities.
Knowing yoga in the Maldives to be popular, Cocoa Island by COMO integrates this holistic practice into the rhythm of island life by offering complimentary classes at the open-air yoga pavilion. Morning class everyÂ Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8am to 9am followed by half hour of Pranayama and Meditation session. Sunset class from 4:30pm to 5:30pm every day (except Friday).
Private tuition with the full-time yoga instructor is also available for focused sessions, both for beginners who want to discover the benefits of this ancient tradition and for those looking to improve their practice.
Cocoa Island benefits from being brilliantly placed for diving, with some of the best sites in the region only a 10- to 30-minute boat ride from the resort.Â There are at least 25 sites nearby, including a wreck, and the waters here offer something for all levels of competence.Â Â
The resort"s expert dive instructors will gauge ability levels carefully. All divers are required to hold an International SCUBA diving license, which you will be asked to provide together with your logbook.Â Local regulations mean that guests must dive in buddy pairs; for safety reasons, a guide will also be provided at each dive for those staying at Cocoa Island.
This Maldives beach hotel boasts a fully equipped gym. Cardio equipment makes it easy for you to get your heart rate up, and a variety of weights is available for strength-training and muscle-toning regimens.
COMO Shambhala Retreat at Cocoa Island has one of only a few hydrotherapy pools in the Maldives. This therapy allows up to one litre of water to be absorbed into the body. The pool"s warm temperature eases muscles, meanwhile, whileÂ spiralling water jets help to increase the benefit of the pool"s massaging action. Overall, the treatment serves to stimulate the metabolism and increase the function of the lymphatic and circulation systems to detoxify tissues and expel toxins. Complimentary aquatherapy session every Wednesday and Saturday from 11am to 12noon are conducted at the hydrotherapy pool.
With private guided sessions, those looking for meditation in the Maldives can learn the healing powers of this traditional practice. Cocoa Island by COMO also offers tutelage in the deep yoga breathing technique known as pranayama.
We also conduct complimentary 30-minute Pranayama and Meditation class every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9am at the open-air yoga pavilion.
Weddings and Celebrations
Cocoa Island by COMO"s secluded location, small scale and stunning surroundings make it a unique place to celebrate special occasions and weddings in the Maldives. Let us lend our expertise to help you plan your special day to create the most memorable of foot-in-the-sand celebrations.
Dining at Cocoa Island
Offering some of the best dining in the Maldives, menus are modern, light and steeped in the nuances of South Indian cuisine. We also offer contemporary interpretations of other Asian and Mediterranean classics, as well as old favourites like pastas and salads. The healthy COMO Shambhala Cuisine is always popular.
The relaxed atmosphere of Ufaa, the main restaurant, belies the sophisticated flavours behind each dish. Dine casually beside the infinity pool and the sea, or eat like a castaway, with meals delivered to your private villa or to your very own private table at the beach. And Faru, the bar, is the place to relax with fine wines, tasteful cocktails, healthy juices and light snacks.
Unique among restaurants in the Maldives, the talented, New Zealand-born Executive Chef Shane Avant draws inspiration from the Malabar Coast"s rich gourmet heritage and local seafood. He also creates modern interpretations of Southeast Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. The kitchen"s tandoor oven allows for fat-free, flavour-rich grilling of meats, vegetables and fish.
COMO Shambhala Cuisine
COMO Shambhala Cuisine incorporates organic ingredients rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals.
At Cocoa Island by COMO, the chefs also make ample use of the tandoor, a type of Indian oven that allows for the fat-free cooking of meats, vegetables and fish whist introducing a wonderful charcoal flavour.
In addition to the UFAA restaurant, FARU bar as well as in-room dining, we offer several private dining experiences in stunning locations across Cocoa Island.
Enjoy an unforgettable evening under a canopy of stars with only the sounds of the ocean and gentle sea breezes to distract you. Â Set up an intimate dining table on Cocoa Island"s eastern sandbank, where your personal butler serves you a five-course meal from the carefully selected dinner menu and a bottle of chilled Champagne.
This tented dinner experience is full of atmosphere, with flickering lanterns creating a soft light under the canvas and the silky Cocoa Island sand at your feet. The sound of the ocean is your soundtrack as your dedicated waiter serves you a bottle of chilled champagne and your delicious meal, chosen from the daily Ã la carte dinner menus.
This romantic candlelit dinner on the beach is the perfect way to celebrate your honeymoon or special anniversary. Close to the water"s edge, surrounded by pretty lanterns, this magical experience is a highlight of any stay on Cocoa Island. Choose your meal selection from the daily Ã la carte dinner menu.
DINNER ON THE DECK
This private candlelit dinner in your own dhoni or villa includes an intimate set-up on your outside deck,Â lit-up with candles and lanterns. Choose from the in-room dining menu or the daily Ã la carte dinner menu.
SANDBANK SUNRISE BREAKFAST
During this unique experience you will witness the first rays of morning sunlight on Cocoa Island over a gourmet breakfast selection served with a bottle of chilled vintage Champagne. Sit back, relax and enjoy the white sand and turquoise waters on your very own sandbank.
Cocoa Island by COMO"s room service menu is wide and varied, as one would expect from one of the best Maldives luxury resorts. Available from 7am until 11pm daily, it includes healthy salads, open-face sandwiches and pastas.
For a refreshing pick-me-up in the sun, lassis as well as chilled coconut milk and a variety of freshly prepared juice blends are offered.
COMO Shambhala Retreat
Discover the calming spirit of the Maldives spa resort at COMO Shambhala Retreat where they offer holistic, Asian-inspired treatments.Â An open-air pavilion for yoga, four treatment rooms (including one for couples), plus separate male and female steam rooms and a large hydrotherapy pool. Also offered are a series of "˜Wellness Paths." these well-priced groups of treatments addressing specific needs such as purification and stress.
Maldives day spa packages have been designed to maximise the COMO Shambhala holistic wellness experience during your stay at Cocoa Island by COMO. Each package combines a range of complementary treatments that achieve real results, from relaxation to restoration and rejuvenation.
At COMO Shambhala Retreat at Cocoa Island, those seeking a spa holiday in the Maldives with discover Asian-inspired treatments, emotionally rebalancing holistic techniques and facials for restorative skincare. The approach to wellness helps restore both body and mind to its natural state of equilibrium.