Cocoa Island by Como
Style Faraway island fantasy
Setting The bluest lagoon
If Robinson Crusoe had hung out with Kevin McCloud and Giorgio Armani instead of Man Friday, his desert-island dwelling would probably have looked a lot like Cocoa Island by Como hotel: beautifully designed, this resort in the Maldives is the embodiment of understated elegance. Resembling a collection of Keralan boathouses, the individual over-water villas have soothing white-on-white interiors and teak flooring to create an ambience of laid-back romance. The scuba diving here is terrific, and after an afternoon of reef watching you can soothe away any aches and pains in the world-class Como Shambhala spa…
Need to know
- Rooms 33 dhoni-style suites and villas.
Double rooms from $800.00, excluding tax at 18.8 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $8.00 per person per night on check-out.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency ($800) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include breakfast. For stays from 1 January 2013, tax will increase to 18.8 per cent.
- Facilities Gardens, beach, spa, steam room and hydrotherapy pool, gym, yoga pavilion, watersports centre, dive centre, library, boutique, free WiFi. In rooms: minibar, LCD TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, coffee maker.
- Poolside You're not exactly short of places to swim here, but if you don't do saltwater, there's a beautiful beachside infinity pool to splash around in.
- Check-out Noon; check-outs up to 6pm are charged at 50 per cent; later, check-outs incur the full room cost. Earliest check-in, 2pm. A guest lounge is available for those leaving late or arriving early.
- Children This isn't somewhere you want to come with screaming infants, but under-threes stay free (you'll still have to pay US$8 tax a day, though); 4–12 year olds cost US$55 a night; 13–16, US$110. Babysitting (from US$10 an hour) and kids' menus available.
- Also Smoking is not permitted indoors anywhere.
Food and drink at Cocoa Island by Como
Set in an open-sided wooden pavilion, Ufaa offers a daily-changing menu of fresh-from-the-sea, plucked-from-the-branch goodness, Malabar Coast and Thai-style dishes, as well as a raw-food spa menu and naughtier staples including pizzas and paninis.
- Dress code Barefoot and sunkissed.
- Top table Get a poolside table or go one step further (literally) and dine on the beach. And dining on your room's private balcony is pretty hard to beat, too.
- Last orders Lunch wraps at 2.30pm; for dinner, it's 10.30pm. Drinks are poured at Faru bar until 11pm.
- Room service The amazing breakfast menu (fry-ups, cereals, buttermilk pancakes, organic egg-white omelettes…) is available 7am–11am; and from noon till 11pm there are light snacks and full-blown meals on offer (we'll have the tandoor-roasted lobster, please).
Poolside bar Faru spins a mixed-up selection of chilled-out tracks and jazzy sounds. Enjoy while you sup on lethally tasty fruit punches or ginger mojitos.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More...
Cocoa Island by Como Makunufushi South Malé Atoll, South Male' Atoll, 08180
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Smith extra at Cocoa Island by Como
A Como Shambhala aromatherapy gift and daily fruit basket. Members staying in a Loft Villa or above will also receive a bottle of champagne on arrival, and for stays of seven nights or more a Sunset Cruise for two worth US$220
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Our favourite rooms
All the rooms here – Dhoni Suites, Dhoni Loft Suites, Loft Villas and Villas – are individual at-sea dwellings sited off a snake-like wooden pier, with private sun-decks, vintage-style ceiling fans, walk-in showers and roll-top bathtubs. It'll be love at first sight whichever one you choose, but we fell particularly hard for the split-level Dhoni Loft Suites, and the ultra-private one-bedroom Villas, with dining bales and outdoor showers. Try to get Villa 1001 or 1003, as they face away from Cocoa Island and have the best straight-to-snorkelling sea access. The Dhoni Loft Suites all face directly onto the house reef – pick the higher numbers (from 830 down) at the end of the boardwalk for maximum privacy.
Footwear other than flip-flops won't leave your bag: you'll be barefoot most of the time and heels will just sink into the sand and between gaps in the decking. Snorkelling and diving kit is available to hire – just don't forget your certification.
The Como Shambhala Retreat is beyond good, and offers tempting treatments in its spa suites or in the privacy of your room. The focus is on holistic and Ayurvedic therapy: book in for a 'wellness path' course of treatments.
From the Guestbook…
Just an unbelievable place to stay – we were there as part of our honeymoon and it was amazing. Impeccable service, nothing was too much trouble and excellent food as well; d...more