Travel Guide to Enchanting Cocoa Island
I am giving below a few photographs of Cocoa Island and the COMO Resort in Cocoa Island. First, take a close look at them and then answer my questions.
Can you imagine such a paradise on earth exists? The photographs show the floating cottages on the Indian Ocean and a dining area right on the ocean water with no surrounding walls.
I get goosebumps while looking at the photos, even before I could visualize myself sitting at the sandbank dining area without any walls.
Do you want to know where the reality of the floating resort is?
It is in Cocoa Island alternatively known as ‘Makunufushi’. It is one of the South Malé’s atolls.
If you search for “Cocoa Island”, Google will show you COMO Cocoa Island as they seemed to have claimed the entire island and operating a paradise of a floating resort there.
You must be aware of the Maldives Islands in the Indian Ocean comprising 1200 islands, islets, and atolls. However, only 200 of the atolls are inhabited.
The strategic location of Cocoa Island.
We all know the popularity of the Maldives archipelago and how crowded they can be almost throughout the year. It requires over three months advance reservation in any of the island’s hotels, resorts, cottages, and vacation rentals.
Malé being the capital of Maldives, there are more resorts and seafront cottages than any other place in the Maldives. However, our destination-the Cocoa Island is situated opposite of Malé and thus far less crowded. To put it simply, the Cocoa Island is part of the South Malé atoll whereas Malé itself is part of the North Malé atoll.
Reaching the Cocoa Island:
Hop on to a speedboat in Malé. It zips fast on the Indian Ocean at a breakneck speed and deposits you in Cocoa Island in three-quarter of an hour. Oh, I forgot! Reach Malé first by flights from wherever you are.
Want an airport transfer?
No issues, buddy. The COMO Resorts will arrange to pick you up from the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Malé.
The floating villas in COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives
As the first photograph showed, the floating villas are arranged aesthetically on the Indian Ocean and connecting all the villas by a wooden pier. This facilitates the movement of room service personals of the resort.
There are 33 villas built over the water of varying sizes and facilities. However, all of the overwater villas are designed to resemble a local boat called “dhoni boats” as you saw them in the second photo uploaded at the beginning of this article.
To refresh your memory, here it is again:
Amenities and facilities in the overwater villas:
The COMO resorts have thought of everything a guest may ever need and has provided them without you asking for anything.
- Mini bar
- Coffee and tea making machines with supplies
- Hot water in the bathroom
- Shower cubicles that are open to the sky. I mean they have no roof
- Terrace for lounging and watching the sunrise
- A restaurant that is open to the sky
- Swimming pool (infinity type)
- Yoga studio
- Snorkeling gears
The 33 overwater villas offer different types of designs and styles; of course, the price also varies accordingly.
- Dhoni Suits
- Dhoni loft suits
- Loft Villas
- One bedroom villas
- COMO villas
I think the last mentioned accommodation must obviously cost the highest. It also comes with an exclusive butler to you. Ah, that must make my day!
Dining in COMO Floating Resort in Cocoa Island
The Maldives cuisine can be unique as the islands themselves are located far off in the middle of Indian Ocean thus having no external influence from any neighbors.
However, if you had tasted food in South India, especially in Tamilnadu and Kerala States, then, you can expect something almost similar to it.
For long, The Maldives cuisine resembled Indian cuisine but slowly, the Italian and Mediterranean cuisines have also crept in.
Over the years, the COMO group has started preparing the local food in their own unique way and called it COMO “Shambhala Cuisine” wherein only fresh organic ingredients are used.
The Indian cooking ‘Tandoor’ which is nothing but grilling on an open oven is said to be healthy over deep frying method. This type of burning the food over charcoal oven is preferred by the Shambhala Cuisine.
Drinks in Cocoa Island
Being a resort that is patronized by international guests, the COMO resort serves all kinds of hard liquors and wines. They have become adept in mixing an exotic range of cocktails and mocktails.
Wellness Spa at COMO Cocoa Island
The wellness spa in the COMO resort is named “Shambala”. Looking at the images of the Shambala Spa, they must be giving natural treatments similar to the ones given in all natural wellness centers in Kerala, India.
Outdoor fun activities at the COMO Cocoa Island.
Guests are offered a wide range of outdoor activities that are fun and adventurous too.
- Sailing on a catamaran-thrilling experience
- Whale watching cruises
- Sunset cruise
- Reef study
- Sandbank dinner
This is the most romantic and memorable experience and the most attractive factor for the guests of COMO Cocoa Island Resort.
Imagine yourself sitting in front of the sandbank dining table with just stars above you and the sound of the ocean to sing for you,
This adventure activity can be a culmination of your staying with COMO Resort in Cocoa Island, Maldives.
Terrific sight-eh? That is possible only with the help of UV lights and torches given to you when you go on a late night snorkeling experience.
During the night alone, you can see unique marine creatures emitting different colors.
The Maldives can be a paradise on the ocean but the COMO Cocoa Island resort can be a step above the paradise.