Nervous fliers needn’t worry about getting to Cocoa Island by seaplane – it’s just 40 minutes away by speedboat from Malé international airport. Known as Makunufushi and located in South Malé, it’s the unique accommodation that marks this island out from many other – consisting of offshore bungalows spiralling out from the land that are connected by a walkway and sitting metres above the shallow lagoon.
The steam rooms, hydrotherapy pool, meditation and relaxation area and complimentary morning and sunset yoga classes at the pavilion are just the starting point to truly unwinding at Cocoa Island. There’s an array of therapies on offer at the spa in four treatment rooms, one of which is designed for couples, from facials to massages and everything in-between. Make a date with one of the Ayurveda programmes or sink into a flower-filled tub with the Javanese Royal Lulur Bath body treatment.
Inspired by the local ‘dhoni’ fishing boats, Cocoa Island by Como’s 33 villas (with butler) and suites are accompanied by the gentle sounds of lapping water below with floor-to-ceiling windows leading onto generously-sized private decks. Perfect for privacy with the convenience of a resort just steps away, each suite has a spacious, airy feel, with teak floors, thatched roofs and beautiful blue and white interiors, echoing the ocean and beach themselves.
Whether you’re in a couple or a family, you’ll find there’s plenty to keep you occupied, from scenic picnics to dolphin spotting trips, guided snorkelling, dive centre, sunset fishing by dhoni and fish feeding. While there’s no formal kids club, there are services on hand to keep children occupied while you enjoy some time alone by the 25m infinity pool or in the gym. Complimentary Wi-Fi plus a book/iPod and DVD library means you’ll never be bored, plus to come back home feeling like a true eco warrior, you can take part in the island’s Coral Propagation Project and sponsor a coral frame – the perfect excuse to come back and visit to check on its progress.
Be as social or solitary as you like at Cocoa Island with your choice of dining. Enjoy dinner by candlelight on the beach or your own terrace or sample the delights of the Ufaa restaurant – with dishes cooked in a tandoor oven where possible for healthy low-fat meat and fish and using seasonal ingredients. Menus are also adapted for children.
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