COMO Cocoa Island
South Male Atoll, Maldives
At a Glance
Easy to slip into the crystal clear waters from your own sundeck
Despite having just the one restaurant the menus change daily
Just a 40-minute speedboat ride from Malé
The Dhonis suites are bright and spacious
Large infinity swimming pool with the ocean as a backdrop
Upgrade to a Loft Suite or Loft Villa for miles of extra space and decadence.Scott Dunn team
The villas are conveniently located next to the house reef so you can just slip into the water for a snorkel.Scott Dunn team
Snorkel from your Dhoni suite towards the private jetty where you will be sure to find schools of fish.Scott Dunn team
This small resort has such a peaceful atmosphere, it's impossible not to feel instantly more relaxedLucy Bailey
It's really easy to combine Cocoa with Maalifushi; COMO's new property in the Thaa Atoll. It is only a 50-minute seaplane between the islands.Lucy Bailey
Try your hand at fishing on their sunset fishing trip and relax on the roof of the boat below the stars above. Then enjoy your own catch for lunch the very next afternoon!Anna Chaplin
Enjoy a sundowner at the bar whilst playing a game of backgammon, cards or scrabble!Alice Moseley
To start planning your vacation to COMO Cocoa Island
Set on a lush tropical atoll in the Maldives, amongst soft white beaches and crystal clear lagoons, Cocoa Island is the epitome of barefoot chic, yet sophisticated in its luxury.
With only 33 suites and villas on the island, 17 of which are converted dhonis or local fishing boats and 16 being villas it definitely has that sense of a boutique property. Each bungalow is connected by a planked walkway, sitting offshore over the crystal turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and have been decorated using bleached woods and natural fabrics with Kajan thatched roofs. Blue and white décor further brings the sea, sand and sky into the heart of every room. This is complimented by sublime cuisine at Ufaa, the island's main restaurant which has a relaxed atmosphere, dining by the infinity pool and sea serving Keralan and international style dishes.
Cocoa Island is also home to and an award winning Shambhala Spa offering holistic, Asian-inspired treatments including Ayurveda. In our opinion, this is a small and intimate resort, ideal for getting away from it all.
Just a 50-minute seaplane flight from Cocoa Ialsnd is another fabulous COMO resort, Maalifushi by COMO, offering guests a new and exciting island hopping experience.
Cocoa Island has 33 rooms most of which are uniquely inspired by dhoni boats, the style of vessel used by local fishermen. Adjoined by simple wooden walkways built above the shallow lagoon with a private terrace and steps into a warm Maldivian sea. There are range of villas to choose from, some with two bedrooms more suited to families. All suites and villas include: private sundeck with loungers and dining table, bathtub and separate shower, air conditioning, minibar, coffee and tea facilities, 42 inch satellite TV and DVD player, safe, phone, wifi and iPod docking station.
The eight split-level suites (75m2) stand out for the generous indoor seating area with a Balinese day-bed, large bathroom and private terrace allowing for easy access to the lagoon’s warm waters. Light floods in, the ‘dhoni’-style boat design—the suite doesn’t float but is rather fixed to the lagoon—making you feel as if it’s just you and the sea.
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These nine rooms (110m2 in size) work very well for families because of an expansive downstairs living area (which doubles up as a sleeping area for children) and then the master bedroom on a mezzanine level, just beneath the rafters. Again the terrace has steps straight into the lagoon.
With private sundecks and full-length windows overlooking the Indian Ocean, these Maldives villas (123m2) bring the outside in. A dramatically elevated loft sequesters a king-sized bed while downstairs on the main level a large and airy sitting area doubles up as a sleeping area for kids.
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These four light-filled bungalows (125m2), all of which sit on their own secluded jetty, feature three private al fresco areas: an outdoor shower, a balcony with a daybed, and off the sitting area, which converts into a kid-friendly sleeping area, there’s a sun terrace fitted with a table and pair of loungers.
Approached by a private jetty, each villa (300m2) is arranged with two wings, each with a bedroom (one king, one twin), ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower and private terrace. These wings are connected by living and dining areas with balconies on either side, which allows for step-off-the-deck access to the lagoon.Stay in a COMO Villa and you will experience our personalized butlers. Their role is to ease you through your arrival, organize castaway picnics with the children and arrange meals, becoming your chief activities planners during your stay.
Children are accepted but generally very young children are not encouraged. It is always possible to tailor food and meal times to suit the younger guest and babysitting can also be arranged.
Cocoa beach has a well-equipped gym, a luxurious spa offering a range of relaxing treatments as well as the dive center and swimming pool.
The casual atmosphere of Ufaa, the main restaurant, contradicts the sophisticated flavors behind each dish. Dine informally beside the infinity pool and the sea, or have meals delivered to your private villa or to your very own private table at the beach. And Faru, the hotel's bar, is the place to relax with fine wines, flavorsome cocktails, healthy juices and light snacks.
The diving is exceptional here and Cocoa Island has a team of instructors available to teach beginners and challenge the experienced. Its also possible to go deep-sea fishing, partake in watersports off the beach, like windsurfing or catamaran sailing. Beach drop-offs, dolphin and sunset cruises or guided snorkeling are also on offer. The island has an award winning spa which offers a range of treatments in one of their four treatment rooms.
Location & Directions
South Male Atoll, Maldives
Cocoa Island, known locally as Makunufushi, is located among South Malé’s coral atolls in the Maldives.
When to go
The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.
February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian vacation week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.
Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.
Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.
The surfing season runs from March to October, which is when resorts are cheapest.