Encircled with powder white sand, the carefree, understated luxury experience at Cocoa Island includes holistic wellness treatments at COMO Shambhala Retreat, South Indian-influenced cuisine and worldclass diving. They can orchestrate customised cruises to neighbouring islands and beaches; plan private dinners at secluded locations; arrange yoga, diving or snorkelling; and create adventures for families travelling together.
The style and design of the 33 overwater suites and villas at Cocoa Island are inspired by dhoni boats—the gently curving wooden vessels used by local fishermen. Simple wooden walkways built above the shallow lagoon connect them, forming a sinuous boardwalk pathway. 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.
Morning and sunset yoga classes are complimentary, as well as aquatherapy session, guided snorkeling and fish feeding. Paid activities include snorkelling and fishing trips, as well as sunset curises offering a chance to watch dolphins at play, who are often active in close proximity to the resort.
Offering some of the best dining in the Maldives, menus are modern, light and steeped in the nuances of South Indian cuisine. Contemporary interpretations of other Asian and Mediterranean classics are also on offer, as well as old favourites like pastas and salads. Their healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine is always popular. 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. Faru, the bar, is where to relax with fine wines, tasteful cocktails, healthy juices and light snacks.
The COMO Shambhala Retreat offers holistic, Asian-inspired treatments including Ayurveda. The spa features 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. They also offer a series of ‘Wellness Paths.’ these well-priced groups of treatments addresssing specific needs such as purification and stress.