‘HOOD: Private island, Maldives
PROPERTY SIZE: 33 over water suites and villas
ROOM STYLE: Private
WE LOVE: Everything about it!
WORDS BY: Gloria Gammo, Luxury Travel Stylist, GG Inspired
When I was younger I came across an island in the Maldives that I vowed to honeymoon at when I found my love…
This was a bucket list trip for me and exceeded all of my very high expectations. From the moment you land on Cocoa and feel the sand beneath your feet, you’re instantly relaxed. The setting, a private sandbar island surrounded by endless expanses of beautiful clear blue water, is mind-blowing.
The northern part of the island is so amazing at low tide; it feels like you are walking on water. The food was so delicious with lots to choose from, we particularly loved the COMO Shambhala menu, as it was so fresh. The spa treatment was very relaxing and was well needed after a long plane ride. The COMO staff are super friendly and everything is very chilled out and calm. I loved not having to catch another plane to get to the island (like most parts of the Maldives). We would go back in a heartbeat and are so excited for more of GG Inspired’s newlywed clients who are heading there later this year.
The property boasts a 25m infinity-edge swimming pool and a Hydrotherapy pool for those not content with swimming off their over water suite.
Inspired by Dhoni boats, each room has its own private terrace, with direct access to the water and uninterrupted views to the horizon. Interiors are minimalist but on theme with white walls and wooden furniture. The largest room category; the COMO Villa incorporates two bedrooms.
The COMO Shambhala Retreat has three single massage pavilions with outdoor shower garden and one double massage pavilion with outdoor shower/tub. This spa is incredible! Try an Ayurvedic massage treatment, where they pour oil all over you with massage. The oil that they use is concocted based on how you answer a series of questions.
The island’s only restaurant, Ufaa, serves all meals. They have an indoor and outdoor part, both are lovely. Ufaa serves up themed dinner nights a few times a week such as seafood and Indian. They also offer COMO Shambhala cuisine, incorporating organic ingredients for those who like healthy options.
There is a great beach bar called Faru which serves happy hour cocktails daily from 5-6pm. It’s very chilled out and has a great menu of beers, wines, and cocktails.
Cocoa Island is only a 40 min speedboat ride south of Male. The island is known locally as Makunufushi, and is located among South Malé’s coral atolls.