Strung out like pearls across the ink-blue water of the Indian Ocean are the Maldive Islands, each one a perfect smudge of white. Every dot is ringed in a milky turquoise and soft velvet sand with bristling with sea life. Among these coral atolls is Cocoa Island, located a 40 minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport.
Flanked by Kandooma Channel, one of the best dive sites in the Maldives and a quiet reef for snorkeling, the beach is fringed with wild sea grapes, hibiscus and palms. In the distance, local fishing boats glide across the calm flat expanse of sea.
The 33 rooms and villas are inspired by the local dhoni boats and adjoined by simple walkways built above the shallow ocean. The ocean facing suites are cool and uncluttered with willowing white fabrics with touches of color and Asian cushions and rugs. From your bed, walk out to a private terrace, and then step into the pristine sea or feed the fish.
Sleep sweetly in beds that are wrapped in soft cream cottons. Revel in the whitewashed bathrooms with large soaking tubs.
Catch the scent of spices in the pure salt air. Eat like a castaway - fresh lobster, caught locally, cooked in the Keralan style.
Dine feet-in-the-sand at the main restaurant, Ufaa, beneath a pavilion and Maldivian sky. Daily menus blend Indian and Sri Lankan traditions with an emphasis on seafood, tandoor and organic, locally-sourced produce as well as a healthful COMO Shambhala cuisine.
The COMO Shambhala retreat is your holistic haven with treatments and yoga on call. Visiting
specialists host weeklong workshops for a return to wellbeing. A place where wellness is nurtured in simple wooden beach
houses, aired by breezes carrying the scent of the ocean while succumbing to a COMO Shambhala Massage.
A double treatment pavilion for a couple to enjoy the outside shower protected by foliage.
Enjoy a Cocoa Island Bath or a Javanese Royal Lulur Ritual while soaking in an outdoor
circular stone bath.
Relax within the island's heart, below the surface or on land, and enjoy nature's quiet.
Cocoa Island, the essence of serenity's restorative power.