Ufaa Cocoa Island Maldives' main restaurant offers a blend of Maldivian Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine emphasising seafood, tandoor cooking and organic, locally-sourced produce. Menus change daily according to availability.
The Kerala influence of Southern India is noticeable in the cooking and use of light fragrant spices.
Faru the island bar called is open from 10AM until midnight serving a range of excellent wines, cocktails and energising organic juices. There's also a full room service menu available.
Now we’ve come across what many resorts affectionately call a library facility only to find that there’s a choice of a novel by Barbara Cartland or a road map of Prague from 1975. So even when the five star Cocoa Island Maldives expresses having a library I hesitate to tell anyone not to take the books they want read with them…
There’s a boutique shop selling all the usual trinkets as well as a pretty extensive range of necessities; so if you run out of anything, chances are they’ll have it in stock within reason.
Cocoa Island Maldives Activities
Try out the main swimming pool on Cocoa Island. Maldives activities have a habit of encouraging even the most reticent to try out some water sports. So all I have to say to you landlubbers is… have a go at kayaking around the island!
You can with some assistance fish from your kayak and have Chef prepare your catch.
There’s a fully equipped Dive Centre too, a gym with yoga facilities for the flexible (or inflexible for that matter!) and a COMO Shambhala retreat, that’s the Spa facility to you and me, offering a full range of treatments including massages, Ayurveda, facials, a hydrotherapy pool, steam rooms and meditation area.
Cocoa Island Maldives have an on-site dive centre staffed by PADI certified instructors catering to all experience levels. You can take your PADI diving course, dive accompanied on the house reef and one of the many dive sites surrounding the island.
Between January and April the ocean currents tend to be strong and this promotes excellent visibility. Most dives are at the channel entrance or drop offs where all the big fish can be seen.
Hopefully you’ll be able to feast your eyes on Tuna, large schools of Eagle Rays, Dogtooth, Giant Trevally and of course, sharks.
Between May and November/December rain and tropical storms reduce visibility but it’s still about 20 meters which we’ve found clear enough. On open dives during September there is the chance to see Whale sharks and Hammerheads.
Whoopee… I can’t describe the feeling of floating with these sleek animals leisurely passing as if out for a stroll.
Staying on the surface you have a choice of windsurfing or catamaran sailing.
For a break from the physical have an Island Hop. Visit other islands and find yourselves landed on deserted beaches.
There are dolphin and sunset cruises too.
Cocoa Island Maldives Specialities
The Cocoa Island Maldives COMO Shambhala Retreat offers natural therapies to guests. This holistic approach is found in all the services offered from massage to yoga.
You can even have a blissful week long retreat on the island emphasising the traditions of Indian physical and mental relaxation. The retreat also offers complementing organic meals depending on your needs during your stay.
Hmm… Anything else catch your eye?
Honeymooners receive a half bottle of Champagne on arrival and a basket of fresh fruit daily but there is a charge so check out what it is before booking it.
The online travel resource Conde Nast Traveller (November 2007) voted Cocoa Island The Ultimate Island Beach in the Maldives and one of the 30 Best Island Beaches Worldwide.
OK, it’s a vote from a readership but it goes a long way to conveying how much people enjoy this Maldivian island destination.
The well respected Sunday Times Travel Magazine in their September 2007 edition voted Cocoa Island in the Maldives as one of the 100 Best Places to Stay in the world.
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Again it’s all about personal choice.
Phil and I for example find any beach in the Maldives as fitting into a top 100 place to be. So don’t fluster yourselves that Cocoa Island only made the top 100 and not the number one spot. It is stunning and you must go, that’s all we have to say!
Don’t forget that during any tropical storms the reception for the satellite television may be dramatically reduced. Just the way it is back home when the clouds gather!