The Magic and Wonder of the Cocoa Islands, Maldives

If you were to ask yourself what makes a vacation great, what would you respond with. To some it’s the activities: to others, the local sights and people you meet. It can be hard to find a destination that encompasses entertainment, local culture and uniqueness. From the fine white sand to the picture perfect views from every angle of the island, Cocoa Islands is a magnificent, magical and unique resort.

The Maldives consists of a group of atolls and islands located on Southern Asia, within the Indian Ocean. From the main airport, Male International, Cocoa Islands is situated 45 minutes away by speedboat, which enhances the private nature of the island.

I am still in awe as to how amazing our time was there. From the moment we were met at the airport to the drop off, the entire experience was a combination of ‘a luxury retreat’ meets ‘Robinson Crusoe’ with elegance and simplicity at every turn. This was evident from the accommodations through to the food that we experienced.

The Dhoni Suites were beautiful – to be able to slide your terrace doors open and listen the ocean tides was soothing and calming. The amenities and room décor was sophisticated, yet simple; nothing complex or done in excess – it showed respect for maintaining the natural beauty of the island and helping preserve its future.

The staff were unbelievably attentive and knowledgeable. They take pride in the presentation of the island and remembering guests. They described the food and amenities in depth whenever we asked for it and offered recommendations.

The food – to die for. The breakfast buffets had ample fruit, juices and baked goods. I barely ate lunch at times because I could not stop myself from trying everything. Dinners were equally as pleasant, with chefs preparing local specialties and fresh caught fish on the menu every night. How fresh you wonder? The fish were caught in the afternoon and cleaned before dinner – it doesn’t get any fresher then that!

Water activities allowed us to explore the clear waters of the Maldives, which was warmed from the hot sun. To be able to go snorkeling and view a variety of rare and indigenous species was a wonder of its own. Oh, to be a fish, always enjoying the island water! Island activities included daily Yoga classes and a Shambala Spa. The hydrotherapy pool offered different water-massage stations for you to focus on different muscles. This coupled with the Shambala Ginger tea provided the ultimate relaxation.

Overall the COMO Maldives Resort was an amazing honeymoon and trip destination that offers the complete package.

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