COMO Cocoa Island to close during May-November 2019 for major upgrade

COMO Hotels and Resorts has announced a major renovation at its COMO Cocoa Island resort in the Maldives.

In an announcement, COMO Hotels said its private island resort will be closed for an extensive upgrade programme from May 1, 2019 to November 1, 2019. This keenly anticipated renovation project covers the resort’s villas and public areas including Ufaa Restaurant and Faru Bar, as well as the COMO Shambhala Retreat wellness centre, it added.

“During this time, we regret that we will be unable to accommodate any bookings. Should you still wish to travel to the Maldives, the team at our sister property COMO Maalifushi will be more than happy to accommodate you,” the announcement read.

“Simply write to us at res.maalifushi@comohotels.com to discuss a booking.”

First opened in 2002 on the tiny island of Makunufushi in South Male Atoll, the boutique island resort of COMO Cocoa Island is a sliver of sandy perfection, washed by warm seas in every shade of blue. It is a place to leave shoes and cares behind, enjoy caster sugar sand between your toes, sun on your back and tropical fish through your mask. Common stuff in the Maldives, perhaps; but what sets this luxury island retreat apart are the location (40 minutes by speedboat from the main Velana International Airport), the world-class spa (courtesy of COMO Shambhala) and the friendly, laid-back atmosphere. There is also a stunning sandbank which is an Instagram heaven.

Moored on stilts above a vast turquoise lagoon, the 33 villas and suites have authentic minimalist style: think NY loft combined with beach-shack-chic and you are close. The rooms resemble local dhoni fishing boats and feature direct access to the shallow lagoon. All have a private outdoor sun deck, as well as spacious living and sleeping areas decorated in flowing white muslin.

A fantastic restaurant next to an infinity edge pool, which blends seamlessly with the sea beyond. Through the trees: a beautiful spa, an open-air yoga pavilion and massuesses who read your body like a book. This is five-course bliss served on a plate; you need hardly move. But you should. Shuffle barefoot around the island to find a private stretch of beach; slip into crystalline waters to snorkel or dive amongst turtles and reef fish; book a sunset cruise or a day’s deep-sea fishing.

During the closure of COMO Cocoa Island, guests can choose to stay at its sister property in the Maldives, COMO Maalifushi.

COMO Maalifushi is the only resort in the pristine Thaa atoll — a 60-minute seaplane journey from the Maldives main international airport. This makes it the ultimate away-from-it-all destination with white strands of beach, inland tropical greenery and a safe, cobalt lagoon flanked by a healthy house reef.

The resort provides numerous opportunities to explore the region with instruction in sailing, diving and seasonal surfing, using a fleet of boats for fishing and a nearby white-sand island where guests can enjoy a private island picnic experience.

But while activities are numerous, this is a luxurious resort designed with relaxation front of mind. Each room’s décor is designed to bring the colours of sea, sand and sky into the heart of the residence, be it an overwater villa or a beach house set among garden palms.

COMO Maalifushi has three restaurants: Thila, for easygoing food such as wood-fired pizzas and salads; Madi, which serves a mix of local, regional and Mediterranean cuisine; and Tai, which ranks amongst the finest Japanese restaurants in the Maldives, featuring a sushi bar serving freshly caught seafood and an enviable, overwater location.

Guests can fully embrace the range of holistic Asian therapies available at the award-winning COMO Shambhala Retreat at COMO Maalifushi, which also offers yoga, a fully-equipped gym and a range of holistic wellness therapies. The guest experience at COMO Maalifushi is defined from beginning to end by COMO’s exacting, passionate service.

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