LUXURY MEETS PARADISE AT COCO RESORT MALDIVES
If you can imagine a postcard photo of the Maldives, then your not far off reality. In fact, after my second visit to Coco Resorts I found the resort to be even more beautiful than the images I had taken almost 5 years ago.
My story starts 5 years ago, the week after my husband and I were married in Australia. This was the first time we went to the island of Coco Resort Maldives in Bodu Hithi. Greeted by a sea of staff and blue waters as far as the eye could see, we knew we would be in for a treat.
We decided to stay at the island for a total of 10 nights and since it was our honeymoon we decided to splurge and stay at the Coco residence. The residence is an over the water bungalow, located at the tip of the island.
Being walked to our room was our first- OMG WOW moment (not that they stopped there). As you walked to the rooms you saw blue water, lush coral and fish all around.
Once we got to our room we where given the grand tour. The room featured a large living room, oversized bathroom and a master sized bedroom, all of which overlooked a view of the India Ocean. Outside the room was a full sized pool and deck with access to the ocean.
Over the course of the 10 days, Coco did everything they could to spoil us. Day one consisted of a rose petal filled bath after dinner, day two a handmade chocolate basket and it continued almost daily until our departure.
By the end of the 10 my husband and I made a promise. The promise, to come back again in 5 years to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary, an anniversary celebrated by wood.
5 year on
And so here we are 2017, celebrating our 5 year wooden wedding anniversary. Thankfully my husband and I kept our promise and we again visited Coco resorts.
This time we decided to go with the beach villa. After staying the Coco residence I was a little nervous that I was going to find it difficult to live up to that expectation, but I wasn’t. It turns out the size of the beach villa is larger than the residence- a nice bonus. The other thing we really enjoyed about the room was that our backyard was the beach itself. Despite villas to either side, we rarely saw anyone near us and had absolute privacy.
To celebrate our wedding anniversary we decided to hold a small ceremony with the help of Coco. They arranged to have a sign to commemorate our anniversary made in wood. On the day they came to the room and helped us to find a location on the island. We put the sign up along with planting a baby coconut tree which will be left on the island forever.
I ended up getting my advanced Open Water Padi certificate with the dive centre on the island. The dive centre staff were incredible and helped me to get confident diving at depths. Every day we went to a different site and there was so much to see in the waters below. While we had just missed Manta Ray season (Jan.-March), we did see turtles, trigger fish, octopus, stingrays, eagle rays, jackfish, reef sharks, napoleon fish and many more. On nearly every dive the water was a warm 25 degrees Celsius and the visibility at around 30 metres.
Even if you are not an experienced diver there is still so much to see just by snorkelling. We often snorkelled just off our bungalows or off the shore and would be greeted by a turtle or two. The resort provides free snorkelling gear that you can use for the duration of your stay.
Located 15 minutes away from the island is a private sandbank in the middle of the ocean. Weather and tide permitting, the sandbank is a perfect spot to spend the day. After two visits, I can honestly say that is was by far the most romantic and most memorable activity we had done. The staff cruise over the island and set up your own private tent and beach picnic. You then have enough time to lounge around on your own private sandbank and watch the day go by. The waters surrounding were calm and clear, which also made it perfect for a swim and a snorkel.
DINNING @ COCO RESORT MALDIVES
One of my favourite things about Coco Resort, was the number of restaurant options available.
- Of all the restaurants on the island Aqua was my favourite. The restaurant set up is on a number of small piers that branch out into the water. The restaurant is just divine and serves only the freshest food, including locally caught fish. Aqua is dimly lit by a few small lights, which makes it perfect for gazing up at the millions of stars above and listening to the calm of the ocean surrounding you.
- Every afternoon at sunset I liked to head to Stars located towards the Coco Residences side. Even if you are not looking to dine at the restaurant, you can still just relax and watch the sun go down.
- The Tsuki restaurant brings the precision of Japanese cuisine to the relaxed ambiance of island life and is simply delicious!
- The main buffet is located near the pool and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which also served amazing food!
- The Wine Loft is only available on certain days and caters for small bookings only. Check with the hotel reception to find out what days. I absolutely loved this place! At the time we visited they had a beautiful degustation and wine pairing night that was unforgettable.
CELEBRATING A SPECIAL OCCASION
There could be any one of a hundred reasons to celebrate a special occasion and Coco will always help to make that special. On our first visit, we were there to celebrate our honeymoon. When we first arrived our bed was covered with roses and we also had a complementary bottle of champagne. The next day we had a candlelight rose petal filled bath which was timed for just when we returned from dinner. On the third day it was Easter and the hotel had arranged an enormous basket of hand painted chocolates which were immediately eaten 🙂 This continued for 10 days so we felt very special and incredibly spoiled.
Our second visit was our 5th year wedding anniversary and for those who follow the annual themes, the theme is wood. We had Coco arrange a wooden plaque and held a small coconut tree planting ceremony with our sign.
They also specialise in wedding ceremonies and other celebrations that can be held on the island, which will all be memorable and beautiful no matter the occasion!
Twice a week they held movie night on the beach and under the stars. While I often was unable to make it the entire way through the movie because of how relaxed I was, it was a really beautiful thing to enjoy a glass of wine on a beanbag and watch a movie.
If relaxing all day isn’t your thing, the resort offers something for those who seek adventure. They have tailored excursions, adventures and activities for all interests. Their Water Play offers water skiing, surfing, parasailing, fishing excursions, wakeboarding and kayaking. They also have paddle-boarding and sailing, making it possible to indulge in a variety of water sports if you seek a more thrilling vacation.
But that’s not all the resort offers! You can laze by the pool and soak up the sun as I did most days. I spent a good few hours just sitting under a cabana reading my book and just watching the day pass me by.
There are also cooking classes available at the Japanese restaurant Tsuki, where you can learn the art of Sushi rolls. I really love to cook, so we found this enjoyable but also useful. When we came home we were able to make some of these things at home on our own.
Hope you enjoyed our blog to Coco Resort Maldives, until next time xx