Luxury Maldivian resort, COMO Cocoa Island, will reopen on 9 January 2020 following a substantial renovation. The resort’s 2019 upgrade centres on a renewed focus on holistic wellness, and emphasises the island’s natural elegance.
A third of the private island is occupied by COMO Shambhala Retreat. Facilities are spread out to maximise feelings of privacy and quiet, with hammocks and swings strung from trees. There are only four treatment rooms, two of which have been expanded to accommodate couples.
A new Pilates studio has been added. The yoga studio, which sits in an elevated position to take in the 360-degree lagoon views, is open-sided to allow for the natural flow of sea breezes. The hydrotherapy pool is now among the most significant such facilities in The Maldives, and is used for specialised water-based treatments, including joint-mobilising massage and injury-free exercise.
To complement the wellness experience, COMO Shambhala Cuisine is available on all menus, allowing guests to pursue vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, nutritionally-rich and additive-free wellness diets during their stay. COMO Shambhala wellness juices, infusions and teas are also available for in-room dining. Other dining options at the resort’s easy-going Ufaa restaurant include Mediterranean, Indian and Maldivian cuisines, including excellent local seafood.
Physical activities to complement the more meditative heart of the resort’s COMO Shambhala Retreat will continue to be available through Cocoa’s on-island, PADI-certified dive centre. Reef diving, wreck diving, UV night snorkelling and whale shark expeditions are all on offer, alongside complimentary watersports such as kayaking, paddle-boarding, and snorkelling.
COMO Cocoa Island is located in the South Malé Atoll, a 40-minute speedboat ride from the international airport. Her sister property, COMO Maalifushi, is a five-star family-oriented resort in a more remote region of the Maldives, and a 60-minute seaplane flight from Malé.