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Reviewed 29 April 2017

I was on honeymoon with Cocoa Island by COMO. We were very pleased with what the resort provides - nice food, fresh fruits, fantastic ocean and starry nights, professional and sincere staff. Experience for a lifetime for sure.

Don't worry to be bored on this very small island if you are an adventurous type of person. Gym room, snorkeling (with complimentary equipment), complimentary DVDs, building something with sand -- should be able to keep you pretty busy.

Room Tip: Recommend Dhoni Loft Suite
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Marcus C
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benjaminkreuz, General Manager at COMO Cocoa Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Dear Marcus C,

Thank you very much for your staying with us on COMO Cocoa Island for your honeymoon. We are very happy to read you and you partner enjoyed your time with us. And like you said, our little paradise can keep you very busy if trying out all those fantastic features.

Dear Marcus C, we hope to see you soon again and wish you all the best.

Kind regards,

Benjamin

Benjamin Kreuz
General Manager

COMO Cocoa Island
Makunufushi, South Malé Atoll
The Republic of the Maldives

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Reviewed 25 April 2017

First timer in Maldives for our honeymoon, this is the first of 2 islands for our trip (my other review is on Constance Halaveli for those interested).

Great cozy island with only 30+ suites all in the shape of a Dhoni. That's a a great thought on the design and rather unique concept. The island is pretty small that we can basically walk to everywhere within 15 min. The size of the resort makes it more personal. It quite private and cozy as we didn't see much of the other guests except at meal times. We were able to try all the facilities and areas in 4 days. Some highlights below:

Transportation: Seamless after exiting the arrival gates, they have a guide pick up your luggage and send you to their speedboat. 35 minutes later and you're on the island

Suites - We stayed at Dhoni Loft Suite, nicely designed and layout with plenty of room in the living room and bathroom. The bedroom is at the loft with a half bathroom. Bed was very comfortable. It has all the amenities we need. The balcony have sunbeds and leads right into the water where we can jump right in to snorkel. The shower area could use some touch up/renovation as the tiles seems a bit tired looking.

Restaurant - Only one restaurant which serves all 3 meals, the food were great with good variety menu. We were on half board and found the breakfast were quite filling with a semi buffet that we don't have the need to do lunch. We tried both their special menu of Grill Seafood night and Indian night. Both were good with unlimited servings, but I would probably have their a-la-carte menu if I do it again. The surcharge of USD 55 for the Grill Seafood was quite steep value wise as I felt their regular menu was also excellent without the surcharge.

Excursion - we joined the sunset cruise that serves free flow beverage and have a small bento with ham/wings/snacks. Unfortunately we only got a glimpse of dolphins for less than 5 sec, but the sunset view were great. The top deck of the boat were cushioned and very comfy. The guide Serene and the boat crew were excellent to serve us drinks and take photos for the guests.

Spa - great massage with the hydro therapy pool that's wonderful with all the different focus area. The facilities was great, but I think they should have the massage rooms facing the ocean so you can enjoy the great views.

Wifi coverage was great with access virtually anywhere on the island. The staff were friendly and efficient. Our rooms were serviced twice daily and they did a great job cleaning the rooms whenever we were out. It's amazing to see so many marine life right on the door step of your suite, lots of reef sharks and fishes. Snorkeling was great and easily accessible from the suite and the beaches. Free rental gear can be picked up at the dive center.

The best part of the island is the sandbank that you can walk all the way out during low tides. The scene was breathtaking and we wish we could've walk further out if we time our schedule better with the tides.

One minor issue we had which may not be Cocoa Island's problem, it maybe just the travel logistic in Maldives in general. We were told that our departure times to the next island would be informed to us the day before our check-out. It was quite to our surprised when they informed us during dinner that we needed to check-out by 7am due to seaplane schedule to the next island. I wish those info can be delivered earlier so we can plan accordingly. We were planning to sneak in one last snorkel/sunrise and walk on the sandbank originally. The staff were very helpful though in returning our snorkeling gear for us since we didn't have time in the morning.

Overall it was a great start to our honeymoon and we had a wonderful time in Cocoa Island. Thanks to the GM Benjamin and his staff who send us off at 7am and made this trip such an enjoyable vacation.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Andy C
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benjaminkreuz, General Manager at COMO Cocoa Island, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

Dear Andy C

Thank you very much for sharing your great review with all the people looking for a perfect holiday getaway or a fantastic honeymoon destination. We are more than happy to find out you had such a great time with us on COMO Cocoa Island. Thank you for describing so many highlights you have experienced during your stay. We are very proud to read your words of praise for our team and make sure to share them with all. In regards to the travel logistic in the Maldives,yes, when travelling with a Seaplane in this beautiful country, all resorts are dependent on the Seaplane companies' schedule as a third party provider. We are able to take influence only so much and always try our utmost to fulfill our guest's preferred travel timings.

Dear Andy C, we all look forward to you both returning to COMO Cocoa Island soon - I said this previously and I am happy to repeat- Anniversaries are always an outstanding reason to visit us once again.

Thank you very much and kind regards,

Benjamin

Benjamin Kreuz
General Manager

COMO Cocoa Island
Makunufushi, South Malé Atoll
The Republic of the Maldives

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Reviewed 23 April 2017

Magical boutique resort on a tiny paradise surrounded by the world's best snorkelling. Every day brought another 'wow' moment, from the 5-star cuisine on the beach to the world-class spa to the thrill of snorkelling off your villa to swim with eagle rays and turtles. It's hard to fault Benjamin Kreuz and his management team, who do an astonishing job of meeting your every need. The local staff are chilled and charming. Our private butler was a treasure. The resort was full when we were there, yet we barely saw another person as we snorkelled the enormous (private) house reef or walked out on the sand spit at low tide. The lagoon on which the over-water bungalows sit is filled with baby sharks and sting rays. There's a resident heron and hilarious water hens hiding in the bushes. The reef fish are astonishing. We were so enchanted by the island and its wildlife, we only discovered the hydrotherapy pool on the last day - and, again had the palatial space all to ourselves. The villas are tasteful, thoughtfully designed and fabulously comfortable. We stayed 7 nights - next time we'll stay for at least 10.

Room Tip: 1003 and 1001 one room villas have sunrise views
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Karen A
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benjaminkreuz, General Manager at COMO Cocoa Island, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

Dear Karen A

Thank you very much for your fantastic review. Great to learn you had such a superb time with us on COMO Cocoa Island. We are very delighted to hear that we were able to "wow" you daily and that, in particular our team member. who was assigned to you as your butler throughout your stay made such a lasting impression. We make sure to share your kind words.

The water hens on our Island are so called "Kanbilis' and they are the national birds of the Republic of Maldives. We very are happy to have them as our residents.

Dear Karen A, we all look forward to you next stay with us. Till we see you again we
do wish you all the best,

Benjamin

Benjamin Kreuz
General Manager

COMO Cocoa Island
Makunufushi, South Malé Atoll
The Republic of the Maldives

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Reviewed 22 April 2017

Love the privacy of COMO-Cocoa Island. Not too big and size of the island is just nice to walk around and do stuff with. 33 keys. Cozy size. All in the shape of a DHONI (Local boat) ohhhh so CUTE!

I love LOVE my Dhoni Loft Suite, I think having the nice cozy bedroom located at the loft is a great amazing idea! I love my bedroom. This is one villa category you can consider booking to get the most of the Cocoa Island Experience. The bathroom is humongously HUGE! Can throw a dance party in there! Everything was lovely except the shower can be improved in terms of Water pressure as well as Shelving and amenities in the bathroom. I must compliment the smell of your bath gel, shampoo and conditioner though. The spa smell is LOVELY

My dhoni suite had a nice huge balconi that goes directly into the crystal clear waters. Perhaps can do up the balcony a little bit to add to the coziness. I wante to listen to nice music at my balcony but sadly your Audi system broke down a few times, the music didn't come out clear and at some point it even broke down. Would be good to check all the electrical items in the villa before guests check in. Other that that, all else was lovely thank you

Food wise, this resort has a nice cozy restaurant that serves a good selection of classy dishes. Although pricing wise i find it a tad expensive, but undertand in the maldives, thats how it is. Would be good to offer a more affordable range for guests. But what i love is, your executive chef is brilliant and has provided truly good food over our 2 days stay. Dishes were cooked well and it was tasty. I also love the breakfast selection as you have a mini selection of ala carte cooked items. Nice personalized touch. Color of the outlet looks quite brown, perhaps add a touch of color to perk up the ambience

Swimming pool is of good size and free non-motorized sea sports activities are appreciated and adds to the fun of our stay. Thank you!

Staffs are very knowledgeable and love the GM's presence where he walked and greeted everyone daily. Appreciate the personalized and warm hospitality role modelled by the GM himself. Well done!

Room Tip: Dhoni Loft Suite!
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Krisbelle
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benjaminkreuz, General Manager at COMO Cocoa Island, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Dear Krisbelle,

Thank you very much for sharing your experience of COMO Cocoa Island made during your recent stay with us. We love to find out you had a wonderful time with us and you have tried out nearly everything during your stay. Our signature smell in called Invigorate, and all our COMO Shambhala amenities are produced for us by UK’s most sophisticated aroma therapists; 100 per cent pure and made from only the freshest ingredients including essential oils and therapeutic herbs. A memory you, immediately to relived when staying at any of our beautiful hotels or resorts. We also thank you for your feedback regarding the Audio system - a failure we were able rectify immediately.
We do apologize for the inconvenience casued.

Dear Krisbelle, we look forward to be welcoming you soon back again for a hopefully longer stay in paradise.

Kind regards,

Benjamin

Benjamin Kreuz
General Manager

COMO Cocoa Island
Makunufushi, South Malé Atoll
The Republic of the Maldives

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Me and my husband had the best time in this beautiful MAGICAL island. From the moment we arrived at the resort with the 45 min speedboat ride we were welcomed by the GM Benjamin and his staff. Benjamin is awesome. He will always come and talk to you and ask you about your stay. We got a little tour of the Island and then we went to our room which was a dhoni suite (shaped like the dhoni boat), very beautiful with our own private balcony where you have access to the lagoon's crystal clear water. We stayed 5 nights and had the most amazing time of our life. All the staff members are very friendly and the service exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing. For dinner they have different themes and we enjoyed all of them especially the seafood barbecue and thali dinner.

There are many activities you can do in this island. We did guided snorkeling which was really fun with Abbas who is very friendly and he did a great job. We also did sunset fishing with Abbas and his team and we were able to catch some fish which we had it for lunch the next day!

Every morning we walked by the sand bank and watched the sunrise. We had the most amazing time and everything was just perfect. We felt like we got royal treatment from all the staff members and we got along with them well learning about their life. We encourage for the staff to have fun like playing cricket and other activities.

If you choose COMO Cocoa Island you will have the most amazing time and you will not regret picking this beautiful Island for honeymoon, anniversary or for any random getaway.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Zeren B
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benjaminkreuz, General Manager at COMO Cocoa Island, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Dear Zeren B

Thank you very much for sharing your memories of your recent stay on COMO Cocoa Island. We are thrilled to read you had a fantastic time and most importantly that you had an unforgettable honeymoon.

Personally, I am very proud to learn that our team made such a long lasting impression and went "the famous extra mile" to exceed your expectations. Happy to share your praise with all of them. Thank you as well for encouraging our team to do fun activities. On COMO Cocoa Island the Management Team organizes every week our Super Sportive Saturday for all employees. Each week a different game is being played and our guests are invited to join as well. And this is just one fixed date - all team members can play on the back of house court, use the employee gym and enjoy swimming whenever time allows them to do so. (just a to name a few activities)

Dear Zeren B, once again thank you very much for your kind review and we are looking forward to welcoming you back soon - like you said we are great destination for all kind of reasons - including Anniversaries.

Best wishes,

Benjamin

Benjamin Kreuz
General Manager

COMO Cocoa Island
Makunufushi, South Malé Atoll
The Republic of the Maldives

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