Free Nights at Cocoa Island in the Maldives

A ‘Summer Special’ package at the idyllic Cocoa Island in The Maldives offers guests complimentary stays of two free nights per week for one week or two week stays. Guests can either stay 7 nights for the price of 5 or 14 nights for the price of 10.

The low-season deal at this unique COMO Resort is on offer from May 15 to October 15. Prices start at US$590++ a night, or US$690++ in July and August.

The chic Indian Ocean outpost is world-renowned for diving and its serene COMO Shambhala Retreat, an exclusive retreat for yoga and well-being, rejuvenation therapies and indulgent pampering.

Package prices from May 15 to June 30, and September 1 to October 15, range from US$590++ for a Dhoni Suite to US$790++, US$970++ and US$1,900++ a night for villas. In July and August, prices start at US$690++ a night, to US$950++, US$1,230++ and US$2,500++ for villas.

Prices are for either single or double occupancy with breakfast, and subject to 10% service charge and government tax of US$8 per person a night.

COMO’s vision of privacy and stylish beach living in the Indian Ocean is located among South Malé’s coral atolls, just a 40-minute speedboat transfer from the international airport. Transfer is available for staying guests.

The resort was designed by Singaporean architect Cheong Yew Kuan – who also designed two other COMO Hotels and Resorts, the Uma Ubud in Bali and Uma Paro in Bhutan.

At Cocoa, the style is barefoot and deliberately restrained. Some rooms are designed after Maldivian ‘dhoni’ boats. Duplex Loft villas are clad in wood with generous outdoor decking. All suites and villas are over-water, accessible by planked walkways. Two-bedroom villas are distinguished by personal butler service.

Cuisine by Daniel Johnson, formerly executive chef at Bedarra Island, one of Australia’s most exclusive resorts, is from nature’s larder – the freshest yellow fin tuna caught locally, herbs and spices from nearby southern India. The menu features a mixture of Maldivian, Indian, Continental, and a selection of other Asian flavours.

Guests can also choose COMO Shambhala cuisine, which is designed to maximise energy and well-being with the use of organic foods rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals.

The COMO Shambhala Retreat features an open-air pavilion for group and private yoga with treatment rooms (including one for couples), a steam room and a large hydrotherapy pool, and a gym.

The Asian-based therapies range from specific body treatments to facials and sophisticated massages, including the COMO Shambhala signature massage, are delivered by experienced practitioners who customise treatments according to individual needs.

A complimentary yoga class is conducted from 5-6 pm daily at the Yoga Pavilion by resident Yoga Instructor, Pramod Kumar, who is also available for private tuition. His main style is Hatha yoga, although he is familiar with several other styles. He was trained by Sri Prahalade Redi, from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in India.

For the actively inclined, the Maldives’ warm waters promise some of the world’s best diving. The famous Cocoa and Guriadhoo Channels lies on Cocoa’s doorstep, while snorkelers can enjoy a marine-rich lagoon. PADI certified instructors lead dives and provide tuition for beginners to the experienced.

Private excursions include island hopping, beach picnics, dolphin watching and exploring Malé’s markets.

Cocoa Island is newly upgraded with an all-day lounge with internet desks, espresso machines, new DVD/media players in all rooms and wi-fi internet.

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