Like many reviewers before us, we were inspired by the amazing reviews that Cocoa Island Resort was getting, but as our trip approached I warned myself and my family not to build up our expectations too high....nothing worse that not reaching your aims...but I need not have worried....not one part of our experience at Cocoa was beneath our expectations.
I spent 10 days on Cocoa Island in July with my wife and 2 sons. I have visited the Maldives at least 10 times over the years and have stayed at many resorts, including Four Seasons Landaa and we spent a long time choosing this trip. However, as soon as we arrived at the Island, we knew we had made...
A pleasant tiny island (15 minutes to walk around the whole place) Seems to be very popular, especially with honeymoon couples. 45 mins. by launch from Male Airport. All meals were included. We thought the variety and choice was excellent for the three days we spent here. Rooms a little outdated, with old-style TV, lots of dark wood.
My husband and I we decided for this island for our honey moon. Rannalhi is a small island (100m wide - 300 m long 15 min to walk around). Resort is Srilankan owned. If one expects marbels and gold it is not a place to go, but if you look forwards tropical island with beach bungalows, local food, lazy atmosphere and nothing to do - fully recommended. It is just very important to know which option you take - HB, FB, All In (basic all in includes meals, snacks, beer and soft drinks all day, wine during lunch and dinner ) there is also option All in SUPERIOR - that includes all local drinks and spirits all day. - There were a lot of people frustrated because they did not make sure which option they chosen and it appered that not all drinks were included for basic all in. There is good dive point there as well, that is german-owned so the equipment is good quality and well maintained. They speak german, russian, english & italian... (possibly few more) Guys working in a dive point are great and we did couple of amazing dives with them - Night dive, Wreck, sharks...- unforgetable. Guests are mainly german, russian, italian & chinese, but there are also many other nations represented. Food is good, european like with hint of local tastes. Forget about internet (there is access but very slow and expensive) Island is coverd by mobile network, but the rates are very hidh, so make sure that after confirming with your mates that you safely arrived, your mobile is off. While on island, all purchases are recorded against your room so you have to settle a bill a night befor leaving. Cassier is present in reception couple of hours a day, so make sure you know when and that you have some dollars for tips (if you want to give some) Local service is reasonably good as long us you remember that it is tropical island and their 5 minutes last a bit longer that in western europe. Generally recommended, just make sure you know which option you buy, to avoid dissapointment.
Amazing island with good facilities and the beach villas were very large. Food was a very high quality. Spa is definitely worth a visit though it is a little on the expensive side. I was a little disappointed with the house reef. It was very shallow for hundreds of yards so it was hard to find good paths between the coral.
Also took the dolphin tour on a speedboat. It was very choppy however we saw a number of spinner dolphins, some of which came right up to the side of the boat.
We have just got back from a 10 day stay here and have to say this resort really is a little bit of paradise.
A stunning resort that is small enough to allow you space and intimacy, but with enough to do to keep you entertained. Our main reason was to get away from the UK and find an island to relax as much as possible - and this is the place.
The island is very pretty. We stayed in a Deluxe Bungalow which was really lovely. You can upgrade to the water villas and beach villas - which, are both lovely, but depends on your budget. The Deluxe bungalows suited us perfectly.
The snorkeling was fab - baby sharks and sting rays dotted around the island a meter off the shore that are compulsive viewing - and a huge array of fish in turquoise waters throughout the reef. We saw decent sized reef sharks and had a 20 minute swim with a turtle. We also did a additional snorkeling trip to see other reefs and fish which was so worth doing. Make sure you have an underwater camera! We also did parasending - which gave amazing views across the atoll and over the island - and so well worth doing.
The Spa is just a dream. We went several times for massages and to use the spa which looks over the sea. It really is a piece of heaven.
The food - we mainly ate in the main restaurant - Vela - which was buffet for dinner and breakfast - it had a huge array of food each time. We also dined at the Tepanyaki restaurant and had a private beach barbeque, which was really lovely.
If you like a nice pool, then this is the resort for you. A gorgeous infinity pool that overlooks the sea, with its own pizzeria and beach bar.
All the staff are really friendly, attentive and nice. Especially Mohan in Vela, Jinaan at the pool bar and Vijay in the beach bar - great cocktails whilst watching the sunset.!
On the slightly negative side - one side (our side) of the island does look over an industrial island. It really is a small thing and you hardly notice it when there. I've seen it mentioned on other reviews - but it not worth worrying about.
I would highly highly recommend this resort on every aspect - and I really hope to get back and experience it again.
If you go - have a truly fabulous time.
Velassaru is an excellent resort with amazing food, drink and activities. It's also cheaper than other resorts of it's calibre. I cannot reccomend it highly enough. We were on our honeymoon and we were completely happy with our 10 days.
You can go fro the water villas but the water bungalows are cheaper and are just as good for a couple. Also they feel a bit more private.
Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple