Five years ago, I married the love of my life. Like most newlyweds, we were looking for somewhere romantic to enjoy our honeymoon. For some time, we were thinking about the Maldives, but with so many resorts to choose from, it was hard to narrow down our choice. Aside from its obvious beauty, Coco Bodu Hithi also offered a great range of restaurants and activities. For 10 blissful nights, we filled our days with everything and sometimes nothing at all. It was perfect. At the end of the trip we promised ourselves that we would come back again, and in 2017 on our 5-year wedding anniversary we made good on that promise.
Getting to Coco Resort
Coming from Sydney, Australia, we found a flight to Singapore with Qantas and then onwards to Male with Singapore Airlines. From Male airport, we caught a speedboat provided by the Island, which took around 45 minutes.
Once we arrived at Coco Bodu Hithi we were greeted by the Coco staff, who welcomed us and escorted us to our room, and what a room. At the tip of all the islands is the Coco Residency, which are enormous over-the-water bungalows. The bedroom looks directly out to the Indian Ocean, with your own private pool, a deck with direct access to the ocean – in addition to an enormous lounge room overlooking paradise.
On the second visit, we choose to stay at the Beach Villa, which was equally as beautiful as the over-the-water residence. The main difference was the location of the villa and the view from your room. While the over the over-the-water bungalow is just that, this room has a view of the beach. The beach villa has a larger internal space, comes with its own private pool and has direct access to the beach. Despite being on the beach we rarely saw other people so you still felt like you have absolute privacy.
Island Fine Dining
Coco had so many dining options that we felt like we were eating somewhere new with every meal. Even if we did eat at the same restaurant, Coco made sure to vary the menu options, especially in the buffet.
The main buffet style restaurant was available for breakfast lunch and dinner. The Buffett offered a great selection of dishes including local Maldivian food and international cuisine.
My favourite of all the restaurants is set out on individual pairs and dimly lite by hight of the stars and small outdoor lights. Here they offered fine dinning including fresh caught seafood.
Located towards the Coco residence side of the resort and open for both lunch and dinner. We really enjoyed Stars because it was the best spot on the island to watch the sunset.
Coco resort’s very own Japanese restaurant which offers not only lunch and dinner but cooking classes too.
Open on certain nights and catering to very small groups. Wine Loft features a degustation and wine pairing menu which we really enjoyed.
On my first visit, I had only just received my beginners diving certificate which mean I could only dive up to 15 metres. The dive centre on the island helped me to complete by Advanced Open Water certificate. It was the most incredible experience and I got to be part of an underwater world filled with stingrays, manta rays, eagle rays, coral and lots of colourful fish. We dived almost daily. The visibility was often around 30 metres so it was also nice to snorkel around the resort.
I really loved the sunset cruise for two reasons; I was able to watch the most incredible sunset out at sea; and we got to see almost 20 dolphins casually playing around our boat. The water was so calm and still that you could even see their eyes through the crystal clear water.
By far, this was our favourite activity. Just 15 minutes away from the island is a small bank of sand. The staff take you over by boat and set up a little tent and picnic. We had an incredible time drinking champagne and snorkelling around the small sand bank. It was very romantic and a moment I won’t forget in this lifetime.
It sounds basic, but honestly there is nothing like sitting in a deck chair, reading a good book and watching the day pass you by when you are in one of the most picturesque locations in the world.
Twice a week the resort holds a movie night out on the beach and under the stars. When it’s a beautiful steamy night and you’ve just finished dinner, there’s nothing like relaxing on a bean bag with a good glass of wine. I must admit I did find myself sleeping on occasion because of how relaxed I was, which, considering we were on holidays isn’t a bad thing.
Coco Bodu Hithi
North Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives