Como Cocoa Island, the Maldivian private island resort in South Malé Atoll, will reopen to guests on January 9th after a substantial renovation.
Work included a renewed focus on the holistic wellness ethic that sits at the heart of the founder’s vision.
“The moment I first encountered Cocoa, something about its spirit snagged me,” said Christina Ong, owner of Como Hotels & Resorts:
“When I walked to the end of the island, and looked back along its sandbank, it felt so graceful and healing – an effect I wanted to amplify for every guest when I first created the resort in 2002.”
The island had previously belonged to a German photographer called Eric Klemm.
Since the 1970s, Klemm had let the palms grow and the wild hibiscus was thriving.
The resort’s 2019 renovation emphasises the island’s natural elegance, while giving guests even more space and time to focus on their wellbeing.
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.
The size of each treatment room, and its positioning among the palms, not only…