Coco Palm Resort and Spa
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We stayed at the Coco Palm for 1 week for our honeymoon in September 2004. We were made to feel like VIPs in the exclusive Coco Palm departure lounge of the Sea Plane airport. We were then whisked off to heaven on Earth. We stayed on a magical lagoon villa. The whole island is so relaxing and it is true that you will not need to bring your shoes! But don't forget your sunglasses - the sand is like talcum powder and you will have trouble seeing where you are going without them. The hotel has been built with nature in mind. Everything is made with natural materials and is in keeping with the natural splendour of the island. The food from the Cowrie buffet restaurant was top draw - and all this on the beach under the shade of a banyan tree. The spa is tranquil and was so relaxing. Each day we stepped straight from our villa into the crystal clear water - great for snorkling and spotting manta rays. All the staff are really friendly and there are nice touches like remembering what drinks you like. We went on an All-inclusive package but when we go again (on our 10th wedding anniversary) we would go Half board. We felt that we didn't eat or drink enough to warrant the extra cost. We would also stay in a beach villa, because we wanted drinks on the veranda of our water villa - where our sun loungers were located - but these would have cost us extra. Guests staying in beach villas had their all inclusive drinks brought to their sun loungers on the beach."
- Travel date: Sat 15th of July 2006
"We stayed in a water villa on this beautiful, tranquil island and were very impressed with the accommodation. The villa was spacious and the plunge pool was great for a dip and somewhere to drink the complimentary sparkly!
The whole island had a wonderfully relaxed feel, staff were extremely efficient without being intrusive and the island is spacious enough to allow you to feel that you have found your own private paradise.
Snorkelling was very good, a good variety of fish plus a number of turtles encountered. We also regularly saw dolphins playing whilst we sat on our sun terrace, incrediblely relaxing.
We payed half board and ate from the buffet most evenings although this allowace could be transfered to the restaurant. The food was varied and enjoyable. All areas were fairly informal and relaxed which we felt was perfect for this type of holiday.
We have no reservations about reccommending this resort, we will definetly be visiting again.
P.S due to airline problems we stayed at the Baros resort for our first night in the Maldives. For us this resort did not compare to Coco Palm. The water villa was beautiful but felt too formal. The resort just didn't have that desert island feel due to it's small size and a constant awareness of the other villas and residents. The food was slightly better but the cheapest bottle of wine was double the price of Coco palm!
However many thanks to Kuoni for organising somewhere for us to stay. They were fantastic at sorting out a problem which was due to the airline rather than anything under their control. We are regular long haul travellers and find Kuoni excellent."
- Travel date: Wed 5th of July 2006
"We stayed at Coco Palm in August 2004 and 2005. Both times were glorious. The beach huts are tastefully furnised and you have your own path to the beach. On the beach you are brough fresh coconut every morning and invited to buy a choice of home made ice-cream. The sand is white and the sea is a brilliant turquoise. You can go barefoot everywhere as everything is swept everyday. The diving is fantastic. If you are interested in seeing what you can see in the water go to ---------- where you can see some photos. The snorkelling is also really good. On the second occasion we went, the staff recognised us as 'repeaters' and we found little treats in our room every other day such as a bottle of champagne.
The restaurant is excellent, the food choice is huge and from a range of cuisines. The best time of the day is sunset when you can sit on the beach in a deckcahir with a cocktail form the bar and see alovely sunset."
- Travel date: Wed 14th of June 2006
It doesn't get much better...
"We visited Coco Palm in 2004 and it was the most incredible holiday experience. We did a twin centre holiday and spent an active, cultured week in Sri Lanka, then chilled out on Coco Palm. It works out so much cheaper if you do a twin centre and is an amazing experience. Having recently visited a neighbouring 3* Maldives island this year, we realised how incredible CP was. The beaches are out of this world, the house reef untouched, and the rooms immaculate and shielded from neighbouring villas which gives a feeling of compelte calm and tranquility. The food was excellent and the weather, luckily, was fabulous. The reception when we arrived was wonderful, the plane landed as the sun was setting and the water glowed orange. Very memorable. We were at first given a beach villa on the east side of the island (as you look at it from reception!) and there is a very limited beach area due to erosion. We asked to be moved and they did so with no fuss and we ended up in a villa near the water bungalows and the sea plane jetty which was fantastic. Ask to be there if you have the chance. I think it was villa 12.
If you are heading to CP, I am very envious and can't wait to return one day!"
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of March 2006
Beautiful, Peaceful, Coco Palm
"My fiance and I have just come back from a fantastic trip to Sri Lanka and a week at CoCo Palm Resort, Maldives.
This was our second trip to the Maldives and exceeded our expectations. We had decided to go a bit more up market then our last maldivian trip which was to Kuredu - we wanted something smaller and more intimate with much better food - and thats exactly what we got at CoCo palm.
The private seaplane lounge was a great touch to start the holiday well. Arriving at the island you find a quiet and peacefull resort. And instantly go into laid back relaxed mode.
The accomadation was great - all woods and white linen and very clean. The only downside was that our beach villa didn't have a direct view of the sea or beach but it did have a private garden just a few strides to the beach.
The island is kept in a beautiful condition. The sea life is fantastic and perfect for snorkling with masses of shallow water. The corals seem to be re-colonising well around the island. Managed to swim with the resident reef shark a couple of times! The dolphin trip was great. Just the right amount of people and lots of chance to see the dolphins. Even saw a manta ray!
We were particuly impressed with the food in the Cowrie restaurant. Lots to choose from. Some nights it was difficult to not have a bit of everything! We only ate in the Al A Carte one night, which was good - but with the choice on offer in the main restaurant, we didn't feel the need for the al a carte.
There were some lovley nice touches
- the bar staff used your names to greet you and liked to chat - even helping out in the odd game of scrabble!
- on sunday night the was a bonfire on the beach. Beach matts had been laid out to sit on - all lit up by candles. - Very romantic. (however not many guests had turned up - they missed a treat).
- A maldivian band visited the island and played one night. (I even had a bit of a sing-song with them!)
- Coconut and fruit slices were brought around to your beach sunloungers.
This was perfect for us as a complete relaxation week after travelling around sri lanka.
Some people have commented about the lack of swimming pool, T.Vs, CD players ect... but that not what its about its about. However we did feel the the island lacked a bit of 'get up and go' in the evenings as the bar was very quiet. The staff could do more to make the guest aware of the entertainment being put on - its a shame to see a band play with only about 12 people to appreciate them.
All in all - a wonderful maldivian experiance."
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of March 2006
beautiful island, some drawbacks...
"Just came back from Coco Palm. It was our first time in that Resort, our fifth in the Maldives. We found the island incredibly beautiful, as its vegetation is lush and luxuriant. It is remote and allows you to feel truely in Paradise (unlike some other islands which are far too near to Male's airport). I believe the resort's goal was to offer a very natural environment, which they succeed very well.
The room we had( the cheapest) albeit a tired bathroom, was very nice, airy and spacious, overlooking the beautiful lagoon. The only 2 drawbacks were the food which we found disappointing, with a limited choice. The Bigger restaurant which offered a self service arrangement was impersonel and its staff not as friendly as I remembered on other islands. The Cornus restauranton the other hand, which has an intimate set up, was much better.
If you travel there with children-which was my case- be aware there is no swimming pool and not much activities offered, probably not ideal for children.
Nevertheless, we had a great time, in the most beautiful spot in the world: The Maldives."
- Travel date: Tue 28th of February 2006
"the food was excellent, the menu is mainly Asian. The rooms were simple and clean but some are quite far away from the restaurants and recreations. The beach is beautiful! The only problem are the prices for certain items such as water or drinks.
Overall, it is a beautiful place to stay and we will go back. Also, take the hotel tour to see how the hotel is environment friendly, it is very impressive."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of January 2006
Paradise, but it needs updating
"We have just come back from an 11 night stay. It is in a great location and the sea life is fantastic. However, the resort now needs some additional investment aspecially in the following areas>.
1. Lagoon bar is very poor and needs replacing
2. Rooms need to be revamped
3. Main restaurant food needs to always be hot
4. A swimming pool needs to be installed
5. A quieter generator needs to be installed
6. Rooms could do with TV etc.
It just feels a little tired!!"
- Travel date: Mon 19th of December 2005
"From the moment you are led into the coco palm waiting lounge to be pampered at male airport water plane terminal you realise that this will be something special. There are only 4 hotels have this kind of facility at Male airport. Seaplane transfer just cranks the excitement up even more & when you get there it is no let down.
Ice cold towels are given out as you approach the island on the dhoni transferring you from the seaplane. coconut drinks are given out in recepton whilst you fill in the necessary & take in your surroundings. The staff were helpful throughout our 9 day stay without exception. They offered all sorts of potions/advice to sort my wife's badly burned leg out & delivering breakfast in room when she was less mobile.
There is no need for shoes anywhere so don't bother yourself. you may need trousers & shirt for the cornus (thai food) resteraunt. We didn't bother as the Cowrie resteraunt with it's four 'live' cooking stations was more than enough. Make no bones about it, having the choice of at least four, sometimes more, fantastic varietys of starter, main course & dessert would satisfy the most discerning customer. the food was not okay, it wasn't even good, it was bloody great. If you've ever eaten at the Hotel du Vin chain in England you'll be at about the same level. Half board was more than enough to fill us as you don't eat as much in the heat.
Drinks in the conch bar were about london prices. Plenty of Board games/cards are laid out on most tables. White sand lies in between the tables. Wild west stylee!
The Island takes about 25 minutes to walk around although there is some seasonal erosion at the top of the island where the villas are out of action. Apparently the sands shift around the island a bit form time to time.
Our deluxe villa couldn't be faulted & we felt the benfefit for getting the plunge pool. Sunken bath takes ages to run but is worth it. Gorgeous beach about 30 foot away which you can see from your bed/plunge pool. The sound of the waves to drift you off to sleep is great also. rooms defumigated often. cleaned twice a day. extra special roomboy Ali Rasheed does his sheet designs to perfection. nice chap as all the staff seem to be.
Dense palm foilage on the soft sand pathways cover you in between your walks around the Island.
Spa treatment was very nice although it's not something I'm used to but everybody said they were good anyhow. I still enjoyed a huge jacuzzi though.
You make your own entertainment by opening your mouth & talking. Something a lot of people seem to have forgotten how to do.
There are plenty of honeymooners but there was a few singles also. Also many of anniversary celebrants too. everybody seemed relaxed which is basically the ethos of the place.
I finally managed to conquer my phobia of fish as well (hypnotherapy) & by the end of our stay had made quite a few aquatic friends. I'm told it has a good house reef but I was just grateful to see such sublime beauty. Would you believe I used to get scared aroud the fish counter at ASDA!
It's going to take some saving but we can't wait to return."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of October 2005
"We loved every minute of our stay at Coco Palm. I had looked forward so much to this holiday, the first to the Maldives, that I was almost prepared to be disappointed, surely it couldn't really be as good as the website suggests? But it is, and even better. What the photos can't tell you is how peaceful and relaxing the ambience of the whole place is, how delicious and beautifully presented the food is, how wonderful the sunsets are, how friendly and keen to serve all the staff are- we were greeted by name almost straight away and felt valued for our entire stay. Yes it is expensive, but I felt my hard earned money was well spent here, and it is one place I want to return to. Take the free house tour if you go, and be amazed at how this place runs, also how eco friendly it manages to be. As to the people who are disappointed at the lack of a pool, don't you read up on the facilities a place offers before you book it??"
- Travel date: Sat 24th of September 2005
This Island is truely magical, the soft...
"This Island is truely magical, the soft white sand and crystal blue sea is fantastic. Never imagined it to be quite like it.
This was our 1st time to the Maldives and did not know what to expect, we travelled with Emirates to Male, where we were greated on arrival by Coco Palm staff, there was then a short journey to the seaplane port on which we got our own private room/balcony to wait in with nice cool drinks supplied.
On arrival at the island we were greated with an induction and tour of the island, we were then taken to our Deluex Villa (Room 75) which was amazing, only 7 metres from the beach where sun loungers and towels were provided.
There was many different activities to do e.g. Dolphin watching, visit to another island, bbq evening, diving, canoeing, etc. Snorkelling gear was free.
The weather was great, average 28 deg C, we went at the end of the rainy season, we only had 1 thunderstorm at night which did not bother us.
We had the option of spending 1 night in the Lagoon Palace Suit for $495, this seems quite expensive but really it is worth every penny. We stayed at (Room 101). There are only 2 of these suits on the island, they have magnificent views over the blue sea with a huge pool on the terrace. Good fun for diving off of too. I would highly recommend this if you have the option on arrival.
I have never been anywhere else in the world with such friendly staff and people, there was a staff party 1 night on which we was invited to, proper maldivien music and dancing, spectacular to see.
Food was amazing throughout the whole holiday, the main restraunt was self service and there was also food cooked infront of you in a cuisine style. Very nice.
You had your own waiter which kept you topped up with drinks, remember to tip on the island, you will be served quicker and remembered for it.
As we came to the end of our holiday we did not want to leave, the whole island was breath taking and the people there were to nice to leave behind. As we left the island were were given a sad goodbye by all the staff, as we got the boat out to the jetty we sadly looked back over looking the paradise island!
I really hope to travel back there one day.
- Travel date: Sat 25th of November 2006