A chain of 26 coral atolls, just south of India, is where you’ll find nearly 1,200 small islands where about 200 are inhabited. It might surprise you to know that there are no rivers or hills in the Maldives, the flattest country on earth, however, there’s rich marine life. On a clear day, you can stick your face in the water, snorkeling around the coral reefs, and most certainly spot a diversity of sea animals. And, with pure white sand made of coralline, rather than quartz, it’s easy to see why this country is considered to be one of the most beautiful beach destinations on the planet.
Savvy travelers expect to experience luxurious overwater villa accommodations, with superior hospitality, when visiting the islands and the award-winning Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu delivers—in spades. This eco-forward resort is peaceful and well designed, with signature Coco Collection touches seamlessly weaved throughout.
Sleep, Rest, Recharge
Choose from a variety of accommodations, perhaps staying two or three nights on the island’s interior and a night or two in one of the lavish overwater bungalows. The private Ocean Front Villas, Beach Villas, and Sunset Beach Villas (this category has the best view on the western shores of the island) are all nestled into a lush green landscape, with an exclusive garden and terrace for relaxing. The Deluxe Villa incorporates a private freshwater plunge pool. With a traditional Maldivian design, each villa has a thatched roof and lovely timber latticework, which compliments the white-stone walls.
A stay in a Lagoon Villa, rising above the ocean, affords travelers an unobstructed view of the verdant island and the sea. Multi-hued fish weave around coral and salt water laps the shore. Indulge in an up-close-and-personal auditory experience. Each villa has a private splash pool and outdoor seating on the terrace. The Instagram-worthy boardwalk and stunning villas, with the water below, are exactly what you’ve been picturing when you dream of a vacation in the Maldives.
For the ultimate luxurious experience, book a stay at the Sunset Lagoon Villa, the most extravagant lodging on property. From a spacious bedroom to unique furnishings to Maldivian art to a deluxe bathroom to a private terrace with plunge pool, this is the prime location for sunset viewing and privacy.
Dine, Imbibe, Be Merry
Many travelers connect with others through food; the meal opportunities at this resort are no different. Traditional delights, created with natural ingredients, are served by some of the most warm and welcoming people you’ve ever met. Cowrie Restaurant presents diverse dining stations, Cornus Restaurant features island flavors, barbecued fish and meats, and Thai specialties. Conch Bar is a fun spot for late-night cocktails, beer, wine, and lite bites. Beach Bar, where cocktails and mocktails are served all day, is positioned on the sand, serving those playing in the water and relaxing outside.
Explore the Island: Spa, Snorkel, Sand
A visit to Coco Spa should most certainly be added to your itinerary. Treatments inspired by Indonesia, Thailand, and India will aid in leisure and mindfulness. Ayurvedic-style products are used to restore balance to your skin and senses. For something newfangled, create an edible face mask with natural ingredients. Afterward, savor a hot tea or infused water, taking your time to enjoy the outdoor scenery before visiting the brand-new sauna.
The Baa Atoll is home to a rich diversity of marine life, full of tropical fish and vibrant coral. Snorkel or dive and experience a day on the water. Or, if you prefer, schedule an outing on the sea with windsurfing, water skiing, or catamaran sailing opportunities. Guided snorkeling with a marine biologist, where you can learn about the marine life and the resort’s eco-friendly efforts, is also available.
For exclusive experiences, perhaps to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or life in general, book: a candle-lit dinner for two, Maldivian cooking class with a local chef, private sunrise yoga class, sunrise breakfast on the beach, morning fishing excursion, Maldivian afternoon tea, private sunset cruise, or even an overnight adventure on an uninhabited island.
Learn from the Turtles
Committed to conservation and keeping the environment safe and clean for generations to come, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu works hard to guard endangered species. With their partnership with the Olive Ridley Project, conservation efforts are in place to protect sea turtles and other marine life. Visit the on-site rescue center at the resort to learn about how the injured turtles are cared for and rehabilitated. Other projects include manta ray and sea turtle identification, sea turtle nest protection, and a coral nursery program.
The Baa Atoll, a fragile ecosystem, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The resort has an on-site drinkable water production and bottling plant and only glass bottles are used on the property. Not only are items recycled whenever possible, but also, much of the fruit and vegetables that guests will see on their plates are grown in the garden.