Imagine the softest, widest, sandy you can. Imagine a beautiful lagoon with clear blue waters and an island with lush green vegetation, hiding most of the villas in perfect privacy. Without knowing, the images in your mind exist and we found it.
We looked very much forward to our Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu – Resort Review, as this resort in the Baa Atoll is something a little different for us and places we normally visit. Don’t get us wrong, Coco Palm is a 5 star top luxury resort, but here the nature, originality and biosphere are very much in focus, compared to many of the more modern and chic resorts. So Coco is something different, and the moment our toes sank into the sand on the beach we understood it. As an example, there is put up protection for the turtle nests on the beach.
We could feel that time just moves a little more slow, and while walking through the forest towards villa, we noticed that here the leaves are not removed from the ground, they are just sweep aside. The leaves is very important for the plants to grow, so removing them actually stops the natural development. This just tells a little about how focused Coco are on the environment.
Once we got to the villa, we where in for the next surprise, as the mangement decided to put us in a very special house. This was the original prototype of the deluxe villas, but a bigger outdoor bathroom, a plunge pool and outside lounge. From the terrasse it was just 20 seconds walk, before our feet again sank into the white soft sand on the beach. The design of the villas in general are low-key, “down-to-earth”, rustic, nice and clean, very comfortable luxury villas, with everything you need, lot of space for clothes, safe, sun loungers, furniture etc. We loved the fact that Coco Palm somehow feels more “real” Maldivian – of course we also love the sleek, modern resorts, but once in while originality is just right.
Honestly as we are hedonists and luxury lovers, during the first few hours on the island, we had to get Coco Palm under our skin. But as the time went by, the simplicity and rustic feeling merged with our souls. And after a day or two, we realized that Coco Palm, might have been the most relaxing and beautiful island on the Maldives we have ever seen.
The staff on Coco Palm Dhoni Kolhu was amazing. As there is not wifi everywhere, we did spend some time every evening at the lobby, updating Instagram, Facebook etc. And as a great example on the kindness of the staff, one night after a good dinner, the male part of Travellersplanet got a bit tired, and fell asleep in the couch. With a big kind smile on the face, on of the front desk officers came with a glass of cold water, and asked if there was anything else they could help with. The service was spotless – we had a sip of water, finished off our digital crusade and went back to the villa to sleep.
But is there something you will be missing at a ecofriendly resort? No – we was surprised on how well the theory of simplicity was integrated everywhere we sat foot during the stay. For example the dining – there are a main restaurant, the “tent like” Cowrie and an asian inspired cuisine Cornus. Besides these two restaurants, there is possibilities for dining on the beach and of course in the villa. Cowrie hosts the main buffet during the entire day, but again this is kept simple. Well – this was not your typical buffet. It was taken to a new level, as the buffet is set up around three livestations, where the mains are prepared. Starters and salats was set up on one side, and desserts on the other. It worked super, as the mains we got was made as the were handed over the desk. The menus changes during the week, and there are many different dishes to choose from each evening.
On our second night we dined in Cornus together with Sandrine, the GM of Coco Palm. Cornus is a asian cuisine, with a variety of a la carte thai, indian and maldivian dishes. The restaurant is situated in a glade in the lush vegetation on the island, and you dine under a roof of palm trees and stars sparkling in the sky. Sounds quite nice, right?
To sum it all up – we loved Coco Palm very much. This island is a beautiful place to go on a digital detox and enjoy a place that has a focus on the nature and biosphere, along with providing a great 5 star service. We loved the stunning and gigant house reef, where is almost seems impossible to avoid seeing sea turtles. We even met eagle rays, that circled around us, calm and relaxed. This house reef is one of the best we have visited. We also loved the fact that respect for the nature shows in many things Coco Palm do. Protecting the wild life, and for example helping more baby turtles to survive the first critical hours of life, after the eggs hatch.
If – no, let’s correct this – when you decide to go to Coco Palm, think about all the work and ideas behind the resort, this kind of place deserves respect for daring to do things differently, daring to make luxury different than most 5 star resorts in Maldives. That you even get great value for money, makes the deal even better.
In a single sentence:
Rustic, raw and welcoming 5 star luxury.
Attentive and positive
98 villas on a big island, with private locations.
Spacious hideaway right on the beach
Coco Palm is not a new resort, but along with the rustic design, it works great.
Resturants, Bars, Spa, Gym, Excursions, Diving and a fabulous house reef.
The Baa Atoll, 124 km from Male and 30 minutes by sea plane.
We would recommend this to:
Do you like to indulge in natures beauty? This is a resort for you then.
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