A tropical idyll of dazzling beaches, swaying palms and gorgeous turquoise lagoons, the Maldives is a welcoming nation made up of inspiring islands and the finest luxury hotels. From mindblowing scuba diving to unwinding in a world-class spa, whatever you do, do it in style. staying at one (or both) of the two captivating COMO hideaways here...
COMO Cocoa Island
A picturesque private island that lies just a short hop away from Malé by speedboat, COMO Cocoa Island is a much-loved Maldives hideaway, best known for its postcard-perfect beauty, rustic luxury and world-class wellness offerings...
Wellness the COMO Way
COMO is a brand known for its dreamy destination spas, and the COMO Shambhala Estate here is nothing short of sensational. Channelling the calming character of the island, the wellness centre is set across pavilions made from natural wood, traditional Maldivian coral and thatched roofs. Some overlook the terrific turquoise of the lagoon, while another nestles amid glorious green foliage. Committed to inspiring lifelong wellness, the menu of nurturing therapies ranges from the renowned COMO Shambhala Massage using the brand's signature (and superbly smelling) oil, to an amazing, all-natural body scrub using sea salt, sugar, nut oil and Shea butter... bliss! Day-to-day physical wellness is promoted through a daily schedule of activities to get your body moving. You may choose to start the day with a yoga session at sunrise, get your heart rate high with a circuits class, or try out the cutting-edge hydrotherapy pool - one of the only ones in the Maldives.
When it comes to romantic backdrops, nowhere quite comes close to the Maldives; the sugar-white sands and serene, shallow waters providing the perfect setting for love to bloom. To truly make the most of this marvellous setting, an array of loved-up activities is yours to choose from. Start the day in style as you feast on a gourmet breakfast (paired with Champagne, of course) from a private sandbank, admiring the first rays of morning sunlight appear over the island, before a side-by-side massage in the spa's dedicated couple's pavilion, surrounded by tropical foliage. If you'd rather dine beneath the stars, the stunning sandbank can also be set up for a candlelit private dinner, during which your personal butler will serve a five-course meal accompanied by yet more fabulous fizz. Embrace your serene surroundings and explore the atoll by private yacht, taking to the waves at sunset for unparalleled romance. Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins!
Effortlessly elegant, pleasingly pared-back and luxuriously low-key (think clean lines, white fabrics and pale woods) yet another incomparable COMO sanctuary awaits in the Maldives; this time, in the tranquil and relatively undeveloped Thaa Atoll, reached only by super-scenic seaplane from Malé.
The Wonderful Wellness Continues
Home to its very own COMO Shambhala Retreat, the spa sanctuary here perfectly complements the remote island experience, promising pure privacy across its eight double treatment pavilions, each of which is suspended above the crystal-clear lagoon and flaunts fabulous panoramic views from its secluded, sea-facing sundeck. Choose from a carefully curated yet extensive selection of holistic therapies based on ancient Asian healing traditions and cutting-edge technology - from traditional Thai massages, to age-defying facials, to the cleansing COMO Shambhala Bath. Rehydrate post-treatment with a signature therapeutic juice, designed to target specific areas of health and wellbeing, before checking out the other fabulous facilities at the spa, including a steam room, sauna, state of-the-art fitness centre and alfresco yoga pavilion overlooking the ocean. Embrace the expertise of the resident fitness instructors with guided meditation, core connection and yoga sessions, or take wellness into your own hands and learn the art of massage with the guidance of an expert COMO Shambhala therapist. This unforgettable couples' experience will teach you all the tips and tricks for giving the perfect massage and, with a signature Shambhala CALM blend to take home, you'll be able to enjoy the COMO wellness experience wherever you wish!
Experiences to Remember
While often associated with relaxation and slow-paced luxury (which of course it does offer in abundance) the Maldives is a true all-round destination, matching its serenity with plenty of adventure. Surrounded by thriving coral and a house reef filled with fabulous marine life, eco-conscious Maalifushi offers sensational snorkelling, including a guided snorkel with the resident marine biologist and a chance to discover what happens beneath the surface as evening falls. Using special torches and lenses for your mask, you'll discover the many hues of fluorescent pink, green, yellow and purple that some corals and reef animals emit at night. For a truly once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter, if you're visiting between November and April, you can head by boat to spot whale sharks, the world's largest fish! Whether you watch from the deck or don your snorkel, the clear waters allow for an aquarium-like view of the gentle giants, letting you observe them closely as they feed. From beneath the water to above it, (some of the many) other adventures on offer include windsurfing, surfing, fly fishing and private boat charters.