Cocoa Island South Male Atoll - SLM016

An intimate private island with 33 unique suites in the style of the local wooden fishermen boats, independently run.

33 Bedrooms, Sleeps 66

Open-air yoga pavilion
Hydrotherapy pool
Meditation and relaxation area
Gym with weights and cardio equipment
25m infinity-edge swimming pool
Watersports centre
Dive centre
Book/iPod/DVD library
Restaurant and bar
Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connection throughout the resort
Complimentary use of non-motorised watersports equipment

This 5* resort offers something a little bit different with many of its suites designed to look like the traditional dhoni boats - the gently curving wooden vessels used by local fishermen - connected by simple wooden walkways built above the shallow lagoon.

Cocoa Island is more intimate than others, with only 33 suites on the island. But there is still plenty of facilities on the island, including a calming spa, dive and water sports centre, a 25 metre infinity pool, a gym, meditation and relaxation area, yoga pavilion and hydrotherapy pool. Other activities can easily be arranged, including cruises to neighbouring islands and beaches; plan private dinners at secluded locations; as well as yoga, diving or snorkelling.

The rooms are decorated in whites and blues and have their own private terrace, with private access into the turquoise lagoon below. They all have air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, DVD player, safe and wi-fi.

There are eight split-level Dhoni suites that feature generous indoor seating area with a Balinese day-bed, a private sun deck with loungers and a table and large bathroom with a bath tub and separate shower. The nine Dhoni Loft Suites have all of this plus a bigger living area downstairs and work well for families as they have a mezzanine level as well. The Loft Villas resemble more traditional homes on stilts, including all the features mentioned above with full-length windows overlooking the Indian Ocean. There is a bedroom upstairs with a king-sized bed while downstairs on the main level a large and airy sitting area doubles up as a sleeping area for kids. The resort also has four one-bedroom bungalows that sit on their own secluded jetty with three private al fresco areas; an outdoor shower, a balcony with a daybed and a sun terrace fitted with a table and pair of loungers. Finally, but most luxuriously, are the two Sunrise and Sunset villas that come with their own personal butlers. Approached by a private jetty, each villa is arranged with two wings, each with a bedroom (one king, one twin), ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower and private terrace. These wings are connected by living and dining areas with balconies on either side, which allows for step-off-the-deck access to the lagoon.

The resort's restaurant Ufaa offers modern, light South Indian influenced cuisine that feature Asian and Mediterranean classics. You can dine besides the infinity pomeans sea or have meals delivered to your private villa or to your very own private table at the beach. Meanwhile the bar Faru offers fine wines, cocktails, healthy juices and light snacks.

The island can be reached by speed boat, which costs £225 for a return journey. Rates are based on a bed and breakfast basis but it is possible to upgrade to half or full board as well.

Do let us know if you are on a honeymoon as the resort will provide a free bottle of Champagne and a fruit platter as well as a special souvenir - you just need to show a recent marriage certificate, dated within a three-month period. Honeymoon guests staying five nights or more in a Dhoni Suite or Dhoni Loft Suite will also be given a US$60 credit per person towards selected spa treatments and those staying that long in a Loft Villa, One Bedroom Villa or 2 bedroom COMO Villa will get all of the above as well as a free candlelit beach dinner for two (excluding beverages) and a choice of either a private yoga class for two or a snorkelling trip.