MALDIVES, July 21: Between the whispering palm trees and the turquoise water, Maldives is truly a paradise in the sunny side of life.
The Maldives itself comprises 26 natural atolls consisting of dual island chains. The moment I touched down at Velana International Airport in Malé, I was transferred to Cocoon Maldives Resort on a 30-minute seaplane journey.
Situated in Lhaviyani Atoll, Cocoon is the first design hotel in this archipelagic nation in the Indian Ocean. This place blends the best of Italian design with the stunning natural beauty of the Maldives, all set against the backdrop of the azure ocean.
Every part of Cocoon’s interiors is exclusively designed by Lago, one of Italy’s finest design companies. Almost every item has its own unique design, which I have not seen elsewhere.
I have experienced many relaxing vacations before, but this time I wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave Cocoon. From the moment I arrived till the day I departed, I found the staff and management in Cocoon couldn’t do enough for each of their guests. Everything was taken care of and nothing was ever too much trouble for them.
Imagine waking up in the morning to an incredible, wonderful view of the sea or walking down the steps from the balcony straight into the sea or lazing on the sun beds on the balcony or simply laying in the chair to look at the seaplanes land while sipping coffee.
Inspired by the concept of lightness, Cocoon aims to regenerate the spirit and soothe the mind. Everything has been carefully planned to create a perfect atmosphere of harmony and tranquility.
The resort offers guests both privacy and a place to socialise if they wish, whether in the island’s clubs, restaurants or bars.
Cocoon’s ‘community table’ is a place where people from all over the world sit together to break bread and cultural barriers.
They have various types of accommodation to choose from, ranging from airy beachfront villas to luxury over water suites such as Beach Villas, Beach Suites, Family Beach Villas, Beach Suites with Pools, Lagoon Villas, Lagoon Suites, Lagoon Suites with Pools and a Cocoon Suite. Also included in these rooms are free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and decks or terraces. Some have two bedrooms, whirlpool tubs and/or private plunge pools.
Cocoon also offers an affordable Half Board plus package, which includes breakfast, dinner and drinks or Full Board, which includes house alcoholic beverages.
The resort boasts a variety of restaurants and bars, offering a wide array of food and drinks, surrounded by beautiful tropical greenery and the stunning turquoise lagoon.
Its main restaurant, Octopus, serves a variety of local and international dishes with an array of desserts and wines to choose from, which anyone can easily find something to tempt their taste buds.
Cocoon’s fine dining restaurant, Manta, is built entirely over-water, and it provides a dazzling backdrop for an exquisite meal from the restaurant’s international ala-carte menu.
Lhaviyani Atoll is also a great place to enjoy world-class scuba diving, where there are over 50 dive sites, including famous local shipwrecks. Cocoon has a full service dive centre to cater for hard core divers, too.
Cocoon also boasts a Cultural Kids Club’, tailor-made guest excursions and entertainment, and a spa.
This five star family-friendly, stylish resort, based on the principle of ‘affordable luxury’, is definitely a perfect destination from which to discover the Maldives, whether honeymooning or scuba diving or just looking for a place to unwind and relax.
The Maldives, sitting on top of a vast underwater mountain range, have around 1,190 islands and sandbanks.
The pearl string-like islands covers a land area of no less than 298 square kilometres.
All the islands are encircled by a lagoon blessed with crystal clear water.
These islands are protected by a reef structure, housing one of the most exclusive and spectacular underwater life. — DayakDaily