The award-winning private island resort COMO Cocoa Island will re-open on January 9 next year following a seven-month transformation. 

According to the resort, the renovations will further accentuate the island’s away-from-it-all setting. Its dhoni-shaped villas have been refreshed as well. They feature bleached wood with kajan roofs and appear to float on water. Private pools have also been added to many of the villas. 

With just 34 over-water villas, a third of the island is dedicated to the island’s wellness centre, the COMO Shambhala Retreat. Drawing inspiration from its surroundings, the treatment pavilions are made with natural wood, traditional Maldivian coral walls and kajan thatched roofs. The treatment rooms offer sweeping views of the lagoon. A new Pilates studio has been added, as well as a state-of-the-art gym and a yoga centre that offers 360 degree views of the island.

To complement the wellness experience, COMO Shambhala Cuisine is available on all menus, allowing guests to pursue wellness diets during their stay. The resort’s Ufaa restaurant features Mediterranean, Indian and local cuisine.

Diving is some of the best in the world in Cocoa with two private house reefs.There is a PADI-certified dive center as well as UV night snorkeling, whale shark expeditions and complimentary water sports.

Located in South Malé atoll, the island is a 40-minute speed boat ride from the Velana International Airport. Opened in 2002, Cocoa island was COMO’s first private island in the Maldives. It’s sister property, the family-oriented COMO Maalfiushi opened in 2014.