There is a misconception that keeps going around people’s minds today, that Maldives is only for honeymooners. But, the best one I’ve heard yet is that apparently one will get bored after the 4th day spent in Maldives.
The Maldives consists of approximately 1,190 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 27 atolls, spread over roughly 90,000 km making the country one of the most different destinations in the world. From up above, seeing the toy like islands are almost as if you are vulnerable to the ocean.
It’s my 4th time visiting Maldives and without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Each atoll more beautiful than the next. Each island with their own stories but a lot of similarities. It’s no coincidence we are here. The peace and quiet just keeps drawing you back. At times, you pause and you look around you and realize how you are right in the middle of nowhere surrounded by just water. It’s overwhelming.
When choosing a hotel in Maldives, you can go both ways. A global brand or a Maldivian home grown chain such as Coco Collection, created in 2007, having values of their Maldivian roots across their resorts from the traditionally inspired architecture to the respect they show for culture. Coco Collection have 3 brands lingered to them. Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Coco Privé Kuda Hithi and Coco Bodu Hithi, where I stayed in.
It was a Maldivian Vacation with Coco Bodu Hithi with the family. I was employed by the resort for some team work and extended my stay, had a million reasons to and when you’re in the Maldives, 3 days is almost never enough. Neither was 6, but we all had jobs to go back to. It is always good to have your head in the clouds and know exactly where you are… I knew my angle of the story was to break the rumors of finding nothing to do by the 4th day in Maldives. That was a super easy challenge.
At Coco Bodu Hithi, we would wake up with the sun really early. Our Coco Residence Villa was facing the sunrise. We were told to leave our curtains open to watch the sun rising. I felt grateful and very far away from everything and realized that this moment right here is how we all need to live and not just exist. Outside my window, I watched Chloe slowly trying to feed the pelican early morning, carefully watching her steps so she doesn’t frighting him. She would sing for him songs she learned in school. She was so proud.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner was always in different restaurants every day. We would start at Air, an all-day dining restaurant offers stunning views of the infinity pool and a selection of fusion cuisine. For lunch we would leave it up to Mohan, our lifestyle host who made this trip so special just by facilitating everything for us. Airs restaurant was our choice when we would be by the infinity pool. Stars is by Coco residences offering a la carte menu. Once, we fell asleep the three of us on the lounge chairs by the pool for 2 hours, until we felt the rain pour down on us which lasted for around 15 minutes. At night, elegant al fresco dining option in a truly romantic setting at Latitude. The best one yet was set on the beach, their weekly seafood BBQ with fresh seafood along with appetizing sides and desserts; all under the beautiful Maldivian night sky where we met Romany. Romany is Egyptian and a very happy one. He works on the Island and is part of the team that makes this magic place grow.
One day, it rained for 12 hours straight! It was bittersweet! It’s not unusual to experience rain in the Maldives, but I think we we were also caught up in the storm of the neighboring countries. We still spent the day outside our room, playing ping pong at the activity center with everyone there. We took time out and booked a 2 hour signature ritual treatments at Coco Spa where a holistic approach is used with a continual study of ancient traditions methods applied. An Award winning spa that I highly recommend. That day, we ordered room service for dinner, kept our patio window opened and enjoyed the rain while we fell asleep.
The next mornings for the rest of our Maldivian Vacation, the skies were beautiful and blue. The days were spent snorkeling, exploring the surrounding islands on a catamaran, canoe, windsurf and even went on an sunset cruise and on another night, went fishing and despite what you may have heard, I did catch a fish, but it swam away…very quickly. They also offer water ski across the cobalt waters and donut rides. One of the best memories we had at Coco Bodu Hithi is when they surprised us with a day trip to an island sandbank we called our own with Mohan, and a chef and we have a seafood BBQ on the beach, snorkeled and saw my first Manta Ray. This was our tranquil hour.
Our week already passed and we have not done everything the island has to offer. Cinema under the stars, snorkeling with a marine biologist or the moonlight cruise! A week is never enough.
The island has 4 room category villas on the property, the choice is still not easy, it all depends on your preference. The island villas are always recommended for families with children, however I had Chloe with me when staying at the Residence Villa and felt completely safe. The Coco Residence Villa has a dedicated lifestyle host, trained to handle every detail of your stay with the discreet charm of a private butler. Mohan made our trip so memorable with his impeccable distinctive ways and his love for life was infectious!
People don’t live like they do on islands. We need to start doing exactly that. Nothing else makes that sense of place that can inspire a peaceful contentment.
Travel Junkie Diary
Location: 40 minutes away by boat
Restaurants: 7 different restaurants and In Dining menu
Spa: Award winning Spa and greatest therapists
Villas: Great space in all categories
Activities: A great number of activities on site that gives you the chance to stay as long as a week or 10 days in Maldives
Favorite activity: There were so many! But possibly hands down, the island excursion to sandbank!
Family Recommendation: The property does not have a kids area but babysitting services are available and Coco Bodu Hithi adapt very well with kids and their needs
Amenities: Chloe loved her own personalized Coco Bodu Hithi slippers and bath robe. Once you confirm your stay, you will receive an email from the resort prepping and counting down your stay with them and can pre-book all the activities, pillows preferences and even restaurants bookings