[Maldives] Review: Cocoon Maldives

Follow me to our second resort in Maldives - Cocoon! It was actually our main reason for visiting Maldives because I had won a 3-night stay giveaway from FeedMe Guru during Christmas last year. The resort is only accessible via seaplane so we had to take the speedboat from our first resort Ananatara Dhigu back to Male Airport before boarding the seaplane which is operated by Trans Maldives Airways. The transit was fairly painless as we were guided by the representative from Cocoon from the check-in process to boarding. The seaplane ride wasn't as scenic as I had envisioned it to be though - I guess I was expecting it to be like a airplane tour over all the different islands in Maldives but we didn't really get to see much as we were pretty high up. From Male it took another 45 minutes until we finally arrived at Cocoon where we were greeted with Prosecco and cold towels while we waited for our room assignments. We got upgraded from a Beach Villa to a Lagoon Villa (yay!) and immediately checked out the villas which are all designed by an Italian firm LAGO.

We were greeted with this lovely welcome message in our room upon arrival!

The room design was simple and chic with a couples' jacuzzi facing the lagoon in the bathroom. The only downside we found was the air conditioning which wasn't strong enough for the size of our room. 

We had sun loungers and chairs on our patio plus stairs leading straight to the ocean!

Our villa was sunset-facing so we got to admire the sunset from our room everyday.

For activities, Cocoon has a house reef that is only accessible by boat so the resort organizes 2 trips daily at 9am and 11am if you want to go snorkeling. We ended up going every single day and saw lots of fish including sting rays and turtles! There are also some minor snorkeling you can do right on the resort near the Manta Restaurant but otherwise you're pretty much restricted to the schedule of visiting the house reef in the morning. Diving, jet skis and other standard water sports are also available at the sports center. 

Our stay included an all-inclusive meal plan (yes that means free-flow alcohol!) which covers breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort's main restaurant Octopus. The food was actually pretty good (better than Anantara's) and served buffet style with different themes each day to switch it up - we had Italian one night and Asian another. A variety of alcohol options are offered include Prosecco, white and red wines. 

Cocoon also has a more "fine-dining" restaurant called Manta which offers a la carte dishes. We came here on our last day for lunch and were pretty impressed with the food! The prices weren't too expensive either - our meal came to US$35 per person including appetizer, main and glass of wine. Highly recommend trying this restaurant at least once during your stay at Cocoon especially at night where you can dine outside under the stars. 

Our meal plan also included drinks and cocktails at the bars and we mainly hung out at Loabi Loabi which is the main bar by the pool. The drinks list was pretty extensive including standard cocktails and spirits, and J really loved the pina colada here!

Who knew that besides sun and beach, Maldives is also a great place for stargazing - we saw many many stars every single night and on some occasions even a glimpse of the Milky Way! We found this nice spot at the end of the over water villas which provided a dark enough area for staring into the sky. 

After staying at two resorts in Maldives - Anantara Dhigu and Cocoon, if you ask me which one I'd prefer, I would say that each has their own pros and cons. The rooms and islands were nicer and more luxurious at Anantara but costs more on average while the food and drinks were better at Cocoon - it all depends on your preference and budget.

Cocoon Maldives
Ookolhufinolhu, Lhaviyani Atoll 07040 Maldives
Tel: +960 662 6888

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