Maldives holiday: The Coco Bodu Hithi island is one of the most beautiful islands in the atoll
The Maldives is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people, and it does feel like a long way from home when you first step foot onto the island.
Touching down in Male, holidaymakers must board a speedboat to get to Coco Bodu Hithi. The journey takes around 40 minutes and it’s a welcome taste of glorious bright sunshine after almost 12 hours travelling.
Speeding through the atoll – described as a ‘ring-shaped reef, island, or chain of islands formed of coral’ by Google – the luxurious feel of the Maldives is already evident.
As we pull up on the speedboat, staff are waiting at the end of the jetty waving as we approach. This sets the vibe for the rest of our time on Bodu Hithi; nothing was a problem, and no request was ever too much.
Gotham, a member of staff who worked at the Coco Residency villas, was waiting for us and whisked me and my boyfriend off in a golf buggy across the island.
The greenery is so luscious and the paths lined with plants newlyweds or couples celebrating anniversaries have planted in memory of their time on the island.
As we whizzed down the path – there is just one route through the island, which measures in total 410m x 140m – it was peaceful, and quiet. Privacy and peace is a huge part of the Coco Bodu Hithi experience – relaxation is the ultimate goal.
Maldives holiday: The Coco Residency villas sport their own infinity pool
It really is a small piece of paradise
Gotham checked us straight into our Coco Residency villa, 608, which he told us would have the best view of sunrise every morning.
The accommodation was impressively bigger than the average London property with a lounge, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom all inside.
Outside the villa boasted a private infinity pool, a cabana, two sun loungers, a table and chairs, and then a lower deck from which we could take steps down into the clear blue sea to snorkel on the reef by our back door.
There is also an impressive outdoor shower which, if you fancy taking a risk, was one of the most wonderful experiences – just don’t drop your loofa!
Staying in the residencies sets you apart from the holidaymakers enjoying the Island Villas, or those sleeping in the over-water villas to the east of the island, simply because of the distance and the privacy.
There is a restaurant called Stars where residency guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner under the beautiful skies. Spoiler: we actually saw a shooting star one night while dining at Stars restaurant.
The second half of our stay was spent in an Island Villa. Gotham kindly moved our belongings from the residency pad to the snazzy on-island accommodation.
These villas are much more open-plan than the residency but there’s something so impressive about the size of the baths in all. They could comfortably fit two adults with headrests for the ultimate relaxation.
Walking into the bungalow, the bed is to the left with an open-plan bathroom in the middle and a lower-ground lounge with flat screen TV.
At the foot of the bed there are doors that open out onto your very own, private garden complete with plunge pool and cabana in the sunshine.
There’s even a waterfall behind the pool for instant cooling.
At the other end of the villa there are doors that open out from the lounge area to a decked platform, leading to your very own section of golden-sand beach.
It really is a small piece of paradise; as a self-confessed beach girl this was the highlight of the trip.
Maldives holiday: Picnics on the beach and private dinners can be organised
There are five restaurants scattered across the island: Air, Aqua, Latitude, Stars and Tsuki.
Air is where you’ll find most gusts of an evening offering up a different type of cuisine with a buffet-style service. Each night the theme changes but I’d say try to time your night at Air with the traditional Maldivian food as the curry is one of the best I’ve ever eaten, if a little hot.
Latitude is the island’s main bar and is situated near the infinity pool and the main jetty. It’s perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of champagne and enjoying a board game.
Stars, as I’ve already mentioned, is a bar and restaurant at the end of the Coco Residency ‘enclave’ and is prime for star gazing.
If you get a clear day, the night sky is awe-inspiring.
Tsuki is the Japanese restaurant on the island and you’ll need to book in advance to get a table at this sought-after eatery.
Chefs prepare Japanese soups, salads, tempura, sashimi, sushi, hot dishes and desserts from fresh. The tuna sashimi is some of the best, freshest fish I’ve ever tasted – I’d highly recommend.
And last but by no means least is Aqua where you’ll find the local seafood catch of the day. If you’re hankering after lobster, this is your place. Guests can enjoy a la carte options including reef fish, salmon, calamari and king prawns. It’s romantic and, again, try to pick a clear evening as it’s candlelit so the stargazing is second-to-none.
Maldives holiday: The Coco Residency villas are top-of-the-range with access to the clear blue ocean
Maldives holiday: The island is like a paradise with its clear waters and golden beach
What to do at Bodu Hithi
There is a whole list of amazing water activities for guests to enjoy on Bodu Hithi. Whether water skiing is your jam, or you want to try your hand at wind surfing or sailing – it’s all going on.
Snorkelling is a must on the island with the wealth of animals, and the island had an amazing opportunity to go swimming with a marine biologist to explore the reef. If you’re lucky you’ll meet the wild Hawksbill turtles that live near the island, maybe a shark or two, and possibly a manta ray.
If staying dry is more your thing, there is a sunset fishing package that’s perfect for people looking for an evening activity.
If you fancy, your catch of the evening is labelled up with your room number and served to you for lunch the next day.
For the couples looking to add a hint of romance to their evenings, the island offers the chance for pairs to enjoy a private pergola dinner on the beach.
Positioned near the Coco Residency villas, a table is laid with fairy lights in a heart shape around the seats.
Champagne is served and then you’re treated to an impressive five course dinner including lobster and steak.
You can sip champagne until the sun sets and listen to the waves as you enjoy a sharing platter of pudding with your loved one.
If a movie is more your style, there is also the opportunity to watch a movie of your choice under the stars with popcorn and champagne.
Still not satisfied? You can’t get more relaxing than the Coco Spa – found near the Coco Residency villas on the island.
Experiences available include facials, restorative massage retails and even couple treatments.
The luxury resort has partnered with personal trainer and the award-winning blogger, Carly Rowena, to host a number of unique fitness classes on the five-star property in June 2018.
As part of the residency, Carly will lead four fitness classes, including two floatation fitness classes situated in the crystal clear waters of the North Malé Atoll. The classes – which will take place on stand up paddles boards – have been specifically designed to test balance, co-ordination and strength, and will combine functional movements with balance, cardio and core based movements.
The other two sessions will utilise the natural elements of the tropical surroundings to create a unique full body workout. The 45-minute classes will allow guests learn new moves which can be taken anywhere, without the need of gym facilities.
7 nights at Coco Bodhu Hithi from £1,999 per person based on two adults sharing an Island Villa on Full Board.
Offer: Save 15% + Stay 7 Pay 5 + Complimentary Full Board
Stay: Now – 31 October 2018
Book by: 30 June 2018
For more information visit Coco Bodu Hithi website or Carbitours.co.uk