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18. Cocoa Island by Como, Maldives

Ranked #18 in our countdown of the 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World.

On a little freckle-of-an-island, rimmed by powdery white sand and turquoise waters, this resort is all low-key looks and laidback style but oh boy, what style.

The gentle curves of the chic overwater villas are inspired by the dhoni boats used by local fishermen. There are wide decks for lolling around, or you can snorkel in the warm water among fluro-bright reef fish.

Pad barefoot back to the island where the holistic COMO Shambhala spa offers the most divine Asian-inspired treatments, yoga and meditation.

The food – delicious modern Mediterranean and Malabar with a twist – is health-giving but heavenly. 

Size 33 suites and villas

Hotels.com genuine guest score 4.6/5

Hotels.com genuine guest review We sampled the spa and found the treatment sublime.

Did you know More than 1900 species of fish, 187 coral species and 350 crustaceans are found here.

 

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