Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
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Located in Dhunikolhu, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is by the ocean and close to Thulhaadho Harbor and Hulhangu Jetty.
Make yourself at home in one of the 98 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and facials. You can soak up the sun at the private beach or enjoy other recreational amenities, which include a fitness center. Additional amenities at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink from a beach bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include multilingual staff and a library. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request).
How to Get There
We visited Coco Palm for 2 weeks in October. We had an amazing holiday, we loved the island but there are some little things the management could do which would make it so much better.
So we flew in on an Emirates flight arriving in the Maldives at 09:05. Movement at the airport to the sea plane terminal was swift and easy and we were welcomed at the coco palm lounge. Unfortunately we had to wait a long time for the sea plane because they were waiting for a delayed flight to arrive. Rather annoying but we were ok about that. However, just before departure, we were told that our bags would not be coming with us and they would be sent on a separate plane. They assured us that the 2nd plane would arrive at the same time as us. Slightly strange, but hey ho, no problem. When we arrived at the resort, we were greeted by several staff and shown to our deluxe beach villa. Number 69 is a beautiful villa, set slightly back from the beach in lush vegetation but with a plunge pool at the front and sun beds on a beautiful stretch of beach. Unfortunately one of the bags hadn’t arrived as promised and despite being told by reception several times that both our cases were in our villa, they weren’t. It took a few hours but the second bag was tracked down in Male and arrived that evening just in time for dinner!
The food served in the main Cowrie buffet restaurant was fantastic, The food was hot and there were several cooking stations where the food was cooked fresh in front of you, absolutely no complaints about the food at all from our party of 4, all with varying tastes. In fact I would say that it was the best ‘main restaurant buffet’ we’ve encountered anywhere in the world.
There is one complaint about the restaurant however, and that was the service (or lack of it). The 2 waiters on our side of the restaurant were great however, they seemed to just disappear sometimes for 5-10 minutes at a time. Our table sometimes wasn’t cleared between courses and on one occasion the restaurant manager came over on his walkabout to chat. We each had 2 dirty plates on the table and he made no attempt to pick them up or instruct others to do so. The ladies on the front desk of the restaurant, although lovely, I couldn’t see what value they added. You either need more table staff or you need to sort things out back to enable them to get straight back out front.
The restaurant could have done with a bit of a cleanup. The chair pads were filthy although when we mentioned it, they were changed. Someone had spilt a trail of porridge on the floor by our table at the beginning of the holiday - it was still there 2 weeks later.
The bars are lovely although I think you need to rethink the smoking area in the conch bar. If you wanted to see the screen for the turtle presentation you had to sit amongst the smokers which wasn’t pleasant.
The trips on the island are expensive. That said they did put on an island BBQ / games / snorkel trip which was good value and great fun.
Without doubt the highlight to my holiday was the turtle rescue centre. Take time to go and visit the turtles and find out about the amazing work Jackie and the team do there. It nothing else they need to raise awareness of how our habits are having such an impact on the turtles. Single use plastics, fishing etc. A visit to the centre brings it to light that we have got to change and fast!
The beach bar was one of our favourite places and many a sunset evening was spent chatting to Sanka, Suman, Abul and Anees.
All in all a fabulous holiday. The weather wasn’t great and as a result the sea was quite choppy but not a lot the island can do about that!
Thank you Coco Palm.
P.s. the villas could do with a chest of drawers for storage. You have lots of seating, but nowhere to put your clothes which resulted in me living out of my suitcase!
This was our third visit to the Maldives so expectations before we arrived were pretty high
Flew in overnight with Qatar airways all on time arrived Male 9am
Found the check in desk for Coco palm and had a smooth check in for the seaplane then short mini bus ride to TMA departure, 5 minute wait then straight onto seaplane.
30 minute flight then Touch down at Coco Palm International Airport...
Short speedboat trip to the island to be greeted by 2 or 3 members of staff
Check in was pretty quick before we were shown to our villa.
Villas are traditional thatched roof with open air bathroom as described in the brochures, they are showing their age but are very clean and secluded in the jungle with a 30 meter walk to the beach.
We were in a sunset villa 25 near to the Water villas which is a bit misleading as you can't see the sunset from the villa as its in the jungle not the beach its just on the sunset side of the island.
The beach is really hit and miss around the island depending on your villa as the island is suffering massively from the movement of the sand(checkout older pictures it looks totally different than 10 years ago) despite various sand bag breakwaters, we did have a small bit of beach but privacy was limited as anyone walking past walked right in front of us. No sun at all until 2.30-3 o'clock as you are surrounded by trees and due to the lack of beach you can't move into the sun.
The beach on the sunrise side villas 40-70 is perfect, room to move around with the sun and good shade, but once you go past villa 70 the sand has all but gone most off it appears to have been deposited outside the restaurant and sunset bar. There is some dredging and pipework in place to start moving the sand back but it really is in need of a permanent solution.
The reef is by the beech on the sunrise side, unfortunately there is a lot of coral bleaching and damage from people touching the coral but some signs of recovery average selection of fish
Sunset bar is a nice place to sit and watch the sun go down although the chairs and sun-beds all look untidy and aren't very comfortable there's not a lot of atmosphere it was better one night when the singer guitarist played there, like the rest of the resort it needs modernising, service was good.
Conch bar is nice for an evening pre and post dinner drink, sand floor and comfy chairs some entertainment (singer/guitar disco and a few talks)
Drinks on the AI package are quite limited wine was ok couple of cocktails and mocktails that's it really .You can buy wine by the bottle but $40 $50 + tax for an average red wine mmmmm bit pricey
Food was above average buffet good selection with live cooking stations most days just let down by not being hot enough (cold plates and outdated food warmers I used the microwave to warm up soups and heat up plates several times)
Staff were all friendly and helpful, managers not so much
My wife loved the spa very relaxing there is a nice jacuzzi there as well which is free to use
Olive Ridley turtle sanctuary
Fantastic to see well done to all who help these lovely creatures
Just depends where you stay on the island, I would rate it just above 3 stars needs a lot of investment to bring it back to where it could be. Also be aware if you're in a Water Villa or near them in a Sunset villa as they are having work done on there foundations and there is constant drilling grinding and welding all day so much so that we had to be moved away from that area.
Would I go back? Doubt it, it has a nice traditional eco friendly feel but It needs to invest and up its game and SORT OUT THE BEACH. i don't like to moan or be negative but I left feeling that they hadn't delivered what the brochure promised, there are better islands out there for similar money so do your homework before you go.
For our first experience of the Maldives this has set the bar very high and went above all our expectations!
We arrived via sea-plane which is an experience in itself and I highly recommend. We were greeted by staff on the jetty from the speed boat that collects you from the sea-plane. Note; the plane does land away from the resort and there is sometimes await in the Coco Palm Lounge upon arrival into Male whilst the sea plane arrives but this is not an issue.
Our accommodation was very clean and traditional. We stayed in a beach villa and the sunset lagoon villa and both were amazing experiences for different reasons. The beach villa had amazing access directly onto the beach and great outdoor shower and toilet area which we shared with the resident geckos. The sunset lagoon villa was huge and blew us away with amazing views of the sunset, plunge pool and direct access into the sea where each night we watched the rays and sharks swim around the villas and during the day dolphins and turtles if you were lucky!
The staff at the resort really made our trip and we were very sad to leave. Every single person would genuinely go out of their way to provide you with anything you could possibly need with a smile always on their face. I have Celiac and Chrones Disease and Head Chef, Faiz and the team were amazing with accommodating me with every meal. Thank you particularly to; Syaid, Mahesh and Shamim who were always on hand to assist and available at the cooking stations. There was always a good availability of things that I could have, but they would always ask at every meal if I would like anything additional such as pancakes, bread, pizza, pasta and provided me always with lots of desserts! Both my husband and I had several courses for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the food was always fresh and very tasty with a good variety - a lot is cooked directly in front of you. It was always refreshing to see Milan and Neelam who would seat you at the table and Adeel, Ibrhim and Mohammed for serving us our drinks etc.
If you’re not on an All Inclusive package the food and drink is very expensive but I have always been advised that this is the case with the Maldives and therefore we weren’t surprised. Excursions were dear but then again we took this on the chin as part of coming to the Maldives and it wasn’t a problem as we looked into these in advance. Most of what we wanted to do was snorkel and relax which we did very easily.
The resort does have a rehabilitation centre for turtles and again the staff here not only doing amazing things but are lovely to talk too. We did use the spa once and that was great and not too different from prices back home, however the Thai restaurant on the resort is a little deer but if you are on All Inclusive you do get credit towards this. We only went the once as the food in the main restaurant gave us all the options we needed.
The resort itself is very clean, with beautiful white sandy beaches and clear water where you can snorkel not far from the beach and see some lovely fish, which was great for me as I don’t like to go out far. I’m no snorkelling expert but if you’re to swim out further there is of course more to see.
We can’t wait to come back to this resort!
Ayse and Kevin