Hotel

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
TripAdvisor Review
1731 Reviews
Guide Price €2,219 per person
Based on November 2019, departure from Dublin, staying for 7 nights full board in an Ocean Front Villa (2 adults sharing) including return seaplane transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

A magical island hideaway

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is a luxurious Maldivian island resort fringed by white sandy beaches, home to spacious villas and enchanting restaurants and bars. Savour the buffet-style delicacies of the main restaurant before relaxing barefoot on your villa's terrace, or unwind in the spa with a personalised ayurvedic treatment. This environmentally friendly hideaway also offers PADI diving, snorkelling, and unique excursions like Dhoni boat fishing trips and picnics away.

  • Environmentally-friendly island retreat
  • Experience barefoot luxury all holiday long
  • Perfect for couples seeking a private escape
  • A luxurious Coco Spa in the heart of the island
  • Lagoon Villas available with plunge pools and Jacuzzis®

Top Tips from our Experts

Karen

Destination Specialist

"Wild dolphins are really easy to spot from most areas of the island, but especially at morning as the sun is coming up. Morning cruises are also available on selected days to go and see the Spinner dolphins."

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Deluxe

Location Type

Away from it all
  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    12:00
  • 98 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Barefoot style
  • Private island

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive
  • Half Board

For Families

  • Babysitting
Location Highlights

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

  • Away from it all
  • Approx. 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport
1731 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1290
  • Very Good 289
  • Average 93
  • Poor 35
  • Terrible 24

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Jul 20, 2019

Good in parts, but not perfect

Dorset, United Kingdom

I kicked off my flip-flops at lunchtime on Wednesday. Didn't wear anything on my feet (other than flippers) for the next 12 days. Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is that sort of resort. This was a milestone holiday at the beginning of July 2019, just my wife and I, from the UK booked through Magic of Maldives (MoM), All Inclusive in a beach villa, with seaplane transfers. So here's how it went ... Getting there Seamless. Flights were with Emirates via Dubai, luggage arrived with us (always a bonus), and MoM's rep was there to meet us at Male. We landed at 11am and with a minimum of fuss - I realise that this doesn't always happen - were on board the seaplane an hour later. Coco Palm uses a wooden landing platform (with a quirky sign welcoming visitors to CPDK International Airport) but it's only a couple of minutes to the jetty, and from there reception is 200 yards. A lot of the signing-in procedures had been done at the Coco Palm lounge in Male, so we were taken to our rooms after very brief formalities. A quick word about the island: it's larger than some, and our room was a good half-mile from the restaurant (I paced it out). No problems for us, but maybe so for the less mobile. The room We were in the low 50s: a very sweet spot, with the sea close, but not too close, to our beach. The beach villas are tall rondavels, spacious and airy, with a queen-sized wooden 4-poster bed at the centre. A day bed, couple of chairs, wardrobe, drawers, a table and an inside washbasin area complete the set. There's a minibar fridge (soft drinks - Coke, Diet Coke and Lemon iced tea free on AI; all alcohol chargeable). Behind the sink area is the walled-in outside bathroom, which has a shower and in a separate alcove, a toilet. The hotel supplied shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion and insect repellant. There was also a hairdryer. You get two litres of purified water in room a day - any more is chargeable. Room cleaning and turndown service were discreet and efficient. Everything worked: the aircon was ferociously efficient if required, the hot water was properly hot, the fridge cooled drinks. The decor, while not the most inspired (white walls, conical thatched roof, a lot of dark wood, terracotta floor tiles) gave a very traditional feel and the whole was clean and didn't smell of damp. A mosquito net was provided and was required - there were mossies around. That said, we were hardly bitten. Each villa has a couple of wooden sun loungers outside, plus a couple of cane chairs on the patio. Some of the villas on this side are set back a little farther from the sea, shaded by the trees. Ours was directly on the beach. Our side got the sunrise; the lagoon side, facing west, had the sunsets. During our stay there was some noise from maintenance on bungalows and especially the water bungalows, sandbag replacement and water pumping. There were daily foggings for mosquitos (asthmatics be aware that the smell gets into the room via the aircon, so consider switching it off during the operation). The island As said before, it's a little larger than some. You can walk around it (at low tide) in maybe 40min. Off the beach, it's densely wooded and therefore cool and sometimes a bit airless. Access to the villas is via a network of sandy, compacted paths that circle the island. The centre of the island, out of bounds to guests and shielded by trees and palm screens, contains a surprisingly large campus-style area for the hotel workers - of whom there are several hundred. It looks green, wild and primeval, but that's a highly manicured effect. Trees are trimmed, pruned, replanted; the pathways are swept daily, the shrubs watered when required. While we were there, a hatch of hairy caterpillars, the sort that hang on silken threads at face height, were causing itchy contagion, and the gardeners were conducting a chemical blitz on the tree leaves; and the day we left, it was announced that the fogging would be conducted daily. There is, none the less, some wildlife left inland. Fruit bats are everywhere; there are a few species of bird, a small shrew and plenty of land crabs rustling in the undergrowth. We spent the first fortnight of July there: the weather was excellent. One evening of light rain, and an overnight storm. Two overcast days, the rest clear sunshine. It seemed to be more humid than my previous Maldives visits in the winter. The beach The island is shaped like a fat croissant; the reef drop-off is along the outer curved edge, and the lagoon on the inside. On our section of the (outside) beach was a glorious stretch of soft while sand leading into turquoise water. Most of the beach in this section falls quickly into a chest-deep sandy gutter, which then makes way for coral rubble and rock; because there is current, and the sand is fine, the visibility is initially stirred up and cloudy; but 20-30 yards out is gradually improves. There are a couple of bungalows around the very low 50s that are built on concrete bases because erosion has taken their beach, but by and large, the beach is idyllic on this side and you fall asleep with the sound of the sea. If you continue around the island the erosion problems seem to be most pronounced between this point and the stem leading to the water villas; but then, past the water villas, the problem is reversed: the eroded sand has been deposited on the lagoon side, meaning the sea is now some way - across a wide expanse of sandy apron - from a lot of the sunset villas. I'll deal with the erosion now, as a lot of people are raising it as an issue. Yes, it is clearly a problem. There are low sandbag groynes placed along various parts of the island and while we were there, more were being laid near the stem of the water villas. In the water, a long sandbag berm has been built towards the water villas and already breached in some places. The top of it is clearly visible at most stages of the tide. In the water, a more naturistic solution is also being tried: steel baskets have been planted in the sand and seeded with corals in an attempt to stimulate reef-building. This is starting to happen, but it will take time - decades, probably - so in the mean time, I think the sandbags will remain. I didn't find it a problem, or particularly unsightly, except where the groynes had disintegrated. The snorkelling We arrived on a big spring tide, and new moon, and followed the tidal cycle down to neap and back up again, and the moon to about two-thirds full. These factors affected the snorkelling on a day-to-day basis - it was rarely the same two days in a row. First, the current (which ran mostly from east to west along the drop-off side) was initially very strong, and also, stirred up a lot of sand; meaning that the inside reef was opaque a good way out from the beach. It settled the farther you got out. Later, on the neap tides, the visibility inside cleared. There is still a lot of bleached and badly damaged coral, but everywhere there are signs of regrowth. As suggested, it'll take a while, but the recovery is well under way. There are some sweet spots inshore. We preferred to walk up the beach to around villa 70; there is a clean sandy pass through the reef and to the right of this, is a very rich area of fish soup. Large shoals of humpback snapper, bullseyes, chromis and sweepers seem to cluster around here; and also some surprisingly large groupers; and there's a decent-sized moray eel in the rock that the sweepers have adopted. To the left of the pass is a pipeline carrying lord-knows-what offshore; if you follow this to the drop-off and then let the current drift you down the left, about 100 yards down is an area of brown matred coral that is, too, a very sweet spot. The coral grows over a terraced area of caves and grottoes and it always seemed to hold big fish: napoleon wrasse, a hulking blotched grouper, and one evening, a big midnight snapper that rose out of one of the grottoes and swum angrily around me, flashing its best spawning colours and suggesting I got the hell out of his patch. It was in this area, too, that I was doing an evening snorkel, maybe just a little too close to sunset (don't look at the sharks and they won't look at you ...) when I saw something huge moving along the edge of the drop-off. In the murk I could see it clearly, initially; it looked like a large white Y - but as it came closer I could see it was the yoke marking on the back and shoulders of a manta ray. I followed the ray against the current as far as I could and watched it slowly blend into the blue distance, elated. The fish were immensely good, all around the drop-off, but especially in that stretch between the pipes and those grottoes. I counted 8 species of grouper, many more of snapper; some table-sized giant trevallies; and a hawksbill turtle, that we spotted wedged between two coral slabs, backside in the air. It wasn't stuck; it had fallen asleep while eating sponges. Oh - and one morning, a pod of dolphins wandered over to this spot too - had I been up sooner and not walking off breakfast, I'd have been swimming with wild dolphins. One or two hazards: I saw a stonefish about 30 yards off the beach and there are urchins too. I also found a couple of bleached textile cones (dead) in the shallows, so they're around. On a couple of neaps around the eastern tip of the island there were many stingers in the water on a couple of the days - insignificant, but irritating at the time. The sharks were friendly Mostly. The hotel Last but not least. One of the reasons we chose this island was that MoM had mentioned an upgrade from HB to AI. That alone made it worthwhile. The food in the buffet here was truly excellent - so much so that we did not try the a la carte Thai/Indian restaurant (Cornus) or take part in the beach barbeques. If you are a picky eater, there'll be a good choice; if you eat everything - you'll be in heaven. Sushi and sashimi, as fresh as it comes, every day. Excellent curries, and a tandoor chef who really knew what he was doing. Home made ice creams and sorbets, a good variety of tropical fruit, fresh salads ... every meal became an ordeal by triage as we tried to work out what we couldn't fit in to our plates. And stomachs. The one spoiler was the service. This hotel does not allocate you a table - you sit where you want, or where there's a space. The woman doing front of house, Neelam, was excellent - efficient, courteous, and fun. You'd find a table, a waiter would take your drinks order, then bring it - then, as if by magic, the entire wait staff would disappear. And once you'd managed to find a waiter, that difficult second drink might never arrive; coffee, tea, the magical ginger tisane I was promised - I'm still waiting. It's a small quibble, but the same problem existed in the sunset bar: you'd take your seat, wiggle toes in the sand, watch the sun set, cough pointedly and finally go up to the bar to hear the bar staff discussing the forthcoming football season. Not great. Drinks-wise, AI is misleading. It gets you about eight cocktails from a menu of around 50; some local-brand spirits, some which were ok (the gin), some of which were not (the tequila), plus mixers; and a variety of soft drinks. The draft beer (Carlsberg) and house wines were generally good. But complex cocktails (including margaritas and mojitos), international brand spirits and even coconut water (!) were extra. We didn't do much off-resort; AI gets you a sunset evening cruise, but the sunsets weren't playing ball, so we had a nice cruise around the island. I hired the hotel catamaran for a rather bumpy couple of hours fishing, and mostly gazing at the amazing reefs and sandbars on the neighbouring islets. My wife tried the spa; negotiated a discount on a couple of treatments that unravelled the knots in her shoulders, and declared in good value (especially the facial treatment she had). The Jacuzzi is part of the spa but not chargeable. It's not a hot tub, just bubbles in a large circular tub. It's worth mentioning that the hotel promotes eco-friendly practices; single-use plastics are not used (the water bottles are glass, the straws are paper), and there are recycling collection points around the island. The gardeners will remove any (man-made) rubbish washed up on the beaches. The turtles And finally ... the Olive Ridley Project. Not far from reception, under a couple of cool spacious gazebos, is a very special part of this island's attraction. Three pool areas have been built to rehabilitate olive ridley turtles that have been damaged by fishing nets or boats. Some have suffered pretty horrendous injuries; most have had amputations, surgery and require complex veterinary care, performed by the resident vet and a team of volunteers. To see, at close hand, these gentle creatures recovering in what is essentially an animal hospital is a sobering and sometimes emotional counterpoint to the holiday. It's when you realise, too, that animals can be as individual as we are - and share the same happy, stroppy, bumptious moods too. Some are so badly injured that they can never be released, and will be rehoused in zoos or aquariums; but most, by and large, through a remarkable range of medical attention, surgery, physio and dietary care, will eventually be plonked - undignified and protesting - onto a crate on top of a wheelbarrow, wheeled to the hotel's dhoni, and eventually be returned to the sea to complete their lives. It's a calming, reflective place. To watch the turtles go about their daily routine, and the vet and her helpers attend to their needs, is poignant. Olive ridleys don't breed in the Maldives; like us, they've just stopped there to recover for a while, and - like us - they will, at some stage, return to their other life in a different part of the world.
Jul 17, 2019

Paradise

Highfields Caldecote, United Kingdom

We visited coco palm for 8 days. We arrived by sea plane to this tiny beautiful island and from the moment we arrived the staff were amazing .The Island puts itself an hour ahead of Malè time in order to make the most of the daylight hours and the sunsets just before supper are pretty spectacular . You can sit in the beach bar or along the shore sipping a cocktail watching the sun go down, Noting was too much trouble and everyone is so friendly and by the second day they knew our names , where we’d prefer to sit and what our breakfast beverage order was without asking. The rooms were cleaned daily and were spotless , the food was delicious. We had the beach BBQ two nights and the seafood they served was amazing . The Thai restaurant serves delicious food and even most of the buffet food is cooked in front of you The turtle project is fantastic and really makes you think about the planet that we live on and the changes that need to be made , somehow seeing the problems first hand really hits home. Snorkelling around the islands reef is pretty amazing too , so many beautiful fish, turtles, manta rays and even the odd shark. This is a real chill out holiday . Our only criticism would be the all inclusive plan isn’t really all inclusive. You can eat at the thai restaurant or beach BBQ instead of eating in the buffet restaurant but you have to pay all but $45 plus your drinks aren’t free when you eat here. Only certain drinks are in the plan and the mini bar is also chargeable. But despite these little niggles I would definitely recommend this beautiful island and we will certainly go back.
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Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Facilities

PADI Diving

The diving centre at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu offers PADI courses, perfect for beginners and more experiences divers who want to discover the magical underwater life of the Maldives.

Coco Spa

The spa offers a full menu of personalised treatments that draw inspiration from India, Indonesia and Thailand, as well as ayurvedic tradition. Relax with a tea before your appointment in the lush spa facilities or reserve an in-villa treatment to enjoy at your convenience.

Daily Activities

There is plenty to keep you busy on the island during the day, with badminton, tennis and volleyball, as well as yoga. You'll also find plenty of indoor games including billards.

Water Sports

Other than diving, you can look forward to complimentary snorkelling equipment, and for an extra charge try out catamaran sailing, water skiing, wake boarding, kayaking, fun tubing, and windsurfing. Water sports are subject to additional costs.

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Room Types

Deluxe Villa

This villa, still located on the beach, comes with the added benefits of a spacious bath in the open-air bathroom and a private plunge pool. You'll enjoy a king-sized bed inside and a furnished terrace outside, and amenities like minibars, a telephone, and safe.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Beach Villa

These intimate beach villas are right on the sand, just steps from the water. They feature unique open-air bathrooms with showers and large bedrooms with king-sized beds, as well as furnished front terraces looking onto the sea. Amenities include minibars, safes, and a telephone.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Lagoon Villa

The lagoon villas form a unique leaf-shaped jetty over the water, and each one comes with its own private splash pool and furnished terrace with views of the ocean. They have large bedrooms with four poster king-sized beds and bathrooms offering luxurious Jacuzzi® tubs with views of the water.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room

Sunset Lagoon Villa

Luxurious and spacious, these villas are set over the water and come with large terraces, each with a plunge pool and views of the sunset over the sea. Inside is a four poster king-sized bed and a bathroom with spa tub and separate shower, and upgraded amenities include a TV with DVD player, music system, and a minibar.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room

Sunset Beach Villa

These beach villas face onto the sunset, the perfect setting for romantic evenings spent on the furnished terrace. They come with open-air garden bathrooms with showers and inside is a king-sized bed and sitting area, as well as amenities like minibars, tea and coffee making facilities and tea and coffee making facilities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Ocean Front Villa

Located on the northern side of the island, the Ocean Front Villas have king-sized beds, authentic thatched roofs and high ceilings. There is an open-air bathroom and a private terrace with quick access to the lagoon.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Food & Drink

Beach Bar

Right on the sand, this beach bar serves refreshing cocktails and mocktails during the day.

Cowrie Restaurant

Set underneath an authentic thatched roof, this spacious dining room is where you'll find breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets and live cooking stations presenting a rich selection of dishes from around the world.

Cornus Restaurant & Grill

This intimate restaurant is nested inside the island's tropical gardens and offers a dinner menu of local and pan-Asian cuisine.

Conch Bar

This laidback bar features a lunch and dinner menu of lighter fare as well as refreshing drinks under a stylish pavilion.

In-villa Dining

For those times when you just want to relax in your own private space, call for in-villa dining and enjoy a more personalised dining experience.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

Buffet breakfast each morning from the main restaurant.

Half Board

Buffet Breakfast and Dinner at the main restaurant - Cowrie daily.

Full Board

 Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the main restaurant - Cowrie daily.

All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant - Cowrie. 

Soft drinks, juices, beer, house wine and selected cocktails from Conch Bar 10:00am to 12:00am. Drinks also served by the glass during lunch and dinner at the main restaurant.Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks also available from the Beach Bar, along with unlimited soft drinks, water and juices from 10:00am to 23:00pm. Afternoon tea is served at Conch Bar from 15:00pm to 17:00pm. Unlimited in-villa tea and coffee facilities.

Complimentary snorkelling equipment, and one Dhoni fishing excursion per person, per stay. All-day access to the fitness centre. Use of non-motorised water sports equipment, and complimentary Wi-Fi for guests staying in Lagoon Villas and Sunset Lagoon Villas.

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Special Offers

Free nights

Bonus night offer

Stay 7 nights and pay for 6.

Stay 14 nights and pay for 12.

  • Compulsory board supplements apply to bonus nights.
  • Black out dates may apply.
  • Combinable with Early Booking Offers only where applicable.
  • Minimum 7 night stay.

Early booking discount

Save up to 15% on your accommodation

Book your stay 45 days of more before your travel date and receive up to 15% discount on your accommodation.

  • Combinable with Bonus Night offer only where applicable.
  • Black out dates may apply.

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