The small and private Cocoa Island, located in the South Mali Atoll in the Maldives is virtually all beach; all of it white sand, complemented by palm trees and a lagoon of tranquil sky-blue water. It is home to an elegant 33-room luxury suite and villa hotel owned by Christina Ong, with architecture by Singaporean architect Cheong Yew Kuan and interior design by Kathryn Kng. Steps lead from each suite right into the water. At Cocoa, the style is barefoot and deliberately restrained, with some rooms designed after the Maldivian Dhoni fishing boats, resting on pine poles set into the ocean floor. Duplex loft villas are clad in wood with generous outdoor decking. The view from the wide platform bed is directly out to the watery expanse. The bathrooms, a bath and shower, share the horizon views. The look is rustic luxe, with thatched roofs, mahogany furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows. All suites and villas are over-water, and accessible by planked walkways. The two-bedroom villas are distinguished by personal butler service.
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