More about Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
We prepared our trip a long long time in advance, and Coco Palm Bodu Hithi has fully met our expectations.
Check-in was short and efficient, the attendant showed us on a map the resort lay-out. We were led to our escape water villa (number 505) and then, wow, the room was fantastic!
As a welcome gift we found a bottle of Moët & Chandon with two glasses. There are plenty of towels and snorkeling equipment can be borrowed at no cost. There is also a coffe machine (Nespresso).
I made a short video, but it doesn't make justice to the villa.
Our luggage was delivered within 5 minutes, and no more than 30 minutes after having requested some help to connect our laptop to the internet a technical guy showed up and confirmed we could get connected through wifi (free of charge).
The only negative point: the air con is a bit noisy.
Great Honeymoon Experience
We have just returned from a week at the Coco Palm Bodu Hithi for our honeymoon. The hotel is magnificent and we have never experienced such incredible service before.
We booked through the luxurylink.com, it is truly an unbeatable deal. I guess because it is an American site and Maldives is quite distant from North Amercia, we win the auction easily at below 60% of retail prices by placing only one bid.
The package is excellent with buffet breakfasts, a snorkel trip for 2, 80-min massage for 2 and a in-villa private BBQ.
With the hotel's great hospitality for honeymooner, we got a complimentary candle light dinner by the sea and a 50-min massage for 2.
The Spa is marvellous, which is an over-water villa that you enjoy great sea view and you may also see fishes swimming undereath the glass-bottom floor.
I have heard many comments regarding some resorts charging low room rate but high costs in food and activities. It does not happen in Coco Palm Bodu Hithi. Everyday you receive a complimentary 1.5L distilled water(which I have heard many hotels do not provide)
Buffet lunch & dinner is about US$ 8 & US$ 55. I would say it is comparable when you enjoy a nice buffet meal by the great seaview in North American.
Snorkel trip is only US$22, including equipment and boat tour!
Massage is about US$ 80 per hour ( and you can enjoy the seaview).
House Reef is excellent. You can see nice fishes in shallow water.
Overall I would say this is the best hotel we have ever stayed and with the greatest value.
This hotel was open for only about a year, and they are thriving for doing their best! Many guests are Europeans and Asians, and we maybe the 1st Canadian to visit them!
You may view some pics from the hotel's site:
Faultess, Supurb Resort
A perfect holiday!!
We ended up staying at Coco Palm Bodu Hithi as a result of a booking problem at our original hotel. Being Christmas, this was by far the most expensive booking I have ever made and as a result any problem was far from welcome. Hayes and Jarvis handled the issue very well(including telephoning us at the resort) and came up with this supurb resort.
Having been the the hospitality industry for 25 years, we are quite critical but Bodu Hithi is pretty well faultless. I do not relax easily but was at snails pace within 24 hours.
The staff are extraordinaryily good with a willingness to please that is rarely matched. The guest reations manager, Eva works exceptionally hard and her calm relaxed attitude is of great vaue to the resort.
We had a Water Villa(the smallest of three types) which had its own plunge pool, decking, day bed etc. The outside shower was an exceptional experience being able to look into the sea and watch the fish at the same time.
The private barbque on our deck was superb, included 4 courses all inpecaby served and, in my view was excellent value at £100 for 2 even without the half lobster each.
Other reports suggest that drinks/food is expensive. We had half board and did not feel the need to buy anything else. Bar drinks were often served with canapes , nuts etc. but some prices may have been a little high. However, they were very simiar to a quality 4 * hotel in the UK but the Madives do have some transportation challenges!!
The Spa is staffed by mainly Balanese who were exceptional.
This was the perfect Christmas escape - worth absolutely every penny.
We hope to return again this year.
After an overbooking at Dhonevli (now Chaaya Island, booked through Agoda), our booking was cancelled a week before we were due to arrive! I only had a short amount of time to find something else, and Coco Palm Bodu Hithi was one of the few available. I am so glad that it was - this resort is spectacular! And the service is definitely first class - from quick email replies confirmed water transfers, to the seamless airport pick-up, this was definitely our dream honeymoon :)
We stayed in a Water Villa, which gave us our own plunge infinity pool and stairs dirctly into the ocean. There was a coral reef about 4 metres from the stairs - definitely a great location to do some lazy snorkelling. The villa was very luxurious - a large teacup bath, outdoor and indoor shower, huge bed, and great a/c if the heat got a little bit much - but when you've got the ocean right there you don't need anything else... We tipped the cleaning boy twice during our stay - $10 each time - and had lovely service with wonderful personalised touches, e.g. bubbles baths, flowers on the bed with candles everywhere.
All of the staff were absolutely lovely and greeted you everytime you walked past. Also, as we were honeymooners, they gave us lots of presents :) On arrival, our room was set up with a fruit platter, sandwiches, and a bottle of champagne. They gave us a 4-course complimentary dinner at the lovely a la carte restaurant Aqua, along with glasses of champagne. Also, they treated us to a sunset boat cruise, with champagne and canapes again, andan introductory scuba experience.
I wasn't that keen on the scuba, but was husband was, and he then did another dive where they were taken down to 12 metres. He said the staff were absolutely lovely, and multilingual - in his dive they repeated everything in English and Japanese for him and the other Japanese couple. He also has a DVD of the experience - something to watch for years to come :)
Some of the reviews have said that things were overpriced, but we didn't find this the case if you were comparing it to a similar resort in Australia. You could get pizzas and pastas in the cafe bar for around $20, beers for about $7, and cocktails started from $10. Wine was fairly expensive, but it generally is in most Asian countries, so I don't think it was resort specific - from about $40 a bottle. We had a lovely couples massage for $130 - a definite hour of bliss!! Sure, they add 10% to everything as a service charge, but we found the service amazing - and generally tipped a couple of dollars on top of it. The staff definitely remember this and give great attention.
We spent 5 nights there, and spent about $1,200 on top of the accommodation, but this included the massage, scuba dive and DVD, numerous drinks and great food. They even provide 1.5L of water a day free of charge. Sure it's more than what you would spend normally, but you're on holidays... Also, we found that the main buffet restaurant had lovely food, but was quite expensive for dinner ($58 pp) just becasue I normally don't think I eat enough to get value out of the buffet. But you definitely can't beat room service set up on your own private back deck...
The only minor problem we had was when we went to check out, we had to remind them that we had already paid a large amount of the accommodation when we checked in. This was resolved quickly, but the staff at reception were probably the least efficient. All in all, this was a lovely resort, and would definitely recommend it to others!
25th wedding anniversary. We just chilled out for seven days. This is a tiny island/sandbank, and I would recommend that you did not stay much longer, although my wife suggests that a few more days would have been good.The food was good considering you are in the middle of no where. The beef from Australia excellent, but best of all the fresh fish, scampi, lobster etc. Caught and ate own barracuda! Snorkelling for beginners like us - direct from the beach wonderful. Service friendly, good, and unintrusive. The managers walked around asking after our comfort, and comments. The daily cleaner was excellent - would wait until we had gone out. Cant wait to go back Thanks to the staff at Bodu Hithi
Amazing Holiday at Coco Palm
When my boyfriend booked Bodu Hithi, and I had a look on Trip Advisor, I was a bit worried by the negative reviews I read so wanted to reassure others who may have a look at this site.
We stayed for 9 nights at the end of Novr 07, in a Water Villa and had a fab time. We had Villa 316, which is the last of the standard water villas, and had a lovely patch of reef just off our deck. The beds are enormous, and the room itself was very nice. The only small downside was that we never used the outside shower as it looked a bit grotty but that was no problem for us.
I also read a recent review slating the dive centre which found I rather unbelivable. The dive school is a 5 star PADI IDC centre and we found everyone there both professional and fun to dive with. We made a least one dive a day on our 9 day holiday, and were sometimes the only clients on the dive boat (for anyone who has been diving in Red Sea/Thailand, you can appreciate how great this is). All of the equipment is well looked after and relatively new and all the staff very friendly
As we are from London, the prices for drinks etc were ok, but can imagine if the pound/dollar exchange rate goes down it could seem expensive ($12 for a glass of wine).
We only stayed for 9 nights, so the food didn't get boring but everything did tend to be at the same temp (around 30C) butthe curries and fish especially were really tasty.
The only downside to our holiday (apart from leaving!) was, on arrival we were given a welcome pack that had a free snorkelling trip voucher in. As we sat looking through it, one of the Reception staff came and took it back as we had booked through "the wrong travel agent"!!! . We would prob. never have used the voucher as we were diving each day but it just tarnished the start of the holiday.. luckily it was an isolated incident.
Perfect Honeymoon Hotel
We chose this hotel for our honeymoon and it was the best experience ever. We had looked at reviews before getting there and the reality was even better. We selected an island villa instead of a water villa because we prefered the sand. The time we went was not the best, and it rained for a couple of days. However, even then the sea was warm and pleasant. For that season, the island villas from 325-340 were better as they were not facing the winds and storms and were slightly protected. The rooms were BIG and really beautiful. It was really comfortable. The food was amazing, and the service excellent. Go for FB instead of HB. The food is so amazing and varies each day, that you will never get bored of it!
The only problem of this hotel was the scuba diving center. They were not very professional and had a poor quality of classes. The service was bad and was too expensive. However, we did enjoy our windsurfing classes, our fishing time, and our snorkeling trips. The highlight of the place was the SPA! That was really really nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All in all it was really nice! We recommend it to anyone that enjoys relaxing holidays!
Fantastic,out of this world
we stayed at coco palm for 10 nights at beginning of Nov and enjoyed every minute. The weather was sunny and hot every day,our first week there was a nice sea breeze. we stayed in an island villa,very spacious inside hugh bed and large round bath in middle of room. the private pool is large enough to swim (a few strokes) nice outdoor shower only complaint would be the day bed was marked with mildew and had ants on it but there is another day bed and sun loungers at the front of the villa to lie in the sun and look at the water,and watch the sunsets
The reef around the island is excellent for snorkelling with a large variety of fish - we snorkelled every day, the snorkelling trip is worth doing as well.
the meals are buffet style and had a large selection to cater for all different nationalities,previous reviews comment on the expensive wine etc but we found the range of prices acceptable as every thing is imported
Look out for the reef sharks in the lagoon at the jetty
loved our holiday and cant wait to go back
Wonderful resort, poor management
This was a special trip to mark our 25th wedding anniversary and we spent a lot of time deciding which resort to go to. We decided on the Coco Palm at the recommendation of our travel agent. After a long journey we arrived in Male to find that Emirates had lost our luggage and we didn't get it back for two days! We had a very bumpy speedboat ride over to the island where we stayed in an Island Villa. The Villa was absolutely wonderful, everything we could have wished for. We stayed for 11 nights and had booked bed and breakfast because we don't like buffets. Unfortunately there was so very little choice here. You could either have the buffet, which was like eating in a works canteen, or you could eat in the Aqua restaurant where the food was very nice, but very limited menu and absolutely no atmosphere. We did have the meal under the pergola on the beach for our anniversary which was lovely. The staff were very friendly and very helpful, but we never saw a Manager throughout our stay and the reception staff certainly could do with some training - they were nothing short of useless. There is also a 10% service charge added to absolutely everything whether you like it or not, which is OK but when you order room service and your food arrives an hour later and cold it is a bit annoying to then be charged an extra 10%! Our stay was just before Christmas and there were a lot of Europeans staying, yet there wasn't a single sign of Christmas anywhere on the island. The island has so much potential but just misses the mark - I certainly wouldn't rate it as 5 star.
5 star luxury but lacking any charm
I visited the island as part of a cruise through the North Male Atol. Because my visit was brief, I cannot say too much other than this felt a very "stiff" and unwelcoming island. Probably fine if 5 star luxury and total privacy is your goal but the beauty that is the Maldives has been largely destroyed by the fortress like rooms which although keeping prying eyes out, reminded me of certain council estates in England.
As short term visitors, those of us in the cruise group were not made very welcome and we were more than happy to leave the island.
Having said that the over-water restaurant looked fabulous so if money is no object, you might like the pampering, however there are definitely nicer islands in the Maldives.