Coco Palm Bodu Hithi (read the full review here) is a veritable Maldivian utopia. Arguably one of the best hotels in the archipelago, guests take a 45 minute speedboat ride from the airport to arrive on a lush green island which offers a luxurious choice between beach villas, the exclusive 'Escape' wing and water villas. Each of the Maldives' hotels has its own island, making a trip to the Maldives something unique. The beach villas, each separated by thick mangrove, are some of the best that can be found. Visitors can revel in the opulence of an open plan villa whose central feature is an enormous round bath tub. The accommodation extends to a private terrace to the back of the villa with a private lap pool and a double day bed. The front of the villa leads off to a private terrace and onto the beach. The villas are laden with amenities such as own brand refills to give that magical personal touch and a few Molten Brown items. The water villas are equally as lavish but less cosy. Nonetheless, the dazzling views of the water are second-to-none despite the fact that it can be a long walk up the jetty from the villas. The Escape wing is the most private area; all accommodation is perched on its own private pier away from main hotel activity.
Every room is fitted with a large flat screen television, complimentary tea and coffee making facilitates and is tastefully decorated with abstract art and natural materials and fabrics. A charming touch is the CD of Maldivian music that all guests receive, which can be played on the CD/DVD player supplied. Around the hotel is an over-water gym, the Coco spa with a range of treatments from friendly staff, an entertainment block where holidaymakers can play pool, watch TV or enjoy the library and restaurant with a choice of buffets, seafood, a BBQ grill and a Japanese restaurant. There is a delightful balance between relaxation and entertainment; by day guests can take quiet strolls around the unpopulated island or benefit from exceptional snorkelling, and by night the Latitude bar takes over.
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