Hotel Rating: Cora Cora Maldives Resort

In a remote stretch of sea north of the equator, Cora Cora or Raa Maamigili is a small but bustling ecosystem of restaurants, greenery and native wildlife.

Cora Cora Maldives Resort is proud to offer just 100 guest rooms, a mix of the iconic Maldivian overwater villas or airy beachfront properties nestled on the shore surrounded by lush vegetation and vibrant flowers.

Finished with light colored tiles in the resort’s signature colors and furnished with light wood pieces, each villa feels private and luxurious without sacrificing its unique, whimsical details. An example of this is the luminous vectors – a father and son fishing, a woman squeezing water from her hanging hair, a couple walking – painted on each overwater villa.

The beach pool exists next to the Italian restaurant, Aquapazza, and is dotted with day beds perfect for lounging and ordering cocktails. Guests can dive in to listen to classical music played underwater, or stay above the waterline to enjoy relaxing tracks put on by the resident DJ.

At Cora Cora Maldives there is a range of water sports available for guests

What should I do

The water sports center offers PADI diving courses and dives in the surrounding waters, teeming with numerous species of fish, squid, sharks and dolphins. Sunset cruises also offer the chance to witness dolphins chasing and racing the boat, accompanied by a cold glass of fizz and local hors d’oeuvres. Paddle boarding, jet skis, kayaks and windsurfing can also be arranged.

There are also some unique activities, including guitar lessons that can be taken in a group or individually, and a painting class where participants choose a canvas and recreate their favorite view to take home.

The on-site museum, The Dutch Onion, houses more than 400 artifacts that have been unearthed there, including Chinese porcelain and Maldivian tools. There’s even a 1960’s HMV gramophone, complete with vinyl. A guided tour shows the foundations of a mosque, an Islamic cemetery and two well-preserved ritual baths. For such a small place, the island is steeped in history.

It’s tempting, however, to simply unwind at the brilliant MOKSHA Spa, which offers a signature herbal compression massage in glass-bottomed overwater villas, so you can watch marine life dart between the coral reef while you relax.

MOKSHA Spa at Cora Cora Maldives

Further out

Although the Maldives is generally known for relaxation and seclusion, there are a few excursions both near and off the island. There are several excellent snorkeling spots near the island, living up to the Maldives’ reputation as one of the best places in the world to see marine life. The resort can arrange guided snorkeling tours for groups or couples.

There’s also nearby Tsunami Island, named after a catastrophe that left the landmass uninhabited. A short boat ride makes the island accessible for guided tours, where visitors can learn about the history of the island and its people, the disaster itself, and what remains of the buildings and former village. It’s a sobering experience, but essential for anyone interested in the history of the region.

Cora Cora's restaurants include Aquapazza, Tazäa, Ginger Moon and Tien

what to eat

Cora Cora is a culinary destination in itself. Aquapazza houses a pizza oven shipped all the way from Rome, and staff have been trained in baking authentic Napoli cakes by a professional pizzaiola.

Other dining destinations include Tazaea, a buffet restaurant inspired by the Spice Route; Ginger Moon, an all-female Thai offering inspired by the country’s street food; and the Japanese restaurant Tien, which serves fresh sushi and sake. For just $40 (£30.50), visitors can experience a teppanyaki night that is worth visiting for both the show and the cuisine.

A bedroom in one of the Beach Pool Suites at Cora Cora Maldives

When to go

High season is November to April when dry and sunny days are mostly predictable. There are two distinct seasons in the Maldives, with the dry season occurring from December to April, with the lowest humidity and average temperatures of 30 degrees.

Visiting during the monsoon season can be risky as abrupt showers or multiple rainy days could dampen things down. This means that this is also a slightly cheaper time to visit and sunshine can still be enjoyed between rain showers.

Cora Cora Maldives Resort is a 45-minute seaplane ride from Velana International Airport in Male

how to book

Prices for a seven night stay at Cora Cora Maldives start at £3,194 per person based on two adults on an all inclusive basis. These include Qatar Airways return flights from London Heathrow to Malé, seaplane transfers and Lagoon Villa accommodation. See coracoresorts.com

https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/travel/956238/cora-cora-maldives-hotel-review Hotel Rating: Cora Cora Maldives Resort

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