Maldives / Stylish Stays / Wedding

Honeymoon Of Our Dreams At Coco Bodu Hithi Maldives

I’d been saving the Maldives for something special. I’m very lucky that in my line of work chances to travel to the Maldives had come up in the past but I decided to wait. I sensed that the turquoise atolls, tropical marine life and shimmering slithers of white sand were worthy of a very special occasion. I was right.

We woke up to this - our first glimpse of the Coco Residences at Coco Bodu Hithi Maldives

We woke up to this – our first glimpse of the Coco Residences at Coco Bodu Hithi Maldives

As we arrived late at night, neither the view from the plane window or speedboat that lay waiting for us just outside Male Airport gave much away. Although it was close to 1am local time when we arrived at Coco Bodu Hithi our immaculately dressed and mannered Lifestyle Host, Mohan, was waiting on the pier with the keys to our overwater villa. He whizzed us in a golf buggy (slightly faster than I was prepared for!) through the middle of the island and over the wooden walkways to the oval that houses the Coco Residences, the resort’s most exclusive type of accommodation.

Thus begun our honeymoon.

View from the Coco Residence

The Coco Residences are an exclusive cluster of villas at the north tip of the island

We were going to be spending our honeymoon in villa number 618, Mohan told us, as he led us along the gently-lit, stilted platform to a residence far larger than we were expecting. Stepping into the air conditioning after the balmy night air was a relief but as my eyes adjusted to the light it was the rooms (yes, plural!) I saw before me that made me want to do a little happy dance.

Super large bed and pillow menu at Coco Residences

Super large bed and pillow menu at Coco Residences

You'll find me here - sunken marble bath tub at Coco Residence

You’ll find me here – sunken marble bath tub at Coco Residence

“May I help unpack your bags?” asked Mohan, who I was already feeling bad about keeping up so late.

“We’re good,” I replied, thinking how I wanted to photograph every inch of the residence before we started unloading our items all over it.

“The kitchen will be up until 1.45am if you would like to order room service. Apart from that I shall leave you in peace and we can go over your plans for the next few days at breakfast. I recommend you eat at The Stars Restaurant, which serves a la carte breakfast for guests of the Residences until 12 midday.”

Handing us a map and some details about the resort, Mohan stepped quietly out the door and left Justin and I standing in the living room speechless.

Honeymoons were made for this - complimentary Coco Champagne

Honeymoons were made for this – complimentary Coco Champagne

Some of the options in the minibar

Some of the options in the minibar

The Coco Residences are a secluded cluster of spacious villas located at the northern tip of the island. Each overwater villa has a living area, with incredibly well stocked minibar and private wine cellar, an incense-scented bedroom, separate dressing area and massive bathroom with a sunken, marble bath tub plus both indoor and outdoor showers. The decor, whilst obviously luxurious, also felt rustic and Maldivian; the high ceilings, exposed beams and local art were some of the features we were hoping to find when we arranged to stay at this independently-owned Maldivian property.

Living area with extensive mini bar and wine cellar

Living area with extensive mini bar and wine cellar

Breakfast spread

Making the most of in-room dining!

Of course, we couldn’t see it at this point but one of the best features of this residence was just outside the living quarters. Double doors from all 3 rooms – living, bedroom and bathroom – led onto the terrace that boasted a plunge pool (large enough for a few strokes), 4-poster day bed, sun loungers, dining area and, of course, a ladder that led down into the reef-filled lagoon.

Romantic message in the reef outside our villa

As Mohan had shown us the nifty remote control for the curtains before leaving the night before, the first thing we did upon waking in the morning was press the button with an ‘open sesame’ flourish. Propped between pillows we watched as the curtains peeled back and revealed this piece de resistance terrace and fifty shades of blue Maldivian view.

Seafolly dress in the Maldives

Looking like an absolute poser!

Soaking up the view from our private pool

Soaking up the view from our private pool

If you followed this trip on social media you’ll know Justin and I spent our honeymoon mostly being pampered at the spa, meeting the local marine life and eating excellent cuisine whilst being surrounded by pinch me it’s too beautiful to be real scenery.

Letting the fact we’re married soak in

I could hardly keep Justin out of the sea!

I could hardly keep Justin out of the sea!

Two very happy newlyweds getting chauffeured around by golf buggy!

Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing with you all the romantic activities we took part in at Coco Bodu Hithi as well as my tips for packing for a Maldives honeymoon and lots of pictures from our incredible experience of snorkelling the house reef with the resort’s marine biologist, Lisa. If you have any questions about Coco Collection or honeymooning in the Maldives let me know in the comments below.

About Coco Bodu Hithi

Coco Bodu Hithi is a luxury five-star resort in the North Male Atoll, just 40 minutes by speedboat from the airport. Comprising 100 villas, the resort also boasts seven restaurants and bars, an international diving school offering PADI and SSI courses, an award winning Coco Spa and first-class land and water-sport facilities.

Room Rates at Coco Bodu Hithi

Rates from $1,553/ £1,095 per night for a Coco Residence and from $910 / £642 per night for an Island Villa. Rates are per villa on a bed and breakfast basis, based on two people sharing. Villa rates, meal supplements and transfer charges are subject to applicable GST tax, Green tax and 10% Service Charge. The GST will also be applicable to all goods and services provided at the resort.

I was a guest of Coco Collection but all opinions, indulgent spa treatments and sun burn in random places remain my own.

Further reading:

The best things to do on a Maldives honeymoon

What to wear on honeymoon (or holiday) in the Maldives

30 photos that will make you want to honeymoon in the Maldives

Plus find our full 4 day honeymoon itinerary on Skyscanner.

About Author

I'm a full time blogger with a passion for travel and interiors. A travel blogger for 12+ years, I took a course on interior styling during the pandemic when travel was not an option. I now run 2 Instagram accounts - @jayneytravels, which covers authentic, affordable luxury escapes and @ourtravelhome which is all about decorating our new build home with a modern rustic style.


  • Leonie Parker
    April 19, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Its really does look out of this world!! What an amazing place to spend your honeymoon. I hope one day ill get to go here for myself.
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    • Jayne Gorman
      April 20, 2016 at 8:42 am

      It was an incredible experience – definitely worth saving for a special occasion 🙂

  • Janice Stringer
    April 19, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Jayne,
    What can I say apart from congratulations and how jealous am I. I’m living and working in Gran Canaria. Its definitely nothing like the Maldives..
    This post has a lovely relaxed vibe to it with plenty of personal and functional information. I really enjoyed it.
    Glad to hear your honeymoon was fantastic. Maybe one day I’ll get to the Maldives!

    • Jayne Gorman
      April 20, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Janice! We feel incredibly lucky to have had this experience and recommend it to anyone looking to indulge. I hope all is well for you in Gran Canaria – it sounds like a new adventure! J

  • Tonia Zemek
    April 20, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I’m speechless. Those pictures are simply stunning. Congratulations!

    • Jayne Gorman
      April 21, 2016 at 2:06 am

      We were pretty speechless when we saw the place too 😉 And thank you!

  • @mrsoaroundworld
    April 20, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    See why we love the Maldives so much? Gorgeous!! Waving hello from another Maldivian island as I type!

    • Jayne Gorman
      April 21, 2016 at 2:07 am

      We want to fly back and join you! It was so unbelievably good. Can’t wait to go again!

  • Angie Silver (@SilverSpoonLDN)
    April 20, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Utterly dreamy! All those shades of blue!

    • Jayne Gorman
      April 21, 2016 at 2:07 am

      I know! Totes my favourite colour too 🙂

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  • Tamara (Globe Guide)
    April 24, 2016 at 12:45 am

    So glad you had such a dreamy time- this beings back happy memories of our incredible honeymoon in the Maldives as well! Must go back!!

    • Jayne
      April 25, 2016 at 4:50 am

      It’s the perfect place to honeymoon isn’t it!

  • Andrea Perullo
    April 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Beyond amazing! What a honeymoon!!!

    • Jayne Gorman
      April 26, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      We’re very lucky!

  • Leigh | Campfires & Concierges
    April 26, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Amazing! I love arriving to a place like this (OK, I’ve never stayed any place quite like this) at night – then it’s almost like Christmas morning, the anticipation of the view!

    • Jayne Gorman
      April 26, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      It really is, I don’t think I’ve ever got up so early on holiday!

  • solosophie
    May 12, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    These photos are absolutely breathtaking! The water is so clear and blue!!!

    • Jayne Gorman
      May 13, 2016 at 12:19 am

      It was breathtaking!

  • Maggie
    June 1, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Wow you’re honeymoon looks fantastic and the Maldives is such a special place! Very jealous of the private pool on your balcony 🙂

  • Laura
    June 1, 2016 at 8:43 am

    The Maldives look absolutely incredible, how blue is that sea! So beautiful. Your honeymoon looked wonderful and so relaxing in such a gorgeous location!

    Congratulations to you both!


  • Gessell
    June 22, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Wow that looks incredible. What a perfect spot for a honeymoon. Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa
    July 13, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I think the Maldives has made it to the top of my dream bucket list. It’s so gorgeous!

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  • NamasteGypsy
    July 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Such a stunning post, thanks you so much for sharing! x

  • Ravi Roshan Jaiswal
    September 9, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Hi Jayne,

    Thanks you very much for sharing your experience with us. The photos which have included here is looking wonderful and I was too excited to visit this amazing place. Really Maldive is a wonderful place and I say it perfect place for honeymoon. LOL 🙂 Because this place is filled with beauty from all sides. The color of water looks awesome.

    Seems like you guys were very relaxed there. You are both looking so happy to enjoy the moment of Maldive. I highly agree with you that you were lucky to visit this place. The place where you are standing is surrounded with beautiful water and peace. Feeling pleasure to see the photo of places. The inside and outside view is amazing.

    Thanks for sharing with us.
    – Ravi.

  • Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi
    September 26, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I definitely, definitely need to arrange for a second honeymoon here with my husband….

  • georgina goodman
    October 12, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    this looks absolutely incredible! The dream destination

  • Leah
    November 30, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    These pictures are just dreamy! Sounds like the perfect place to spend a honeymoon.


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