Photography by COMO Hotels
12 April 2023
COMO Maldives is launching new 2023 COMO Journeys, a collection of one-off retreats and events, enabling guests to learn a new skill or deepen an existing practice under the watchful eye of leading professionals and experts in their field.
Included in the mix of COMO Maldives experiences are underwater photography classes, a kitesurfing residency with a two-time world champion, and a wellness resident to help guide guests on their journey for better health.
The Maldives is a nation of islands in the Indian Ocean, which spans across the equator, southwest of Sri Lanka and India. The country is comprised of 1,192 islands that stretch along a length of 871 kilometres.
While the country covers an area of approximately 90,000 square kilometres, only 298 square kilometres of that is dry land. The islands are grouped into a double chain of 26 atolls.
COMO Maalifushi is the first and only resort to open on the unspoilt Thaa Atoll, in the archipelago’s southern reaches, while COMO Cocoa Island, known locally as Makunufushi, is located among South Malé’s coral atolls.
Explore a whole new world beneath the waves guided by award-winning underwater photographers, Henley Spiers and Jade Hoksbergen. This celebrated, artistic couple will be in residence at COMO Maalifushi from April 17th to 30th 2023, where they’ll be offering a series of exciting activities.
Learn the craft of underwater photography from some of the best in the industry, or come away with unforgettable portraits of yourself. Spiers and Hoksbergen will also be available to mingle at weekly cocktails with the resort team.
Enjoy guided kitesurfing with our resident athlete: two-time kitesurfing world champion, Youri Zoon. Pick up speed, tricks and airtime with his expert guidance and take your kitesurfing to the next level — or learn the basics with a beginner session.
Arrange activities with Zoon at your leisure, with plenty of time to make the most of our private island comforts, from massage treatments overlooking the ocean to sandbank dinners under the stars and more.
Kickstart your holistic wellbeing with resident expert practitioner Koya Webb, internationally recognised holistic health and wellness coach. Join Webb for a daily complimentary yoga class or arrange private sessions at a time of your choosing.
Through a variety of movement, mindfulness and meditation techniques, Webb can help unlock your deepest state of relaxation, and set transformational intentions for the weeks and months ahead. Private classes include breathwork and mindfulness, yoga for stress relief, couple’s yoga, forgiveness meditation, yin yoga, and more.
COMO Maalifushi features all the understated luxuries of a COMO private island resort, and is the ultimate away-from-it-all destination for families, couples, surfers and divers.
Here, guests can relax at its COMO Shambhala Retreat for holistic wellness and world-class overwater yoga facilities, and they have definitive access to the Maldives’ vibrant marine life. There are some excellent breaks nearby as well as a string of uninhabited private islands, where there are seasonal hammerhead and manta ray sightings.
At COMO Cocoa Island, stay in a breezy overwater villa. The accommodation is designed in honour of traditional Maldivian ‘dhoni’ fishing boats, offering the sensation of floating over the crystal-clear ocean.
Guests can slip into the water from their private sun deck and come face-to-face with some of the world’s most fascinating marine life and enjoy in-room dining from Ufaa, the island’s signature restaurant, serving modern international cuisine with an emphasis on freshly caught seafood and local produce.