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A Maldivian Christmas
December 2016 1581
The Islands come to life with bespoke Christmas celebrations at Coco Collection

Travel planners would be aware of the appeal of Maldives in December and January – the weather is just right and mellow. Coco Collection is planning a spate of activities to create give guests not just the time of their lives, but also bragging rights aplenty.

At two of their tropical hideaways in the Maldives, Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, guests will enjoy Christmas celebrations that is nothing short of fairytale descriptions - against a backdrop of pristine waters, amazing sunsets, lush greenery and inimitable service.

Guests at Coco Bodu Hithi, Coco Collection’s boutique luxury retreat will have the chance to enjoy the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, the unveiling of the enchanting gingerbread village complete with carol singing, a Christmas eve gala dinner, Santa’s breakfast, tubing with Santa, gourmet barbeques and planting a special coral nursery shaped like a Christmas tree with the resident marine biologist.

Headlining the activities is the end of year guided snorkelling adventure, along with a New Year beach party on the pristine sands of the verdant island. The timeless charm of Coco Bodu Hithi seems to be among the most unique attractions in the Indian Ocean this Christmas.

The eco-oriented Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu resort will welcome the festive season with a bang and ensure spirits are full of merriness and cheer. The team has put together a jam-packed and busy list of things immerse in, while also kicking off with the island’s annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. There will be cookie craft classes for kids, beach soccer, live music, a Christmas Eve gala dinner including a bonfire, Christmas lunch with Santa and a kid’s buffet, sunset cruises and various themed menu evenings.

Guests will send off 2016 with a cocktail evening and sumptuous New Year’s Eve grand gala dinner featuring exciting entertainment acts for all age groups.

TTN has been informed that this will be a good time to spread environmental awareness, and Coco Collection will follow the tradition, sharing ideas with guests on how best to protect the natural surroundings in general, and marine life of the islands of Maldives in specific. Coco Bodu Hithi plans to host an island recycling competition, whereby various departments compete to make festive decorations and structures, all using material from the island. Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu will host its fifth Zero Waste Christmas, where the team will decorate the resort using recycled materials also sourced from the island.

At Coco Bodu Hithi, with the festive season come the Manta rays! In the North Malé Atoll where Bodu Hithi is located, Manta season starts in December and lasts through to April. Rasfari reef, a well-known Manta cleaning station, is just five minutes away from Bodu Hithi, and this is where the gentle giants congregate. At Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Manta rays are spotted in Baa Atoll throughout the year.

Coco Collection’s portfolio comprises three exclusive resorts in the Maldives: Coco Bodu Hithi, a boutique luxury retreat offering unrivalled 5-star experiences, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, an eco-oriented resort situated within a Unesco biosphere reserve and Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island, the only island in the Maldives available for private hire.

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