The ever-popular Maldives might not be the world’s best kept travel secret, but those in search of a true off-the-radar escape should think about booking a getaway at Coco Privé, an exclusive-use private island in the country’s North Malé Attol.
Located on Kuda Hithi, a 1,200sqm refuge, just 35-minutes away from Velana International Airport by private yacht, the property has fast become a favourite of European and Middle Eastern royalty, Hollywood celebrities and high-flying billionaires, thanks to its thick enclosure of palm trees and a surrounding reef that acts as a natural barrier from the paparazzi and other prying eyes.
The Singapore-based architect Guz Wilkinson has designed a tropical, open-plan retreat inspired by nature, its sloping roofs, clean lines, sunken outdoor seating areas and timber façades quietly merging into the surrounding natural environment while maximising the views and making the transition between the inside and the outside as seamless as possible.
Comprising five villas and a split level main residence that - wrapping around a lengthy 40-metre glass edged pool - features a top-floor master suite; dining room; library living area; outdoor bar; and a state-of-the-art gym, the property’s interiors bring a powerful and continuous calming aesthetic with lots of timber, biscuit colour hues and sleek furnishings.
With a dedicated team of personal staff available 24-hours a day; a private chef for those out-of-hours cravings; unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks; spa treatments on tap; an array of water sports to keep you busy; and acres of white sandy beaches that melt into calm, crystal clear waters, Coco Privé is a private island in its truest sense- not least for its offer to obtain ‘virtually anything you can imagine, within reason- and beyond’.