Best of the Maldives: Luxury Departure Lounger – Cora Cora

Cora Cora - luxury departure lounger

Leaving a resort is painful enough just saying goodbye to paradise, but often it made worse by having to leave your luxurious room and being homeless for your final hours. Resorts often invest considerably into arrival lounges to make a great first impression and to provide extra care for guests usually coming off tiring long-haul journeys. But less attention is given to the departure infrastructure. Some resorts have a waiting area you can use, but in all too many your only option is to sit in the reception until it is time to go. But Cora Cora has added a departure lounge as luxurious as many arrival ones. It includes recliner chairs (see photo), a special beach area (for easily getting that final dip in the Indian Ocean), shower (to rinse off the salty and sand), as well as an array of refreshments. Putting some “cheer” into “cheerio”.

Best of the Maldives: Outdoor Toilet – Cora Cora

Cora Cora - outdoor toilet

World Toilet Day today. How far we have come with indoor pluming that the notion of have an outdoor toilet seems to be the quintessence of backwardness and impoverished living. And yet, Cora Cora’s outdoor toilet is distinctly luxury. For starters, it provides the most thoroughly vented toilet in all of the Maldives. Many luxury properties have moved their water closets to the villa rear exterior. And many do have toilets sitting in the overall bathroom area either in the open or partly enclosed by some glass blind. But Cora Cora’s does provide the al fresco morning constitutional experience with a bit more privacy with its own segregated area.

Best of the Maldives: Inspiring Promo – Cora Cora

Cora Cora - inspirational idol

The Pride of Britain Awards are broadcast tonight honouring brave individuals with heart-warming stories, but the Maldives has its own version with Cora Cora’sInspirational Idol 2022” promotion. They sought nominations of inspiring stories in art, music, performing art, folk tradition, sport, travel, science told in 500-word descriptions and 1 minute video. The winner was Damien Rider who received a 7-day all-inclusive holiday at the resort (with two international flights included):

  • “Imagine surviving a traumatic childhood filled with abuse of the worst order… His work and dedication have led him to become a globally respected Wellness and Mindset Coach.”

Best of the Maldives: Candle-Making Workshop – Cora Cora

Cora Cora - candle making workshop

Happy Halloween. A time for lots of homemade sorcery – carving pumpkins, baking sweets, making costumes. I even crafted my own Halloween montage for a big Halloween party we held last year – “I’m In Love with a Monster”. If you want to make some especially spooky candles, Cora Cora offers a candle making workshop. Perhaps with a pumpkin spice scent.

Best of the Maldives: Heritage Curation – Cora Cora

Cora Cora - curation

  • “A Thousand Years of Receive Visitors – To Change and Be Changed: Maldivian history is defined by travel and transformation. The archipelago’s location has historically made it an easy discover for settlers from the subcontinent. Their arrival throughout the millennia alongside the bloom of trade across the Indian Ocean, resulted in interactions responsible for embedding the objects her in The Dutch Onion – and producing today’s diverse Maldivian communities.”

I already written the about museum on Maamagili, but the work continues under the new management of Cora Cora. The extensive collection of heritage is not just a showpiece assembling a few artifacts for the cultural curiosity of the guests, but instead an ongoing research, excavation, restoration project that continues to literally unearth treasures from the Maldives’ distant past.

The work is conducted at their Collection Centre where they continue to examine and catalogue pieces found on the island. During my visit, experts in ancient Chinese porcelain visiting to the resort with the primary objective of examining the trove of artifacts. The resort is still moving an ancient mosque uncovered during construction and is reconstructing it. In fact, a entirely new bathing tank found and excavated when the Cora Cora property was developed.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts on some of the intriguing details of this archaeological work.

Cora Cora - musuem

Tour 2022- Cora Cora

Maldives Tour 2022 - cora cora

Cora Cora is like a collection of all of our favourite things in the Maldives – small island, fine house reef, cultural heritage, whimsical vibe, colourful aesthetic, progressive management, accessible luxury. One might think that after staying at over 110 Maldives resorts, and having written over 1600 “Best of the Maldives” pieces we would have seen it all by now. So it is delightful to continue our adventure of discovery and find over 20 features to Cora Cora that we hadn’t seen before (or at least not with their twist). Also, it shows that you don’t have to be a super luxury property to be distinctive. I’m not surprised when I come across some esoteric luxury in one of the ultra-premium resorts, but it’s especially satisfying when a resort finds a way to add an inventive touch with creativity as opposed to big budgets. Stay tuned for some colourful delights.