Happy 20th Birthday, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu!
Dec, 06 2018
Twenty years ago, four Maldivian brothers set out to open the first locally-owned luxury resort in the country. They envisioned a tropical hideaway of timeless elegance; an understated gem which would act as a mirror, reflecting Maldivian heritage, culture, and values throughout the years.
On the 7th of December 1998, the brothers stood together on the brand-new jetty of Dhuni Kolhu island to welcome the first guests to Coco Palm.
The inspiration behind Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu has always been the Maldives. During construction, local materials as well as traditional lacquer work were utilised throughout the resort. Design concepts for the interiors came from the wonders of the ocean, and the flora of the island.
For twenty years, our resort has continuously highlighted local art and culture, from having Maldivian musicians perform for our guests, to inviting lacquer craftsmen from neighbouring Thulhaadhoo island to come practice their craft every week and to sell their work directly to guests. Traditional Bodu Beru performances take place every Friday, and local dancers come to perform on special occasions.
Our commitment to the preservation of Maldivian heritage extends beyond art and culture, and into the natural world around us. It has always been crucial for us to protect and preserve our fragile environment at every stage, from construction to operation.
We built one of the first drinkable water and glass bottling plants, and for many years have had a ban on plastic bags on the island. We have always implemented sustainable fishing practices, and as a popular nesting site for green sea turtles, we strive to protect these nests from damage.
We have been able to maintain our ethos of environmental and social responsibility throughout the years. This soul of the island is embodied by our dedicated staff and their outstanding service, many of whom have been with us from the very beginning. It is this level of commitment that has seen the return of so many of our guests, time and time again.
Our story began with four brothers, but over time the story of Coco Palm has grown, and with it, so has our Coco Family.
We are thrilled to be celebrating our 20th birthday, and with it, 20 years of sustainable hospitality, excellent service, and a heritage we can be proud of.