From the sea, CocoMaya appears to be an oversized beach hut with three tall, thatched roofs supported by wooden poles as big as tree trunks and few walls to obstruct the breeze or the view through the restaurant to the lush, boulder hillside. Architect Viviana Jenik created a seaside masterpiece that transforms at every turn—from beach bar to romantic restaurant to cocktail lounge. Guests with bare feet can comfortably mingle with those in high heels at this exquisite, multi-level locale that turns its patrons into chameleons, depending on which part of the property they may find themselves.
Owner Jen Bogdany’s exquisite eye for design created a combination of rustic and refined accents to complement the architecture and setting, but this should be no surprise since Jen is also the mastermind who perfected barefoot indulgence at nearby Baraka Point Estate.
When I first arrived at CocoMaya, before the sun set, I felt like an explorer among the boulders beside the restaurant on the beach. Beer in hand, I followed a sandy path and discovered benches strategically built-in to the granite boulders—tucked-away spots for lounging in the shade not far from Fort George. The secret alcoves enticed me to hatch some schemes of my own. This is, after all, a place once ruled by pirates, according to HLSCC professor Dr Mitch Kent. Turtledoves cooed and gulls cried nearby, enticing me to head back to the beach where I sat on a sun lounger and enjoyed the view of Beef Island, Tortola and the Dog Islands while the waves wove patterns on the shore.