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“The times of our lives”
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Baros Maldives
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Baros Island
Certificate of Excellence
Midlands UK
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“The times of our lives”
Reviewed 27 March 2009

We have just returned from 2 weeks of pure endulgence/ luxury.
Having searched through endless holiday brouchures and reviews on trip advisor we finally decided on Baros. Oh boy we could have not made a better choice.
What an experience flying over the Indian Ocean looking down wondering which island is our chosen one, the sight of the islands is just wonderful.
Once we landed we were quickly through customs and we were greeted by a member of the Baros team who made us feel so welcome to the Maldives. Within minutes we were on the speed boat on our way, cold water and towels were supplied, these were very much appreciated as it was 30 + degrees.
Upon arrival we were greeted on the jetty by staff who welcomed us to Baros, they escorted us to reception where we had cold drinks. The staff were so friendly, asking about our journey, if we had been to the Maldives before. This sounds strange but the whole atmosphere made us feel so relaxed even though we had only been there about 20 minutes. Just being surrounded by happy friendly people. What a wonderful start to our holiday.
Soon we were escorted to our water villa, the man who took us pointed out the dive centre, the spa and gym during our short walk. We asked him questions about the Maldives and Baros, he could not have been more helpful. This first hour on the island set the scene for the holiday, we soon understood the Baros way, I will explain later.
Upon arrival at our water villa we were not disappointed, our luggage was already in the villa, we opened the doors on to the deck and the view was out of this world. We were so happy we had made Baros our choice.
Our first evening we had a couple of drinks at the sails bar and then we ate in the Lime restaurant, we had a lovely meal in a beautiful setting. We sat on the edge of the deck, a warm breeze, lovely food just perfect..
The next day my husband and I booked a spa treatment, we both had a full body massage, we recommend this to start your holiday, start as you mean to go on.
We enjoyed it so much we had one the day before we travelled home.
During our 2 weeks we just chilled out, swimming, snorkling, diving, reading, and having quality time together which we never seem to have at home. We were determined to have a holiday to remember forever.
Some afternoons we would wander down to the Sails Bar and lay on the huge day beds they have there under the palm trees, I would go off swimming in the reef while my husband sat and had a cold beer and read his book. I did my first dive at Baros, again the dive school staff were so reassuring, I was so nervous, but once in the water with my instructor by my side I could have dived for hours it was amazing.
Well I could go on and on praising this wonderful Island so here are a few thing we highly recommend
Maldevian Night at the Cayenne Grill
5/ 5.30pm go upstairs in the lighthouse, watch the sunset with a bottle of wine the views from there are amazing (remember to take your camera)
Eat at the Lighthouse Restaurant (THE BEST)
Have a spa treatment its well worth the money
If you've never dived before have a go, I was so pleased I did. The dive team are great.
The final must do is go on the sunset cruise, then go for a meal like we did at the Lighthouse, that evening was a definate highlight of our holiday, if we are so lucky to go back to Baros again we would do it again
One for the ladies........check out the island boutique, beautiful clothes and jewellery.
Earlier I mentioned the Baros way, we found out early on and throughout our holiday, that the staff go out of there way to make your holiday perfect, nothing is too much trouble, they smile and its genuine. They are there for you 24/7 but they also give you privacy.
We hope your stay in Baros will be as perfect as ours. The service they gave us was outsanding. This was our first holiday ever when we could not find fault, the location, service, staff just perfect.
Thank you Baros Team hope to return one day soon.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2009

just returned from the most relaxing peaceful holiday i have ever had.this is my 4th trip to the maldives my 1st to baros,the island is small with lush greenery and beautiful sand, the staff made us so welcome it was like having your own private island it was very low key relaxing nobody been noisy like some off the other places i have been to,the check in was great with champagne and cold towels to cool down.we were taken to our villa by one of the staff who was very pleasant and the water villas definetly have the wow factor.we were introduced to the boss who is called jihad we were invited to a cocktail party on the beach it was superb,we ate in the cayanne most of the time with a few nights in the lighthouse the view for the sunset cant be missed,the sail bar staff were the best special word for mumtaz your a star.the food is fantastic as good as you will get in a top hotel if not better. on leaving mr shuhaan took us to the jetty on leaving and we were made to feel so special it was sad to leave but we will definetly be going back soon

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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South Africa
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Reviewed 24 March 2009

Having read most of the trip advisor reviews on BAROS, we really thought we were in for a great experience, Baros was the first of three resorts we had booked, and i`m currently writng this review from W RETREAT AND SPA .
Firstly i must say the tranfer was effecient with very pleasant staff members, secondly the check in was brilliant to a point, until we were escorted to our baros villa by an extremely ineffecient staff member to say the least with absoloutly no people skills at all, and i ,believe subsequent to our dissattisfaction she no longer works at the resort. The Baros Villa was a O.K. definatately no wow factor , we were left pondering whether infact we were actually in a baros villa and not in the standard villa. The Villa`s are rather close to each other and we found most guests whispering to each other on the beach, not to to disturb or inconvience the guests on sun lounges alongside of them, this could be a positive or a negative, after all you`re on vacation nothing wrong with a bit laughter . The snorkelling was O.k. but far from the best we`ve seen , also remember that there are strong tidal currents and rips so be carefull if you not a great swimmer. The worst part of the Villa set up is either you face Male or your outlook is onto, in some parts a deteriorating tidal wall , not very good for photography.
Resturants and bars
SAILS BAR - excellent and extremely friendly staff members,great for light meals,cocktails and light evening entertainment .
LIGHTHOUSE BAR - as above, good sunset photo shoots etc although Male in the backround.
LIME RESTUARANT - very good value for money , friendly effecient staff , a well rounded menue and venue.
CAYENNE GRILL - great setting , excellnt staff members , fantastic teppanyaki chef.
Asian Buffet - big dissapointment at 85 us dollar per person , minimal selection, a bad choice .
TEPPANYAKI - great we recommend .
In conclusion to the whole restaurant issue and a comparison if you interested at W RETREAT the restuarant FIRE which serves a buffet for 75 us dollars per person, and in my opinion a 100% better with a huge variety and a brilliant romantic setting.
The checkout was probably the worst experience we`ve ever encounted in 12 years of travel all around the world , no good morning, no thank you , no how was your stay with us will you be returning - nothing at all but, how are you paying cash or card , bye-bye and that was it.
To conclude a very dissapointing experience never to return again, for a couple more dollars you could be in heaven in the maldives selecting another resort as we are experiencing right now ( THANK YOU W TETREAT AND SPA FOR MAKING OUR YEARLY MALDIVES TRIP A PLEASURE AS WE ONLY KNOW IT)
We complete our stay at the maldives as return visitors at ANGSANA IHURU RESORT A SLIGHTLY CHEAPER RESORT WITH FULL BOARD , if only BAROS could offer the equivilent services as the W RETREAT AND ANGSANA resorts, we too could return to BAROS one day
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  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Berkshire
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Reviewed 24 March 2009

This was our fourth visit to the Maldives. Baros is much smaller than other islands we had stayed on and we were slightly concerned we would find it too small but we need not have worried. It is a beautiful, perfect island ringed in white coral sand. You can stroll around it in 10/15 minutes. We landed into Male at 8.30am and we had cleared customs and retrieved our bags by 8.45! We were met outside of arrivals by the Baros representative and whisked to the boat and by 9.30am we were on Baros Island. Our villa was not quite ready so were offered breakfast and when finished we were taken to our villa. We had booked a deluxe villa and had requested it to be located on the North/North west side of the island facing the Banyan Tree. Being sun worshippers we feel this was the optimum choice as our part of the beach got the sun all day and you could see the sunset whereas some other villas further around to the west/south of the island lost the sun around 4/4.30pm. In addition some parts of the island had views of Male – whilst it is very much in the distance on the horizon and not an eyesore you could see it fairly clearly on certain days which may bother some people. If like us you would prefer the sun all day the best deluxe villas are 106 – 115 with a great bit of beach and views out to sea and the Banyan Tree Island in the distance. Best Baros villas are 214 upwards – ones numbered lower lose the sun late afternoon. The best water villas for sun all day are 308 – 312. The deluxe villas are furnished very nicely – not quite as stylish as the Baros and Water Villas – but we think the bathrooms in the deluxe villas are by far superior to the higher categories of villas and much more Maldivian in style. They are outside and are beautiful – very spacious with a huge bath tub and a stunning outdoor shower with discreet lighting which in the early evening makes it the most romantic bathroom we have had in the Maldives. It was heaven showering under palm trees and watching the fruit bats fly overhead. The deluxe beach villas are closer together than the Baros villas but we were never disturbed by our neighbours on either side. As no children under 12 are allowed at Baros it adds to the general peace and tranquility of the Island.

Baros has a great choice of restaurants and we ate in all three with the Cayenne Grill and the Lighthouse being our favourites. Food is pricey but not by Maldives 5 star standards however everything is in dollars so you do get stung given the current weak British pound. Both bars are very good but The Lighthouse Lounge Bar is quite simply one of the most amazing locations you will ever drink cocktails in. We spent an hour or so there every evening curled up on the double day beds sipping drinks watching the sun set with nurse sharks and sting rays floating about below us. There was live music a couple of times a week in Sails bar and the bands were actually very good and contributed to a very good after dinner ambience.

The resort spa is excellent and we had some of the best massages ever from the wonderful therapists in a beautiful and tranquil setting. My husband dived nearly every day and thought the dive school was very friendly and efficient and the diving excellent. As the majority of dive sites were close by it meant he was only away for a few hours each day. The house reef at Baros is as good as all the other reviewers have said – the best house reef we have experienced in the Maldives – and there was a huge variety of fish as well as large turtles, eagle rays, eels and large reef and nurse sharks.

To summarise we very much enjoyed our two weeks on Baros. It is a stunning small natural resort with wonderful staff and facilities and if you are looking for a relaxed, quiet and pampering break on an island which is deluxe without being too glitzy then Baros is for you.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Lutterworth
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Reviewed 3 March 2009

This was our second visit to Baros. We stayed for 10 nights in a water villa in February 2008 and we fell in love with the island. On our return to the UK we booked again for 14 nights again in a water villa. We would have never imagined that it could be better but it was. We had a direct flight from Gatwick to Male which was much better than going to Dubai then connecting to Male as we did last year. Within 30minutes of landing we were on the Baros speed boat and on our way to paradise. Upon arrival we were greeted by familar faces from last year its was lovely to see Shuhan again. Our first day on the island felt like we had never been away. Everything you could possibly want from a holiday you can find on this lovely island. I could list all the excellent /positive things about the island but it would be endless, so what about the negitive things......... there are no negitive things, yes its expensive but its a 5 star luxury resort and you get what you pay for and more. Anyone thinking of going to Baros you will not be disappointed. We must mention the fantastic staff Shuhan ,Joost ,Damien ( this man deserves a michelin star) and his team especially Hadi. Vijay, Jules, Apol & Ayon and my dear friend Mumtaz from the sails bar. Everyone on the island will make your holiday memorable as they did ours, as they did ours in a very emotional and memorable way. Thank you everyone on Baros including members of the team we did not mention. Not only will you fall in love with the Island but also the very special staff, we miss them as we do the Island.
Nicks says THANK YOU TO (you know who you are) for his special birthday surprise.
See you all very soon
Love Donna xxxxxx

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 23 February 2009

We've just returned from two weeks on Baros and are already plotting our return. The room (Baros Villa) was fantastic - spacious and comfortable. The beach was beautiful and I wasn't at all put off by the breakwater as I had thought I might be. The food? Great and varied enough to keep you interested for a fortnight. No repetitive buffet here on half-board - it's a full a la carte menu. Fantastic public spaces that combine chic with no-shoes relaxation.

What really makes Baros, though, is probably what makes any island in the Maldives: the sea life. Walk out from your villa with a roll from breakfast and there are hundreds of fish daring themselves to eat it. Walk around the island in the middle of the night under the full moon, watch the adolescent sharks playing in the shallows and see the phosphorescence sparkle as you move through the water... and you really are in paradise.

It's an expensive place, and the incidentals bill for two weeks mounted up faster than we had expected... but Baros is one of the few experiences in my travelling life that has exceeded expectations in almost every way.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 3 February 2009

Although Baros is the only place I have stayed in the Maldives and therefore I have no comparison, I would say it is objectively beautiful. We stayed in a water villa for 5 nights and in a Baros beach villa for 2 nights. Both were great in different ways. The water villa was well designed and comfortable, although I agree with a previous reviewer that you have to be prepared for the lack of air conditioning in the bathroom. Also our ipod dock wasn't working and no one seemed to be able to fix it. And remember to ask for the awning for the beds on the deck/balcony as these aren't in the room.

The Baros beach villa was larger than the water villa. I loved the outdoor shower and would happily have transported it back to London.

Food was better than I had feared, but expensive. I was worried that the menu would get dull after a couple of days, but that wasn't the case. Service was sometimes good, but usually below standard - waiters could be surly and awkward as well as slow in taking in orders. In contrast, the bar waiters were great - really attentive (although with a tendency to only speak to men rather than women).

My partner dived and spoke highly of the dive school. I snorkelled and found it great, although awkward that there are so few places to enter and exit the reef - beware if the tide is going out!

All in all, Baros was wonderful, beautiful and gave us the relaxing break we wanted.

  • Liked — Location, beach and villas
  • Disliked — Surly restaurant staff
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Baros Maldives
Address: PO Box 2015, 20-02
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Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Baros Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Baros Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Baros Maldives 5*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A lush, tropical island set in the shimmering waters of a shallow lagoon, ringed by a reef vibrant with marine life. Stay in elegance in Villas created from timber and sandstone, poised and peaceful over a translucent lagoon, or nestled discreetly among exotic blooms by the beach. Revel in romantic privacy on the perfect vacation. The essence of the Maldives, defined at Baros. ... more   less 
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