My partner and I stayed four nights at Baros and four at Mirihi. I chose Baros for the beautiful garden bathroom in the deluxe beachfront villa (which ironically is the base level accommodation) and it did not disappoint. The villa was beautiful and fantastically equipped, the setting stunning. I would look up at the Lighthouse Bar against the palms and the water and think I was in a dream.
Baros oozes romance, the staff were friendly and attentive and the food was excellent. Yes, food and drink are not cheap, but everything in the Maldives has to be imported so not much surprise there. For Australians, it was a little strange to fly 10,000k to eat Tasmanian Salmon and Black Angus beef, but I suppose it has to come from somewhere.
Yes, you can see Male (no idea why that upsets some people, the lights are pretty at night), yes, you can see the waste processing island (a reminder of the cost of this sort of luxury), and yes, there are sea walls (and idiots who stand on them when they get stuck snorkelling). Without the sea walls I suspect there would be little beach.
The snorkelling is surprisingly good given the number of people I saw standing on the coral - we saw a turtle twice and lots of fish. The best snorkelling point is outside the Sails bar, also possibly the best swimming point, as the reef being so near the island makes it difficult to swim out far within the lagoon. This is a lovely spot to snag one of the fantastic double sofas under the palms, already loaded with beach towels, and make a base for the day.
Remember to wear oodles of sunscreen when snorkelling (I knew this and still got burnt). We didn't go on any excursions or try the dive centre or spa - I loved the villa so much that lying on our sunloungers under our thatched umbrella, listening to the waves wash onto the shore, took up a good part of our four day stay. That and heading up to the Lighthouse bar at sunset where the lovely Ayun served us one of about a hundred cocktails with delicious bar snacks (beware the surprising and eventually addictive wasabi crisps!) Baros also served us a complimentary champagne breakfast and cake for our tenth anniversary, even though on the actual date we were on Mirihi. Champagne is included in the buffet breakfast at Lime if you want to start your day with a few bubbles.
For those still doing the endless round of resort comparisons, if you are looking for romantic luxury Baros will not disappoint. Don't bother to take shampoo, conditioner or body lotion, the supplies are luxuriously good. If you are looking for a fantastic dive resort with excellent buffets, a unique low-key friendliness and a terrific house reef, check out Mirihi.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Baros Maldives Hotel North Male Atoll
- Baros Maldives Male
- Baros Maldives Hotel Male