My husband and I went to Baros earlier this month for 10 nights. We had the most wonderful time! We stayed in a water villa which was perfectly located for all day sun (villa 310) and fantastic sunset views.
The location: Being only 20 minutes by speedboat from Male, we felt like we stepped off the plane and were at the resort within a matter of minutes! On arrival, we were given a glass of champagne and a refreshing towel and told about the restaurants, bars and other amenities on the island.
The room: The villa was beautifully designed with a wonderfully large bed! The expresso machine was a nice touch as were the little cakes/biscuits left for us each night. The outside deck was a good size - plenty of room for two sunbeds and to move into the shade when necessary.
The food: We were on a B&B basis. Breakfast was fantastic – buffet style with eggs prepared however you want them, plenty of choice of pastries, cereals and fresh fruit. And complimentary champagne! We were not sure at first whether it was complimentary (my husband raising his eyebrows when I turned up at the table with two glasses, wondering how much it was going to cost us!), but it turned out that it was! In the evenings, we went mainly to the Cayenne and Lime restaurants. Both were fantastic – we can particularly recommend the lobster rolls at the Lime restaurant for a starter and the whole lobster or catch of the day done Thai style at the Cayenne. The Lime restaurant was a bit more casual than the other two, but there was still an excellent selection of foods available and at a reasonable price (for the Maldives!). We also found the Cayenne good value, given that you get antipasti and salad included in the cost of your main course. We ate at the Lighthouse one night (our anniversary) and it was a wonderful fine-dining experience: again, we couldn’t fault it. The wine list was fairly good – from what I recall, it ranged from around $45 to over $2000!! The wines at the lower end were perfectly drinkable (we can highly recommend the Chilean Carmenere and the Argentinean Malbec).
The service: We were amazed at how great the service was: from the meet and greet staff to the waiters and waitresses. All were very professional, highly trained and very friendly.
Little extras: Baros has one evening each week where all guests are invited to have cocktails. We went along to this and it was great. We spent an hour or so chatting to some of the staff and drinking fantastic wine. It was our anniversary while we were staying at Baros and we were surprised to be told that we were going to have a champagne breakfast in our villa and that we would also get a cake! Very nice touch! And finally, on the night before we were leaving, we found two little wooden turtles on our bed to take home with us to remind us of our stay.
Snorkelling/swimming: With the reef almost the whole way around the island, there was plenty to see when snorkelling. There was also a lot to see even from our deck and from the restaurants. We saw a lot of reef sharks, stingrays and even a turtle! From a very personal perspective, the only thing missing for me on Baros was a swimming pool. I found the sharks a little bit scary (even though I knew they were not at all dangerous) and I’m also not a huge fan of salt water. My husband, however, loved going out on the reef and also going for a swim straight off the back of our villa.
Our departure from Baros coincided with the snow arriving in the UK and many of the flights being cancelled. The initial information we had from the airport was that our flight was cancelled and we were just getting our heads around the fact that we would have to spend a few more days at Baros (not too much of a hardship!) when we received a call from the front desk: the staff had made more enquiries and found out that the flight was back on (after an extra plane had been put on from Colombo). We were very impressed by their efficiency! Although we were very sad to leave Baros, at least we knew we’d be home in time for Christmas!
All in all, we could not fault Baros and would recommend it to anyone!
- 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