I have been planning a trip to Maldives for the last couple of years. However it was only this year I found someone to go with me. The next challenge was to find the resort that meets our expectations. We all know Maldives is paradise in itself. However finding that special gem requires a lot of research.
I found the reviews on Trip Advisor to be the most accurate. It was key in planning our trip and this is the reason why I am taking the time to write this review; to help fellow travelers make an informed decision.
One of the many criteria we were looking for in a resort is that it should be relatively small, catered specifically to adults and accessible by speedboat. We saw a lot of vacation packages out there that had good deals but in the end we decided to do this on our own. We shortlisted 2 resorts: Baros and Como. We compared the reviews on Trip Advisor and opted for Baros (given they catered to adults).
We made our reservation directly with the hotel. We wanted to ensure we got what we paid for. There were several options available for the type of room. We decided to spend 2 nights at the beach and 3 nights over-the-water. We also chose a private boat transfer even if it cost more as we didn't want to waste any time waiting for other passengers. The entire reservation process went very smoothly.
We arrived at Male was meet by a guy that was holding the Baros sign. He asked for our names and quickly took our luggage and escorted us to the boat. It was a great feeling to know that we can leave the island immediately and own our way to paradise. The staff gave us a cold wet towel and cold bottled water; a welcome treat after a 4hour flight.
At a distance, we were in awe with the sight of the white tent at the tip of the island. We were so excited to see how beautiful the resort is and can't wait to step foot on solid ground.
We were greeted by the General Manager, Shuhan; he was waiting for us at the landing dock. We were given a choice of Champagne or juice as a welcome drink. We were then shown around the resort and then to our room. We were given room 212 which was directly across from the gym. The room was relatively comfortable and came with an outdoor shower area. The downside of an outdoor bathroom is that there are small creatures that find their way in the shower stall. This is inevitable given that the shower area is not fully enclosed.
After the 2 nights we moved to the over-the-water room: Room 305. The room was beautiful and more spacious than the beach room. In addition to the gorgeous view, it had its own area to sun bath and direct access to the water. This is by far a better option. Being over-the-water meant a longer distance to the spa and restaurant area which we didn't mind since the view was fantastic.
A summary of the things we enjoyed most in Baros:
-Yoga almost every day with Master Kumar. The class was US$25 per person which is quite reasonable.
-A 90-minute massage is US$175 and we had 2 during our stay. We chose the Balinese massage, deep pressure. Master Kumar is the best.
-Snorkeling; the parameter of the island is surrounded by house fish reefs. It was beautiful. It kept us very busy exploring the reefs during our entire stay. We also did a snorkeling guided tour with “Sugar”. Although this is not her real name, she calls herself this so it is easier for the guest to remember her name.
-Drinks at the Lighthouse in the evening served by Nitin. The best server you can find. One thing good about the bar, is that when you ordered a drink it came with assorted canapés and nuts.
-You can walk around the beach and circle the island in less than 15 minutes that is if you are casually walking or taking snap shots here and there. Yes, it is indeed a small island.
-A wide arrays of breakfast foods including champagne. Pradeep cut the fruits every day. The service from the staff was always good and done with a smile.
-Abdulla the Food and Beverage Manager was extremely knowledgeable and gave good recommendations on food.
-Participated in the beginners dive. It is worth the money and experience.
-The tour of Male was informative. However it required that you are dress conservatively: with sleeves and below the knee length dress. Given that most of the clothes we had were tank tops and shorts; we tried to put together an outfit that was appropriate. When we got to the island, most of the tourist were wearing shorts and tank tops, sigh (and it the hot sun, wearing sleeves can be unbearable). In addition, the time they allocated for the tour is too long so we ended up in a coffee shop waiting for the time to fly by to catch the boat. Not worth it.
On the return to Male, we were escorted by the staff all the way until we checked in to our flight. And now that is what you call, good service!!!
We can't wait to return to Baros.
- 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