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“A paradise for honeymooners - come for the snorkelling” 5 of 5 stars
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Baros Maldives
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   PO Box 2015, 20-02   |  
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“A paradise for honeymooners - come for the snorkelling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

The location of Baros is what makes this a '5 star' - it is simply stunning. The best thing by far is the house reef, which is huge and minutes away from any villa. We saw reef sharks, turtles, rays and so much more. This really made the whole stay here worthwhile.

I have tried to do a balanced review below, but please bear in mind that this is in the context of a magical honeymoon. I absolutely unreservedly recommend Baros despite our few qualms.

We were collected from the airport by the Baros boat, but did have to wait 15 minutes for them to arrive- this seems a common theme from reading other reviews. We were met on arrival by the front office manager Shijah who was very accommodating, and allocated a villa representative who handled checkin and bookings. We were impressed and grateful that they took us to our room despite our early arrival.

We stayed in a water villa and absolutely loved the privacy and the feeling that you were alone in the ocean. The bath, toilet and shower all look out to the ocean and it is a very special feeling. If you can afford it, I would definitely recommend it. The rooms are well decorated and spacious, with nice little touches such as the provision of yoga mats, slippers and robes.

We had pre-requested villa 310 based on previous reviews and were pleased we did-it is very private with great views. The manager did warn us that there would be work happening on villas near us but that we wouldn't be disturbed. Unfortunately after a couple of days a large digger appeared near our villa, and despite being assured it would be removed when we complained, it reappeared almost everyday which was a shame. To their credit the next day we called we received a complimentary lunch, but we gave up calling after that.

We went half board and were glad we did as the food prices, like the drinks prices, were extortionate. You probably end up paying the same but it was better to swallow the lump sum up-front rather than spoiling the holiday worrying about prices. I do buy the argument that some goods cost a lot to import, but when fresh local tuna costs around $45 you do raise your eyebrows. The bars were always quiet and restaurants dead at lunch because people simply can't afford 3 meals a day plus drinks. I suspect if they halved the drinks prices the bars would get busier and they would sell at least double the amount. As an example, a large bottle of water costs $9, the same as a fruit juice which will also mainly be locally sourced. Everything has 8% government tax and 10% service charge, even things like massages which are surely a service in themselves. We noticed most guests brought the free water bottles from their rooms to dinner to help reduce the costs!

Half board gets you breakfast and dinner in the Lime restaurant each day or 45% off the others. We ate in the Cayenne and Lighthouse once and both were far better. The Lime is a bit of a 'jack of all trades', offering a huge selection but we kept trying new dishes mainly because we didn't have anything that great. The food on the whole was good though, but poor value at half the price. We stayed during their quiet season and the majority of guests were Korean. We did find it slightly off putting that they spent most of their meals taking photographs and would advise management to ban cameras in the restaurants for the benefit of other guests. Most guests attended restaurants in vests, shorts and flip flops which we just felt prevented meals feeling like a special event. Especially in the Lighthouse there should really be a proper dress code.

The Lighthouse Lounge is excellent and the cocktail prices are actually probably fair (around $14) given you get some lovely canopes too. I recommend the Lighthouse Dhun that comes with cherrywood smoke and Nitin is a wonderful waiter. We also had a stunning meal at the Lighthouse, watching sharks swim below as we ate food fit for any michelin starred kitchen. The lobster bisque is cooked in front of you and really delicious, and I would definitely recommend the tuna rossini. Our waiter was Ali and he was exceptional and added that extra touch of class to the evening.

The spa was great and we had a couple of nice massages. We really did love the service of everyone we came across at Baros. It was the best we've had at any hotel, and we have stayed at many of the world's best hotels. Everyone was incredibly friendly and professional and the staff did all that they could to keep people happy. We found Nitin in the Lighthouse bar, Ali in the lighthouse restaurant and Faththey and Eyshadh at Lime really stood out and deserve a special mention. The cleaning staff were also brilliant. Every time we went to breakfast we came back to find a clean room, and likewise at dinner for the turn down. At the end of the stay the villa attendant gave us a leaving gift-a lovely touch.

Overall, this place is not faultless but we did have a lovely stay. It's worth coming for the house reef alone, and when you spend most of your days snorkelling or sunbathing then you can happily tolerate the little niggles. I can't imagine you will find a better hotel in the Maldives but be careful if you haven't got deep pockets!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shuhan A, Resort Manager at Baros Maldives, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Dear adam_monty25,

Thank you for sharing such a detailed review on TripAdvisor for us and I am delighted that you have enjoyed your stay with us.

I have well noted on your comments and taken into consideration to see on the areas we can improve and do the changes.

We all. along with Nitin, Shijah, Ali, Fathey and Eyshad look very much forward to having you with us again for more snorkeling and for other experiences in the future.

On behalf of your Baros Maldives Team,

Warmest Regards,

Shuhan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

It was a unique and unforgettable experience of 4 days in Baros Maldives Resort, full of a peaceful energy, wonderful people and superb service, attention and immaculate facilities. We were welcomed by a Maldivian lady; our host Ashra and later greeted by the Hotel Manager. No words can describe the perfect atmosphere we enjoy, pristine beaches and perfect weather. All restaurants were extremely well taken care of, with superb and delicious menus, foods and drinks. In summary; a true heaven. I fully recommend this hotel to all of you who are looking for a peaceful, enjoyable and world class retreat

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Shuhan A, Resort Manager at Baros Maldives, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Dear Einstein M,

Warmest greetings from Baros Maldives!

Thank you for the lovely review and we are delighted that you have enjoyed your stay with us very much.

It will be a great pleasure to have you back with us again in the near future for another beautiful experience.

Warm Regards from Ashra and the entire team of Baros Maldives.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

My wife and I have just returned last week from our 8th (!!!) stay at Baros in the last 3 years (we usually stay for 3 weeks!). Hence, we can claim to know this island well. In the past we've also been to Kaninfinolhu, Royal Isalnd, Taj Exotica and Reethi Rah but since our first trip to Baros, we can't bring ourselves to go elsewhere.

We have travelled extensively around the world (including Euope, the Caribbean, the Far East, India, Zanziabar, Maritius, Dubai) and without doubt, we consider the Maldives to have the most beautiful beaches and amazing sealife. You truly get that Robinson Crusoe, No shoes, No news atmosphere which is great for relaxation.

Baros remains our number 1 destination within the Maldives and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to couples of all ages who are looking for relaxation, a romantic setting and peace and quiet.

For that very reason, I would not advise families or groups looking for a lively or loud resort to go there. Children would enjoy a larger island with more daytime activities, a kids club etc. The peaceful, romantic vibe of the island would appeal to anyone on their honeymoon, an anniverary or simply some time together as a couple on an idyllic island.

For those who have never been to the Maldives, each resort island has only one hotel based on it. This means you are never bothered by people on the beach trying to sell you souvenirs and you can enjoy your privacy. There are no motorised water sports around Baros so the beaches are quiet and you are safe to snorkell in the open sea.

Despite being only 20 minutes by speedboat from the airport, you do not hear any aircraft as it is not on the flight paths for domestic or international planes. It is unusual even to hear a sea plane.

There are many reasons why we love Baros so much:-

The STAFF

from the Resort manager, Shuhan, to all of his management team and also the reception, waiters, cleaners etc everyone seems to enjoy working there and go out of their way to cater to all your requests and needs. The management staff are very visible and make a point of asking you how your meal was/ how your stay is/ is there anything else you would like etc. They greet you at the jetty when you arrive and wave you off as you leave - just as a good host would when having guests in their own home.

If you are unwell reception will organise a nurse to advise you in the first instance, if you have dietary restrictons the chefs adjust the menus to meet your needs, if you prefer your drinks to be prepeared in a certain way the bar staff will ensure they are prepared to your liking every time you order.

You can even ask for items not on the menus and (allowing for ingredient availability - they are in the middle of the Indian Ocean after all) they will prepare meals just for you. I don't eat beef but wanted a hamburger so they prepared one for me with chicken one day, lamb another day and Gabrielle, the Executive Chef, even offered to prepare a venison burger for me on another day.

Wine and champagne is incredibly expensive across the Maldives due to it having to be imported and Government taxation but Baros does have more affordable wine options and will even save an unfinished bottle for you from your room or any bar or restaurant and send it to wherever you choose whenever you want (eg back to your roome or any bar or any restauarant)

Staff know you by name (even from your first visit) and take the trouble to remember your food and drink preferences.

We appreciate that it may seem that we would receive "special treatment", being such frequent visitors, but staff were just as attentive to us on our first stay, which is why we returned.

The main thing is that the staff are HAPPY in their work and that shows in the fact that several staff have been working for the resort for over 10 years.

This may be because Baros is one of a few hotels run by a Maldivian family - rather than a large multi-national chain of hotels so everything about it is geared towards personal attention and treating you very much as a valued and welcome guest rather than just another anonymous customer.

REEF

If like us, you do not want to have to take a boat to a reef for a pre-planned snorkelling trip, then a house reef teaming with wildlife is essential.

You would be very hard pushed to find a more pristine, beautiful house reef than at Baros. Even an inexperienced snorkeller can swim hardly any distance from their sun lounger and be amongst sharks, rays, turtles, a moray eel and a multitude of brightly coloured tropical fish.

There is no need to be alarmed by the thought of swimming with the sharks as many are very small reef sharks and the larger ones seem so used to snorkellers that they just swim past you, keeping their distance.


If you are nervous, simply ask a member of the dive team to accompany you on a snorkel safari. They are very approachable (unlike at some other centres where they are only interested in people booking diving trips) and patient with novice snorkellers.

Baros cares for the environment and appreciates the reef is one of the big draws for returning guests so they have invested in having an excellent marine biologist, Verena, to oversee the management of the marine environment. She gives excellent talks for guests about the geology and marine life in the Maldives and guests can take part in her ongoing program of growing coral in some of the sheltered, shallow areas around the water villa jetties and near the Light house restaurant.

We used to only go to resorts with a pool but although Baros doesn't have a pool (yet) this should not put you off. The sea is warm all year round and usually very tranquil near the beach with plenty of shallow areas for those not confident about swimming in deeper water or in the open ocean.

The walls between the reef and the beach prevent larger waves from reaching the water nearer the beach so swimming is safe. It's like being in a huge azure coloured swimming pool anyway, wth the adviantage of no chlorine.

ROOMS

There is no such thing as a "basic" room in Baros. All rooms are villas with either a beach front or over water position and reserved sunloungers.

The outdoor bathrooms are spacious and showering in the open air under palm trees is an amazing experience. For those that are not so keen on the thought of an outdoor shower, there is also a separate shower in the covered part of the bathroom.

I don't think you would be disappointed whichever room type you had.

They have also thought of EVERYTHING in the room - 3 pin power sockets for UK plugs, hairdyer, rain ponchos, flip flops, slippers, robes, yoga mats, life jackets (for snorkelling), coffee machine, free bottled water, fruit basket filled daily, umbrellas, in villa champagne for returning guests

RESTAURANTS

Staying for 3 weeks, you'd think we might get bored with the food. However, as the chefs at all the restaurants produced either menu dishes adjusted to our preferences or, with advanced warning, items not on the menu, we were never bored.

Limes menu produces an excellent buffet breakfast under the supervision of Appu (been at Baros 25 years) and Hassan Diddi (been at Baros 30 years). Help yourself to a high quality Prosecco and make sure you try the waffles whicha re excellent.

Half board guests can also eat there for dinner and it has a varied menu from across the world.

Cayenne Grill produces excellent grilled meat, fish and chicken dishes and has a complimentary salad bar with a huge choice of salads, sashimi, soup, anti-pasti, breads

The Lighthouse restaurant has a 360 degree deck over the Indian Ocean and a fine dining atnosphere. It is hard to believe they can produce such a wide variety of haute cuisine items on the menu when everything has to be imported.

If you can, try to time your trip during the full moon - sitting on the deck enjoying fine wines and world class food, with the ocean lit up by moonlight is simply unforgettable.

BARS

The Lighthouse bar above the restaurant again has 360 degree views and the feel of being on the deck of a yacht. The cocktails are amazing and Nitin, the waiter is attentive.

Free canapes are provided after 5pm - perfect with a couple of sundowners. On Fridays they have a live jazz band making the atmosphere even more mellow.

Ask the bar staff, Lakshman and Arevna, to adjust the cocktails to your taste or ask for one not on the menu and they'll prepare it for you.

The sails bar is set in a garden of palm trees with powder soft sand beneath your feet. It is more casual than the Lighthouse and has live music on Tuesdays with a Maldivian bamd called De-Tuned. We don't normally go for hotel based live music but this band paly everything from Adele to Tub-Thumping to U2 to Bon Marley to Rock 'n Roll - and they do it well.

Guests even get up on to the beach and dance along later in the evening as the atmosphere is so good.

Veejay (been at Baros 15 years) ensures you are always well taken care of at the Sails bar.



Bit of a long review I know, but we have so many good things to say!

In summary:-

Nowhere in the Maldives is cheap (due to the unique problems they face in providing food, drink etc in the middle of the ocean) but Baros is not the most expensive of the Luxury resorts - it is better than your average 5 star property so the prices will reflect that.

As a couple, if you want to experience the Maldives in style, then JUST BOOK IT.

If you can afford to go in the drier months then do so to guarantee good weather (i.e Feb or Jan, March). We have still had very good weather (3 weeks of almost uninterrupted sun) in March and April.

Don't worry about booking their "entry level" room - it is still a villa with a beach front location. Very spacious decorated in a contemporary Island Chic style

Congratulations to Shuhan and his team for making every one of our stays at Baros perfect and we look forward to returning to our little piece of paradise soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shuhan A, Resort Manager at Baros Maldives, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Dear GlobetrottingInStyle,

Warmest greetings from your home in the Maldives!

I can't thank you enough for sharing such a wonderful and a detailed review about us. It is such great review which gives the great motivation to move forward in what we are doing!

Thank you once again from all of us and we can't wait to have you back for another great time at Baros Maldives.

Warmest Regards from your Baros Maldives Team

Shuhan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Upon flying into the Maldives as the plane was descending you begin to see the incredible beauty of islands which was below us. The Euphoria and High had finally arrived after a build up of 4 months in waiting.
Upon arriving we were whisked away like Royalty by Baros Staff on one of their launches. After about 20 minutes or so of taking in Male and surrounding Islands there in front of us appeared Baros..
After such anticipation myself and my wife were transfixed with the beauty that was ahead of us.
After docking we were greeted by Shuan the Resort Manager and his staff.
As soon as we stepped onto the Pier the experience began to be personalized. It felt like you were being welcomed to your own private island. The beauty and tranquility of Baros was all ours for the 8 nights we were staying there. This was the feeling created by the staff.
We were in a Deluxe Beach Villa and were upgraded to a Baros Beach Villa. A stunning room with great comfort, faciities and accessories to go with.
You open you back door and within 10 metres lies the serene waters of the Indian Ocean which contribute to making Baros the special place it is. You have your own beach chairs and umbrella within two metres from the shoreline.
Before reading my review, you would have read so many more awesome reviews about the food, restaurants and overall hospitality which are extremely accurate of what awaits you by going to this island which is Heaven. There is no way you will or can be disappointed with the Food & Beverage. So i will not go into this area further. If you are or you do have issues in this area... then god help you.
What makes Baros even more special than any where i have been to around the globe is the attention to detail in all areas along with making everyday of your stay an absolute pleasure. The facilities, activities and tours they offer are outstanding.
If you want to go that little bit further and create a surreal atmosphere and occassion for yourself and your spouse/partner they can even do this to an amazing a degree.
Picture being on a Maldivian Cultural Boat or on a little patch of sand in the middle of the Indian Ocean having dinner whilst taking in the breathtaking views and sunset, along with being provided service which is generally reserved for Kings and Queens. This what Baros does and can do for any of their guests.This is one of many little things Baros offers which makes Baros so special.
For the 8 days we were there we forgot what the real world was. We were in the world of Baros and one we did not want to leave.... how could you possibly want to leave this Island Heaven.
Baros is second to none in providing you the ultimate relaxing holiday and forgetting your day to day activities back home.
This was truely an amazing experience that Baros provided us and it all comes down to Shuan and his staff. How they go out of their way or assist you or attend to a request or greet you or interact with you would leave a lot of top class destinations in the world left behind. They create a dream that you do not want to come out off. Sadly you do...
i would like to give a special thank you to Nitin in the Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar. This individual provided service second to none and his style, charisma and personality made each night at this bar memorable. A really nice guy.
Oh.. by the way the Lighthouse Bar if you cut it out and put in other Areas or Harbours around the world the waiting list to get in would be months. That's how good it is......
After all this wonderful experience it was time to leave... Our moods became sombre and as we were on our way back to the airport by launch. I looked back and said " Baros now that i have found you i will never forget you. I will be back to continue my journey with you."
Ladies and Gentleman there are no words that can do justice for Baros in what it is and what it provides and offers. You have to experience it first hand to understand the effect it has on you.
You will not want to leave.. that i promise you.
Thank you Baros for giving me an experience that i will treasure forever. The beauty is now i have found you... i will not let you go..

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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a_shuhan, Resort Manager at Baros Maldives, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Dear BLACKCAVIAR,

Wow! How beautifully you have put the words together in describing us! It is amazing to read such a great and wonderful and a detailed review. Thank you so much for sharing your experience here.

As much as it was a great pleasure in meeting you at Baros Maldives, I and the team of Baros look forward to meeting you again in the very near future.

For now, in True Maldivian fashion we say "Shukuriyya" for staying with us.

Warmest Regards from the whole of Baros Maldives team.

Shuhan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

It is a too good hotel to share opinions with anyone other than friend. We are here for the fourth time and are sure to come again. This hotel is rather expensive. But only here on the Maldives you can find la haute cousine. The general attitude is perfect. One example. During our two nights stay here this year we received three messages from general manager written by hand. I understand what that means.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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a_shuhan, Resort Manager at Baros Maldives, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Dear Vladimir M,

Warmest greetings from your home in the Maldives!

It was such a great pleasure having you for the fourth time with us and having enjoyed another wonderful Baros experience.

On Behalf of your Baros Maldives team, Thank you for staying with us again and we can't wait to have you back again soon.

Warmest Regards,

Shuhan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

My stay at Baros is from June 8th to 16th: yes, I'm at Baros now.
We stayed first 4 nights at Deluxe villa, and we're moving to Water villa today for the rest of 3 nights.
Therefore, this is the 1st part of my review about Deluxe villa.
Overall- the resort is amazing in everywhere - beautiful lagoon, undersea environment is also fantastic (we could see so many beautiful tropical fishes and even sharks!), the service quality is flawless.
Villa- if you're thinking about 'Deluxe villa', I would strongly recommend that it is actually nicer than the picture. Air-condition works well, you can jump into the sea for snorkeling, there's a Nespresso machine, as well. Considering the value, Deluxe villa is a good choice I believe.
Foods- They upgraded Breakfast to HB plan which is a very good deal. The breakfast is good - but the menu is the same everyday, so if you stay longer, you might feel bored. The dinner is good in overall, and we found that indian & asian foods(except Japanese) are better than western foods. But I have say that the coffee is served very hot, beer is not served very cold. Wine list is too expensive - hard to find decent one with reasonable price. (70% of them is above $100)
If you're honeymooner, they'll provide you 'Candle lighted dinner' at beach - honestly, it wasn't the best meal. They served foods so quickly; started at 7:30 and finished at 9. I had to finish starter, main, and dessert with 1 bottle of wine during 1 and half hour, which is too fast from my standard. The waiter was keep asking if I'm finished, so I had to eat fast. If they call it as 'special service', the execution is important, I think. Don't understand why they made it less satisfactory because of a small detail. Other than this, I love everything at Baros!
My review will be updated after staying at Water villa.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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a_shuhan, Resort Manager at Baros Maldives, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Dear Waternlove,

Thank you for your lovely review! I and the team of Baros are delighted to have read the enjoyment of your stay with us.

We have taken your feedback into consideration and rest assured that we have done the alterations for the areas you have mentioned for improvement.

We all are very much looking forward for the updated review soon and we would love to have you with us soon again.

Warmest regards,

Shuhan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Choose the over-the-water option rather than the beach as the views are better.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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a_shuhan, Resort Manager at Baros Maldives, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Dear Jocelyn S,

Thank you so much for the lovely and the very detailed review shared on TripAdvisor for us.

It is a great delight for all of us to learn how much you have enjoyed your stay with us. Especially Abdulla, Nitin and Kumar highly appreciated your kind words about them.

We all look forward to having you back again soon for another great experience.

On behalf of all of us at Baros Maldives Thank you once again.

Warmest Regards,

Shuhan
Resort Manager
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Address: PO Box 2015, 20-02
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Baros Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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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