By all means, if this is your first visit ever to the Maldives, Baros will be an incredible experience. However, having been to Veligandu and Cocoa Island the past 2 years, we think Baros ranks below both those islands. First the pros: the seafood buffet was great and good value when compared to overall prices in Maldives. The Lighthouse tasting menu was very expensive, but also worth its price with dishes that are beautifully presented. The house reef has great sea life and we saw tons of nurse sharks, turtles, batfishes, and octopus that actually swim around. The cocktails were good, I especially enjoyed the unique smokey cocktails served at the Lighthouse bar. There were 2 waiters (can't recall their names) that were incredibly friendly and attentive. One even took initiative during breakfast to get us mangoes and rambutans when he found out we were fond of them.
Unfortunately, there were also points that let us down -- at first in our 3 trips to the Maldives. 1) We Stayed in a water villa, room 308, and the air con malfunctioned twice. There was no sea breeze one night and it was so stuffy that I actually felt uncomfortable for the first time in all of my trips to the Maldives. 2) The villas felt quite close to one another. I think the air flow design could have been massively imporved if they had a window on the entrance side as well. As there are only opening/windows on the side facing the ocean, when there is no breeze, the room quickly gets stuffy with no draft or circulation. This meant we had to keep the air con on, whereas the air flowed through brilliantly at all times at our suite at Cocoa Island. 3) The island is poorly laid out. There are only 2-3 seats laid out available for guests staying in the water villas who want to enjoy the sun on the beach. The rest of the island's beaches are essentially private stretches for guests staying in the beach villas. I'm shocked that I'm in the Maldives and I can't find a seat on the beach to enjoy! We asked the front desk and was told on the side towards our water villas, there are indeed only 2-3 seats. Otherwise, we can use the loungers laid out at the end of piers with no share, or walk to the far eastern end near the bars. Hardly an ideal layout. 4) We didn't really see anything with the night snorkeling trip, though that could be down to more luck and water conditions. 5) The house reef, while good in number of sea life, is the same stretch. It gets repetitive when day after day, there is only one stretch to snorkel. In fact, because there is only one stretch, we often saw other guests floating/swimming by. This is very poor compared to Cocoa Island, where there was great snorkeling on the house reef on all different sides of the island. With Veligandu and Cocoa Island, we never saw more than 1-2 other guests snorkeling by even at full capacity. This made Baros feel less exclusive and sometimes like a public beach. 6) The food quality at Lime left much to be desired. We ended up eating at Cayenne most of the nights. Since the menu didn't change, it got repetitive. Also, on multiple occasions, the waiter got our orders wrong. Simple things like flavour of ice cream... Or failing to mention their fried rice is heavy with coriander, which I don't eat. When I pointed this out, instead of offering to replace it, they simply said this is way the chef has prepared it. 7) Aside from the 2 waiters mentioned above and the fantastic team running the Spa, there were quite a few others that didn't seem to know what was going on. We got 3 different answers from 3 different staff when inquiring about price of the seafood buffet.
At the risk of this review sounding incredibly spoiled, I must also point out on my previous trips to Cocoa Island and Veligandu, everything was perfect. Anything that was not perfect was immediately remedied or sorted out. I didn't feel this to be the case at Baros. Baros did not live up to our expectations given our previous Maldivian holidays. As mentioned previously, we had amazing times at Cocoa Island and Veligandu, and I would recommend those over 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