Rarely in life do you find perfection, Baros resort has achieved absolute Perfection.
I usually write fairly short reviews, this will not be one of them. If you read this I apoligize in advance for my lengthy descriptions but feel that if you are ever looking for the perfect resort in the Maldives, Carribean, French Polynesia, etc. you really need to consider Baros.
Arrival: Coming from the USA - it was a rather long trip. Arrived around noon with no baggage. Not a problem. Smiling faces picked us up at the airport, wisked us off to Baros and were greeted with champagne by our host Aminath Ashra (What a sweetheart! Hope I got the spelling of your name correct!)). She informed us that she would follow up on the baggage and in the meantime we could go get sunscreen, clothes, etc at the gift shop and she would send whatever toiletries we needed to our room. We were taken to our room (we had chosen a pool villa).
The Room: Perfect in every way. Air conditioning was awesome. Bathroom with indoor/outdoor showers, large tub, etc beautiful. Ceiling fans above the king size bed and outdoor patio were great. Lighting and size of the room terrific. Linens were unbelievable. King size bed was the best I have ever slept on in a hotel anywhere in the world. We paid a lot for our tempur pedic at home and this was actually better! The pool was awesome! We were glad we had it due to the heat. Nothing better than going in for a dip at 7:00AM before breakfast or at 10PM after drinks outside up in the Lighthouse. If you get hot - I do - I would suggest getting the pool whether out in the over water or villas. All the restaurants are outside so you can get warm.
Everything was thought of in the rooms... expresso machine, late night snacks on the bed left after turn down, great mini bar, large screen LCD television concealed in front of the bed, Bose sound system, an IPOD was provided with a wide assortment of music, the list goes on and on. We sent out laundry day one and it was back in hours (no charge because of the lost luggage), the room was made up during our breakfast every morning and when at dinner every evening, We ordered room service a few times and once again, they hit the mark every time! Our walk to the beach was 50 feet and two lounge chairs with our villa number engraved on each chair greeted us. Thes chairs were comfortable but the bean bags placed on the loungers by the pool were over the top. The concept was genious! The furniture was all extremely high end, no expense spared. The room exceeded our expectations!
The Staff: Unbelievable! I had read the smiles were faked on another review, totally untrue. From the guys at breakfast cutting the fruit to our specifications or making us eggs or waffles the attitudes were over the top friendly! Nittin in the Lighthouse lounge...I do not know what to say here...service like yours was so good, so over the top, so perfect that I am at a loss for words. Thank you my friend. The concern by the entire staff over the loss of our luggage was unbelievable. They moved Heaven and Earth and got it to us in one day. Shuhan, no idea how you are doing it, but you have the BEST STAFF we have ever come across at any resort or hotel on the planet! Hats off to you!
The Dive Shop: Once again, perfect! Regis, Kiko, the entire staff, thank you so much for so many great dives. Banana reef, Manta Ray Reef, Alibaba reef, all beautiful and so different. I saw Sharks, Manta Rays, Turtles, moray eels by the dozens, octopus, the list goes on and on. One day I was the only diver with Regis and had a staff of three to help us on the boat. I feel guilty, they do all the work! The house reef is awsome and just steps from the villa. You can read any of the other reviews about the house reef and get an idea of how beautiful this reef is!
The Spa: perfect in every way. Do not miss it! The treatment rooms are stunning! The massages perfect. This should get best island spa on the planet in Conde Nast!
The Food: Breakfast each morning at the Lime was awesome! The staff cuts fruit and make waffles, fried eggs, pancakes, etc. all to your liking. We drank a couple glasses of complementary champagne every morning. Lunch at the Lime or Cayenne were perfect. The Asian food was always tops! We had dinner at the Lighthouse twice, the a la carte meals were out of this world and the degustation menu was over the top. If you can, do the dinner on the sand bank. This was indeed our best meal at Baros. You are taken out to a spit of sand 15 minutes out off the island and are left out there to enjoy the sunset with a bottle of champagne and a lobster dinner cooked to order with tiki torches and a personal chef and waiter! The weather was perfect, the food was excellent and the four hours out there a memory for the rest of our lives. I had read the weather could be bad in June/July/August, it was perfect every day but one!
The Lighthouse Bar: One of my favorite Bars on the planet! Watching the sharks and rays swim by (in the fading sunset) while laying on a cushion (the size of a queen bed) overlooking the water two stories up and being served perfect drinks by Nittin is to die for. Seriously. He brings by Canapes, snacks, drinks, etc without rest and always makes sure you are comfortable, your drink has ice and you are satisfied in every way possible. The jazz band is to be heard as well. Thanks Nittin for a memorable experience!
The gym: we tried to make use of this but were way too lazy! It has great equipment, towels, cold water bottles, ear buds, televisions on the cardio equipment, etc. etc. Our limited workouts were great!
Leaving: The staff all lined up on the dock and waved goodbye until we could no longer see them...it was indeed like leaving Paradise.
So in short make sure to dive or snorkel, do the sand bank dinner, have a few dinners at the lighthouse (make reservations, it fills up), have drinks at the lighthouse every night, go to the spa at least once, don't spend too much time at the gym, get a pool, enjoy the beach, and overall enjoy the great staff, they are truly the best! Above all, if you are seeking perfection...you will find it here.
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