When my wife and I decided to spend a week in Maldives, I started an extensive search on internet of the best options available. 90% of the possibilities included a resort - larger or smaller, more expensive or more affordable. But once you have been in a resort, all of them are more or less the same. More importantly, all the resorts that we could afford seemed to have some big buts or question marks - most of them related either to the quality of the service or the treatement received. Even in the best resorst there were always people complaining about this or that. People who said that their holidays had been spoiled because of that.
Considering that this was a one-in-a-life trip (my wife 40 birthday) I decided not to take any risk: I kept searching till I found a place not only nobody complaint about but more importantly, everybody seemed to be extremely happy to visit it. The place was Casa Barabaru. I they couldn't be more right.
There are so many wonderful things to tell about this place that I don't know even how to begin. The logistics of the trip, including transfer from and to the airport? Perfect, like trains in Switzerland. You said that you wanted to return at 6.30 am, and you had your speed boat ready at that time. Absolutely spot on. Service? Perfect, like in the best 5-star hotel. At this stage is probably important that I mentioned that Casa Barabaru is a family business run by a mix Italian-Maldivian couple, who are the perfect hosts for their guest. The chef is the sister in law of the owner; the waiter is the chef's husband. And directly or indirectly, all the inhabitants of the island depend in one way or other of Casa Barabaru. It's the means of living and they put their best to provide a wonderful service. And they do it. As I said, five-star quality, including floral arrangements in your room the day you arrive or you leave, or special dinner the night before you leave. Food? Amazing! Five dishes every meal. Extremely abundant, incredibly tasty. Fish was fished daily and was extraordinary. Plenty of vegetables and fruit as well. Pasta and rice extremely well cooked. Simply incredible. The island is part of a community, so you really mixed with real Maldivians, which made our experience more authentic. The beach in the island was fabulous - clean, spotless, beautiful, surrounded by corals. A very intimate place, with nobody around. In fact, most of the time, we were on our own. This is because Casa Barabaru organizes daily trips to the coral reefs or islands around for those wishing to practice diving or snorkling. We did it 4 times out of six days we stayed there and it was an amazing experience. They provide you with the gear in case you don't have any, and you are accompanied all time by experts in case something may go wrong. The coral reefs we visited are simply incredible. Fantastic! All in all the experience was beyond belief and we have decided that if we ever return to Maldives it will be nowhere else but Casa Barabaru!
- Also Known As:
- Barabaru Maldives/Vaavu Atoll