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“Understated luxury”
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Baros Maldives
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Baros Island
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Understated luxury”
Reviewed April 27, 2008

Spent a lovely six days here in April 2008 having booked six months earlier to secure a room! We chose this resort based on Trip Advisor reviews and we weren't disappointed. Baros is classy, understated luxury with all attention to the small details that make a place like this extra special. Our Deluxe Beach Villa was very roomy and well appointed with all the necessary mod cons including an espresso coffee machine which we loved and used several times a day! The view from the room was spectacular with the water being about three metres from the deck at high tide. Every morning was the same blue sky, white sand and blue water. April is a great time to go as the weather is constant, dry and calm. It is hot and the sun is intense in the mid part of the day but this is the time to retreat under the umbrella with a good book!
The resort itself is compact and easy to get around but the layout is such that you hardly notice the other guests and you can be as private as you wish including dining in your villa if you want. It is very much a couples resort and there are very few children, no disco or pool scene and the whole tone is hushed and calm. We used the well equiped gym a few times. Other activities are available for divers, sailors and canoeists but we mainly stuck to snorkelling on the house reef - the coral and fish a few metres from the shore are spectacular. The reef sharks are always swimming around but they are harmless and have never been known to bite anyone - nevertheless makes your heart skip a beat when you see those fins swim just by!
Food wise we tried all three restaurants at the resort - the Lime Restaurant is casual but offers the full range of cuisine; the Cayenne Grill was lovely but mainly meat and fish and the signature Lighthouse Restaurant is a nice treat in fine dining. Food and alcohol is expensive - a glass of french bubbles is about US$35 but when you consider the fuel costs of getting everything to the resort you can understand why. The included breakfast was extensive and delicious.
All in all Baros is what you expect to get for around AUS$1000 a day right from the luxury launch pick up at the airport, to the beautiful villas and the seamless and understated service it is five star all the way.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2008

We have just returned from a 10 night stay at Baros and we are missing it so much! Simply had a fantastic time. It was our first trip to the Maldives and it certainly won't be the last. Baros offered everything we were looking for - breathtaking views, luxury accommodation and a good distance from the airport - close enough for a short transfer time from Male but far enough away to feel removed from the rest of the world!

We stayed in a Deluxe Villa for the first 5 nights and then moved into a Water Villa for the final 5 nights. It was nice to experience both as it felt like we had two mini holidays but if we can afford it next time we will definitely go for the Water Villa for the whole time as it was so luxurious!

The Deluxe Villa (123) was near to the Dive centre and as an earlier reveiew mentioned I too was initially worried that we would be disturbed and overlooked by people visiting but this certainly wasn't the case. Moreover we had the added benefit of our own private garden with fantastic sea view aswell as sun ALL day with a fantastic sunset to boot. The other side of the island offered more sheltered swimming due to the wave barrier however this only took 1 min to walk to so not much effort to get to!

The Water Villa (324) faced the Banyan Tree and we had the sun all day until about 5pm. We were both amazed at how big the villa (and the bed!) was. Pure luxury. We both thought we would miss being on the beach but we didn't - it gave us a completely different experience and it was wonderful being able to sunbathe and sip wine on our own private deck. The bathroom was also to die for.

Overall it was a fabulous holiday. Friends who had been to the Maldives warned about getting bored as there isn't much to do... but that just didn't happen. Mr T and I agreed we could easily have stayed for 2 or 3 weeks - it was just bliss. The hotel offers a range of activities from yoga, snorkelling and diving, to cruises to watch the sunsets and dolphins (which we saw from our water villa too!) so you can do as little or as much as you like.

Just can't wait to go back!

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  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2008

Beautiful And Relaxing Outstanding Service
To keep it short we had a fabulous holiday, we stayed in a water villa for ten nights, Kaheel (our room attendant) was simply the best. Ali, Hussan, Muntaz & Jules at the Sails bar were so friendly and gave us a service second to none, as did everyone on Baros, which we feel privileged to experienced. Simply Accommodation, Food, Service and Location have convinced us to return in 2009. Thank you to Ahmed & his team for looking after me (Donna). On my Adventure to Male. Donna xxx . Can’t wait to see you all Feb 2009.

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  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Dubai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2008

What an outstanding resort!!
My boyfriend and i booked at baros for 4 days and 3 nights, and just returned this morning. We miss the place so much already that we are writing reviews and planning to go back!

From the first point, Baros representatives meeting us at the airport and ushering us to the LUXURY speedboat and to the resort...we knew we had picked the right place!
Baros was fully occupied but we were amazed how much people kept themselves to themselves.

This island, its staff, the rooms, the restaurants, the food, everything is off the scale outstanding!

We stayed in a water villa and were surprised how MASSIVE it was! Wow! Huge bed, bathroom, dressing area, terrace with loungers and day bed. Sheer luxury.
This resort does not fail to impress in every aspect.
We thoroughly enjoyed the food at Lime buffet breakfast, and the other restaurants were similarly fabulous!

Would highly recommend both of the excursions we done - dolphin sunset cruise (spotted lots of dolphins...jumping out of the water and making shows for us!) and the reef snorkelling. Amanda the marine biologist on the island was really helpful and a great guide. All the species living underwater was simply breathtaking!
We went to the spa, boyfriend for a Thai massage and me for a '"sunburn treatment" ... this too was outstanding!

Then before we left we made a trip to the boutique shop ... well it seems we just couldn't get enough of this place! I'm quite sure we bought 1 if not 2 of everything!!

Take plenty of suncream with you and prepare to be sent to heaven! For anyone who has written negative reviews on this website - they must be insaneeeeee!! I had severe sunburn on day2 and still managed to have the time of our lives!!

Thank you BAROS for an unforgettable experience, we will be back sooner than you know!
(No need for photo uploads as the resort is EXACTLYYYYY as it is on the website / photos!!)

Louise & Saber (330)

  • Liked — Everything - speechless
  • Disliked — Nothing to dislike ... maybe the fact that we had to leave !
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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anywhere
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Reviewed March 8, 2008

We just returned from Baros. To keep it short: Great (one of the greatest?) place to be on the Maldives. It´s our fourth trip to Maldives and second to Baros.
In my opinion, it´s a pity that all the small simple but comfortable islands are now turning into fancy 5star resorts with anything imaginable but definetly dispensable. But this is the trend and the target group of guests is changing, too. I am overhappy they did not set up a pool at least.
Diving and snorkeling was a pleasure which is our first priority! Service is 5star. I wish we could have had more chances to get together with other guests and staff. The manager´s cocktail was a good but the only opportunity.
A few suggestions: How about offering Boccia, tabletop soccer, openair movies?
We will come back Baros.

  • Stayed February 2008
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2008

We have just returned from a fantastic week's holiday on Baros in the North Male atoll in the Maldives. It was our third trip to the Maldives but this was by far and away the best yet. We stayed in a water villa overlooking the Indian Ocean - we had a private sun deck that caught the sun all day and looking out over the water you felt that you were looking out over the biggest private swimming pool in the world! When feeling a little overheated you could just step off at the bottom of the deck directly into the water - fantastic. The house reef is brilliant and we enjoyed the best snorkelling ever - in waist-deep water you could see giant clams, trigger fish, angel fish, parrot fish, sea slugs and cucumbers and beautiful coral - if you ventured a little deeper there were reef sharks, jacks and even turtles. We don't dive but apparently the dive school is excellent according to fellow guests. There are three restaurants - the Lime Restaurant which serves burgers, pasta, pizza, chicken satay etc - The Cayenne Grill - which serves basically anything you could grill - we particularly enjoyed the teppanyaki - the set seafood menu was delicious but there is a lot of it if you don't have a big appetite. We also enjoyed the Maldivian night with delicious curries. The most expensive restaurant is the Lighthouse which serves steak etc flambeed at your table - but I think the Cayenne Grill was our favourite. Breakfast is a buffet affair with all manner of tropical fruit and juices, yoghurt, cereals, pastries, cheese, meats, cooked breakfast and eggs cooked to order (including fried, scrambled, omelettes, pancakes and waffles). There is a lounge bar above the Lighthouse restaurant which is a great place to take in the sunset and between 6 and 8pm a nurse shark cruises up and down that particular stretch to feed. A word of warning to wine lovers - the mark-ups are ferocious!
There is a spa which looked good but we were too busy in the water to try it!
We did join the dolphin cruise - six of us sitting on the front of a speedboat with glasses of bubbly watching the dolphins peforming acrobatics at sunset - unforgettable! We also went on a sunset fishing trip - this was great fun and I actually caught a grouper which the the chef at the Lime Restaurant cooked for our lunch the following day (note they do charge 20 dollars per person for cooking the fish!).
The service was excellent and all the staff were very helpful, friendly and cheerful. There are 150 guests when the resort is full and 275 staff but if there truly were 400 plus people on this tiny island we have no idea where they were hiding - you rarely seem to see many other people apart from mealtimes.
The accommodation was luxurious and kept spotless by the villa attendant who came in twice a day.
We will definitely return to Baros as many other people have (one couple apparently were on their 52nd visit!).

The only down side was the emirates business class flight - definitely not as good as BA Club Class - would look at other airlines next time.

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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2008

We (two teenagers and parents) just returned from a week at Baros which we found to be excellent. We are very keen scuba divers and the whole Baros scuba set-up is very well organised. First of all, being in the center of the North Male Atoll means that there are over 30 dive sites that are less than 30 minutes (by boat) from the hotel; offering some of the best reef diving in the world. Secondly, the dive team and support was all very well done. Dispite the hotel being full, we always were able to get on the dive boat and we were never more than 5 divers per guide. The equipment was all in good condition and ready when we arrived at the boat which left on time. One final note, the "house" reef at the hotel is great and one can spends hours with a snorkel and see beautiful fish and coral within 100 yards of the beach.
We hasd two delux villas on the west side of the island. I was a bit concerned that we were too close to the dive shop and where boat deliveries were docked, but in fact we nerver noticed the boats and the sunsets were beautiful. The island is very well maintained; they seem to rake the whole thing everyday. Also the planting is such that were rarely saw anybody else when we siting on our terrace.
We used the spa a number of times, which we enjoyed and we always able to get time slots that we were seeking.
The food is pretty good and there is a wide choice. The breakfast is very well done and even arriving at the last mnute there was a full selection and it was all still well orgainsed.
The staff (and there are lots) are very firendly, surprisingly efficient and actully seem to like what they are doing. The atmosphere at the hotel is quite luxury; people tend to stay to themselves and there are very few t-shirts. There is a nice bar where we would have an evening drink, but there is no bar scene.
We travel quite a bit and try to stay in top hotels, which this is one; I would say the the main reason that this is not 5 stars is because there are no pools.
Although there is nothing planned for teenagers, if they like to dive they will love Baros as our children did.
We are planning our next trip...

Stayed January 2008
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Property: Baros Maldives
Address: PO Box 2015, 20-02
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Baros Island
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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
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Hotel Class:5 star — Baros Maldives 5*
Number of rooms: 75
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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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