What We Love
- Gorgeous white sand beach surrounds the entire island
- The house reef teems with fish
- West-facing bar and restaurants catch the stunning Indian Ocean sunsets
- Piano deck for candlelight dinners and yoga
What To Know
- More suitable for couples and honeymooners than families
- Nightlife is limited to quiet drinks in the bar, though a band performs regularly
- Round-trip speedboat transfers ($222 per person) are available 24 hours a day (must be booked prior to arrival with the hotel directly)
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
As intimate as it is compact, the island of Baros is a classic Maldives idyll that combines sugar-white sand, palm-shaded grounds and a sparkling lagoon. One of the first luxury resorts to open in the Maldives, Baros has been attracting sunseekers since the early 1970s, and keeps them returning thanks to its contemporary thatch-roofed villas, three top-notch restaurants and its impossibly romantic overwater deck, perfect for candlelit dinners, yoga sessions and couples massages.
Bed and Bath
The Deluxe Villas are set in thick tropical vegetation and feel completely private. The contemporary interiors are done in earth tones, with polished wooden floors and rattan furniture, and all offer shaded verandas with deck chairs and umbrellas and direct access to the beach. Cool off in the outdoor shower; the sandstone bathrooms overlook a secluded garden. The Water Pool Villas are spread out over 1,356 square feet and come with a private ladder leading directly to the calm lagoon. If that’s too taxing, the villas also feature a spacious deck with a private plunge pool. Each Villa has a dedicated Villa Host to assist with room service requests and excursions.
The two-story Lighthouse offers nearly 360-degree views of the ocean and serves international dishes on the ground floor and cocktails on the second-floor terrace. Dine on International cuisine at Lime restaurant, or combine seafood and steaks at the Cayenne Grill. Sink your toes in the sand at Sails Bar, which is located beneath a grove of palm trees. Couples massages are available at the resort’s spa, which is also equipped with an air-conditioned yoga pavilion where classes are offered. Don a face mask and flippers and explore the house reef, which is home to a colorful array of fish and the occasional sting ray.
In the Area
Besides the lively house reef, nearby sites include the wreck of the Maldive Victory and Banana Reef, one of the country’s first dive locations to be discovered. A half-day cultural excursion to Malé, is a must for a glimpse into the country’s Islamic history; pay a visit to the gold-topped Grand Friday Mosque and the ancient Old Friday Mosque. For a romantic meal, book a sandbank dinner: The resort’s chefs will prepare and serve a private dinner for two surrounded by the ocean and the setting sun. A sunset dhoni cruise (including canapés and champagne) is a great way to further explore the North Malé Atoll.
How to Get There
Baros is a beautiful island with beautiful villas, walks, gardens, waters, and beaches. The facilities are are top notch and of extremely high quality. There are great snorkelling, swimming, and diving spots. The skies are picturesque and nights are starry. Stunningly beautiful.
However, what is truly incredible are the people and the service. The island staff are extremely pleasant and hospitable. Whatever you need, is done. True 5* service.
My husband and I stayed at Baros for 5 days; we have traveled the world and these days blew us away. They were nothing short of perfection. The property is beautiful, elegant with a wonderful team of staff who make you feel care for in ways you never imagined. My husband got sunburned - our villa host (part of the service they offer) brought fresh aloe leaves to help him heal. On the return journey the staff helped ensure we got through the airport lines smoothly. Truly over the top personal service. The food was nothing short of world class cuisine (excellent wine list too); everything was healthy, abundant and beautifully presented. We paid for the full inclusive meal plan - at the end of the trip I am healthier and didn’t gain an ounce!!! From the champagne welcome to the farewells at the dock the experience will be one of the memories I treasure most for the rest of my life. It is truly a small luxury property but it is much more. Unbelievable.
From the moment we stepped on to the island we were greeted with friendly staff. Our villa looking out to the ocean was beautiful and and luxurious.
Our villa hosts Sam and Assam we’re both so helpful and charming with nothing being any trouble. Including sourcing my husbands medication that he had left at home and finding the gold chain that dropped through the wooded pontoon! There are an amazing team of people all there to ensure you have the most amazing stay at Baros.
This was our first time in the Maldives and hopefully we will return to Baros again real soon.
Thank you all for a wonderful holiday.