The plane journey was as you'd expect from BA. The great news was it was empty going out and coming back so plenty of space to spread yourself out. We travelled club traveller plus. When we arrived at the airport in Male, the only nightmare was an hours wait to get through customs in a non-air conditioned airport - bit of a nightmare but at least they did provide cold bottles of water.
The transfer was seemless. we waited 5 mins was ushered onto a fast speed boat - just time for a drink and we were there in 20 Mins. The Island looks fab as you approach it. A nice touch was the welcoming committee on the jetty including Jonathan the GM and Tatjuana and Katherina. we were given a drink, a little chat - tiny bit of paperwork and was in our villa within 10 mins of arriving - perfect!
Our Villa was an oasis! we opted for the pool villa. Great result, best villa to have. you have your own pool, some of your own beach. 2 sets of sun loungers either shaded on the deck on or the beach. Nice touch, you also have 2 huge bean bags for lounging on - great if you are reading. The room was spacious and clean. The bed was huge and comfortable. There was a huge TV which we never turned on. The music system with the pre loaded I-pod was a really nice touch - just the kind of music you want to listen to on paradise island! There was plenty of free iced bottled water in our oom. The bathroom was spacious with indoor shower, bath and 2 basins and then they great outdoor shower - in the garden! Nice touches were the L'occitaine range of shower gels and potions. all in all 10/10 for the room.
The staff were great. There were too many stars to mention. But Tatjuana was a delight and really helpful and was always on hand to help sort things and has a wicked sense of fun. Hassan who cleaned our room was lovely, cheerful and discreet. The restaurant stars were all fab but three that stood out were rafael, juli and Aziz . Regis from the dive centre was great, he took us out and my mask didnt fit well, so he swapped with his - really kind - thanks!
Things to do... we did the nooma champagne cruise, private dining on the beach, the cooking demonstration and diving. All of these events were great. The hightlights were the cooking demonstration and the private dining on the beach - a must! the Diving was great, but we had had some rain and storms so the visability wasnt great... also it meant that it pushed the small blue jelly fish in land. They have a nasty sting - so best to take a long sleeve t-shirt to dive in. Baros were great if you did get stung - advice get vinegar from a restuarnt and tip it on ASAP thn go to the nurse and get an anti-histamine. All done and dusted in 2/3 hours!
restaurants - there were three restaurants at Baros. the best - which is head and shoulders above the other is the lighthouse - (with prices to match), but the best food ever. the lobster bisque is the best I have tasted anywhere the other stars is the tuna rossinni and the red snapper! the Cayanne is great and has a lot of fish and traditional food and is lovely and then the poor relation is the Lime - which you get if you go half board. Breakfasts is a real feast there is so much choice you dont know where to start - or stop.
Overall I would say that Baros has been our best ever holiday and that's saying something. We travel a lot internationally for work and pleasure usually 3/4 times per year - but if you are looking for a great introduction to the Maldives you've arrived when you get to the Baros.
One last thought - we booked through Kuoni who did a great job, but were very pricey. We then found out by talking to another couple that they booked through luxuryholidaysdirect.co.uk and got what seems like a better deal - so just double check ....
- 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