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“best reef we have ever been on.”
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Baros Maldives
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Baros Island
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Reviewed 18 April 2010

we have just returned from Baros on 11 april after a easter hols with my wife and teenage daughter. Like others this is not our first time in the maldives, however it was our first time on Baros, so we were very concerned that the island lived up to its hype. Well we can confirm that the island does tick all the boxes of ' paradise found '. We arrived for our 10 night stay and wer put up in a delux villa ( no. 102 ) this was a fantastic little villa with the usual external bathroom, ample covered terrace and an idilic path down to the beach. The location of the rooms 101 -110 seems to be the best although rooms 101 - 105 suited us. However after a couple of nights we upgraded to the Baros Residence, there is only one on the island and this was fantastic. The Residence has a ' secret ' garden with a fair sized private pool and ' private bathing facility '. Sunbathing here is possible upto 5.30. then there is a seating area and private verander with loads of space. Add this to the seperate living room with full facilities, private butler on tap and sandy path down to the beach and this room is definatly worth the upgrade.
But it's not the fantastic service and wouderful staff, or even the unbilevable quality of the accomodation that makes this island, ( at this point i must say the staff are super. To mention them all would take most of the grey matter i have left, but i MUST mention a couple of people who make the differance. Julia who is so calm and just makes everything so smooth, she met us of the transfer from Male, the most wounderful two girls who work the breakfast and restaurante at night who wer Juli and Ayun. They alone could make us go back. and finally Imbraham who so fantastic served up drinks and information on demand. Hopefully Jonathan the manager reads this and rewards! ) anyway as i was saying what makes this island is the reef!.
At first when we arrived we noticed the 'wall' arorund 3/4 of the island. we wer amazed as no one mentioned this. well the wall is to protect the island. However when you snorkle out the ture value of the wall is reveiled. The reef is fantastic inside the wall, especially opposite rooms 102 - 105 But when you venture out of the wall, small gaps all around, the reef is fully exposed. We swam with Turtles, Sharks, Eagle Rays and Octupus. Everyday something different was seen. For the Snorklers out there Baros is a must.
Every rose has its thorn, the thorns with Baros are:-
1. Male is visable so at night the full aura of the stars is not as visable as other islands
2. The prices of the food and drink on Baros are extreamly high, although the quality of the food is unquestionable.
All in all if cost is a factor you wouldnt go to the Maldives! Baros is a absolutly fantastic Island that gave my family and me a very memorable time in the Maldives, well done to all.
scott, julia and robyn

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 April 2010

Having read so many comments on how beautiful this place is,we were concerned that we may be disappointed if this was not the case.CONFIRMED- The island is very nice,clean and super service.What else do you want?The weather was always sunny with a little breeze.Perfect.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 April 2010

It was AWESOME! For the lazy, beach relaxing, sun loving crowd. Great Diving too! Mantas and a whale shark. Had a great time! PERFECT FOR COUPLES!!

Pros Cons
The Room Room Service Menu got a little old
The Beach Wine Prices were high
The Diving
The Snorkeling
The Staff
Everything else

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First, we are lazy travelers. With the exception of scuba diving, I like to do as little as possible on vacation. Give me beach, sun, ocean, room service and cocktails.

With that said, Baros Resort has about the most ideal set-up I can imagine. Your own beach, great room, hands off staff and a very close reef to snorkel whenever you get inspired.

The airport is really easy. Its customs to baggage claim to x-ray to boat. They will confiscate ALL alcohol that they find in your bags, even the duty free. But the x-ray guys didn’t seem that interested in actually x-raying anything, so you could probably get it past them. You walk out of the airport and are greeted by the Baros reps. You walk another 100 yards to the boat for a 20 minute boat ride to the island. Easy.

The Room: We stayed in a Deluxe Villa that was perfect. They offer rooms on the water called Water Villas and I almost upgraded to these rooms and could not be happier that I did NOT. These rooms are a longer walk from the restaurants and also do NOT have easy access to beach.
The Deluxe Villas: It was about 15 feet from our back door to the beach/water. We had 2 assigned and marked beach chairs with an umbrella. The villa could not be easily seen from the beach and was pretty secluded from foot traffic. (We stayed in 115. For some reason it had an extra set of beach chairs as well as a hammock, also a little more separation from the rest of the villas. We felt we lucked out. The only downside was part of our view was blocked by the water villas. Didn’t bother us though, we still had a good view.)
The villa itself was well taken care of and clean. It’s pretty much exactly as you seen on the website. Outdoor bathroom with a normal and garden shower. We loved the set-up. It also had a nice deck area on the back with chairs and a couch. Great for eating room service or having a cocktail in the evenings.
The staff is invisible. You come back from breakfast and your room is made. Its amazing. Everything gets done without you ever seeing anything.

The Food: The restaurants were good. The morning breakfast buffet is included and is pretty expansive. Lots of options, including fruit, omelet and waffle stations. The Lighthouse was our favorite. It sits over the water and they had a blues band playing one of the nights that was amazing. We ate dinner and then went upstairs to the bar. It was really nice. The wine is pricey even for an island. So I suggest sneaking some in if you can. The airport didn’t scan that hard. It seemed like it was a formality. Anyway, the room service menu was good but got a little old after a week.

The Diving: The diving was great. The dive boat is very spacious. The most room Ive ever had on a dive boat. The dive masters are very relaxed and hands off. They always took out enough dive masters to have really small groups, no more than 5. We were the only dive pair one day. Our dive spots were no more than 45 minutes away. The water was great. Really warm. I wore a shorty wetsuit. About 70-80 ft vis most days. Drift dives mostly. Not to fast. We only had to work a little on one dive.
The reefs had a TON of life. School upon school of fish. Giant Mantas swam by on 2 out of 3 dives. We got really lucky and saw a whale shark. Octopus, turtles, black-tip reef sharks everywhere.
There is a house reef for you to dive or snorkel as you please right off the island. It’s pretty nice to go out and swim a lap of the island whenever you want.

It was just what we needed. We had lots of privacy and lots of relaxation. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2010

Baros is an absolute Gem. Myself and my husband went there on our Honeymoon in September and couldn't have asked for a nicer stay. Everything about it was fantastic: The rooms, food, friendly staff, beach. All the restaurants are good. The lighthouse was the best but we also really enjoyed the Maldivian night buffet which they have once a week. The weather was also good when we went: last two weeks in September. We had rain for one or two days, but only for a few hours each time. A wonderful and totally relaxing place.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2010

We spend 10 days on Baros - it was our first time to The Maldives and I have to say it was one of the most relaxing holidays I have ever been on and I would definitely go back. The transfer from Male is only 20 minutes by speedboat and you feel chilled out the minute you arrive.
We stayed in a Deluxe beach villa - which was great and had everything you could need, including a funky outdoor bathroom.
The service and the food are absolutely fantastic - we ate in all 3 restaurants and the food was delicious, especially the seafood and the curries. The snorkelling on the house reef was amazing - so many fish as well as turtles, reef sharks and rays.
It was my birthday whilst we were there and they arranged for champagne breakfast on the beach and a cake at dinner.
The only downsides are that 1) food and especially alcohol is expensive, as it all has to be imported 2) we went on a couple of excursions and weren't that impressed. For example on the dolphin sunset trip the staff knew very little about the dolphins

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: PO Box 2015, 20-02
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Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Baros Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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
Price Range: RM2,422 - RM7,150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Baros Maldives 5*
Number of rooms: 75
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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