Baros – Maldives
With probably one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, teeming with rays, turtles and rainbow bright shoals of fish, Baros is a tropical lagoon wonder. One of the very first luxury resorts in the entire archipelago, it’s a tiny haven of an island with a palm-filled centre, picture perfect white beaches, and a reputation for some of the finest diving around. And it has never lost its magic. Secluded villas are scented by bougainvillea and hibiscus, the over water villas are dreamily romantic, and the dining is first class.
What really sets the island apart however, is the Baros family, who, with their personal touch, attention to detail and thoroughly professional team, make this a tropical home from home.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:As its one of the most established resorts & the staff are amazing.
Style:Desert island luxe.
Location:In the Maldives archipelago, northwest of Malé just 25 minutes by speedboat from the international airport.
Rooms:75 beach & overwater villas.
Swimming:Island Infinity pool set over the lagoon, private plunge pools in select villas & the azure lagoon.
Children:Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities for them.
Accessibility:Many of the villas are suitable for those with limited mobility.
Open From:All year round.
Price:Weekly price from £5,100 per room.
Dotted along the shore amongst the palms, or out over the water, the suites, villas and residences are light-filled, high ceilinged and very spacious. Nearly all come with a pool and each has the services of a dedicated host. Large verandas and decks are perfect for drinking in the dreamy views.
Sophisticated in-villa dining, sunset dinners over the lagoon and intimate evenings on the beach, the chefs at Baros have it all covered. The day begins with a lavish breakfast at Lime, between the pool and the lagoon. Later, light lunches and Asian and Maldivian influenced dinners are served here. Or feast on fresh seafood and mouth-watering Wagyu beef at over water cabana style Cayenne with its ocean views. For à la carte French cuisine make sure you book a table at the Lighthouse, where you dine watching rays and sharks.
And for sundowners and pre-dinner cocktails, sink your feet into the sand at Sails Bar. For romantics, breakfast or a sunset dinner on the Piano Deck, out in the lagoon, won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
Just a few steps away from the beach, snorkelers and divers can explore the pristine house reef – home to a myriad of colourful species of coral and fish. Baros is just a boat ride away from some of the best dive sites in the Maldives and the whole Indian Ocean. The professional dive centre with PADI-qualified instructors and an in-house marine biologists offers guided dives and underwater photo shoots, making sure you don’t miss a thing.
It’s hard to ignore the call of the water, and once you’ve explored the depths, head out for a deep sea fishing trip; go whale and dolphin spotting or relax on a traditional dhoni for a sunset cruise, or the island’s own yacht for further afield. The lagoon makes the perfect paddle boarding spot, or glide over it in a translucent kayak, with the ever present marine life below you. Should you be tempted to leave the island (unlikely), you can explore Malé, or the Guest Experience Team will organise an island hopping adventure. Or just sink your toes into the sand and let time slip slowly by.
Baros was the first EcoDive Centre in the Maldives to be certified by International Reef Check, which scientifically monitors, restores and maintains the health of coral reefs around the world.
In the Maldives archipelago, northwest of Malé - 25 minutes by speedboat from the international airport.