The Feel is in the Destination, Baros Maldives

Opening in 1973, the Baros Maldives was only the third island destination resort in the Maldives. It’s gorgeous beauty and proximity to Male were among the primary reasons for it’s opening. Even though such history is fairly recent – things were significantly different back then. 

Couple jumping high off sand on Baros Island in MaldivesTravel Writer David Thompson on Baros Island, Maldives

There were no banks on Male, fishing was still the primary income source for the country, the population was less than a 1/3 of what it is today and on Baros the original accommodation was thatched roof huts framed with coral walls – and no air conditioning. 

Resorts clustered around Male continued to open based on the fact one could reach these islands in a relatively short time via power boat – at most a few hours ride. “Remote” Maldivian resorts did not exist even 20 years ago. However when commercial seaplane service arrived and began offering daily flights; it became feasible to build resorts much further away from Male.

Over the decades Baros Maldives invested carefully and expanded and created what has become an Internationally recognized world class destination – both because of the island’s inherent beauty, the diversity of marine life in the surrounding waters, the impeccable Maldivian service (most of the staff are from the Maldives) and setting the benchmark on a number of uniquely Maldive experiences.

Baros has been prominently recognized by a number of leading luxury establishments including (as of the most recent update) being one of only three properties in the Maldives featured in the Leading Hotels of the World publication, Most Romantic Destination at several World Travel Awards and a number of significant accolades on TripAdvisor.

Baros Island is small but doesn’t feel crowded. At only 300 square meters, it is easily traversed from one end to the other.

Baros Island MaldivesBaros Island Maldives ~ Image by David Thompson

Male International Airport has a feel of similar small island airports – open, breezy at times and welcoming. Many of the island resorts maintain small booths for guests upon exiting customs including Baros Maldives. Upon arrival we were immediately met with a representative of the property and taken to their high speed power boat. The arrival transition was seamless helped in part by the close proximity of the resort to the airport; it is only a 25 minute ride by boat.

Upon arrival to the property, guests are greeted with refreshingly cold towels and an equally cold drink.

beach-villa-baros-2 beach-villa-baros Beach Villas are ideally located; mere steps from a white sand beach and a shallow bay. A sizable private sand deck overlooks the beach and aquamarine waters – a great place for enjoying a drink or food brought to your villa. A select few of the beach villas have small pools built into the decks. A bed that a king would get lost in can be further secluded from the world with its own white drape that fully extends – surrounding all four sides.

The bathroom is sizable with a soak tub and a shower. For intimacy and romance opt instead for the outdoor rain shower. Optimum use is during dusk, just before the sun sets – perhaps you will be treated to a giant fruit bat flying overhead! Located within a short walk of the restaurants.

Note that the beach villas are not completely private or hidden from the beach – so other guests walking by on the beach will be able to look onto your villa as they walk by. The Baros Pool Villa has more privacy.

water-villa-bed-baros water-villa-baros Water Villas feature a sizable main room that is elegantly decorated with a noticeably smaller bathroom then at the beach bungalow. A soak tub is located inside the bathroom – a larger one would be nice to more easily accommodate two people. The shower is not outdoors, but one of the doors can be opened to the outside deck.

A refreshing pool is built into a number of the bungalows. Despite each villa located close to it’s neighbor, privacy is assured for guests with each villa entirely self contained and with no views into the neighboring villa. Like on the rest of the island, quiet and privacy are paramount here.

Steps lead down to the reef below – the edge of the reef (which plummets straight down into a dark blue) is located only a few minutes swim from any of the villas.

A house butler on call 24/7 is assigned to all rooms for the duration of your stay on the island.

Brightly colored marine life off Baros Island MaldivesBaros Island Maldives Marine Life ~ Image by David Thompson

baros-fishing-maldives maldives-baros-island-paradise-3 Fishing with a healthy reef surrounding the resort there are numerous places one can go fishing. Baros offers several excursions including a morning and evening line fishing trip. Guests may keep any fish of the proper size and have the culinary team prepare it for dinner in any of a number of ways. Sashimi doesn’t get much fresher then this.

Sea Plane Sightseeing – Baros can arrange a private seaplane ride with sightseeing from the air over nearby islands.

Snorkeling is easily available – snorkel gear can be picked up complimentary from the dive center. An introduction to snorkeling on the island can be requested – this gives guests the insider knowledge of some of the island’s underwater highlights.

Diving – a PADI certified diving center is located on the island with a resident marine biologist (who can answer any of your questions about the various marine life you see).

Gym – features a number of exercise machines and weights. Very well air conditioned – with towels and drinks and some fruit available for guests.

Spa – is located on land. It features private spa suites, rains showers, steam baths and an outdoor relaxation area. A significant diversity of massages and other treatments are offered.

A variety of other water sports are available including stand up paddle-boarding, wake-boarding and the use of their clear bottom kayak or for a more unique experience, the transparent kayak.

baros-island-maldives-marine-life-21 baros-island-maldives-marine-life-19 A protected shallow bay next to the beach bungalows is ideal for a relaxing snorkeling excursion – with glimpses of colorful fish, some coral, and possibly a sea slug or two. Looking for a more diverse snorkeling experience – exit the tiny bay through the openings in the wire mesh contained rock wall and immediately you are on the ‘house reef’ – with plenty of coral, more fish, sharks at times and a quick drop off leading to dark blue water.

Our recommendation is to not only look for the larger fish but slow down and take time to examine some of the minutia of this ecosystem – look for giant clams with their purple lips, the rarer sea ‘ferns’, the smaller fish hiding among the coral, unique coral formations and even a close up of a sea ‘slug’. We also found some of the larger more colorful fish tend to hang out in the deeper water under rock outcroppings.

The complete article, The Feel is in the Destination, Baros Maldives first appeared on Dave's Travel Corner, February 6, 2017. A portion of the article is reprinted here with the author's permission. All rights reserved.

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Combining these interests with his expertise in technology, photography and writing, he shares his adventures on Dave’s Travel Corner and in select media outlets. Dave is most at home in Bangkok, Los Angeles, the Napa Valley or California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

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