North Male Atoll, Maldives
based on 7 nights
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per person for 7 nights, based on 2 people sharing a Deluxe Villa, on a bed and breakfast basis, including speedboat transfers.
At a Glance
It’s only a 15-minute boat ride from the international airport…so you’ll be dipping your toes in the sand and kicking back with a fruity cocktail or crisp glass of fizz within moments of stepping off the plane
Choose between a beachside villa which opens onto the beach via a private leafy garden or one of the classic villas perched on stilts over the turquoise waters…an idyllic spot to watch the sunset
Strap on your snorkel and paddle out into the house reef...arguably one of the best spots in the Maldives for swimming amongst colourful coral, tropical fish, rays and turtles. There's a dive centre with PADI-qualified instructors for those seeking a little more underwater adventure
There are a variety of excellent dining options…we recommend booking on a half-board basis (which includes a bottle of wine with each meal), gourmet enthusiasts will be wowed by the French cuisine at The Lighthouse restaurant which occupies a unique overwater setting
Baros is the number one resort in the Maldives for repeat guests...which let's be honest really speaks for itself!
One of the Indian Ocean’s first luxury resorts, Baros has been a leader in green initiatives for over 40 years, with an entire team dedicated to protecting the fragile eco-system
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The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.
February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian holiday week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.
Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.
Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.
The surfing season runs from March to October, which is when resorts are cheapest.
To start planning your holiday to Baros
Baros is an idyllic island retreat located in the North Malé Atoll only a 25-minute speedboat journey from Malé Airport. With a variety of villas to choose from, these very stylish surroundings make this the ideal retreat for couples young and old.
The resort is set on a stunningly beautiful island, offering harmony between spectacular natural beauty and understated contemporary villas and restaurants.
Baros has 77 villas, some of which are over-water with the rest located right on the beach. They mix natural elements such as wood, stone and coconut thatch with the very latest in comfort, style and refinement.
The hotel has a complete range of dining options. The Lime Restaurant is set over the turquoise lagoon and offers modern à la carte favourites. The Cayenne Grill offers thatched gazebos for two and is also over-water providing freshly prepared seafood, fish, meat and vegetarian dishes served with sauces of choice and accompanied by a lavish selection of salads and desserts. The Lighthouse is the fine dining restaurant, offering a superb menu and fine wines. The Sails Bar is the perfect destinations for an after dinner cocktail. There are also in-villa dining options, as well as alfresco options on the beach. Whether it’s a private barbecue for two on the beach, a romantic dinner on the boardwalk, a candlelit picnic in a palm grove or a special dinner on a secluded sandbank, a dedicated team takes care of it all.
Baros has a stunning alternative to shore based relaxation - "Nooma" - modelled on the traditional Maldivian sailing dhoni. It's a great excuse for secret reef snorkelling, sunset sailing or a romantic dinner for two. With gourmet meals served on board by your personal butler, secluded sun deck for two on the bow, and a private saloon lounge, toilet, shower, and air-conditioned double bedroom, this is the dhoni for the ultimate intimate cruise. And it can be yours when you stay at Baros.
As with the spirit of the Maldives, the Serenity Spa offers superb bespoke spa packages in four suites. There is an excellent house reef and the resort has recently opened a beautiful over-water pool.
A total of 77 contemporary and chic villas, there are 24 Deluxe Villas, 10 Baros Villas with direct access to the beach, 30 Water Villas built over the lagoon with direct access to the Indian Ocean, 8 Baros Pool Villas which have a private pool, 2 Baros Premium Pool Villas with the addition of a Jacuzzi, 1 Baros Residence with a private pool and 2 Baros Suites also with a private pool. All villas include: bathtub and separate shower, beach bag and flip flops, sun loungers, wifi, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, flat screen TV, hairdryer, minibar, safe, iPod docking station, iron and ironing board, air conditioning and ceiling fans, open air bathroom, pillow menu, surround sound system and CD/DVD player and weighing scales.
The popular 89m² Deluxe Villas are set in flower glades by the beach and exemplify the essence of the Maldives with their tropical grace and simplicity. These unique villas provide an incredible setting for a perfect holiday for two. Each villa is elegantly furnished while service, care and attention is always discreetly on hand as required. The Deluxe Villas with their exotic open-air bathroom in a sandstone-walled tropical garden make a stay on Baros Maldives even more special.
Added in late 2018 and designed to privde a haven of seclusion, the Baros Suites are located on the eastern shore of the island, within an easy walk to all facilities. The suite features a spacious bedroom with a kingsize bed and ottoman which houses the TV, a concealed semi open-air bathroom and a large living area with sliding glass door opening on to a wooden deck with sun loungers and dining area, a swimming pool with jacuzzi and a thatched gazebo with a traditional swing overlooking the ocean.
Guests staying in these suites will also benefit from private transfer to and from the resort in a luxury yacht and a dedicated Suite Butler on call.
Each 103m² Baros Villa nestles discreetly in a tropical glade and is designed with elegance and style. These luxury villas are ideal for a couple happy to enjoy all the beauty and facilities that Baros Maldives offers. With direct access to the beach and a wooden deck for lounging and relaxing close to the lagoon, the tropical seclusion makes each Baros Villa the ideal honeymoon accommodation.
The 92m² Water Villas, reached by a wooden jetty, are a short stroll from the northwest tip of the island’s beach, with endless views of the ocean and horizon. Each one of them is intimately exclusive providing the perfect, private escape and an enviable place to stay in some of the most desirable Maldivian Water Villas. There is an ambience of being cocooned in comfort with a breathtaking view of the broad expanse of lagoon from the secluded sundeck.
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Each of the 134m² Baros Pool Villas is set in a lush tropical glade by the beach, and creates a haven of privacy in the pure elegance of their plush interiors. The Baros Pool Villas are a testimony of discretion and style, making these ideal for a unique honeymoon, and a romantic and peaceful holiday.
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Located on a secluded beach, shielded by vegetation and bordering the lagoon with panoramic sea views, the 160m² Premium Pool Villas offer relaxing exclusivity. The beachside plunge pool and the separate Jacuzzi on each side of the wooden deck are intimate places for sheer relaxation. A dedicated villa host is on call to take care of everything.
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The 126m² Water Pool Villas add an extra dimension to a holiday on Baros Maldives: elegant exclusivity in a villa where a couple can swim and sunbathe in perfect privacy in their own swimming pool poised above the tranquil waters of a translucent lagoon. Each villa has a private swimming pool set into an expansive timber veranda deck, with loungers for relaxing and enjoying the view that stretches to the horizon. It’s not only the pool that makes these villas so special. Each villa is spacious with a décor that reflects the natural beauty of the Maldives. They are located at the end of the boardwalk jetty with amazing sunset views and direct access down from each individual large wooden sunbathing deck to the lagoon.
Surrounded by green foliage and bird-of-paradise blossoms, the award-winning 268m² Baros Residence is an exquisite retreat of privacy and intimacy, hidden away from the rest of the island, but with access to the beach and a short walk along a shady, sandy path to the fine restaurants and lounges that distinguish Baros as one of the premier luxury hotels in Maldives. The privileged guests of the Baros Residence enjoy a private swimming pool in the garden, a broad veranda for blissful relaxation and a dedicated butler on call 24/7, making it the ultimate Maldivian luxury resort villa.
This resort is more suited as a retreat for couples and therefore to ensure the tranquillity and balance of the resort Baros does not welcome children under 8 years of age.
Baros offers guests a 24-hour Villa Dining service as well as a 24-hour Laundry Service. There is an Island Doctor on Call (located on a nearby island) should any guests require assistance.
With superb cuisine, an atmosphere of relaxed refinement and service to match, the over-water Lighthouse restaurant is the island's highlight. The Serenity Spa offers a range of relaxing health and beauty treatments. There is a PADI certified scuba diving centre which offers snorkelling too, a water sports centre, fitness room, pool table, table tennis, wireless and cable internet, library, lounge with internet access, CD & DVD Library and the lovely Island Boutique.
At Baros there is a wide range of escapes and experiences to choose from including the Serenity Spa, the Baros dive centre which offers PADI certified Scuba diving courses, the water sports centre with a multitude of water sports on offer as well as marine information and snorkelling on the house reef. In addition there is a pool table, table tennis and board games. A range of other excursions including big game fishing or a dolphin cruise are also available.
Clare Leigh (Staff)
Baros prides itself on being motor free, so you wont hear any motorised water sports or golf buggies zipping about. Its 45 years old, so is definitely one of the more established resorts in the Maldives with the added benefit of having beautiful, mature vegetation.
The island is perfect for couples and families with older children (children over the age of 9 years are allowed), however, as there isnt a kids club - it is definitely one for families with older, self-sufficient children.
The house reef and resident marine biologist means that snorkelling is really interesting. I took a paddle board out one morning and virtually circumnavigated the island, seeing the colourful fish from on the water rather than in it.
Acclaimed as one of the best restaurants in the Maldives, The Lighthouse is also a beautiful spot for a drink on its deck while watching the sun set on another fantastic day. One of my favourite meals was the BBQ set under the trees at Sail Bar; you choose your cut of meat or piece of fish for the chefs to cook in front of you while you peruse the vast choice of salads to accompany it. The dessert table is pretty impressive too if you have room (theres always room!)
Anna Chaplin (Staff)
Located in the North Male Atoll, Baros is a short private boat ride away from Male Airport making it extremely accessible. It is such a beautiful little island, it used to be a coconut plantation, which gives it that real tropical island feel. The rooms are very comfortable andcontemporary and the staff are so welcoming and friendly. They also have a fantastic house reef which was voted the healthiest in the North Male Atoll.
Rachael Tickell (Staff)
Baros is truly romantic island, perfect for couples. Just a 20 minute speedboat ride away from Male and you arrive onto a small paradise island with white sands and crystal clear waters. Hosting one of the healthiest house reefs in the Maldives, be sure to take a snorkel and you may even be lucky enough to spot one of the 17 resident turtles. All the staff are so friendly and welcoming and will always go the extra mile to ensure you have the most perfect holiday.
Claire Walker (Staff)
Baros is a truly beautiful resort, offering great value for money. It is ideal for couples and is very romantic. Taking just 10-15 minutes to walk the whole island it is very private and picturesque. Before dinner be sure to enjoy a cocktail at the Lighthouse bar and watch the sea life below in a tranquil setting.
Louisa Currey (Staff)
Baros is an enchanting island and is the perfect place for couples of all ages with a quiet, peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. Here you can experience some of the best snorkelling in the house reef. I would highly recommend going out into the reef on a snorkelling safari with a member of the dive centre. You will feel comfortable exploring the reef, and can ask about the varieties of coral, fish, sharks and turtles you may see!
Although the island itself is fairly small, there are three fantastic restaurants to choose from. If that is not choice enough, then why not make your time at Baros unforgettable and take a special picnic lunch or private BBQ dinner on a remote sandbank, just a few minutes boat ride away. This will be an extremely memorable and enjoyable experience.
Being the 3rd oldest resort in the Maldives, the approximate 40 years experience means they are well established in the high levels of service. The island is also very lush and green, making the beach villas very private. With seven room categories to choose from there is something to suit all.
Gemma Dobson (Staff)
When I arrived at Baros it struck me how beautiful and lush the vegetation is here, much greenery surrounds you with lots of little pathways leading off in different directions , the dense foliage means that you can easily find a private spot set back on the sand along the beach.
This island is the perfect place for couples, I found there to be all ages here ranging from young honeymooners to people in their seventies, It's a beautiful place to spend quality time together whatever your age and being a property aimed at adults (older children are accepted) it's quiet and peaceful.
There are just 75 rooms on the island and there's a choice of being over the water or on the beach whichever option you choose you will not be disappointed they are all stunning!
With three restaurants you have a good variety and can be sure of an intimate dining experience wherever you choose to dine of an evening with tables nestled amongst the trees and lit by torch light it has a very romantic feel of an evening. For a really special night you can be taken out across the water by boat and enjoy a private candlelit dinner on the sandbank a completely amazing experience and something you will remember forever!
The snorkelling is some of the best I've experienced in the Maldives the house reef is fantastic with a huge array of numerous colourful fish, shark and if you're lucky hawksbill turtle, the curious bat fish can also be found here too and when you tire of the reef there's a couple of boat wrecks you can snorkel too. For those slightly nervous of snorkelling out with the sharks as I was a little if I'm honest! I really recommend a trip out with one of the marine biologists who will talk you through what you are seeing the best place to enter the reef, the tides etc this really made the reef all the more amazing for me and I felt much more comfortable going out alone after that.
Alice Moseley (Staff)
I did not realise quite how quickly you can arrive on an island of paradise. Step off the plane, onto Baros' private boat, and within 20 minutes you arrive in crystal clear waters, greeted by the friendly team at the hotel.
Clare Monro (Staff)
As one of the Maldives' original resorts, the small island of Baros offers a wealth of experience, as well as a good selection of things to do. Sandbank dining, a five star PADI centre, and the most delicious food at the Lighthouse restaurant all combine to make it a high-end resort, while still being a lot more affordable than a lot of properties in the Maldives.
GB Jun 11 (Guest)
Baros was a great recommendation given our situation, and we are very thankful that we chose it. Fantastic on all fronts. Well done, Emma. [The services Baros provided] even better than expected from a first-class resort. [The]Baros staff were excellent from when we arrived. The journey was quick and efficient, quite refreshing, even. A great start to the holiday.
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
A few years ago the Maldives suddenly started to get more expensive, rivalling the Seychelles in the cost department. As a result we were on the look out for a more affordable option, while still maintaining the Scott Dunn standards we associate ourselves with. Baros hit the spot. A small island with modern beach and water villas, this is the perfect resort for those who like the idea of Huvafen Fushi but don’t want to spend quite so much. What you compromise on is space, size the staff to guest ratio and fact there is no main pool on the island. What you do not compromise on is quality and service. They also have a fabulous house reef.
Baros, Maldives - 10% Villa DiscountEnjoy 10% discount on Baros Villas when you book your stay a minimum of 60 days in advance.
|Book from||19 March 2021 to 10 January 2023|
11 January 2022 to 22 December 2022
Location & directions
North Male Atoll, Maldives
To the north of Male Atoll, Baros island is a stunning reef-ringed island with white sandy shores. Just 25 minutes gentle cruise by speed boat from Male International Airport.
How to get there
10.5-hour direct flight to Male International Airport, followed by a 25-minute speedboat transfer to Baros.
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