Baros has been a best kept secret since 1973. Only 25 minutes from the airport by boat, and yet this luscious, verdant island remains pristine, with a colourful living house reef, radiant turquoise lagoon and serene, romantic atmosphere.
A small island with a high level of service, Baros is much loved by honeymooners, foodies and those who want to snorkel right off the beach...
Everything is close together on Baros, including three excellent restaurants and two bars, reached by a picturesque path that curves under the shade of the palms, flanked by flowering shrubs.
|Baros pool villa.|
|Water villa interior - elegant decor and vast windows giving views from bed, bath and shower cabinet, as well as from the glassed in WC.|
The pools of the water villas are spectacular with a curved infinity edge where the water seems to flow into the lagoon.
Time on your deck is private and wonderfully watery – gazing out over different shades of blue. At high tide you can descend metal steps into the shallow lagoon to snorkel. Many of the water villas offer sunset views as you lounge in the covered daybed with a pile of cushions and your glass of bubbly or a luscious bowl of fruit.
|Pool in the foreground, the evening sea and the setting sun|
At night your pool is lit with little lights, to match the stars in the sky.
More little lights stud the infinity pool – a truly spectacular pool that wraps round the deck of Lime restaurant.
|The magical Lime pool by day|
On this side of the island, the lights of Male are a glow on the horizon at night, but this does not distract from the pure romance of dining on that beautiful deck by candlelight – or the taste of the food.
We enjoyed our meals at Lime and at the fabled Lighthouse Restaurant. The food at the Lighthouse is exquisite – but you do need to book in advance.
|The Lighthouse taken during a yoga session on deck - hence the lumps...|
Lisa, one of Select Collection's avid Maldives enthusiasts, recalls her Lighthouse Restaurant experience:
I mostly had tuna dishes cooked in different ways and it was always perfect. The menu is pure gourmet, and very extensive, but what impressed me the most was the chef’s knowledge about my food allergies (lactose and gluten). So when they took my order, the chef himself came out and informed me that I couldn’t have certain things of what I had ordered, and “re-designed” the menu of my choice just for me.Cayenne was under renovation when three of our staff visited at different times in July, but remembering it from a visit two years ago, we can vouch that it is also a good foodie hangout.
When breakfasting or lunching on the decks at Lime, the lagoon and pool cast a spell with a blaze of blue and turquoise.
|Breakfast on the deck with a view of the lagoon, arrival pier and Baros' fancy fleet of boats|
At night a different magic.
Local bands play often at the Sails Bar in the evenings. Very relaxing with daybeds and hammocks under tall palm trees right on the sand, perfect for kicking off your shoes and enjoying the lush surroundings with a cocktail. Another superb spot for your mojito or glass of champagne is the bar above in the Lighthouse.
With no children under 8, the resort has an adult feel.
Underwater wonderlandBut back to the house reef. Select Collection staff have been wowed by the snorkelling at Baros.
The above images were taken by Select Collection travel advisor Tommy, who as one of our most enthusiastic underwater explorers has snorkelled and dived at many resorts in the Maldives. He gives Baros top points.
In July Tommy saw shoals of colourful fish varieties, along with turtles and sharks. Despite the wide scale coral bleaching in the Maldives, a lot of the colour remains on this reef.Our Lisa enjoyed a snorkelling excursion to two reefs nearby.
|It was like being inside an aquarium - Lisa's comment|
For a dry or semi dry way to see the underwater world, borrow a glass bottomed kayak. The dive centre enthusiastically welcomes all those who want to see the underwater treasures. The marine centre, and the resort as a whole, are very conscious about preserving the environment.
Baros is owned by a Maldivian family, who have taken their long expertise out to the Baa Atoll with a stunning new water villa resort Milaidhoo (another honeymoon idyll with no children under 9).
Images are informal snapshots by Select Collection, Tommy Ebbeståhl, Lisa Moheim and Gillian Stanbridge.