Baros Holiday Resort Hotel, Male
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Honeymoon Blissfrom SeaviewRocks
Although the island was small we didn't really notice other people, the spa facilities were excellent and made even more special by the fact that you got your own little hut, so both of us could have massages at the same time, together.
The Reef! Wow! This was my second visit to the Maldives and the third Island that I have stayed on, but the Baros Reef has defiantly been the best. In one morning’s snorkeling I saw Sea Turtles, a huge Sting Ray, baby reef sharks and lots of reef fish and live corals.
If you can afford this kind of Luxury, you wont regret it.
PERFECT !!from sarahgeordie
Not one complaint
Worth every penny
I can't recommed this island enough, classy, quality, superb service, food, rooms, reef. Can do as much or as little as you want- we windsurfed, took out Katamarang, snorkled, dived, massage, relaxed, read, and just had the ultimate in couple quality time- absolutely perfect for honeymoon, anniversary, or just a holiday of a life time.
Thank you to Martin the manager, fayas our waiter and all the staff.
Baros Islandfrom taz2
Excellent Stay at barosfrom Passportu
We arrived at 8am in the morning from Dubai and were met straight away at the airport by Kuoni who directed us to the Baros stand. From there we were efficiently taken with our luggage to a waiting speedboat and whisked away to Baros, approximately a 30 – 40 minute transfer. A Baros employee gave us cold moist towels and water during the transfer.
Arriving at the island is amazing, the lighthouse restaurant is the first thing you recognise from the pictures and it does look absolutely stunning. The manager Martin and his deputy Matilde stood on the jetty to welcome us, from there we were taken to the open air reception and given Champagne and orange juice and a welcome by the manager.
We were then taken to our Baros Villa and the check in was done in room, basically 1 hour after landing at Male we were lying on our bed in the villa dozing off. Later in the afternoon we were given a personal tour of the island by on of the staff.
Stunning! Well worth the extra money above the Deluxe. Bathroom was wonderful, indoor and outdoor shower and stylish free standing bathtub. Couldn’t fault the villa and its interior design, outside there is a covered deck with privacy screens that can be pulled down on the sides. The deck then extends into the sun. There are 2 tables and chairs, two sun loungers and a great daybed (which my wife loved). On the beach there are another two sun loungers just for the villa.
We had room 201 on the east side of the island and I would say whatever villa you go for try and get on the east side as the beach is better than the west side. The villas on the east side of the island all blend in very well with the natural vegetation.
The only Villas that didn’t seem as nice were the deluxe ones on the west side between the dive school and the water bungalows. They seemed a bit close together and not very private and the sand here did have some bigger bits of coral in it. (But I am being picky).
Food and Drinks
Baros isn’t the cheapest resort on the Maldives but also not the most expensive, but then you knew that when you booked it! However having said that I was pleasantly surprised by the prices; a mini bar beer is $5, a coke $3.50 and a bottle of wine $42. Complementary water was provided each night.
We booked half board and had breakfast each morning which was excellent ranging from cereal and fruit, through omelettes made to order to Japanese Miso soup.
Generally we didn’t have a big lunch, I did have the Maldivian Tuna curry one day which was excellent.
Evening meals at the Lime on half board are 4 courses (only managed all 4 courses once) with a number of choices (although reduced from the main menu). The food is of a good standard. We stayed for 7 nights and for 5 nights the choices were adequate, however the menu needs to either be bigger or change more frequently if you are staying for a week or more on half board. Service was generally OK to good, although one night the whole of island seemed to come at the same time and the restaurant couldn’t cope so we left our table and went to the Cayenne.
The Cayenne was excellent, we took our $12 per person H/B allowance (Which is miserly and was one of the only really annoying things). The main course includes all the salads and sashimi which you help yourself to first. The meal was excellent and the service good.
We also ate in the lighthouse one night, I would have liked to have one of the degustation menus which include wine, but that day I had already had lunch and didn’t feel I would do it justice!
However the meal we did have was absolutely wonderful, the lobster bisque was prepared in front of me at the table and the chef explained each ingredient as he added it.
The lighthouse is very quiet though and only about 3 or max 4 couples per night, I would recommend it but expect to pay around $150 per person with wine etc.
Everything has a 10% service charge added to it so we didn’t tip except at the lighthouse where we felt the service was excellent and enjoyed talking to our waiter. We also tipped the room cleaner at the end of the week etc. None of the staff seemed to expect a tip and didn’t seem to treat us any differently when we didn’t tip.
Just snorkelling on the house reef on the east and north on the island is the best I’ve ever seem with an amazing variety of fish, eels, turtles, sharks (small!) and rays. The diving run by the dives school was also superb and very well run. About $50 - $60 per dive including all equipment and dive computers.
All in all an excellent holiday, one of the best I’ve had.
The lighthouse bar for sun down cocktails at 5:30 – 6:30pm and watch the sun set amazing. Excellent free hors d’oeuvres.
Also manager’s cocktail party in lighthouse. Booking a late check out is worthwhile, we paid for an extra night so we could stay in our room till 23:15 when we checked out and got on the boat to leave.
Just to put this review in context I’m rating it against ‘5 star boutique’ hotels such as Longitude 131, Bora Bora Beach comber etc. Also larger 5 star hotels such as Raffles, Hong Kong Island Shangri-la, Jumeriah Beach, Hayman Island etc.
Absolutely excellentfrom al_and_niki
The view from the plane is stunning thats the only word to describe it.
We arrived at the cute little airport, it is so small and there is about 40 people working there. The baggage arrived in seconds as there is only one plane at a time arriving.
As soon as we had our baggage a guy from the resort called Ahmed met us and took our baggage. He was such a nice guy, he was always around in the resort for all of our stay. We boarded our speedboat which was really cool (made us feel very special)
We arrived at the island after 20 minutes or so, and we were met by one of the managers a lady called Matildha i believe. She was lovely, we were given a glass of champaign and orange juice which was lovely.
Ahmed then showed us around the island which didnt take very long at all. He then led us up to the water villas and to our room. We arrived on the island at 9am, and they checked us in straight away which was a lovely touch as we were more than prepared to wait till 2pm.
Now before i start to tell you about just how fantastic the island is and how great the staff are i just want to moan a little about the misserable people who leave silly reviews on this site.
A couple of people have moaned about the cost of the food and other things. My wife and I are far from rich, we dont earn great wages and yet we didnt find the food or anything else for that matter expencive.£1.50 for a bottle of coke. £8 for burger and chips.£60 for a two hour massage.£25 for a day excursion to Male.£6 for a cocktail with 4 shots in it. Hmmm doesnt sound expencive to me.
Someone also complained about there being no local food to sample. They had two local days in the week we were there, and there was also local food avalaiable every single day from every resturant. So that just sounds like complaining for the sake of complaining to me.
10% service charge - now, if you can afford to fly half way accross the world and stay on a deserted island you can afford a 10% service charge, the guys who work on this island earn a franction of what you and I do so stop being so tight. Also you are made well aware of this charge when you book.
My last gripe (sorry but some of the reviews really irritate me) is that someone requested their steps into the water to be swept away. The stuff on the steps is Algae, the algae is eaten by the fish. It is a bit slimy and slippery, but the villas are in their environment. The algae is an integral part of the eco-system. You shouldnt get rid of it.
On our steps there was a beautiful parrot fish who came and ate the algae off the steps at the same time every day.
There isnt a great deal that i can tell you about the island to be honest. It is just so beautiful, The sand is a little sharp but that is fine, no problems walking bare footed on it. We went half board, and the food was great, it was varied, but if you went for two weeks it may become a bit repetitive.
Every member of staff is so polite and friendly. We had a cocktail in the bar every evening, and there was a wonderful guy called Jude who could make almost any drink you can think of. He was so polite, knowledgable, friendly and always talkative. If you go to this island and have a drink in the bar you will see what i mean. Make sure to give him a big tip as he really really deserves it.
The TV's in the rooms have 3 or 4 sports channels which was good for me as i love football. There was football on 24 hours a day which was great for me.
The weather was great, we had very bad storms for alot of the holiday but that was fine, it doesnt detract from the beauty of the region.
There are hardly any insects on the islands, but lots of beautiful catipilars and centipedes (sorry my spelling is awfull). The fruit bats were amazing, they are absolutely huge. Geccos are everywhere they are so cool as well. The only other wildlife on land that i saw were lizards they were bright orange and purple-fantastic.
We dont dive, but we went snorkelling every day. You dont have to go far to see the most amazing fishies. A good tip would be to get a life jacket, we did this so as you dont really have to swim you can just float and enjoy the view. By the way the snorkelling equiptment is free so no need to bring any.
The gift shop is well stocked and has some cool things in it, but to be honest we forgot to get any presents from it and we visited the store in the airoprt and everything was half the price it is on the island so maybe save that money and shop in the airport.
There is a pool table and table tennis so that will keep you occupied if it rains.
We only ate in the Cayenne grill once but it was really nice, but to be honest the Lime has more than enough to meet everyones tastes.
We visited the spa 5 times, i had a "man massage" for two hours and a sunburn soother (i have irish skin so i got quite pink) my wife had two fruit wrap thingies and a manicure and pedicure.
We went on the excursion to Male, you have to do this, it is so cool. The fish market is amazing, we saw 7ft marlons and every colour fish you could think of. The buildings like the mosks are amazing they are all made of coral which is beautiful. The cost of the trip was $50 each which is well worth it. Our guide was a lovely man, he was really knowledgable and friendly.
On the last day we had to check out at 12pm but we had to leave the island at 12am, so we had a whole day of waiting around, luckilly the weather was brilliant so we stayed on the beach for miost of the day. And in the evening the island manager - a dutch gentleman called Martijn sat with us the whole eveing and even gave us a glass of champaign each which was great.
Just to let you all know that the managers of the island do read all the reviews on this site, so if you have any questions about the island just post them on the forum and they are more than happy to help.
All the staff from the guys painting a hut all the way up to the manager of the whole island were fantastic, our waiter Atihf had a very dry sense of humour which suited us down to the ground. What else is there to say really it os one of the most fantastic places on earth you have to go. Perfect honeymoon location. You would have to be a really miserable person to not enjoy this place.
I dont know what else to say really, if you can go - go.
The overall cost of our whole week including an excursion and 5 spa treatments and all the food and drink was less than £500.
Thanks alot for reading my review and i hope that it helps you (please dont comment on my spelling-i know its terrible)
fantastic place, excellent weekfrom pudra
We went to Male in the morning. Baros representative take us to a luxury speedboat for transfer. Cold towels and cold water served during our 15-20 minute travel. A nice lady, head of guest relations team welcomes us on the arrival jetty. We moved to the reception and cold orange juice, champaigne and cold towels also served there. General manager also take care of us at the arrival. We were stayed at Baros Villa. It was fully comfortable. Large bed, plasma tv set with dvd player. Air condition system, also additional air ventilatin, wine chiller, mini-bar, espresso machine with complimentary coffe, espresso and milk. Again bottle of champaigne and friut basket which renewed everday. Direct telephone to call anywhere you want. Two showers, one inside of the villa one at the back garden among flowers. One large bath tube inside. Villa has a large sun deck in front very nice decorated with beds and group of chairs. And of course lovely beach was just a few meters away. Housekeeping was visiting every room twice a day. While we were at breakfast and diner. Towels were changed twice a day also and two bottle of water replaced complementary during every housekeeper visit. All of the staf were so polite and lovely. When you walk arround even every worker smiled, ask if we want anything or asked if everything is ok. Enviroment was exciting. Everywhere was such clean and tidy that we did not use our shoes during our stay just walk barefoot all the time over sands. There was a gym, little shop that you can find everything and also get free dvd on loan, games room eqquipped with a billiard, table tennis, playing cards and even with scrabble. There was 2 pc with internet access, 2 shelfs of book. Also complimentary copies of all major newspapers were available at the library section. We were stayed there on half board basis including breakfast and dinner.
There is 3 restaurants Lime Restaurant where the breakfast was and also open for all day dining, Cayenne Grill open for dinner and The Lighthouse Restaurant also open for dinner where also a lounge can be found for drinks. Breakfast was very nice, both quality and quantity of the choices were ok. For the all-day dining prices were not so bad such as for a nice pizza around 15$ or a nice penne with napolitana and olives arround 17$ and lots of multinational choices. For the dinner again a four course option for HB visitors one soup, one starter, one main course and dessert. Every night there were a live cooking experience. We also visited Cayenne Grill for 2 nights. Prices were a little bit up there but you exactly get the value back by the taste, quality and the service. At the center of these three restaurants there was a bar also called Sails Bar. Very lovely staff, wide choices of drinks and unbeleivable environment. Resort's diving capabilities and diving club was also well eqquipped with trained personell. Every monday management prepares a weekly memo for the upcoming events. During our stay we have one "Maldivian Night", three nights with live band, one day for Male excursion and several excursion options like "Sunset picnic", "Sunset fishing", "Sunset diving". Management was perfect. Even every night both general manager and guest relation team memebres were in contact with every guest. Also managment organised a "cocktail" for the guests.
It was an unforgetable honeymoon for us. Everything was so great and every little detail was handled by management so all you have to do is just seat back and relax. We strongly recomend this lovely place for every couple..
Some teething problemsfrom MBTD
We arrived and were escorted to our water villa and shown around the room by a very friendly attendant. The room was nice and well appointed with a sizeable deck for sunbathing. the DVD /TV hidden in the bench at the end of the bed was a nice touch but otherwise a quite plain room considering the price we paid for it! Also the water villas are quite close together so sitting on your deck is not as private as you may want it to be, in fact the decks are clearly visible from the walkways which connect all the villas.
The food was very over priced we paid almost $20 US for a small burger and fries, and $10 for a bowl of rice with yoghurt! The quality of food in the Lime restautant was disappointing although the exception was that the breakfast was good quality and an all you can eat buffet. the Lighthouse restaurant was quite nice BUT it was very expensive we spent on average $175 for two people with a bottle of wine and a 3 course meal. The Cayenne Grill restaurant had a very nice Saturday night buffet which is the ONLY chance to sample the local food. Overall we were disappointed with the quality of the food and found it really quite over priced for what we got. Also if you go half board you can only use the Lime restaurant which is in my opinion the worst one of the three.
A nice touch was a wine cooler in each room so you can have champagne or wine whenever you want without calling room service. Also the bath products used was Molton Brown which was a nice touch.
A really annoying point was that a 10% service charge was added to everything on your bill, from boat hire, to spa treatments to room service, shop purchases to diving costs! Absolutely everything had this additional service charge so dont bother adding generous tips to every bill as we did to start with.
The spa was OK nothing really special compared to similar resorts in the far east and the expertise was variable depending on the masseuse. We opted for the 5 day ritual which was nice but booking the privacy suites was extra and those were the real luxurious touch so make sure you book them (extra $30 US).
The service was a bit iff-y at some stages we were very annoyed; a restaurant booking gone missing, requests to clean our steps into the water ignored for 4 days, the hot water in the room was tempermental, delayed collection of meal trays after room service. In general for a place that charges $600 US per night or around that price we were quite disappointed in the level of service as we had expected something really quite special. Small points could have been made with little touches like candles in the rooms, DVD library to chose from readily available, room cleaning at regular times, staff knowing your name when you call the front desk, suggestions on excursions made more available, complimentary sea sports like wind surfing or water beds, sunset drinks with manager or hospitality staff. The service was OK but nothing special. Some of the staff seemed not the most friendly although there were some notable exceptions who were very nice and helpful.
When a hotel charges this much you expect a little bit more than the standard service that you can get in any type of 4 or 5 star chain hotel. You got the feeling that everything was about making you spend as much money as possible and this was a turn off. Even the diving we had to do a mandatory house reef dive even though we were PADI certified although the dive was lovely I felt like it was their way of making more money from you.
The sea was fantastic, the number and variety of fish you can see even just snorkelling is really wonderful. You dont need to be a diver to appreciate the house reef and seeing sharks became common place although they were only 2 or 3 feet long. The water visibility and clarity was very good even on the rainy days we went diving and it was exceptional in terms of the number of fish seen. The water was wonderful nice and clear and warm and very easy to spot sting rays and other fish just sitting on the deck or in the restaurants.
Overall it was a lovely holiday more due to the natural beauty than the hotel or service, they are in some ways still trying to get in right in some places like the food but overall it was really lovely.
And a perfect place for a romatic getaway or somewhere to get your PADI certification.
Sea lovers make sure you go!
Superb resort and excellent valuefrom Bulgarian_travels
The local bar - Sails also has impeccable design, several times a week, a local band comes and plays some live music - they are very talented and its really a pleasure. The bar is great and suprisingly, even if its full, it still feels nice and somehow lonely but in the good sense.
SenSpa - I can only say TRY IT! but book your treatments in the beginning of your trip as we could only use it twice, since there is never time that doesnt coincide with our other activities. The service at the spa is also superb, and honestly the Tropical fruit wrap has to be one of my best spa visits ever. Prices are extremely reasonable (I am comparing with NYC spa prices) and well below the pricing of many 4 star hotels I have stayed at.
Other reviewers at Tripadvisor have complained about prices, but quite honestly, this has to be on the cheaper range of any 4 star hotel in the US. And I really mean ANY. Most drinks (alcoholic or non) are 5 dollars (few bars in US offer them at lower than this, say nothing about hotel bars), meals are comparable to a decent US restaurant (non-hotel), and excursions are between $30-40 pp, except for big game fishing ($500!!!) and sunrise island pickning which comes to $250 pp ($100 for return trip to Male airport+ $149 for the tour operator who provides the seaplane to Sunrise island and another local island + picknig). We are going on this trip tomorrow and we are looking forward to something spectacular.
I truly recommend this resort to any discerning traveller and honeymooners - it provides much value for the money, and we certainly are not rich.
Better Maldivian resorts for the money.from london123
Baros is a small above average resort probably 4* (not 5* as management would have you believe). The island is very beautiful with a great lagoon and excellent house reef for snorkelling.
We stayed in a Baros Water Villa which was very nice. The bed was super comfortable, great wide screen TV, DVD player, safe, medium sized deck, outside day bed and steps down into the sea. My only criticism is that the air con in the bathroom was non existent, however the bathroom is great (providing you don’t mind it hot!).
We went on a B&B basis. Although food and drink is expensive if you go on any other basis you are more or less stuck with the main restaurant each and every night and we wanted to try all the eating options no matter the price. All in all I would say this was a good choice and I am pleased we went B&B.
Food at the Light house and Grill is very good and the wine menu is fine. Service in these restaurant was mixed. One night it would be great another night it was worse than awful. We waited for our dessert for 25 mins at the Light house on one night. The head waiter was very apologetic and gave us some free drinks to compensate (this helped calm my temper). One waiter in the Grill just did not know what he was doing. Apart from these two experiences in the week service was ok nut should have been far better. The bar staff were excellent however in both bars. A couple of times at lunch we had room service and this was good value and well serviced.
I can not comment on the dive school as we did not bother diving, however I can say that snorkelling on the sea side of the breakwater is very good. The amount of baby sharks, colourful fish and coral is stunning. Just snorkel starting near the Light House and go round the breakwater and you wont be disappointed. Don’t bother going on the snorkelling trip organised by management.
The spa is great. We had a his and hers massage which was very relaxing. Well worth the money.
What really let this island down is service and that staff are not that friendly compared to other Maldivian resorts.
We enjoyed our trip but probably wont return.
Changes to Barosfrom spoilt
Unfortunately visiting this year has tarnished our memories of Baros as it was. We shall not be returning, indeed we and at least 6 other "regular" couples during our two weeks have now found another island to visit which is as Baros was 10 years ago. Of course this won't bother Baros management as we understand they are interested in the Gulf and Japanese tourist market.
We realise things have to change but it is a great shame they had to spoil it. If Universal Resorts wanted a 5* island why not open a new one instead of changing one that already had "repeaters" making up about 80% of the visitors? For those who haven't been before and can afford the extra 30% increase for 2007, don't let this review put you off, do still go as it really is heaven on earth.
Top Local Tips for Male
Innocuous looking cocktails! Watch those cocktails - they are just too nice and you'll find yourself feeling very mellow after one or two of them!!
Where to stay My suggestion would be to stay in a Baros Villa, around the number 213 to 216. This is on the Banyan Tree side of the island and you get a beautiful breeze here throughout the day. It is also quieter than the other side of the island and in my opinion prettier with a wonderful section of reef just yards from your lounger!
Days out Good trips. Dolphin cruise, Seaplane(if you're lucky to get a clear day) Bad Trips. Visit to Male, the capital island
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- Address: North Male Atoll - Male - 20-02 - Maldives
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