It takes only twenty minutes by speedboat to reach Baros from Male airport these days, but back when the resort first opened in December 1973, on the third holiday-resort island in the Maldives, things were very different.
Then Male airport was little more than a shack and transport to and from the resort islands was generally by dhoni, traditional sailing boats, and took hours across the open ocean. There were no banks and Morse code was still the typical method of communication.
Baros resort started life on its pint-sized coral island with only 28 rooms (‘huts’) without air conditioning. Over the next 30 years the resort doubled in size and in 2005 construction was completed on the new Baros Maldives, a five-star boutique resort with 45 luxury beach villas and 30 luxury overwater villas. Since then further room upgrades have taken place but the resort stays true to its original concept: a small island with a big welcome, an intimate and quiet place for guests to unwind. This is not an all-singing and all-dancing resort but somewhere for low-key couples and families to spend their holiday in the sunshine on the most picture-perfect little island, tiny waves lapping on bright white sand. It’s a good two kilometres from the nearest island so it still feels remote and tranquil.
What speaks volumes about Baros is the number of repeat visitors it receives. Every year the vast majority of clients are those revisiting the island. During my stay I met guests who had made the island their holiday base 15, even 20 times. What is attracting these guests? What makes Baros stand out from the crowd?
The hotel is exceptionally well run. The staff, a large number of whom have been here since it first opened, are hospitable and welcoming, efficient and unflappable. The rooms are elegant and well appointed but not over the top. By Maldivian standards the rates are quite reasonable. The resort is consistent, not trying to be all things to all people. It has its following and, after my stay, I can see why.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Resort credit
- US$100 or equivalent per room per stay applicable to Spa treatments and food and beverages
- Early check-in / Late check-out
- Subject to availability
- Departure gift
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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