Baros Maldives

Baros Maldives

One of the very first resorts to open in Maldives, it’s been nearly 50 years since Baros first welcomed visitors to its shores. It was a time when locals travelled from island to island on wooden dhoni sailboats when the Maldives communicated with the world by Morse code. Much has changed since then, but more has stayed the same, ensuring Baros remains a place of astonishing natural beauty, cultural richness and feels as magical as ever.

With the luxury of decades of experience, the team at Baros Maldvies have learnt over the years that authentic luxury isn’t a gimmick, it’s the sum of many different, carefully chosen parts. The services on offer are honed by seeing and understanding what works – what people love, keeping them come back for time and again.

Sitting in harmony amongst the the natural beauty of their surroundings, the collection of handcrafted beachfront and overwater villas at Baros are built from timber and sandstone and designed to cocoon you in comfort, furnished with care and with a host of indulgent features for you to enjoy. To help preserve the island, the team at Baros work hard to protect the natural environment, from the house reef fringing the island to its natural jungle heart. In order to ensure the privacy of their guests, the island also strictly prohibits the use of Drones on the island.

Baros Maldives is situated in the central southern part of North Male’ Atoll, just 25 minutes by speedboat from Maldives International Airport. Beginning with the coral-walled, fan-cooled cabanas of the original resort, Baros has become an icon of luxury in the Maldives.  Throughout every chapter of the island’s story, Baros strive to offer the highest standard of Maldivian hospitality. From the heartfelt service to the ingredients in the dishes, to the artwork on the walls, to the pillows on each bed – these details, perfected, are what makes Baros so very unique.

Whether you stay over the water or on our jungle-covered shoreline, your accommodation promises to be surrounded by the greens and blues that characterise the island, with all of Baros within close reach. There are 45 Beachside and 30 Water Private Villas to choose from, many with private pools and each complete with a Villa Host to cater to guests every possible requirement. Rise early to greet the day and experience the early-morning hours in their perfect stillness. Stay up late and watch the stars from your deck. Spend your days exploring the flourishing house reef, a quick paddle away. Privacy, serenity and comfort; each of the villas at Baros Maldives is a world of its own, with everything you could possibly need.

The exclusive Baros Suites can be discovered on the eastern shore of the island, via a winding pathway through the lush foliage and feature wooden floors and high ceilings in a traditional Maldivian concept. At the foot of the king-size bed is an ottoman concealing a television screen while on one side there is a work desk and on the other, a cosy reading nook. In the adjoining lounge, there is a 55” television with access to movies and Internet and a sublimely cosy sofa for relaxation. Sliding glass doors open on to an expansive wooden deck ideal for sunbathing or private dining under the stars beside 19ft x 10ft swimming pool (which has a hot and cold Jacuzzi) adorned with fibre optic lights for a magical ambience in the evening.

Designed to provide a haven of seclusion, the Baros Suites are specially created to maintain the utmost privacy and tranquillity with classic design, for guests to enjoy the freedom of space as well as the inspiration of tropical tranquillity and a chance to relax in solitude.

Choose a Water Pool Villa and discover an oasis where the turquoise of your plunge pool blends with the blues of our lagoon. Behind the daybed on your sun-soaked veranda, a stairway descends to crystal-clear waters, the house reef ready and waiting for exploration. You will find every comfort in your private cocoon over the water – rich teak floors, comfortable furniture and luxurious bedding, a library of books and indoor games, and every modern convenience. Your tropical overwater haven gives you the perfect balance of privacy and access.

Enjoy your own secluded beach garden and shaded pool beneath tropical trees with Baros Pool Villas which provide a peaceful repose within steps of the lagoon. On your deck you’ve got a canopied daybed and sun loungers, where days can be spent bathed in ocean views. White sands, turquoise waters and the wonders of the house reef are just metres away. Inside, spaces that envelope with effortless charm – a comfortable bed, rich wooden furnishings and bespoke Baros amenities.

Relax upon the shimmering waters of the lagoon in a Baros Water Villa – your own personal retreat and warm timber cocoon of tranquillity. The lagoon lies just beyond your canopied daybed, waiting for you to jump in and explore, while a wide timber deck lets you drink in endless ocean views. In the evenings, relax amid spectacular sunsets, and watch as the sky transforms into a light show of constellations. Inside, enjoy a private world of elegantly cosy furnishings and plush amenities, with thoughtful touches of indulgence everywhere you look.

Gastromony upon the island is as exquisite as the scenery itself and the options available to guests are plentiful.  Step aboard a dhoni for a dinner cruise for two or head to the Piano Deck with your own private chef, for an exclusive gourmet meal. Or how about settling in at The Lighthouse to watch the sunset with cocktails and canapés? At these gourmet Restaurants in Baros, every meal is yours to savour, every bite designed to inspire. The team have been creating culinary magic for more than 40 years, taking the time to perfect classic dishes, while innovating with new techniques and ingredients from around the world. From lavish buffet breakfasts by the pool to fine dining at the legendary Lighthouse, every meal is another opportunity for you to relish a favourite or try something more daring.

Intimate and magical, The Lighthouse Restaurant rises over the lagoon, its towering white sail a beacon on the seas.  Reserve your table under the stars for an unforgettable dining experience, perched over the water, with views that reach to the twinkling horizon. Enjoy the most succulent local seafood, tender steaks and modern classics infused with exotic flavour. For the ultimate in fine dining, have the resident sommelier recommend the perfect wines for your meal.

Intimate dining over the lagoon, the aroma of spice drifting through the night – Cayenne Grill offers al fresco à la carte dining with a hint of Indian flavour. Order from a selection of the finest cuts and freshest seafood, grilled to your preferences. Perfectly marbled wagyu beef and young New Zealand lamb accompany a succulent selection of fresh lobster, prawns, crab and fish.  Cayenne Grill celebrates the grilling traditions of the world, accompanied by premium wines from across the globe.

Another day begins under the brilliant Baros sky, as Lime Restaurant starts you off deliciously with an indulgent buffet breakfast. Chilled Champagne, succulent seafood, Maldivian curries, Asian plates and classic cooked breakfasts begin your day as decadently or as wholesomely as you please. Sit inside in Lime’s cool interior or take your place outside on the deck for views across the lagoon.  For lunch, try a hearty highlight like the massaman tuna, or choose from curries, snacks, salads, pizzas and sandwiches for something in-between. In the evening enjoy international and Maldivian cuisine served against the backdrop of an enchanting Baros sunset.

Amble along a sandy trail to Sails Bar for drinks or snacks in an intimate and peaceful place. Sway in a hammock as the lagoon sparkles beyond the trees, or relax in a lounger as smooth music melts into the starlit sky. A gentle evening breeze rustles palm fronds overhead. A million grains of sand feel soft underfoot. Your steward brings you an ice-cold cocktail, the perfect toast to another entrancing day at Baros.

It is hard for guests to pull themselves away from the spectacular surroundings and privacy of their private villa, however even at mealtimes, they are able to choose not see another person. Thanks to Destination Dining at Baros, guests can enjoy a fine dining experience anywhere on the island. Nowhere is off limits, from the comfort of their villa terrace, on the beach, to a romantic cruise at sunset on the resorts traditional wooden dhoni, ‘Nooma’ or secluded sandbank for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Private dining is also available on the ‘Piano Deck’, a unique wooden deck shaped like a grand piano, floating off the coast of Baros.

If you find yourself looking for adventure, you can be sure to find the perfect experience upon Baros Island. The lagoon beckons you to jump in, to swim with turtles and glide over corals. A sailing adventure tempts you across the seas, to see what you can see beyond our atoll. Champagne fizzes in your glass as you toast to another unforgettable moment. A million experiences await you, from daytime excursions on land and sea to intimate ceremonies and bespoke destination dining, Baros inspires blissful memories that will linger long after you have left the shores of Baros.

When you’re at Baros, you have a world of incredible marine life within a short swim of your villa. A shoal of barracuda glides gracefully on a tropical current. A turtle rises languorously from the depths.  Wade into the lagoon and discover a world of bewitching beauty, with colourful fish and turtles drifting through the house reef, just 20 metres from shore. Or choose from the dozens of world-class dive sites less than an hour away from Baros – a boon for divers and an incredible bounty this close to Malé.

There are many ways you can explore the Baros waters. Glide along the surface on a paddleboard or transparent canoe, plunge into a neon-coloured world of corals during a night dive or let our resident Marine Biologist guide you on a personalised journey of underwater discovery.  Baros has direct access to 30 of the world’s best diving spots, and there is nowhere more secluded and calming than the spectacular underwater world of the Maldives. Transporting guests into their own underwater world, Baros offer Diving by Design programmers and a Diver Valet Service so they can marvel at the likes of manta and eagle rays, turtles and sharks and adventure-seeking pairs can even embark on fascinating ‘Fluro Night Dives’.

A haven of relaxation, a sanctuary hidden in the trees – Serenity Spa invites you into a world of indulgent spa and beauty rituals. You can come here to escape for a few hours, or craft a personalised journey of wellness with a series of daily treatments. Everything here is designed to help you restore your balance and find your calm, from daily yoga sessions to therapeutic massage. For something beyond the ordinary, request a yoga session anywhere on the island, or enjoy a pampering treatment in the seclusion of your comfortable villa.