Baros Travel Guide

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Baros is consistently rated among the best luxury resorts in Asia and the world. It is located on a private island in the Maldives roughly a 25-minute speedboat trip from Malé. The interior of the island is a lush garden of hibiscus and bougainvillaea, ringed by white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and coral reefs. There are a number of restaurants to choose from, and while there is little in the way of nightlife, the resort is known for its excellent selection of wine. Activities in Baros include scuba diving and snorkelling, and the resort has its own spa. The luxury villas ensure privacy and comfort. Baros is an award-winning and perpetually popular boutique resort, great for couples looking for a peaceful island holiday. One of the things that sets Baros apart is the superb service from all the staff on the island.

Baros has a small boutique selling souvenirs and local handicrafts but the shopping facilities are very limited on the island and those keen on an authentic Maldivian shopping experience should take an excursion to the nearby capital to explore the colourful markets.

Baros has a range of dining options, all with very accommodating staff that pride themselves on being happy to prepare meals on request for guests. Baros boasts three restaurants and two bars and the resort is particularly proud of its fine-dining restaurant. Apart from the great restaurants guests are welcome to request private meals almost anywhere on the island, making the opportunities for romantic outdoor dining limitless.

Like many of the luxury resorts in the Maldives, Baros doesn't market itself as a party destination and although fun social activities and cultural shows are organised regularly for the entertainment of guests, Baros is ultimately somewhere that people visit to enjoy privacy, peace and romance. The island has a sedate nightlife.

Baros has a luxury spa and yoga facilities, and offers numerous watersports including snorkelling, sailing, surfing, kayaking (in clear-bottomed kayaks that allow you to watch the underwater world go by beneath you!), canoeing, windsurfing and water skiing. The resort also has a good dive centre which enables scuba diving at a number of wonderful sites.

The lack of nightlife may be a drawback for some; and the resort doesn't really cater for children.