Baros - The Maldives
We got our first taste of the incredible service offered by Baros even before boarding the launch from Male Airport.
Finding the airport pharmacy closed, a young and friendly staff member, told me not to worry. As we stepped into our stylish beach bungalow just half an hour later, the package containing the required items was delivered to our room. Impressive.
Also impressive is how much they've packed into this small, lush private island (you can walk around the entire island in 10 minutes). Closed for almost a year after the tsunami, Baros was completely rebuilt and re-opened in 2006 thanks to a redesign by a Maldivian architect, giving a chic Balinese feel to the interior of the 75 villas, either set over the turquoise waters or hidden among winding sandy paths, coconut palms, frangipani and hibiscus.
The Lighthouse Restaurant, which is the only two-storey building on water in the Maldives, offers the ultimate in fine dining. Try live Pacific Oysters with granitas of lime and lemongrass, Champagne Rosé and Tobasco Bloody Mary or the sensational degustation menu, which includes Maldivian crayfish spring roll, Yellowfin tuna Carpaccio, Australian Grain Fed Beef Fillet and Hazelnut Soufflé.
Upstairs you can enjoy a pre dinner drink while drinking in the 360-degree views from the Lighthouse Lounge. Materials used throughout the resort are 100 per cent natural and include wood, stone and coconut thatch. Complete with outdoor bathrooms, four poster beds, espresso machines, luxurious day beds and cleverly concealed TV, DVDs and stereos, the villas also come complete with every luxury imaginable.
The resort has recently opened new pool villas and also offers honeymooners the option of having their own ‘dhoni' (traditional sail boat) for an ultimate and intimate Maldivian experience. Our standalone-thatched bungalow was literally a few steps over the pure white sand into one of the Maldives' best house reefs. Snorkeling literally a metre from shore we spotted reef sharks, sea horses, and hundreds of varieties of tropical fish and coral. Make sure you book in for the sublime Baros Bliss treatment at the Aquum Spa, and afterwards float over to the Sails Bar with its sand floor and New York vibe for a banana colada served up by the ever-smiling barmen. As we departed Baros, there was a smile on my face and a tear in my eye. Baros, and indeed the Maldives and its people, had cast its spell on us both.
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By Sheriden Rhodes