A hotel to remember: Baros Maldives

When I ‘announced’ that I was going to Baros Maldives on a recent trip, something quite special happened: I had literally dozens of readers comment and react to the news in a very unique way. Why? Because many of you have discovered this Maldivian secret sailing paradise and have been going back year after year.

Having been there for 5 days on a recent trip – it is easy to understand why. It is a very small island (with only 70 something rooms, both over water and beach villas), service is incredibly attentive and it does feel like home. You all got to know the staff, or better, the staff got to know you over time and you are not interested in anything else except going back. I get it!

We arrived to this little piece of paradise by speedboat from Male airport (takes 25 minutes and transfers are included for all Sovereign customers) and before we knew it, we really were ready to enjoy our gorgeous beach pool villa at Baros Maldives.

Our beach pool villa at Baros Maldives

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays bedroom beach pool villa

Our room was absolutely gorgeous and very very recently updated. The standard was very good and it felt spacious yet very comfortable. These beach pool villas are 130+ sqm and as private as they get.

We had a king size bed with a pop-up TV at the end of it, a seating area and a writing area. The room also had a sizeable storage area which kept our luggage out of sight.

You could also find a Nespresso coffee machine, 2 1.5l bottles of water (replaced every day free of charge), ironing board, iron and new flip-flops.

Being a beach pool villa (which I have to say, is my favourite room category in the Maldives), you have a large outdoor area with your own secluded pool, day bed, 2 sets of sunloungers (one for the pool and one for the beach) and a seating area.

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays outdoor beach pool villa

Getting in the spirit of the island, we also ordered breakfast and lunch almost every day – because it rained sometimes, and also because we just didn’t want to leave. And I am sure you can see why we did it!

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays breakfast beach pool villa

But needless to say, the best part is, without a doubt, your own ‘private’ stretch of beach. You have your own sun loungers and no one else can use them. We had neighbours as the hotel was at full capacity when we were there, but they were all very quiet. The hotel caters to adults mostly (children under 8 are not allowed) and those who choose this island resort do so to get away from it all. Literally.

The bathroom at Baros Maldives

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays beach pool villa bathroom

Our bathroom was mostly indoors and was very spacious. Inside we had a full-sized bath (and don’t you love that bath tray?), separate toilet, shower and double vanity units. The toiletries used were L’Occitane Verbena range which were lovely. My only comment was that we did not have spares for the outdoor shower (but we left a note to housekeeping and they then kept replacing them in both showers).

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As expected, the room was cleaned each morning and then turned down before dinner. We never had issues with timings and more often than not, they managed to do it whilst we had breakfast. Overall, service was excellent.

The food at Baros Maldives

Being a smaller island, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of dining options. But they weren’t as limited as I thought: for breakfast you could go to the excellent buffet breakfast (which also offered many cooked-to-order items like eggs, pancakes, etc) or you could order in-villa (with an extra charge).

My highlight for breakfast was having fruit actually cut and prepared in front of you and also what the hotel called ‘Eye-opening shots’, which changed every day. It was a little detail, but a lovely one.

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Lime was also opened for lunch (we did try it once, but then indulged in our room every day) and dinner – and we loved the curry options they had. Lots of international cuisine (something for everyone), but we really did enjoy the various types of curry.

On two of the nights we went to Cayenne, which has more of a grill concept, with a starters buffet, which had really good sushi and sashimi options. We then chose the Maldivian seafood platter (approx $130 for 2) which we paired with Cloudy Bay, of course ($120/bottle).

On our last night, we tried the Lighthouse, which is the hotel’s fine dining restaurant. We started our meal outside but due to the rain, we moved inside. The food was excellent and a meal will cost approximately $100-150 per person, depending on what you choose and excluding drinks.

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On the photo above you can see Lime from 2 different perspectives (and also the Lighthouse restaurant).

Below, you can see the main bar (which I found incredibly quiet at all times, and honestly quite surprising as people did disappear immediately after dinner), and the ‘Lighthouse’ restaurant.

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays lighthouse restaurant

I know you must be asking.. what about the drinks? Well, there were also options. We loved watching the sun set every day at the Lighthouse Lounge, located on the first floor of the building and enjoyed what I can call, gin & tonics with a view. (A Gin will cost you around $17 plus service and tax, which you can round-up to $22)

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays cocktails

We asked for them to be served in a wine glass and no one batted an eye lid. Even better, each day they remembered ‘our preference’ – which was kind of followed by other guests too!

After dinner, we did go to the main bar, but as I said before, we found it very quiet at around 9pm. Cocktails are $15 (+service + tax) and we ended up going to the room earlier than normal as we did feel a bit lonely at times.

The Spa at Baros Maldives

As the weather wasn’t brilliant at times, the spa was our to-to place when it rained (in the afternoon). We had a massage every day (60 mins for $159 ++) and one day we even tried a private yoga class ($60 ++ per person).

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays spa massage

Most hotel spas in the Maldives are ‘over water’ and I loved that this one was inland – very different and so so so green. It had ‘little houses’ which were self-contained treatment rooms and the therapists really were fantastic.

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What do to at Baros Maldives

I know many readers worry about going to the Maldives ‘as there is nothing to do’. I have said many times that you need to be prepared for something unique: Maldives time. It goes so quickly, it is quite unbelievable.

We had planned to do some SUP and other things (like a sandbank picnic and the unique breakfast in the middle of the ocean), but the weather did not allow it. But when we had sun, which was actually every day for at least half the day, we did something we are very good at: we went to the beach where we swam, sat and read.

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And we did it again and again…

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays beach reading beach pool villa

But the highlight was a private snorkelling session ($100 for 2) – which I highly recommend you do at the beginning. You will then know where to go, etc. And you also get photos!

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays snorkelling

Final thoughts

It was easy to see why most people go to Baros and return time after time. The island is small – but not too small – but everything has a purpose and place. The service was really attentive and friendly (lots of smiles), the rooms were exceptional and the food was really good too.

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays beach sunset

And the sunsets were not bad either ?

Until the next time!

xo

Mrs. O

Factbox and disclaimer: I was a guest of Sovereign Luxury, who organised this trip. Opinions are, as always, my own (but I loved it, promise).

Sovereign ( Tel: +44 1293 765 003) is offering a seven-night holiday to the Maldives staying at the five-star Baros Maldives in a Pool Villa on B&B basis from £3,895 per person – a saving of up to £1006 per couple. The offer includes airport security fast track and access to UK private airport lounge (where available), airport transfers, and return international flights from London Heathrow with Qatar Airways in economy class. For business class flights, the cost is £5,279 per person. Based on departures 14 May 2017.

 

Top 5 Beauty Essentials for Winter 2019

The cold is here, and it is time to share my Top 5 Beauty Essentials for Winter – I am a little bit late and have called out on it (which makes me secretly proud – as it means that quite a few people enjoy my recommendations).

I was asked to do a monthly edit – but in all honesty, I cannot try that many products in a month. I like what I like and being able to squeeze in 5 new products every 3 months isn’t easy (see my previous Autumn, Summer and other beauty edits). I need to wear them for a whole month and if I don’t buy them a second time, they don’t make the cut – I am sorry, but at the same time, I am not sorry at all.

Without further ado, here are Top 5 Beauty Essentials for Winter:

 

Susanne Kaufmann Best of Body Gift Set

Costs £79 from Alyaka (global delivery)

I first came across Susanne Kaufmann at a hotel in Portugal (of all places) and always remembered how lovely the hotel toiletries were. All organic and the rest – but really good. After falling down the stairs this Christmas, I found some comfort in baths and asked my readers on Instagram to share their favourite products. Susanne Kaufmann was the most mentioned brand by a mile but I wasn’t sure which product to try first. I did a little bit of online digging and found this beautiful box set and have been trying each product. The bath salts and oils really are divine and I would love to recommend this product to all of you.

best of body susanna kaufmann bath products gift set best beauty essentials for winter

 

The Chemistry Brand Hydration Complex, 100ml

Costs from £12 from Look Fantastic  (they also have a North American website) 

I have ‘hard heels’ and have been looking for something that really worked – and this is the best cream I found so far. I love the Look Fantastic website as they really have a great mix of brands and this little thing did everything it said. Start with a fresh pedicure and you may be in for 3 weeks before you may need another one (if only nails didn’t grow).

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Le Labo Sea Buckthorn Hand Wash, 250ml

Costs £17 from Selfridges (ships globally), Net-a-Porter(global too) or Nordstrom.

We are big fans of Le Labo at home – I featured one of its perfumes on my Spring Scent Edit recently – and this hand wash really is exquisite. I had no idea of sea buckthorn smelled like – turns out that we love it. It it warm but fresh at the same time – and we are not sharing it with guests, no no.

le labo sea buckthorn luxury handwash winter beauty essentials

 

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder

From £16 (travel size) or £42 (full size) from Selfridges, Cult Beauty and Saks Fifth Avenue.

I discovered this on the BA inflight shopping magazine and it is sold as your own ‘instagram’ filter, which blurs away imperfections. For £40, I couldn’t go very wrong and turns out it is a lovely product. It fills pores and bits and makes your skin look bright and fresh and lovely to the touch. Word of warning: there is a sticker on top of the holes of the powder when you remove the top. It took me hours to figure it out. If you buy it on BA, it comes with a great brush (which I have been unable to find online)

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Boots Dual Defence Nasal Spray 20ml

Costs £5.99 from Boots

I have to thank Mary-Anne, a blog reader from the USA for this one. I was once going to see my friend Kim-Marie who then lived in Connecticut and she asked if I could buy this spray (a handful of them) for her. I was intrigued and bought an extra one for myself – and for the past 2 winters, we have been living on this. As soon as you get the first sign of a cold, you start spraying. I don’t want to jinx it, but we have been cold-free for 2 winters now and I buy this for all my family, name each with a sharpie and wouldn’t dare travel without it. Is this a beauty product? Well, maybe!

boots cold and flu dual deffense spray winter beauty essentials

 

 

Have you tried any of my Top 5 Beauty Essentials for Winter 2019? Let me know!

xo

Mrs. O

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