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

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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).

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays beach pool villa bathroom outdoor shower nespresso

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.

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays dinner food restaurants

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.

baros maldives hotel slh sovereign luxury holidays spa massage yoga lessons

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.

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

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 Autumn – 2018 Edition

This Summer was pretty great – I got things started in Florida (I loved going back after a few years) in June and in July we went back to Portugal for the usual 9 days. That trip is pretty much the same every year – 6 days in the Algarve, followed by a nice long weekend in Lisbon. In August, we went back to California (as we always do) and we stayed for almost 20 days – it may seem a bit extreme, but it isn’t. We just love it out there.

We said hello to Autumn by returning to Abu Dhabi and once we got back, there was no denying it. The leaves had started falling and Autumn was upon us.

Keeping my beauty additions to 5 each quarter (because life is complicated enough and who has time to try new products every week?), here are my tried and tested Top 5 Beauty Essentials for Autumn (or Fall!).

 

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder

Costs £45/$65 from Space NK (UK + Europe), Net-a-Porter (Global), Saks (North America)

I actually bought this powder onboard a British Airways flight (and it came with a great brush) as it made quite a few promises. I have used this powder for over a month and I love how it really does smooth one’s face (and you can wear it with or without make up). It really reduces the appearance of imperfections and pores (and they say fine lines). Warning: it has an invisible sticker on top of the holes (this will make sense when you open the jar). It took me a good week to figure that out.

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Tan Luxe Sleep Oil

Costs £34/$50 from Feel Unique (currently £25), Space NK (UK + Europe), Net-a-Porter (Global), Sephora (North America)

I have to thank Louise Parker for this recommendation. I follow her on Instagram and I really like her weekly column on Hello magazine – and I find her recommendations outstanding. I have never used self tan products, but I liked the promise of this Tan Luxe Sleep Oil: to prolong the tan I have from my summer (all with SPF 50) but in a super easy way: no streaks, just a few drops a night before bed and that would be it. I did not tell my other half and he has made comments on how my tan is really lasting. You absolutely need to wash your hands afterwards (I didn’t one day and I had a weird stain on my hand which I couldn’t place). But it really works and I will try the body product in time too. My skin looks really healthy and smoother too.

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Living Proof Smooth Blowout Concentrate

Costs £22 / $30 from Amazon UK, Space NK (UK + Europe), Amazon USA, Sephora (USA) and Living Proof

It promises to cut blow dry times by 50% – it is not exactly half time but I definitely find it quicker. And I love how glossy my hair is (and bouncy!). I am a big fan of Living Proof products (Jennifer Aniston backs them for a reason) and have included one of their shampoo ranges in previous beauty recommendation posts.

living proof smooth blowout concentrate beauty essentials autumn fall

 

Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo

Costs £45/$60 from Violet Grey (North America), Liberty London, Harrods.

I discovered the delights of Violet Grey on a recent trip to Los Angeles (if you are in the area, just go, it is the best beauty store in the world. And it’s the opposite of supersized – everything is beautifully curated and the selection is amazing. And it isn’t about being expensive – they have Bioderma as the best micellar water (which I 100% agree), and it costs under £10/$15.

I had a major ‘face eruption’ and the lady at Violet Grey suggested this product and it matched me beautifully. Easy to use and it really hides monstrosities.

 

chantecaille camouflage le stylo concealer

Nivea Nourishing Body Mousse Moisturiser

Costs £3.99/$6 from Waitrose or Amazon.

I don’t really buy beauty products at supermarkets but this is probably one of the best body moisturisers I have ever come across. It came recommended by my facialist and it really is excellent. It isn’t greasy, the smell is quite neutral and they say it moisturises for 48 hours – I am not sure about that, but I can get away with using it every other day (I hate moisturising) and things are looking good. I noticed it gets out of stock often (as I tried to get some extras for some friends and had to try a few times) – so stock up!

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I hope you find my top 5 beauty essentials for Autumn useful and let me know if you try any of them!

xo

Mrs. O

 

PS. Feel free to send me your Autumn essentials.

 

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