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!

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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

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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.

 

5 (not so obvious) things you need to pack for your next trip

When I prepare for each trip, there are items that ALWAYS ALWAYS come with me, no matter what type of trip it is – a nice short haul trip to Seville or a nice long hop to Miami, they always come with me.

Here are the 5 things you need to pack for your next trip (in my opinion!)

 

An Amazon Fire 10 HD tablet

Costs from £/$/€ 149 from Amazon

I have always only had Apple tablets but the truth is, I very rarely use my iPad since switching to a Plus phone and currently my IphoneX. I have a MacBook 12′ which fits into my handbag perfectly, so the only thing I really have felt the need for a tablet was to watch films on planes and on trips. Could I justify the £1000 price tag? No – which means more money for shoes.

My friend Kim-Marie Evans from Luxury Travel Mom had raved about the Amazon tablets and on a recent Prime Day sale, we just bought one. And we love it. We bought the one with the most storage (but you can actually extend it with a micro SD card, unlike an iPad). It was easy to set up, we have all our Sky, Prime and Netflix apps and I do not need it for anything else. For £100 and something pounds, it is perfect and the screen quality is great. It also doubles up as a Kindle and I am sure it has many other features we haven’t discovered yet

You will also need a case (which doubles up as a stand, so make sure get one).

amazon fire hd 10 tablet 5 things you need to pack for your next trip

 

A personalised Longchamp Le Pliage

Costs from £120 from Longchamp

We have 3 Longchamps Le Pliage (the XL size) which we always take folded with us on every trip. You never know what you may buy, they are discrete and do the job really well. I also find them useful every time I forget to pack a beach bag (which happens a lot more than it should). I wash them in my washing machine when I get home and on average, each of my bags lasts almost 10 years. Cost per usage? £0.10. We recently had to replace one of ours and it was the perfect excuse to order a personalised Le Pliage – for only £124, you can have your own bag, pick the colour, stripe, handles, and have it monogrammed. For the first one I chose navy, so when the next one goes, I will do the reverse and have it in grey. It took about 2 weeks to get it.

personalised pliage longchamp bag 5 things you need to pack for your next trip

 

Tumi Monaco Voyageur Washbag

From £150 or $150 from Amazon, Bloomingdales, Zappos

I feel that I have been looking for this XL washbag for years. I have had a Tumi one like this for years, but I always needed to add some extra toiletry bags on longer trips (namely beach or ski trips with all the sunscreen and extra products you need). I love the Monaco, which you can just hang on a hook and you can also detach one of the parts (the black one) and remove it when you do not need it. I have machine washed it after an ‘explosive accident’ and I expect it to last years. We have been loyal to Tumi for over a decade and very happy customers.

There is an update from the Monaco, called Medina – find it on Zappos

tumi monaco voyageur washbag toiletry bag 5 things you need to pack on your next trip

 

Vacuum insulated water bottle

Costs from £25/$20 on Amazon

We were very late to this game and I really only got my bottle a few months ago. I thought it was a gimmick but it actually isn’t – I found it obviously useful when working out, but it was then we tested it when going to the beach that the ball dropped. The water stays cold all day (12 hours, they say) and in some places with very limited or no ‘sun lounger service’, this worked like a dream.

I am still a bottled water snob, but this meant we stopped buying small bottles to take for workouts and in the car. I am worried about our plastic waste and we really are trying to reduce our waste and this is a small step. I have waited over 4 weeks to include this in this roundup in case I was just excited about it, but we stuck with it. Don’t get the white bottle as it tends to get a bit dirty. And buy a washing brush as it is a pain to clean them (I am dying for when they are dishwasher-friendly).

If you are not sure you will commit 100%, buy a cheaper version – we did that before then upgrading to a Swell.

swell reusable water bottle

 

Uniqlo ultra-light down jacket

Costs £55 from Uniqlo (ships world-wide)

It took me a while to convert to Uniqlo, but I am honestly hooked. They do basics very well – and I cannot recommend them enough. They do the best jeggings (which look like real trousers, don’t need ironic and fit like a glove for £20) but they do these ultra light down jackets which come in its own bag and they have saved us a few times now. Obviously not if you are in the middle of a heatwave, but if you aren’t sure if it will get cold, just throw one jacket (or vest, the vests are great too!) in your suitcase and it will take almost no space. Their longer version is lovely (and looks very smart) and of course, men and kids can also have their own. Best £50 you will spend.

If you want something similar at a different price points, you won’t go wrong with a Herno. (See US options here and European options here). I have two and I just love them.

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All these items were purchased by ourselves and we have recommended them to friends and family – and would very happily recommend to all my readers. I hope one of these items is useful for an upcoming trip.

 

What items do you think will be of most use?

xo

Mrs O

 

 

 

 

 

 

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