From the beginning Baros Maldives was destined to be special. When the resort opened on 3 December 1973 it was only the third holiday resort island in the Maldives. Now there are over 100. At that time the country”s population was about 123,000 (its now over 350,000) and fishing was the mainstay of the economy; there were no banks, international communication was by wireless Morse code and there were no paved streets. It took more than three hours by dhoni (a local sailing boat with no canopy) to reach Baros, then uninhabited and known historically as Kodhdhipparu-Baros.
Baros was chosen to be a special resort because it was small, unspoilt and idyllically located in the centre of the atoll, with its own reef encircling a pristine lagoon and untouched sandy shores. To conserve the island”s intrinsic beauty, the Maldivian family who leased it from the government and still operate it today, resolved to keep Baros pure.
Accommodation at first consisted of 56 beds in round cabanas with conical-shaped palm thatched roofs and rough coral walls. There was no air-conditioning. By 1983 the resort had expanded to 100 beds but even then only some of the rooms were air-conditioned. Ten years later 12 wooden, thatched octagonal cottages built on columns over the lagoon were added.
From the beginning, according to a 1983 guidebook, the resort was renowned for its luxuriant tropical foliage and enchanting reefs. The natural beauty of the island was preserved during the transformation in 2005 to the top class resort Baros Maldives is today.
The popular Deluxe Villas are set in flower glades by the beach and exemplify the essence of the Maldives with their tropical grace and simplicity. These unique Maldives island resort villas provide an incredible setting for a perfect holiday for two. Every villa is comfortably furnished while service, care and attention is always discreetly on hand as required. The Deluxe Villas with their exotic open-air bathroom in a sandstone-walled tropical garden make a stay on Baros Maldives even more special. Extra features include: A spacious shaded veranda, A dedicated Villa Host available 24/7, Direct access to the beach, iPod docking station, Exotic open-air bathroom and outside shower in a sandstone-walled flower garden.
Each of the 10 Baros Villas is surrounded by lush, tropical foliage and designed with contemporary style. These Maldives Luxury Villas are ideal for a couple happy to enjoy all the beauty and facilities that Baros Maldives offers. With direct access to the beach and a wooden deck for lounging and relaxing close to the lagoon, their seclusion makes each Baros Villa ideal as a Maldives honeymoon retreat, creating the perfect setting to experience wedded bliss. Extra features include :- A wooden deck for lounging close to the lagoon, A dedicated Villa Host available 24/7, Sun loungers under a thatched parasol on their own beach, iPod docking station, A spacious shaded veranda with day bed and sitting area, Direct access to the beach, Exotic bathroom and outside shower in a sandstone-walled flower garden.
The 15 Maldives Water Villas, reached by a wooden jetty, are a short stroll from the northwest tip of the island"s beach, with endless views of the ocean and horizon. Each one is intimately exclusive, isolated from its neighbors with an ambiance of being cocooned in comfort with a breath-taking view of the broad expanse of the lagoon from the Villa"s sundeck. Extra features include :- A spacious wooden deck for sunbathing with canopied four-poster day bed, A dedicated Villa Host available 24/7, Teak dining table and chairs for two, A short flight of wooden steps down to the lagoon, iPod docking station, Sun loungers.
BAROS POOL VILLA
These eight Baros Pool Villas are screened by lush tropical foliage, creating an ambience of intimacy for guests to enjoy the individual beachside pool just a step away from the stylish comfort of each Villa"s delightful interior. Fun for a Maldives honeymoon, and a romantic and peaceful holiday. Extra features include :- A dedicated Villa Host available 24/7, An infinity-edged private plunge pool (4m x 2.4m), A spacious shaded wooden veranda deck with canopied four-poster day, Bean bag comforters, "Bose" surround sound system, Direct access to the beach, DVD/CD library, iPod docking station and programmed iPod, Library of coffee table books and paperbacks, Sun loungers under a thatched parasol on their own beach, Teak dining table and chairs, Veranda sitting area.
PREMIUM POOL VILLA
Located in a delightful beach cove shielded by vegetation bordering the lagoon with panoramic sea views, the two Premium Pool Villas offer relaxing exclusivity. The beach side plunge pool and the separate Jacuzzi on each side of the Villa"s wooden deck are ideal for sheer relaxation, making these Premium Pool Villas the epitome of Luxury Villas in the Maldives. A dedicated Villa host is on call to take care of everything, making the holiday even more special, helping to maintain the island"s reputation as one of the most romantic resorts in the Maldives for a honeymoon or a holiday. Extra features include :- An outdoor, beach-side Jacuzzi (1.7m x 1.7m) for two, An infinity-edged plunge pool (3.4m x 2.4m) with sun deck, A dedicated Villa Host available 24/7, A spacious shaded wooden veranda deck with canopied four-poster day bed, Bean bag comforters, "Bose" surround sound system, Direct access to the beach, DVD/CD library iPod docking station and programmed iPod, Library of coffee table books and paperbacks, Sun loungers under a thatched parasol on their own beach, Teak dining table and chairs, Veranda sitting area.
POOL WATER VILLA
These 15 Water Pool Villas add an extra dimension to a holiday on Baros Maldives: in tropical seclusion guests can swim and sunbathe in their own swimming pool poised above the tranquil waters of a translucent lagoon set into a timbered veranda deck, with loungers for relaxing and enjoying the view that stretches to the horizon. It"s not only the pool that makes these Villas so special. Each Villa is spacious with a décor that reflects the natural beauty of the Maldives. The Villas are located at the end of the boardwalk jetty with glorious ocean views and direct access down from each sunbathing deck to the lagoon. A dedicated Villa Host is on call whenever needed; there is a library of DVD/CDs, coffee table books and paperbacks, an iPod docking station and programmed iPod and a "Bose" surround sound system. Extra features include :- A private plunge pool (6.6m x 3.6m) above the lagoon, A dedicated Villa Host available 24/7, A spacious wooden deck for sunbathing with different seating possibilities, "Bose" surround sound system, Direct access to the lagoon, DVD/CD library, iPod docking station and programmed iPod, Library of coffee table books and paperbacks, Sun loungers.
Surrounded by green foliage and bird-of-paradise blossoms, the award-winning Baros Residence is a charming haven, hidden away from the rest of the island, but with access to the beach. The privileged guests of the Baros Residence enjoy a private swimming pool in the garden, a broad veranda for undisturbed relaxation and a dedicated butler on call 24/7. Extra features include :- Private swimming pool (7m x 3m), A dedicated butler is on call 24 hours a day, A walled tropical garden, A canopied four-poster day bed on the sundeck, A king-size bed with scalloped linen canopy, A luxury indoor shower and bathtub Beach bean bags, "Bose" Surround sound system, Deck loungers, Direct access to the beach, DVD/ CD Library, iPod docking station and programmed iPod, Library of coffee table books and paperbacks, Teak dining table and chairs on the deck.