Need to know
75 villas (30 over-water; 45 beachside), including one larger Residence.
Noon, but flexible subject to availability at a cost of 50 per cent of the room tariff. Check-in, 2pm, or earlier if available.
Double rooms from $487.50, excluding tax at 23.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $6.00 per person per night on check-out.
Room rates include buffet breakfast.
For the definitive Maldivian experience the Nooma, the Baros’ 19.4 metre traditional wooden sailing dhoni, can be chartered for diving expeditions during the day or private sunset dining at night.
At the hotel
Spa, library with books, board games, CDs and DVDs, free WiFi throughout, boutique, palm garden, pool table and table tennis, gym, water sports, dive and snorkel centres, private yacht and traditional wooden sailing <i>dhoni</i>. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, preloaded iPod, minibar, L’Occitane en Provence and Italian Acca Kappa toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
It’s hard to go past the romance and seclusion of the Water Villas, each of which are perched above the water and boast spacious indoor areas, large private sundecks, outdoor daybeds swathed in flowing white canopies and timber steps that lead down to the lagoon. The eight Pool Villas each have their own infinite plunge pool, while the two Premium Pool Villas also sport lagoon-side Jacuzzis, their own exclusive section of the beach and the luxury of a dedicated villa host to cater to your every whim. The exclusive Baros Residence is the ultimate romantic hidey-hole sheathed by bird of paradise and palms, with its own private pool and garden. Here you can lounge on the four-poster day bed, treat yourself to an in-room massage or ask your personal on-call butler to bring you a mojito to enjoy on your sundeck just a step from the beach.
Baros Pool Villas and Premium Pool Villas have private infinity-edged plunge pools, and the Residence has a larger swimming pool. Guests in other rooms can take a dip in the enormous main pool (85sq m) by Lime restaurant (open 11am–6pm) – the largest overwater pool in the Maldives, no less – which is lined with hundreds of fibre-optic lights for a night-sky effect. There's a pool bar to the side which serves drinks and canapés and staff will clean your sunglasses if you ask nicely. The lagoon is safe for a refreshing swim too.
The Spa offers a plethora of pampering wrap and massage treatments guaranteed to de-stress and delight.
Leave your heels at home; they’ll just sink in the sand-lined pathways strewn across the island. Fashionable types should pack several swimwear options, some cover-ups and a maxi or two for island chic. Budding Jacques Cousteaus can hire dive gear here, so just bring your documentation.
Junior Smiths aged eight or older are welcome, although this is more of a romantic adult retreat and there are no dedicated children’s facilities. An extra bed for a child sharing with two adults costs an extra 50 per cent of the villa tariff.
Baros is active in coral planting to improve the local underwater habitat, and educates guests about the marine environment. Food is also seasonal and locally sourced.