See inside the Maldives resort named the best luxury hotel in the world
- A private island retreat in the Maldives has been named the world's best luxury hotel in Tripadvisor's 2020 Travelers' Choice Awards.
- Baros Maldives offers 75 villas, each with its own open-air bathroom and rain shower.
- It was also ranked the "World's Most Romantic Resort" by World Travel Awards for the past seven years in a row.
- Baros reopens on October 1 with a special starting rate of around R9,000, but a night's stay can cost upwards of R26,000 for the most luxe private residences.
- For more stories go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za.
Baros Maldives, a private retreat in the Indian Ocean, has been ranked the world's best luxury hotel in Tripadvisor's 2020 Travelers' Choice Awards - and it's not hard to see why.
Guests can choose from 75 villas, each of which comes with a private deck, an in-villa bar, a pillow menu, and an outdoor rain shower. Many have their own private pools. There are multiple fine dining options to indulge in, as well as boat and sea excursions. Baros was also named the world's most romantic resort by World Travel Awards for the past seven years in a row.
After closing in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, the resort reopens on October 1st with a special nightly rate of around R9,000 for a Deluxe Villa.
Baros has ramped up its safety and hygiene measures. The resort will be operating at limited occupancy and will keep all villas vacant for 48 hours in between guests. In addition to wearing face masks and gloves, all staff will take daily temperature checks and undergo daily contact tracing. All spa treatments will take place in a private villa. A complete rundown of the resort's safety measures can be seen here.
The Maldives has long been a high-end resort destination. Kudadoo, a solar-powered, adults-only resort in the Maldives, was named the world's best new luxury resort in 2019.
Here's a look at Baros Maldives, the best luxury hotel in the world, according to Tripadvisor.
Baros Maldives, a secluded island retreat in the Indian Ocean, has been named the world's best luxury hotel in Tripadvisor's 2020 Travelers' Choice Awards.
Baros has nearly 3,000 five-star reviews on Tripadvisor.
"The quality of this resort is definitely one that is hard to top," wrote one guest who stayed in December 2019. "The service, attention to detail, is truly unbelievable. Our assigned 'villa host' was such an attentive, sweet young man, he feels like a long lost friend by the end! They really take care of you, and address EVERY need before you even think of it. ... There is an on-site medical professional that came in handy for us, so that alone is a [peace] of mind I'm not sure others can top."
Baros has also been named the "World's Most Romantic Resort" by World Travel Awards for the past seven years in a row.
Baros opened more than 47 years ago, making it one of the first resorts to open in the Maldives.
To get there, guests take a 25-minute speedboat ride from the Maldives' international airport.
Guests can choose from several different types of villa accommodations.
Each villa comes with a private deck, beach sun loungers, an in-villa bar, a pillow menu, and an outdoor rain shower.
Baros has 24 Deluxe Villas, which offer 89 square metres of living space and open-air bathrooms.
When the resort reopens in October, guests will be able to book the Deluxe Villas for a special starting rate of around R9,000 per night for two people.
Then there are the 100-square-metre Baros Villas with their soaking tubs and outdoor rain showers.
They come with a private pool, a canopied daybed, and sun loungers on the private deck. Rates start at about R11,000 a night.
Rates for the newly built Baros Suites start at around R22,000 per night.
Each one includes a king-size bed, a day couch, and a suite-assigned butler on call 24/7.
Each suite also comes with its own private infinity swimming pool and both a hot and cold Jacuzzi.
Then there's the Baros Residence, the most secluded of the villas.
Its 200-square-metres of living space includes a separate bedroom and living room, as well as a bathroom with designer toiletries.
It also comes with its own private infinity pool. Rates for the Baros Residence start at about R27,000 per night.
The resort offers plenty of romantic dining and drinking options. Guests can enjoy a meal at the Piano Deck prepared by a private chef.
The Lighthouse Restaurant sits out in the lagoon and offers a variety of seafood dishes.
Then there's Sails Bar, which offers drinks like mojitos (R260), classic Manhattan cocktails (R240), or a "smoking cocktail" that combines tobacco mixes and fruit cocktails (up to around R3,000).
The Lime Restaurant serves seafood and Maldivian curries along with snacks, salads, pizzas, and sandwiches.
When the resort reopens in October, all the tables in each restaurant will be arranged at least 1.8 metres apart to maintain social distancing.
And if the restaurant options aren't enough, guests can also opt for a secluded beach picnic.
The Baros Maldives spa has four private spa suites for couples treatments.
Spa services range from manicures (R1,600) and pedicures (R2,000) to full-body mud wraps (R3,500) and 12 different types of massages (starting at around R3,000).
Resort guests can embark on various boat excursions, from a cruise on the resort's yacht, Serenity ...
... to a sailing expedition on the Nooma, a traditional Maldivian sailing vessel.
Guests can go diving and paddling the clear blue waters in a translucent canoe.
Baros also offers private vow renewal ceremonies, complete with a traditional Maldivian Bodu Beru dance procession and a memorial palm tree planting.
Receive a daily update on your cellphone with all our latest news: click here.
Get the best of our site emailed to you daily: click here.
Also from Business Insider South Africa:
- Meet the 38-year old South African involved in a R6 billion mask disaster in the UK
- It’s official: Cabinet wants to let you have 1.2kg of dagga at home – if you don’t live alone
- A 20-year-old Honda Civic sold for R870,000 at an auction in the US
- A Cape Town school will now host a virtual open day using drones
- Business Insider South Africa is hiring: apply here