Baros Maldives wins again at World Travel Awards 2017

Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort 2017

As the Festive Season approaches, we are delighted to let you know that as the year ends we have even more to celebrate at Baros Maldives.   

Baros Maldives has been acclaimed as the World’s Most Romantic Resort 2017 at the recent World Travel Awards ceremony held in Vietnam. It is the fifth time Baros Maldives has been recognised as the World’s Most Romantic resort since 2012. This follows the award to Baros Maldives earlier in the year when the island was acclaimed as the Resort of the Year 2017 by Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) at the brand’s International Conference in California.  

Mohamed Musthafeez, Resort Manager, Baros Maldives, Mr Graham Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards
Mohamed Musthafeez, Resort Manager, Baros Maldives, Mr Graham Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards

The winners of World Travel Awards are decided by votes from travel and tourism professionals, and business and leisure travel consumers worldwide. The accolade recognizes the proven commitment to excellence demonstrated by Baros Maldives during the last twelve months.  

We feel very proud to receive this award as it is public acknowledgement of the dedication of all who work at Baros Maldives in achieving guest satisfaction, as well as being recognised internationally for the romantic ambience inspired by the charm, beauty and hospitality that is typical of Baros Maldives.

On this note with the hope of welcoming you back, we wish you and your family a joyful festive season and a wonderful New Year.

Baros Maldives invites guests to survey Manta Rays

Baros Maldives is inviting guests to join in its survey to identify the many Manta Rays that can be seen at the Manta Ray dive spots close to the boutique island resort. The survey is being conducted by Divers Baros Maldives and has resulted in different Manta Rays being identified and entered into the first scientific database for Manta Rays which is maintained by the international Manta Matcher Organisation.

Little is known about these gracious giants of the sea that fascinate divers; in the Maldives there are thought to be some 5,000 of them. A Manta Ray can be identified by the distinctive markings on its belly, each one being marked differently, in the manner of humans being identified by their fingerprints.

At the resort, diving guests are invited to take photographs underwater of a Manta Ray’s “belly print” and compare it with the photographs already on the Divers Baros database. A diver who photographs a Manta Ray not seen before is offered the opportunity to give the Manta a name. The Baros Dive Centre has introduced an adoption scheme whereby the diver can receive regular reports on the Manta’s whereabouts and habits.

Currently, the dive base has data on 159 Manta Rays recognised over 10 years. Guests who re-visit the resort have a good chance to have a reunion with a Manta Ray they have seen on their dives in previous years. The database, through its link with Manta Matchers, can reveal where the Manta Ray has been over those years. From May to November and from January to April when sightings are frequent, are the best times for guest divers to join the resort’s Manta Ray survey.

Baros Maldives is a private bijou tropical island resort only 25 minutes by resort speedboat from the Maldives International Airport. Every one of its 75 elegant overwater and beachside villas is close to the resort’s Dive and Marine Centres where expert Dive Masters and Marine Biologists are on hand to assist guests in the Manta Ray survey.

Baros Maldives appoints new Marketing Manager

Daniel Draxl has been appointed marketing manager at Baros Maldives, a lush, award-winning private island resort consisting of 75 secluded overwater and beachside villas. In his new position, he oversees all marketing activities and strategy on behalf of the renowned resort. The appointment is effective immediately.

Draxl brings a wealth of experience in planning and implementation of international marketing campaigns, sales activities, business development, new market research, media relations and more.

Prior to joining Baros, Draxl served as the marketing manager at Kitzbuhel Tourism Board, one of the world’s leading alpine destinations. His role consisted of B2B and B2C marketing for European business markets including Germany, Switzerland, CEE, China, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain.

Draxl holds a Master’s degree from Leon Kassel Annecy Trento, completing in studies at universities in Italy, France, Germany and Spain and an Austrian-French double Bachelor’s degree in International Business Studies from Montpellier Kufstein. He is fluent in five languages including German, English, Italian, French and Spanish.

About Baros Maldives 

This luxury class island hotel, situated on North Malé Atoll, is located 25 minutes from Velana (Malé) International Airport by speedboat. A reef vibrant with marine life surrounds the hotel and palm fronds shade the stunning sandy beaches. Baros Maldives features luxurious villas in harmony with their surroundings with some set on stilts, providing the ultimate in Indian Ocean romance. Others are situated among the coconut palms a few paces from the water’s edge and boast chic interiors and lavish bathrooms. Guestrooms are appointed with modern conveniences and a fashionable decorative theme that promotes a serene atmosphere. The Baros Maldives is perfect for travellers that want a magnificent holiday location.

Baros Maldives Spa Secrets

The healing power of touch

In this era of PC screens and mobile phones many of us have fallen into the habit living most of our lives within our heads. We experience constant conversations with ourselves, live off to-do lists, make decisions, and deal with some form of mental anxiety throughout the days, weeks, months and years.

This dynamic lifestyle tends to disconnect us from our bodies and can deplete once vibrant energy levels. A good night’s sleep can prove difficult due to this constant chatter in our heads. It’s no surprise that we might find ourselves reacting to normal day to day situations in a hostile way and we wonder how we have slipped into an often self-inflicted unpleasant situation.

Regular touching has been proven to establish our mind-body connection to such an extent that blood pressures decrease, immune systems strengthen and the quality of sleep improves so much so that stress levels fall, improving our overall quality of life.

Baros Spa, would like to invite you to experience the specifically designed Baros Signature Combination Ritual. This will assist in establishing your mind-body connection for an overall feeling of wellbeing. The ritual lasts for two and a half hours enabling you to experience a private steam bath in a luxurious treatment room before you relax into a coconut and lime scented full body polish.

This is followed by the intuitive Baros Signature Massage which integrates four unique massage styles, namely Balinese Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Kneading Movements, Hot Stone Massage and the relaxing Thai Stretches to leave your mind and body in a peaceful state. To complete this ritual, we let you experience a nourishing Scalp Treatment using local repairing coconut oil for dull and lifeless hair, along with a blissful scalp massage. This will leave you in touch with your body, relaxed, refreshed and able to live life again in complete happiness.

Sunrise Sandbank Yoga, Baros Maldives
Sunrise Sandbank Yoga, Baros Maldives

Wild Thing Pose

Camatkarasana (cah-maht-kah-RAHS-anna) Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana (DownwardFacing Dog).

  1. Bring your weight into your right hand and roll onto the outer edge of your right foot like Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose).
  1. On an inhalation, lift your hips with buoyancy. Stay strong in your right hand making a clawing action with the fingers. Keep the head of the right arm bone back. On an exhalation, step your left foot back and place your toes on the floor with your knee partially bent.
  2. Curl back through your upper back to create a sweeping action of the shoulder blades into the back of the rib cage.
  1. On an inhalation lift your hips higher until you curl more into a backbend with your right foot solid on the ground.
  1. Keep breathing and curl your head back, extending your left arm from your heart and expressing your power and freedom.
  2. Hold for five to ten breaths, return to Down Dog and repeat on the other side.

For more information or bookings, visit The Spa or contact at [email protected]

Festive Season in Elegant Style

Recognising that guests of refinement relish a hassle-free holiday where personalised attention to their needs is paramount, Baros Maldives presents the perfect choice, with this season’s holiday theme being “Enjoying Island Elegance.”

Gold and white are the colours chosen for this year’s festivities, to reflect the grandeur of the occasion and the purity of the season of new beginnings.

The Festive Season begins at Baros on Thursday 22 December 2016 and celebrations continue until Monday 2 January 2017. A Festive Season Diary will be available in every Villa for guests to plan their activities.

There will be memorable experiences including discovering Baros at sea with guided snorkelling tours, coral gardening, and dolphin-watching cruises, and enjoying Baros on land with nature walks, sandbank cocktails, champagne and wine tastings, gourmet and gala dinners and jazz under the stars. In addition, there will be escorted island exploration tours and a shopping visit to Malé. A special treat is the bliss of being pampered in the Spa with a seductive Elegant Island Harmony ritual.

There will also be a unique Maldivian experience for dinner in the Palm Garden on 25 December and a Countdown Party with a band and fireworks on the deck of the Lime infinity swimming pool on 31 December. For early risers on 1 January 2017, there is a grand New Year Day’s breakfast. Jazz and cool music under the stars are featured on some evenings while the Sheesha and Cigar Lounge is open every night.

Baros For Babymooners

Baros Maldives, acclaimed as the World’s Most Romantic Resort by World Travel Awards in 2015, is enhancing its appeal for an idyllic holiday on an island in the Indian Ocean. As well as being an intimate retreat for Honeymooners wanting privacy, it is also the perfect place for vacationing Babymooners.

If you missed having your honeymoon at Baros Maldives, when the baby’s on the way, why not get away to enjoy the island’s blissful tranquility before the baby’s birth? Relish precious moments together in the natural harmony of Baros Maldives as you plan the future for your child. Enjoy serenity for just the two of you before coping with those busy times ahead after baby’s born.

Experts believe that fanning the flames of love with a relaxing babymoon has real long-term relationship benefits, because transitioning to parenthood can be stressful. Dedicating a vacation to reconnecting can only help you be a better couple together.

At Baros Maldives every villa, whether beachside or overwater, is perfectly private allowing an expectant couple to share moments to treasure in dreamy solitude. Some villas have individual pools for relaxation under the sun or moon, while cares simply float away. Every villa is superbly equipped with fine furnishings, luxurious linen and elegant bathrooms.

Dine in the seclusion of your Villa or sample culinary delights at the island’s three epicurean restaurants. Whatever Mum-To-Be craves, from strawberries and cream to Lobster, our chefs will provide it, as well as meals especially prepared for the expectant mother.

Wander along sandy trails through lush vegetation with no harmful creatures and without being disturbed by traffic or pollution. Allow yourself to be pampered from top to toe in the garden Spa with a spa menu for pregnancy-specific treatments, and even a de-stressing massage for Dad-To-Be. Enjoy pre-natal Yoga in our air-conditioned Yoga Pavilion in the shade of a garden glade.

Baros Maldives, with only 74 beach and overwater villas each with private access to the tranquil lagoon, and one exclusive Baros Residence is ideal for those moments of trust when you need each other. Each Villa has a dedicated Host on call 24 hours a day. The island resort is only 25 minutes gentle cruise by speed boat from Male’ International Airport so you can be soaking up the sun and listening to the calming waves soon after touch down. What better way to enjoy some private time before the magical moments of parenthood begin?

Baros Maldives Wins Top Award For The Third Time

Baros Maldives has just been officially acclaimed as the Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort 2015 by the World Travel Awards. This is the third consecutive year that this private, locally-owned resort island in the Maldives has won the award.

Above, Baros Maldives
Baros Maldives

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Baros Residence, Baros Maldives
Baros Residence, Baros Maldives

The annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry. In 2014, over 650,000 individual votes were cast by travel professionals and high-end tourism consumers.

Romantic, Baros Maldives
Baros Maldives

Candidates for the 2015 World Travel Awards finals are now being assessed. As a regional winner, Baros Maldives will be judged with other resorts in the Middle East, Africa & the Indian Ocean, South & Central America, North America & the Caribbean, Asia & Australasia and Europe for the premium World Travel Awards at the end of the year.

Private Beach Dinner, Baros Maldives
Private Beach Dinner, Baros Maldives

In previous years, Baros Maldives was acclaimed the World’s Most Romantic Resort, 2013, and placed among the World’s Top Hotels in 2014.

Baros Maldives

Baros Maldives is a resort that offers understated elegance with a sense of authenticity, value and local culture. Perched around an ideal confined island in a perfectly clear coral lagoon, the resort will surpass your most elevated dream island desires. Encircled by clear, warm waters and sugar-white sands, and dotted with swaying palms and fragrant flowers, this intimate resort’s scenery is swoon-worthy. Team this with serene contemporary rooms (including overwater villas), tantalizing fine-dining options, a blissful spa, expansive pool, and aquatic activities from yachting to yoga, and you have the ultimate atoll escape. Baros Maldives lies in the central southern part of North Malé Atoll, 25 minutes by speedboat from the Maldives International Airport and the archipelago’s capital, Malé.

OBLU by Atmosphere to open in November 2015

Following the remarkable success within just an year of opening of Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives, the five-star premium all-inclusive resort – Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts has launched a sub-brand, OBLU by Atmosphere. This “value” focused brand is envisioned to expand with the four star segment covering the entire Indian Ocean region.

“Genuine Value” is the key brand essence of OBLU by Atmosphere. All of its portfolio will deliver value for the cost conscious traveler without compromising the characteristics familiar with the Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts’ top class service and quality.

The sunset pool bar from above, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives
The sunset pool bar from above, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives

OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, is scheduled to open in November 2015 as the first resort under this brand. The resort will feature contemporary Maldivian architecture in a trendy fresh vibrant color palette.

Helengeli is famed for its exotic house reef and being located in the eastern rim of the North Malé atoll, unparalleled dive locations are within the vicinity of the island. Currently the resort is going through a complete renovation to provide the brands four star all inclusive product for a luxurious holiday experience of value.

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts aims to expand OBLU by Atmosphere operations across numerous destinations in the Indian Ocean region within the next 4-5 years.

Coco Collection Unveils The Lucky Winner Of 5 nights At Coco Bodu Hithi

With the festive season approaching fast, even in the warm tropics of Maldives, Coco Collection announces the lucky winner of the online contest, “Win a luxury stay for 5 nights at Coco Bodu Hithi”. Launched on 01st October 2014 to celebrate the re-vamp of the corporate websites, this contest asked eager entrants to familiarize themselves with the Coco Collection brand and individual properties and then submit their responses to related questions.

Congratulations to Gillian Lowes who won the lucky draw for the luxurious prize! Gillian Lowes, along with a companion, will receive 5 night’s complimentary accommodation in a secluded Escape Water Residence to explore the romantic and timeless charm of Coco Bodu Hithi.

Escape Water Villa, Coco Bodu Hithi
Escape Water Villa, Coco Bodu Hithi

“As an exciting contest attracting strong participation from our online community, this was an incredible opportunity for our audience to get some insight on Coco Collection as a luxury boutique hotel brand. I am delighted to congratulate Gillian on the opportunity to experience the raw beauty and warm hospitality of our chic resort, Coco Bodu Hithi. Gillian will be experiencing the seclusion of one of our Escape Water Residences, which in 2015 will see the introduction of privileged benefits such as private butler services to enhance the experience for discerning travelers.” comments Shafa Shabeer, Coco Collection’s Director of Marketing. “I thank each and every one of our participants for entering the contest and look forward to the New Year as our team prepares to roll out more surprises for guests to Rediscover Life’s Beauty.”

Beach Cinema, Coco Bodu Hithi
Beach Cinema, Coco Bodu Hithi

With the joyous announcement of this Coco Gift, Coco Collection is delighted to start the festive season off with a bang. To rekindle the merry spirits this Christmas, Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu are channeling the state of ‘Ufaa’, a Dhivehi word that translates to ‘Happiness’. Some of the festive program highlights at the Coco Collection resorts will be the Christmas tradition of opening the Gingerbread Village at Air Restaurant at Coco Bodu Hithi, while Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu invites guests to join the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. With a signature tropical ornament designed around the elements of ‘Ufaa’ that guests can expect to encounter around the resorts and Coco Collection’s online platforms, the moments spent with Coco Collection will be a celebration of a joyous Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Starting off the festivities with good vibes, Coco Collection is excited to offer guests unforgettable moments, and 2015 will be the beginning of new experiences to recognize the evolving needs of the discerning traveler.