Unique sandbank Pop Up Restaurant at Baros Maldives

The novel concept of dining in a pop up restaurant takes on a new dimension at Baros Maldives with the introduction of a pop up restaurant on a sandbank outside the resort’s lagoon. Pop up restaurants have appeared on city streets, wilderness parks and now, for the first time, on a secluded sandbank in the Indian Ocean. Dining on a sandbank under the stars as the sea gently laps the sand, a soft breeze cools the evening, lanterns flicker and chefs create gastronomic treats in the open air, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Guests are taken to the sandbank by resort launch to be greeted with a glass of champagne in time to watch a magnificent sunset. Seven chefs are on hand to prepare guests’ choices from the a la carte menu of a Maldivian, Mediterranean or Tandoori Seafood Platter for two, or a Mixed Grill Platter of Foie Gras, Beef, Lamb and Chicken. There is also a Salad Bar and a Sushi and Sashimi Station. Attentive waiters provide classic table service while a selection of premium wines from the cellar of the resort’s renowned Lighthouse Restaurant is available from the sandbank sommelier.

Butler, Sommelier, Baros Maldives
Sandbank, Baros Maldives

Although this is a temporary “Pop Up” event on a sandbank, it is presented and run as a gourmet dining experience typical of a fine restaurant, with exemplary attention to detail and guests’ requirements. It has proved enormously popular with the resort’s repeater guests as well as with those staying for several nights.

The first pop up restaurant on the sandbank in March 2017 was such a success, it is now a regular event, depending on guest demand and weather conditions. Guests have commented that they like the combination of being served gourmet cuisine under the stars in the simple setting of the sandbank, because this creates an unforgettable, pure Maldivian island experience.

The evening begins at 17.00hrs with a short cruise to the sandbank in time for sunset. Dinner is served as the stars start to twinkle in the night sky with the elegant event continuing in a leisurely fashion until the boat ride back to the resort at 21.00hrs.

Baros Maldives
Baros Maldives

This unique pop up restaurant is open to all guests of Baros Maldives but reservations have to be made in advance as numbers are limited. The entire evening, including boat ride there and back, a glass of champagne, a delicious selection of salads and Japanese fare, a choice of Platters and an enticing selection of desserts is from US$200 to US$250 per person according to the Platter chosen. Beverages, service charge and taxes are extra.

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.

Maldives to host the Grand Finale of World Travel Awards 2016

Maldives received the honour of hosting the Grand Finale of the World Travel Awards 2016. As this year marks the 23rd anniversary of the World Travel Awards, the prestigious event is set to take place at Olhuveli Beach Resort & Spa on the 2nd December 2016.

Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the “Travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscar’s” the World Travel Awards are the most comprehensive and most prestigious awards program in the global travel industry.  The World Travel Award was established back in 1993. Every year the World Travel Awards holds Gala ceremonies for Regional winners and a Grand Finale event is held to award the Global winners. Over the years, the platform has been reputed as the highest level of achievement in the Travel and Tourism Industry. Since then Maldives has won in numerous categories at the World Travel Awards

The Grand Finale of the World Travel Awards will be attended by industry’s key stakeholder, decision makers and gains the attention of the most influential Travel Trade media.

During the World Travel Award 2015 Grand Finale Maldives won the award for the World Leading Beach Destination. For the Grand Finale of 2016 Maldives different resorts and companies have been nominated for the following categories:

As the event day draws closer final preparation are underway at the Olhuveli Beach Resort and Spa.

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.

Maldives Resorts Swept The boards At World Travel Awards

Newlyweds seeking to dive into marital life with an Indian Ocean honeymoon need look no further than the Maldives.

The Indian Ocean winners of the 23rd World Travel Awards have been revealed, with the Maldives recognised as the region’s best beach, diving, and honeymoon destination.

Maldivian resorts were awarded prizes as the best overall destination – with Baros Maldives (Maldives’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2016, Maldives’ Leading Boutique Resort 2016 & Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort 2016) in particular singled out for its romantic atmosphere – while Maldives Airports Company Limited (Ibrahim Nasir International Airport – Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport 2016) and Trans Maldivian Airlines (Indian Ocean’s Leading Seaplane Operator 2016) were recognised as leaders in aviation services.

Aerial View,, Baros Maldives
Baros Maldives

The archipelago’s more established resorts swept the boards, with Kurumba Maldives (Maldives’ Leading Resort 2016 & Indian Ocean’s Leading MICE Hotel 2016), The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi (Maldives’ Leading Family Resort 2016 & Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort 2016), Constance Moofushi (Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Resort 2016), and Hulhule Island Hotel (Indian Ocean’s Leading Leisure Hotel 2016) all picking up prizes at the gala ceremony held in Zanzibar’s Diamond La Gella Dell’est resort.

A newcomer to this year’s winners list was aaaVeee Nature’s Paradise (Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort 2016) resort in Dhaalu Atoll, which won this year’s ‘Leading New Resort’ award for its back-to-nature ethos, promising a return to the pioneering style of the Maldives’ earliest tourism ventures.

aaaVeee Nature's Paradise Maldives
aaaVeee Nature’s Paradise, Maldives

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For those seeking further guidance when planning their trip to paradise, the combined votes cast by the public and industry experts found PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi (Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Water Villa 2016) and JA Manafaru (Maldives’ Leading Hotel Suite 2016 & Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Suite 2016) to have the Indian Ocean’s best water villas and hotel suites, respectively.

Aerial view, JA Manafaru
JA Manafaru
Ocean Pavilion, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi
Ocean Pavilion, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi

The winners of the regional events will go on to contest the global awards at the end of the year, explained World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke:

“As the first stop on our annual Grand Tour the bar has certainly been set high for the rest of the year and I look forward to greeting all of our winners from this evening at the Grand Final in the Maldives in December.”

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. It is recognised as the ultimate hallmark of quality, setting the standards to which others aspire.

Elsewhere this week, the Maldives polled 2nd in the 2015-16 Telegraph Travel Awards, being joined by New Zealand and South Africa in the top three preferred getaways after 75,000 votes were cast by the British papers’ readers.

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.