What makes the award-winning luxurious Boras Maldives the ‘world’s most romantic resort’?

14 February 2019 - South China Morning Post

Baros Maldives, an ultra-luxe retreat on the Asian tropical island of the Maldives, in the Indian Ocean, has been named the “world’s most romantic resort” for the sixth time.

The resort has claimed the title, awarded by World Travel Awards – chosen by an international jury of hospitality experts and peers – for the past four years in a row, and it's not hard to see why.

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Guests at the resort can choose from 77 stunning villas, each one of which comes with a private deck, beach sun loungers, an in-villa bar, deluxe bathrobes and slippers, yoga mats, a pillow menu, an outdoor rain shower, Wi-fi and a television with a surround-sound system. Many of the villas have their own private pools.

There are numerous fine dining options, too, as well as adventurous boat and sea excursions, a luxurious spa and traditional Maldivian vow renewal ceremonies.

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However, the Maldives is home to many award-winning resorts.

Reethi Faru Resort, for example, was recently named one of the world’s 14 best boutique hotels, and Kudadoo, a solar-powered, adults-only resort, was named the world’s best new luxury resort in 2019.

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Baros Maldives has won World Travel Awards’ “world’s most romantic resort” honour every year since 2012, with the exception of 2014.

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Baros Maldives opened more than 44 years ago, making it one of the first resorts to open in the Maldives.

To get there, guests need to take a 25-minute speedboat ride from the Maldives’ international airport.

The resort offers different types of ultra-luxurious villas ...

... starting with one of the 24 Deluxe Villas, which offer 958 square feet (90 square metres) of living space ...

... and luxurious open-air bathrooms. Rates for Deluxe Villas start at US$370 per night for two people during the low season, and US$870 in the high season.

There is also a selection of 1,442-square-foot Pool Villas ...

... with each villa featuring spacious soaking tubs and outdoor rain showers.

They come with a private pool, a canopied daybed and sun loungers on a private deck.

The two newly built Baros Suites are some of the most exclusive suites at the resort, with rates ranging from US$1,270 to US$2,100 a night.

Each one includes a king-size bed, a day couch and a book nook, as well as 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.

Couples who stay in a Baros Suite receive a private transfer to and from the resort by luxury yacht and a bottle of champagne on arrival.

Then there is the ultra-luxe Baros Residence, the most private and secluded of the villas.

Its 2,885 square feet of living space includes a separate bedroom and living room, as well as an expansive bathroom with designer toiletries.

It also comes with its own private infinity pool. Rates for the Baros Residence start at US$1,540 and can go up to US$2,475.

The resort offers plenty of romantic dining and drinking options.

Guests can enjoy a leisurely gourmet meal at the Piano Deck prepared by a private chef.

A sandy trail leads to Sails Bar, which offers drinks such as mojitos (US$15), classic Manhattan cocktails (US$14) or a “smoking cocktail” that combines tobacco mixes and fruit cocktails (US$48-US$161).

Its lounge area blurs the line between beach and bar.

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The Lime Restaurant serves seafood and Maldivian curries along with snacks, salads, pizzas and sandwiches.

And if those options aren’t enough, guests can also opt for a secluded beach picnic.

The Baros Maldives spa has four private spa suites for couples to use for their treatments.

Spa services range from manicures (US$95) and pedicures (US$115) to full-body mud wraps (US$205) and 12 different types of massages (US$145-US$215).

Resort guests can embark on various boat excursions, from a romantic cruise on the resort’s luxury yacht, Serenity ...

... to a sailing expedition on the Nooma, a traditional Maldivian sailing vessel.

Baros also offers private vow renewal ceremonies by the sea, complete with a traditional Maldivian Bodu Beru dance procession, a traditional sarong for the bride and Baros polo shirt for the groom, a wedding cake and memorial palm tree planting.

Source: South China Morning Post

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