Welcome to the Turquoise Travel Diaries, a collection of interviews, stories and excerpts from our fabulous team, as they travel around the world. Here at Turquoise we pride ourselves on unrivalled knowledge of the destinations in which we specialise, so that we can provide honest, expert advice to all our guests and fellow travellers. This week, our we hear from Maldives enthusiast Caroline who has returned from his trip to the magical Indian Ocean with a fresh update on the beautiful Baros.
If you were to pick one thing that makes Baros stand out from other Maldivian islands, what would it be?
Baros is such a beautiful resort, it’s hard to pick just one thing! It’s built on a former coconut plantation, so has a really tropical feel to it – you really do feel like you’re in paradise. I would say that the Lighthouse Restaurant is the showstopper of the island, offering gorgeous views out over the water while you dine; the perfect romantic experience!
What was your favourite foodie experience at Baros?
When I stayed in Baros, I ate in Lime Restaurant and was blown away. The waiters knew so much about the dishes on offer and could recommend the freshest fish and seafood available. I had a chef’s special calamari for a starter, which was sublime and they even make their own Screwpine Ice-cream, which is a fruit that is native of the Maldives.
Favourite cocktail or wine?
Something that Baros does well is cocktails. Their menu is vast and every single one has its own Baros twist to it! I loved the Salted Lychee Lover, which is a really yummy alternative to a standard Mojito.
Apart from the lovely staff at Baros, are there any other residents who are famous to the island?
Quite uniquely, Baros actually has 6 resident turtles that often can be found chilling behind the ocean walls out on the reef. If you are lucky enough to see one while you are out snorkelling, snap a photo with your camera and show one of the staff members – all 6 of them have names and are fondly known by everyone on the island!
Is Baros a good option for young families or better for honeymooners looking for peace and quiet?
Baros is the perfect place for honeymooners and couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Because the island is quite small, children under 8 are not permitted on the island, and this really does ensure peace and tranquillity for all of the guests staying at Baros.
What do you think makes the Maldives one of the most popular honeymoon destinations?
I think the Maldives offers something that in the age of Globalisation, is quite rare to find. Isolated island paradise, fine white sand and brilliant turquoise water. It is one of the most romantic countries I have ever been to and the privacy you get is unrivalled.