Historical Traveler Reviews Jingdezhen Grand Hotel
Super holiday in paradise at an excellent resort
We visited baros in the first week of July for seven nights.
A short Boat transfer from male (about 25mins). After a 10 hour flight, the last thing we needed was a long transfer.
The standard of the accomodation was unbeleivable. We were in a Baros Villa, and it is even better than it looks on the baros website! Standard of furnishings is top class, bath indoor and outdoor shower are again superb. The whole resort has been refurbished everything is so new!
Service was very good. Room was always cleaned on time in the morning and refreshed in the evening while we were out for dinner. Complimentary water was always replinished twice a day and any problems sorted out with minimum fuss.
Restaurants - We dined mostly at Lime, and once at the grill. We didnt bother with the lighthouse. The food throughout was always very good....and even if you dont fancy anything on the menu they are so accomodating, the chef will make pretty much cook whatever you want just how you like it. Breakfast was good too. Service at the restaurants couldnt be faulted.
Spa - We used the spa quite a few times....for a small island resort we were very impressed....the service in the spa was brilliant.
I was a bit hesitant when booking Baros as there had been a few comments that made me think twice. One comment was about the quality of sand. let me re-assure you the sand on the beach is perfect...the sand on the island itself is a little bit coarse...but really nothing to worry about.
The island itself is tiny, and during the off-peak season the resort can be very quiet. On some nights the bar was totally empty...but to be honest thats what we liked! If you want to get away from it all and not do much else than just enjoy luxury on a lovely island then this is for you. On the other hand if you get bored easily you should look elsewhere.
Overall we loved our stay there. The accomodation, service and everything is 5 star. As i said it is quiet and personally 7 nights was just right for us...Im not sure we would have enjoyed it as much if we stayed for longer.
To anyone considering Baros...you will not be dissapointed.
Lovely but expensive
Baros is a good standard Maldive resort. Small, less than 10 mins to walk around, lovely beach bungalows, the water bungalows are a bit nicer but not worth the extra money.
The sand is the most disappointing factor. Many Maldive islands have fantastic sand but here its shale and you won't put footwear on whilst you're here so you'll notice it.
The half board meal is great 4 courses and not all buffet. There are two restaurants you pay extra for but they were unused. Why? Because you were only allowed to carry $12 allowance from your half board. You couldn't even get a starter for that.
Drinks were expensive too. $20 for Champagne glass $6 for beer, $4 small coke. Everything carries a 10% service charge. Everything, even shop purchases!!!
The island is 20 mins from Male by speedboat so that's handy. It's lovely but there are lots of other equally nice places in The Maldives so you're unlikely to go back.
Letzter Schliff fehlt noch
Baros wurde im Dezember 2005 - weniger als 6 Monate vor unserem Aufenthalt - als 5-Sterne-Hotelanlage neu eröffnet. Dies war unser erster Urlaub in einem 5-Sterne-Hotel in den Malediven - normalerweise reicht uns die Einfachheit und gelassene Atmosphäre von preisgünstigeren Hotels, aber wir haben unser Zimmer im Baros für einen guten Preis bekommen. Die Hotelanlage ist insgesamt sehr schön. Die Zimmer (vor allem die Baros Villas) sind luxuriös und komfortabel. Sie sind mit einem festen, aber bequemen King-Size-Doppelbett mit leichter Bettdecke ausgestattet, Klimaanlage, super TV-Gerät und DVD-Spieler und einem schönen Badezimmer mit Außendusche. Das Essen ist insgesamt ausgezeichnet. Das Lime Restaurant ist das 'standardmäßige' Restaurant - mit großer Auswahl zwischen $12 - -$15 für eine Vorspeise und $20 für das Hauptgericht. Außerdem wird jede Woche ein 'Themenbüffet' für $25 angeboten, was wir zu teuer fanden. Zum Abendessen gibt es zwei gute Alternativen. Der Cayenne Grill ist im Wesentlichen ein schickes Grillrestaurant. Wir fanden das Essen dort enttäuschend, insbesondere zu den hohen Preisen ($25 für ein Thunfischsteak, $30 - $40 für die meisten Fleischgerichte, $65 für Hummer). Das Lighthouse Restaurant mit einem vielseitigen europäisch-asiatischem Angebot war extrem gut, allerdings auch sehr teuer. Ein Abendessen für Zwei mit Wein kostete ca. $250. Die Geschäftsführung gibt zu, dass einige Bereiche verbessert werden könnten. Die höhere Einstufung zum 5-Sterne-Hotel scheint zu einer gewissen Befangenheit des Personals geführt zu haben, und eine entsprechende Ausbildung fehlte. Mitarbeiter sind immer freundlich und höflich, aber ihre Bemühungen, aufmerksam zu sein, waren manchmal zuviel des Guten, was manchmal ein etwas bedrückendes Gefühl hinterließ. Außerdem wirkte die Anlage formeller und steifer als andere Hotels, in denen wir übernachtet haben, wodurch die Anlage weniger lebhaft und interessant wurde. Abends war es besonders langweilig - wir waren fast immer schon um 22 Uhr im Bett, weil es nichts zu tun gab. Die Anlage sollte sich außerdem ein Beispiel an anderen nehmen und ihre Uhren um eine Stunde vorstellen, um das Tageslicht voll ausnutzen zu können. Zu guter Letzt liefen während unseres Aufenthalts noch einige Wartungsarbeiten einschließlich Gartenarbeiten. Die Geschäftsführung ist sich all dessen bewusst und sagte uns, sie ginge alle Probleme so schnell wie möglich an, sodass die Anlage schon bald ausgezeichnet sein sollte. Sie ist jedoch sehr teuer. Auch wenn man nur bescheiden isst und trinkt und Ausflüge und andere Aktivitäten nicht mitzählt, hat man am Ende $100 pro Tag für zwei Personen ausgegeben. Unserer Meinung nach sind Hotels mit 2 oder 3 Sternen eine preiswertere Alternative.
Hallo! Ich war zu meinen Flitterwochen im Baros und fand es umwerfend!! Wir haben in einem Wasserbungalow übernachtet, was ich auf jeden Fall empfehlen würde! Außerdem hatten wir Bed & Breakfast anstatt Halbpension, was zwar etwas teurer, aber auf jeden Fall seinen Preis wert war. Es stehen 3 tolle Restaurants zur Auswahl, von denen eines Meerblick hat, was man mit Halbpension verpassen würde, weil man dann jeden Abend im selben Restaurant isst. Diese Anlage ist mit Sicherheit das beeindruckendste Hotel, das ich je gesehen habe, und ich kann es gar nicht abwarten, wieder dorthin zu fahren!!
Some final touches still needed
Baros re-opened as a 5-star resort in December 2005 - less than 6 months before our stay. It was our first stay in a 5-star resort in the Maldives - we are quite happy with the simplicity and laid back atmosphere of cheaper resorts, but we got a good deal on the room at Baros.
Overall, the resort is lovely. The rooms (particularly the Baros Villas) are luxurious and comfortable. You get a firm but comfy king size bed with light duvet, air conditioning, great TV and DVD player, and a lovey bathroom with outdoor shower.
The food is extremely good overall. The Lime Restaurant is the 'standard' restaurant - there's a wide range of options, priced at about $12-15 for a starter and $20 for a main course. There is a $25 themed 'buffet' option each week which we found overpriced. There are two fine dining options. The Cayenne Grill is essentially a fancy barbecue restaurant. We were disappointed by the food here, particularly at such steep prices ($25 for tuna steak, $30-$40 for most meat options, $65 for lobster). The Lighthouse Restaurant, with an eclectic European-Asian menu, was extremely good, but very pricey. Dinner for two with wine was about $250.
The management admits to being conscious that there is still room for improvement in some areas. Upgrading to 5 stars seems to have made the staff rather self-conscious and they were not yet properly trained. They are always friendly and polite, but their efforts to be attentive sometimes made them over-attentive, which could feel a little oppressive at times. The place also felt more formal and stiff than other resorts we've been to which made the place less lively and interesting. Evenings are particularly boring - we were usually in bed by 10pm for lack of anything to do. The resort also needs to follow the example of others by putting its clocks forward one hour ahead of Male' time to maximise the available daylight. Finally, when we were there, there was still a fair amount of maintenance work going on, including some landscaping.
The resort management is aware of all these issues and told us they were addressing them urgently, so the place should be excellent very soon. However, it is very expensive. Even just eating and drinking modestly, without any excursions or other activities, sets you back at least $100 per day for two people. In our view, 2 and 3 star resorts offer better value.
Excellent hôtel pour une lune de miel!!
Le Baros aux Maldives est un superbe hôtel où mon mari et moi avons passé notre voyage de noces et nous y avons fait un séjour de rêve! L'enchantement commence en arrivant en bateau: l'hôtel se situe dans un lagon aux eaux turquoise et translucides, qui sont particulièrement propices à la plongée libre. Le récif est en effet très proche du bord de plage et il suffit de nager quelques mètres pour apercevoir de nombreux poissons. Les palmes, masques et tubas sont de plus prêtés par le Baros à titre gracieux!
Dès la réception, l'hôtel se révèle luxueux. En entrant dans notre villa Baros, l'impression s'est confirmée:superbe chambre avec immense lit à baldaquin, coin salon, tonalités de bois chauds, salle de bain très déco avec douche extérieure dans un petit jardin. Très grande terrasse avec vue mer (attention, la végétation est parfois très dense et certaines villas ont la vue "bouchée" par le feuillage). Villas très bien équipées: télévisions (cachées) avec écran plasma, cave à vin, machine à expresso. Bouteille de vin pétillant et quelques chocolats pour notre voyage de noces.
L'île est recouverte de palmiers, fleurs et autres végétations. Elle est petite, (350m/300m), mais est justement très intime. Etant en voyage de noces, c'est tout à fait ce que nous recherchions, nous ne voulions pas d'un village vacances! Il y a 3 restaurants et 2 bars; la nourriture est très bonne et variée. Le restaurant principal sert à la carte, même en 1/2 pension, ce qui évite l'effet cafétéria. Le Lighthouse est un restaurant gastronomique très raffiné; le 3e est un grill (ah, les langoustes maldiviennes!)
Le personnel est extrêmement cordial; une seule personne parle français. Un spa propose de nombreux soins (il n'est pas sur pilotis).
Les villas sur pilotis sont superbes également, avec ponton privé. Je n'ai pas vu l'intérieur des Deluxe.
Bref, un excellent hôtel situé sur une île de rêve aux plages paradisiaques.
Le seul bémol peut-être c'est que l'île n'est située qu'à une vingtaine de minutes de Malé; à l'horizon on distingue donc la capitale ainsi qu'une espèce d'île usine. C'est discret (on ne les voit pas sur les photos) mais c'est là tout de même. Cela surprend, on s'attend à être au bout du monde!! Mais on l'occulte très vite grâce à la beauté des lieux!
PS: cet hôtel a été complètement rénové et a réouvert ses portes en décembre 2005 (nous y sommes allés en avril 2006); pour info le Baros n'était pas du tout le même avant et n'avait pas du tout ce charme qu'il a aujourd'hui!
Some teething problems
We went to Baros for the third time this February and for the first time since the renovations. Baros was one of my favourite places ever and I was a little unsure about the changes.
We stayed in a beach bungalow, it was basically beautifully done with a fantastic semi-outdoor bathroom. However our bungalow was in a bad spot on the island as it was opposite the staff quarters and it was very noisy. Work was obviously still going on and we could hear drilling and cutting constantly, also the sand outside our bungalow was so sharp that you couldn't walk barefoot on it (one of the best things about Baros - taking your shoes off for the whole visit) they were busy barrowing in soft sand but they didin't get round to our bungalow before we left.
The new lighthouse bar was very chic and different and was great for pre or post dinner drinks, the lighthouse restauarant below we felt was over priced and the food wasn't that great. The Grill restaurant was really great, had a lovely atmosphere and you could sit with your feet in the sand while you dined. The main restauarant has been moved from the centre of the island to sit on stilts over looking the water - good location and the menus were excellent, though the breakfast menu had less variety than previous. We did meet the new chef and he was a very friendly enthusiastic guy.
The spa has been moved into the centre of the island, not as good a location as previous and they had stopped doing my favourite treatment.
Although Baros is still a beautiful island it seems to have lost something in the renovations. The staff were not as attentive as previous and the management were invisible/disinterested. No more flowers on the bed at night and no more frangipani flowers on check in for the ladies. We also had a broken sun lounger on the beach in front of our bungalow for days before it was moved - looked a bit untidy and uncared for. It seems to have lost the small friendly family atmosphere it had.
On the day we were due to leave we were told we couldn't stay in our room as it was booked and there was no available room on the island for us to use as the island was full. We had a full 12 hours to kill between check out and leaving. At the last moment we were told if we paid $200 we could stay in the room until we left. I thought this was a very cynical ploy to get more money out of us.
I do still love Baros, it is beautiful and I guess now it has been re-opened for a while the teething problems may be resolved. I was a little disappointed though and I am not sure if I would return.
I went to Baros on honeymoon and thought it was absolute bliss!! We satyed in a water bungalow which I would definately recommend! Also we went bed and breakfast instead of half board which although slightly more expensive is definately worth it. There are a 3 gorgeous restaurants to choose from, one of which looks out over the sea, which if you were half board you' miss out on as you eat in the same restaurant each night.
This resort is definately the most amazing place I've ever been to and I can't wait to go back!!
We stayed at Baros for our honeymoon and stayed in one of the water villas, I have never been to such a beautiful place, the staff were friendly and kind, and the food was excellent we wanted to relax and thats what we did. You can even walk round the island in 15mins, it's tiny but it has a big heart. I would certainly go back. Rachel & Dave (UK)
I love this place!
Baros is fab. You take your shoes off when you arrive and don't put them on again till it's time to leave. The resort is small (you can walk around it in 10mins) but it's got everything you need - 3 restaurants, bar, dive center, spa, shop, reception, tv & internet room. The beaches are to die for and as it has it's own house reef you don't even have to leave the resort to snorkel. We went half board and the food in the main restaurant (Turtle Restaurant) was fantastic as was the food in the Lagoon Restaurant (particularly the evening flambe menu). The Captains Bar is lovely and where everyone congregates after a tough day of lazing in the sun! The lagoon sundeck is perfectly placed for a sunset cocktail.
We stayed in a deluxe room which was lovely. They are however being demolished during next years renovations to make way for more beach bungalows (same as deluxe but with a 4-poster bed) and water bungalows.
I can't fault anything about Baros and can't wait until the renovations are complete to go back. They should take 8-12mths so it probably won't reopen until 2006.
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