Sofie and Jack dived head-first into married life with an action-packed honeymoon in the Maldives
From the outset we wanted rest and relaxation, the chance to try out new activities, and a healthy dose of luxury and romance. With quite a lot on our criteria, it seemed only the Maldives could pose the perfect answer for our honeymoon. Our hotel was an even easier choice: we'd been recommended the resort by friends and were impressed by the online reviews.
LAP OF LUXURY
Our British Airways flight departed from London the day after our wedding and landed on the island of Malé 10 hours
later. We'd planned ahead for post-nuptial exhaustion and treated ourselves to business-class seats, which meant we enjoyed a smooth, queue-free checkin and comfy seats; the perfect way to start our break.
As we flew over the stunning archipelago of coral islands which make up the Maldives, we took in one of the most breathtaking aerial views we'd ever seen, and started to get really excited. Upon landing we were collected by speedboat and a short 20-minute transfer later we arrived at beautiful Baros.
Baros is a small, sandy coral island surroundedby a blue lagoon. Our room was a deluxe beach villa with private decking and a stretch of white sand with views of the sea and water villas – a string of private apartments on stilts which stretch out into the sea and look particularly stunning by night.
We stayed on the west of the island, which proved a great location as it captured the late afternoon sun. Our room had the most beautiful bathroom within a tropical courtyard, complete with outside bath and shower. Heaven!
Baros is one of the only islands with its own in-house reef and, just a mere 15m from the beach, it allows for brilliant snorkelling opportunities. Guests can take full advantage of the incredible marine life, from turtles to reef sharks.
Within seconds of putting on our masks, Jack and I decided this was where we had to learn to dive and get our PADI certificate. So the next day, after a doze in the morning sun and delicious dim sum lunch on our private deck, we enrolled for our first induction dive with the in-house instructor and resident marine biologist. Before we knew it, we were 10ft below the surface amongst the marine life. We had private lessons every other day, which left us with the most fantastic memories. Baros is the first EcoDive Centre in the Maldives, making it one of the best destinations for a beach and dive holiday.
Our activities didn't end there because this was our trip of a lifetime, we wanted to experience as much as possible. Jack is a keen fisherman and wanted to take the opportunity to try out deep-sea fishing. We didn't land any sizeable fi sh but we did see pods of dolphins and even caught a few bonito fi sh which were later served to us as sashimi.
For a small island there was plenty of choice when it came to dining, with three restaurants and two bars. We enjoyed a nightly aperitif at the Lighthouse Lounge, sampling fresh tuna tartar and beef spring rolls, followed by a scrumptious dinner in one of the restaurants.
Our most memorable meal had to be our private sand bank dinner. Climbing out of our speedboat taxi, we found ourselves on our own little island sipping champagne as the sun set, followed by an extravagant candlelit dinner of barbecued lobster and steak.
A BLISSFUL BREAK
We had everything we could ever have wished for at Baros and have taken away some incredible memories. Jack and I will definitely be returning, I have a feeling all other holidays will be forever incomparable until we do.
Baros Maldives offers deluxe villas from £382 per night, including breakfast. For further information and reservations call +960 664 26 72 or visit www.baros.com.
Sofie and Jack's top honeymoon tips...
1 The pool water villas were still being built while we were there, but when we return we’d love to spend at least three or four nights in one of these incredible apartments.
2 Plan a few meals at The Cayanne in Baros. It offers a wide selection of cuisine including a teppanyaki table, fresh sushi and both a wood-fired and tandoori oven. Likewise, request a table above a spotlight at the Lighthouse Restaurant where you’ll be sure to see the fi sh darting around at night as you enjoy your dinner.
3 Even if you don’t want to spend your trip getting your PADI licence, it’s certainly worth trying the introductory dive. Even if you’ve never dived before, you’ll be able to enjoy the lagoon and house reef.