If you’re looking to escape with a loved one this Valentine’s Day, why not consider the romantic resort in the world?
As it turns out, that’s not a hyperbole, but an actual place: Baros Maldives was just awarded the title—for the seventh year in a row—by the World Travel Awards. (If you’re suspect of just one accolade, also consider this: in 2019, they also received a Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Award and a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award.)
While the Maldives are now chock full of top-tier tropical properties—the St. Regis, the Four Seasons, One&Only, and Cheval Blanc among them—Baros was one of the first luxury resorts to open there in 1973, long before the idyllic atolls were a global tourist destination.
What makes Baros so romantic, you ask? Oh, let’s begin. First, they’ve got the must-have item on any island getaway checklist: overwater villas, complete with timber decks where you can lounge in a daybed and gaze out upon the sea.
At Baros, there are three different restaurants serving delectable local seafood under the stars—that is, if you want to be with other people. Because you can also dine tête-à-tête on a secluded sandbank, on a traditional dhoni boat…or, if your villa wasn’t enough, on another stand-alone timber deck smack dab in the middle of a lagoon.