#2. Baros Resort, Baros Island, Maldives. When the resort opened in 1973, it was the 3rd resort on the island. As a pioneer for the luxury travel industry in the Maldives, Baros was able to secure one of the most beautiful places in the world. Baros was chosen to be a special resort because it was small, unspoilt and idyllically located in the centre of the atoll, with its own reef encircling a pristine lagoon and untouched sandy shores.