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This modern ultimate all-inclusive resort offers guests a truly luxurious standard of accommodation and top of the range amenities. Water sports enthusiasts will be in their element with a great selection of pursuits on offer, including superb scuba diving amongst colourful reefs and dedicated ship wreck! There’s also a gorgeous swimming pool to laze by, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and the Spa Cenvaree with no-end of treatments to leave you feeling in the pink of health. Whilst the adults are at play, children are kept more than happy at the kids club, enjoying a range of supervised activities with qualified staff, including arts, crafts and beach games. When it comes to dining, you’re spoilt for choice with 3 restaurants serving sumptuous world cuisine. For a melting pot of Asian and Western dishes, head to Reef Restaurant with its interactive buffets, stunning salads, fiery woks, tandoori oven and teppanyaki grill. Lotus is where you can sample the most delicious Thai food in a suitably tranquil setting, overlooking a lotus pond. For Italian delights, Azzuri Mare is perfect, set beside the ocean, there are seafood platters to feast on, char-grilled entrees and sinful desserts. Coral Bar is one of the most impressive in the Maldives – more than just a bar it’s an entertainment centre with a lively sports bar and a jam-packed wine cellar.
In South Ari atoll, amidst world-class coral and diving spots. Transfer time from airport: 25 min by seaplane or a domestic flight.
112 suites and villas. All rooms with air-conditioning, private furnished balcony or terrace, living room, satellite TV, DVD, hi-fi system, iPod docking, telephone, high-speed Internet access, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar, safe, hairdryer, iron and board on request. Beach Suites with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds and a sleeper sofa, sleeping max 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.
Deluxe Water Villas on stilts over the ocean, with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping 2 adults and 1 child. Deluxe Family Water Villas, with 1-king-size bed and bunk beds, sleeping max 2 adults and 2 children. Luxury Sunset Water Villas, sleeping max 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. Luxury Beachfront Pool Villa 1-Bedroom, sleeping max 2 adults. Luxury Beachfront Pool Villa 2-Bedroom, with 1 king-size bed and 2 twin beds, sleeping max 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Island Club benefits are available at a supplement to Deluxe Water Villa, Luxury Sunset Water Villas and Luxury Beachfront Pool Villa 1 and 2-Bedroom and include: * Exclusive access to Island Club complex with check-in and check-out * Exclusive lounge location for daily hospitality * Private pool including features: Refreshing Cenvaree mist sprays, pre lunch, cold towel service, afternoon fruits, sun bed concierge * Traditional meal services featuring gourmet breakfast, midday and lunchtime snacks, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, and canapes * Exclusive dinner venue offering speciality menu dining options exclusively for Island Club guests * Complimentary book and DVD libray. * International newspaper (by registered nationality) available within the lounge * Twice daily maid service, evening turndown upgraded amenities * Complimentary snorkeling equipment * Premium brand beverages (beer, wines and spirits) served in the Club Lounge
3 restaurants and 2 bars. Swimming pool. Fitness centre. The Spa Cenvaree. Water sports including windsurfing, kayaking, boating and fishing. Scuba diving. Kids Club: (4-9 years), E-Zone (10-17 years). Babysitting. Regular evening entertainment. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Concierge desk. 24-hour room service. Complimentary use of non-motorised water sports.
*Denotes local charge.
Ultimate All Inclusive Includes - Sparkling welcome: refreshing towels and glass of bubbly (non alcoholic beverages available upon request). Sumptuous Champagne breakfast available offering extensive buffet selection at the Reef Restaurant and mid morning at Coral Bar. A choice of lunch venues including themed International buffets or Italian favourites at Azzuri Mare and Thai at Lotus restaurant. Afternoon tea of delicate cakes, scones and sandwiches accompanied by 'Tropical sings' entertainers: children's ice cream station. The Sundowner party: the perfect way to start the evening with a nightly cocktail reception accompanied by tasty tapas and an opportunity to meet resort management and your fellow guests. Dinner is a special affair offering a choice of 3 different dinner venues and dining options including international themed buffet and Teppanyaki at the Reef Restaurant; Thai food at Lotus (advance reservation required); Italian and grill cuisine at Azzuri Mare (advance reservation required). The resort operates 2 bar areas and beverages are served daily from 10.00am to midnight including house pouring wines (red, with, sparkling, rosé), beer, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, tea, coffee and juices. Excursions are included with the stay. The resort offers a selection of highly popular tours such as whale shark tour, guided snorkel tour, night fishing, sunset cruise, local island discovery. (All excursions will be operated weather permitted and have to be checked and booked in advance at Front Office each excursion is per person/stay). Mini-bar replenished daily and WiFi in the room. Complimentary use of fitness with programs designed from a personal trainer, a game of tennis, snorkelling equipment, windsurfing lessons, tube ride or banana ride behind the speedboat and catamaran once per stay (non-tranferable and chldren under 8 years may not ride for health and safety reasons). For Spa Cenvaree: Enjoy a credit of US$100 per adult per day to be used for your treatment (cannot be accumulated). For the kids: special rates and even free stays are just the beginning of the fun Centara Maldives provides a range of facilities for kids of various ages. The E-zone offers entertainment and activity for teenagers while the Camp Safari kids club offers a daily supervised activity programs for kids.
NOT INCLUDED: In-villa dining, Island Club Benefits. Dive, dining and recreational option that are mentioned in the segment above.
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We just got back last week from Centara Grand, this being our third Maldavian holiday trip in 5 years, with the first being a couple thing with just the wife and I at the Banyan Tree, and a second at... Read more the Sheraton with the family and in-laws. Overall, it is a decent resort with hits and misses, but definitely worth being an option to think about staying at. It just depends what you are looking for. The house reefs and marine life are indeed nice, it may be an eye opener for many tourists and rightly so. To be honest however, it is above average and not more for Maldavian standards, which hare admittedly high!. We went on the all-inclusive package which was good - we considered the Island club but frankly I think that's a waste of time (for us anyway). We were there to enjoy the sun, sea, marine life, and chilling in our own room, the club added nothing in that respect in our opinion. We stayed in a family 2-bedroom deluxe pool villa. We had wanted a water villa but the management declined as our family (2 adults and 3 kids of 13,9 and 3) were deemed too large a group for the family water villa. A pity there, and we didn't want to split the group up. The good: - What was really good was the service from the majority of the serving staff. For some reason, we have found that generally staff in the resorts we went to seemed a bit more reserved and less friendly, and it was no different at the Centara despite its Thai heritage and lineage - no typical warm greeting like we got from Centaras in Thailand. However, we have found that many of them are just earnest and professional in getting the job done. We spoke to many and after breaking the ice, they are friendly and eager to help. From the reception, to the restaurants (Sayyad, Niya etc), the sports centre (Hussein, Saif, etc you are all brilliant!), they were all just great. - The gym: nicely equipped (unless you are a pro bodybuilder and/or training for a pro MMA fight). What a great view of the ocean! - Kids activities. This had one of the more useful and actually active kiddie centres around. there were resorts we went to where a few tired toys and zero staff was all they had. We didn't actually use this but we always saw cheerful staff there, often with kids, and I think they're doing a good job. The playstation in the room was a good idea although the selection of games could be improved. - The excursions. Awesome! We swam with whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, and caught a huge grouper and wahoo for dinners! The so-so: - The seaplane experience was great; our kids enjoyed the thrill of being on one for the first time. Getting on the seaplane however, was not fun. Others have already mentioned about the open air public waiting area (we were looking enviously at the others who had dedicated air-conditioned lounges). We were also told our flight was at a certain time when our airplane landed. At the seaplane waiting area, we were told it was delayed (although the TV signage said it was on time). we had to watch the planes ourselves and rush down to catch our seaplane as the staff there didn't bother to tell us it had come in on time. - The rooms. Some of the rooms looked tired and could do with some freshening. The bathrooms are what you would expect in a Howard Johnson's Anahiem and I'm being generous here. It was OK but not great. - The food was generally ok, sometimes very good, sometimes just blah. The bad: - Others have mentioned this too and it is a real issue. The reservation system for the restaurants and spa has to be improved. The Reef buffet is always open so you can get food no matter what, but the logic of making people wait till the day itself to book dining in the Italian, Thai, and Teppanyaki defeats me. We saw others complaining (justifiably) over this. people are here on holiday, not to scramble for reservations and stand in line in the morning! If you go on excursions, you can forget about making reservations. We also couldn't get a single slot at the Spa, but it's no biggie on this trip. - Ok I know the next point is not the hotel's fault, and I don't want to come across as being racially insensitive here. It's obvious there's a certain country group that has been targeted and that's understandable. Actually I and my family are ethically in the same race so I'm definitely not being unduly biased here. However, I MUST say some of these people really are very rude and crass. They can utterly ruin your holiday. How? On excursions they think they own the boat and will trample on kids to get into the water first if a whale shark comes by. We actually chartered 2 private sessions and enjoyed these. And why am I mentioning this if it's not the hotel's fault? I think they can help by implementing some rules - such as NO SPITTING in public in dining areas. I'm not talking about a discreet clearing of some phlegm due to a sore throat. I'm talking about 5 -10 seconds of loudly gathering up spittle and spewing it on the napkins (ugh, if you think about using it next), or on the floor next to you at breakfast. And repeated ad nauseam. My kids lost their appetite and my 13 year old was stunned at the amount of floating phlegm that appeared in the sea on a snorkelling trip. It's very off-putting. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves, and I would consider coming back on a family vacation. for a couples only vacation however, I think there are better options in the Maldives or elsewhere. Read less
Our second holiday to the Maldives (last year we went to Conrad Rangali) and we weren't disappointed. Visited with my wife and sons aged 9 and 10 staying in one of ten 'Deluxe Family Water Villas... Read more '. Overall a fantastic location and in our opinion we were able to relax more here at Centara than at Conrad. Our main priorities on a Maldives holiday is access to a good house reef for snorkeling, an uncrowded swimming pool with shade and decent food and service. The rest is secondary for us. Seaplane Transfer Having been to the Maldives the previous year we knew broadly what to expect at the seaplane port. The difference between the Conrad and Centara holidays though is that the terminal Centara uses is the older part of the seaport and the 'departure lounge' is not air-conditioned and a long wait can get uncomfortable. Conrad have their own departure lounge which is similar to a business class airport lounge so they definately win on that front. Room at Centara We opted for a Deluxe Family Water Villa to accommodate us and it was a good choice. The room was fine the highlight being steps down to the reef meaning I could get out of bed, pick up my mask and fins and be snorkeling above a multitude of reef life within minutes. The only real negative with this room was the level of noise from the air con unit - we had to have it on all night as it was so hot, but it generated a significant amount of noise. Bring ear plugs if you are sensitive to noise! The mini-bar was a bit disappointing when we arrived but when we asked reception to stock it things improved. The reef around these villas is good. The walkway connecting the room to the island was always an interesting walk as there were large shoals of fish beneath being harried by sharks - it was fun to snorkel amongst the shoal of fish and spot the sharks darting in and out. Island Club upgrade This is what Centara call their exclusive area of the island consisting of a restaurant and swimming pool. We visited this swimming pool daily instead of the main pool as there were far fewer people here - usually our kids were the only people in the pool. Service here was excellent - thank you to Shamila and Avon for looking after us all week. We took breakfast here and often lunch and dinner. Food was very good and they would serve sorbets and afternoon tea as well. As the island is all inclusive, taking the Island Club upgrade means you get more choice of lunch and dinner venues (regular guests usually eat in the 'Reef' buffet restaurant). This option made the holiday for us - highly recommended. Snorkeling We like our snorkeling. As we mentioned the reef around the villa was good, we saw plenty of sharks and the usual Maldivian marine life. Also the reef between the sunset and luxury water villas at the other end of the island (near Island Club) was a bit of a swim out but fantastic. Good quality live hard coral and we spent several minutes with Hawksbill turtles and on a couple of occassions we swam with 5 or 6 reef sharks (all together!). Make sure you go there at high tide as in low time it becomes too shallow to snorkel out there. On several occassions we swam amongst those huge shoals of Surgeonfish - always good photo opportunities those! Activities and excursions We were pretty rubbish this year and didn't do any excursions (they have the normal things like sunset cruise, fishing trip, island visits, snorkeling etc). There were plenty of watersports on offer from the fun banana boat to wake-boarding and windsurfing. Summary We loved the island - it was small so getting from our villa to the Island Club pool only took a couple of minutes. The kids loved it and whilst the resort is smaller and not as high-end as Conrad, we had a better holiday - perhaps it was the exclusivity of the Island Club that did it for us. We met several guests who were repeat visitors and we understand why. The snorkeling was great - we spent some quality time with turtles and sharks and the ability to snorkel from the villa steps was superb. We tried to book again for April but it is all full!! October it is then... Read less
We stayed 4 nights for our honeymoon. The resort is lovely and the staff incredibly friendly and helpful. The all inclusive package is good value. There is good variety in the food and plenty of it... Read more . Moët for breakfast makes you feel well treated. You have to book the restaurants for dinner which is a little annoying. The wine list at least 6-8 different reds and whites. The cocktail list in unfortunately short and they don't seem to shake with ice are so are not that cold. The activities included are great, we snorkelled with whale sharks, visited a local island, did a boat trip to the reef. Diving was well priced with good equipment and dive staff. We stayed in a beach villa which was great. Walk out to beach and snorkel. Everyday there was new and beautiful sea life to see. Room could do with a bit of a touch up. Outdoor shower was delightful. Overall we had a great time and were unhappy to leave. Would recommend a week minimum stay. Read less
A real shame Centara that you feel it is OK to assume your guests are content to wait 3+ hours in a non air conditioned departure hall - having stepped off lengthy long haul flights often overnight... Read more . We met many guests who had experienced the same issue. Come on Centara you know when your guests are arriving - I wouldn't expect to wait more than an hour after all the sea plane is only a 20/25 minute transfer. Really poor start and would certainly be a negative if we were planning another trip. Other than that great time at Centara and really well looked after by some great staff especially in The Reef ( Ali and Sherry were so good to us!) Read less
First time to Maldives, the journey was good with a short transfer in Abu Dhabi, arriving in Male in time for our sea plane transfer to the Centara resort. The reception at the resort was... Read more excellent and we had opted for a 2 bed pool villa (no 6). The accomodation are very spacious indeed. The pool within our villa was a key highlight for the whole family and we ocassionally dipped into the beach as well. As an all inclusive package, you are spoilt for choice at the 3 restaurants and 2 bars.... the Thai restaurant was one of my favourites . We also managed to get good alternative vegetarian meals prepared for us at the Reef restaurant - compliments to Chef Ajay and Rana for their efforts. The evening cocktails (margaritas for me) at the Aqua and Coral bars are great too. The service is also impacable. The management of the whole resort is geared up for 100% customer delight and we were not dissapointed. My only reservation was spotting couple of small mice within our accomodation and their surrounding, but the in resort pest control team - Bahar - was very attentive and took care of these small creatures for us... however my daughters (18+22 yrs) were left on high at all times, especially during the evening. Not sure if anyone else had experienced these during their stay? Beach/Pool Villa No 6 is a good location with a reasonable amount of beach at the back of the property. Pool Villas 1-4 have a small swimming/beach area upto the sand bag limit. Villa no 7 and 8 have uneven and rock access to the beach. The daily 30min complimentary spa treartments were excellent and our family made the most of the slots - but pls advance book these slot straight after arrival... treatment by the therapists - Laxmi, Daranee, Tracy, AE and others was excellent too... thanks you ladies ! Overall - impressed, would definitely re visit in a few years time. Read less