Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

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 a dedicated shipwreck. There’s also a gorgeous swimming pool to laze by 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 can enjoy a range of supervised activities at the kids club, including arts, crafts and beach games. When it comes to dining, you’re spoilt for choice with three 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. SUAN BUA 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.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Teen Club
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Windsurfing

Where is it

In South Ari Atoll, amidst world-class coral and diving spots. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 25 minutes by seaplane.Please note: Sea plane transfers to/from your resort will only operate in daylight hours. Please ensure your international flights into and out of Malé allow for this schedule.

Hotel information

112 suites and villas. All rooms with air-conditioning, private furnished balcony or terrace, living room, satellite TV, DVD player, telephone, WiFi*, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, safe, hairdryer, iron and board on request. Beach Suites have a living area with a day bed, a bathroom with an outdoor shower, and a bedroom on the mezzanine with 1 king-size bed and a sleeper sofa, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Ultimate All Inclusive: includes refreshing towels and glass of bubbly upon arrival (non-alcoholic beverages on request). Daily sumptuous champagne buffet breakfast, served until mid-morning at the Reef restaurant. A choice of lunch venues including themed international buffets, Italian favourites at Azzuri Mare and Thai cuisine at Suan Bua restaurant. Afternoon tea of cakes, scones and sandwiches, and children's ice cream station (available until 30 Apr '19). The Sundowner party: weekly cocktail reception accompanied by tasty tapas and an opportunity to meet resort management and fellow guests. Dinner at a choice of 3 different venues, including international themed buffet and Teppanyaki at the Reef Restaurant, Thai food at Suan Bua (advance reservation required) and Italian and grill cuisine at Azzuri Mare (advance reservation required). Drinks including a selection of international wines (red, white, sparkling, rosé), a selection of beer, spirits and cocktails, plus soft drinks, tea, coffee and canned juices, served from two bar areas from 10:00am to midnight. Mini-bar (beers, soft drinks, water, snacks, 1 bottle of red wine and 1 bottle of white wine), replenished once per day.

Also includes: 5 excursions per person per stay, including whale shark tour, sunset fishing, guided snorkelling trip, local island visit and sunset cruise. Fitness centre with programs designed from a personal trainer, plus a game of tennis, snorkelling equipment, windsurfing lessons and catamaran rental (guests must be able to sail and surf). Spa credits: US$100 per adult per day until 30 Apr '19, then from 1 May '19–30 Apr '20 US $100 per adult per stay 6 nights or less, US$200 per adult per stay for 7–9 night stays or US$400 per adult per stay for 10 night stays or more. From 1 May '19–30 Apr '20 guests may also exchange the Spa credits for 45-minute scuba dives (1 dive for 4 night stays or less) 2 dives for 5–6 night stays or 3 dives for 7 night stays or more). The E-zone for entertainment and activity for teenagers, and daily supervised activity program at Camp Safari Kids Club.

Please note: in-villa dining, Island Club Benefits, and recreational activities not mentioned above, are not included in the Ultimate All Inclusive package. Spa and diving credits for guests age 18 years and above, and cannot be accumulated. Only 1 dive per day, first must be an orientation dive. Guests are required to present an original diving license once in resort. All excursions operate weather-permitting and must be booked in advance.

Deluxe Water Villas on stilts over the ocean, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Deluxe Family Water Villas are larger, with a large bathroom with shower and Jacuzzi, a bedroom with 1-king-size bed and a children's area with bunk beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Ocean Water Villas offer spacious living areas, an airy bathroom with shower and free-standing bathtub, and a bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Beachfront Pool Villas 1-Bedroom have private plunge pool and beachfront terrace, airy bathroom with shower and indoor/outdoor bathtub, a lounge area, and a bedroom on the mezzanine with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Beachfront Pool Villas 2-Bedroom have private plunge pool and beachfront terrace, bathroom with separate bath and shower, a lounge area, master bedroom on the mezzanine with 1 king-size bed, and a smaller bedroom downstairs with 2 single beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 3 adults and 2 children.

Sunset Ocean Pool Villas are on the western side of the island, ideal for watching the sun go down. They have a private plunge pool, a living area, airy bathroom with shower and free-standing bathtub, a bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child. Complimentary access to the Club Lounge, complimentary WiFi and other Island Club benefits included for 2 adults.

Island Club Benefits are available at a supplement to any of the featured room types (complimentary in Sunset Ocean Pool Villas, for maximum 2 adults) and include the following:

  • Exclusive access to the Island Club complex with check-in and check-out
  • Exclusive indoor and outdoor lounges for daily hospitality, as well as WiFi
  • Private swimming pool including cold towel service, pre-lunch snacks, afternoon fruits, and canapés
  • Afternoon tea service
  • Exclusive dining venue offering speciality menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Premium brand beverages (beer, wines and spirits) served in the Club Bar and Lounge
  • Premium mini-bar service, replenished daily, including soft drinks, juice, 4 beers, chocolates and snacks, plus 2 spirits (choice of 700ml vodka, gin, whiskey, rum, Bacardi or bourbon, replenished once per week) and one bottle of wine (red, white or rosé, replenished daily)
  • Priority spa and restaurant reservations in all outlets
  • Upgraded room amenities
  • Complimentary book and DVD library
  • Daily turndown service and 2 pieces of laundry per room per day

3 restaurants: Reef (Western and Asian cuisine, including teppanyaki table, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Azzuri Mare (Italian and seafood, open for lunch and dinner), Suan Bua (home-style Thai cuisine, open for lunch and dinner). Aqua overwater bar, Coral Bar & Lounge. Swimming pool. Fitness centre. The Spa Cenvaree*. Water sports* including windsurfing, kayaking, boating and fishing (complimentary use of non-motorised water sports). 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 WiFi throughout the hotel.

5 nights for stays 25 Dec '19–2 Jan '20.

No checkouts permitted on 30 or 31 Dec '19.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic Vacation

May 23, 2019 670anna_lucia Doha, Qatar

So it was no secret that we did not get to the best of starts with this mini vacation and we were so not happy when we arrived but lets start with the positives! Reef - all the staff are great and Happy is adorable! - he has written all the names down for me as I would like to mention them all but there are a lot but they should all be… Read more
So it was no secret that we did not get to the best of starts with this mini vacation and we were so not happy when we arrived but lets start with the positives! Reef - all the staff are great and Happy is adorable! - he has written all the names down for me as I would like to mention them all but there are a lot but they should all be praised Thai Restaurant food was beautiful and Sunny and the team in here are all great - thanks for the insect spray as we did get nipped round the ankles a bit! Hassan and the team in the Italian - we wish we would have had more time to eat here more often We were so lucky to meet Stephen and accept his very generous offer of a dinner at the Lounge after speaking with us ( the general manager could take some tips here on handle to manage clients expectations and experience ) - we had the best night looked after by Stephen's team and Shane and Pragya gave us the most amazing experience and we had a fantastic dinner in a beautiful setting and we were so appreciative of this. How we can forget Irfan the superstar in the pool bar?! lining up the pina coladas before we hit the sunbeds - we wish him all the best with the new baby coming x Ahmed the villa attendent - all the staff on the island always had a smile and a greeting for everyone All of the guys on the water sports centre - Patchi and all the guys helping us to find the best marine life and snorkeling with the turtles we found was amazing!! They really manage to keep the enthusiasm even though they do this every day.. The Spa was amazing and I wish I had more time to go there and we should have never left it till the last day ( note we had not been informed that there is no longer a 100 US $ per day which was a bit annoying but not the end of the world as we had so much else in the diary! ) On the whole we had an amazing time and the all inclusive package is really nice and we never made a dent in the mini bar at all but nice to have it available of course. On the whole we had an amazing time but i do have a couple of points as below- Seaplane may not send luggage on the same plane - understood but we had a huge delay on the island where we were not informed our room was ready or cases had arrived - discussed with manager but not handled well - he never checked back in with us to check all was ok- this gave us a very negative first impression that was overturned by all of the other staff and in particular Stephen and Shane who really understood customer service. We had beach villa 35 - not the best in my opinion as very secluded view by the bush outside that needed cutting back - further along towards the spa had better beach and views - minor first world problems though I get that.! Just to note that we would return and already have recommended you to several friends and colleagues. Everything else I think has been covered in the numerous well deserved positive reviews already here. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent Vacation!! Unforgetable anniversary celebration!

May 22, 2019 Connector08136083492 Singapore River, Singapore

We stayed for 3d2n in this resort and upon arrival I already new that it is not enough due to stunning view and wonderful water villas! The water is crystal clear. The staff are friendly. The room (water villas) is superb with stunning view of the ocean and sun set. They clean the room often and refill the fridge 3 times a day when needed. Service… Read more
We stayed for 3d2n in this resort and upon arrival I already new that it is not enough due to stunning view and wonderful water villas! The water is crystal clear. The staff are friendly. The room (water villas) is superb with stunning view of the ocean and sun set. They clean the room often and refill the fridge 3 times a day when needed. Service is good!! the Island offers a lot of activity that is all inclusive when you take a full board. The three resto and three bars are good and food is okay (we like the Thai resto). I advise you to take the full board because its definitely worth it and it is quite pricey if you will pay for it every meal if you didnt take the full board. Special mention to Apple and her sister (staffs) who did extra care for us. They booked every resto where we want to take our meal and arrange the doctor and clinic when my son got minor fever. If you like stunning view, great island with some activity to do, and have a peace of mind at the same time then this is the perfect place to be. Family friendly resort and great honeymoon destination too. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An dream come true !

May 22, 2019 banckster Copenhagen

outstanding location, service and overall experience ! great snorkling and diving, super restaurants, very nice guest houses, super spa, variety of restaurants on the very small island. super nice endless pool. Great bar
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May 22, 2019 olivercrosse Sydney, Australia

The staff could not have been more welcoming or accomodating with Bell at the reception, Christine at the Italian Restaurant and Patching at the water sports centre being the standouts. The Beach Villa that we stayed in was incredible and I would recommend these over the over water villas any day as they are far larger and better appointed. The… Read more
The staff could not have been more welcoming or accomodating with Bell at the reception, Christine at the Italian Restaurant and Patching at the water sports centre being the standouts. The Beach Villa that we stayed in was incredible and I would recommend these over the over water villas any day as they are far larger and better appointed. The only disappointing thing was the quality of the wine which I personally found to be almost undrinkable Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good hotel

May 21, 2019 Dreamer47049379207

Nice all inclusive hotel. Staff are very tentative. A problem with the timing for the shark trip as I was inform it’s at 09:00 but then it’s at 08:30 make we miss our breakfast. The rest is okay. Will think of visiting back again.