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. 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 (included once per stay; minimum 5 nights from the 1st May '20 onwards), 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 and snacks) replenished once per day.

Also includes: 4 excursions per person per stay, including sunset fishing, guided snorkelling trip 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 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. 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. 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)
  • 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 '20–31 Dec '21.

No checkouts permitted on 30 or 31 Dec '20.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Heaven on earth - don’t stay anywhere else!!

Apr 4, 2020 Adran23

My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon in March. From the moment we booked the hotel to the moment we left on our sea plane, the staff were in every way possible! Just after booking I had a million questions to ask, and no matter how many questions I had, the staff would email me back promptly with answers I needed. (I just wanted the… Read more
My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon in March. From the moment we booked the hotel to the moment we left on our sea plane, the staff were in every way possible! Just after booking I had a million questions to ask, and no matter how many questions I had, the staff would email me back promptly with answers I needed. (I just wanted the honeymoon to go to plan) We were due to land on the main island late at night when there were no sea planes available to get us to the island, which meant we were going to stay on the main island and get an early sea plane to the resort... this was until , when in transit in Singapore, we found out that the Male has imposed bans on foreigners staying on the main island, we had to go straight to our resort at the time of arrival... this worried us so much and stressed us out. We contacted the resort to see if it was possible to check in that night and organize a way to get to the resort. After a lot of emailing (their replies were instant knowing how desperate we were) the hotel made a room available and organized our domestic flight ( we had to run) then they organized their hotel boat to meet us on arrival. The staff stayed back for us! We arrived late at night so could see just how beautiful the hotel was, but once we got settled into our room, had a sleep, we woke up to the sunrise and the most beautiful sight we had ever seen in our lives. I was afraid inside that I might get a little board during our 5 night stay, but not was I wrong!! There are so many activities to do, we ran out of time. The snorkeling is amazing, so much to see!! We had a few issues during our stay (the world was changing day by day) but the staff again were amazing! Even through our stress and tears of stress, they kept us calm and helped us and went above and beyond to help get us on our way sooner than expected. They even organized the Seaplane with about 6 hours notice. Bell on the customer service counter was amazing! She kept us informed about everything that was going on and even tried to help calling our airline when we just needed to walk away. When we got on the seaplane to leave, the staff stood on the pontoon and waived us all goodbye - they knew tough times were ahead for the... we could see it in their faces, but even through their uncertainty, they still put their customers first. There was no way to fault this resort and we have made it clear that we will be back in the not too distant future. Thank you to your team, please pass on to all of them how grateful we are. Ps - I highly recommend booking restaurants before arrival as there is usually up to a 40 minute line to get in during peak times. Read less
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Apr 2, 2020 daniellehA7644IT

I am in the process of planning my honeymoon and I just wanted to say that this resorts customer service is one of the best. Emails are answered promptly and all questions that we have are being answered in full detail. We can’t wait for our trip!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Splendid resort with warm and professional staffs

Mar 31, 2020 743nattyn Bangkok, Thailand

We stayed at Centara for 7 nights at Sunset Ocean Pool villa no.61. Our family; 2 adults and 2 girls really enjoyed swimming in the ocean and the pool in front of our villa. There are many kinds of fish and crystal clear water impressed us at first sight. The resort has so many activities for guests which I chose was Thai massage at the Spa.… Read more
We stayed at Centara for 7 nights at Sunset Ocean Pool villa no.61. Our family; 2 adults and 2 girls really enjoyed swimming in the ocean and the pool in front of our villa. There are many kinds of fish and crystal clear water impressed us at first sight. The resort has so many activities for guests which I chose was Thai massage at the Spa. Staffs are friendly and professional. Such a relaxing time!! you should never miss. Sunset fishing was extremely fun. We spent about 2 hours in the ocean fishing,we got 2 fish and viewing the beautiful sunset. Restaurant that I recommended was Suan Bua ;Thai restaurant. They served very delicious Thai food in every menu. I confirmed!!! My kid ,7 years old girl, love kid's club. She spent whole afternoon everyday at there. She played and did some art works. Lastly, we're appreciated all services from all staff whom really kind , friendly and truly professional. Special thanks to Munna ,who made our villa clean, tidy and the cute goodbye message in bed. Deer;resident manager,who gave much effort to comfort us during stay at resort and help us manage things to fly home safely . Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is one of our best resorts where we will be back for sure!!! Read less
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Mar 29, 2020 glesnir2020

Wow! We’ve just returned from a fabulous holiday at this resort. ❤️ We went with anothet couple to celebrate our special birthdays. Perfect in every way. 💕 The resort was magical and nothing was too much trouble for anyone. All staff were very friendly and very professional during our stay, but we must give a special mention to Lax, Firaz, Joy,… Read more
Wow! We’ve just returned from a fabulous holiday at this resort. ❤️ We went with anothet couple to celebrate our special birthdays. Perfect in every way. 💕 The resort was magical and nothing was too much trouble for anyone. All staff were very friendly and very professional during our stay, but we must give a special mention to Lax, Firaz, Joy, Ming, Samir, Rajib and Corin who made our holiday extra special. The sunset cruise excursion was fantastic and a trip to be recommended. We went snorkling daily off our private decking and saw so many differnt colourful fish. Evenings spent in the Coral bar, drinking cocktails (prepared by Lax) while watching the sunset were magical and will not be forgotten. The restaurants provided fantastic food, such a variety and all to a superb standard. A wonderful resort and we hope to return one day. Thank you ☀️🐟🍺🍾🐠🥂 Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A very special resort with outstanding staff

Mar 29, 2020 stevejenkins1 Budoni, Italy

We arrived at the Centara for a 10 day stay at one of the Beach Villas. It is an ideal resort for both adults and our children - 2 girls under 5. Plenty of activities for the adults - spa, diving, excursions incl snorkling with whale sharks or just sitting by the pool with a cocktail whilst the little ones are in the kids club. Mai and Ayisha who… Read more
We arrived at the Centara for a 10 day stay at one of the Beach Villas. It is an ideal resort for both adults and our children - 2 girls under 5. Plenty of activities for the adults - spa, diving, excursions incl snorkling with whale sharks or just sitting by the pool with a cocktail whilst the little ones are in the kids club. Mai and Ayisha who run the kids club are brilliant - keeping them constantly entertained with plenty of activities. This resort really excelled however, when due to a staff member having a suspected case of Covid 19 (it turned out to be negative) the Maldivian authorities locked the island down for 48HRs for tests to be conducted. A large number of guests (incl ourselves ) missed their flights home as a result. The staff tried to help with re-scheduling flights amidst a global pandemic where airlines were cancelling flights. Eventually everyone managed to secure flights. Amidst this though, the staff went out of their way to ensure all guests were catered for, all continued their approach to their jobs with the upmost professionalism and ensured what started as a stressful time ended in a wonderful holiday for all the remaining guests. This achieved with a vast majority of the staff uncertain as to their own immediate future plans as the resort was due to shut and many of the staff's home countries's borders were already closed. They are all a real credit to the Centara Group. Special thanks again to Mai and Ayisha who looked after our girls whilst my wife and I had to work. Desmond who always greeted us with a smile and a quick chat and Lax who always ensured our drinks were full. A special place, beautiful location, fantastic team members. We will be back. Read less