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
  • Windsurfing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Swimming Pool
  • Villa / private house
  • Kids Club
  • Teen Club

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, 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 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. 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)
  • 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 Very impressive

Jan 19, 2020 jesada k

Very impressive. Staff always help and make you feel happy. Food are very nice, recommend “the club” and “Suan bua” restaurant. Whale shark snorkeling trip is also good. Spa are very nice but quite expensive if you need to pay by yourself. Sunset villa is the most beautiful (but something in my room was broken.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Pure Paradise!

Jan 19, 2020 amyd34 Guildford, United Kingdom

After being let down by the Thomas Cook collapse and having our original holiday to the Maldives cancelled we booked our trip to Centara Grand fairly last minute and wow did we luck out!!!! Talk about a blessing in disguise - This island exceeded our expectations in every way! From the moment we were welcomed at Male airport and then set foot on… Read more
After being let down by the Thomas Cook collapse and having our original holiday to the Maldives cancelled we booked our trip to Centara Grand fairly last minute and wow did we luck out!!!! Talk about a blessing in disguise - This island exceeded our expectations in every way! From the moment we were welcomed at Male airport and then set foot on Centara we were made to feel so special, this followed through for every aspect of our visit - the staff on this island are truly amazing and we have never experienced service so good! In addition to this, the food is superb across the island (seafood beach BBQ was delicious and great value, it’s a must do!!!) and everywhere is kept immaculate with such great attention to detail! We stayed in a sunset ocean pool villa which was heavenly! The room was large and comfortable with a beautiful view and was incredibly well serviced by our attendant Jobshan. We had Club access which was well worth it as the high standard of food and chilled environment there made our week long stay feel so much more special and luxurious! I must say the staff in the Club were delightful and are an asset to the resort - Sentil and his team went above and beyond to make us happy and were wonderful with our three year old daughter which in turn helped us to relax. We also loved the island’s musicians who are so talented and the entertainment team who organised the crab racing and shark feeding - our daughter loved these events! My husband made good use of the fab dive school and was impressed by the friendly and professional experts who helped him achieve his Licence and took him to some great dive spots! The semi-submarine was also a fun and very worthwhile extra to do as a family - the Marine life here is spectacular!!! To summarise, I would highly recommend Centara, our whole experience here has been faultless and I can’t thank the team enough for making our stay so lovely and helping us create such amazing memories!!! We can’t wait to visit again! Read less
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Jan 16, 2020 872mikaelas Perth, Australia

We stayed here for 5 nights for our honeymoon. It was honestly faultless. We stayed in a sunset villa with a private pool, 100% would recommend. We ate at all restaurants and every single one was great. We did the sunset cruise, local fishing and whale shark snorkelling where we were lucky enough to swim with a whale shark. We took full advantage… Read more
We stayed here for 5 nights for our honeymoon. It was honestly faultless. We stayed in a sunset villa with a private pool, 100% would recommend. We ate at all restaurants and every single one was great. We did the sunset cruise, local fishing and whale shark snorkelling where we were lucky enough to swim with a whale shark. We took full advantage of everything at the water sports area - snorkels, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, pedal boats, floating sun lounges and a banana boat ride. Special thanks to Desmond at the Thai Restaurant, Sithal at The Club and Dhilley at Water Sports and our cleaner who made extra effort to make special messages for us. Would honestly recommend this resort to all my family and friends so we will definitely be back! Read less
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Jan 16, 2020 farrukhb30 Upplands-Vasby, Sweden

We (me, my wife and our 1yr 8months daughter) visited the Centara grand resort and spa maldives for our holidays and booked a Sunset ocean pool water villa for 5 nights. Our wonderful experience started right after the immigration process in Maldives when one of the Centara team representatives welcomed us on the airport and with in no time… Read more
We (me, my wife and our 1yr 8months daughter) visited the Centara grand resort and spa maldives for our holidays and booked a Sunset ocean pool water villa for 5 nights. Our wonderful experience started right after the immigration process in Maldives when one of the Centara team representatives welcomed us on the airport and with in no time boarded us to the seaplane bound to the Centara resort where a boat was already waiting for us to take to the resort. We felt so special being welcomed by the management at the resort on our arrival and each staff member irrespective of theirs designation. I would like to take a moment and say special thanks to the names which i remember for making out holidays memorable : Pang - Suan bua Shaaiq - House keeping Zain - Front desk manager Nabeel - Front desk Faruk - Front desk Bela - Front desk Saya - welcome and departure King - Reef breakfast Manoj - Reef Mai - kids club Moreover, the manager at the resort who spare time to welcome us on our arrival. All the above staff and others who are not mentioned made us holidays enjoyable and unforgettable. The food we almost tried every restaurant at the resort where Suan Bua stood first in our list and Reef with amazing selection for menu. Read less
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Jan 14, 2020 N4302TGstevend

The entire experience was absolutely awesome. Incredible resort with incredible staff. Ahmed was our housekeeping and did a FANTASTIC job day in and day out. I will 100% be requesting him for our next trip as well. The servers (Happy is the man), did a great job as well all over island. All 3 spa attendants were INCREDIBLE as well. Will… Read more
The entire experience was absolutely awesome. Incredible resort with incredible staff. Ahmed was our housekeeping and did a FANTASTIC job day in and day out. I will 100% be requesting him for our next trip as well. The servers (Happy is the man), did a great job as well all over island. All 3 spa attendants were INCREDIBLE as well. Will definitely be back. Read less