Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 1671 reviews

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 for stays until 30 Apr '19, then from 1 May '19–30 Apr '20 US $100 per adult per day for stays 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.

Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 1671 reviews

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Paradise on earth - exquisite service

Feb 19, 2019 jnamo74

We are a family of 5, with 3 kids aged 8 to 13, who took the trip from Denmark to Grand Centara on Maldives. We were tired upon arrival, but the very personal welcome by the staff and the exquisite service made us feel very welcome indeed from the very first moment. The Ultimate All Inclusive option, giving acces to The Club and numerous… Read more
We are a family of 5, with 3 kids aged 8 to 13, who took the trip from Denmark to Grand Centara on Maldives. We were tired upon arrival, but the very personal welcome by the staff and the exquisite service made us feel very welcome indeed from the very first moment. The Ultimate All Inclusive option, giving acces to The Club and numerous experiences throughout our stay is well worth it. Is is a relatively small but very cozy environment, and all of the staff are extremely friendly and helpful in whatever your needs. Soon our kids were roaming on their own to do what they thought fun, and we had not a worry of safety or of them getting lost at any time. We stayed in a beach villa with pool, literally on the beach, and it was just perfect. A personal "butler" made up the house during the day, and again at night during dinner outings. We always came home to a clean and ready house and beds (including some pleasant, creative surprises from time to time). The Club (and all other places on the island) offers excellent food and excellent service, and it was nice to get to know the staff a little while being there. There are three other restaurants on the island and two bars, so there is always somewhere to go, if you need a change of scenery. We can honestly not find a thing that we missed while being there. The drinking water provided in large bottles is clean, plentiful, always replenished and chilled, and none of us had any stomach issues while there. We will never forget this wonderful trip. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Truely Amazing..!!

Feb 19, 2019 savi1586

We were here for our 8th wedding anniversary and booked the ocean water villa. We are extremely happy with our stay at the Centara Grand.“Excellent place to stay and staff beyond amazing. Truly great conditions everything so neat,Clean and comfortable. However what impressed us the most was the hospitality. Everyone was very friendly and always… Read more
We were here for our 8th wedding anniversary and booked the ocean water villa. We are extremely happy with our stay at the Centara Grand.“Excellent place to stay and staff beyond amazing. Truly great conditions everything so neat,Clean and comfortable. However what impressed us the most was the hospitality. Everyone was very friendly and always greeted us with a smile.. Special thanks to Mr. Shekhar the front office manager who was very helpful and always there for us and Mr Alok was very friendly and helpful as well..Chef Rounak who went the extra mile in accomadating our Indian vegetarian diet, I just want to say Thank You and keep up the great work. I defnitely reccomend this resort and would love to come back again..!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Unforgetable

Feb 18, 2019 Compass66032496383 Alleroed Municipality, Denmark

Breathtaking paradise with excellent snorkling possibilities and with the best spa facilities. The prices are high though, but the all over experience is unforgetable and worth repeating. The kids loved the little pool in our luxury Beach villa
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Feb 18, 2019 Traveler07183523105

Excellent staff (Mr. Mohamed especially), Excellent surroundings and Nature. Excellent Spa who provided strong massage.. Excellent snorkling just outside the house. Evening snacks at the reception was magnificent watching the sun going down in the Indian Ocean.
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Feb 17, 2019 Chris W Sydney

The service is very poor in the hotel. Positives: - The location is great - the Italian restaurant is lovely - the $100 spa treatment is great What is not great: - The staff are very slow and seem to struggle with basic conversation. We had many strange encounters with staff at the buffet restaurant - a lot of the couples we met on our stay… Read more
The service is very poor in the hotel. Positives: - The location is great - the Italian restaurant is lovely - the $100 spa treatment is great What is not great: - The staff are very slow and seem to struggle with basic conversation. We had many strange encounters with staff at the buffet restaurant - a lot of the couples we met on our stay were meant to get 2 bottles of wine (in our room) each day. This did not happen until we had to call most days. For the money you pay you don't expect to have to call each day for something that's meant to be included. This is where the hotel is let down, they just don't get it. Customers don't want to talk / call you … you charge a lot of money so we expect the stay to be seamless...this it is not. - The rooms need refreshing. They're a little run-down now, outside especially. - aircon noise is very very loud in the rooms Would I go back to the Maldives, yes. Would I stay here …. no. For the money you can get better service elsewhere - they all have the same spectacular view so why put up with bad service? Read less