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.


  • 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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Jan 20, 2021 tarundhingra0531

A Great Stay and a Very Memorable one. From checking in to checkout everything was smooth. Staff was very helpful. Great Food and Drinks. All COVID precautions were take care of. Would love to visit again in future.
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Jan 20, 2021 sydnercamilla Kumla, Sweden

Everything was great from the arravile, information, the food was 👌⭐ the beach villa was clean and big, water and beach was fantastic! Stuff was kind, serviceminded, diving centre and the guides ⭐⭐⭐⭐ we didn't miss a thing! We are definitely coming back soon!
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Jan 20, 2021 Bobbypadda217

We had a great experience. Food was great. Rooms were perfect. Staff was extremely polite and helpful, specially Mr. Alok who helped us with certain arrangements with reasonable expenses with perfection. Overall I had wonderful vacation, would visit again.
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Jan 19, 2021 Vatsalsampat Mumbai, India

Decent experience & not so great in terms of Check-in ,Food Dining Timings & Vegetarian food options are repitative. Services & drinks were very good . Spa is on expensive side . Azuri mare was Bang on which serves lovely Italian Food .
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good team ! Management Policies small changes can make big differences .

Jan 18, 2021 Daydream01720715578

We stayed at Centara Grand Island resort from 13th to 17th Jan . The resort has a very dedicated team of staff . All the ground level staff are courteous, responsive & helpful . We were 3 families , took 4 Sunset Ocean View Villas . We had a good time there for four days . Some issues we faced , to me , it seems to be related to the… Read more
We stayed at Centara Grand Island resort from 13th to 17th Jan . The resort has a very dedicated team of staff . All the ground level staff are courteous, responsive & helpful . We were 3 families , took 4 Sunset Ocean View Villas . We had a good time there for four days . Some issues we faced , to me , it seems to be related to the managerial decisions . They know them best . 1. We landed in male on 12th jan at 1.00 pm & stayed there to board the sea plane next day for centara , to avoid missing the sea plane transfer in case of our flight delay . Our check in was at 3.00 pm on 13th Jan in Centara . We got the call from centara that our sea plane transfer is at 7.00 am from male . They would provide us an exclusive transit lounge till our rooms would be provided . But , we would be charged for the breakfast as our package starts with the lunch . Since , the hotel had called us really due to their operational considerations , the breakfast should have not be charged . Ms. Bell coordinated this transfer , I asked her to talk to her superiors regarding this , she said , it’s their hotel policy , she had discussed with her superiors . We ended up paying 270 $ extra for the arrival breakfast for 9 persons . Though we missed a lunch one day , but did not mention to them to adjust against our breakfast . We were alloted rooms by 12.00 noon . This was good at their part as the standard check in is 3.00 pm . 2. On departure , we settled our payments & were waiting in the lounge for the sea plane transfer , some drinks & bverages were ordered , but they were initially billed & charged . It was a nice gesture of Anil , at the Aqua Bar to get them complimentary , which was part of the package till our actual departure . Mohmad , a senior person at Reef restaurant & Shariff took good care while our dinning at the Reef Baffet restaurant . Special mention has to be done of Nabeel , a front desk team member . He shared his number with us . Nabeel was very helpful throughout the trip in coordinating our all our activities & concerns during our stay . He was unwell & on leave on 16th &17th jan . Still he received our calls , replied to the wats app messages in time & got every concern addressed . Few small concerns can be anywhere . On the whole , we were satisfied with our stay at Centara grand . Read less