Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Virgin rating

The hotel

This modern 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

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

Where is it

In South Ari Atoll, amidst world-class coral and diving spots. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 25 minutes by seaplane (remember to pack light for the seaplane transfer as luggage allowance is 20kg plus 5kg hand luggage, per person).

Hotel information

112 beachfront and overwater villas, all with air-conditioning, private furnished balcony or terrace, living room, flat-screen TV, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, safe, bathrobes, slippers, bathroom amenities, and hairdryer. Duplex Beach Villas open directly onto the beach, featuring an oversized bathroom with outdoor shower, living room, and king-bed on the upper floor, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Bed & Breakfast: includes daily breakfast at Reef.

Half Board: includes daily breakfast and dinner at Reef, and $40 credit towards food at Suan Bua (once per person, per stay).

Full Board: includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at Reef, $40 credit towards food at Suan Bua (once per person, per stay), and afternoon tea at Coral Bar.

All-Inclusive: includes daily breakfast, dine around options for lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, a wide choice of drinks available with meals and from the resorts two bars from 11.00am-11.00pm, additional resort credit towards enhanced dining options, in-room mini-bar (beers, soft drinks, water and snacks, replenished daily), non-motorised water sports and snorkelling equipment.

Grand All-Inclusive: includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at all restaurants, afternoon tea, premium beverage choices with meals and from the resorts two bars from 11.00am-11.00pm, in-room mini-bar (beers, soft drinks, water and snacks, replenished daily), non-motorised water sports and snorkelling equipment, in-villa breakfast once per stay, all day snacks, and a choice of selected complimentary excursions.

Deluxe Overwater Villas feature a private sundeck with direct lagoon access, bathroom with separate shower and jacuzzi tub, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Premier Overwater Villas are larger in size and offer more privacy, featuring a private sundeck with direct lagoon access, bathroom with separate shower and jacuzzi tub, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Family Overwater Villas feature a sundeck with direct lagoon access, bathroom with separate shower and jacuzzi tub, PlayStation games console, 1 king-size bed, and bunk beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Premium Sunset Overwater Villas with Pool feature a private infinity pool on the sundeck as well as direct lagoon access, separate bathtub and shower, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

  • Book by 30 April 2024 to receive up to 60% off stays between 09 Apr '24 – 20 Dec '24. Terms and conditions apply. Blackout Dates apply. Applies to certain room types.  

Reef (all day international buffet restaurant featuring live cooking stations). Suan Bua (traditional Thai cuisine, open for lunch and dinner). Azzuri Mare (Italian cuisine, open for lunch and dinner). Coral Bar & Lounge (casual beachfront lounge open for snacks and refreshments throughout the day). Aqua Bar (overwater bar serving light fare). 

Infinity swimming pool with children's pool. SPA Cenvaree*. Fitness centre. Multi-purpose sports court which includes tennis, volleyball and badminton. PADI Diving centre*. Water sports* including windsurfing, kayaking, boating and fishing (complimentary use of non-motorised water sports). Camp Safari (4-9 years). E-Zone (10-17 years). Pool table. Football table. Board games. 

Complimentary WiFi access. Babysitting service*. Laundry service*. Concierge. 

5 nights for stays 25 Dec–31 Dec.

No checkouts permitted on 30 or 31 Dec.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: to ensure our customer's safety, we are unable to offer over water accommodation to children under the age of 12.

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Apr 12, 2024 MoscowFlyer25 Nottingham, United Kingdom

This place never fails on any front. Our 5th time at Centara Grand and we are looking to going back already next year. Greeted on the boat by Chanapha we were soon on the Island enjoying the excellent hospitality provided. For those who have not been before the reviews (positive) on here are accurate. You will see it's all about the staff, from… Read more
This place never fails on any front. Our 5th time at Centara Grand and we are looking to going back already next year. Greeted on the boat by Chanapha we were soon on the Island enjoying the excellent hospitality provided. For those who have not been before the reviews (positive) on here are accurate. You will see it's all about the staff, from arriving on the boat, to being greeted at Aqua Bar meeting the Front Office Staff, meeting the Room people, the Dive Centre, the restaurants and Coral bar, all are accurate. In terms of negative reviews the Sea Plane is nothing to do with Centara, it's down to TMA who actually do a great job, they are juggling 100's of people everyday and dropping/picking up everyone all the time. We have been lucky before and waited 20 mins and have been there 4 hours, but its worth the wait. 25 mins on a sea plane. So in no particular order, many thanks to all and apologies for spelling mistakes or those who we were fortunate to meet who I didn't write down. It's the WHOLE staff - Nalin (Big Boss) Senthil (Chef) May, Irfan, Peach (New best cook) Sharif, Robert (Internet probably down) Prakesh (Floods the place) Pradeep (Helps Prakesh unflood the place) Pablo, Shimol (Cricket mad), Akram (Legend of Best Dives) Ahmed (Tip Box needs polishing), Dana, Vivek, Anil (Wow) Desmond(Always on time....) Oliver (Great Chef), Jithin (Even better) Supun & Rishard & DJ (Coral Bar brilliance) Pat (Everyone loves Pat) Sunny, Anouska, Aarru, Yah, Sujith, Minor, Mujubur (Head Gardener), Huthu. No doubt staff search for there names and we apologise if we have missed anyone. One final mention, the glue that keeps the whole island together is a young man who we all know as Senthil - Everyone who has visited the island will know who he is. Any problems, he sorts it and is always smiling. Thank you as always for your professional hospitality, all the great laughs and most importantly your friendship. We look forward to seeing you all next year Gareth & Sherrie Read less
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Apr 11, 2024 Passenger37921842980

Everything is very good. I can entry in the sea from villa directry. Sea is clear blue and I can see many fishes and turtles. Every day sky is blue , sunrise /sunset is beautiful. Especially, we have a wedding anniversary during stay here, room boy Mr Babu make an anniversary message. We are surprised and spend happy days. Thank you.
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Apr 11, 2024 DigMyCardTrick Long Newton, United Kingdom

We stayed in a duplex beach villa for 12 nights in April. This was a stunning holiday. The room was great with island charm and had everything we wanted. Our own private area led to the beach literally steps away. The views were of uninterrupted ocean and were beautiful. We had considered an overwater villa but were so glad we chose the beach… Read more
We stayed in a duplex beach villa for 12 nights in April. This was a stunning holiday. The room was great with island charm and had everything we wanted. Our own private area led to the beach literally steps away. The views were of uninterrupted ocean and were beautiful. We had considered an overwater villa but were so glad we chose the beach villa. The resort was really well looked after and the people who work here were amazing. So friendly and helpful. Our rooms looked after by Sansur who provided some beautiful decorations and was so considerate. Waiters Nazim and Ashik knew what drinks to bring without our asking and the chefs were excellent and prepared some great and varied food. We ate in all the restaurants and would rate them all highly. The sea is spectacular here, so clear with wonderful colours. Snorkelling over the house reef is stunning and we would recommend the boat reef snorkelling as well. This was a special holiday for us as it was our 25th wedding anniversary and it was perfect for us. Thank you to all who work here who made this such a great holiday. Read less
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Apr 11, 2024 CDL82

Rushaid was a great bartender. Hassan and Abdulsharif were THE BEST dive masters I’ve had in a long, long time. This is our second trip to Centara Grand, obviously recommend and will be coming back. The shark attraction at coral bar is amazing. The resort is perfect for couples traveling, yet family focused as well. Excellent staff, multiple turn… Read more
Rushaid was a great bartender. Hassan and Abdulsharif were THE BEST dive masters I’ve had in a long, long time. This is our second trip to Centara Grand, obviously recommend and will be coming back. The shark attraction at coral bar is amazing. The resort is perfect for couples traveling, yet family focused as well. Excellent staff, multiple turn down service PER DAY (which I really love). The only complaint I have, and it’s trivial, is the lady who sings. She’s terrible. Better to play Spotify playlists. Read less
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Apr 11, 2024 Kristy D

We planned this to be our trip of a lifetime and it certainly lived up to the hype. Rooms are beautiful and private. Amanullah took care of us, bringing us buckets of ice, restocking the mini bar, cleaning the room, and leaving sweet touches daily. The ocean is teeming with life just steps from the door. We took several excursions to fish annd see… Read more
We planned this to be our trip of a lifetime and it certainly lived up to the hype. Rooms are beautiful and private. Amanullah took care of us, bringing us buckets of ice, restocking the mini bar, cleaning the room, and leaving sweet touches daily. The ocean is teeming with life just steps from the door. We took several excursions to fish annd see whale sharks, both hugely successful, and snorkeled for hours along the house reef around the atoll. Food was impeccable and had a large variety. Hospitality everywhere-from food service to reception to the spa-was incredible. We couldn’t have asked for a better vacation. Highly highly recommend. Read less