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 Refund delayed, delayed, and still delayed

Sep 20, 2020 jeffcW7646TO

Unfortunately, my experience with Centara so far has not been good. We booked a trip for Nov 2020 and unfortunately due to COVID-19 we have had to cancel. We were told verbally, in writing, and per Centara's COVID policies, they would provide a full refund. We notified Centara in June and received a very timely and positive response. We have… Read more
Unfortunately, my experience with Centara so far has not been good. We booked a trip for Nov 2020 and unfortunately due to COVID-19 we have had to cancel. We were told verbally, in writing, and per Centara's COVID policies, they would provide a full refund. We notified Centara in June and received a very timely and positive response. We have followed up regularly. To date (mid-September) we have been told that due to COVID their banks are not open. Really? Centara is hosting guests and I'm pretty sure they have a way to process payments, but not refunds? I'm hoping Riaan Drever, General Manager can escalate this issue for us. I would gladly change my review - Janet Cherry Read less
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Aug 27, 2020 TatarJidapa Bangkok, Thailand

We spent 3 nights at the Sunset Ocean Pool Villa, and we both feel that 3 nights wasn't enough! From the point that we arrived, Cheryl, the guest relation officer came to welcome us and explain thoroughly about the stay. All staff were very friendly, especially Masood, Senthil, May and Krishna from The Club and Deer, the resident manager. We've… Read more
We spent 3 nights at the Sunset Ocean Pool Villa, and we both feel that 3 nights wasn't enough! From the point that we arrived, Cheryl, the guest relation officer came to welcome us and explain thoroughly about the stay. All staff were very friendly, especially Masood, Senthil, May and Krishna from The Club and Deer, the resident manager. We've been nothing but impressed in their excellent service mind. The room were nice and clean with spacious bathroom, plunge pool and private deck. Even though we can watch the gorgeous sunset right from our deck, I still recommend the sunset cruise excursion. It was so relaxing and the view was also enjoyable. We always had our breakfast at The Club, and it was delicious. They has various kinds of pastry for you to choose or you can just pick your favorite breakfast from the menu. For lunch and dinner, we recommend booking in advance so you don't have to wait. My husband love the Suan Bua restuarant the best. I also recommend fish feeding activities, which is their daily event at the coral bar around 6.30pm. We didn't expect much from this activities but it turns out to be my favorite one. There were giant stingray, spotted eagle ray, and baby sharks. Fish feeding was surprisingly so much fun to watch :) We definitely want to go back there! Highly Recommend!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Where the staff are as amazing as the island.....

Jul 12, 2020 Passport37751776698

Wow! We cannot thank the entire staff of this wonderful resort enough for our awesome experience here and how they surpassed all expectations and looked after us when COVID 19 travel restrictions were invoked. From our arrival to departure we experienced nothing but professionalism, fun and excellence from everyone. If you are looking for… Read more
Wow! We cannot thank the entire staff of this wonderful resort enough for our awesome experience here and how they surpassed all expectations and looked after us when COVID 19 travel restrictions were invoked. From our arrival to departure we experienced nothing but professionalism, fun and excellence from everyone. If you are looking for relaxation in an amazing place with beautiful touches, hopping in the ocean straight from your room and a delight of food and drink then this resort is for you. There is an abundance of activities or simply just enjoy the calmness and tranquility. Our expectations of this resort were exceeded tenfold when Covid caused the island to close (but we are delighted to hear they will re-opening soon) The service and facilities offered during this time only grew to a level we could have only dreamed of. Our experience was simply wonderful, from the top - Riaan the General manager - to his staff including Senthil, Lax and all the bar staff, Bell and the guys on reception, Arlena and her fabulous band, Shekhar and Joi and the girls in the Italian restaurant. As the numbers on the island dwindled and we were then the last guests to leave, the Centara family just kept surprising and delighting us, even giving us the title of their 'King and Queen' and treating us as such. Nothing is too much trouble for the entire staff of this resort. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts and will return. Simply a lovely bunch of humans. Thank you, Craig and Lisa Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Breath taking scenario and professional service

Jun 17, 2020 Malinee1988 Thailand

Even it took quite sometime to get to the resort by seaplane but once I arrived it took all the tiresome away. the view!! is just breath taking with the warm welcome from staff greeting when step on the island. Activities await for you, food is varieties too.
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May 13, 2020 GerryNicola

We returned from Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa in March after a fabulous week spent on this beautiful island. On arrival in Male we were promptly brought to our sea plane & what an experience ... it’s was literally stunning. On Arrival were greeted by the team and offered refreshments and cool towels. The first thing that struck us was the… Read more
We returned from Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa in March after a fabulous week spent on this beautiful island. On arrival in Male we were promptly brought to our sea plane & what an experience ... it’s was literally stunning. On Arrival were greeted by the team and offered refreshments and cool towels. The first thing that struck us was the water .. crystal clear with fish and baby black tip sharks swimming around in abundance. The ultimate all inclusive is amazing which not only cover your food & drink but 5 boat trips, spa treatment, afternoon tea, mini bar ... literally everything ... which was a real winner for us. The food was exceptional especially the Thai & Italian. Finally it was the STAFF that made this resort stand out for us. A big shout out to Pinto, Corin, Rubel, Joi & Bell who we felt went above and beyond to deliver an amazing customer experience. Thank you Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa for making our first trip to The Maldives so special ... we will defiantly be back. Gerry Moran Read less