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.

All Inclusive: includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at Reef, one visit to Teppanyaki Grill at Reef (valid on 5 nights or more stays, once per stay), $40 credit towards food at Suan Bua (once per person, per day), $40 credit towards food at Azzuri Mare (once per person, per day), standard beverages and house branded drinks, afternoon tea at Coral Bar, in-room mini-bar (beers, soft drinks, water and snacks, replenished daily), and snorkelling equipment.

Grand All Inclusive: includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at Reef, one visit to Teppanyaki Grill at Reef (valid on 5 nights or more stays, once per stay), lunch and dinner at Suan Bua and Azzuri Mare, premium beverages and house branded drinks, afternoon tea at Coral Bar, in-room mini-bar (beers, soft drinks, water and snacks, replenished daily), in-villa dining (once per stay, valid on stays of a minimum of 7 nights, excludes floating and Thai breakfast), one banana/fun tube watersports game (valid for minimum stays of 3 nights), snorkelling gear, and excursions (stay 3-6 nights and receive 2 excursions per person per stay, 7-9 nights and receive 3 excursions per person per stay, or 10 nights or more and receive 4 excursions per person per stay).

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.

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.

Island Club Benefits are available at a supplement to any of the featured room types 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–31 Dec.

No checkouts permitted on 30 or 31 Dec.

* Denotes local charge.

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Dec 3, 2021 saranabil97

the hotel is very clean and has a good staff and service also the chefs are very kind specially chef Norble and chef Mustafa, the restaurant is very clean i advice everyone to go to this hotel for me i will go to it again
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful resort that is well worth the Club experience

Dec 3, 2021 CarolynTeo Singapore, Singapore

We booked this trip well before COVID hit, and few times we were given the option to cancel the trip, but I'm so glad we decided not to. We took the Ultimate all inclusive (think they now have only the grand inclusive) and it was insane awesome. The package included 3 excursions - we took the whale shark excursion, day snorkeling and night fishing… Read more
We booked this trip well before COVID hit, and few times we were given the option to cancel the trip, but I'm so glad we decided not to. We took the Ultimate all inclusive (think they now have only the grand inclusive) and it was insane awesome. The package included 3 excursions - we took the whale shark excursion, day snorkeling and night fishing trips. It also came with either a banana boat experience or tube ride but we didn't try this as we preferred to have a more relaxing trip. We didn't get to see the whale shark on our first trip but we decided to pay for the second attempt and it was insane. Swimming just Metres away from a whale shark is an experience I would remember forever. The resort were clear with instructions on how to experience it without harming the whale shark, but I have to say - not every one did that. We saw an absolute idiot hugging the whale shark by its fin .. so I do hope there would be better regulations that keep them safe. We booked the Sunset villa that also came with clubhouse access - now this was our game changer. The all inclusive allowed meals at all the restaurants and free drinks including alcohol - but the clubhouse access allowed you to dine at the clubhouse. And Senthil the manager there made it incredible for us! It included 3 course meals for lunch or dinner - the standard of the food and cocktails was incredible and Senthil and team always made sure we were super taken care of. We had cava whenever we swam in the clubhouse pool (only club access allowed) so we literally had the whole space to ourselves most times. We had varied food requirements (one lactose intolerant, one vegetarian, and one who prefers more local food) but Senthil never said no. Always with a smile making sure we had everything. Club access also allowed us one bottle of wine or cava to our rooms and the team even helped us prepare our bottles for our night fishing trip. We ended up eating most times at the club but we had two lunches at the Thai restaurant. And it was absolutely delicious. Centara is a Thai run resort so they definitely serve authentic Thai cuisine. Again thanks to Senthil who made all the bookings for us so that we always had perfect timings going for our trips etc. The sunset villas were beautiful and we had amazing views of the setting sun but I would say that really, we didn't stay in that much because we were busy with a lot of activities in the resort. But definitely recommend this resort and if you prefer not looking at super high Maldives food and beverage pricing esp for alcohol, I would definitely recommend the all inclusive. :) Thank you everyone esp Senthil and team, the Dive centre awesome team for this incredible 4 nights paradise :) loved it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent experience! Awesome location, excellent meals, strict covid safety protocols, great snorkeling.

Dec 1, 2021 Bela P Singapore, Singapore

My husband and I stayed in a water villa at Centara Grand maldives. The location of the resort, the water villas, the tiny island are all exceptionally pretty and well maintained. Great house reef for snorkeling, very safe for beginners and non-swimmers too. Very nice diving centre, had a great beginner's discover scuba diving session with Mr. Ali… Read more
My husband and I stayed in a water villa at Centara Grand maldives. The location of the resort, the water villas, the tiny island are all exceptionally pretty and well maintained. Great house reef for snorkeling, very safe for beginners and non-swimmers too. Very nice diving centre, had a great beginner's discover scuba diving session with Mr. Ali at the diving centre. Must try for all beginners. Excellent adherence by resort management and staff to covid safety protocols from arrival to departure, by all staff, at all centres, restaurants etc...really appreciate all staff for it. Excellent and authentic food at Italian and Thai restaurants both. I personally like Italian food more, so went there every evening for dinner. Special word of thanks to Mr. Happy, Ms. Neng at Mare Azzurri, and aother gentleman too at reception of Italian restaurant, apologies don't remember his name (he was very kind to help us with seating even without a booking when he saw we were hungry and tired on day 1 after a long travel day). All staff are exceptionally friendly and welcoming. And very helpful too. Absolutely delectable Italian fare...pizzas,pastas, breads, olive tepenade by Chef Mr. Ajay. He comes out to chat with guests and seek feedback every evening. I would rate it as one of the best Italian fare. Many thanks and deep appreciation to him and all staff. Very helpful and friendly staff at Thai restaurant too. I forget their names but all who are around at lunch hours. Many thanks for kind and exceptional hospitality. In house doctor is very helpful and very efficient. We owe her many thanks. All in all, a brilliant experience! Read less
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Nov 28, 2021 FionaMS70

Just returned from this fabulous island,we stayed in a beach villa on the opposite side of the island to the restaurant the villa was modern well equipped and in a perfect location, it was like having the whole beach to ourselves,perfect for our 25th anniversary trip. The only way to get to the island is by seaplane,which is a must .the whole… Read more
Just returned from this fabulous island,we stayed in a beach villa on the opposite side of the island to the restaurant the villa was modern well equipped and in a perfect location, it was like having the whole beach to ourselves,perfect for our 25th anniversary trip. The only way to get to the island is by seaplane,which is a must .the whole transfer was a little chaotic but once on the island we settled in with the help from the team. There are 3 restaurants on the island and a private club area.the 2 bars were great the reef bar hand a bit more going on the the coral bar was perfect for a sundowner cocktail. We didn't try the the 2 smaller restaurants as the main restaurant had an excellent choice of food from breakfast to lunch and into dinner, allways some different to choose from.we are big fans of Indian and Asian cuisine and even the head chef cooked us a special 5 cource meal, Which brings me to the waiting staff the really made our holiday special,special thanks to norbelyn for her special desserts,and to johnathon for all the little chats and joke,but in particular to Hussain you went out of his way every day to make things special,too many staff to mention all of them, but they all did a fantastic jobs.if it's 5 star luxury you after this island has it all As a note we stayed in number 33 bungalow and think it was probably one of the best situated accommodation Read less
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Nov 27, 2021 paridhid2017 Dwarka, India

Centra grand is a picturesque landscape! Providing best experience to a family/couple/friends.. there is something or the other irrespective which category you fall under. Starting from stay.. which is luxurious - for both beach villa and water villa… To food… to satiate Indian palatte including kids.. Kids club.. which provides amazing option… Read more
Centra grand is a picturesque landscape! Providing best experience to a family/couple/friends.. there is something or the other irrespective which category you fall under. Starting from stay.. which is luxurious - for both beach villa and water villa… To food… to satiate Indian palatte including kids.. Kids club.. which provides amazing option for kids up till 10-11years… it was a saviour For us by the way.. our child spend hours there… allowing us to indulge in adventure sport Adventure sport to picture perfect beaches/ places… Special thanks to Norbelyn… who ensured that our stay was comfortable from the moment we landed on island and our way back to home… it was a delight … thank u team Centara for providing us with best of the experience! Read less