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. 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 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. 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.

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Sep 16, 2019 kyk4 Singapore, Singapore

Centara made our holiday perfect and amazing: Food - 3 restaurants to choose, Italian, Thai &international buffet. My favorite dish was super tasty local chicken curry from Reef, which went very well eating with bread. Highly recommend to pre-book lunch/dinner if you like to have meal at Italian and Thai restaurant. Transportation - Understood… Read more
Centara made our holiday perfect and amazing: Food - 3 restaurants to choose, Italian, Thai &international buffet. My favorite dish was super tasty local chicken curry from Reef, which went very well eating with bread. Highly recommend to pre-book lunch/dinner if you like to have meal at Italian and Thai restaurant. Transportation - Understood that the arrangement was done by third party, however, it was our first encounter that we were able to be confirmed about the exact flight schedule/plan, only a night earlier before we plan to leave. It's kind of strange and a bit of uncertainty of the details beforehand. Example, we were informed to return by domestic flight (instead of seaplane) and aware only the night before we checked-out. Anyway, everything went well in the end and the coordination was entirely handled by resort staffs. Room - We split our stays half each in beach villa & ocean villa. Both was very good. If you prefer more beach area, nice sand and nearer to action place/restaurants, beach villa is a better option. If you like to watch the fish and sky directly from room, ocean villa is the superb place. Staffs - Most of them were amazing, very friendly and professional. They are the greatest asset of Centara resort. Special mentioned & appreciated very much to the help of Ms Lark from customer service & Adil from best dives team, who had genuinely been taking care for our needs with true passion. Recommendation - Cost of spa treatment & water activities to be improved. If comparing with other similar travel destination, the price was really at high side. Read less
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Sep 15, 2019 nikstar227 suffolk

This was our 6th visit to this beautiful island, We are a family of 4 and stayed at this amazing island for 17 nights in a 2 bedroom pool villa number 2 which we requested before we arrived. After our seaplane transfer we were met at Centara by people who we now regard as our friends and taken directly to our room where we found our beds… Read more
This was our 6th visit to this beautiful island, We are a family of 4 and stayed at this amazing island for 17 nights in a 2 bedroom pool villa number 2 which we requested before we arrived. After our seaplane transfer we were met at Centara by people who we now regard as our friends and taken directly to our room where we found our beds decorated such a lovely touch. The staff new and old make this island the perfect place to spend your holiday always greeting you with a smile and nothing is too much trouble. Senthil, Masood, Sari and Jasmine in the Island Club looked after our every need and went way above our expectations organising special treats and surprises for us all. The Food on the island is incredible from 7 course dinners in the club, tasty Thai food in Suan Boa and pizzas and pastas at Azuri Mare overlooking the stunning blue waters. Shane and his amazing team of chefs will cater to your every need and you will never go hungry! We normally go at the beginning of July but this year we went in August to celebrate our daughters 12th Birthday and what a birthday Alice had, one she is still talking about. Senthil and his team arranged a birthday party, sadly due to the weather this was held inside but we felt this made it extra special with a band, cake and a menu of our choice. Huhthu and Joseph organise the trips and entertainment Including the children’s much loved crab racing which they are recruited to help find the crabs, they both do an amazing job. Thomas finally got to see the whale shark and it’s all thanks to the water sports team who looked after him on his many snorkel trips. Riaan the general manager and his wonderful team know how to look after guests. We already have the holiday blues and organising our 7th trip, this is truly our favourite place, see you all in 2020. Read less
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Sep 15, 2019 meenakshikhanna New Delhi, India

My Husband and I selected Centara Grand for our first Maldivian Holiday after an intense research-- and CENTARA GRAND surpassed our expectations !!!WOW what hospitality and guest relations!!! They make you feel at home and make sure your every need is met. Their concept of all inclusive is amazing- everything is taken care of- snorkelling… Read more
My Husband and I selected Centara Grand for our first Maldivian Holiday after an intense research-- and CENTARA GRAND surpassed our expectations !!!WOW what hospitality and guest relations!!! They make you feel at home and make sure your every need is met. Their concept of all inclusive is amazing- everything is taken care of- snorkelling equipments, training, water sports, etc. The housekeeping staff is extremely efficient- doing their work with out disturbing the guests. Room for night is made efficiently, with water bottles filled up and kept on bedside-very thoughtful! from arrival till departure , everyone looks after you- at the bar, restaurants,Water sports centre Spa is great- very well trained staff!! Great house reef around with variety of fishes and marine life including baby sharks,barracudas, sting rays,eagle rays etc. Beautiful ,well detailed,spacious villas.We stayed at beach villa and then ocean water villa. Beach villas have so much privacy and volume. Ocean villa interiors is stunning and elegant. The ocean villa 52 has house reefs next to the steps leading to ocean- loved snorkelling without any fear. Thank you Centara for a memorable vacation -- a part of us is left behind with you-- thank you Shekhar,Alok, Sallu, Satish,Roshan Deepak,Belle,-- and each and every one of staff of Centara Grand!! Read less
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Sep 13, 2019 Kirstyann15 Llanwrtyd Wells, United Kingdom

Centara was perfect. Not too big or small, great variety of activities and food, very thoughtful, courteous and helpful staff. A perfect little getaway with absolutely stunning reefs around for exploring.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 5* Honeymoon in paradise

Sep 10, 2019 John C Dublin, Ireland

We stayed in a Sunset Ocean Pool Villa for 9 nights as part of our honeymoon. The weather on arrival day wasn't great which led to a bit of hanging around and delays to our sea plane transfer. Completely out of everyones control we know. However, once we arrived at the hotel, we quickly forgot about that. The moment you arrive on the island you… Read more
We stayed in a Sunset Ocean Pool Villa for 9 nights as part of our honeymoon. The weather on arrival day wasn't great which led to a bit of hanging around and delays to our sea plane transfer. Completely out of everyones control we know. However, once we arrived at the hotel, we quickly forgot about that. The moment you arrive on the island you are greeted by lots of friendly faces. We were given a welcome drink and brought to our amazing villa. We had seen pictures before we went but none can do the setting and room justice. They had even left us a meal and bottle of Cava in the room as we had missed lunch that day. There is plenty to do on the island if you want. We went on the snorkelling and whale shark snorkelling (we managed to see one!) excursions. The guys at Best Dives were extremely helpful, friendly and knowledgeable on both excursions. We also used the kayaks and SUPs throughout the week, this was confined to a limited area but still good fun all the same. Some of the best snorkelling was at the very bottom of our steps off the villa, the amount of marine life has to be seen to be believed. We also did the tropical honeymoon spa package which was very relaxing. Jen and Patis looked after us and it was very enjoyable. We ate breakfast every morning in The Club, which was always excellent. Made to order omlettes, eggs, porridge, avocado toast and pancakes as well as many other local dishes. Coffees, teas, fresh juices and champagne were also available to order for breakfast. Not to mention a fresh tray of pastries. We alternated dinners between The Club and either the Italian or Thai every other night. Dinner in The Club consisted of a 5 course meal, however the courses were perfectly sized so never left you too stuffed by the end of the evening. Dinner here was always amazing from the food, to the drinks, to the designs on the tables by the staff. The Thai served some lovely fresh authentic dishes. The setting of the Italian was amazing, watching all the fish, ray and reef sharks swim by as you ate was certainly unique. The food in the Italian was excellent, pizzas, pastas and some lovely fish courses. The aqua bar was a great place to watch the sun going down or relax on their big couch beds. My wife needs gluten free food, which we had mentioned before we arrived. Staff at Centara were exceptional in dealing with this. The head chef Shane came to meet us at dinner one evening to assure us she'd be well looked after. Chef Kuma in The Club talked her through the buffer options at lunch every day and even made some of his speciality dishes for her for lunch (all of which were gorgeous). Every morning at breakfast freshly baked gluten free breads and muffins were brought to the table. Shane even made a fresh gluten free pizza dough for her one evening we ate in the Italian. A special thanks to Senthiel and all the wait staff at The Club, who couldnt do enough for us during our stay. Chefs Shane and Kuma who went above and beyond with their gluten free delights. And Ahu who kept our room spotless throughout the holiday. We definetly hope to return in the future! Read less