Centara Grand Maldives Resort & Spa
Surrounded by the blue ocean of the South Ari Atoll, and distinctive with its timbered walkways and colonial-style buildings, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is a barefoot paradise with a palm-fringed beach and shimmering lagoon that offers the perfect island holiday for everyone.
With 112 spacious villas set over-water, and suites blending harmoniously with the natural setting, the island has a wealth of activities and superb facilities that makes this an ideal hideaway for couples and honeymooners, or a fun-filled destination for families.
There are exceptional opportunities to discover the exotic life of Maldives underwater, with a house reef that is a kaleidoscope of colour for snorkellers, a shipwreck dive site just off the island, and easy access to some of the most famous dive sites in the world.
With our Ultimate All-Inclusive concept, your stay on our tropical island is absolutely carefree, with dining, rejuvenating, playing and exploring all included.
Our island is set within the South Ari Atoll, and can be accessed by seaplane from Male International Airport, or by a domestic flight from the airport to the domestic Maamigili Airport, followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride to the resort.
A world of exploration is at your doorstep, with our own house reef and, just off the reef, a dedicated sunken shipwreck. The resort is the first in the South Ari Atoll to be awarded Green Fins certification, a programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Reef-World Foundation that recognises environmentally responsible diving.
Weatherboard villas connected by timber walkways, thatched-roof buildings, a white-sand beach and sparkling lagoon are the setting for your stay on the island. The accommodation is spacious, with villa sizes up to 159 square metres, and the light interior décor with splashes of bright colour enhances the airy feeling and the comfort of the living areas. Outside your window, the lagoon is a calm blue that merges with the blue of the sky. You will find this the perfect place to dream the day away.
The option of suites and villas allows a choice that is most suitable for you, with beachfront suites having a mezzanine level and providing an attractive option for families, and the villa choice offering ideal accommodation for any need, and including the option of your own private plunge pool.
Set on stilts over crystal clear waters, the over-water villas enjoy their own sundeck with steps down to the multihued coral reefs, spacious living areas and stunning views. Special villas for families have bunk beds in a children"s area, ensuring that everyone has space and privacy, and childproof locks to the terrace.
Take a walk on the white sand beach just outside your Beach Suite, and enjoy the turquoise waters of the lagoon. Our Beach Suites offer prime island living, where you can enjoy a spacious area of 87 s ... read more
Deluxe Water Villa
Open the door to the endless horizon, unwind on your private sundeck, or enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the warm lagoon. Set on the northern side of the island, the Deluxe Water Villas are spacious ... read more
Deluxe Family Water Villa
These family-friendly over-water villas are designed for the special needs of those with young children. The villas offer 93 square metres of family space including a children"s sleeping area w ... read more
Ocean Water Villa
Take in sublime views from these newly refurbished villas set on the western end of the island. Designed for lagoon living, each villa has an ample terrace for lounging and basking in the sun, a sea-g ... read more
One Room Luxury Beach Front Pool Villa
With white sand fringed by crystal clear waters just outside your Luxury Beachfront Pool Villa, you can indulge in barefoot luxury and enjoy abundant living space in your 159-square-metre villa, with ... read more
Two Room Luxury Beach Front Pool Villa
With fresh interiors that blend harmoniously with the natural environment and their own beachfront, these expansive 159-square-metre pool villas are ideal for families travelling to the Maldives with ... read more
Sunset Ocean Pool Villa
Cool off in your own 12-square-metre plunge pool with views across the ocean or enjoy fantastic snorkelling, only a few steps down from your terrace. These villas on the western end side of the island ... read more
Services and Facilities
The Ultimate All-Inclusive programme provides activities for everyone, no matter what age and preference.
Voted as Maldives" most family-friendly resort two years in succession, the island has an ideal family itinerary that includes visits to Camp Safari and E-Zone for the youngsters, and exciting activities like banana boat and tube rides, water sports, beach games and activities at the pool, which includes a pool for the young ones.
Couples and anyone in need of some deep relaxation can enjoy the daily spa treatments that are included as part of your stay, and take part in other activities such as yoga sessions.
Outside of the Ultimate All-Inclusive programme are three great options. The Castaway BBQ Lunch on our private island, Bodu Finolhu, is a fun-filled day with beach games, snorkelling, lazy moments and a convivial lunch, while the more adventurous will love our Robinson Crusoe Experience, spending the day at leisure on an uninhabited island. For a really memorable experience we also provide a picnic on a sandbank lost in an azure sea.
Surrounded by warm, azure waters with extraordinary underwater visibility, beautiful coral formations and an exotic marine life, Maldives is one of the world"s top diving destinations. Our PADI Best Dives experts will provide everything that is needed for beginners, those with medium skills, and expert divers.
Our house reef and lagoon provide fascination for snorkellers, and just off the reef there is a dedicated shipwreck that offers easy diving and a close-up view of turtles and whale sharks, manta rays, parrotfish, anemone fish, and surgeonfish.
For a true feel of discovery and adventure, our Ultimate All-Inclusive experience includes a choice of half-day and full-day excursions. Each guest can enjoy all excursions once per stay, choosing from a snorkelling tour, sunset cruise, local island discovery tour to visit a Maldivian village on a nearby island, and sunset fishing.
Infinity swimming pool
Oceanfront Spa Cenvaree
Overwater fitness centre
Floodlit tennis court, with lessons included in your stay
PADI dive centre
Motorised and non-motorised water sports
Complimentary excursions including snorkelling tour, whale shark boat trip, sunset cruise, local island discovery and sunset fishing
Kids" Club with Camp Safari and E-Zone
Babysitting service available upon request
Complimentary wireless internet access
Airport transfers operated either by seaplane direct from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport or by speedboat via Maamigili Airport, in the South Ari Atoll (depending on your arrival time)
The Club offering a relaxation area and swimming pool in an exclusive setting, along with a host of additional privileges
Medical services and resident doctor
Foreign currency exchange
Extraordinary underwater visibility and exceptionally varied marine life mean that scuba diving does not come better than at the Maldives.
Our island has its own PADI dive centre, where our expert team will coach beginners or help the more experienced divers to hone their skills.
Diving trips are arranged to some of the best dive sites in the Maldives, where you will be able to explore vast reef formations, thrilling channels, undersea hills, coral-filled thilas and caves, and swim amongst a huge variety of colourful fish.
It is our aquatic mission to offer a varied range of water sports, and we have options for guests of all ages and preferences, with windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling, canoeing and pedal boats amongst the attractions.
Snorkelling is a wonderful and easy way to glimpse the varied life beneath the waves, and if you are unsure of venturing out on your own, our team will be happy to teach you.
Non-motorised water sports are included in the Ultimate All-Inclusive programme, while the motorised water sports and wakeboarding are provided at a supplement.
Ultimate All-Inclusive includes a number of off-island excursions, each of them bookable once per guest per stay.
Snorkelling tour is an easy way to become acquainted with marine life and is suitable for the whole family, youngsters included, who will be dazzled by the exotic and colourful species, ranging from parrotfish to turtles and manta rays.
Our traditional dhoni cruise through the calm and azure waters while the sun sets in a blaze of glory, and champagne and canapés are handed round to the voyagers, is not to be missed.
Your dhoni sets sail for a nearby island upon which villagers live in traditional style by fishing, and where you can buy handicrafts and clothing as a memento of your holiday.
Sunset fishing: Our traditional dhoni cruises out into the sunset for a spot of hand-line fishing. If you are lucky and catch your own fish, the resort kitchens will happily prepare it for your dinner.
Dolphins and whale sharks can be seen on our whale shark trip, and on some occasions it will be possible to swim alongside the gentle giants.
Set next to a lotus pond, and offering both indoor and al fresco seating, Suan Bua serves the tangy, spicy flavours of authentic home-style Thai cuisine. Our chefs recreate recipes from the four regions of Thailand with famous dishes like pad Thai, som tam and tom yum kung, and fresh fish and shellfish steamed, grilled or stir-fried and served with delicious sauces and dips. Vegetarian food is an important part of Thai cuisine, and creative vegetarian dishes are available.
Advance reservation is required for dinner.
Type of Cuisine: Home-style Thai cuisine
Next to the swimming pool and overlooking the beach, the Reef with its thatched roof is a classic island restaurant. Begin your day here with a champagne breakfast! Reef, along with breakfast, serves lunch and dinner with expansive and colourful buffets that feature dishes with Western and Asian influences. Live cooking stations and a teppanyaki table add to the conviviality. Dining options for vegetarians are also available.
Advance reservation is required for teppanyaki dining.
Type of Cuisine: International cuisine
The fresh catch of the day prepared Italian style, along with Italian signature dishes and flavour-filled pastas and pizzas are enjoyed at Azzuri Mare, with its dreamy views across the lagoon. Along with its ocean views the restaurant provides plenty of visual action with its open kitchen, and the a la carte menu and set menus feature vegetarian options. Couples and families alike will find Azzuri Mare an atmospheric and romantic spot.
Advance reservation is required for dinner.
Type of Cuisine: Italian and seafood
Take the short walk to Aqua, one the island"s best spots to lay back and admire spectacular ocean views and sunsets. Laze in comfort and tranquillity as you sip your favourite cocktail and enjoy light bites and snacks. Set overwater, opposite Azzuri Mare on the western side of the island, Aqua is perfect for pre-dinner cocktails or a nightcap. Sundowner parties are held daily.
Type of Cuisine: Cocktails, refreshments and snacks
Those longing for an extra touch of indulgence will enjoy dining in the exclusive setting and convenience of The Club. Designed as a secluded and intimate retreat, The Club serves a la carte breakfast, nutritionally balanced light lunches and five-course dinners with the option of a private, candlelit setting. Premium spirits and wines are served with our compliments throughout the day, along with refreshments and tea and coffee.
Club benefits and exclusive access to the Club Lounge are available at a supplement.
Type of Cuisine: International
Coral Bar and Lounge
Experience one of the most entertaining lounge bars in Maldives. Built on two storeys, with pool tables and games on the mezzanine level and a casual sand-floor setting on the ground floor, Coral Bar & Lounge is located just off the swimming pool deck.
Relax in style, indulge in our complimentary afternoon tea, or simply enjoy thirst-quenching drinks, wines, and cocktails at any time of the day or night. Kids will love our daily afternoon ice creams.
Type of Cuisine: Cocktails and refreshments
International cuisines can be served in the comfort and privacy of your suite or villa. In-villa dining is available on a 24-hour basis.
Opening Hours: 24 hrs.
Type of Cuisine: International cuisines
Relax like never before, indulge in sheer pampering and emerge rejuvenated at Spa Cenvaree, our oceanfront sanctuary for the senses.
Enjoy daily treats at the spa with the resort"s Ultimate All-Inclusive experience. Each adult guest receives daily credits of USD 100 to redeem for a choice of body scrubs, and massages including foot massage, Indian head massage, facial massage and upper back massage.
There are suites for singles and couples, along with an outdoor overwater venue dedicated to Thai massage, facilities for Vichy hydrotherapy and hot and cold plunge pools. Scheduled yoga sessions are available beachside and at the fitness centre.
Treatments inspired by Ayurvedic and Thailand"s well-being heritage and modern rejuvenation practices, along with couple spa journeys are available from a full spa menu.