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Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa, South Ari Atoll

Last Visited By Jo, Founder

Tropic Breeze Rating:4.0

  • Especially Romantic
  • Allows Children
  • Luxury resort
  • Gourmet food
  • Pool
  • Diving / Watersports
  • Spa

Our opinion»

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From £2,500 per person     From £3,000 per person
in low season                        in high season
Based on 7 nights all-inclusive, inc. flights and transfers. * 
Surrounded by the tranquil ocean of the South Ari Atoll, Centara Grand is a secluded island resort providing spacious villas and suites that blend naturally in the with scenic setting. This all-inclusive resort offers a wide range of activities and facilities to make for the perfect hideaway. There are plenty of opportunities for guests to discover more about the Maldives and the life beneath the ocean – including the house reef and a shipwreck dive, both in reach of the island.
Boasting 112 weatherboard villas connected by timber walkways, Cantara Grand makes for a spacious getaway location with some residencies reaching up to 159 square foot. Beachfront suites are perfect for families, featuring a mezzanine level and the option for a private plunge pool. Some villas are also adapted for family use, featuring bunk beds in a children’s area along with child locks to ensure safety. Couples, honeymooners and adult parties are also well accommodated for with all residencies boasting the option for an upgrade to Club category which provides access to the Club Lounge. All pool villas enjoy the luxury of their own villa host to assist travellers throughout their stay.

The Centara Grand has seven restaurants, each part of the all-inclusive experience. From champagne breakfasts served at Reef to the authentic Thai Cuisine served in Suan Bua, there is something for everyone, not to mention the 24 hour in-villa dining, which enables guests to enjoy Thai delicacies in the comfort of their own rooms. For those looking for a refreshment, the Coral Bar and Lounge and The Club both offer extensive and indulgent treats. The Coral Bar and Lounge is one of the most entertaining in the Maldives, offering sophisticated afternoon teas and ice creams for the kids and a luxurious range of cocktails for the adults. The Club is an exclusive location that provides an intimate retreat serving a la carte breakfast, light lunches and exquisite five-course meals along with refreshments and premium spirits and wines.

There are plenty of experiences on offer to both young and old. For the young ones, Camp Safari and E-Zone, along with banana boat rides and other water sports, are all included. Meanwhile adults can unwind during daily spa treatments and enjoy dives guided by the resorts own PADI Best Dives experts.


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Last Visited By Jo, Founder

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Children: Children are welcome all year round. The resort runs a kid's club with Camp Safari and eZone. Babysitting is also available upon request.

Location: The Centara Grand is located on South Ari Atill in the Maldives.

Airport Transfers: The Centara Grand is reached by a 25-minute seaplane transfer from Male. 

Complimentary Activies: 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. Windsurfing lessons and equipment, non-motorised water sports, motorised activities including banana boat and tubes rides, snorkelling equipment and guests can now choose to take 3 dives per week or receive credit for spa treatments. Tennis programmes and use of the fitness facilities with programmes designed by the resorts personal trainer are also included.

Facilities: Infinity swimming pool, children's pool, overwater fitness centre, badminton and volleyball facilities, PADI diving centre, motorised and non-motorised water sports, kids club with camp safari and eZone, babysitting services, WiFi, medical services and resident doctor, laundry and foreign currency exchange. 

Spa: 9 multi-function therapy rooms, ocean view Thai massage cabana, wet treatment room with jacuzzi and herbal steam, outdoor relaxation lounges plus male and female changing areas equipped with steam rooms, plunge pools and relaxation areas.

Dining: 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. Opening Hours: 07:00 - 10:30 /12:00 - 14:30 / 19:00 - 22:00 hrs.

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 spot. Advance reservation is required for dinner. Opening Hours: 12:00 - 14:30 / 19:00 - 22:00 hrs.

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. Opening Hours: 12:00 - 14:30 / 19:00 - 22:00 hrs.

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. Opening Hours: 09:00 - 24:00 hrs.

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. Opening Hours: 09:00 - 24:00 hrs.

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 for our Club guests, 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 for guests staying in a Sunset Ocean Pool Villa or at a supplement. Opening Hours: 07:00 - 23:00 hrs.

Sometimes it’s just easier to stay in the lap of luxury and have dinner brought to you. Dine on Thai delicacies or a choice of international dishes in the comfort of your own beach suite or villa, available any time of the day or night. Opening Hours: 24 hrs.

Accommodation: All accommodation categories have the option of an upgrade to Club category, which includes access to the Club Lounge, while those staying in the pool villas will enjoy the luxury of having their own villa host to assist with any requirements during their stay. In-villa facilities include flat-screen TVs with international channels and in-room movies, DVD player, IDD telephone line, individually controlled air-conditioning, ceiling fan, tea and coffee making facilities, in-room safe and a hairdryer.

Beach Suite: Beach Suites offer prime island living, where you can enjoy a spacious area of 87 square metres with a relaxing living room, a king bedroom on the mezzanine level, and an expansive bathroom with an outdoor shower. Light and airy with warm colours and inviting décor, the Beach Suites comfortably accommodate families of up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. 

Deluxe Water Villa: Set on the northern side of the island, the Deluxe Water Villas are spacious in size with a living area of 86 square metres, a soothing décor of white with splashes of colour, and rattan and hardwood furnishings. The villas, each with a king-size bed, sleep 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child in comfort; and the bathroom features a shower and a bathtub with ocean views.

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 with bunk beds and PlayStation video games, and secured access to the terrace for safety of the little ones. These spacious retreats on the southern side of the island can accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children in comfort, and feature a king bedroom and a large bathroom with shower and Jacuzzi or free-standing bathtub.

Ocean Water Villa: Designed for lagoon living, each villa has an ample terrace for lounging and basking in the sun, a sea-gazing bedroom, and steps that lead directly into the shimmering lagoon. Abundant space is provided, with 110 square metres of total living area, including an outdoor terrace where our chefs can arrange a private dinner, and a spacious bedroom with high ceilings and dominated by soothing whites and rattan and hardwood furnishings. Perfect as idyllic villa hideaways, the Ocean Water Villas also accommodate families with a king bedroom sleeping up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child, and an airy bathroom with shower and freestanding bathtub.

One Bedroom Luxury Beachfront 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 its own plunge pool and terrace perfect for lazy days. Soft woods and white hues throughout the living area and the king bedroom on the mezzanine level create an inviting and relaxing environment. Ideal for couples and honeymooners, these retreats are designed for two adults and feature an airy bathroom with shower and indoor and outdoor bathtub. You will also enjoy complimentary wireless internet access and free minibar items.

Two Bedroom Luxury Beachfront 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 up to three children. Each Luxury Beachfront Pool Villa Two-Bedroom is a tranquil retreat, a stone’s throw away from the shimmering lagoon and with its own plunge pool on the terrace for cool dips. The spacious interiors accommodate up to 4 adults, 3 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 3 children, featuring a relaxing lounging area, two bedrooms with the king master bedroom on the open mezzanine floor and the smaller bedroom with twin beds on the ground floor. The spacious downstairs bathroom has both separate bathtub and shower. You will also enjoy complimentary wireless internet access and free minibar items.

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 boast sublime sunset views and feature an ample terrace for lounging and basking in the sun, a sea-gazing bedroom, and abundant living space of 110 square metres. These idyllic villa hideaways also accommodate families and 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child, and feature a king bedroom and an airy bathroom with shower and freestanding bathtub. Club benefits, access to the exclusive facilities and dining options of the Club Lounge and wireless internet access are included in your stay.

* Price given as a guide only. Departure date, exchange rate, flight class, board basis and room type can affect prices considerably.


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