Stayed here for 10 nights in March for our honeymoon spending 5 nights in a water villa and 5 nights in a beachside pool villa. We upgraded to Island Club when we arrived.
The resort (when we were there) was around 90% Asian. This was not a problem for us but there were not many other English speaking guests/kids if you are travelling with family.
The water villa was lovely, being able to go straight into the sea to snorkel was excellent. Every night the boy looking after our room came to ask whether we wanted our towels replaced. Our villa was fairly private. Others weren't so worth asking when you check in.
The beachside villa was gorgeous, ideal for families given the small 'dipping' pool and the 'protected' beach area. There was a turn down service every night. The second bedroom is downstairs so ideal if you have kids.
Yes, both rooms could have done with a tiny bit of sprucing up but this resort is open to the elements so this is to be expected.
The mini bars were restocked every day. The management need to review the contents - only 4 beers and a handful of juices were provided (no good for us as I don't drink beer!). One or two small wines being included would have been good, especially as we like to sit outside before dinner with a wine. Sounds ridiculous but this was the reason I can't rate the experience 5*.
We found wifi to be available throughout the resort without issue.
The spa was wonderful and we used our free daily treatment every day. We booked as soon as we arrived, suggest others do so as it certainly got busy. You are always asked whether the treatment pressure is too hard/soft, so speak up rather than go through pain!
There is one buffet style restaurant plus an Italian and a Thai restaurant. The food was superb, even in the main buffet restaurant. Service was possibly a bit slower in the main restaurant than you'd want but other than that, I can't fault it.
Upgrading to Island Club topped off the holiday. The food and service here was 5*. There are more 'branded' alcoholic drinks on the menu and a better selection of wines and having access to the 'private' pool area was bliss. For our first 7 nights there was only ourselves and one other couple using it. We noticed when we were leaving that the Island Club dining options were being opened to other guests for a per person cost. Might have been because it was fairly quiet. Another plus point of Island Club is they can book the restaurants etc., for you meaning you don't have to queue.
The daily trips were good but very busy. Again, book in advance.
There are two small shops on the Island selling souvenirs etc. There is also a small gym.
The reef around the island was fantastic. We saw lots of fish, manta, sharks etc. The island itself is tiny.
Would we return? Definitely, assuming we could afford Island Club again, that definitely made the holiday!
PS. Be aware of your return trip (albeit this isn't the hotels fault). We were booked on the first seaplane out of the resort, this was late leaving and made two pick ups en route to Male. This meant we were late getting to Male airport and the service at the airport (Sri Lankan Airlines) was abysmal. We made our flight with literally minutes to go. Worth double checking all times etc. It's worth noting on the way out, our flight from Male was also delayed for two hours whilst we waited on another international flight landing. Reading other reviews, it seems this is pretty common
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by a stunning house reef that is a kaleidoscope of colour for snorkellers, and distinctive with its timbered walkways and colonial-style buildings, the five-star Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is a barefoot paradise. With the Ultimate All-Inclusive concept, your stay is absolutely carefree meaning that all meals, spa treatments, activities and water sports, daily excursions, and even diving are all included. Weatherboard villas, thatched-roof buildings, a white-sand beach and sparkling lagoon are the setting for your honeymoon or fun-filled family holiday. Villas and beach suites are generously-sized (86-159 square metres); the over-water villas enjoy their own sundeck with steps down to the multihued coral reefs. Special villas for families have bunk beds in a children’s area, and you can also enjoy the option of an overwater villa with plunge pool. When it comes to dining, all your meals – and more – are included. Sumptuous champagne breakfasts are available at Reef Restaurant, lunches and dinners are to be enjoyed at the Azurri Mare Italian Restaurant, the Suan Bua Thai restaurant or Reef Restaurant. There are two bars on the island. Voted as Maldives’ most family-friendly resort two years in succession, the island has the ideal family itinerary: activities at the age-specific kids’ clubs, water activities like banana boat and tube rides, water sports, and pool games by thea children’s pool. Anyone in need of some deep relaxation can enjoy the daily spa treatments at Spa Cenvaree, yoga sessions, or simply laze beachside. Beside water sports and one of the best PADI dive centres in the Maldives, the resort’s 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, and surgeonfish. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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