Our first trip to the Maldives for our honeymoon and wedding anniversary, reminded the hotel upon arrival although I have informed them thru email a while back, over the phone the staff requested that I produce our wedding cert (why would I bring such a document with me on a holiday??!) so i went to the reception personally and found a bottle of sparkling wine and some apples & oranges in the room on the second day. Wasn't impresive at all. Rooms: We stayed in deluxe water villa 88, although I thought rooms 89, 90 & 91 would have been better. 89 & 90 is the last 2 villas at the end, 91 is facing the open sea more privacy and appears to be newer/had some work done more recently, our friends was staying in 91. The accommodations are in dire need of a makeover, the age is showing very obviously. Honestly, I was quite disappointed with the room upon walking in for the first time as everything looks so worn out and old. But after a while the sea & surroundings outside the villa kinda made up for it. Excursions: Highlight was the whale shark trip. Book early as it is very popular. We got pretty close, the moment the crews spotted the whale, we were asked to jump into the water immediately. Hesitate and you might just miss it, happened to a handful of people on our boat. Sunset cruise was nice although we didn’t see much sunset as it was cloudy, served with wine. Sunset fishing was also quite enjoyable; almost everyone on board caught something. I won’t recommend the local island tour, pretty waste of time to me. Snorkeling trip was just ok, managed to see much more just snorkeling around the resort. Food: Breakfast at the Reef was ok, lunch and dinner wasn’t so good. You can opt for teppanyaki lunch/dinner at The Reef, worth trying. Open for booking for the same day lunch/dinner. Only 10 spots available. I didn’t like it that if you’re having teppanyaki, you can’t even have some fruits from the buffet line. Thai fare at Lotus was good as well, there’s an almost different menu for lunch & dinner every day. I said almost because we were served the same soup for lunch and dinner on the same day. Didn’t really matter as it was nice. Italian restaurant Azzuri Mare only offers one fixed menu, but almost everything we had was good. We managed to dine there 3 times. Spa: The supposedly 30 mins inclusive daily massage is actually only 15 mins to be fair. But each time was very satisfying. Just wished they would’ve really been 30 mins as stated. Glad we booked our slots through email before arrival as it was pretty full. Staffs: Seriously only a handful of them came across as friendly and welcoming. The one that told me I can’t have anything from the buffet line because I was having teppanyaki didn’t deliver the message politely. He wasn’t entirely rude, but I felt it could have been in a much nicer approach. Watersports: Only available from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. We didn’t get to do much of that. Wished we stayed more than just 5 days. Don’t think we’ll stay in this resort again. Will want to try other resorts but will definitely visit Maldives again!
- 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:
- Centara Grand Island Hotel Centara Grand Island
- Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa
- Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives