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Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

My wife and I stayed here on honeymoon in August / September 2012.

We arrived on an extremely bad day as there was a torrential downpour. The seaplane transfer was quite smooth considering the circumstances. The boat ride into the island was not so smooth, but this could not be helped by the hotel staff.

Upon arrival we were shown to our rooms, and given a drink at the bar.

The beach room was superb, with an upstairs bedroom (with ensuite) and a downstairs living room with a second, larger bathroom.

The room was clean, and we were given champagne and an ice bucket in the room which was a really welcome touch.

The room also had a hammock outside which was very relaxing - it really is a picturesque place. The pictures shown really do not do the hotel any justice.

The food was very good, buffet was quite varied throughout the stay. The pizza restaurant in the reception added some good variety. Our favourite food was in the seafood restaurant though - the desserts there were fantastic. The regular All Inclusive cocktails left a bit to be desired, but the non-AI cocktails were not that expensive.

The dinner for 2 was decent, however in hindsight I would have probably skipped this as the quality of food was not as good as in the restaurants for some reason.

Managers cocktail night was also a highlight, with snorkelling and water sports keeping us entertained throughout the week.

We enjoyed the spa treatments which were good value for money.

Overall the staff were fantastic, and the resort was breathtaking.

Room Tip: Stick to the beach rooms - the ones near the reception are very good and a short walk from everything on the island. Also the sand on the beach around this area is a lot better with no shells / stones.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

What an amazing place. The staff really make this resort. They always greeted with smiles and were eager to help in any way. We stayed in a pool villa, which was great, but some parts of the room did show a bit of wear and tear. Every other aspect, however, made those few imperfections seem like nothing.

The food was great in all restaurants. My wife is a strict vegetarian and the chef in the main buffet was more than happy to prepare a meal to cater to her needs for every one of our five nights there at no extra charge.

The house reef was great for snorkeling. I saw a few jelly fish and many small reef sharks. It was an amazing experience in the water. The dive center is also a must - great service and friendly dive instructors.

We will definitely be staying here again!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank Rpat127
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Had a great honeymoon at Grand Centara end of July 2013. The accomidation was lovely. Stayed in a beach suite and loved it. The food was hard too fault and the service was 6star. Loved our stay. Had the best honeymoon treatment. If you want person experience and get spoilt this is the hotel to go to. The most beautiful place I've ever seen . Everything was perfect . A huge thanks to all the staff . The beverage selection was great. This hotel had the best whine selection if you love your red wines.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Huliwali
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

A very good place for those wanting to experience the Maldives with a younger family. Use the kids club for a few hours and go snorkelling yourselves. All inclusive was proper all inclusive with reasonable drinks - wines were OK after you'd sampled all of what was on offer. Cocktails lovely and lagers were fine. Food options were good. Nice Thai, Italian and Seafood was the most popular but with kids the classic buffet was frankly the best. They can then go to kids zone after they've hit the buffet. Spa was very good and a free 30 min session everyday. Boat trip also included everyday for our 7 days, but bad weather will stop this activity. The coral and fish is STUNNING at this place! Black and white reef tip sharks literally swimming at the bottom of your steps or beach. Snorkelling along the edge of the reef was brilliant with small reef sharks, an eagle ray and so many fish it felt like an aquarium! Also every day at 6 pm they do fish feeding a 5-6 very large rays come out and numerous sharks and a huge eel!

The service was good. They have a genuine interest in keeping kids happy, a lot of the staff get to know there names after a few days.

When we went (Monsoon) we had a few nice days and the rest rather windy and overcast. But that didn't bother us. Rooms are OK, not amazing and service is good but 4* not 5*. Overall the place is 4* but somehow it feels really good! Evening entertainment of the Maldivian drumming and the hermit crab race at brilliant.

We liked it and we'll go back.

Room Tip: We chose a 2 bedroom beach villa, but we will go for the family water deluxe when we come back!
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Jason B
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

This is our annual Maldives review for 2013 - Centara Grand

We are seasonal travellers to the Maldives, and travel with kids, so our priorities are slightly different than honeymooners. We look for a great diving experience, a good kids club, and a private yet comfortable stay. We have been to quite a few resorts, check my other reviews from past years if you are interested.

Let me start by saying that as far as Indian Ocean destinations are concerned, the Maldives are a class apart, both for diving and for its beauty, and it is simply very hard to get wrong with a holiday here. Having said that, like ANYWHERE in the world, you need to adjust your expectations towards what you pay for in your holiday. Centara Grand is a 4+ star resort. Is and excellent 4+ star, in that sense.

Overall Impression:
This is a detailed review, and if you are short of time (or patience), here are the summary of it: The Pros: Amazing staff, great kids club and facilities. Spacious and well kept rooms, excellent food service (specially at Lotus), good diving, good size island (not too big not too small). Well suited to both families and honeymooners (Island Club would be the perfect upgrade for the last one).
The Cons: a bit built up, reef is not the best we have seen (but not the worse – Lux Maldives, 5 star, has NO house reef at all, mind you) and some places would benefit from updating.

Detailed Review:

ISLAND:
The island is clean, beautiful and well kept. A bit built up for our taste, with beach bungalows being semi-detached and build very close to each other. Beach areas are, in our opinion, not spectacular, with sand bags and other construction debris, and water villas far too much on the view. The reef is not easily accessible from the beach (like in some other islands), but you have a good access to it if you are on water villas or from the dive center..
The island is not big, and everything is easily reached within 5-10 min walk through pleasantly kept pathways and gardens.

POOL AREAS
There are two distinctive pool areas, both were pristine, very well kept, and very good fun. Both pools are by ocean side (infinity edge) and by a fully equipped bar/restaurant. The main pool is open to all hotel guests, whereas the second pool is reserved to “Island Club” members only (kind of ‘upgrade’ on your all inclusive package).

ISLAND CLUB:
Island club seems to be an ‘upgrade’ package from your All Inclusive, whereby you have access to unlimited to some extra beverages (fresh fruit juice and fine wines), unlimited laundry service, and access to the exclusive island club pool located by the deluxe water villas. Worth checking the hotel website for updates as the contents of ‘IC” package may vary with time. (apparently unlimited diving was once part of it, but not anymore).

DIVING:
There is a good diving centre at Centara (Best Dives Maldives), well trained and extremely helpful staff, the diving centre is not overcrowded, allowing for a very good, almost exclusive experience suitable to both advanced and beginners diving sessions. Diving excursions go twice a day (mornings at 8.30am and afternoons at 2.30pm) but you are welcome to dive at your own leisure on the house reef and the FANTASTIC boat wreck literally just outside the diving centre. They provide PADI certification courses from 9yrs old up to Rescue Diver (for Divemaster courses contact the center directly). Obviously, courses and dives are charged independently, as well as gear rental. Snorkel, masks and fins are provided free of charge, any other gear scuba comes with rental price.
Suggestion: the boat wreck is a must see for scuba divers (20m deep). Many resorts bring their scuba diver guests here to check it out.
Water sports/sports: A good range of sports activities catered for, from a tennis court, beach volleyball and water sports (windsurfing, kayaking, banana boat etc…).
SPA: The all inclusive plan has a 30’ complimentary daily (YES, DAILY) massage to all guests, so the spa is very busy, but you can pre book your sessions well in advance at the beginning of your stay (recommended). The staffis almost entirely Balinese or Thai, which invariably means the massage treatments are impeccable. The spa could benefit, in my view, of a redecoration, rooms and changing rooms are below the standards for the maldives’ standards.

ROOMS:
Centara has a wider than average selection of rooms, which makes the whole thing a bit confusing, in my view. There are 3 types of water villas: Sunset, Deluxe and family water villas; and two types of beach villas: pool and non-pool beach villas.

The Sunset water villas are located on the far west of the island, and have, as the name says, a great view of the sunset (in fact, in this island, is one of the FEW places whereby you can get a proper sunset view). The Deluxe water villas are located by the edge of the “Island Club’ pool and restaurant, they are slightly bigger and more spacious, and are suitable to a more ‘private’ experience.

The family water villas are located on the east side of the island, and are very spacious, two bedroom (or more like a one big bedroom with a partition in the middle) suitable for families with kids, whichever age (water edge is cleverly protected by a closable fence).
Pool beach villas: spacious, with a nice little private pool in the back. The beach area, however, is spoilt by the numerous sand bags placed at the edge of the reef to protect from sand erosion, giving the whole thing a look of an army training camp. (Tip to the management: we have seen sand protection cleverly disguised with rocks, giving the whole thing a much MUCH more pleasant look).

Beach villas: divided both on north and south side of the island. South side (19-46) has a smaller beach area, but villas are closer to the water edge, have more vegetation (for shadow and privacy) and a better reef to swim. North side (99-112) has a bigger stretch of sand between the villas and the ocean, but virtually no vegetation or shadow (you seldom see people lying on the beach here for long).

Beach villas (we stayed in those) are well spacious, two storey high (mezzanine) and a very big bathroom with two shower areas (inside and outside) and a very big round bath outside. Rooms have two sets of flat screen tvs and dvs, powerful aircon and minibar, albeit the mini bar selection being very poor (understandably in an all inclusive, but still, disappointing). Rooms were well cleaned twice a day.

Room small disappointment: Beach villas have very small windows, so you can’t really see the beach or the ocean from your bed… (I know, a bit picky, but this is part of the maldivien experience…)
Room Tip: the resort website has good pictures of all choices.

WEATHER:
We travelled in August, the wet season, and yes, you DO get the wind and the rain, and NO, it is no fun at all, hence LOW season. This season has been very rainy, and sometimes it rains for 10-15 days IN A ROLL. So if you stayed 7 days or less, the weather may have been a bit of a gamble. Otherwise, if you stayed longer, you most likely got enough of the sun to call it a day. If you have the flexibility to travel later in the year (October till May) you will be WAY better of as far the weather gamble is concerned. You have been warned… kkkk

SERVICE
The service is what makes Centara unique. Everyone was outstanding, and to be honest, in the Maldives where service is normally exceptional, to be ‘outstanding’ is a HUGE thing. Staff knew us and our children by name, our favourite drinks, where we liked to sit at dinner. All done in a non invasive, always polite, manner with a massive smile on their faces. I’ve heard a guest talking to the manager and decided to copy here: ‘At Centara the default answer is YES’. That attitude really made our holiday special.

GETTING THERE
Flights to Male are mostly painless these days (we remember the days we needed two stop overs and a overnight boat ride to get here). The seaplane ride is quick and easy, but maybe not to the faint at heart: it’s a small aircraft, and could be a bumpy ride in the rainy season. A lot of people with kids do it, though, just in case you are wondering.

FOOD
As far as dining/drinking experience, the all inclusive of Centara is faultless. Breakfast is served from 7am till 10.30am, lunch from 12 noon until 2.30pm, and dinner from 7pm till 10.30pm. Complimentary high tea (with small sandwiches, biscuits, tarts and all the trimmings) is served from 3pm till 4.30. It is simply IMPOSSIBLE to go hungry here, in fact, watch out if you worry about your weight!

There are three restaurants and three main bar areas at Centara:

- Reef Restaurant, located by the main pool area, impeccable service and a great variety of buffet dinner and lunch (themes vary daily), with the addition of a excellent Teppanyaki area (booking required) where you can get a true Japanese teppan experience both on lunch and dinner everyday.

- Azzure Mare: Italian cuisine, with excellent sea food and past dishes, served by the water edge by the main reception and close to deluxe sunset water villas.

- Lotus, simply incredible Thai food restaurant located in the middle of the island, with all ingredients, chef and team coming from Thailand just for your pleasure. Menus change daily, and we highly recommend it if you are a Thai food fan.

DRINKS
The selection of beverage on the all inclusive plan is, in my opinion, more than sufficient. You have a wide selection of world wines and sparkling wines available all day, cocktails and beers. My only sadness is to see that fresh coconut water (from trees growing in the island itself) are chargeable, as well as fresh fruit juices, despite the wide availability of fruits on the buffet daily.

HONEYMOON X FAMILY HOLIDAY
Centara caters very well for both groups. I would recommend the deluxe water villas and Island Club upgrade for honeymooners that would like a bit more privacy.

TIPS IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING WITH KIDS
- Kids club was a HIT with our kids (6 and 7 years old). Wide range of games, video games, toys and a great daily program.

- Rooms have dvd players, and the hotel is well stocked with kids dvds.

- If your kid is a real fussy eater, NO WORRIES. Every restaurant at Centara has a special kids menu with the usual fish and chips, grilled chicken, spaghetti bolognaise that can be ordered both at lunch time and dinner. If still you need something special, just say it. The staff simply ADORE kids, and they will get out of their way to help you.

- Take enough nappies and wipes to last your entire trip, the shop at hotel did not have a wide selection of things ‘baby’.

- The rooms have a HUGE bathtub, it may be useful to get an inflatable bath from your baby shop at home if your toddler is really small…

INCIDENTS AND NOTE TO TRAVELLERS:
On the 20th of August 13 there was a fire at Centara. It did not affect any guest rooms or communal areas, but it burned down most of the offices area and some staff residences. It was a scary experience, but the staff and guests alike dealt with it very well, and there were no injuries of any kind. Having said that, the wireless and phone systems at Centara have been disrupted, so you may experience problems if you are travelling shortly after this review is posted.

SPECIAL STAFF THANKS:
To Anne at the kids club, for making our kids NEVER wanting to leave home…
To Shan and all the incredible staff at Lotus Restaurant: for the best Thai experience we ever had,
To all the staff at the diving centre for being so flexible to our (many) needs,
To Max and Kris and the management for coping well with difficult situations and putting the guests first.

Room Tip: check their website for pictures of the MANY different types of rooms...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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21  Thank Tatatraveller
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Machchafushi, General Manager at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2013

Dear Reviewer

Thank you very much for the detailed review following your recent stay with us.

We are very pleased that you enjoyed our resort and rate it so highly. I am happy to pass on the compliments to my team for their outstanding work.

We are pleased to confirm that telephones, TV channels and wifi are fully operational.

We are looking forward to welcome you back soon again.

Best regards

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