Enjoyed a fabulous week on this lovely island (island = hotel, hotel = island; you can walk round it in 10 mins.). The food and facilities were excellent - it took me a while to get used to Moet for breakfast, but I got there in the end! The all-inc package brings you all food and drink, a very professional daily massage, snorkelling equipment, a banana boat ride, and access to sea kayaks and pedaloes - it's certainly not worth paying extra for the island club, which adds very little.
We stayed in one of the eight family beach villas, and having poked around the other accommodation (including the water villas), we felt we definitely had the best deal. As well as your beach frontage, the villa brings you your own quite substantial pool under the shade of a huge palm, beach and garden sun loungers, plus shaded outside table and chairs (we had to ask for an extra chair, which was rapidly forthcoming). Within the villa there are two bedrooms, one with a door, the other on a mezzanine with en suite, so plenty of privacy. There's a sitting area, spacious bathroom and a fabulous outdoor shower.
Any quibbles? The minibar could have been better stocked - just soft drinks and the odd beer, no wine or shorts, though all were freely available from the bars. They could have done more to bring older children and teenagers together. The kids club was occupied only by younger children. There was a well equipped games area, but it was jammed on a mezzanine under the roof without air con. In those temperatures, one game of table tennis was sufficient to drench you in your own sweat! No attempt was made to attract teenagers so that they would meet each other eg. some sort of introductory event. Our teenager was very disappointed by this.
One thing which could have been much more than a quibble was a night-time fire towards the end of our week. We weren't alerted - although we were on a different part of the island, we felt we should have been - so did not witness anything first hand, but other guests were critical of the speed which it was dealt with (it seems some of the firefighting equipment did not work, and may not have been regularly checked; a team and equipment had to be brought from other islands). Certainly the fire did a fair amount of damage to the administration block (visible the next day) and closed one of the restaurants, and wi-fi and more basic comms (eg. telephone to reception) were down for the rest of the week we were there, and maybe beyond. Could have been nasty.
But the bottom line? We felt we had a really superb week at Centara.
- 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 Resort And Spa
- Centara Grand Island Hotel Centara Grand Island
- Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives