Note: We were given a complimentary stay at this resort
Centara Grand Island Resort Maldives is a true paradise for families looking for that unforgettable ocean getaway. As soon as we set foot on the scenic jetty we knew we had found a unique property. The sparkling clear turquoise waters were impressive, even by Maldives standards, and the welcoming team made us feel instantly at home. We stayed in the Two Bedroom Beach Villa with Private Pool which incorporated separate rooms and bathrooms for the children and parents as well as a comfortable lounge area, large outdoor deck, and refreshing pool. We were set right in the sand with spectacular views and just steps to the crystal clear ocean. The water was calm and inviting, suitable for young swimmers and great for families to enjoy together.
Activities were endless at Centara Grand Maldives, so whether you’re looking to relax poolside or dive and snorkel with majestic marine life the team are on hand to make all the arrangements. We loved the semi-submarine where we spotted a huge array of tropical fish and even the resident turtle. Centara boasts an abundant house reef which can’t be missed and we loved spotting the many species that call the island home. Our son learned to snorkel during our stay and swam beside one of the biggest turtles we’ve ever seen. The five star resort also offers expert diving courses for 8 years old and up with fun sessions specifically for beginner children. Being located in the South Ari Atoll means the resort is in a marine protected area known as SAMPA, the world’s most unique and significant sites for whale sharks. Centara organises boat trips with their knowledgeable dive team to well known sites where you have the chance to see and swim with these incredible creatures. A bucket list experience for the whole family.
If you’re looking to relax and unwind, drop the children off at the fully staffed kids club and indulge in a couples massage at the world class spa. The Kids Club crew kept our little ones busy with a plethora of exciting activities from t-shirt painting and cupcakes decoration to fun games indoors and outdoors with their new friends. We recommend watching the sunset while enjoying a cocktail or mocktail crafting session and don’t miss the captivating fish feeding where you’ll encounter a large number of reef sharks and stingrays each evening.
Dining options were a big highlight throughout our stay from mouthwatering seafood and Italian fare at Azzuri Mare to a decadent lobster dinner at The Club. If you’re craving authentic Thai fare check out Suan Bua or book a cooking session so you can learn from the talented chef. Our most unforgettable evening was the private movie night under the stars where we enjoyed a gourmet dinner in the sand. Upgrade your experience and enjoy exclusive access to The Club. The luxurious space boasts a tranquil private pool and beach and decadent a day a la carte dining.
Not only did we love all the five star facilities, amazing beaches and fun filled activities but we felt right at home because of the amazing staff and crew at Centara Grand Maldives. Everyone from the chefs and waitstaff to bartenders, housekeeping, and managers went out of their way to acquaint our family, care for our children, and ensure guests feel like they’re holidaying in a home away from home. Highly recommended by every member of our family for a Maldives adventure.
No trip to the Maldives is complete without an epic seaplane ride and Trans Maldivian Airways offers the best service in the islands. Centara Grand Island Resort is accessible by a seaplane journey from Male where the friendly and welcoming Trans Maldivian Airways pilots and staff will ensure you have a safe and memorable journey. TMA as the World’s Largest Seaplane Operator with a fleet of 62 DHC-6 Twin Otters, flying to over 90 resorts in the Maldives. Our children are enthralled by every water take off and landing. You don’t get more island vibes than arriving at your resort in the comfort of a seaplane. Thanks to Trans Maldivian Airways for always giving us the best views from above.