Laid back luxury, epic amenities, stunning surroundings, and one of the Maldives’ best house reefs
- Incredible scuba diving with whale sharks, mantas, and more
- Flexible options ranging from B&B and to all-inclusive experiences
- Rustic and unfussy atmosphere with a focus on nature
- One of the Maldives’ best house reefs, with its own shipwreck
Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa offers one of South Ari Atoll's most impressive private island experiences, with a laid back toes-in-the-sand atmosphere and five-star facilities for the whole family. Snorkel and scuba dive alongside whale sharks, discover one of the Maldives’ best shipwrecks, or earn your PADI certification on the island's house reef. You’ll feel perfectly relaxed with spacious colonial-style villas and suites, easy to explore paths and walkways, and a backdrop of sea and sand. Plus, with optional all-inclusive packages, you can feel free to enjoy spa and yoga sessions, inspired global cuisine, watersports offerings, and all day entertainment for kids and teens, without a second thought.
About Centara Grand
Part of the prestigious family of Centara Hotels and Resorts, Centara Grand offers a laid back and unfussy beach atmosphere, loaded with five-star luxuries. Explore the secluded powder-white beaches and one of the Maldives’ most impressive house reefs, complete with a sunken ship. Whether you're swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, or taking on high-adrenaline watersports, this is without a doubt one of the island's most stunning features. Spoil yourself with spacious and well-appointed villas and suites, fine dining, pampering spa services, and idyllic natural surroundings with white sand, swaying palms, and a sparkling blue lagoon waiting to be explored.
South Ari Atoll is a diver's dream, with remarkable underwater landscapes and sites known for close encounters with marine megafauna like whale sharks. Plus, excellent conditions for snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and wind sports. Guests at Centara Grand can take part in exciting daily activities and excursions, including sports and games, island hopping, and guided tours throughout the atoll, all free of charge. Centara Grand was also voted as the Maldives’ most family-friendly resort two years in succession, and boasts some of the region's best facilities for children and young adults.
Explore the resort
Centara Grand blends traditional Maldivian design and rustic ambience with the surrounding nature, offering a luxurious yet unpretentious atmosphere. This resort features some of South Ari Atoll's most spacious villas and suites, with stylish interiors and ample room for everyone. Make the most of your time in this ocean paradise and try your hand at a range of watersports including snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and guided activities for kids and teens. The adventure continues above water with sparkling white sand beaches, yoga and gym sessions, and a massive pool with areas for kids and adults.
This resort's signature experience includes sumptuous buffet spreads, chef-prepared meals in four restaurants, unique offerings for kids, and little extras like champagne brunches and sundowner parties. Your island getaway also includes pampering massage and wellness services and access to luxurious overwater facilities at the SPA Cenvaree. Other exciting perks include separate kids and teens entertainment areas, nightly events including games, DJs, and live music, and complimentary excursions like snorkelling, dhoni sailing, and island hopping. Attractive all-inclusive, half-board, and B&B packages make it easy to decide exactly how much or little of each luxurious offering you add to your stay.
Diving at Centara Grand
Centara Grand's partner dive centre, Best Dives Maldives, proudly offers a variety of PADI courses for kids and adults as well as guided scuba diving experiences on the island's stunning house reef. One of the best in the Maldives, this incredible underwater environment features kilometres of coral, and one of the region's loveliest wrecks. They also organise day trips in South Ari Atoll, with a focus on the region's most famous residents - whale sharks. Divers of every experience level will enjoy this shop's well-maintained rental equipment, spacious and comfortable dive dhonis, and highly professional international team.
South Ari Atoll is one of the Maldives’ most exciting diving destinations, known for encounters with whale sharks, and plenty of big fish action at famous sites like Broken Rock and Kuda Rah Thila. The region is perfect for both beginners and more experienced divers, with drift diving, cleaning stations, and channels and thilas home to exciting marine life. Divers can also explore the Machchafushi wreck, an elaborate artificial reef playing host to impressive coral cover and cool macro creatures, found just a few fin kicks from the shore.
- This resort has some of the atoll's best facilities for teens and young adults, plus a fun all-day kid's club.
- Take a scheduled day trip in search of South Ari Atoll's most famous residents - whale sharks.
- Keep your camera closeby during seaplane transfers - you'll be flying low over stunning tropical scenery!
- Plan at least one dry day for indulging in the SPA Cenvaree's calming therapies and lush facilities.
Diving in South Ari Atoll
Whale sharkYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
Plentiful reef lifeYear round
Manta RaysYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
PADI 5-Star Resort
Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water