The little island of Machchafushi in the Maldives,
home to the Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa, has been officially
renamed the Centara Grand Island.
The first flight to the island since the
renaming took place on 9 February from the capital Male, and a
little piece of history was made as all the Flight Departure
Boards at the airport clicked over to reveal the destination of
flight 142205 as Centara Grand Island.
Only 200 of the country’s 1192 islands are
inhabited so to have an island renamed is an honour and
created quite a buzz in the idyllic archipelago.
The island is relatively close to Male Airport with an air
transfer time of just 25 minutes or transfer by speed boat in 85
minutes. For diving enthusiasts the resort enjoys great diving
with an excellent house reef complete with a sunken ship wreck and
is within easy reach of the top dive spots in Ari Atoll.
With 112 Suites and Villas, Centara Grand Island Resort
and Spa, delivers a unique Premium 4 star resort experience and is
ideal for both couples and the family market, combining Barefoot
Luxury with an active and varied social program for both adults
and children alike.
Adults enjoy premium levels of
service with a variety of dining options, pools, recreational
activities, Sports and Fitness options, bars and lounges with
nightly entertainment, and Centara Hotels & Resorts very own 5
stars Spa experience - Spa Cenvaree, whilst children benefit from
the Centara Hotels & Resorts Kids Club concept offering 2 venues –
Kid Camp and E-zone for ages 4 to 9 and 10 to 17 respectively.
The resort boasts 7 categories of beach front and over
water accommodation from 76 sqm Beach Suites complete with
separate living room, large terrace and indoor and outdoor
showers, to 146 sqm Luxury Beachfront Pool Villas complete
with their own private pool and membership of the
exclusive Island Club – which offers guests in selected
categories of accommodation a “resort within a resort”
Based around the small pool, Island Club
guests enjoy premium levels of attention and service, access to
the exclusive Club Lounge with daily servings of complimentary
meals, snacks and drinks including complimentary evening cocktails
and canapés and use of the private pool which features refreshing
Spa Cenvaree mist sprays, complimentary mineral water, pre lunch
cold towel service, afternoon fruits and sun bed concierge
A completely newly built project entailing
an investment of US$49 million, it is the first such project for
Centara Hotels & Resorts outside of Thailand.
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