Ooooo the Maldives…a little slice of heaven here on Planet Earth. Consisting of 1,190 coral islands, I’ve never been to a place more beautiful. The water is crystal clear and calm, the service is impeccable, the food is delicious and you leave feeling like a new person!

How To Get There…

Travel by sea plane is the BEST and most scenic way to get to your island resort in the Maldives. I've never in my live had a more beautiful plane ride.
The Maldives: How to Get To The Resort

Seaplane: (our choice) Although VERY pricey, Trans Maldivian Airways is an incredibly scenic and easy way to get to your resort, in just 25 minutes! The 15 passenger plane offers breathtaking views and the service is top notch. It was the most beautiful flight I’ve ever been on. Baggage allowance is 25kg/pp (all total bags, including you’re carry on/personal item). The hotel will book your flights for you. $400USD/pp

Trans Maldivian Airways Website

Domestic Flight: By Flyme (Villa Air), a domestic flight form Male to Maamigili (VAM) can be taken in just 20 minutes. You’ll need to take a 20 minute speedboat transfer thereafter from the airport to the resort. $250USD/pp

Flyme Booking Website

Transit Hotel In Male:

 If you need to get a hotel over night in Male before you leave the next morning for your resort, then Octave is your best option:

Hotel Octave

A great hotel in the heart of the city of Male with clean rooms and friendly staff. $102USD/night

Hotel Octave Info

Where To Stay…

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives is PURE perfect at every turn!
Where To Stay In The Maldives: Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

This hotel was AMAZING, it literally looks like it was built yesterday. Everything about this accommodation is perfect, the rooms, pools, restaurants, service, fitness center, snorkeling, diving…everything. Did I mention that it’s ALL INCLUSIVE?! We did a TON of research on all the resorts in the Maldives, and Centara was definitely the best BANG for all the bucks we spent.

Tip: Be SURE to pay the extra money for ‘The Club’, as you’ll get a LOT more perks than with a regular stay (see below).

Centara Grand Resort & Spa Website

Why All Inclusive Is Best:

The all inclusive includes:

ALL of your food and beverage (alcohol), from set menus with a wide range in each restaurant. Put it this way, one meal in the Maldives for 2 people costs about $150USD. Go with an all inclusive FOR SURE!

A $100USD credit per day to be used in the spa, which equaled out to 30 minute massages for both of us every day.

 1 free dive each at the house reef.

 Windsurfing lessons/equipment, non-motorized water sports, banana boat rides, tube rides, and snorkeling equipment for use throughout your stay.

The Room & The Club:

The sunset pool villa at Centara Grand Island Resort in the Maldives is the BEST room to stay in by far!
Sunset Pool Villa At Centara Grand Island Resort, Maldives
The sunset pool villa at Centara Grand Island Resort in the Maldives is the BEST room to stay in by far!
Incredible Sunset From Our Pool Villa At Centara Grand Island Resort, Maldives

The Room: If budget permits, stay in a Sunset Pool Villa, you won’t be disappointed! The views of the sunsets are breathtaking and there’s nothing more amazing than waking up in the morning, taking a dip in your private pool, then snorkeling off your balcony with the most colorful fish in the world! The bathtub is a nice bonus, as well as the his/hers bathroom sinks/closets.

The Club: (18years+) The Club is included if you book the Sunset Ocean Pool Villa Room, Beach Suite, Deluxe Water Villa/Family Water Villa, but is worth paying for if you don’t choose any of those.

Perks include: Ultimate All Inclusive Plan plus private indoor/outdoor lounge, swimming pool, dining venue for all three meals, Club Bar & lounge, premium alcohol, Club lounge check in/out, afternoon tea service, mid morning snacks, upgraded in room minibar replenished DAILY with 2 bottles of wine, soft drinks, 4 beers, chocolates, and snacks. Upon arrival, you’ll also receive 2- 700ml bottles of your choice (vodka, gin, whiskey, rum Bacardi, Bourbon), replenished once weekly.  2 pieces of laundry per room daily, a Book/DVD library, and a number of off-island excursions.


Including The Club, there are 4 different restaurants for dining on the island, so you’ll have plenty of options. Do note there is a dress code (Resort Casual) for all restaurants: shoulders MUST be covered=no tank tops or bathing suits. Also, you need to make a reservation for lunch/dinner in all of them except


Reef Restaurant at Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives is a delicious buffet that surely doesn't disappoint!
Reef Restaurant At Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives
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Our favorite on the island, as it has a HUGE international buffet (that changes daily) for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as an a la carte menu.

Azzuri Mare:

Azzurri Mare at Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives offers delicious, fresh Italian food with beautiful views and live entertainment!
Azurri Mare At Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives
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A delicious Italian Restaurant with great views of the lagoon and live entertainment in the evenings. This was our second favorite restaurant.

Suan Bua:

For delicious Thai food while staying at Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives, then be sure to eat at Suan Bua!
Suan Bua At Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives
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A gorgeous, authentic Thai restaurant in a beautiful pond setting. We had such a romantic dinner here with this quiet, peaceful atmosphere.

Aqua Bar: 

The BEST mojitos on the island of Centara Grand Island Resort, Maldives, can be found at Aqua Bar!
Aquas Bar At Centara Grand Island Resort, Maldives
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This was our go-to spot for a drink in the afternoon and after sunset. The mojitos here are delicious, as well as the amazing views across the ocean.

Coral Bar & Lounge: 

The BEST spot to grab a drink for the fish feeding on the island of Centara Grand Island Resort, Maldives, can be found at Coral Bar and Lounge!
Coral Bar And Lounge At Centara Grand Island Resort, Maldives
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The liveliest bar on the island. This is THE spot to be at at 6pm for a great cocktail and the Fish Feeding (more details below).

The Club:

The Club is worth every extra dollar that you'll pay, as you'll have your own private pool, food and extra special care at Centara Grand Island Resort, Maldives!
Drink Like a VIP At The Club In Centara Grand Island Resort, Maldives
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The most upscale dining on the island. The breakfast buffet is great, with a wide selection of healthy options, as well as never ending mimosas! It’s a bit pretentious, but a nice atmosphere as well.

In Villa Dining:

In Villa Dining is available 24 hours. We ordered fish and chips, which costed a whopping $35USD, so I wouldn’t recommend partaking in too much of it, unless you want to cough up more cash. They also offer special In Villa dining for dinner, with an additional charge of $100-$300USD, depending on your selection (ouch).


The resort is always having new entertainment come to the island, so there’s no shortage of things to do/see during your stay!

Fish Feeding: 

The Fish Feeding was the highlight of our trip at Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives! I've never seen so many sting rays, fish and sharks in my life!
Fish Feeding At Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives

You MUST go for this, a least once! It was one of the highlights of our trip! Imagine sipping a mojito, while  the epic Maldivian sun is setting. Just over the dock, you’re watching the biggest stingrays you’ve ever seen, baby sharks, and the occasional moray eel feeding, all while a live band plays in the background. Magical, simply magical.


There's no other place in the world where you can snorkel off your balcony in the morning with the most beautiful fish in the world, then at Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa in the Maldives!
At Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives You Can Snorkel Right Off Your Balcony

Snorkeling off your balcony is one of the coolest things we’ve experienced. We saw sting rays, Blue Tang’s (Dory), baby sharks, octopus, and many others!

Sunset Cruises: 

Sipping champagne and canapés while watching the sun set from your boat is always a good choice.

Village Tour:

Head to a nearby island to catch a glimpse of a true Maldivian fishing village. You can also purchase clothing and souvenirs here.

Snorkeling Tours: 

If you’re looking for different marine life than you can find off your balcony, then a snorkeling tour is a great idea! You can see parrotfish, turtles and even manta rays!

Sunset Fishing: 

Head out at sunset to go hand-line fishing. If you catch your own fish, the kitchen will cook it for you.

Dolphin/Whale Shark Trip:

 If you’re lucky, you can swim with them!

The Spa Cenvaree:

The Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa in the Maldives offers up every possible way imaginable for luxurious pampering!
Spa Cenvaree At Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives
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The spa is just gorgeous inside and the staff is super kind. The locker room even has a Jacuzzi with an herbal steam room, and outdoor relaxation lounges. Treatments options include Traditional Foot Massage, Indian head massage, De-stressing Head & Shoulder Massage, Indian Head Massage, Upper Back Massage, Mini Face Relaxing Massage and Thai Stretch Back Massage.

Spa Cenvaree Website

The Island:

The Island Of Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa in the Maldives, as seen from above in a sea plane!
The Island Of Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives

The island is super small, taking just a 10 minute walk to get around the entire perimeter.

2 pools (including the private Club pool).

The Gift shop has many items for purchase, but they are SUPER expensive.


Diving A Shipwreck Near At Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives
Diving A Shipwreck Near Centara Grand Island Resort And Spa, Maldives

If you’re a certified diver and you come to the Maldives, not diving would be a total sin! Maldives has the super clear viability  (next to the Philippines), calm waters and gorgeous scenery. Diving trips can be arranged based on your desires (manta rays, corals, caves, etc).

Note: The Maldives in general is VERY strict when it comes to regulations with diving. Centara required us to do a ‘safety check’, which consisted of going through basic skills such as clearing your mask and retrieving your regulator, prior to diving the House Reef. It is a requirement to do this ‘Safety Check House Reef Dive’ prior to any other dive with Centara, which can be a bit frustrating. Cost: $90USD/dive before tax/service charge


November to April is the rainy season. Traveling from December to April is ideal.

Maldvians are devout Muslims, making alcohol illegal in the country, unless you are on a private resort island. DO NOT bring alcohol with you. We forgot we had a bottle of Sake from Japan in our suitcase and the airport security took it. Luckily, we were able to retrieve it upon departure.

Dhivehi is the local language spoken throughout the Maldives, but English is also widely spoken, which makes communicating very easy here.

Money Exchange: The local currency is Rufiyaa, but if you’re staying at a resort, there is NO NEED to exchange money into local currency. USD is accepted everywhere.

Octopus sighting! Just near villa 80, there is an octopus living underneath the large rock/coral. If you can spot him while snorkeling, it’s an unforgettable memory!

Fun Facts:

 Maldives has one of the highest literacy rates in the world with 91% of the country’s population being able to read and write!

The Maldives is considered the flattest country with the lowest high point in the world (2.4m above sea level).

 The English word atoll is the only English word driver from the Dhivehi language, which is a ring shaped reef enclosing a shallow lagoon.

 Despite the abundance of sharks, there hasn’t been a recorded shark  attack in the country for 32 years.

 Hundreds of ship wrecks exist throughout the Maldives, as there is a long history of them hitting the unmapped reefs.

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