Centara signs management agreement of Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives

Centara Hotels & Resorts, leading Thai hospitality group signed  a new hotel management agreement for its fourth beach resort under the Centara umbrella in the Maldives – Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives. The signing ceremony took place between Centara Hotels & Resorts and Muthaafushi Orient Investments Limited, and Well Land Investment PVT LTD.

Under the agreement, Centara Hotels & Resorts will manage and operate Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives, a new five-star resort in the South Western portion of Baa Atoll. It will comprise 24 land villas and 77 water villas with an array of international restaurants including an underwater restaurant, a floating cinema, a dedicated Thai spa, a fitness centre, and other facilities expected in a Centara Grand resort. The new resort is expected to have soft opening in the fourth quarter of 2018 and grand opening in 2019.

Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels and Resorts remarked: “We are delighted to be selected by Muthaafushi Orient Investments Limited to manage and operate their new five-star resort in the Maldives. We believe that Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives will fit well into our Centara Grand resort portfolio. This expansion of the business in the Maldives is in line with Centara’s growth strategy to strengthen our presence both in the South Asian region and internationally.”

Mohamed Hameed, Director of Muthaafushi Orient Investments Limited said: “It was an esteemed pleasure for Muthaafushi Orient Investments Limited to embark on this partnership with Centara Hotels & Resorts for the new Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives. It is a great opportunity for us to work with such an eminent hospitality brand of the Thai origin as Centara, who brings with it long legacy of success in operating both owned and managed properties in popular tourist destinations worldwide.”

Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives
Aerial, Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives

Executive Director Jin Zhai of China Orient Asset Management (International) Holding Limited, one of the investors for Muthaafushi Orient Investments Limited said: “We are pleased to be part of this new international collaboration between Centara Hotels & Resorts and Muthaafushi Orient Investments. We are very honoured to help make it possible for the investment of the new and exciting Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives.”

With a collaboration from Avista Asset Management Pte Ltd, Singapore a Real Estate Asset Management Company, Avista Asset Management has built an investment case and identify potential joint venture partners which lead to the teaming up of Muthaafushi Orient Investments Limited, China Orient Asset Management (International) Holding Limited and Centara Hotels & Resorts.

Avista Asset Management has been appointed as the development & asset manager of this project by Muthaafushi Orient Investments Limited. Avista Asset Management will continue to work closely with all the stakeholders and manage the development and asset management of Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa, Maldives.

Baa Atoll, also known as Southern Maalhosmadulu Atoll, is approximately 123 kilometres North West of Malé International Airport in the Maldives. Consisting of 75 islands dotted around three separate natural atolls, Baa Atoll is home to some of the richest biodiversity in the region, and as such has held the status of UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve since June 2011. The recognition was a significant achievement for the Maldives, placing it in the company of world famous ecological sites.

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives Takes Home The 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards For ‘Best Luxury Adult Beach Resort’

Centara Hotels and Resorts is proud to announce its recent success at this year’s World Luxury Hotel Awards, where Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives has received the award for best “Luxury Adult Beach Resort”.

“To make Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives live up to and exceed visitor’s expectations has meant a lot of work, so I’m exceptionally pleased that this year’s prestigious ‘World Luxury Hotel Awards’ committee has recognized the unique qualities of the resort,” said Ms. Prapaijit Thongma, CRF’s General Manager.

The awards, one of the travel and tourism industry’s most significant and upscale, celebrated its 10th-anniversary milestone in its history of recognizing the world’s finest luxury hotels for their magnificent offerings and exceptional service delivery. This year’s gala awards event was held at St. Regis Doha in Qatar, and was notable for the high quality achieved by the award nominees. The World Luxury Hotel Awards were presented to luxury hotels and resorts in over 60 categories on a country, regional, continent and global basis.

Winning this prestigious award is testament to the resort’s constant efforts to achieve superiority and excellence in services provided at Centara’s adult-focused, luxurious beach resort and spa. Distinctively appealing for couples and honeymooners, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives offers a relaxing and inspiring all-inclusive holiday experience along with plenty of opportunities to indulge, play and rejuvenate with our fantastic array of drinking and dining options, endless list of activities, water sports and excursions, as well as sumptuous wellbeing haven – encompassing a carefree and ‘cash-free’ stay where everything is conveniently pre-paid.  

Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Whale Sharks…Oh My

Tips from Centara Maldives Experts and Enthusiasts

There is no denying it, the pristine turquoise waters of the Maldives captures everyone’s attention. But for many, it is all about what is found in the waters in the Maldives that have them swimming. With healthy coral and a serious abundance of marine life such as manta rays, eagle rays and a variety of sharks that includes whale sharks, scuba divers are flocking to feast their eyes on the underwater playground that some are very lucky to call home. Centara Hotels & Resorts is very familiar with what is happening underwater in the Maldives with two properties from shipwrecks to underwater weddings. Our enthusiastic team from Centara Maldives – Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa and Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa – have shared some wonderful tips and experiences to further entice you to come and dive with us.

“The sun plays a huge role in how vibrant the colours of the coral and the fish are. The sun rays illuminate the waters highlighting all the action, creating a perfect environment for photographers and divers” shares Nicha Duanglaithong, Centara Maldives Sales Coordinator, who has spent a great deal of time in the water.

Diving, reef, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

Our Dive Centre (Best Dive) Operation Manager, Mark Stevens, from Centara Grand Island has some great tips to share. We asked Mark a few questions.  

Q: What is the best advice you have for beginners to get them started? A: “If you are a beginner, just try it!  It is normal to be a little scared at first but once you have mastered a few basic skills you will love it.”

Q: What is the best part about diving in the Maldives? A: “The coral and fish. There is a lot of diversity with a lot of different and equally amazing dive sites. There is a dive for everyone – from easy dives to current dives for all skill levels.”

Mark Stevens also encourages divers to “become very familiar with your dive equipment. This familiarity is vital to assist in your confidence and safety while underwater.”

“We understand how important and precious this underwater ecosystem is and we want to ensure that it continues to thrive,” comments Mark Stevens. In order to best facilitate the diving experience for you while protecting marine life and the ecosystem, our instructors, through Best Dives Maldives, provide a clear briefing on responsible diving practices that reminds snorkelers and divers to respect their underwater surroundings.

Our friend, Mohamed Saajid nickname – Saitte’, Reservations Agent at Centara Grand Island and expert diver, share with us one of the best diving experiences he has had recently…”one of the perks of working in the Maldives – diving!” comments Saitte’. “A few days back I went on a night dive to MV Kudhima wreck, located near the house reef of Centara Grand Island. I saw a huge Moray Eel getting ready for his dinner. He located a huge parrot fish, stayed patiently waiting for his chance to grab his meal. Once the right moment came, he grabbed his meal and ate the whole fish within minutes. It was truly incredible and stunning to see these amazing predators actively seeking for their prey.”

MV Kudhi Maa, Kudhima, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

Many will never experience the quiet moments underwater, interacting with some of the world’s most majestic creatures and Mr. Damantha Sanjeewa, Front Desk Agent at Centara Grand Island always reminds guests that “Diving is fun. It is exhilarating. Remember to relax while you dive.  And maybe most important enjoy the moment…and take pictures!”

While mantas, whale sharks, turtles, reef and hammerhead sharks can be found in the Maldives all year round, there are no guarantees about what will be seen on any given dive. Diver encounters are dependent on a variety of environmental factors, however, our team of experts have creating experiences to heighten your chances of the dive of a lifetime.

Turtles, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
Turtles, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
Whale Shark, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
Whale Shark, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

Enjoying the invigorating diving that the Maldives has to offer has never been more accessible with the new additions to our ALL-INCLUSIVE packages at both properties. Diving is now an everyday option with these amazing packages and allows you to explore all the depths of the waters.   

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa
Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa

There are a variety of courses available for you and your family while staying with us.  “We always advise beginner divers to start off with our Discover Scuba Diving programme which provides the basic knowledge and training that they need,” added our dive expert from Best Dives at Centara Ras Fushi, Ibrahim Shaan. “This is followed by gently introducing beginners into shallow water.  After this programme, divers are confident and comfortable to start exploring.”  Before you leave, you may have developed a new skill and a new love for the ocean.  Sounds pretty great to us!  See you soon in the Maldives.

Maldivian Underwater Playground

Dive into Crystal Clear Waters at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

All other diving experiences will pale in comparison to that of diving in the Maldives. ‘Dive’ is in the name for Maldives for a reason. The underwater playground is filled with adventure – tropical fish, coral and even a shipwreck just off the coast of Centara Grand Island Maldives can be explored.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives focuses on reducing their impact on the environment in every part of their operations. As part of Centara’s core values, sustainable initiatives include the marine environment. Through Green Fins Project, the world’s first and only set of environmental standards for scuba diving and snorkeling centres, Centara Grand Island Maldives is able to better facilitate diving experiences for guests while protecting the precious marine life and ecosystem.

Centara Grand Island Maldives has additional innovative initiatives such as a reef growing programme, which was designed to rehabilitate parts of the reef that have stopped growing and promote the growth of new coral.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Recently, Centara Grand Island Maldives and Best Dives Maldives Dive Centre were honored to be recognized as one of the Green Fins Top Ten Dive/Snorkel Centres, among other resorts from all over the world. This recognition further encourages the team at Centara Grand Island Maldives to continue to work hard to preserve the natural beauty that surrounds them.

The PADI certified Best Dives and Water Sport Centre at the resort provides services for everyone, a starter or a pro. Several other water sport activities such as catamaran, snorkeling and wind surfing lessons are available and are free-of-charge. Wake-boarding, kite surfing, banana boating and para-sailing are also offered.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Family-friendly Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is located in the South Ari Atoll, about 25 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport, or 15 minutes by speedboat from the domestic Maamigili Airport.
Surrounded by a glorious white sandy beach, it is the only resort in the Maldives designed in a colonial style, with whitewashed timber buildings and meandering boardwalks. Surrounded by palm-fringed beach and a shimmering lagoon allows for an escape on and off land. Just steps down from the terrace in a newly renovated Sunset Ocean Pool Villa, dive into the ocean or enjoy the 12-square-metre private plunge pool with views across the ocean. The Deluxe Family Water Villas offer an added level of comfort for families with a children’s sleeping area with bunk beds and entertainment equipment along with secured access to the terrace for safety of the little ones.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

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More Centara Resorts coming to Maldives

Maldives may see more of Centara resorts in a near future. A senior executive of Centel has revealed that the company is discussing the addition of three hotels in other Asian countries and one local hotel. Currently Centel, the parent company runs three hotels in the Maldives — one under a management contract and two company-owned properties namely, Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa and Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa Maldives.

Featuring 112 suites and villas Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is a five star resort set in Machchafushi Island in the South Ari atoll of Maldives. The resort offers diving enthusiasts outstanding diving opportunities in an excellent house reef complete with a dedicated sunken ship wreck and is in the neighbourhood of the top dive spots in Ari atoll Maldives. Recently the resort started offering underwater weddings for couples who seek a unique wedding ceremony.

Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa Maldives is less than 20 minutes away from Ibrahim Nasir International airport by speedboat. The resort is an adults only retreat set in the North Malé atoll island of Giraavaru that is ideal for couples and honeymooners.

Ronnachit Mahattanapreut, the senior vice-president for finance and administration of Central Plaza Hotel Plc (CENTEL), Thailand’s leading hotel and restaurant operator and owner of the Centara brand, has told the Bangkok Post that the company plans to acquire more hotels as a key strategy to diversify its revenue sources. He said the company has expanded into hotel management services, with the latest contract signed with a hotel in the Maldives and another on a nearby island under the consideration of the hotel owner.

“Revenue from the two hotels in the Maldives was the main engine to help cushion the impact from local politics that began last October,” Mr Ronnachit has revealed to the Bangkok Post. The two hotels in the Maldives contributed 15% of overall hotel revenue last year.

Centel at present manages 8,176 rooms in 43 hotels — 28 hotels under management contract and 15 wholly owned or joint-venture assets. Of the total hotels, seven are in foreign countries.