Centara Hotels & Resorts have luxury four and five star properties set in some of the world’s most exotic landscapes. They overlook legendary oceans and sit on mesmerising beaches. The weather’s seldom less than flawless all year round. And, more often than not, family fun takes precedence over high romance.
How does that work? It’s a fine line but Centara have decades of experience in walking it without a single misstep. They’re also masters at inspired all-inclusive family holidays and for 2017 almost every Centara resort is welcoming two kids under 12 to stay absolutely free.
Here’s how that looks this year in The Maldives and on Phuket’s prettiest beaches.
Five-star Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa on South Ari Atoll is the perfect Maldivian getaway. From the laid-back and luxurious overwater villas to a pristine coral reef, resident shipwreck dive site; palm tree lined beaches and endless Indian Ocean palette of transparent blues and greens under a flawless sky, there's no denying this place is complete paradise.
Waterfront restaurants and water sport lessons are exactly as amazing as you’d expect. There are cute bungalows on the sand, carefully creative kids' clubs and playgrounds, waterpark swimming pools, sunset sails and dolphin cruises. It’s beautifully romantic and the sense of absolute freedom is child-heaven. But good looks and a spirit of adventure alone aren’t what makes Grand Island Resort & Spa a fantastic family holiday resort.
The real appeal lies in Centara’s innovative approach to pulling everything together, taking cash right out of the equation and designing what’s probably the most generous and extravagant all-inclusive experience anywhere in The Maldives right now.
It’s called Ultimate All-Inclusive and covers all the basics like eating, drinking, snacking and sleeping with almost ridiculous largesse. Then, as if that wasn’t quite enough, adds free water sports, scuba diving sessions or spa treatments, fresh-every-day kids' club activities, hot and cold running service, airport transfers and even restocks the mini-bar, automatically, each morning.
And, of course, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa is another Centara Happy Families resort which means up to two kids' under 12 stay free in a choice of suites and villas.
Right in the heart of pretty Karon town overlooking one of Phuket’s best beaches, Centara Karon Resort Phuket is a dream of tropical Thai indulgence surrounded by the natural beauty that makes this gorgeous island such an enduring icon in the Andaman Sea.
A little slice of paradise: perfect for true romantics and just as idyllic for families thanks to some very clever thinking by Centara. Designed as a charming village rather than a hotel, each of the resort’s four neighbourhoods has its own individual personality which means everyone gets to holiday harmoniously.
Lively kids are unlikely to be impressed by cute cabanas and Cenvaree Spa treatments, so there are vast waterslides and chutes, lagoon style swimming pools and a pretty much endless choice of beach and water sports instead. Camp Safari packs every day with activities for under 12s, and teens get to be teens in the cool confines of E-Zone.
Out and about? Karon town’s good to explore. But take it further and jungle treks, go-karting, marine reserve cruises and days out in colourful Phuket, are even better.
Kids can learn new skills from the resort’s resident experts in everything from snorkelling and diving to sea kayaking. Three swimming pools mean more than enough space for splashing around when the kids are on hand or lazing about when they’re otherwise occupied.
And from immense breakfast buffets to child-size room service, a choice of restaurants and float-up poolside snacking, tempting picky young eaters is another of Centara's great talents.
The Lagoon and Tropicale neighbourhoods are made for families with a choice of rooms and suites to give you all the space and privacy you want indoors and the fastest possible route to the beach, pools and lush gardens outside.Pick the style and size you like, and at Centara up to two kids under 12 stay and play for free.