Centara Hotels and Resorts announces new managed resort in the Maldives


BANGKOK, Thailand (September 2, 2008) – Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel group, has announced it will invest in and manage a new property in the Maldives, which will be the first property of Centara Hotels & Resorts outside of Thailand, but with many others to come.

Scheduled to open in May 2009, Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa, located on South Ari Atoll, will deliver a unique Premium 4-star resort experience.

The resort 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 an excellent house reef complete with a sunken ship wreck and is within easy reach of the top dive spots in Ari Atoll.

The Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa will be tailored to provide an exceptional experience for both couples and the family market.

Barefoot luxury will be combined with an active and varied social program for both adults and children alike, and the resort’s objective is to offer much more than a day-time, water-oriented resort experience.

Adults will 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-star Spa experience – Spa Cenvaree.

Children will benefit from the new Centara Hotels & Resorts Kids Club concept offering 2 venues – Kid Camp and E-zone for ages 4 to 9 and 10 to 17, respectively.

Guests will be able to choose from 7 categories of beachfront and over-water accommodation, which will range from 76 sqm Beach Suites complete with separate living room, large terrace and indoor and outdoor showers and up to 146 sqm Luxury Beachfront Pool Villas, which come 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” experience specially designed for discerning travelers.

Based around the small pool, Island Club guests enjoy premium levels of attention and service including access to the exclusive Club Lounge with daily servings of complimentary meals, snacks and drinks including complimentary evening cocktails and canapés. The private pool features refreshing Spa Cenvaree mist sprays, complimentary mineral water, pre-lunch cold towel service, afternoon fruits and sun bed concierge service.

Mr. Gerd Steeb, president of Centara Hotels & Resorts, said, “This is our 14th property, and we aim to grow to 25 properties within the year 2010. We signed the management agreement in July, and we are very excited with this outstanding Resort. It is a completely newly-built project entailing an investment of 49 million US Dollars (1.7 Billion baht) and our first outside of Thailand but with others to come.”

For more information and reservations, please contact Tel.0-2769 1234 ext. 6675-6676, email to reservations@chr.co.th, website: www.centarahotelsresorts.com .

Centara Hotels and Resorts operates 18 luxury hotels and resorts in major tourist destinations throughout Thailand and Asia including Bangkok, Hua Hin, Phuket, Pattaya, Krabi, Samui, Chiang Mai, Trat, Hat Yai, Mae Sot, Konkaen and the Maldives. The Centara Grand Silapura Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and the Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Khonkaen will open in 2009 and the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket in 2010. The Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is under construction and is due to open in 2009.