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Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives wins Leading Family Resort award for second year running

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives wins Leading Family Resort award for second year running ( BANGKOK, Thailand - Centara Grand Island Resort&Spa Maldives has been named for the second year in succession as Leading Family Resort in the Maldives Travel Awards 2013.

The awards are presented each year by the Maldives Association of Travel Agents&Tour Operators (MATATO), which represents more than 50 organizations in Maldives.

Scoring for the awards is based on online votes from travel agents, operators and guests, and also on a rigorous inspection by judges, which includes a judging panel in Male and a visit by judges to the resorts.

“The awards were started in 2012, when we entered in this category and won,” says Voytek Klasicki, general manager of Centara Grand Island Resort&Spa Maldives. “Winning for the second time is a tremendous triumph for us, as the competition was intense. Our team here on the island is thrilled. Our success reflects on each and every one of them.”

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.

The resort features a cashless island experience with its Ultimate All-Inclusive program, and for children and teens this means all meals, soft drinks and activities throughout their stay, including being able to join their parents on up to five excursions.

Accommodation is designed especially for families, with the Water Villas fitted with child safety features, bunk beds and a PlayStation 3. The Two-bedroom Pool Villas have one of the bedrooms equipped with twin beds.

The house reef offers snorkeling just meters from all sides of the shore, with free snorkeling equipment and non-motorized water sports.

The Kids` Club features an E-Zone for teenagers, with videos, PlayStation 3, pool tables, air hockey, snooker, table tennis and other games, while Camp Safari is a separate zone for younger children, offering supervised activities. All of this is without charge.

The resort in 2013 launched a promotion with domestic carrier Flyme in which one child travelling with a family has a free flight from Male International Airport to Maamagili Airport. One child also stays at the resort completely free of charge, leaving parents with only the cost of the international flight.

Centara Hotels&Resorts is Thailand`s leading operator of hotels, with 47 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 18 resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius Indian Ocean, Ethiopia brings the present total to 65 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 27 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand`s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its newly-launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travelers. The company`s Kids` Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens are taken care of. Centara Hotels&Resorts also operates three state-of-the-art convention centers in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen. The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an economy brand designed for travelers who predominantly make their bookings via the Internet and who want comfort and convenience at the most friendly prices available, which is under development with the first property due to open in 2016.

PHOTO: Voytek Klasicki, general manager of Centara Grand Island Resort&Spa Maldives

MEDIA CONTACT: Wilasinee Jinaut, Centara Hotels & Resorts, 999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330, Thailand, Tel: +66 (0) 2 769 1234, Fax: +66 (0) 2 769 1235, Email:

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