Thai hotelier Centara Hotels & Resorts plans to launch its second resort in the Maldives later this year. Located on the three-hectare island of Giraavaru in the North Malé Atoll, the Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa will feature both overwater and beachfront villas. Guests will be able to snorkel in a large lagoon and explore nearby dive sites, including Giraavaru Cave, Lion Head, and Kuda Haa (The resort offers a PADI diving school.)
Investing about US$54 million, Centara is completely replacing the existing property, which was developed more than 30 years ago and was one of the older resorts in the Maldives. Unlike many resorts in the Maldives that require a plane ride to reach, the property is within 15 minutes of Malé and the international airport.
“Guests will have the exotic attraction of staying in luxury on a small island, with the shops, restaurants, museums, and tourist sights of Male a quick and easy boat ride away,” said the resort’s general manager Voytek Klasicki.
A sister property in the Maldives, the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa, opened in the South Ari Atoll in late 2009.