We spent 2 weeks at the Robinson Club this January and only have one way to describe our experience: this place is paradise on earth.
The beach: is awesome with a turquoise lagoon allowing for a relaxing swim and a house reef literally at your doorstep. Passages have been cut into the reef to allow you to snorkle through.
The reef: relatively unspoiled but not colourful (because of the stone corals). Regardless you will enjoy every minute of it. Don't expect big fish as the resort is located in the atol.
The villas: We stayed at a Garden Villa which was perfect for us. Our villa was very private with no paths running in front of our teracce (Number 1416). Garden villas numbers 1420 and above are close to the generator and darker as they are located at the only rocky patch and there is no access to the sand beach from there. Beach villas: all looked stunning - location is difficult to recommend as the beach (sands) changes from year to year. Water villas: we didn't stay in one but a number of guests complaint about the state they are in. The wood used doesn't seem to be hardwood and as a result it is fading with nails popping out and the private decks not eluding the paradise feels they should. The resort only opened in 2009 but was built in 2003 which seems to show over the water. Water villas don't feature an outdoor shower like the other villas which is a real shame.
Food: Excellent from breakfast through to dinner. There is another restaurant on the island called "The Edel" which features fresh sea food and stunning romantic dinners. House wine and beer + water/coke are free of charge during the meals.
Gym: State of the art equipment and a good variety of courses if you don't want to work out on your own. Most courses in German though.
Crowd: We were there just after New Years with a crowd consisting of about 80% Germans/Swiss 19% Asian (Chinese/Japanese) and the random Russian or Italian couple. Speaking of which - it is no pure couple island which is nice. You get people traveling on their own, families (not a lot of children though) and couples. If you want to eat on your own you can or you join a group at one of the big tables.
Spa: Awesome - great choices and great quality. We went every second day and simply couldn't get enough. If you book 2 or 3 treatments in advance you get 12 - 15% discount.
Staff: Warm welcome and what is extremely rare - a warm farewell with the staff waving from the jetty until the boat is gone. You simply want to come back. Sometimes the Germans are a little unflexible but the local staff is very helpful and well trained.
Getting there: a bit of a mission but worth every minute of it. You fly to Male then on to a small airport in the south for another 55 minutes where you are picked up by a speed boat which takes you to the club in 30 minutes.
We absolutely loved our stay and can recommend Robinson to everyone looking for a slightly different Maldive experience - don't believe people telling you that a week at the Maldives is long enough. If you go to Robinson 2 weeks pass like nothing and we could have easily stayed another..
Thanks Robinson and we will be back
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