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Robinson Club Maldives
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Funamadua, Gaafu-Alifu Atoll, Villingili 20077   |  
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“Great Value. Just heavenly.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

I can't really say if it the Maldives that's amazing or it is that Robinson Club is amazing. However, safe to say that my family had a great time. Reservations are best through Agoda or booking.com or in my case through Richard at "Simply Maldives" based in the UK as booking through Robinson Club directly was a nightmare, particularly for my accommodation, the lagoon suite which is more like a 2 bedroom house on the water. For those looking for a family accommodation, this suite was astonishing and there are really no pictures that do it justice. There is a huge private pool as well as two outdoor showers, two jacuzzi's, a massive deck looking out into the water, a dining table, bar and twin masters. The only downside is that it is sticks out far into the lagoon which although private, was pounded with wind at night and with rain. The walk to meals can be a bit tiresome after several days. However, just steps away is the best snorkeling around the island. Meals are included which takes away the stress of the otherwise pricey meals elsewhere. Perhaps the meals are not exactly "gourmet" but certainly met my family's needs and beer/wine is included. The staff is uniformly friendly and seem happy to be there. I would carefully plan your travels as we arrived into Male at around 1-2 pm and had to wait several hours to catch our island hopper. Though we left Dubai on a 9:40 flight, we did not settle into our room until nearly 8 PM.

Were it not for the cost or time to travel, I would go there every month.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Potsdam, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

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

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

After a very long journey arrived at RC and what a pretty island it is, staff welcomed us with a glass of sparkling wine and freshly prepared fruit, the welcome was a bit rushed be never the less very nice.
We was taken to reception by Sereena were we checked in and got our room key, the ladies are given a pair of flip flops with robinson on them which is a nice touch, we was staying in a garden villa no 1424 which was a pleasant surprise as it had a lovely view and we thought we would be in the middle of the island, but the downside was no access to the ocean to cool off and know where to sun on your sun bed as they were under trees, so we asked if we could have our sun beds moved onto the beach and after a couple of days we got sorted and settled, there are now some beds on the beaches that the garden villa people can use these have no numbers on them!, we had a great spot right next to one of the channels to the reef, just up from the arrivals jetty so if your going just look for the two sun beds next to a bin with no numbers on (brill spot), word of advise though if you want your own beds outside your room then go for a beach villa, we would definitely book a beach villa if we went back.
If you like a really good view of the ocean from your decking then beach villas no 1215 to 1213 are fantastic with no vegetation in front.
Reef is fantastic and can snorkel the whole way round the island but in parts its a fare way out from the beach so maybe do it in stages, but the arrival jetty side it is right next to the beach.
Food is amazing and so much to chose from the sweets are to die for.
The waiters are fantastic nothing is to much trouble and so so friendly, a big thankyou to Wadde and a waiter who's name i can't spell but it began with Thor (you know who you are) who gave us the most amazing tables in the restaurant every night what lovely men, also Azeem who we called smiler, and everyone else who served us only two english on the island (a Big thankyou).
Entertainment was somewhat different to what we have been use to in the maldives but didn't find it intrusive at all, they have a live band on the beach a couple of nights a week called vodoo and they play chill out music and a bit of reggie, also have a disco night where everyone tends to have a dance one night a week to let there hair down, we didn't take part but many did, not really my thing in the maldives but like i said not really intrusive to others.
Most quests were german and a few chinese and japanese and then just me and hubby, there had not been any other english for a couple or three months but it did not bother us at all still had a fab time and the island has a lovely atmosphere.
At sun set they have sundowner drinks at the beach and have great bean bags and seats which is very romantic but the best place to see the full sun set is from the pool area as the water villas block the view a little.
The restaurant is in a fantastic position with the most amazing views also the pool area and is lovely to have a dip in after the beach.
The only negative thing i have to say is unlike every other island we have visited you did not see or hear the manager of the island at all, he never made his self know to the quests which i think is a real shame as most managers tend to walk round and chat with the quests and make sure there alright but only the quest relations and other robinson staff did this of which we could not fault.
If your going to this island soon or in the near future you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Riga
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

The place is seriously crowded.Some of beach villas even do not have private beach umbrella-
so you have to share it with your neighbors.On the beach the average distance between
beach chairs/umbrellas is 5-6 m,you are forced to listen what happens on your neighbors
place and to pray that there will be no screaming kids.
Villas /bungalows very dark(in fact you have to use electricity all day long while inside with aging furniture and extremely uncomfortable veranda chairs.
However the worst part came when we had to change rooms.This change was forced onto
us because of some hickup between Agoda and Robinson and we had to agree to room change.The local management tried to arrange this room change into full checkout-checkin
procedure ie leave at 12.00 and come back 14.30.
It was an extensive argument during which I had to point out several times that we have paid in full and we have merely agreed to room change and not to be kicked out of room for 2.5 hours .After several calls and long discussion they finally arranged a direct change of rooms without this ridiculous wait.
Such attitude is something what one would not be expecting from 1000 usd a night establishment.
Housekeeping was another disaster and we repeatedly had ask to clean the room properly.
Food is ok and house reef really nice and local staff very friendly

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

We just had time for 5 days to go to this amazing resort and it started already at Male at the airport with a warm welcome from a guide of the robinson staff. after welcoming us and bringing us to the vip lounge he took care of everything. he even took the time to leed us to male and explain us everything about the city, its history and the culture. once back at the airport we took the flight to another island where we continued with a speedboat to the actual island where we were reserved very warmly by a whole bunch of staff.
a girl called laura welcomed us and took care of us the whole time we were there. she just had this sixt sense what somebody could like and need and was always present with her help and her lovely smile. but she wasnt the only person. people like osman, kerstin or viraj took great pleasure in pleasing our needs whatever they were. the whole atmosphere there is very nice and very outgoing without beeing pushy.
me and my wife had a great time. we first staid at a garden suite and paid an upgrade to a waterbungalow which just took our breath away...a lot of details topped it..
there is a big offer of watersport you can do and aya was always there with a smile and good mood teaching us stuff we could do.
we loved the experience and will try toget back as soon as possible...

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nice, France
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

After a long trip down to the southern atolls, we finaly arrived at Robinson Club late at night...After a quick and impersonal greeting we were conducted to our villa where we found out that the bed had not been made...This was solved 45mns later...Food is overall ok, but as it is a free seating, it is sometimes difficult to find a seat. Service was ok-ish, table wine was warm and tasted cheap, the Manager of the hotel walk around but had not much to say..
Barman does not know his cocktails and prices are extremely high for the value...
Bell boy lost our suitcase on departure, we had to wait over 30mns...Overall, very average experience, not to be renewed in such beautiful paradise...

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011

Robinson Club Maldives was probably the nicest place i have visted in my whole life!
I was volunterring at a local island so we got to visit for really cheap and i cant comment on value.
I spent most of my time in the pool - it was big and clean and deep and i loved it.
That said, I also went snorkelling, which is a must do in the maldives, there are soooo many fish and colourful coral to see, maybe even a turtle or reef shark!
We went on the banana behind the boat and had the BEST time - do this for sure!!!
The food was AMAZING!!!!! yum yum yum yum yum yum.
And the staff are all so friendly!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Funamadua, Gaafu-Alifu Atoll, Villingili 20077
Location: Maldives > North Huvadhu (Gaafa Alifu) Atoll > Villingili
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:5 star — Robinson Club Maldives 5*
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