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Robinson Club Maldives
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Funamadua, Villingili 20077   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Villingili
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Swanwick, United Kingdom
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“The One - Relaxing Luxury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

This was our 12th trip to the Maldives and the best so far. This island just ticked all the boxes for us. We stayed for 14 nights from Jan 9th in a Garden Villa and flew Thomson Premium. All went without a hitch, we landed at Male and were immediately escorted by a Robinson rep to a private air-conditioned lounge (newly built Jan 2010) light refreshments included. We were the only couple on the way to Robinson Club. We waited approximately 90 min for our connecting flight. The flight time was around 80 minutes. Once landed we were taken by speed boat to Robinson Club which took a further 20 min, where we were greeted with sparking wine and snacks, then whisked to our room.

Firstly do not be put off by the word 'Club' because the truth is:
There is no animation. To be honest with you we were a little concerned about this at first. Our type of island would be smaller, but this time of year our 1st and 2nd choice of islands was a little too expensive, so we took a chance on Robinson Club with no regrets.
The advertised motorised water sports? In reality you hardly see any boat traffic at all; you can sit for hours staring out to an empty ocean, which maybe boring for some but for us it was pure bliss.
There is no plane traffic at all, being so far south there are no sea planes either. In two weeks other than the island speed boat bringing guests we saw one fishing boat and a military boat. You get a true sense of being cast away on a desert island.
There is a staff/utility island off the end of one jetty and all deliveries are handled from there, so that side of things is also out of guests view. Staff can use the island to swim off which I thought was nice. It is not out of bounds for guests though if you want to walk over to it. It is also used as a landing and departure point when the seas are too rough to land on the main jetty by reception.
There is no fish feeding, the island is very environmentally friendly. Water quality gets tested weekly by a person from Male and I had no problem using the tap water to brush my teeth.
There is a daily actives programme, beach volley ball, yoga etc all of which held in a 'Well fit Area' in the centre of the island, so unless you are looking for it you won't find it. There is nobody getting you off your lounger to join in or disturbing the peace with a game of volley ball in front of you.
No segregation according to room types, all facilities are available for everyone.
You can walk around the perimeter of the island albeit for walking under 3 jetties, on the beach.
Plenty of wooden padded sun loungers and umbrellas are dotted around the island; you can take your pick each day as they are not allocated per room. There was never a problem finding a bed at anytime of day. They were also really comfortable and the cushions got laundered regularly. There was also a section of beach that had huge bean bags on it.
The pool area which is next the main bar has lots of different seating options and daybeds, including the four poster type with canopy and loveseats (looked like Dedon) - all very stylish.
The beach is extensive and wide, runs around most of the island and the sand is powder soft.
No sea walls or unsightly views, just little islands dotted on the horizon.
The island is very beautiful and natural with winding sand paths amongst dense vegetation and lots of palm trees with no concrete paths anywhere.

All the buildings blend in well with the surroundings and things like signage, lighting and dustbins are unobtrusive. Apparently most of the buildings were built around the trees where possible, which explains why they are dotted about the island.
All public areas are spotlessly clean and to a five star standard with modern fixtures and fittings.
No visible entertainment. We were there for 11 days before we saw any and that is because we went looking for it - Bonfire on the beach.
No noise at night (except for one night a coconut fell on our roof) - I believe that the entertainment is now held in an enclosed area due to complaints about noise from the main bar to the water villas when the island first opened. We went to the main bar four times after 10pm and there was only ever background music playing and about five other guests.
Everyone is on the same board basis - Full board plus, this includes wine, beer, water and soft drinks with meals. Wine is all bottled - Merlot, White Zinfandel and a crisp dry white of European origin. After dinner you can sit finishing your wine under the stars with views from the decking out to sea. You can order until 9.30pm and most guests go to bed after that.
There is no mini bar as such in the room, you can order to your requirements to fill the room fridge and there is no tray charge for beverages, which may explain why the main bar was always so empty. Wine starts at $25 for a bottle, beer around $6. Water is $5 for 1.5l.
You get 2 x 500ml of water per room per day included. You can have a standard breakfast in your room and pay only a tray charge. There is also in villa dining at various prices.
The rooms - they are a little dark but the bathrooms are light with a good shaving mirror. I loved the open air bathroom with a rain shower although there was also a spa bath and an inside shower. Toiletries provided were soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. The room descriptions are true to the Robinson website. No surprises except that the bed has a wooden surround at shin height designed to whack you below the knees every time. Fresh towels including beach towels are provided daily and there are tea and coffee making facilities. Lifejackets for emergencies, flat screen TV, hairdryer, safe, fridge, free wi-fi - check website for full list of amenities. The garden rooms were semi detached but we never saw or heard our neighbours.
Plastic key cards for room - doubles as a charge card for the room, we liked this type of key as hygienic and easy to take swimming.
Most of the guests are middle aged Germans, the rest are a mixture between Orientals and other nationalities, but no rowdy types and very few Brits. Not many honeymooners although this is the perfect honeymoon island. Not many children, which I assume is due to the island's location and travel time. This is also an island I would recommend for solo travellers as they have two daily snorkel trips on the house reef and if you did not want to eat alone it is possible to share tables although there are plenty of tables for two.
The house reef is fabulous and runs around the entire island. Parts are so close to shore (about 1m) that it makes it ideal for all snorkelling abilities. The reef was one of the best we have seen but not the most fish, possibly due to lack of fish feeding. There was noticeable coral re-growth. We saw lots of the usual fish, including the big stuff (Napoleon fish, sharks and rays) also lots of turtles.
Either the room density is low or the geography of the island is very good because you can sometimes feel alone on the island. You can read on the beach and only hear the gentle lapping of waves. I did several laps of the island without passing a single soul; it takes about 20min to walk around.
There is an absolutely stunningly turquoise lagoon for swimming, I had no need for any wet shoes although after I left I heard that you could walk out to the reef from the lagoon, off from the water villas. This is quite a distance and the furthest point to the reef so saves you swimming it and then you are able to float over it, so if you plan to do that wet shoes would be advised.
All bars and restaurants have sea views and weather permitting you can eat outside all the time. Only the swim up pool bar and main bar are open daily, the others seem to open occasionally and follow the sand movement as a sandbank formed the 2nd week by the water villas and the bar there opened the week after we left. None of the bars ever had more than a handful of guests. The main restaurant is in a stunning location spread out and overlooking the ocean and each meal time was a pleasure like dining out and not just functional.
The main bar has a sand floor and the main restaurant has open sides, with a tiled floor, ceiling fans and has decked outside seating area. The main bar also has an upstairs area which was built in case of a tsunami alert.
Finally the food! Well if food is an integral part of your holiday pick this island. It is advertised as a buffet but in theory it is 90% show cooking. Forget about digging around in steal drums for overdone meat on the bone, this place is for all you 'Foodies' out there.
The kitchen forms part of the restaurant and is surrounded by an open counter, behind which houses the ovens, pizza ovens, grills and wok stations, all chefs on view cooking flamboyantly to your specifications.
A central island houses the fridges and this is where all your fresh salads, sandwiches and chilled meals are prepared.
An example dish will be on display and then everything is cooked, assembled and garnished in front of you.
Breakfast - fresh fruit juice squeezed in front of you, smoked salmon, omelette stations, fresh fruit, muesli, yogurt, cereals, full cooked breakfast, healthy options or continental and oriental. The chef also made me the Maldivian Mas Huni once I told him I liked it.
Lunch - Pasta stations, pizza, freshly made salads, sandwiches and various other cooked dishes, fish and meat.
Dinner - Included dishes like suckling pig, sushi and sashimi (one night this was made from a 45kg sail fish caught by a guest), Ostrich on a bed of mash and Bok Choy with a pomegranate garnish, tenderloin, rack of lamb etc. All cooked to your liking. Fresh fish was on display daily. Do try the roasted garlic soup.
Desserts - Now I'm not usually a dessert person but they were amazing, these were served mainly buffet style, except for one live cooking station serving for example Crepes and also daily ice cream etc which was homemade. The pastry chef made elaborate designs daily. A cheese board for those without a sweet tooth and freshly made bread was also on offer.
Pots of tea and coffee available at all meals at no extra cost.
The 'Well Fit' concept also leaked into the restaurant with a wide choice of health foods on offer; chilled fruit soups, Soya milk, fresh fruit nuts and seeds. Lots of vegetarian options but because this is a German island also a wide selection for carnivores. Even Gordon Ramsey would be impressed.
There is a gala dinner once a week. White night began with aperitifs and scallops at Das Edel, followed by a five course dinner which included Beef Wellington.
Red night started with cocktails and crab cakes at the main bar followed by a five course dinner which included tenderloin of veal. Any special food requirements and the menu would be adjusted so just have a word with the chef.
Beach BBQ at Das Edel Speciality Restaurant once a week.
There is a daily newsletter and it is worth looking at, as Restaurants alternate and one evening we arrived to find the main restaurant closed and only after reading the newsletter discovered that meals were held at the Das Edel that evening.

Bar area for sundowners - with canapés from 6pm daily very comfy seating, daybeds, sofas with plenty of space for everyone watching gorgeous sunsets completely unblemished on the horizon.
Once a week they had a 'Sweet' afternoon at the main bar at no extra charge - cakes, biscuits and fruit on skewers and a chocolate fountain.
The island has fruit bats, two parrots and one cat but no Heron, so there is an opening for a Mr or Mrs Heron.
There is no dress code as such just the normal Maldives attire, everyone was quite casual. I am also glad to report no topless bathing or thongs spotted!
There was no trying to sell trips or trying to up-sell more expensive meals or drinks by staff. Management take a keen interest in their guests and record any comments, they were visible but not obtrusive. All staff were very attentive, waiters always there to top up your glasses.

The funniest thing that I have ever found in a room in the Maldives was at Robinson club - a 30cm shoe horn!

To sum it up this is a very quiet, relaxed, romantic, casual and unpretentious island, more 5 star than 4 and I can't wait to return as there was absolutely nothing that could be improved upon.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2010

I chose Robinson Club Maldives not knowing anything about the Robinson Club hotels or the Maldives. I was pleasently surprised by the service and quality of this hotel. My stay included full board (which includes wine and beer during meal time). The food was GREAT! The grilled fish was amazing. Desserts were amazing. It was truly a great treat.

My room was amazing- I had a garden bungalow but was a 30 second walk from the beach on the east side and 2 minute walk from the beach on the west side. The sleep was comfortable. Rooms were very, very clean. Outdoor bath was amazing and clean! The spa services were great and not as expensive as I expected for the Maldives. The service was great- everyone smiled, spoke and helped whenever needed. The best part is that I didn't feel pressured to tip for every little thing. I am from the US, so figuring out when to tip can be really stressful. But here, tips were not expected and were truly appreciated when given. The island wasn't crowded- I had the beach to myself for sunrise each morning. I traveled there solo and didn't feel overwhelmed by families or honey mooners. Everyone was cordial and respectful. The only downside? The time it take to travel to Funamadua from Male. You have to take a 50 minute flight and then a 25 minute boat ride. Well worth it because you do get actual peace and quiet. The staff was there to receive me at each transfer point. When we reached the island, there was a welcome committee with champagne, food and juice. When it was time to leave, I received passes to the business class lounge while I waited for my flight. I greatly appreciated amenity when you have a 5 hour wait.

Recommend that if you book through an online service not with the hotel directly- bring your receipt of payment. I experienced a slight delay because of this. I had proof of payment, but I read another review who had some challenges. The staff was accomodating and quick to resolve the issue. Also, booking directly with the hotel may be cheaper. My room was $140 more per night through Expedia. Had I known, I would have just booked with the hotel.

Overall, it was amazing. I will definitely return for a longer stay. Just a note that I didn't know- it's a predominantly German and Japanese resort destination. I was completely ok with this, and it was actually refreshing. Everyone spoke English, but some of the information sessions were in German, so I had to ask for a translator. Definitely would recommend for anyone seeking a true get away

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2010

Well I have to say this resort exceeded my initial expectations. The staff are tremendous, special thanks to Badur who kept our room lovely, To Azmel, Sammy and Norby in the restaurant, a special thank you from Mr David, you made it special for us. and not of course forgetting Mateus in the water sports centre, Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. It was very pleasing to see the management mixing with the guests and seeking opinions or suggestions to improve things, but there is very little to improve about the concept of the club it is wonderful.
The choice of food is endless, the quailty is more than above average. The wines are realy quite good and served by the bottle which is always a pleasure. The themed night are very good, we especially enjoyed the japanesse night and WOW the gala night was wonderful. we didn't try the specialist restaurant as the food in the buffett restaurant was more than satisfying. Its a shame the beach barbacue didn't happen because of the occasional shower.
The house reef is marvelous and mostly undisturbed, easily accessed and seemed relatively safe with regards to the currents at the time of our holiday, there is rental vests if needed and free loan of fins,mask and snorkel.
I honestly and genuinely find it very difficult to say anything bad about this resort, its seems to have thought most things through in a guest friendly manor, lets hope it stays that way in the future. The only down side is the length of time to get there, however the exciting scenic internal flight and following speedboat journey makes it all worth while and the wonderful reception at the arrival jetty when you finally land.
Amazing concept and amazing friendly staff and fantastic island.
If I have to suggest any improvements, I could think of two minor things only, a little brighter lights in the room perhaps, And maybe a room reference book - leaflet about the fauna and flora on the island and little pics of the wildlife/plants on the island for easy reference identification, these are very minor things are they.
Well done Robinson club and hope to be back soon next year.
Atina and Mr David

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2010

We travelled with Thomson, first choice airline had good leg room which made the long haul journey very comfortable. On arriving at Male we were very well looked after and spent a short time in a executive air conditioned lounge, then onto a domestic flight, and then a speed boat to the Robinson club island. The journey was an adventure and not unpleasant, we were greeted at Robinson club by the management team with Champagne and fresh fruit which made us feel truly welcome.

The Island was paradise, and no other holiday that we have had comes even close to this one. We stayed in a garden bungalow, which we loved, jacuzi bath and shower under the stars was a magical experience. We had fresh beach and bath towels everyday, the room was cleaned twice a day, and nothing was to much trouble for the fantastic staff.

The food, the service and setting at the restaurant was fabulous. We cant praise the staff highly enough.

The beach with its talcolm powder sand palm trees and coral reef was a snorkellers paradise. We canoed around the island in a glass bottom canoe which was fabulous.

On the morning of our departure we were given a great send off by the management team who waved us good bye at the end of the jetty. - We really didnt want to leave.

The Robinson club is a hidden gem and the staff work extremly hard to make your holiday truly amazing. Well done also to Thomson Holidays.

Can't wait to return.
David & Andrea

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2010

@ average price, Robinson club provides average service, but house reef is really a plus.

terrible accident @ check out: booked the resort through Hotels.com, which already charged the whole amount for 6-nite stay. Robinson insisted on charging us again claiming they didn't find any relevant money on their accounting book, and claiming they consulted with Hotels already. After our repeating requests, they finally called Hotels and found out the agent already hold our full payment, and will send them the $$ on our check out. Front office manager Jenson left without a word after the call, leaving alone apologies. Whole process took us 1 and half hour, almost missed our flight.

loud music at night till 2am: stayed in water bunglow for 3 nights. For 2 nights, live music continued till 2am in the evening. Cannot sleep at all. If you are early bird, avoid this resort.

Only thing we recommend: house reef. It makes the resort worth the price. But considering the service and noise at night, dont stay for too long if you are not party animal. We stayed for 7 nights in total, too long for us.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

If there is heaven on earth it is here. Long journey but well worth it. The reef is fabulous quite amazing swimming with turtles and baracudas angel fish and all other life. Food fabulous all staff friendly attentive and nothing too much trouble. Truly Robinson Crusoe with luxury. Would recommend probably more suited to couples than a family. We had 2 weeks of sheer bliss. Sunset was fabulous every eving sipping the cocktail of the day.The spa excellent my husband and i had a couples massage which was amazing.

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Address: Funamadua, Villingili 20077
Location: Maldives > North Huvadhu (Gaafa Alifu) Atoll > Villingili
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Hotel Class:5 star — Robinson Club Maldives 5*
Number of rooms: 101
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