there is no question that this club hotel is situated in paradise. the island offers authentic nature that is not over-groomed and has dream-come-true beaches and pure water. the reef is thriving with life (including small sharks, dolphins, water turtles, mantas and countless varieties of colourful fish), the snorkelling and diving great. food is good and never dull. the sunset-bar is heavenly.
only thing that came as a negative surprise was the transfer from Male. somehow it was not communicated to us that upon arriving in Male (after 9 hours flight from Vienna) one has to wait for a connecting domestic flight (we waited 2 hours in the lounge and then had a 1 hour flight) and then wait again for a connecting speed boat (>30 minutes) to the club island. we had booked this trip also because the return flight was at a decent time (11:00 a.m. from Male to Vienna) and were looking forward to departing after a nice last breakfast. BUT: on the evening before our departure a note was slipped under our door announcing we would be leaving at 3:00 a.m.(!!) by boat and then by domestic plane to Male. there we were to wait 5 hours(!) for our connecting flight. making the overall door-to-door trip 18 hours!! if we had known in advance how cumbersome the round-trip would be, we would have selected a venue closer to Male and more accessible (either just by hotel boat, or just by individual water plane that you don't have to wait for ... but not by a regular local flight AND a boat). especially if you are only staying a week or ten days this well-kept secret of endless waiting and transferring is just too difficult and spoils the overall experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Robinson Club Maldives Hotel Villingili