We just returned from Robinsons, where we would like to go again sometime in the future. The corals are beautiful, it is full of all sized and coloured fish and the food is really absolutely amazing by all standards. There is no question that the Maldives are a piece of Paradise - wherever you go - and most of the reviews talk about this. So, I will not write about the lovely paradise feeling, as I fully agree with all the best reviews. But I also have to agree with Franciso N's review called "Strange island". To explain myself, a list of goods and not so.
1. Transfer is painful. However U plan it, U will probably have a couple of hours layover when arriving in Male ( we had 3 after an all night flight), then U fly one hour by Maldivian air to Kaadeedhdoo airport, 30 min for the luggage transfer to the boat and then another 30 min by boat. Sometimes the plane stops on another island to pick up some more tourists and this is known only one day in advance. For example, the day we left, we had to leave at 13.30, allthough our flight out of Male was at 19.45. When U arrive, U are so tired, it takes about 24-48 hours to be able to fully enjoy paradise. Also don't plan too much for your last day. So if U want to enjoy full 7 days, plan to stay 8 or 9 days effectively.
2. When deciding which accomodation to book, I found it very unclear what beach villa, beach bungalow type 1 or 2, bungalow sea side and bungalow sea view meant. So I asked at the reception and here is what I found out: beach villa and beach side bungalow are one and the same and they are the bigger accomodations to the right of the arrival jetty on the plan. They have a larger beach opening and and the width of the beach is bigger as well. The bungalows type 1 and 2 are the sea view ones, left to the arrival jetty (and going around the tip of the island) and they are called sea view, because the opening in the shrubbery ca be quite tiny at times and the beach is also very narrow in front of them. The difference in price indicates the larger or smaller opening towards the beach. They have all a lovely view and the shade is a godsend. The garden bungalows are the cheaper version, U have no view and probably feel like beeing in the middle of the jungle as the island is styled to give U a Robinson Crusoe feeling. If U can upgrade to something with an even tiny view to the sea, do so. The overwater bungalows are probably more luxurious, but U have to run in the scorching sun over a very long plankway every time U want to eat or do any activity and people from over there arrived flushed at the restaurant even if trying to shield themselves with umbrellas from the sun. And, yes, they do look kind of ugly, especially the unnecessarily oversized wooden planks which take up all the view.
3. A lot of posts mentioned here that the pillows were very hard and thin, so I vaccumedpacked 3 pillows to take with us, as we have problems with our backs. But we found that the pillows were ok and they did not differ at all from those found in other hotels world wide. We stayed in a seaview bungalow. The aircon was quite loud and they had to fix it twice. But the rest was perfect.
4. The food is sublime. Lots of fresh local fish, sushi, sashimi, salads, but also pizzas, pastas, indian food. All U can wish for. Example for the once weekly set menu: vegetable millefeuille, sweet and sour chicken soup, sail fish, Argentinian steak and a dessert buffet, all presented as in a gourmet restaurant, decorated and extremely tasty. Another night of the week we were offered a fish barbecue on the beach. Miam!
5. The sports facilities are excellent. Pilates, yoga, tummy programe, back programme, watergym, PowerPlate, FlexiBar. Most of it for free. Well equipped gym. Perfect to be able to work off a little part of the good food.
6. Snorkeling was great! Much better than the 2 other times we were in the Maldives. Coralwise and fishwise.
7. The water in the lagoon is not very clear, so to see the fish well U have to get out on the rim. The portion between the beach and the rim is quite shallow on the northern narrow part. The bottom is full of corals and stones, so U need beachwear or flippers to be able to get out to the riff rim, and U risk falling down due to waves and slippery surfaces. As well we, as our neighbours (young family with a kid) got some ugly scratches from brushing against corals or stones when trying to get towards the designated exit places to the riff. The water near the other jetty south part smelled a little. So it is not like in other islands where U can have a leisurely swim in the lagoon. Robinsons is really advisable for those who want to view the corals and fish over and over again. U can't get enough!
8. The staff is very helpfull and friendly and they seem to treat the employees much better than on the other islands we have seen, as employees do not tend to shy away from the tourists and sometimes U can even strike some conversations. It is difficult to tip waiters as they rotate all the times.
9. The spa is HEAVEN. Some have written that they found it to rough, but U do fill out a form where U write how U want the massage to be done and they ask U all the time if pressure is OK. So if U can communicate, it should be just as U wished. For me it was perfect.
10. They spray every night against mosquites, but I still got bites. Luckily however, they didn't give me an allergy as they usually do, so I didn't mind.
I wont repeat all the other lovely things. It is really worthwile, well organized and U will love it.
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