Robinson, TUI’s premium club brand, is designed for people who like an active holiday with a focus on health, wellbeing, good food and relaxation. Sounds like the perfect balance to me.
I was invited to Cyprus by Robinson Club and TUI. However, all thoughts and impressions are my own and I retain free editorial rights to write exactly as I wish about my experience.
A perfect balance of activities, wellness and relaxation in sunny Cyprus
I recently spent a few days enjoying the newest Robinson resort near Larnaca in sunny Cyprus. I tried new activities, was pampered in the spa, chilled on the beach, enjoyed excellent food, and visited some top Cyprus sights. I arrived back home feeling relaxed, revitalised and wondering how on earth I squeezed so much into just three days.
What is Robinson Club?
This four star luxury premium club resort is one of 26 Robinson Club resorts across Europe, Thailand, the Maldives and north Africa. Robinson Club, part of the TUI group, offer a huge range of top quality activities, water sports, relaxation, entertainment and high quality cuisine.
The all-inclusive resorts have top quality facilities and are suitable for families, couples, singles and family groups. The Robinson Club Cyprus property opened in summer 2021 so everything is all fresh, new and shiny.
Originally geared towards the German market Robinson Club are now welcoming guests from the UK who will also appreciate the high standards on offer.
Where is Robinson Club Cyprus?
Robinson Club Cyprus is located on a secluded stretch of sandy beach in Alaminos on the south coast of Cyprus. It’s set between Larnaca and Limassol and is a 30 minute drive from Larnaca airport. The resort is the only purpose-built club hotel in Cyprus and opens from March to November.
Robinson Club Cyprus review
Our trouble-free flight with Tui arrived in the early hours and we were greeted at the hotel with a welcome drink before checking in and being shown to our rooms. I slept really well and wasn’t keen to leave that big comfy bed but I wanted to check out the hotel and there’s a lot to check out.
The sprawling, low-rise and beautifully landscaped resort leads down onto a long stretch of sandy beach. There are various spaces for relaxation with sun loungers and parasols in the lawns leading down to the sea as well as on the beach itself.
The Swimming Pools
There are three swimming pools at Robinson Club Cyprus. The large, main pool area is surrounded by lush gardens with tropical vibes. Sun loungers are plentiful with the pool bar and seating areas close by.
The pool, which was nicely warm, never seemed busy despite the resort being full. There’s also a training pool for swimming laps and an indoor pool at the WellFit Spa.
I found time for a couple of visits to the beach for some sea swimming. The resort sits on a long stretch of quiet, sandy beach. The water was beautifully warm and clear and the beach had plenty of free sun loungers with parasols.
It was lovely to spend time swimming and to sit enjoying the sea breeze with the sound of the waves lapping the shore. Further along the beach is where you’ll find the Robinson Club water sports station.
Water Sports at Robinson Club Cyprus
There’s a large range of water sports to enjoy with daily taster sessions and modern, high-tech equipment available.
The wide sandy beach gently slopes down to the sea with two off-shore breakwaters. The water here is shallow with no currents and is perfect for beginners to try stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing, surfing, wind foiling and catamaran sailing. Head further out behind the breakwaters when you want to take things a step further.
I had a go at paddle boarding which I’d wanted to try for ages. It’s not as easy as it looks and it took a couple of goes to stand on my board. After a while I stopped wobbling and paddled around the back of the breakwaters and stayed up for around 20 minutes. I loved it and have done it again since and enjoy the feeling of wellbeing it brings.
Activities at Robinson Club Cyprus
Archery was another first for me and we had an hour’s archery training at the 35m long archery range. I really didn’t think I’d be any good but not only did I manage to hit the target, I almost got a bullseye! A cool accomplishment and a lot of fun had in the process.
If a bow and arrow doesn’t appeal there are loads of other activities to choose from.
Tennis Courts and ball sports
There are nine tennis courts at Robinson Club Cyprus – yes nine courts. When I think about the times we’ve struggled to book a hotel with just one tennis court! Three of the clay courts have floodlights so evening play is an option and racket hire and courts are included in the cost of your holiday along with ‘stay and play’ and a taster course.
Other ball sports include beach volleyball, basketball, table tennis and badminton. There’s also a good-sized Astroturf football pitch.
If water and racket sports aren’t your thing then maybe cycling is. The region surrounding the resort is perfect for mountain biking or head to the mountain areas for off-road trails and stunning views. There’s a bike station at the resort with top-quality mountain bikes and racing bikes available for hire.
Yoga and Pilates
I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed yoga, especially when classes are held in an open-air space by the beach with a view out to the ocean. There are a range of yoga and Pilates classes suitable for every level of fitness and ability. A wonderful way to start the day.
WellFit Spa and Fitness Centre
Would a wellness break even be a wellness break without a spot of pampering? I think not. The WellFit spa has you covered with a range of beauty treatments from mani/pedicures to wraps, facials and peels as well as Ayurvedic, aromatherapy, sports and Thai massage.
I booked a Thai massage which was excellent. The therapist and the products were superb and I left with both my mind and my body feeling relaxed and calmed.
As well as the spa and wellness garden there are saunas, a steam bath, indoor pool and well-equipped gym in the WellFit centre.
Classes include indoor cycling, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, slings, strength training and Aquafit. If you’d like to book a personal trainer, that’s available too.
The Robinson App
Before you arrive at the resort download the Robinson App so you can book your classes, activities and spa treatments. It’s easy to navigate and shows you exactly what’s on, where and when. If you’re travelling solo then there’s a forum where you can find activity partners for tennis and team sports.
Children of all ages are looked after with various ROBY Club options. Various age related programmes including creativity, fun and sports are available between 10am and 9pm six days a week for ages 3-6, 7-9 and 10-12 year olds. There‘s also a club for teens and a baby pool within the children’s club area.
Food and Drink
Food and drink at Robinson Club Cyprus is on an all-inclusive basis and there are two restaurants to choose from. All allergies and dietary requirements are provided for including vegan and gluten-free.
Most meals will be enjoyed at the large main restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a buffet style environment. Dine inside or on the outdoor terrace.
The menu is varied and tasty and uses seasonal, locally sourced produce. I enjoyed the food in the main restaurant, especially the WellFood menu which is nutritionally balanced to support your body and mind. I went for this option most of the time and loved the delicious salads which I topped up with fresh fish or grilled meats from the live cooking stations.
Breeze Beach Club
However, my favourite place to eat was the smaller Breeze Beach Club overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean and where we had breakfast the first morning and a BBQ dinner. I also had a lunch from the small buffet there but it was very busy and we had to wait a while for a table.
Breeze Beach Club has a BBQ dinner two nights a week and the food is amazing. You’ll need to reserve a table because it’s popular for good reason.
Starters are a sharing platter of delicious salads, shrimp, tomahawk steak and fried halloumi sticks brought to the table. After this you’ll choose your main course from a selection of barbecued meats, burgers and fish including salmon and tuna. My fillet steak with roasted vegetables and potato wedges was spot on. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options but these aren’t shown on the menu and need to be requested.
Dessert was Crepe Suzette which was flamboyantly flambéed before us or a medley of equally appealing mini desserts or both…
The beach club bar is the place to be for sundowners. The resident DJ plays chill out music as guests lounge on giant beanbags, the hotel’s signature cocktail in hand, as the sun slowly dips beneath the horizon. The perfect way to end the day.
There are three other bars at the resort, the pool bar, tennis bar and the night club.
Aperitifs are the prelude to Robinson’s weekly gala event and we met on the top terrace for live music and signature cocktails. Our dress code for the night was black and white elegant. Dinner in the main restaurant was followed by cocktails outside.
Other entertainment includes Gastro entertainment evenings, evening shows in the theatre, live music and performances. The ‘Nite Club’ is also open two nights a week until 3 a.m.
My Robinson Club Room
I loved the room’s calm vibe as soon as I entered. My first-floor room was spacious with large window and patio doors. Décor was cool and stylish with wooden floor. The large bed, with two pillow types, was very comfortable and made up with high quality bed linen.
There was plenty of storage with two large wardrobes plus drawer space, a dressing table, bedside cabinets and a flat-screen TV. A coffee maker and fridge were welcome and bottled water was provided on day one, after that I topped my water bottle up at the restaurant.
The room was equipped with an electronic safe, hairdryer and air-conditioning which was essential. Plug sockets are both UK three-pin and European two-pin style together with USB charging points. Sockets and USB ports are conveniently located by the bed.
A large patio area with table and chairs surrounded by tropical planting was a nice spot to enjoy a quiet moment and the birdsong in the mornings.
The spacious fully tiled bathroom had similar neutral tones to the bedroom. The large walk-in shower with Grohe fittings and rainforest shower head took up the whole width of the room. The loo was on the opposite side of the room.
A well-lit circular mirror sat above a spacious basin and worktop area, to the right was a razor point and small magnifying mirror. On the shelf below were plenty of luxuriously soft towels including a beach towel for the pool. If there was a bathrobe I didn’t find it.
I liked the Natural Remedies vegan products featuring organic sage, nettle and blackcurrent which had a wonderful scent. No. 9 handwash on the basin and the No.16 hair and body wash in the shower. I like that larger, eco-friendly and refillable bottles are used.
TUI Musement excursions
There are plenty of top sights to see in Cyprus and we took an abbreviated version of this tour for a taste of the TUI Collection Cyprus Tours. I can highly recommend the tour.
Ancient Kourion is one of the most important sights in Cyprus and one of the most impressive. The city dates back as far as the 8th century BC and highlights include the baths, beautiful mosaics and the stunning Greco-Roman amphitheatre. You can’t fail to be wowed by the beautiful views from the hilltop over the Mediterranean Sea.
Heading up towards the Troödos Mountains spend time exploring the traditional village of Omodos. Cute cobbled alleyways are filled with shops selling artisan crafts, handmade lace and delicous home grown produce. Stop by the Monastery of the Holy Cross, one of the oldest monasteries on Cyprus, visit the ancient grape press and stop by the pretty main square for a drink.
Wine Tasting at Gerolemos Winery
Cyprus is one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world so it’s no surprise that they produce excellent wine. A visit to Ktima Gerolemos award winning winery provides spectacular vineyard views with an entertaining and very enjoyable wine tasting experience from Aris, the owner.
With Robinson Club you can make your holiday exactly what you want to make it, from active and sporty to pampered and chilled – or a combination of both. The food is excellent and there’s a range of day trips and excursions to enjoy. Does this sound like the kind of holiday you’d enjoy?
Prices currently start from £818 GBP per person per week (not including flights).