My step count is over 25,000… I think I’m finally ready for bed! Of the 64 activities on offer at this Robinson club, my body feels as though I’ve crammed almost all of them in in the space of 24 hours. I notice the spike in my steps at midnight and try to wind my mind back almost a full 24 hours… Ah yes, that will have been the night club! It’s not often I’m in a club these days, but Robinson keeps the inclusive drinks flowing along with the tunes until 1am and so I happily bopped along until the wee hours!
For me, breakfast is the first thing on my mind when I wake up, and boy does the brekkie here tick all the boxes! There are huge oysters on ice, a whole smoked salmon, several feet long it seems, expertly sliced and squeezed with lemon before my very eyes, healthy vegetable juice shots with a spicy kick in the WellFood area… it really is a sight for sore eyes. I see the kids’ eyes bulge too as they spot Nutella dispensers and freshly made waffles. I say kids, however I see plenty of ‘big kids’ go down that route too!
Time to work off those oysters (how many calories does an oyster have I wonder momentarily), so it’s off to beach volleyball. Sand gets everywhere but it’s worth it to pretend I’m a pro and dive through the sand for the ball (then miss, but let’s not dwell on that part). After getting quite a sweat on and sand in all kinds of suprising places, woga seems like the perfect antedote. Woga? I too wondered what this could be… It turns out it’s yoga on water. Well, yoga on a stand up paddleboard attached to a floating platform to be precise. We try all kinds of positions which get our core muscles firing then mercifully do some relaxation. Listening to the water lap around us and taking in the coastline as we rest in child’s pose melts our aches away.
A quick cookery class before lunch? Why not! We learn how to make “pitta di patate”, a traditional breadcrumb-covered potato and tomato ‘pie’ of sorts from nearby Salento. The chef could not be more Italian if he tried, with such dramatic hand gestures as he animatedly talks us through the recipe. I was secretly hoping for a ‘Mamma Mia’ at the end but we got a ‘buenissimo’ and the trademark loud kiss noise instead.
Lunch is by the beach. I love that there is no glass in the beach restaurant’s windows which stretch out over the bay, allowing the sounds of the sea to waft in on the breeze… the floor is wooden for those still clinging on to a little sand or soggy bottom. I discover heaven on Earth when I see a chef cooking linguine inside an enormous hollowed-out parmesan wheel… whoever invented this should be given a medal: it tastes divine!
With more carbs to work off it’s back to the beach for a gentle sail on a catamaran, expertly helmed by bronzed instructor Salvatore (after all, the pasta needs to settle before attempting anything too energetic), out to a little island where we gaze down through the clear waters at sea urchins. We even find Nemo! Then it’s time for the rather more strenuous wind-surfing and, once a significant number of parmesan inflicted calories have been worked off, I reward myself with a sundowner and laze on a lounger for a while as the orange orb over the sea slowly melts into the horizon.
It’s Vintage Night so I enjoy getting ready, creating victory rolls in my hair and donning the compulsory red lipstick and polka dot dress. The Taste Jam stalls are set up all around the pool and my toughest choice of the day lies in which street food from all the different cuisines to try. Luckily there are no restrictions so I steadily make my way through the majority of them, washed down with various colourful fruit-laden juices and cocktails.
I twirl in my vintage dress at the outside poolside stage to the live music sang by no other than our woga instructor from earlier on! And come to think of it, my Thai wok noodles were served by the volleyball guy… what a multi-talented lot of Robins!
Finally I slip away and sink into my pillow, content with all the memories made for each spike of activity on my step counter over the past 24 hours. Time to sleep, another eventful Robsinson day awaits tomorrow!
If, like me, you are a restless person or get bored easily, then Robinson Clubs are definitely for you! The choice of activities available only narrowly surpsasses those on offer in the restaurants and with excellent childcare from 0 through to 17 it really is the perfect choice for families with children of all ages. I was hosted on a familiarisation trip in the Italian resort of Apulia, but aside from Europe, Robinson also has resorts in the Maldives, Thailand and even ski resorts too! Do get in touch for more information and we’ll help make your dream Robinson adventure come to life.
Here’s a video of my trip…
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