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FAMILY HOLIDAYS ROBINSON CLUB DESTINATIONS


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How will a British family fare at a German-owned sports resort? Robin Searle heads to Fuerteventura to find out


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hen Tui announced plans to start selling its German


all-inclusive Robinson clubs brand through independent agents in the UK, it’s fair to say a few eyebrows were raised. Cue the obvious jokes about


towels on sunbeds and bratwurst for breakfast – even before rival Thomas Cook put sunbeds at the top of the news agenda – plus doubts about whether Brits could be persuaded to forgo their home comforts for a holiday alongside their European neighbours.


But Tui clearly felt the


Robinson product could fill a gap in the UK market, appealing to families and couples keen to move on from fly and flop and find a healthy holiday option without booking a spa retreat in the Alps. The idea of an active holiday is


hardly new, of course. Customers have been enjoying tennis, cycling and water sports at the likes of Mark Warner, Neilson and Club Med resorts for decades, and a gym is increasingly high


on the checklist for many holidaymakers. But for Robinson, the concept of health and wellness is integral to its offering, with healthy dining options placed front and centre at every meal, and sports and fitness options ranging from football, tennis and swimming coaching to spinning classes and personal training sessions on the beach. We put Robinson to the


test with a family break at its Esquinzo Playa resort on Fuerteventura’s south coast,


about a 90-minute transfer from the island’s airport. Situated on the clifftops of the Jandia peninsula, above a stunning beach that runs uninterrupted for miles in both directions, the resort is a sprawling but low-rise affair which has the feeling of a village in comparison with the towering behemoths in nearby Morro Jable. Having researched the resort


beforehand, we knew it would be a very German experience, with German the undisputed first


8 February 2018 travelweekly.co.uk 47


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