I have written often of the Robinson Club and the many Christmas’s we have spent there. While I understand others prefer a more traditional hotel, I know of nowhere that maintains high standards more consistently.
Personally, I love being able to walk out to two eminently walkable and excellent golf courses that offer quite different tests and scenic vistas. The driving range and short game areas are readily available too, while the Spa includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna and steam rooms, massage etc. Cycling, tennis, yoga and aerobic classes to name a few, are also available for the more energetic.
The accommodation cannot be described as luxurious, but is spotless, comfortable, with large walk in wardrobe space and sit-out terrace or balcony. Suites too are available at reasonable prices and while not necessary, couples might find them worth the extra as a Christmas treat.
The all inclusive restaurant is buffet style of which generally I’m not a fan, but the selection, variety and quality on offer throughout the day is second to non and wins me over very easily. Apart from an hour here and there to re set for the next feast, the all inclusive element has food and drinks available almost continuously. They have a beach club to which one can take the shuttle service or walk to through the golf course, and from there walk along the beach or cliff top or simply lie in the sun and enjoy another inclusive drink.
Returning to this years golf, we played a daily team event coupled to a running individual stableford. Rather than scoring that on stableford points we ran it as a league table.
On day 1 over the Quinta da Cima course, Dougie, Kenneth and Neville amassed 78 points to win the team event, Dougie also taking the lead from Pat with an excellent 36 to go top of the league.
Day 2, Dougie again led the individual with 35 on Quinta da Ria and along with his team members Liz and Peter produced a winning team 80 points.
Following Christmas Day away from the links we travelled to Quinta do Lago and played a 4 BBB over the lovely South Course. Liz and Martin produced a very respectable 34 but were pipped by Jean and Peter on a solid 36.
Our 3rd round produced some fireworks as the competition hotted up. Back to da Cima, another fine round of 35 by Dougie one might think put him in an unassailable lead, but Peter going one better on 36 brought himself into contention, while Pat blew the whole field away with a magnificent 46! He, Peter and ably assisted by Martin, not surprisingly, with a mammoth 94, won the team event.
And so our final day sent the three contenders out head to head. Pat, with his reduction in handicap and like the low shooters on the PGA tour couldn’t repeat the form of yesterday, Peter, not used to these heady heights on the golf course neither, while our experienced campaigner Dougie produced another score in the thirties to be our worthy Christmas Champ!
I am looking forward to our extended stay here next Festive Tour, with an additional New Years Week and all hosted by a most welcoming, young and vibrant staff.
For those who prefer a traditional hotel and a drive out to golf courses and evening restaurants, Barney will be hosting Christmas and golf around Vilamoura and he and Graham, New Year events in a similar area. Hopefully, this offers a wide and appealing range from which to choose next years festivities.