Our 2 exceptional, modern, unique, award-winning seaview apartments are LOCATED ON A LARGE SANDY BEACH (with no road between apt & beach!!), 30 m from the sea, with 2 swimming pools, in Mali i Robit - a seaside town perfectly situated 15 km south of Durrës & 35 km from the airport/Tirana.
The apartments are in the same building (above/below each other), they can be rented separately or together as they are perfect for 2 families or 2 couples who would like to spend their holidays together but still want their privacy. See our other apartment - "Beachfront APT".
Hi, my name is Cindy! I am originally from Canada, my husband Arjol is from Tirana, and we are the private owners of the 2 "Fabulous Beachfront Apartments". If you are looking for a unique experience in a high standard, sea view apartment right on the beach, a well-organized arrival and departure, and helpful travel advice (including a rental car sent directly to the apartment), then feel free to send us an email, text message or call if you have any questions (the phone number is available on Tripadvisor after you click on "Request to Book"). :)
THE FEATURES: Absolute frontline, 2 sleeping rooms, 60m2, superior quality, unique, cool, bright, high wooden ceilings (loft), French balcony doors (loft), beach decor, fast private dependable wifi internet, satellite TV, air conditioning, private washing machine, private parking, walking distance to food shops, great beach restaurants and cocktail bars, an INCREDIBLY BREATHTAKING 180° FULL UNBLOCKED SEAVIEW, a large completely private balcony with absolutely spectacular sunsets, and 2 fantastic outdoor swimming pools right next to the apartment.
THE BEACH: The beach in front of and around the apartment is public. It has two areas: one area without parasols/sunbeds (free) and one area with parasols/sunbeds (for hire). Both areas are cleaned regularly. There are no buildings or roads between the apartment and the beach so you can easily go for a refreshing swim in the sea every morning before breakfast! :)
THE BEACH ACTIVITIES: suntanning, swimming, beach volleyball, basketball, outdoor swimming pool (approximately May/June to September/October - our guests pay half price), ping-pong, jet skiing, parasailing, and guided deep sea fishing. For children: children's outdoor pool, train rides, bumper cars, pedal boats, banana boats, playgrounds, trampolines. There is also a spa center/indoor swimming pool/fitness center near the apt.
Mali i Robit is a beach resort town with low-rise buildings. It is unique in Albania because it is in a coastal area surrounded by a lovely pine forest and at the same time, it is not far from the many restaurants, bars and shops in the two largest Albanian cities Durrës and Tirana.
In the high season, Mali i Robit is great for families with children because this is the part of Albania that has the large sandy beaches (from Velipojë to Kavajë), lots of fun beach activities, and shallow water that is safe for swimming.
In the shoulder/low season Albania is quiet everywhere except Durrës and Tirana, so if you are looking for a relaxing holiday in a beachfront apartment, a bit of sightseeing, and the added bonus of great shopping and exciting nightlife nearby, Mali i Robit is the perfect place to be.
It starts getting quite hot beginning of April, so you can swim in the sea from approximately the end of April to the end of October. The resort attracts a mixture of international and Albanian tourists.
GETTING AROUND: Everything is within walking distance, and there are taxis at 'Klajdi' restaurant (50 m), and shuttle buses to Durrës, Tirana, Berat etc. from the main road (400 m). You can rent a car at the airport or car rental can be organized for you. There is private parking next to the apt.
FOOD/SHOPPING: There are food shops close to the apartment + a big supermarket ("Maxi Market" - 3 km direction Kavajë). Boutiques, big shopping centers (ex. "Galaktik"), restaurants and bars in Durrës are open late.
RESTAURANTS: Many restaurants serve delicious, fresh, inexpensive seafood, traditional Albanian cuisine, pizza ... and dinner can also be delivered directly to you at the beach! :)
ALBANIAN MUSIC: 'Ujvara' open-air dinner/dancing club is in Mali i Robit. 'Kali i Trojan' is 3 km north.
CLUBBING: 'Tropikal' nightclub is 5 km north, and there are lots of night clubs in Durrës and Tirana.
MEDICAL ATTENTION: Clinic in town + ambulance service direct to Durrës/Tirana hospital.
* Rental June - September Sunday to Sunday (1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 4 weeks).
* Rental October - May flexible.
* 5 euros/night/person after 2 people.
* Smoking only on the balcony.
* Check-in: 14.00 / Check-out: before 10.00. Please inquire for other check-in/check-out times.
OUR RATES INCLUDE: Fast private dependable wifi internet May - October (Nov-April 15 euros), A/C, electricity, private washing machine, private parking, bed linens + mega-comfortable Swiss duvets/pillows, apartment towels, fully-equipped kitchen (large fridge, freezer, stove, oven, microwave, superior-quality dishes, cutlery, wine glasses, cups, pots, pans), iron, ironing board, use of beach toys, parasol, cooler/icepacks for picnics at the beach, satellite TV (channels in English, Albanian, German, French, Italian, Russian and Polish).
OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL PRICES (optional): Approximately May/June to September/October depending on weather. Our guests pay half price on regular pool prices. Prices for the whole day 08:00 - 21:00 include sunbed/parasol: children 200 Lek (approx. 1.40-1.50 euros) / adults 300 Lek (approx. 2.20-2.30 euros). The pool is located in the garden right next to the apartment, it is of the highest standard and is emptied & cleaned daily / supervised regularly by a pool guard. :)
BEACH: There are two areas: one area without parasols/sunbeds (free) and one area with parasols/sunbeds for hire: 2 - 3 euros for 2 sunbeds + 1 parasol for the whole day.
BEACH ACTIVITIES + SPA/FITNESS/INDOOR SWIMMING POOL (at a facility near the apt): fee applies. Playgrounds at restaurants and beach volleyball: free.
PERSONALIZED SERVICES WE CAN PROVIDE:
* Private Tirana airport taxi pick-up / drop-off - 30 euros each way. Other places in Albania such as Durrës and Skodër are also possible.
* Assistance with car rental from the airport or drop-off and pick-up directly at the apartment.
* Information about things to see and do in the area, guided fishing/canoeing/hiking activities + other guided tours.
MONEY IN MALI I ROBIT: Albanian LEK (the most advantageous currency), Euros, and some establishments accept American dollars.
SNOWBIRDS / SELF-EMPLOYED WORKING TRAVELLERS: This apartment can be rented for the winter months. The Mali i Robit/Durrës area enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate: Average highs approx. 10 to 16° C - December-February....Read more
About the owner
Cindy - Beachfront Apartments Mali i Robit, Albania
Fabulous Beachfront LOFT, 180° WOW!! Seaview, Pool Durres, Durres County, Albania
Additional Location Information
THE EXCURSIONS AROUND MALI I ROBIT
Please note: some secluded places are only available by car, taxi, or through organized tour companies such as "Outdoor Albania".
Durrës: Albania's second largest city has great shopping, beach bars, seafood restaurants, nightclubs, and a famous amphitheatre that is the largest in the western balkans.
Near Durrës/Shijak: Kokomani Vineyard - Albania's oldest and best-known winery.
Tirana: The capital and largest city has the National Historical Museum (don't miss "The Beauty" mosaic from 4th century BC), fun bowling, fabulous shopping, ultra-trendy bars and restaurants (in the "Blloku" District) and Albania's only airport.
Near Tirana (direction "Elbasan"): Petrela Castle Restaurant - a must-see restaurant in a beautiful castle perched on a hill surrounding by gorgeous mountain scenery.
Lake Shkopet: Guided fishing (+ licence/equipment), canoeing or hiking with bbq lunch.
Krujë: Skanderbeg museum & old bazaar.
Kepi i Rodonit (Cape Rodon): Amazing sea views & scenery, short hike, picnic.
Spille & Divjakë Beaches: Quiet, undeveloped beach areas.
Berat: The medieval town of Berat - a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Near Berat: Cobo Winery - taste excellent "Kashmer" red wine, "E Bardha e Beratit" white wine & "Raki me Arra" nut raki liqueur.
Near Berat: Osumi Canyons - rafting/river hiking/waterfalls.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, City vacations, Lake nearby, Rural retreats, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Tirana Airport - 35 km, 21 miles Nearest train station: Durrës Train Station - 15 km, 9.01 miles Nearest ferry port: Durrës Ferry Port - 15 km, 9.01 miles Car is not necessary
Last updated on March 04, 2015
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Left on 09/23/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
The apartment was fantastic and had everything that we needed and more! There was fast wifi which was soley for the apartment's use which we were not expecting ( I think it is common place in albania that wifi is shared). The location was great and ideal for a relaxing beach holiday. Cindy was great at answering all my many queries and general questions about the area and was very prompt with her responses. Her father in law, Vladimir met us at the airport and also returned us there when we departed. We did not feel at any point that if there was a problem, we would be left stranded. This having been our second trip to albania, I would thoroughly recommend it. The people are friendly and it is still a very cheap place to holiday. Many thanks To Cindy and her family
Left on 09/11/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Vraiment agréablement surpris de ce pays que je ne connaissais pas,partie par hasard je suis littéralement tombé amoureux de ce pays.la population est très agréable très ouverte très généreuse,arrivé à l'appartement j'étais vraiment étonné de la qualité de service les gens sont très courtois polis et très serviable toujours prêt a te rendre service d'aider,pour la première fois que j'allais dans un pays que je n'avais jamais entendu parle et ou j'avais des appropries car c'est un ancien pays en guerre,Ben je compte si repartir au mois d'octobre pour 1 semaine encore. véritable destination familiale et endroit pour se reposé.en ce qui concerne l'appartement et le service vraiment je n'ai rien a redire excellent car il y'a toujours une personne pour te répondre si besoin y'a. L'appartement était vraiment clean et complet excellent rapport qualité prix.proche de tout petit commerce vous ne manquez vraiment de rien. Read more
Salut Ludovic et Steve, merci beaucoup pour vos avis !
C'est vrai, l'Albanie est toujours peu connue, mais on espère pas pour longtemps car ce pays a beaucoup à offrir à un touriste : plages de sable fin, vues sur la mer, couchers de soleil extraordinaires, montagnes verdoyantes, canyons, fjords, parcs nationaux, sites historiques, sport et aventure, vie nocturne fabuleuse et les gens sont particulièrement chaleureux, amicaux et serviables.
En tout cas, vous étiez extras et donc toujours les bienvenues chez nous. :)
Leurs vacances :
4 gars de Paris sont restés dans le Loft la dernière semaine d'août. Mali i Robit est central, donc ils ont pu passer du temps au bord de la mer, découvrir la vie nocturne à Durrës et à Tirana, et ils ont même loué une voiture pour voir un peu le sud et le nord de l'Albanie ... tout ça pendant 1 semaine de vacances.
"My Week in Albania"
I was pleasantly surprised by Albania - I went there by chance and I literally fell in love with this country. The people are very nice, open-minded, and generous. Arriving at the apartment, I was amazed at the quality of the service: people are very courteous, polite, and very helpful - always ready to accommodate you and help you. It was the first time I had ever been to a country I had never heard of before. Well, I intend to go back again in October for 1 week. Mali i Robit is a fabulous family destination and a great place to relax. Concerning the apartment and the service, I have absolutely nothing to complain about. Everything was excellent, and if you have a question there's always someone to answer you. The apartment is super clean, well-equipped, and it is excellent value. It is also within walking distance to everything: small shops, restaurants, and bars. You will find everything you need in the apartment and in Mali i Robit. Recommended for: Romantic, Families
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Mali i Robit French Guy
Left on 09/10/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Complexe Fafa : Appartement Situé à 5min de Durres, et 20min de Tirana en voiture. Équipe de wifi et des bars de plage...
Loft en front de mer, logement de bonne qualité, spacieux, aéré et bien équipé.
Les propriétaires sont sympa à l'image des gens dans la région.
Attention à la conduite en albanie (le code de la route relève de l'accessoire)
A nice place, people are cool, the apartment by the sea and landlord are really kind : thank you Vlad, thank Cindy (the owner) you are great !
Left on 09/05/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Francesco
Abbiamo soggiornato nel loft 5 notti nel mese di agosto 2013, due adulti e due bambini. Il loft ha una posizione fantastica, con il balcone che dà direttamente sulla spiaggia. Il mare, i negozi e una bella piscina sono raggiungibili a piedi in un minuto. Il loft è ben attrezzato e l'accoglienza di Vladimir quando siamo arrivati è stata fantastica. Se si ha una macchina a disposizione, vale la pena esplorare le spiagge a nord e a sud di Durazzo (una mezz'ora di viaggio) e non va mancato un pranzo da ali Kali a Divjake. Nel loft troverete molti utili suggerimenti per le escursioni. Consigliatissimo. Read more
La prima famiglia italiana in appartamento Loft. Sono stati bravissimi! Spero di dare il benvenuto più in futuro! Grazie per la bella recensione Francesco!
Great place to relax
Left on 09/01/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Rafal
The apartment is great.
We spent a wonderful week in Mali i Robit.
It's really a lovely place for whole family - especially children.
Cindy, Ajrol and their parents was very helpful and friendly for us. They did everything they could to make us feel comfortable. We've got lots of information about what to see and where to travel from Cindy. However we feel so good that we stay in place all the time.
There is no internet (wifi is out of range), but it's really positive, because we spend more time with each other. You could always go downstairs where wifi is available.
The apartment is on the 4th floor (and there is no elevator), but it wasn't a big problem for us.
Mali i Robit is almost perfect place. Warm sea, sandy beaches, many shops and restaurants nearby. You can even watch a sunset from the balcony. We recommend this apartment to everyone.
U Cindy byli?my w sierpniu 2013. To by? naprawd? fajnie sp?dzony czas. Polecamy wszystkim.
Thank you for the lovely review. Magdalena, Pascal and family (family of 5) were funny, nice and very easy going – the kind of guests you feel comfortable with straight away.
Just a quick note, there is wifi internet inside the apartment, but a password is required.
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Wunderschöne Ferienwohnung mit Blick aufs Meer
Left on 08/21/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Wir haben eine Woche zu zweit in dem Loft verbracht und haben es sehr genossen. Schon beim ersten Betreten waren wir von der Wohnung begeistert. Sie sieht wirklich aus wie auf den Fotos.
Den Transfer vom Flughafen bis zur Haustür haben uns die Vermieter besorgt und alles hat gut geklappt.
In der Wohnung befindet sich alles, was man für eine Urlaubswoche braucht und der schöne Sandstrand ist sofort vor der Tür. Außerdem kann man vom Balkon wunderbar den Sonnenuntergang genießen.
Fußläufig befinden sich einige Restaurants und kleine Supermärkte. Durres kann man innerhalb von 15-20 Minuten bequem mit dem Taxi erreichen.
Die Betreuung vor und während des Urlaubs durch die Vermieter war sehr aufmerksam und herzlich.
Wir würden jederzeit wieder hinfahren! Read more
Wunderschöne deutsches Ehepaar, die ihr Jubiläum im Loft verbracht. Wir waren froh, dass sie kam, und hoffe, sie kommen bald wieder!
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Mali i Robit from 9 to 30 June 2013
Left on 07/03/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We rested in Mali i Robit from 9 to 30 June 2013. We were greeted very warmly. We loved the apartment. Very nice, clean and with all necessary apartments. The balcony offers a beautiful view of the sea and the city of Durres. With the weather we were very lucky. Nearby are many shops and restaurants, the food very tasty. Great food and friendly people in albania. We have only good memories of our stay. Come and you will not regret it. You'll like it 100%.
I want to say a big thank you Cindy, Arjol, Vladimir and Qerime.
We wish you good health and good luck!
Hopefully we'll come back to visit you.
Maxim, Tatiana and Xenia. Read more
Wow, 3 relaxing weeks of sea, sun and sand (and of course, lots of adventure - Max is an avid hunter and fisherman).
What can we say? You guys are terrific!!!! Thanks for everything!
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Great apartment and The Best Owners
Left on 06/11/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
One of the best experiences I`ve had in a vacation rental. Although the owners, Cindy and arjol were abroad during my stay, they were easily reached via text message whenever I needed something. Arjol`s amazingly friendly and attentive father, Vladimir, met me by car in Tirana and drove me to the apartment, and got me checked in. He stopped by the next day as well to bring me some things, and he even met me on the departure day and got me on the right shuttle bus to the airport. He`s also a great guy to have a few beers with.
The apartment is new and has everything you could want in order to enjoy your vacation. The kitchen is fully equipped, although I ate every meal out, and has cable, internet, and a washer, so you will never be bored. The view is absolute beachfront, as there is nothing between you and the water except about 60 feet of sand. Being lulled to sleep by crashing waves was nirvana. There is lots to explore along this beach, and some of the relics from its past, like the igloo shaped bomb shelters from the cold war era, were most interesting.
Mali i-Robit is a new smaller resort area about 15 minutes south of Durres. It`s most suitable for families and those who want a more quiet beach vacation. The hotels are small, and not as good a value as this apartment. There are many reasonably priced beachside restaurants and cafes, and plenty of small minimarts for basic provisions. You can reach this place by bus from Tirana in about 40 minutes, and there is not much need for a car.
I chose this place because the more famous Durres is unattractively overbuilt and is more rowdy and crowded, although if you are into nightlife, you can get there in about 15 minutes from here. I will surely return in the near future. Thanks again to Cindy, Arjol, and Vladimir for providing an amazing place for my first vacation to albania. Read more
Brad is originally from the United States, but now lives in Tokyo. He was in fact, our first American guest! He came the first week of June (a single traveller), a nice quiet period in Mali i Robit.
Initially, we were a bit worried that he would be bored all alone, but he wasn't bored at all. In fact, he was enamoured with Mali i Robit and even asked us about purchasing beachfront property !
Thanks for the review Brad!
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Left on 09/20/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We went there off-season and many places were closed, but something like that we were wanting and expecting. In my opinion this apartment is perfect for fresh couples or if you want to freshen up your relationship :). When we arrived, Arjol's father was there to greet us and showed us everything we had to know about this apartment. He was so friendly like all people there :)! The balcony was our favorite place, you are 30m from beautiful sea and you can light candles outside + the sunset was absolutely breathtaking every night. Apartment was like home from the first second we got there. All our needs were satisfied there - full kitchen with everything you need to cook, comfortable bedroom (with door to balcony) and big bathroom.
Arjol was very nice person. One day we wanted to rent jets, but it wasn't possible in our beach. So arjol made some calls and we just had to lay on the beach and in about one hour we got the jet. We were soo happy :)!!! Read more
So glad to hear how happy you are with the apartment ;=) September is the perfect month for couples to come and enjoy a relaxing, romantic week away from it all.
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Great holidays in a great appartment!
Left on 08/28/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Even weeks before our travel, Cindy & Arjol supplied us with the most useful information, answered questions and did everything to prepare the most comfortable stay in their house.
The appartment, well, how to say... It's just perfect! We stayed on the 4th floor (but I think, the 3th floor is just as comfortable) and it is worth to climb all the stairs - the large balcony offers an amazing view over the see and it is perfectly situated (directly at the beach) to see the most beautiful sunsets. The furniture appears completely new and very elegant, really, everything looks quite luxury. The kitchen is well equipped with 2 hotplates, an oven, a microwave and everything else we needed... There is a large couch, a TV, air conditioning, and the separate bedroom (also with access to the balcony) is equipped with a large bed and several cupboards. There were also 2 sets of bed-linen for changing and many towels that must understandably only be used in the apt. and not at the beach. The bathroom provides a large shower cubicle, toilet, bidet, basin and conveniently, a washing machine. Everything was clean and lovingly arranged - we felt at home from the first minute :)
For German speaking people we can recommend the travel guide from Volker Grundmann. This book has a bit of a strange composition, but it helped us discover the most amazing places. Some of our favorites from this first trip to albania are:
1)Syri i Kalter
4)Saranda and Butrint
5)The reed fields in Orikum
6)Berat and the Bogova Waterfalls
7)Castle in Kruja
8)Tirana, especially block district
... and there are so many more places to discover! Next time, we will definitely go to Shkodra, cross the sea Coman by ferry and do a rafting or hiking tour in the Osumi Canyon!
I am sure that we will come back to albania some day and it would be an honour to be Cindy's & Arjol's guests again :) Read more
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