Last summer my parents surprised me and my sister with a holiday to Majorca for a week, it was meant as a treat for me getting through my second year of university and for my sister finishing her AS levels. We were overjoyed with the prospect of a week in the sun, most of all as it hadnt cost us a single penny, and both took it as a good reason to hit the shop to stock up on bikinis! The holiday was booked for late in June in an attempt to avoid peak summer holiday time while over there.
The island of Majorca is the largest of the three Balearic Islands and is located in the Mediterranean Sea just off the south east coast of mainland Spain. The flight time from Englands airport is roughly 2.5 hours; we found it was slightly longer possibly as we were flying from northern England. The capital of the island is Palma and this is also where the airport is located on the west side of the island.
Calas de Majorca
We were staying in the Calas de Majorca area of the island which is approximately 45 miles from the airport and capital of Palma. Its on the east of the island and about 15 minutes from the larger town of Porto Cristo. The transfer to the area took approximately an hour and a quarter, mainly as wed hired a car to pick up from the airport as I believe if you get a transfer from the airport it can take more like two hours. The journey to the resort wasnt all main roads and we did end up on some rather beaten looking road tracks on our way!
The resort itself is fairly quiet and relaxed, very different to the capital of Palma or the tourist attraction areas of Magaluf and Puerto Pollensa. With regard to getting to other attractions on the island there are quite regular bus routes I believe although we found that a hire car made the holiday much easier while we were there. The Centro Commercial seems to be the main focus in this area and contain a selection of bars, internet cafes, shops and supermarkets. We managed to cover the whole shopping centre in about two hours so its not really suitable for occupying you for a full day.
We were staying in the Riu Hotel Club Tropicana which lies directly on the Domingos beach in Calas de Majorca which is the largest beach in the resort. Its about 2 km from the centre of Calas de Majorca which we found was quite a pleasurable walk away or, if you hire a car youll find you can get there in just a couple of minutes. Another nice point of the hotel is that its relatively secluded in that theres no other hotels next door, the nearest one is a couple of minutes walk away.
Upon arriving at the hotel the first thing we noticed was the white exterior of the building which gave it a lovely, quaint feel and also the fact that the main building was actually contained in a redesigned old mill which again gave a sense of charisma to the hotel. The main building housed the reception area, the restaurant area, the bar area and a selection of hotel rooms. Further rooms were found in the two storey buildings in the garden areas of the hotel. The reception area was adequately and spaciously furnished and from here we were directed to our rooms which were located in the garden area.
Upon discovering our rooms we found they were situated on the ground floor and accessed by a short flight of stone steps which led directly into the garden area, just a couple of minutes stroll from the main building of the hotel. Inside the rooms were furnished in a typical Spanish manner with cool ceramic floors, white walls and rather bright furnishing covers. Each of the two rooms housed a double bed, a small single bed (only really suitable for a child), a desk, chair, television and other typical amenities. The bathrooms were quite small but again perfectly functional and absolutely spotless which we were all relieved to discover. Outside our room we also shared a small terrace with our parents room which had white garden furniture to allow us to relax after a hard day of sun bathing! The rooms themselves were furnished adequately and spotlessly clean which was all we were bothered about as weve never spent much time indoors while on holiday in a hot country.
Eager to explore after this we soon found that the hotel backed onto the beach which we all instantly fell in love with. The fact that you could walk out of the back of the hotel and be straight on a sandy beach was ideal for sun worshippers! The beach was lovely with light golden sand and not at all like the pebbley beaches you find in some areas of Spain. The sea itself was also particularly clear, you could see to the bottom even when you were about 8 foot deep. As the beach was mainly used by people staying within our hotel and also a couple of surrounding hotels, the staff did a good job f keeping it clean to attract holiday makers.
Outside the hotel we also discovered the pool which was a decent size and surrounded by sun loungers and also the poolside bar which offered a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as some basic snacks. The pool itself had a small childrens area set off from the main pool which of course was quite shallow. There was always plenty of sun loungers to go around, when we visited the hotel was probably only half full so in peak time you may have to battle it out for one! There was also a small beach bar just offered drinks and ice creams as well as a functional childrens playground.
The dining experience was equally as pleasant as the rest of the hotel, as we were on an all inclusive board we were lucky enough to have unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from 7am until 12pm served at any of the bars. The restaurant was decorated in white ceramic tiles, white walls and wooden units which gave a very cool and holiday-ish feel to the restaurant. Breakfast was served from 7am until 10am and consisted of a continental and a cooked option; there was plenty of choice and always plenty to go around. Lunch was served in the restaurant or in the poolside bar and consisted of a buffet of pizza, chips, soup, pasta, salads, etc. as well as a smaller version of this being served at the poolside bar. The evening meal was served from 6pm until 9pm and consisted of freshly cooked meats and fish, vegetables, salads, potatoes, soups, pasta and bakes. There was also a themed night on the Thursday we were there when they served about 8 different types of curry and apparently there was a Spanish night as well but we ate out that evening sadly.
The food in my opinion was one of the highlights of the holiday, we all gained several pounds while staying at the hotel due to the fresh and delicious food that was almost constantly on offer. You could see that the chefs were frequently topping up the dishes and never did we have to ask for anything to be refilled. Despite some people having warned us in the past about the food getting rather repetitive when staying at an all inclusive hotel we didnt find this at all.
The staff at the hotel were really pleasant and always helpful, especially the cleaners who came in once a day and after my sister commented that she really like the soap they used to leave us a couple of extra ones every day! The other notable staff members were the bar staff who were always up for having a laugh with us, mostly at the expense of the other bar staff! The hotel was also kept impeccably clean, the pool area was cleaned twice a day and the restaurant was cleaned thoroughly after every meal.
There was a childrens programme on offer although I think we went a little too early in the season to see it in action and there were also sport programmes on offer including tennis, swimming and mini golf although we all preferred to sun bathe than take part! There was also entertainment on offer in the bar area which consisted of a Spanish singer one night and a variety show put on by some members of the bar staff which was a really good laugh.
A 7 night stay in this hotel on an all inclusive basis for 4 adults cost my parents roughly £1,200 without flights which worked out at about £45 each per night we stayed there. Although this may seem quite important for a hotel alone I must argue that we didnt have to pay for a single drink or meal, except on the evenings that we took day trips to other towns in Majorca and so ate there out of choice. When you think that £45 covers your three daily meals, all your drinks and your board we actually thought the cost of the hotel was quite a bargain!
This hotel is rated as a 3* option although Id arguably give it 4*s due to the clean facilities and the brilliant food on offer which we never seemed to tire of. We ate at the hotel five out of the seven nights that we were staying there and I can honestly say I never found the food repetitive, despite the same options being available every night there was so much choice you could avoid eating certain dishes and still easily manage to fill your plate.
The actual hotel itself had all the amenities that we needed and the location of it, so close to the beach, was ideal for us as we never have been the sort of family to trek miles to a beach! The only thing I would say is that my parents room had obviously been renovated more recently than ours and perhaps a renovation of some rooms wouldnt go amiss as it was starting to look a little shabby with the odd tile cracked and the bathroom appearing slightly dated.
I wouldnt hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone, its ideal for families or couples looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday, the kids club means you can safely get rid of your children for a few hours at a time a well. Its probably not great for young people looking for a lively holiday as you are rather limited in things to do at night. The Calas de Majorca centre is just under 2km away and took us about 20 minutes to walk there, of an evening it does have quite a bustling environment although theres no hardcore clubs to be found here which suited us at the time.
The hotel gets 4 out of 5 stars from me, sadly the area was just slightly too quiet for me but luckily we did have a hire car which meant exploring was possible.
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