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Need Sun, Swimming in a Warm Sea and Decent Pool - Mobility?

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Need Sun, Swimming in a Warm Sea and Decent Pool - Mobility?

Hi TA wonders -

We are a couple trying to get away from the freezing temperatures for a week somewhere in the August 15 - September 15 time - our bones are cold!

Don't want to be near a bunch of party animals - although we like wine on the balcony ourselves. Enjoy food, strolling, art, culture and of course swimming. Basically we want 7 days of guaranteed sun and heat at a decent, clean place to stay that isn't full of drunken stag and hen parties.

We are not adverse to B&B but would not like all-inclusive. Budget is a tough one as we like the amenities of 5 star on a 3 star budget.

Husband can't walk miles anymore due to mobility issues and is quite visually impaired but enjoys going new places, new food and new experiences. He would prefer not to walk too far - say 10 to 15 minutes for restaurants, bars, etc. I can drive but hardly ever do anymore as we don't require a car where we live. So driving is kind of out.

Is there somewhere you suggest that fills this bill? I wouldn't mind surf lessons or a boat tour or visiting cool old churches or market places or fiestas. Anything you suggest will be appreciated.

Thank you.

SL

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1. Re: Need Sun, Swimming in a Warm Sea and Decent Pool - Mobility?

Try http://9flats.com or http://airbnb.com

Enter "majorca" as a destination to get detailed listings of all kinds of villas, apartments and B&B's all over the island

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2. Re: Need Sun, Swimming in a Warm Sea and Decent Pool - Mobility?

Thanks for your reply Mallorcat. The flats/self-catering idea is interesting - not one I was really considering but the prices seem almost too good to be true. I have been looking at some small boutique hotels that would appear to fit the bill but am wondering about geography. Is the Northwest quieter than the South?

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3. Re: Need Sun, Swimming in a Warm Sea and Decent Pool - Mobility?

The northwest is quieter, but mostly because it attracts a bit more "grown up" tourist.

We've been using 9Flats and AirBnb for trips all over the world lately, and I have to say, our experiences so far have proven to be superior to a resort or hotel of equal or higher price.

First, many of the owners take a lot of pride in their homes and their guests. Often, you'll be provided ammenities that only a 5* hotel would consider, at 3* prices. Many of these places are very near the usual popular resorts, so the advantages of a resort are available to you if you fancy it. And you also get a lot of local knowledge and secrets from the hosts, which can prove invaluable.

But what we like the best is that you aren't sharing the pool and everything else with 100's of other people, there are no feeding queues, and the only screaming kids are your own :-).

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4. Re: Need Sun, Swimming in a Warm Sea and Decent Pool - Mobility?

Have a look at the hotel Es Port in Port de Soller. Very relaxing and has a nice pool with lovely gardens. Just tucked off the sea front but everything close at hand and a nice promenade around the port - www.hotelesport.com

You can see the reviews on the Soller forum page.

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