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Self Catering or All Inclusive

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Self Catering or All Inclusive

Thinking of going back to Majorca as the more exotic destinations seem to be getting a little fractious for us old folks. It's a few years since we tried Self Catering so we are kind of out of touch with eating out prices. We are unsure whether to pay the extra and choose All Inclusive.

To be honest, we prefer the freedom to choose where to eat and drink, but if the prices have gone up a lot we will maybe plump for the less adventurous choice. Any help with current prices will be much appreciated. We're hoping to go in early September for a couple of weeks and so far we are looking at Sa Coma, Porto Pollensa or maybe Santa Ponsa. We have been to all three before, but the last self catering one was Villa Concha in Pollensa and that was nigh on 20 years ago!. A comparrison with UK prices would be good. (not London/ home counties ones though) Cheers.

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1. Re: Self Catering or All Inclusive

Hi Nick

We've just got back from two wonderful weeks in Majorca. The first spent in a lovely big four-bedroomed villa with private pool in the country near Llucmajor and the second in a smaller, but equally lovely two-bedroomed villa, again with private pool, in Soller. I know you are looking at different areas but we went for the day to Pollensa to visit friends and found prices comparable to those we were charged.

We just picked at toast, etc for breakfast, often had a simple lunch of hams, cheeses, olives, etc from the supermarket or market and ate out at very good restaurants for fourteen meals. We had coffees, ice creams, etc every day. When we got home we calculated how much the entire holiday cost from the petrol to and from the airport, parking and food at airport, all spending money, car hire, ie absolutely everything, and for two adults and two teenagers the whole lot cost the amount they are wanting, brochure price, next August for a fortnight in a three-star all-inclusive in Palma Nova which wouldn't include all the travel and spending money that our calculation did. The quote crammed all of us in one room too.

We much prefer self-catering as we are not ones for a big breakfast and would prefer to get up when we want to and spend time at our own pool and do our own thing. The meals we had out were very, very good and prices compared very favourably with the local pubs and restaurants here in Devon. We didn't stint on wine, cocktails and soft drinks, nor desserts either. Two of our favourite restaurants in Soller were Randemar and Es Passeig, both of which have menus with prices on their website to show you the type of prices we were paying. There were many other cheaper options. The local supermarkets average out at much the same price as here for a shop.

Hope that helps.

Edited: 19 August 2013, 21:07
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Your question is well put.

In a nutshell there are 2 grades of All Inclusive. The first is for families on a budget where they want their holiday costs covered before they leave home. No problem with this as things like ice creams and cold drinks for kids between meals can prove costly over a couple of weeks of S/C. But quality of drinks and food generally speaking gives way to low pricing. Depends what you are used to at home.If your expectations and standards are low you will be delighted. Many people have great holidays at the likes of Bellevue and ClubMac in Alcudia and the hotels in Calas de Mallorca which specialise in AI.

This is generalising.

I have been AI in Sol Mirlos in Palma Nova and the food and drinks were very good indeed for what I paid.No complaints.

The second is the higher quality of Iberostar hotels you get around Bay of Alcudia eg Playa de Muro and Pto Alcudia.Food and drinks you would be very happy with paying 4/5* prices for.No thinking you are 2nd class citizens because you have opted for AI. Why should you as this quality comes at a price and is ideal for couples? I also had top grade AI at Hotel Sumba in Cala Millor.

I think the previous post summed it up.Flexibility or conformity. Which do you want?

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Thanks for that. Very good advice. Would you believe that in this day and age of the internet, I never thought of checking restaurant prices from an actual menu? I usually never go to or even book a restaurant in the UK without checking the menu online if they have a website. Cheers again. Decision day tomorrow as the flights available are quickly filling up. Cheers

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Looks like we are leaning towards self catering. We've done All Inclusive and Half Board for the past few years, and had some very good experiences, but we are hankering after the old days when we enjoyed finding different restaurants and pubs each day. We had toyed with the idea of scheduled flights and a villa or apartments, as we did that a couple of times, using Dalton's weekly for the accommodation. The problem is that the scheduled flights are now horrendously expensive as we have to fly via one of the London hubs, Schipol, or CDG in Paris. Not a lot of choice when you live in the North east of Scotland.

Nice to get views from fellow travellers though. Thanks

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Send a PM to hayzer who is a regular on this forum and lives in Aberdeen. He knows what's what in Majorca accommodation.

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I have a fair idea. We've been there 7 times, but mostly half board. Just wanted to see what people thought of self catering there.

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Hi Rick I know how frustrating it is trying to get flights to Mallorca from Aberdeen is. I have looked at all the options over the years and have never opted to use a hub airport its just too much hassle and difficult to get decent connection time between flights.

I have if possible flown from Aberdeen but have booked well in advance to get anything approaching decent prices. I have tried to resist the journey to Glasgow or Edinburgh but I have found it impossible to get flights for anything other than 7 or 14 nights.

We flew with Jet2 last time as it allowed us to choose the length of the of holiday we wanted and the flight times were good 7am out and mid-day back. It is a hassle getting down to Glasgow but we stayed with Mrs H's sister and parked our car at hers so cost was minimal.

If you are not too bothered about driving to Glasgow or a late night flight how about this for a cheap flight

…thomson.co.uk/thomson/en-GB/booking/select…

Or slightly more expensive but better flight times

…thomson.co.uk/thomson/en-GB/booking/select…

Edited: 21 August 2013, 20:56
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Yep, know exactly what you mean mate. Unfortunately due to having to drive down to Surrey to help out daughter with her new baby, we didn't book early this year. We try to fly from Aberdeen too, but hAve done the Glasgow trip for Tunisia. OK going out, but landing at 2.00 am and driving back to Aberdeen took a bit of fun out of the holiday. We did Turkey last year but didn't really enjoy it. We're comfortable with Spain and all the islands. We have a visitor from London arriving for a short break the first week of September, hence the need to put the holiday back a bit. I've just been informed by my boss (indoors) that we could have a teletext holiday S/C in Cala D'or from Aberdeen in September for around £1400. I just wonder how much spending money we will need ,bearing in mind that we will have breakfast in the apartment most days, and maybe lunch too some of the days. We're not fussy eaters bur we do like a decent curry with wine and beer!.

Never gone from Edinburgh although we landed there from Aberdeen to re fuel on the way to Tenerife before our runway was extended to allow heavier fuel loads. Do you know Cala D'or at all. I think we were once in the centre, but the one we are looking at is in the northern outskirts of the town.

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What are your dates Rick I will have a look at my usual sites and see if I find any bargains.

It has been about 30 years since I was last in Cala D'or but it gets a lot of recommendations on here. I would budget about €100 per day to cover everything.

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OK. Our dates have changed as our visitor from London can't make it now. basically from the 30th August I think.