after a quick 2 hour flight followed by an hour from the airport by coach and you arrive at the Playa Mar.. lovely welcome awaits (sparkling wine/orange juice/biscuit.... nice touch.. we travelled as two sets of grandparents in our 50's and our own children in their 30's and 2 grandchildren age 5 and 3 years
very cut off... its the very far end of the resort and on its own.. nearest restaurant is a good 20 minute stroll. nice walk.. (called the pine walk) very pretty scenes across the sea but you do get a bit sick of the walk all the time.. the hotel have its own little supermarket that caters for all of your holiday needs, but it is more expensive as there is no competition around
apartments are well equipped, clean and comfortable. rooms have iron and ironing board... kettle/toaster/microwave, fridge with freezer bit... and hairdryer in the bathroom (wall fixed)
the showers are ok and hold their temperature..we were initially in a room over looking the road (block 4) but it was very noisy... its where the maids have their cupboards so trollies from very early in the morning.. and a sea plane starting up at 7:30am right outside the window.. plus of course the delivery lorries and dustbin trucks......but they kindly moved us to another block where we slept like babies in comfy beds..
Food.. thank GOD we didn't pay all inclusive.. we paid18e each for dinner and it was disgusting. 2 star at best. It is a buffet style lay out.. but the quality is very poor.. salads are a fairly safe bet (ish) I don't know what to say other than it is terrible and has a reputation of being so... some locals who were known to one of the grandparents suggested that we do NOT eat there.
the reps do their best to ensure that the kids have plenty to do and to be fair. they work so very hard. they often seem like they're making it up as they go along. Our two enjoyed the couple of days that they went to the kids club and drop in during the day. the evening entertainment was very poor apart from one occasion when they had a four tops tribute who were brilliant.. the rest was mediocre and not worth staying for (enjoyed the snow white pantomime though)
well now.. you need to be VERY quick in the morning (6am latest) if you want a sunbed because every single bed has a towel on by 8am and no one actually sits on them until 3pm half the time.
Fab pools though.. 1.4 metres is the deepest which I love.. kids pool is brilliant.. two other areas where there are water slides. kids loved them all..
initially free... but during the week they added that you have to pay to use it.. so be aware.. you also have to buy caps to wear (2e each )and it is only open to children from 1.10 to 4.20 each day and it is extremely dangerous!!!
So much so that I have written to Thomson to make them aware.. I am not a great swimmer and like to feel my feet on the bottom.. I checked the depth and it said 1.1 metres so I got in with my 3 year old grandson in my arms.. I had no sooner gone down the two steps and went under. I panicked.. he was weighing me down so I had to make him let lose.. I was trying to push him up at the same time as trying to stay up myself.. i am so grateful that my husband eventually saw us and got Harry out allowing me to calm enough to swim to the steps.. around the corner of the steps OUT OF VIEW until you are already out of your depth.. it says 1.9 metres!!!! terrifying.. and an accident waiting to happen. I have had nightmares ever since. it looks utterly beautiful - brand new and modern with sauna/Jacuzzi etc. they offer al sorts of massages etc at a price..but beware!!!!!
lots of places to eat once you reach the busier end of Porta Pollensa... and plenty of shops and music bars etc.. lovely views over the harbour and out to sea.
went to Pollensa market for the day on the Saturday... Loads of stores and a brilliant fruit and veg market.. stalls selling jewellery clothes, all sorts of handbags etc really day and a very pretty and worthwhile visit.. popped into the church (im not a site seer im afraid) but I really enjoyed it and thought it was spectacular!
I enjoyed Porta Pollensa and will return.. but I wouldn't return to Playa Mar.. much better hotels in the resort area where you don't have to walk so far to find a bit of life and alternative supermarkets etc
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This complex in Puerto de Pollensa (Majorca) is surrounded by the natural beauty of Majorca's Northern coast. The excellent facilities offer fun and sports activities for the most demanding families. Disconnect at Playa Mar and get ready for your best holiday ever! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aparthotel Playa Mar Hotel Port De Pollenca
- Aparthotel Playa Mar Pollenca
- Aparthotel Playa Mar Hotel Pollenca
- Playa Mar
- Aparthotel Playa Mar & Spa Majorca/Port De Pollenca