Pontoons that stretch in to sparkling waters, creamy sand and handsome trees welcomed my family and I to Illa D'or.
I haven't written a review for 2 years but this hotel and its staff made such a positive impression on me and my family and wrapped us in, what felt like genuine kindness for 5 days, I wanted to return the gift and be kind back.
I stayed at Illa D'or with my two teenage children and my parents; a holiday intended mainly to help my Father gain such much needed rest, I was unsure of how we would all get what we needed. Illa D'or came to the rescue! My children enjoyed the release of pressure from worrying about whether they were cool enough or being watched, I revelled in the magic of the location, and my parents seemed the calmest and happiest they have been in years.
The food and service was faultless and traditional touches such as bed turning and bath robes all made us feel looked after. Each evening a delightful lady left us a card in our room telling us of the expected following day's sunshine and heat with chocolates to keep the dementors at bay!
I enjoyed watching my kids truly relax, read, swim in warm waters, snorkel, play cards, draw pictures under sun shades, indulge in 3 course breakfasts and pass through the rights of passage of evening meal etiquette. We dressed for dinner and the hotel dressed back in return. The presentation and quality of food was exemplary and the staff were friendly, humourous, polite and inspiring. My son (16) was completely in awe of a "demon" waiter who brought flair, dignity and sophistication to a difficult and relentless task of pleasing all of us delighting in late afternoon gin & tonics!
I could wax lyrical for ages, but here are some practical tips! Be careful to check your room. Some sea view rooms don't have balconies. Ours was brilliant, overlooked the pool and had a sea view - lucky lucky! We booked through Thompson and there was no benefit to that - they didn't organise a transfer and we ended up booking a car that wasn't really necessary, but glad we had it as we visited the amazing Formentor twice in 5 days. (Another big bonus to this hotel - it's proximity to this magical part of Mallorca!). Parking the hire car was eaxy - loads of space around the hotel.
All inclusive junkies - beware! You can forget how much all those lemonades and beers add up to when you pay your bill at the end of the holiday. However, breakfast and dinner were so generous that lunch was only ever a snack and we didn't feel deprived of goodies at all.
If you like fishing (I do!) - take a small rod! Don't bother with lures - just take some small hooks and a float. If you can't be bothered, you can buy cheapy rods in the local supermarkets that do the job brilliantly! I caught bream and mullet from the pontoon outside the hotel - thrilling!
You will need long trousers for dinner Men, but my 16 year old Son and my Dad, who both live in shorts, felt the effort was worth it!
This hotel has to be located on the most beautiful, romantic, unspoilt, calm, inspiring and sparkling part of Mallorca. Holidays and hard earned and we felt that this was worth every single penny!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Illa d’Or, founded in 1929, is a hotel which still maintains the authentic classical style from yonder. Situated in placid Puerto Pollença, where one can experience the sensation of beauty which has served as inspiration to a multitude of yesterday’s and todays’s artists and writers. At the Illa D’Or, the sky and the sea are a gentle carress, dusk is a symphony of colours and night, whilst on the terrace and contemplating the moon reflection in the sea, one realises that it is one of the most beautiful areas, not only in Mallorca, but possibly, in the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Illa D'Or Majorca/Port De Pollenca
- Illa d Or Hotel
- Illa Dor