Just back from a cracking holiday at the Ola Club Maioris, we stayed for four nights and can’t rate the hotel and staff highly enough.
The food was great, though I am an easy person to feed, so when they served rabbit on the buffet I gave it a go. The selection was huge for each meal, to the extent I physically couldn’t sample everything I wanted to try. For those who complain that some dishes used ‘left overs’ from other meals, I see this as catering at its best, in these days of reducing food waste there is a skill in making many meals from similar ingredients. If you are a very conservative eater potatoes, chips, meat and standard vegetables and pasta with two different sauces were served at both lunch and dinner (and once chips at breakfast!). There was a huge variety of sustainable fish and shell fish on offer along with a large selection of fresh salad and fruit. Vegetarians beware, the stuffed peppers and aubergine were stuffed with meat. Desert was always highly entertaining, very little of it is labelled with a large number of things that looked like jelly house bricks on offer along with everything else
The all-inclusive bar includes a self-service soft drink station and alcoholic drinks served by the staff to stop the children getting the alcohol! You can basically have anything that can be made with standard spirits, mixers and fruit juice, larger, the local brew served in the pubs, red, white, rose, sparkling wine (they call it Champagne…..) and sangria. There are always help yourself pastries, cookies and nuts, with a continental breakfast in the morning and cake and tarts in the afternoon, ice cream is available if you ask at the bar.
For the ‘hand luggage only’ traveller, as we were, I have a few tips. Pool towels are available from reception for a refundable €20 deposit. There is a laundry room on site (ground floor, block C) with a self-service wash for €3, there is also a laundry service available and a laundrette in the ‘commercial centre’ about a 5 min walk away. Hand soap and a small amount of shampoo and shower get are provided at the beginning of your stay but are not replaced. Shower and hand towels are provided and changed every day. Sun cream can be purchased on site at the small gift shop or at the super market in the commercial centre. On our check out day we had a very late flight, once we checked out of our rooms we were able to continue enjoying the facilities at the hotel with a room being available (pre book) to shower after a hard day at the pool.
The rooms are quite spacious with large twin beds, an arm chair, sofa and TV. The style is fairly typical for a large Mediterranean hotel so no real surprises. We stayed in block C, room 447 which is over the restaurant and by the all weather pitch. It was quiet with the sun on the balcony in the evenings.
The staff were extremely helpful and spoke English, German and French well, managing to sort everyone out. The animation team worked tirelessly to keep everyone entertained with adult activities including aqua fit, yoga, water polo, table tennis tournaments and a lot of the evening entertainment. The kids club seemed to be well attended with children speaking English, German and French equally well catered for.
There was a real mix of people staying at the hotel, young families, young couples, older people and a fairly equal mix of the already mentioned nationalities.
As is made quite clear by the hotel, there is no beach in the area local to the hotel. You can reach the sea if you walk the very steep hill down to the coast (0.7 miles) but without climbing the rocks we could not see a way to get into the sea. The bus runs to S’Arenal daily, this is a very touristy beach area, with plenty of shops and bars if you can’t sit on the beach for six hours. The bus to Palma runs twice a week (Tuesday & Thursday), it stops about half a mile outside of the town centre and only a very short walk from the beach in Palma. Don’t even think of being late for the Palma pick up, the bus stops for about 30 seconds as it uses a public bus stop!
I loved the hotel location as it was quiet and not in a town filled with other huge hotels. If you want trendy clubs and beach front bars, try Magaluf, but for a relaxing holiday with great food and service this hotel cannot be beaten.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The OLA Hotel Maioris is located in a wooded residential area, on the south-east coast of Majorca, right in the Puig den Ros development and features restaurants, bars, shops, supermarkets, hairdressing salon, etc.The complex is spread over three buildings, each with two lifts and issurrounded by magnificent gardens.There is a little rocky cove 900 m away. El Arenal, with its beache and vibrant night life is only a few kilometres away, and can be reached by using the hotel’s own transport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ola Club Maioris Hotel El Arenal
- OLA Hotel Maioris Majorca/El Arenal
- Ola Hotel El Arenal
- Ola Maioris Club