The Cristina apartments once again provided us with a great, cheap & no-frills holiday. After a 40 minute private transfer from Palma airport we were there and 10 minutes later in the pool. This was our 4th holiday at the Cristina in 2 years and can easily say it was the best.
There were 5 of us and we had one of the “villas” (No.16). Basically these are two self contained apartments that are linked by a private staircase, not a stand alone villa in it’s own grounds. The ground floor apartment was huge with a large living room and kitchen and a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. There was also a reasonable sized terrace with table & chairs. The very effective air-con was in the living room & was powerful enough to cool the bedroom. The first floor was a 2 bedroom apartment with small kitchen & dining/living room, twin bedroom & double bedroom, good sized bathroom with two sinks, excellent (if noisy!) air-con & a large balcony overlooking palm trees and the restaurant. You could even watch the tennis at the private club next door while having a shower!!! The air-con unit was in the hall but was powerful enough to cool both bedrooms and the living area as long as the patio doors & windows were kept shut. We even had to turn it down during the night as it worked that well that we found we were all a bit chilly. Safes were available in both apartments for a small charge. Although there is a sign alongside the air-con controls stating that the air–con is only available between 7pm and midnight, with charges applying at other times, this is not the case. Just ask at reception if the unit hasn’t been enabled for use at other times & they will get it sorted.
The apartments are dated, think 70’s, but everything works and they are spotless. It was great to sit out on the balcony first thing in the morning with a cuppa in the sun and then of an evening cooling off with a nice cold lager & glass of wine.
The cleaner came 5 days during the week, with sheets & towels changed, beds made and a general mopping of floors etc. Don’t know how she managed to work so hard in that heat – she never stopped.
All the staff are great, without exception – reception, bar/restaurant staff, cleaners, maintenance guys. Everybody is extremely helpful and always have a smile on their face. Two that warrant a special mention are Becky & John who provide the entertainment and activities during the day & night. They are not the pushy type of entertainment people trying to get you involved if you don’t want to, but when you see the passion & enthusiasm that they both have it’s hard not too. Becky concentrates on the younger children, running the kids clubs when there is enough to attend. John concentrates on the adults and older kids organising darts, shooting, footie, water polo, water volley ball etc., They are both around of an evening and again the passion they have is infectious. There were two tribute acts on during the week; Robbie Williams on Tuesday & Lady GaGa on Sunday. Both were class acts and very entertaining. Lady GaGa had the unenvious job of following the England penalty defeat, but we weren’t going to let that spoil our last night & partied like there was no tomorrow. It was John’s night off but he still joined us to watch the match & then show us some dance moves when Lady GaGa was on stage. 10/10 to both Becky & John. Well done & keep up the good work.
This is the first time we have been to the Cristina out of school term time so it was great not to have the problem of getting sunbeds. The majority were unused all day although it did get busier towards the end of the week. The pool isn’t huge but never got packed, so you could have a good swim or just a cool down without too many kids getting in the way.
Good free wifi available if you need to catch up with facebook while you're away or just for checking the weather forecast.
The on site shop's a little expensive but what you expect really. Fresh baguettes are available in the morning and large bottles of water which saves you carrying them any distance. The young lad who was in there is usually in the bar but was covering for the usual lady who was on holiday herself. He’s another of the many friendly staff that are working at Cristina. He always had time for a chat with a smile on his face.
The Cristina apartments are ideally located for us. They are in a residential area of the resort just set back from the hustle and bustle and surrounded by private villas, allotments, tennis courts etc. The apartments are at the most a leisurely 10 minutes stroll from the fantastic beach and lots of decent restaurants along the beach front and in the surrounding pedestrianised streets. Can recommend Cheers & AD Wetherspoons for excellent typical “Brits” abroad food. They are both in a narrow side street, not the best of surroundings but once the sun goes down & the lights come on they are spot on. If you are after something a bit special then head for Tomeu in the main pedestrianised area that runs parallel with the promenade. Excellent food, service and surroundings. We made sure of a table by booking the night before.
We ventured further afield into Cala Bona a couple of times; one day we used the hop on & off land train that connects the two resorts & on another occasion we walked. The two resorts are really just an extension of each other but with completely different atmospheres. Cala Millor is very internationally orientated & Cala Bona caters more for the British element. The small harbour at Cala Bona is a great place to stop off for a bite to eat or just a nice slow drink doing a bit of people watching. Can recommend Smithys on the harbour for a great evening meal & the Rope & Anchor for an afternoon drink in the sun.
Had a great time once again and can whole heartedly recommend the Cristina apartments for anyone wanting a good, safe, reasonably priced holiday. Thanks again Cristina, Becky & John.
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