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The Sea Club
Ranked #16 of 59 Hotels in Cala Ratjada
Reviewed 27 July 2013

When casting my eye over family holiday options for 2013 one cold February day I stumbled across The Sea Club in Cala Rajada, north east Mallorca. With a teenage daughter and a nine year old son we usually opt for a beach club style resort, with lots on offer, in Greece or Turkey. We forgo authenticity and personality for convenience and all bases covered. So it was with some trepidation that my husband and I decided to go with somewhere so much smaller that really appealed to US for a change.
After not much more than an hours drive from Palma we found The Sea Club, shimmering in the heat, beside a turquoise sea. I felt blessed immediately to have found somewhere even prettier than the online photos. Literally on the rocky seafront, separated only by a pedestrian pathway, sits The Sea Club. A low, white colonial style house, terracotta roof, sea blue shutters, white floaty curtains drifting at open windows, all semi shaded by the twisted shadows of Mediterranean pines framing the whole setting so picturesquely.
No painful reception procedure here! No golf cart to deliver you to a room too far to walk to! My son ran around in raptures, literally! My daughter delighted by the abundance of flowers tumbling from walls, roofs and pots to frame a lovely pool. And here began our experience. This is the Sea Club! Home to Luis, Jenny, Nick, Dan and Luke plus Molly and Biba (the dachunds!) and Milo and Milly ( the Siamese cats). Luis has lived here since the sixties. His family history
is evident all around. This is not so much a hotel as a Mediterranean home from home. For the duration of your stay you are welcomed with warmth, trust and friendliness and with the opportunity to become a part of daily life here. The more willing you are, the better your time will be!
Indeed jenny jumped up, from her lounger around the pool, to greet us and lovely Fred, sea club lover and this years sous chef, immediately helped with our luggage. I had gone for two rooms, top studio and family room, sharing a large, furnished terrace. It worked brilliantly for us as we had space and a little privacy plus kitchen facilities for very late breakfasts or snacks should we so choose. Though no need really as breakfast is a long lazy treat taken wherever you wish to take it, and there are many perfect spots, long shady communal tables or quiet, personal terraces. It really is up to you. Like any holiday home, The Sea Club awakens quietly and dreamily over a couple of hours!
Rooms are quirky, different, full of a certain homely, casual elegance. Almost English country style with a Mediterranean twist. Each is different and has a different aspect or view onto pool or sea. Ensuites of course are made to fit and some are really lovely yet without the one size fits all approach that makes most hotel rooms so unmemorable. This is a family home, grown and tweaked over the years to meet the needs of those who live there and the growing body of family, friends and guests so eager to return.
The courtyard bar is the hub of daily life and operates an honesty policy if no one is around at that moment to fix you a drink. Help yourself! Yes really!! Just jot it down. (A great thrill for the kids) but hang around a while and Nick will serve you a really perfectly made cocktail of choice. Pablo too knows how make any drink better than most London bars whilst chatting with the children and fitting in a quick game of table tennis! The guys are generous with their time and their measures!
Lunch? Served up by the lovely Sophie, Fred and Zoe consists of daily salads and club sandwiches etc are fresh and tasty. You can eat it over looking the sea then swing in a hammock, or retreat to the sofas in the shade of the bar, play board games or a little guitar. What's not to love?
Cala Rajada is a seaside town for sure and obviously very popular. The Sea Club is an oasis that can be hard to leave, but a five minute stroll to the port reveals a huge choice of restaurants, ( we had good food on the whole) shops to meet most needs and a working fishing port, so great fresh fish everywhere. A ten minute trip inland by car or taxi takes you to more interesting Mallorcan restaurants in the little historical towns of Capdepera and Arta, which is upmarket and stylish with a great market.
However in high season supper is available in the Sea Club. It's a fun and convivial affair starting with cocktails and tapas in the bar followed by fresh, colourful, simple meals shared all together at the huge blue table on the front terrace overlooking the sea. The wine flows as does the conversation with all your new friends and acquaintances. Of course the family join in, children actively welcomed and included.. It's how life should be and often ends up riotously in the bar until late. You really never know who you might meet. We shared our time with fellow Brits, a Norwegian family, Danes, honeymooners (the lovely Dom and Lee Ann) plus a host of Sea Club veterans and their children who have enjoyed returning for years. It really is lovely to be a part of it all.
The weather was perfect in July and we ended up lounging around the Sea Club instead of exploring the beaches around that bit of coast. There is a beach 5 minutes away but many more beautiful ones a little further afield. There is a lot to offer in the area. Luis offers boat trips around the coast that sound fantastic. We didn't indulge this year, but maybe next?
The collection of characters that make up The Sea Club lend this place a unique and chilled out atmosphere free of all the usual expectations and nonsense that goes with large hotels and resorts. It really is very bohemian,relaxing and great fun. Jenny, Luis and family couldn't have been more inclusive and helpful which leads guests to be the same way. It's a magic recipe.
Many thanks one and all.
See you soon!

Room Tip: The front rooms have glorious sea views. The studios are little noisier at the back gate. Talk to je...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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theseaclub, Manager at The Sea Club, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2013

Dear recent customer,

Thank you very much for taking you time to write such a positive and detailed review of The Sea Club. Your review really gives a full explanation of what we do best which is run a friendly family run small hotel on the seafront, we do our best so that everyone feels at home and glad that most of our guests feel the same way. I would like to add that we had a marvelous time with you and your family and look forward to your visit with us anytime in the near future.

All the best

The Sea Club team

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

The Sea Club is not for everyone..

If you like your holiday to have:
Evening entertainment followed by a disco.
Waitors rushing to attend your every whim.
A kids club to park your children for the day.
A multi channel TV in the room to veg in front of..

Then The Sea Club is not for you.

If you’d like your holiday to:
Be as comfortable and cosy as being at home but with no cooking or cleaning to do.
Have a beautiful and not busy pool.
Be a place where you are eating, drinking and often it seems socialising with your hosts.
Somewhere free of 24 hour loud music and TVs but where the entertainment is chat and good company.
Somewhere where you spend your holiday all together as a family..

THEN THE SEA CLUB IS DEFINITELY FOR YOU..

Beyond that The Sea Club is owned by Luis but mainly run by his family Jenny and Nick.
They provide a clean and tidy establishment with a relaxed and light touch. Breakfast is varied and filling. Honesty bar works well, and being so different to most hotels in that your helping yourself that the novelty of it promotes the honesty!

Cala Ratjada is a predominantly German resort which apparently means a better standard of food in restaurants. We certainly found that to be the case. The Germans are generally better behaved than Brits abroad I have to say, and when you do hear them having a bit of a sing from time to time about the town there is the benefit of not understanding what they’re singing about.

The nearest beach was pretty busy and not for us.. there was a very large beach about a 25 minute walk through the woods or another smaller one about 15 minute walk the other side of the port - both much more pleasant. Plenty of places to pick up some lunch along the way to take with you.. Either way actually walking about rather than being parked in a resort type establishment, we enjoyed. The sea at both these locations was beautiful and not too cold..

Loved the place, the owners and the general vibe of both the hotel and town.. booked up for next summer already.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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theseaclub, Manager at The Sea Club, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2013

Dear recent customer,

Thank you very much for your positive review. We are glad you had such a great time with us and that we met all of your expectations. We are also looking forward to your next trip with us next summer, we hope that it will be even better than your first visit with us. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family until next year.

The Sea Club team

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Reviewed 21 June 2013

Have had the privilige of visiting the SEA CLUB more than once. The Cumberlege family (Luis & Jenny & their sons) make you feel right at home. The setting by the frontline of the sea and the nicely landscaped courtyards give this place a ambience that puts you in that relaxed frame of mind. And last but not least, the talents of Nicholas Cumberlege behind the bar (ask for the Mojito ) are second to none! I am looking forward to going back there very soon.

Room Tip: All the rooms have a uniqueness to them, nice courtyards abound thruout the compound .
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

This was the best holiday we've had in years! We just loved The Sea Club ..... its' location, its' colonial charm and the best hosts ever! Nick, Jenny and Luis (plus two cats and two dogs) really made us feel welcome. We stayed in room 2 at the front of the property and had a marvellous view of the sea from our little terrace and from the room itself. That said, we spent little time in the room (other than to sleep) because the grounds of the Sea Club are so lovely .... great pool, beautiful flowers, plenty of sun-loungers and an 'honesty bar' where we helped ourselves to drinks at any time of day. Cala Ratjada is a very pretty area of Majorca and easily accessed by good roads. One thing I would say, is to read all the reviews carefully before deciding whether this hotel is for you. The Sea Club is certainly a 'one-off', a little a gem which smacks of the past. It is not a glossy, all mod-cons building. It is quirky and we loved it. Thank you guys! Sally & Mike xx

Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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theseaclub, Manager at The Sea Club, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2013

Dear recent customer,

Thank you for your review, we are very happy you have a great time with us and it lived up to your expectations and really enjoyed your company. We hope you can make it back sometime in the near future. Thank you once again for your review.

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Reviewed 17 May 2013

We stayed at The Sea Club from 4-11 May 2013, and loved it. It is a unique place to stay, with loads of character and charm.

We had a lovely, bright and airy room (number 7) with a sunny balcony providing a sea view down the side of the main house. The pool is a great place to sunbathe or sit and read in the shade.

Breakfasts are ample and delicious, with an extensive buffet and the option of eggs and bacon, You can make your own freshly squeezed orange juice to make you feel healthy again after the eggs and bacon! There's an honesty bar and plenty of space to sit around and relax.

It's set in a great location, just across the promenade from the sea, with literally dozens of great bars and restaurants within moments' walk. These give you the choice of great Spanish tapas, more sophisticated dinners, burger places, German style Biergarten, and much more - almost an endless choice.

One other great thing about it is the friendliness of the owners / managers. Nick in particular was helpful and very likeable and has the knack of being always there when you need him for some advice or help, but unobtrusive when you don't.

We had a great time and highly recommend it!

Just a note that Cala Ratjada is a very German resort, and the main language you hear in German - but English is obviously also spoken by almost everyone, and the owners of The Sea Club are English. In fact, for us, this was perfect - a combination of Spanish tapas and paella with German beer - what could be better!!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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theseaclub, Manager at The Sea Club, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2013

Dear recent customer,

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy that it lived up to your expectations. Your wide description of our place and the resort we are in, give a great overall idea of what future customers can experience.

Thank you once again for your nice comments and we hope to see you again with us in the near future.

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Reviewed 12 May 2013

This place feels like home the minute you meet one of the lovely family members who own it for many years and are talking care of it and its guests very well. The whole club is uniquely furnished and decorated so that you don't feel like in a hotel but totally welcome and homey. Also the other guests were friendly and open and it was easy to get in contact with other people. The pool and the self-service bar in the heart of the club invite to chill out, meet other guests and to have breakfast (also other meals during high season). On the porch in the front you're only separated from the sea by the esplanade, also a perfect place for having breakfast. Also you can get very good massages in the sea club!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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theseaclub, Manager at The Sea Club, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2013

Dear recent guest,

Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay and happy that you felt at home with us. This is what we work so hard to achieve, that every guest feels at home and not in a hotel. Thank you again for your nice comments and look forward to seeing you with us again in the near future.

Kind regards

The Sea Club team.

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Reviewed 23 October 2012

We spent a long weekend at The Sea Club with a group of friends for a sixtieth birthday gathering. The sun shone, the alcohol flowed and we partied like we were twenty one again (if only!). Louis, Nick and Jenny were fabulous hosts and nothing was to much trouble. The atmosphere is relaxed and very easy going. Louis and the team encouraged us to take it easy and to totally enjoy the surroundings. We certainly took advantage of the bar and terrace and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We liked it so much that we cant wait to return. Oh and sorry guy's for the Fire Extinguisher incident which you took in your stride or at least you appeared to and just commented it is always the bloody Swedes or the Irish! in this case it was one of each!!

Room Tip: Just ask for a sea view.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Avenida America 27, 07590 Cala Ratjada, Majorca, Spain
Region: Spain > Balearic Islands > Majorca > Cala Ratjada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Cala Ratjada
#4 Romantic Hotel in Cala Ratjada
Price Range: £93 - £159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Sea Club 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Sea Club, a beautifully maintained old colonial residence that has been owned and run by the Cumberlege family for the last 50 years. We invite you to our relaxed way of life on the north-eastern coast of Mallorca. The Sea Club, overlooking the Mediterranean, consists of 17 individually designed en suite rooms within a hacienda style garden, with it's own private terrace, private bar and large swimming pool. Within the grounds, individual casitas and sunny patios lend Mallorcan charm to this uniquely private place. If you are looking for a different experience rather a regular hotel, The Sea Club is the right place for you. The Sea Club flows with the seasons. During low season it's a quiet, relaxing place whilst also being great for sporting activities and visiting our fabulous island. Towards the end of June and throughout the summer months it becomes a very social place with many return guests giving The Sea Club a house party vibe. The Sea Club has been mentioned in different travel guides including: “Lonely Planet, The Rough Guide & Petit Futé”. ... more   less 
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