This was our first holiday as a couple since our kids were born (19 and 17 years ago) and we wanted somewhere quiet and nice. We couldn't have picked better.
The clientèle is 70% German, 20% Spanish, 10% British. No yobs, almost no kids. There were a few toddlers, too young to get bored, but there are very few organised activities apart from some low-key evening entertainment. Thomson's Web site says "ideal for couples or families", but they are wrong. Ideal for couples, lousy for families, at least if your kids are active!
- The location, right on the water. No sandy beach, but get a sea-view room and wake up to the sound of the Med 30 metres from your window.
- The food. You can eat conservatively (Wiener schnitzel) or Mallorquin. Hot breakfasts cooked in front of you. Big buffets at night. Lunch feels like lunch: a reduced buffet selection but always plenty to choose from. We enjoyed almost everything except perhaps the fish (surprisingly, on an island), which was sometimes overcooked or lacking in flavour. The desserts and cheese were all excellent, which is often not the case on buffets. The grilled vegetables were as nice as the wonderful ladies cooking them "live".
- The all-inclusive package. Make sure you get this!. I don't know how much it added to the cost of our holiday because we filtered our Web search for "only all-inclusive" but it was a great move. Very few guests take "all-inclooseef", so the bar is still set up as a profit centre, not a cost centre. You can choose from a range of good wines, almost all of the cocktails, and all the spirits apart from one or two high-end whiskies and cognacs. All are served properly, not slopped out like in many all-inclusive places. In fact you get to sign the bill for each drink as if it was being charged to your room. Even if you're not a "serious drinker" the ability to have a freshly-squeezed orange juice whenever you want it and without worrying about the budget is great.
- The spa. The treatments are reasonably priced and the free part (sauna, steam rooms, ice fountain, indoor pool) are brand new and superb. Note for the shy: you will feel out of place if you keep your swimmies on in the sauna. Just go naked like the Germans do.
- If you like chatting to other Brits on your holiday, you won't have a big choice of conversation partners.
- Cala Ratjada is not really a quaint fishing village. It's not a total dump like Magalluf but it's not totally unspoilt either. Get a car and explore the east side of the island. We went out most mornings and worked on our tans in the afternoon.
- Unfortunately, at the end of your allotted stay, you will have to leave. You will not enjoy leaving. You will want to come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The splendid Grupotel Aguait & Spa was erected upon the rocks on the eastern coast of the island of Mallorca in 1963. This hotel has managed to maintain its status as one of the most prestigious hotels of Cala Ratjada for all these years, by offering guests unique views and the opportunity to wake up each morning to the early morning sun of Mallorca. In 2008 the doors of the new Spa were opened, thereby completing the sport and health range together with its tennis and paddle club featuring 11 clay tennis courts and a team of professional instructors. Special Services: Discounts on green fees. Car & bicycles rentals. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sensimar Aguait Resort & Spa Majorca/Cala Ratjada