We are a family of 2 adults and one child aged 8, from The Midlands, UK - staying at Viva Mallorca for Spring half term from 22nd to 29th May 2009. We found this hotel by chance through Sovereign, a tour operator which is now part of TUI/Thomson. Sovereign featured it highly for family suitability and the reviews here on Trip Advisor were very consistent and excellent. The first thing which hits you is the cleanliness of the place - partly down to the newness (around 3 years old)...the grounds, reception and pools were all spotless. It has a grand feel due to high-ceilings and open spaces, without being at all stuffy or formal - so it's great for discerning adults but totally suitable for children: a rare combination! The gardens are really impressive and the numerous pools and sunbathing areas are amongst the best we have seen anywhere in the World: spacious, clean, perfectly maintained. I just hope that they manage to sustain this quality when the place gets a few years older.
Arriving at the sparkling clean marble-floored reception, we were handled efficiently: front desk staff spoke very good English (though this hotel seems to attract less Britains than other Europeans), our only minor complaint was that we were not offered any help with our three large suitcases, despite the accommodation blocks being a good 5 to 10 minutes walk along paths, corridors and through gardens. We later found out that airport-style trolleys were available. Rooms are spacious and well equipped, facing either the perimeter roads or inwards towards the pools. Our room was 1st floor (there are 3 floors) and facing outwards towards residential properties on a side road. Pool/inward facing might be more popular and carried a 10 euro per day surcharge. However, we were warned that these pool facing rooms can suffer from the noise of evening entertainment, but are almost certainly preferable, if you want to people watch and feel part of the complex at all times. We have absolutely no complaints about facing outwards though - it was quiet, possibly more private, but we barely used the balcony in any case. We booked on a room-only basis, but the impressive buffet restaurant can be used on a pay-as-you-go basis or by buying half-board or all-inclusive packages. The great thing here is that they allowed people to decide on a daily basis - so, if you plan to be on the complex from morning until night, you could elect to have all-inclusive for that day alone and get maximum value. We did this, when not out exploring other places by car. Be warned that the hotel all-inclusive rate of 43 euros per day per adult is dramatically cheaper than the tour operator charges, so we made a wise decision booking room-only from the UK and choosing meal options when at the hotel. In general, as you might expect, the food, drinks and on-site shop are all fairly expensive compared to the myriad of shops and restaurants in the resorts. For instance inside the Viva Mallorca complex, suncream was around £20 a bottle (£12 elsewhere) and dinner was 32 euros per adult (probably half that, outside the complex) BUT it is a great restaurant - service and food consistent and high quality and varied - kids love it - so whilst 32 euros per adult (16 for kids) isn't dirt cheap, it's worth paying and we ate their most nights. We had a real find: San Marco on the boardwalk in the Port of Alcudia: terrific food and a great glass of wine.....3 courses and wine for just 9 euros each!
At Viva Mallorca, the entertainment, food, service were all really excellent and made for a first class holiday and a hotel which we would definitely return to, if returning to Majorca.
(Brief word on the tour operator we used: no real problems, but wrongly claimed that their room allocations were advantageous - untrue. And tour operators appear to be significantly more expensive than booking direct with Viva Mallorca - for room only and compared to what we paid for the exact same room and the exact same week, friends of ours paid about half the price, by booking direct!).
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- The location, services, facilities and gastronomy are the features which make the Zafiro Mallorca hotel the ideal accommodation for some unforgettable holidays with your family or couple in Can Picafort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viva Mallorca Hotel Ca`n Picafort
- Viva Mallorca Aparthotel Hotel
- Zafiro Mallorca Ca'n Picafort, Majorca