This is a really nice hotel, set in lush green gardens. From the outside it doesn’t do the hotel justice, but once you get past reception, it is really nice. I have never seen such lovely gardens, that are so well maintained. The reception staff are friendly all except one, who shall remain nameless, but the rest are lovely, On arrival, we were allocated an apartment at the back of the complex, overlooking a road, albeit a quite road, but I wanted to be able to see the pool, so it cost us another €140 for an apartment overlooking the pool, The ground floor apartments have their own mini gardens with wooden sun loungers but to be honest, most people used the pool to sunbathe. The apartments were spotless, with plenty of towels supplied, There was a large walkin shower in the bathroom with shower gel supplied in it, Cooking facilities were minimal, but then, it’s the holidays, who cooks, TV had MTV all the rest were German chanels (I think- they weren’t English anyway). There was a small shop on site – fine for bread rolls in the morning and the newspaper but if you wanted any more than a few items, the supermarket is just a 10 minute -or less walk away. I think it closes on a Sunday . There is also a launderette on site which is free, down by the supermarket. It also contains a small gym, and sauna.
The only thing I would comment on, and it is not a negative thing honestly, is the mix of nationalities. The mix was German, Danish, Netherlands, small percentage of English, and a miniscule percentage of Irish. I think this is because this fabulous hotel is not pushed by Falcon on the Irish market. I found for the first day or so, it strange listening to so many other languages, and English being the least heard, but you know what, I got used to it, and just seemed to find others from England or Ireland around me too, and I would have to say from a personal point of view, it was definitely a good choice. There was no loud noises, no music blaring, people had respect for their neighbours, they talked quietly on their balconies, and once the lights dimmed at night, they went to bed. Oh and speaking of lights, at night Citronella Candels were lit around the pool to keep away mosquitoes, not every night, but obviously when there was a threat of an invasion, the candles were lit, also after 12 midnight, the security guard came around all the little mini gardens and folded up all the mattresses from the Sun loungers, so they would not get damp, (nice touch I though).
The entertainment was fine, It went from 10 a.m until whenever. Sometimes the entertainers were still around at 12.00 at night, the entertainment was varied, the water aerobics was a big hit every day, with the pool full as was the Waterpolo. Everyone seemed to get involved, perhaps again it was the mix of nationalities.
Can Picafort of itself is good, the absolutely best place to eat is “Monaco”, you cant miss it, it is filled every night, we were spoilt for choice there and it would have taken three weeks to try everything on the menu. It is also reasonable.
We didn’t try the beach as it was really hot so we just stayed by the pool but I do know it was lovely.
Trips: the only one we went on was the catamaran boat trip, which goes up around the top of the Island. It wasn’t cheap at €60 p.p but we decided at the end of it, that it was well worth it, we dropped anchor three times and got to swim in the sea, which was just glorious, and we also got a BBQ lunch which was cooked in front of us with any amount of drinks and watermelon to finish.
Anyway, to sum up. Would I go again, most definitely, would I book a “VIVA” hotel again, absolutely most definitely, the standard of cleanliness from the pool to the apartments would put a lot of other places to shame. There were a whole host of cleaning people around the pool on a couple of occasions (probably 8/ 10 cleaning staff) all cleaning and hosing down the sunbeds, the terrace, washing the ashtrays etc, your feet never got dirty when walking around barefoot, and I think that says it all,
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- Also Known As:
- Viva Mallorca Hotel Ca`n Picafort
- Viva Mallorca Aparthotel Hotel
- Zafiro Mallorca Ca'n Picafort, Majorca