Recently stayed here for 1 week, all-inclusive, with my family. Booked last minute and didn't read any reviews prior to our trip so had no expectation and was very pleased upon arrival.
Staff: ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. Check in was quick, quiet, easy as we arrived at 3am. Bar staff were always polite, pouring large measures :) The restaurant staff were the least friendly and not sure I saw any of them smile once! We nicknamed one of the older ladies 'Mrs. Angry' haha! Still, it made good memories :) They were very good about banging plates about loudly when clearing up from dinner!
Hotel: No complaints. Yes, it is a little dated, but who cares? Our room was very clean every day, shower, toilet etc all worked absolutely fine. To those people complaining about Wi-Fi...GET A LIFE!!! You are on holiday, why on earth do you need to spend time glued to your device! If you wanted good internet you should have stayed at home!!! I used it a couple times and it was fine, it even worked down at the bar and in my room. However, only reason I used it was to upload some pictures as my storage memory was getting low. Otherwise, in my opinion, no need for internet when enjoying this gorgeous place!
The cleaning staff were always cleaning, the hotel was spotless. Slight complaint was that the downstairs toilets by the beach were usually out of toilet paper after 3pm! I would keep some in my bag :) The hotel is not at all rundown as I read in some reviews.
Pool: Always busy, lots of kids. We found after 5pm was quieter though. Good Aqua Aerobics at 11am!
Beach: BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Absolutely stunning views that took our breath away every single day. This hotel is right on the edge of the cove, and could not be a more perfect location. I did think it was naughty that the hotel charged for sunbeds, but not to worry. We just laid our towels on the beach, there was another option to pay on the beach which I think were slightly cheaper than those at the hotel but they were always busy and occupied so we never bothered.
Look out for the wonderful fruit seller!!! His sales chant will be stuck in your head the whole time, so funny! He goes around with his wheelbarrow everyday selling watermelon, pineapple, banana, coconut!
You can get a pedalo boat with a slide 12 euros for small, 15 for large, for 1 hour. We really enjoyed this!
Attractions: Lots of trips available by bus and boat. We did a starfish boat trip that goes right from the hotel. 5 different trips offered. We went to the old fishing town of Cala Figuera, absolutely stunning. Boat trip was great, but beware of JELLYFISH!!! We stopped at Mondrago park for swimming and I got stung badly. Currently on antibiotics. Didn't even see it before or after it got me, so be careful.
The main centre of Cala D'Or is about 10 mins walk, loads and loads of shops, bars, restaurants, but nice and quiet not full of drunks and only 1 small nightclub that we saw. This area is very family-orientated. We went to a Rod Stewart tribute act and a Freddie Mercury, both were excellent! They were both at the same place which I think was called Eden Paradise very close to the hotel.
Free mini-golf at the hotel, and tennis, good entertainment program although that isn't really our sort of thing but good if you have kids.
Food: Excellent variety. This was our first ever time as all-inclusive so I was worried the choices would be limited but I was wrong. Pretty much every food you can think of and it was different every day. Only complaint here is it was very busy and some people don't know the meaning of the word 'queue' and waitresses were grumpy and banging plates around.
But, food was delicious and plenty of it. Best time to go if you want quiet was right when they opened at 7pm, or at 8:30pm when all the kids have gone!!!
We will definitely return here hopefully next year :)
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