Stayed in Apartment 82 from 5-12th June with wife and two kids 3 and 1. Booked the on the beach website and flew with Ryanair. You really get better than you pay for in my opinion, Ryanair are, well, Ryanair. If you are prepared to be herded about like cattle and situated furthest away from the terminal exits and baggage reclaim then book with them - if not don't bother and certainly don't book anyway and then whinge about it - they are the cheapest for a reason.
To the apartments themselves - it was an hour and a quarter transfer from the airport - maybe we were lucky - we were fourth drop off and last pick up on way to airport. The apartments are split into two - apartments cala gran and then there is the hotel costa del sur - all one and the same. There are three swimming pools, a couple of bars and a couple of pool tables. 2 big screen tellies - perfect for watching the football. The apartment was very clean, fit for purpose but a little tired. We had a one bedroom one meaning one of us had to sleep on sofa bed - really uncomfortable - I'd stay in the hotel or get a two bedroom apartment if possible. Otherwise it was fine - small telly - take your own remote control - we didn't bother hiring one as could use the menu buttons to change channel.
Went all inclusive. 7 days was fine - can imagine the food gets repetitive if staying for any longer. We arrived as soon as the restaurants opened for breakfast lunch and dinner - food was hot and ice creams hadn;t melted. They do use left overs in different ways either at dinner or for lunch the next day - any sound business would to reduce costs - remember how little you have paid for the experience. The food was edible but note THERE IS A CHILDRENS MENU you have to ask for it though - the food is cooked fresh for them so does take 15 - 20 mins to come out but it was handy to know if they weren't sure of the look of what was on offer.
All inclusive at the bars means you do get plastic cups but not sure why people get a bee in their bonnet about this - your drink tastes the same. Plus the idiots out there that try to drink themselves into oblivion would probably smash enough glasses when drunk and in case any fights that they started I'd rather they had a plastic cup in their hand wouldn't you? In any case going in half term week there were no idiots around in any case. Ice creams were great at the little snack bar near the largest pool which was luckily right outside our apartment. The pool was great, plenty of sunbeds but despite there being an awful lot of Germans at the hotel it was actually the Brits who were out claiming the sunbeds before 8am!!! As we were on our way to breakfast they were all out marking their territory and nota 'Wunderbar' anywhere to be heard!! We were on the receiving end of two acts of great kindness when we arrived - we immediately hit the pool when we arrived and a couple gave us a blow up dinghy as they were leaving that day and a lovely german family gave us all the food they had left and a bucket and spade. We repaid the kindness by leaving all those items and a parasol we'd bought with a german family that had just arrived when we were leaving.
The staff were fabulous by the way, my little boy who is 2 in Sept was fussed over constantly and the staff couldn't do enough for us. He thought they were all called Ola though so every five minutes he was asking where Ola was!
On to the beach - fabulous - really lovely sandy beach, plenty of space - we got down there at 10 am and were right at the front it did fill up during the day though. Good snorkelling as well. Swim up the left hand side and by the stairs attached to the rock there were large schools of fish - I think a few people throw bread off which is why they congregated there. We also went on the Starfish catamaran one morning - made us all green and it was the first time I have ever felt sea sickness. Avoid if you haven't got good sea legs - plus it was pretty dull to be fair.
Resort itself was a lot bigger than I expected, lots of shops and bars - restaurants all looked a bt samey so wasn't too disheartened by what was on offer with in the hotel. Situated where we were in the apartments we were right next to the tropical gardens bar. First two nights they had an Amy Winehouse tribute act on which was very loud and, well, very rubbish. The entertainment at the hotel was okay - mini disco catered for every national language and the kids all seemed to enjoy it and the hotel had singers on afterwards - we couldn't hear them where we were as we were drowned out in our apartment by Amy Winehouse and whoever was singing the other 5 nights.
Overall the hotel was clean with good facilities and 100 metres walk to the beach. Staff were great, food was okay - actually better than a three star hotel - stayed in a 5 star one in Egypt that was comparable - you can't complain when you've hardly paid anything. Would I go back? I would if I was working to the same budget but I'm hoping for a lottery win in between now and then.
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- Gavimar Cala Gran Costa Del Sur Hotel & Resort Cala D'Or, Majorca