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Review of IBEROSTAR Club Cala Barca

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IBEROSTAR Club Cala Barca
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Cala Mondrago
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“Very nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2012

We have recently returned from an one week stay at this hotel, and I just wanted to say what a lovely place this was. However, I suspect it might not be for everybody, so if you are thinking of booking, some points below for you to decide if this is the place for you:

Firstly, this doesn't seem to be a place that someone with mobility problems would enjoy. Whilst I'm unsure if there may be lifts in other blocks, the one we stayed in appeared to have only stairs to our apartment. Some achey legs at the end of our stay! Also, the resort is on a cliff so to get down to the beach attached to the resort, there is quite a steep stroll/quite a lot of stairs down.

However, if you're able bodied, no complaints. Beach clean and had beautiful turquoise waters, although as you went out into the sea, it did become a little rocky underfoot. The beach further down (15-20 minute walk from hotel) called (I think) the Calo des Borgit is an absolute must visit. It's in the national park and is stunning. A little further from this (ten more minutes) is the Cala Mondrago beach, which is larger and busier but still lovely. However, there is very little else than the actual beach at either of those locations (no/only a few shops, bars etc).

This brings me on to the second point of note, though. There is very little immediately surrounding the hotel complex. If you're looking for a lively holiday with pubs, clubs and shops to visit, this is not for you. But you can get a bus for €3.30 return which will take you to Cala D'Or, and there's plenty there for all your souvenir needs. And there are 3 or 4 shops on the hotel complex itself, which are well stocked for essentials.

In terms of food, whilst there are chips, pasta, pizza etc every night, the other things on offer might not be for you if you aren't the adventurous type, so I can see how a fussy eater or a person with specific dietary requirements (ie. a vegan or vegetarian) could get bored. There is a station in the main restaurant which fries different meats, kebabs, and omelettes & eggs in the mornings. There also seemed to be theme nights for the food there, for example one night there was sushi. There is also a pizzeria which does a breakfast & lunch service with snacks in between (though I must warn, very little choice in the snack department), and the Mediterráneo Restaurant which you have to book for, but which to be honest isn't much different to the main restaurant anyway. All food is well cooked & tasty and presented in buffet style. Local lager (Mahon) is the only one on offer, I believe, but there are hot drinks machines, a variety of self serve soft drinks, wine, sangria and local spirits (which actually don't seem to taste too different to their branded counterparts). There are also slush machines for the children, and fruit juices.

The waiting staff work very hard. They're so quick to clear away your plates once you've finished (in fact, so quick that on one occasion a lady tried to take my plate away whilst I was still eating!). The bar staff are very efficient, serving large queues of people during busy periods very quickly, and all staff were very friendly. Those who don't like to queue will enjoy this hotel!

Rooms are spacious, well decorated and cleaned very well by maids who visit every day. There was a slight problem with our room on arrival. Without going into too much detail, whilst there WERE problems, these were resolved quickly and efficiently and did not put too much of a dampener on our stay. Communal areas were modern, airy and tidy.

The entertainment isn't something we experienced a lot of. There was a table of daily activities (bingo, aquafit, shooting) but we didn't partake. They showed the England Euro 2012 game in the Mondrago bar on a projector, which was a nice touch. There was a live show every night following an hour or two of childrens activities. Mostly dancing, some singing. Rock night and 80s night were particular highlights for us. Each lasted around 1 hour until about 10.30pm. After that, there wasn't a lot else going on, so be prepared to make your own entertainment after this!

Also, if you are put off by the 1h 30m travel time from Palma airport quoted by Thomas Cook and possibly other tour operators, don't be. I would say the transfer time is closer to 1 hour, so it makes a good base for exploration of larger resorts if that's what you want to do.

All in all, if you want a variety of food, a quiet retreat from the stress of your daily life with the opportunity to explore the beautiful local coastline, this hotel is for you. If you're looking for a lively affair, think Cala D'or, Palma or one of the other, larger resorts. This is a secluded little haven which is well deserving of it's 4* rating.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2012

We have just returned from a week's holiday at cala barca (sadly a week was not long enough). We stayed in a family suite which was lovely. The room was spacious, modern and, clean with regular maid service. The complex is spread out so some people may find it a bit of a treck to the main part.
The hotel offers beach towel hire for a deposit of 10 euros, which a lot of people used (something to consider when weighing yr suitcases).
The food was fab, with plenty of choice and my 18mth daughter ate well. At night the bar would give us some milk to take back to our room for my daughter to drink before she we went to bed.
There wasn't many activities for toddlers, as kids clubs start at 4 yrs, but Thomas cook do a toddler time 5-6pm, which she enjoyed. The evening entertainment was great, and the children loved the mini club disco.
Thomas cook advertise this hotel as one of their "family world" ones, but my only issue with this is the number of stairs in the resort which is difficult with a pushchair.
My only disappointment with this holiday was our first day. We arrived at cala barca around 11.30am and when we arrived we were told our room would not be ready till 3.30pm! We were given our wrist bands so we could get lunch, but we were left for the afternoon hot and bothered, not being able to get change and dive in the pool!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Lindsey H
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Darwen
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2012

We have just returned from our 2nd family visit to Cala Barca. We had a great holiday. The hotel is very clean, the staff extremely friendly, and the setting and surrounding area beautiful.
Our 4 year old attended the hotel-run Mini Club and we found the staff to be fabulous and extremely hard-working. The highlight of his holiday was winning a medal and being presented with it on stage by Smiley the dog. A huge thank you to Angela, Vera, Christina, Luisa and all the other Star Friends staff.
Would recommend a visit to Cala Mondrago and a trip on the Sea Riders fast boat (our 4 yr old LOVED it)!
One thing we missed this year was the availability of drinks from the beach bar/restaurant. This facility is now only available if you upgrade to Premium All Inclusive and it was a bit of a trek to get a drink from the beach.
I'm already searching for other Iberostar hotels to try next year...

Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

We have just returned from a family holiday at Cala Barca Village. The hotel itself is very clean, very spacious and modern. The apartments are in small blocks which are quite spread out, giving a village feel. This means you could be in various locations although each would have its benefits and few drawbacks I'd imagine. The room was large, with comfy beds and a tv (with cbeebies and disney channel-handy for those wind down moments). The maid service was excellent, thorough and regular. We were staying on an all inclusive basis, which we have before but never to such a high standard, the food was magnificent, a real variety, from sushi to lobster to chips and chicken nuggets. The drinks were also good cava, pink fizz etc. The staff really made the place, everyone was friendly and so professional, taking real pride in ensuring you enjoyed your holiday, from the glass collector by the pool the 'men in suits' who seemed to take an interest in the day to day running of the hotel. The entertainment was good and also varied, we never saw the same show over the ten nights. Mini disco with 'Smiley' was a hit with my daughters (aged 3 and 6). The show which followed was of a consistently high standard. The entertainment team really went the extra mile, both during the show and when they saw you out and about. We took the public bus to Cala D'or and Cala Mondrago, mainly for the beach as the hotel beach was quite stoney. These were both nice days out. My eldest daughter attended both the hotel run and Thomas Cook kids clubs on a couple of occasions and enjoyed the activities. If I had to say one negative thing, there were not that many English children for my daughters to play with but the kids clubs did help with that.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank Michelle470
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, Online Reputation Manager at IBEROSTAR Club Cala Barca, responded to this review, 26 June 2012
Dear Guest,

Such positive and rewarding comments as you own are what motivate us and all members here at Iberostar. Thank you ever so much for the time spent in writing down you experience with us. We are glad to read that you are more than pleased with our hotel standards, including both accommodation and food and beverage.

Thank you for your kind words towards our staff, as they all work very hard, striving to surpass guest expectations. We will definitely be passing on your comments to them about your satisfaction with their service. We would be more than pleased to be able to greet you once more at Iberostar and do hope you decide to visit us again.

Yours sincerely

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Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
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doncaster50
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

Hi we stayed here from the 14th of may for 12 nights,lovely hotel all the staff where very friendly,entertainment was very good,loads for the kids to do,Thomas cook provided a kids club wich was very well run,our 3 year old loved the mini disco as did our 1 year old,adults entertainment was also superb,the food was really good,apart from two occasions when the chicken was under cooked,and I mean roar I took a kebab back one of the nights,only to be told sorry, they never even removed them,so I asked for the manager,pepe came along and couldn't say sorry enough, but it's no excuse in a 4 star hotel but apart from that food was lovely fizzy drinks,wine,beer,cocktails alcoholic and mon alcoholic,for my pregnant wife where lovely,all in all was a fan holiday and we would return!!!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Skedsmokorset
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

Top facilities, perfect familyroom, nice and clean, a few ants but didnt do us any harm. Impressive logistics regarding foodserving and barservices all around - friendly and warm staff. Good quality food with decent variations every day and really funny to see the germans constantly cutting queus to get to the food first - how ignorant they are:). Only downside, being Norwegian and bringing with us a 3 yo, it wasnt to much for her to enjoy of kid club since only English/German language was spoken. But we had a great week and will be returning one day.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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IberostarHoteles, Online Reputation Manager at IBEROSTAR Club Cala Barca, responded to this review, 21 June 2012
Dear guest,

First of all we would like to thank you for your time in writing such a kind comment about our Iberostar Club Cala Barca. It is a delight to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us.

Feedback like yours is very important to us, so we know what we can improve to reach an even higher and more exclusive service for our guest. We will certainly take into our consideration and we will do our utmost to improve these points.

We are delighted with your powerful and positive words describing our complete services and facilities.For us is a priority to take care of the visitors properly and fulfill our guest expectations.

Once again, we would like to thank you for your motivating words.

Yours sincerely

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Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

Firstly I would like to say the staff at the hotel were very friendly. However we are a family of 5 and asked and paid for a family suite, when we arrived it took 2 hours for them to sort this problem out as it was down as a family room (smaller). SO FAMILIES BE AWARE OF THIS.
The fact that this is a family hotel,well there are no parasols provided so you have to fight to get a shady area around the pool if you want shade for your small children, I also was appalled that in the hight of the sun 12-3 the small huts with drinks was shut, if this is the case a water purifier should be on the outside so people can help themselves.If you don't put your towel on a sunbed before 8am you may not get one.
What I found dangerous being a family hotel and lots of children about was the fact there were the previous nights glasses all around the bar and seating areas when you came down for breakfasts, these should have been rid of the same evening as a child could have smashed one and injured themselves.
We found the entertainment on a evening very poor especially the mini disco which my children were really looking forward to,
All in all I feel that this hotel isn't really a 4 star.

Room Tip: If you want a family suite they seem to put you away from the main hotel area it is a 4 minute walk...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Deborah B
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, Online Reputation Manager at IBEROSTAR Club Cala Barca, responded to this review, 22 June 2012
Dear guest,

First of all we want to apologize for all the inconveniences you had during your stay. We are very sorry to hear that we could not fulfill your expectations

We feel sorry to read that didn´t succeed. The head departments involved have been informed about your comments. We will certainly take into our consideration and we will do our utmost to improve these points. Feedback like yours is very important to us, so we know what we can improve to reach an even higher and more exclusive service for our guest.

Some of the problems you mentioned are totally under our standards and we have already taken action in order to meet our standards again. Your comment will certainly help us to keep focus on customer satisfaction and fulfillment of our hotel standards.

Kindest regards,

Online Reputation Manager
Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
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Property: IBEROSTAR Club Cala Barca
Address: Sa Barca Trancada s/n, 07691 Cala Mondrago, Majorca, Spain
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Region: Spain > Balearic Islands > Majorca > Cala Mondrago
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Cala Mondrago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — IBEROSTAR Club Cala Barca 4.5*
Number of rooms: 734
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Congratulations, you have just found the Official Friendship Creator for your children: the hotel IBEROSTAR Club Cala Barca Mallorca! They will play and make inseparable friends here during their stay at one of the best luxury hotels in Mallorca. And best of all? You will have a great time while they have amazing experiences, like playing in our water park. Discover more reasons to choose our family hotel, designed totally with children in mind. Fun for your children. Whatever their age, they will have a great time in the Miniclub, Maxiclub and Teenclub. Painting workshops, water games, handicrafts, minidisco, etc. They’re guaranteed to make friends! There are also dozens of shows for the whole family to enjoy, like musicals, magic shows and live music. The most comprehensive All Inclusive package. This family hotel is so big and has so many facilities and restaurants that you'll feel like you are in a small summer holiday village. Can you smell it? There is Mexican, Italian, Spanish and international cuisine. There are even food trucks and ice cream stands! And, of course, Mallorca’s most typical dishes. A thousand and one sports. At this All Inclusive hotel, you can take tennis and diving classes. You can also take part in dozens of other sporting activities such as hiking, Pilates, swimming, Zumba and archery. Holidays are the best time to do what you enjoy most! Ready, steady, dive in. We have 8 swimming pools for all ages and a water park in which youngsters can enjoy a world of adventures. They can invade the castle, hide in the tunnels, slide down the water chutes or drench themselves under the big waterfall. A break for you. Try a massage with aromatherapy oils containing natural plant extracts in the Sensations SPA or enjoy a dip in the whirlpool bath with your partner while your children enjoy their activities. Just what you need! Dream beaches. In Porto Petro, not only are you right next to the beach but you can also find other coves nearby in the Mondragó Natural Park. The green of the pine groves contrasting with the turquoise sea and the golden sands are sure to amaze you. Pure nature. There's no better place than the Mondragó Natural Park to pack your rucksack and go on an excursion with your children. The kids will have the time of their lives watching the birds or seeing the waves crash against the cliffs. ... more   less 
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