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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