We arrived two adults and our two kids on a Friday start June, and were well received at the hotel.
We had booked a room with bedroom and living room/kitchen, and the room (1203) was just fine. It is located in the east wing facing the pool area and a balcony facing west. The kitchenette offered the basic cutlery, a pan, two pots a fridge, a water cocker, a toaster, a coffee machine and a microwave oven. Just fine for any small meal.
Initially the TV only had a few channels, but we found out we could access other sat channels. Having two rooms was great for when putting the kids to sleep, and we could sit in the balcony no matter what the weather was like as there was a roof on it.
We did however miss having internet in the room. This would have made it near perfect for the price. Free Wi-Fi is available in the reception area, and it works ok, but it would have been nice to be have the newt in the room.
The pool area has 5 pools. One very small one for the toddlers. One twitch is about 30 cm deep with slides and a big ship. Great for the kids to play in. One pool is about 80 cm deep and perfect for the larger children who may not be good enough swimmers for deep pools. One pool which is 185 deep. Finally one pool which is only for adults in a closed area.
The pool area was a great place and it had everything we needed. The area was cleaned every morning and we also noticed they checked the quality of the water several times during the week.
There were plenty of sunbeds to go round and there was also a lifeguard on duty in the 80 cm pool.
We had only selected breakfast at the hotel, but after having eaten in Palma Nova, we considered going for the all-inclusive. We ate at the restaurant at the hotel one evening and the buffet was just fine and better than what we found in most places in Palma Nova, which in many cases was huge disappointment. We did find one decent restaurant called Maritimo. It is located just 5 mins walk from the hotel in the first floor overlooking the bay. The food here was definitely worth going for even though it was a little more expensive than at the hotel restaurant.
Maggaluff is in my opinion a dump. We knew that we could run into a few bars but when going for a walk there with the kids, we didn't expect ending up in a bar/disco city infested with tourists, who in most cases were drunk, loud and who ruined the place. Now we have seen where this particular bread spends its holiday, and we will make sure to stay clear of this area going forward. So if you want to avoid these characters, stay on Palma Nova side (going north when on the beach).
If you decide not to rent a car, the bus 105 stops just below the stairs going to the beach, and goes directly to Palma city center in 20-30 minutes.
The hotel has entertainment every night, first for the kids with Bufo the hotels mascot, and then for the larger kids... The late show was usually some copy act of some sort. The act stops at 22:30 and you will be able to hear this from all apartments facing the pool area.
Anyway – apart from no WI-FI and Maggaluff and Palma Nova not being the nicest areas on the island, we all loved the hotel, and the kids thrived in the pool area. If we were to return we would definitely need a car all days to get out of the area when not enjoying the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Zafiro Palmanova hotel is close to a white sandy beach. Apart from the outstanding sport facilities, this exclusive 4-star hotel features excellent services and activities for both adult and children. The delicious gastronomy makes this resort the ideal accommodation for the most demanding palates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viva Palmanova Palma Nova
- Viva Palma Nova
- Zafiro Palmanova Majorca