We have 2 kids aged 5 and we have taken holidays in the UK for the past few years as we didn't want the hassle of airport, transfer, heat etc with very young children. We took the plunge this year to go to Majorca. We chose this hotel as it has lots of facilities and entertainment for little ones.
I was very impressed with this hotel, we pretty much couldn't have asked for any better! The complex is really big, and the areas of the hotel (A/B/C) are actually completely separate hotels, and you have to cross public roads to get between them all. This isn't a big deal, they are literally all across the road from each other, and they aren't particularly busy roads, plus they have zebra crossings.
The fact that there are 3 completely separate areas to use is great for variation. When the kids started getting bored doing something we just moved on to a different area. A lot of people have complained about the sunbed situation. It's true that there is the usual queuing up and argy bargy for the "best" bed spots, but you really don't have to get involved. If you're not too fussed about being in a particular area it's not a problem. We never queued up for beds and just wandered down at 10 or 11, and always managed to get beds somewhere.
The water park in the hotel was excellent and very well run. The lifeguards are very strict in there so you know your children will be safe. Likewise the park in the hotel was really well equipped, it even has a little zip wire.
The food was very good. I've been to all inclusive hotels before and the buffet offerings have always been a bit poor. But the standard here was fantastic, especially the buffet. All of the food was really tasty, high quality, and wasn't sitting around for ages. There was always something for the kids. Lunch was good too, I think I had the spaghetti in garlic oil practically every day! We tried the a la carte option and also the tapas, but to be honest we preferred the buffet. We didn't try the burger restaurant which you have to pay for.
Our children went into the club for a few mornings which seemed OK but they didn't really love it and keep asking to go back. I'm not sure why they didn't get into it, probably more them than anything to do with the staff or the way it was run. When we did have a few hours to ourselves we went to the adult only pool which is absolute bliss!
Entertainment in the evening was really good for what it was. The entertainment team work really hard putting on all the shows. Our kids loved the mini disco, and made lots of friends dancing to the set routines. The Santana tribute band was great, nice to see some decent live music in a hotel.
The room was really nice and clean. We had a garden apartment in block C. It was handy having a garden as we could go back to the room during the midday sun and let the kids watch TV while we sat in the garden with a cocktail!
One thing that we thought was really worth doing was a private taxi transfer rather than the tour operator bus. It was so smooth being able to walk out of the airport when we arrived and get straight into a nice air conditioned car rather than hang around waiting for everyone to be on the bus, then the usual tour around the hotels wondering if yours is the next dropoff. It was quite expensive (something like £70 each way) but well worth the money.
There are 2 beaches fairly close. They aren't fantastic beaches but they are quite nice sandy coves. The sand is quite coarse and our kids didn't like it sticking to them so we didn't spend that much time down there which was a surprise, as our kids love the beach and we specifically wanted a hotel that had a beach location.
All in all a fantastic holiday at a very good hotel. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone travelling with children. We will quite possibly return next year but we are the type of people who like to try different locations.
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- Insotel Hotel Cala Mandia
- Cala Mandia
- Insotel Hotel Porto Cristo
- Insotel Cala Mandia Resort & Spa Porto Cristo, Majorca