Hubby and I (early 30s, no kids) stayed here as a one-week kick off to a six week summer holiday around Europe and the Middle East. Went through Thomson. Heads up-over 2 hours from airport to resort with hotel drop offs, etc. Both there and return-quite irritating as an impatient start to our vacation. As Canadians, we're very fortunate to have similar 'All Inclusive' deals to Mexico, Cuba, etc for a similar price point from Gatwick to Majorca.
Resort-beautiful, well maintained property. Staff was friendly and helpful. Not too big - easy to get around, very full, but never crowded. Activities available, but we're more 'book and beach' people. Definately caters to the family crowd - many there, with children under 10. The '20 minute walk to the marina' was closer o 45 mins...and we're both fairly fit people. Humidity and heat also a factor. Do taxi to old town-worth it. Appearance-3.5-4* in line with Mexico/Cuba resorts. Seemed smaller than those in general as well.
Rooms-went with the basic room...and it was basic. Quite ugly, frankly. Did not help get in the holiday mood. Unfortunately, our room was also over the garbage bins in the back-which, there was no smell, but garbage/bottle pick up was LOUD. We would have moved rooms, but were told none were available in our category; plus, being on holiday, chose to 'go with the flow' instead of have it upset us. Basic room like a 2.5*-clean. Similar to 3* in Mexico, 4* in Cuba.
Food-plentiful, but surprisingly boring. Best bet was the live/fresh cooking meat station at the buffet; at times cold cts and cheese were well done. Pizza was surprisingly good - lunch was always a better bet for pizza; the dinner pizza sometimes featured the leftovers from lunch. Lots of variety, but bland, bland, bland. Lunch shack by kiddie pool area had quite good burgers. A la carte menu limited - we chose not to go, based on others who said buffet was better. Better than Cuban resort food by far, much more limited (especially in quality/taste) than Mexican resorts. No 24 hour food and/or room service common in Mexico AIs.
Beach-gorgeous! Shallow, warm, clear water. Small issue with jellyfish (quite large and easy to spot) one day. This was tough for us as it made us more wary of going into the water - hard to enjoy if you have to be vigilent. Very easy to walk up and down the beach strech. Beach - better than Puerto Vallarta, better than Cancun (tends to be wavy), slightly less than Mayan Riviera (the jellyfish take off major points), less than Varadero (best beach).
BIG TIP-very limited palapa seating - we got there early afternoon, and there were none available for that day. Look for the guys in orange shirts. You need cash with you, and you need to pay in full. I literally stayed with one of them while I sent hubby back to the room to get the full amount in cash-lucky for us, we could get one 'reserved' for 6/7 days of our trip. One benfit of this was never having to worry about rushing to 'save a seat'; one drawback is we've never had to pay for beach beds before. Pool loungers are included. Pool are is large, kiddiepool is away from the beach, so not too invasive with the young ones. Only a few awkward tusstles for beach loungers with the Polish guests who assumed we were done after lunch, and came back and found them in our chairs. Pointing out our reserved sign helped, but still awkward. Again, these are limited, so if you are not lukcy enough to pay for one you have a towel and the beach-that's it. Also bizarre you had to supply your own beach towel (thanks for the tip TA)-we've never had to do that before. BIG MINUS-every other AI (Kenya, Thailand, Mexico, Cuba) have never paid for beach lounger rental nor had to bring own towel. Boo.
Booze-flows freely, but no 'slushy' drinks. Sangria and cava a bonus. Like in Cuba, they only supplied small, cheap plastic cups. Knowing this in advance, we both brought insulated coffee mugs from home to drink on the beach (this keeps the drinks cool, and also prevents sand from blowing in). First three days - refilled no problem. Then, it was suddenly "against policy"-no one would clarify how...Still brought them to the buffet, usually to fill up with water to have in the room. Equal to Cuba (supply, small cups), less than Mexico. Very odd about the travel mug rules changing ubruptly.
In sum, I see this place as a solid 4*, with a great beach and mediocre food. Excellent for families, but as a couples holiday, look to another resort, or pay for the upgraded rooms - look how different they look in the pics.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This All Inclusive hotel directly at the beachfront of Alcudia is most suitable for families. Its completely refurbished rooms offer not only excellent comfort but also contemporary style. Without leaving the hotel guests enjoy numerous fun and sports activities, as well as the hotels entertainment programmes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Condesa De La Bahia Hotel Port d`Alcudia
- Condesa Bahia
- Hotel Condesa De La Bahia Majorca, Spain