Just returned from a 10 day trip to the Visa Badia which has to be one of the most relaxed, fun-filled, stress-free holidays for a long time. The apartments are clean and spacious, if not luxurious in decor etc. Large sitting area with 2 sofa's, TV with some English channels, kitchen area with full size fridge ideal for drinks, fruit etc. Wouldn't recommend trying to cook anything as there are only 2 electric rings and a microwave but then there's no need to cook with so many eateries close by. It's true that Sa Coma isn't a fine dining resort but there are plenty of bars and cafes nearby if you haven't taken advantage of the good value all-inclusive option at the hotel. The difference in price between half board and all-inclusive was only £10 each a day - excellent value when you consider this gets you all soft and alcoholic drinks (including mineral water which some all-incs don't), continental breakfast by the pool up to mid day if you miss the buffet breakfast, snacks all-day, cake and coffee in the afternoon , bike hire from the club house and access to a range of sporting activities.
There's something for everyone at the Vista Badia - water polo for adults and a separate game for teens (if the adults game gets a little too competitive!), volleyball, rifle shooting, archery, pistol shooting, darts, football or just lazing by the pool with a good book (me!). We had no problem getting a sunbed even though we lay in until about 11.00 most days and managed to get a booking at one of the themed restaurants each time we tried. No queuing for us - we just turned up when we got up (usually after 12 by the time we got to the Clubhouse) and took whatever was left - a much better approach than getting all stressed about not getting the one you particularly wanted that night, as it'll probably be free the next night!
Best by far was the Argentinian which is in La Reserva water park awith tables overlooking the pool. Buffet style, with great salad selection, grilled meat with steaks cooked to order if you like it rare and great choice of other meats and vegatables. The Country Grill was also good, more informal than the Argentinian but simiar BBQ style buffet, although steaks tend to be cremated unless you can intercept the cooking process. We tried the Tapas but weren't too impressed - it seemed quite mass produced La Tasca style food when we'd been hoping for a more authentic tapas experience (we were in Spain after all!!) Didn't manage to get into the Italian (probably not early enough for this one) so can't comment. The buffet food was generally good as all inclusive buffets go, consistently good salad bar, selection of grilled meat and fish, with various other dishes and vegtables to choose from.
Entertainment - evening shows most nights run by the ever present, hard working entertainment team! Our teenage son became an honorary member, even guesting as Proty the Beaver for the kids show one night! Despite the advantages of the all-inclusive, the bar next door, the King's Head, is not to be missed. Sounds tacky, I know, but we had such fun there - ordinary looking bar by day serving traditional English grub, Karaoke or live entertainment until midnight and then becomes a banging club with great dance tunes! All this only 50 yards from the hotel! Great place to watch Spain beat Germany in the World Cup semi (yes, the hotel TV was taken over by the Germans!) and even better watching Spain win the final. On the point of Germans, the balance was probably 60/40 Germans to Brits so not as bad as some of the reviews have indicated.
If you do fancy going self catering there's a Spar on the site or a big Eroski supermarket about a 5 minute walk away but I'd strongly recommend all-inclusive as it's a great stress free, value for money way to enjoy your holiday.
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