We enjoyed our week at the Sa Coma Safari Park Hotel which we shared with our daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren (aged 7 and 9). This was a first trip abroad for the children and they had a thoroughly good time.
The hotel is enormous (we estimated 2,000 guests when it is full); our apartment was excellent, in a quite location. I would be concerned if I were to be accommodated close to the entertainment area as that could be very noisy in the evening. The rooms were spotless (no cleaning though on Mondays and Fridays), beds comfortable, air conditioning welcome.
Food in the self-service cafeterias was excellent, with different choices each evening and a special feeding station for the children. The existence of two cafeterias plus outside eating areas meant that the dining areas were not stuffed full of people and clattering like aircraft hangers! The show cooking (stir-fry) was worth trying.
Breakfasts were good with freshly prepared omelettes and pancakes (Mickey Mouse shaped for the children). A late breakfast was served between 10 - 12.30 close to the Jungle Pool.
Lunch was either in the cafeterias or barbeque style at the other end of the site. We opted for the BBQ each day and found a nice shady location where be pushed together tables and created a lovely place to eat. We found cushions hidden behind the BBQ area which made the seats less uncomfortable. After lunch the girls fed the carp in the nearby stream - very relaxing.
The themed restaurants were worth trying - although you need to get up at the crack of dawn and queue for a booking (curious shoe queue with lots of bare-footed, drowsy holidaymakers lolling on sofas in reception) - you use your key card to book so remember key cards for all the people you are making the booking for (I had only ours and reception created one for our daughter's family). I was there just after seven and was already seventh in the shoe queue! We dined at the Argentinian restaurant, located in the nearby Water Park; where the meat-eaters enjoyed good selection of barbequed steaks, there was also some pizza and salads for vegetarians. We also ate at the Italian - this must have been the highlight of our eating experiences in Sa Coma, wonderful ambience in a quiet location with waitress service and wine from real bottles!
The pool area was totally overwhelming when we arrived (very tired after a 3am departure from home and a one hour transfer); rank upon rank of sunbeds! However we soon found the Jungle pool which was much quieter and less crowded. Whilst up at 7am on the restaurant booking expedition I reserved sunbeds and Cabina (know it was against their rules but 'hey ho' did it anyway). This forethought made the pool experience wonderful for us all. Towels on sunbeds - it must be the English!
The girls were a little intimidated by the size of the place and did not venture into the kids club, in any case they were enjoying fun in the pool.
The Water Park is part of the huge Protur complex (also includes the Sa Coma Playa, Gran etc); we paid E8 for adults and E4 for children to go in on the Thursday, the place was not full; it was also not the type of 'water park' we expected, just a couple of slides, swim-up bar (which was closed for part of the day), and small children's play area; quite disappointing. Moreover, the food queues were enormous (around 30 minutes); they needed to either not charge or charge a smaller nominal amount, in many other hotels this type of 'water park' provision is part of the hotel pool complex. I assume that the charge is intended to limit the people using this facility - if so the strategy probably worked. They began to turn us out at 4.30; definitely not worth the expense - although our children can enjoy themselves anywhere. We did not make a second visit!
The Mini disco demonstrated how totally geared up this place was for children - entertainment was designed specifically for multi-national children; they all loved it (as did their parents). By the end of the week we were joining in with 'Heads, shoulders, knees and toes' and could give a good rendition of a German children's song which involved swimming!!
The entertainment for adults was variable, but we managed to enjoy each evening. We took our scrabble board and a pack of cards and made some of our own fun too.
All inclusive is an interesting experience, we resisted the temptation to over-indulge and came home just a couple of pounds heavier. The men reckon they made a profit on this holiday!
Next time we will find a hotel which is smaller .. this was just too big for us, but that is personal choice. Overall the holiday experience was great. Think hard about what you want from a holiday before booking this resort though, and if you want a quiet, cultural, family break this is definitely not the place to choose.
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