Hotel or apartment? Options for a family holiday on Mallorca

When we’re speaking of Mallorca, we’re speaking of a versatile place that allows you to enjoy tourism in all its shapes and forms. The island is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway with a view of the beach in Playa de Muro, but it’s also a great destination for a holiday with friends in places like Magaluf, Palmanova and Can Picafort, or senior tourism with group trips to Valdemossa, Deià or Pollença.

In this review of the many faces of tourism available on the largest of the Balearic Islands we’ve chosen to focus on family holidays. Due to its shape, size and wide range of leisure activities, Mallorca is an ideal place for those travelling with children and/or other relatives. So: when planning where to stay on the island, what should you go for – a hotel or an apartment?

Even if there are plenty of nice places to choose from (two great examples are Playa Garden Selection Hotel & Spa and Green Garden Aparthotel by Garden Hotels), it’s best to go through the pros and cons of each option first. Let’s go!

Playa Garden Hotel

Family life in an apartment

Life in an apartment can be wonderful, but it could also end up as a disaster. And why is that? Well, the desire to enjoy some long-awaited relaxation can make dealing with routine tasks (like ‘cleaning’, ‘cooking’ and so on) feel like a complete nightmare. Only families used to living in holiday apartments when travelling can successfully achieve that balance between rest and household chores.

How to avoid problems and unnecessary annoyance? Easy: an aparthotel. A winning option that gives you the independence you’re looking for without having to do the things you really don’t want to do during your holiday. What do they normally include? Basically: thorough cleaning of the apartment, sheet and towel changes and general maintenance of the apartment.

In search of the Dolçe Far Niente

If you’re looking for complete relaxation, not having to do any household tasks during your stay, then the ideal solution is to opt for a hotel where everything is done for you. The only things you have to worry about? Choosing at what time to go to the beach, finding activities to entertain your children, and deciding whether to have wine or beer with your meal. The true pleasure of the Dolçe Far Niente.

If you are travelling as a family, the only requirement there is when bookinga holiday is that the hotel must be family friendly, and that (apart from a children’s menu) they can offer your little ones fun activities, free of charge.

Anuncios

Mallorca: three kinds of accommodation for three kinds of families

Checking whether the dates we prefer will work and trying to find the perfect hotel that will also fit our waller – the truth is that when you choose a hotel for your next holiday there are other things than destination, dates and even price to take into account.

What is the secret to a perfect holiday? Finding that hotel that really fits the way we travel, the way we see life, relax and even entertain our children. Is it possible to really hit the spot in that sense? The answer is that in places like Mallorca, yes, without a doubt.

Family Beach

Active and very adventurous families

Even if no one is ever going to complain about a bit of luxury (it has to be said), it’s a fact that some adventurous families take other, more practical services into account. Location, for example, and making sure there’s plenty of interesting entertainment on offer for the little ones. Chains like Gran Isla are aware that the number of families looking for these things is on the rise, so they have created accommodation options such as Pirates Village Apartments.

Located in the beautiful seaside town Santa Ponça, Pirates Villages does not only offer rooms that are designed for the family’s ‘smaller pirates’; they also make sure the menu is top-level and that there’s easy transport to attractions like the Galatzó farm, Palmanova and Palma, the capital of the island.

Standard families

Those who fall somewhere in between adventure and peace and quiet make up our ‘Standard-families group’. Here we find families with kids between 5 and 7 years of age that might want to rush down a zip-line in the popular Jungle Park, or spend an evening visiting great museums such as the lovely Es Baluard (in Palma).

Jutlandia Family Resort is the best choice for all these families. This hotel is located in Santa Ponça and features specific areas for the bosses of the family as well as a full schedule of entertainment and fun for large and small, which will turn your standard holiday into a sensory experience.

Families who like the island calm

Known for sheltering a cost called ‘the Calm Coast’, the Costa Calma, Mallorca is the ideal place to come for that long-awaited tranquility. In places like Santa Ponça this island becomes a genuine retreat of silence and serenity for families looking to disconnect by the sea, surrounded by the most beautiful flora you can find at this destination.

For this group of families on holiday we would suggest a hotel like the Plazamar Serenity Resort, a hotel located less than 300 metres from the beach and where you can enjoy excellent food as well as an impressive pool surrounded by palm trees.

Resorts you won’t want to leave

Aaaaah, holiday, family, Mallorca, sun, beach and fun! This combination is never going to go out of fashion. The secret is finding the best resort where you can set up ‘base camp’ and retire to when you need a rest and where everything is taken care of for you. The only problem is that you’ll be so at ease that nothing will make you want to leave the resort.

Better than anyone, Meliá hotels have been able to give its original brand ‘Sol’ new life and to make it interesting. It’s now called Sol by Melia. Ever since the chain was established in Magaluf back in the 50s it has always been synonymous with relaxation and a family-like atmosphere, and later adventure and music were added to these attributes.

Couples, families, friends, the young and the not so young can find everything they need, and more, at the Sol holiday resorts. On Mallorca it’s obvious that Magaluf is the Meliá stronghold. I was told that the company is making significant investments there to completely remodel the area and up its level. I can assure you it’s on track. For our last holiday I took my family to the Sol Katmandu Park Resort and the ‘wow’ feeling and all the laughs we shared are still very vivid memories.

Vacaciones familiares

Fun for all ages

To us it was absolute success, because we could combine the beach we love so much with a theme park that has everything you could wish for in terms of children’s attractions, water games, a zip-line (the longest in Spain), 4D-cinema, mini golf and even houses of terror for youth and adults. All this without leaving the resort. What luxury!

If you prefer to leave the kids at home, no problem. Not far away, on Palma Nova beach, you’ll find an exceptional ‘adults only’: the Sol Beach House on Mallorca. There you can experience the exclusive touch that characterises the brand and makes you feel special. If you’re thinking about a romantic holiday, this resort offers everything you might need and it’s also right by the beach.

When you’re at Sol Beach House you’ll probably want to try all the activities on offer: hiking, water sports, yoga, pilates, live music, barbecues, walks on the beach… you name it! But there will be lots of times when you’ll be happy experiencing something we enjoy more and more as the years go by: the pleasure of doing NOTHING. I must admit that there were complaints from my travel companion, who claimed the swimming pool and the gardens had abducted me. No wonder!

Top 3 restaurants for children (I): Majorca

Generally, when traveling with family and with our children – that is why to win in practicality and to save a euro or two – we are the majority that chooses our vacations in accordance with a complete boarding. Yes, breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel can not only be more economical, but also save us head spinning from having to think about a place that is suitable for us and for children.

Although the majority of destinations work very well with this system, the truth is that there are other points of our country where it is worthwhile to opt for half board to give yourself a family dinner at a child friendly restaurant. Given that covering all in a single article would be impossible, this month we began the route of restaurants for families putting the focus on the beautiful island of Majorca. Let’s go there and bon profit!

Katmandu Park

House of Katmandú

Trains Restaurant

In the popular neighborhood of Santa Catalina, one of the most popular in Palma, is Restaurant Trens. A very good quality restaurant (and with reasonable prices) in which you can eat almost everything and delight the little ones of the house.

The reason? Not only will it seem like you are eating inside a train car of the 1920s, but the place in question has an area where children can enjoy miniature moving trains.

The House of Kathmandu restaurant

On the reverse side, there is an authentic Thai house in which you can discover the terrifying Yeti and experience a really fun day. All with the possibility of eating delicious dishes in an open-air restaurant and only a short distance from the beautiful beach of Magaluf. All of this is what we can find at the Sol Katmandu Park Resort, Sol Hotels & Resorts.

Located in the most pleasant and natural area of Magaluf, this idea created by Sol Hotels will not only let your children have a good time, but let you enjoy an unforgettable day with your family.

The Palma Aquarium restaurant

And if what you like is to enjoy the natural world, there is nothing better than giving yourself a whole morning in Palma Aquarium and then tasting a delicious burger in one of its two restaurants. Considered one of the most important aquariums in the world, Palma is also a perfect place for children of all ages. In addition to a route perfectly adapted to baby carriages – the place has a chiquipark in which the little ones will have a bomb.

Mallorca and its “must sees” for adventurous families

Although we are well into this routine of “snuggling under the covers”, at least we know that the summer will return eventually and with it our longed for vacation. Experts say that there is nothing better than taking advantage of these cold months to fix on the destination, the hotel deal and work out our leisure plans. We know there are hundreds of destinations in our country but are they all suitable for those who want to travel as a family? No, certainly not.

Since we are aware that in summer we are all looking for the balance between fun and relaxation, this month in Family Holidays Destinations we focus on Mallorca. Is there anything better than thinking about a family holiday with the Mediterranean as a backdrop?

Mallorca, with its many pros and its few cons, is an ideal island to spend a family holiday. A leading destination for national tourism and extremely well known internationally (especially by the British and German travelers), the largest of the Balearic Islands hides a thousand and one treasures that are perfect for those family excursions that we love.

If you have you thought about this destination for your 2017 Summer holiday you’ll want to know what the ‘must sees’ are that you can’t ignore once you are on the island? Take note because they are not all in the usual travel guides.

The Caves of the Drach

The Caves of the Drach

The Caves of the Drach

One of Mallorca’s main attractions is located in Porto Cristo (in the municipality of Manacor, home of tennis player Rafa Nadal). With its mysterious nooks giving them  a magic difficult to describe, the visit to the legendary Caves of the Drach is one of the things that can’t be missed on any family trip. You can avoid the crush of the Summer crowds by visiting them during the week and first thing in the morning.

The Costitx Observatory

Although not all travel guides talk about it as they should, don’t miss a visit to the Costitx Observatory. In addition to being a spectacular and really beautiful planetarium, this observatory in Mallorca is fundamental in international missions and of great importance in discoveries thanks to its more than twenty localized extragalactic supernovae.

The route of the marshes

Although coming to Mallorca in Summer and not going to the beach is like going to Paris and not going up to the Eiffel Tower, the truth is that the island’s mountains are ideal for a good morning excursion with the family. You could choose to do a tour of Cover the marshes and get to know the beauty of Gorg Blau. We can assure you that the experience is well worth it.

Leader of the Family Friendly label

One of the advantages of Majorca is that you don’t have to invest too much time in locating a hotel that shows the Family Friendly sign since in the island lots of establishments are designed for those who travel with their family. Hotels like Sol House or Sol Beach House (located in the municipality of Calvià and endorsed by the brand Sol Hotels) is full of extras for both big and small and it also has ideal prices.

Begin to shape your next family vacation 2017

Although it is normal when confronted with headlines like ours to think that we are not very aware of how little time has passed since the end of Summer, but the truth is that few statements are as true as that there is nothing better than the winter months to prepare for your Summer holiday. With fewer hours of sunlight and temperatures that make us spend more time at home, these months are ideal for choosing your destination, comparing prices and finding out about all the things we want to enjoy on our Summer holidays.

It is a fact that sun and beach destinations are the leaders when choosing a location but … that is not necessarily so. Although our country has plenty of coastal destinations, the fact is that only a few are ideal for those traveling in the family and with our children.

el-golfo-lanzarote

Lanzarote, between islands and volcanoes

Cover the path that leads to La Graciosa, visit the original House Museum of César Manrique or take the route of the volcanoes. These are some of the ideas offered by the destination Lanzarote. It is fascinating for parentss and impressive in the eyes of young travelers, the Canary Islands is a real treat.

Why should you choose Lanzarote as a destination for your next holiday? Because the climate is always mild (without those pesky spikes summer that beset us much), because the food is simply delicious, because you can find perfect family hotels such as the IBEROSTAR La Bocayna Village, located in Yaiza.

Tenerife, the Magic of Mount Teide

Although many parents will choose the island of Tenerife for its impressive Teide (which can be reached by guided tour), the Canary Island is much more than our country’s main volcano. Tenerife is a joy for the little ones and who does not know impressive parks like Loro Parque?

Of all the different family hotels situated in the Canary Islands, the IBEROSTAR Las Dalias is one of the most complete. Along with its exceptional location (within one minute from the popular Bobo beach) this hotel is designed to make the little ones stay a really unforgettable experience.

Playa de Muro, far more than blue waters

That Mallorca is lovely from north to south is certainly true, although the beach is the main attraction, it would be unfair to limit the island just to its coast. Although from its name it may seem that Playa de Muro only offers “sun and beach”, but the fact is that this area of Mallorca is within walking distance of the Parc de S’Albufera, the main wetland of the island, a place to see countless native species and an area that is next to the family hotel IBEROSTAR Albufera Playa.

In search of the perfect destination for a family holiday in Autumn

It is one thing to travel alone but travelling as a family is quite another thing. Although it is a rewarding and fun option, the truth is that it is not always easy to be sure when choosing the destination, accommodation and leisure. Yes, especially if it comes to treating yourself to a quick family getaway this October and Autumn is already knocking at the door.

With the advantage of being able to choose exclusive destinations and high quality accommodation at a much more competitive price, travel in Autumn has the disadvantage of the weather: it is not always sunny, temperatures are cooler and it rains more often (especially if you opt for the northern part of our country).

hiking in Mallorca

hiking in Mallorca

Fortunately our country has destinations that, even in the Autumn, still provide a Spring environment with mild temperatures and lots of sunny days (when you can enjoy bathing in the sea). Destinations such as Tenerife and Mallorca are ideal for a family getaway since they remind you of those early summer days.

Mallorca from North to South

Although temperatures are somewhat cooler, Autumn in Mallorca comes smoothly. This translates into a destination that lends itself to those who enjoy nature in its pure state, outdoor family activities in the fresh air such as picnics on the seashore.

While the capital is a good choice, leaving Palma and choosing the north is a great idea. Perfect for those traveling with a family, northern Mallorca offers not only natural beauty spots but also has unique places in which to enjoy water sports or visits to ancient caves.

For anyone looking for an accommodation in the north of Mallorca, there is nothing better for families with children than choosing a family friendly hotel in Playa de Muro or a family hotel in Alcudia, the liveliest area in the north of the island which is full of activities for the little ones.

Tenerife, in search of eternal Summer

The fact that there are lots of family friendly hotels in Tenerife leads directly to a single statement: the island is the perfect destination for family tourism. With temperatures that reach 25 degrees in autumn and Winter, Tenerife is one of those places that is always a success.