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!

Holiday at sea, or in the Tabernas desert?

Even if the choice of hotel, destination and food (half board or full board) are aspects that are more than relevant when going on a holiday, it must be remembered that – when we’re talking about family holidays – exit or failure is decided by whether the family’s youngest members are offered something different to what they are used to in the family’s day-to-day life.

Boat trips are always good and yes, the play parks at hotels often distract the little ones for a couple of hours a day, but how would you feel about combining your rest with unique visits to amazing national parks, giant aquariums and hiking through pristine landscapes?

Sounds great, right? To give you some choice, Family Destinations present three holiday destinations that are ideal for all those who are looking for a top quality tourist destination with a range of family leisure activities with a difference.

 

Tabernas desert

Tabernas desert

 

 

Almería: a day in the old West

Even if it competes with other destinations such as Murcia or the coasts near Valencia, don’t forget that Almería is a place where you can find untouched beaches, authentic locations and unique landscapes. Landscapes such as the popular Tabernas desert, a natural stage where some of the most popular Westerns from the 60s and 70s were filmed.

Take a walk through a proper desert and get to know the sets from the old Westerns – it’ll be an exciting visit, that’s for sure. If you’ve chosen a hotel such as Cabogata Mar Garden Hotel & Spa you can get to the park in less than half an hour.

Huelva: between the Coto Doñana and la Rapita

Unknown by many (partly due to its location) the province of Huelva is one of the richest and most original in the entire Andalusian region. Not only is it home to destinations such as Cartaya and Punta Umbría, it’s also where the land shelters gems such as the Coto de Doñana, one of the most important natural parks in the world, home to species unique to these lands.

Huelva is also from where Cristobal Colon launched his expedition on his way to conquer the new world. More specifically that location is the Puerto de los Palos, in la Rapita, a place where you can enjoy walks through life-size replicas of the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa María. You can get there in less than an hour if you’re staying at the Garden Playanatural Hotel & Spa.

Mallorca: of all for all

Out of all the coastal destinations that this country has to offer, the island of Mallorca offers the most possibilities for a family holiday. With family-friendly hotels designed for adults and children alike (hotels such as Cala Millor Garden Hotel), the island offers unique attractions such as Jungle Park in Santa Ponça and visits to Palma Aquarium (the aquarium with the deepest shark tank in all of Europe) and unique landscapes where you can take your family hiking.

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.

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.

Island Hopping looking for the best family holiday of the year

Far from relating a family holiday with a dull, boring or unsurprising holidays, enjoying holidays with your own can turn into a unique and amazing experience. The key is to put aside convention and topics of family holidays in theme parks and focus on natural sorroundings in which only you, your partner and your children are the real stars.

This is not to take a caravan and begin your adventure (it could also be an option, at least when children are older and more independent) but to choose a destination where both young and old enjoy holiday experience. Our recommendations for this summer month are the islands of Lanzarote and Tenerife (Canary Islands) and the ever beautiful island of Majorca.

Bungalows in Lanzarote

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Do you remember how much we had fun on playgrounds when we played in the traditional wooden houses known as bungalows? Can you imagine how amazing it can be for your children to know that they are going to  spend their holiday in a seaside bungalow? Although there are a number of hotels offering this service in Lanzarote, the most remarkable supply is provided by IBEROSTAR La Bocayna Village Hotel.

A set of cottages located nearby Playa Blanca with a variety of extras for both the youngest in the family and for stressed parents (who can enjoy some relaxing hours in its outdoor jacuzzi or on its fitness). The most outstanding point of this hotel covers its gastronomical supply which includes many dishes that will delight children and its diversity in terms of leisure.

And the thruth is that, who would not want to visit an island full of volcanoes?

Exploring Las Dalias in a family trip

Tenerife is one of the most pleasant destinations for a family holiday where you can climb the slopes of Teide or enjoy seabed in the renowned golondrinas. The most populated island of the Canary Islands is a perfect place for water sports, shopping or family trips full of vitality, nature and history.

For its brand quality and its many services, IBEROSTAR Las Dalias Hotel prevails as one of the most highly recommended family hotels on the island. Located in Playa Bobo, this hotel is designed for children as evidenced by its kid club or its playground full of amenities.

Natural Tourism in Majorca

To find the ultimate family destination of our review we have to reach Balearic Island and to head to Majorca. The largest of the Balearic Islands is also a really amazing island in terms of landscape including calas such as El Mago or Portals Vells and natural treasures such as Sa Dragonera natural park or the mountain range know as Serra de Tramuntana.

Far beyond enjoying beach and well-deserved rest, there is an unavoidable plan to be carried out during a family holiday in Mallorca. There is nothing like visiting S’Albufera Natural Park as this area is not only the largest wetland on the island but a natural refuge for many native species of both flora and fauna. Close to this natural paradise we find quality hotels such as IBEROSTAR Albufera Playa, a benchmark of quality in this remarkable part of the island concerning family tourism.