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.

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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!