Best family resorts/hotels in Balearics(37 Posts)
We're looking to get away for a week at the end of July. I really want something to entertain a 4 year old, so nice pools, close to the beach, prefer somewhere that doesn't do all inclusive.
Does anyone have any suggestions for good family resorts and hotels? We really don't want to spend too much over £1k for the 3 of us. Cheers
Has anyone stayed in Camp De Mar? I'm looking at the Villa Real, which looks really good value.
Hi Wubbly, we haven't stayed at Camp de Mar, but 2 yrs ago DH and I went to Formentera (a 30 min ferry ride from Ibiza) and stayed at the Riu Hotel, which seemed perfect for children (and the ocean was literally in the backyard!) We hope to go there again this September/October with our 3 mo, who will be 7 mo at the time.
They had lots of activities for young people, and for adults. They also have bungalos. Not sure of the cost at this time of year, though, and doubt that £1k would cut it for July. Check Thompsons or Tui, or other cheaper companies. Hope you find something reasonable and fun!
Thank you ckny, that sounds lovely actually. I'm not sure I've even heard of Formentera I imagine it's beautiful, I shall google
We can go over the £1k, but would rather not if we can avoid it. Although I'd rather pay a few hundred more though, to make sure we get a wonderful holiday.
I think I'm going to need to devote an afternoon to calling travel agents to see what they can come up with, so many thanks for replying, I now have another option to explore.
We like Cala D'Or in Mallorca- nice coves rather than miles of beach .Good facilities for Mum and Dad -plenty of pleasant restaurants in pedestrianised area.Not tacky. Good walks - pushchair friendly Only snag is that it is quite a way from the airport Rocamarina Hotel is good but not near centre but has its own beach and still plenty going on there
Cala D'Or is on my short list I think Cala Millor seems to come up quite a lot, but I think it sounds a bit....blackpool maybe? Nowt wrong with that of course, but not what I'm looking for really.
I've got in touch with a friend who works at Thomas Cook and I'm going to get her on the case, but all recommendations are really appreciated.
I've never been to any of the Balearics, I'm hoping they're not much like the canaries!
I found it loads cheaper to book flights and hotel separately for Majorca this year btw. Flights with easyjet and hotel through Travel Republic. Both workeed really well.
Forget the Rocamarina Hotel- it is no longerfamily orientated but Tripadvisor has reviews of others in Cala D'or _No it is not as bad as the Canaries down there Whatever you do do not go to Calas De mallorca a resortnear there. It is awful and characterless though I dont doubt they cater for families
I usually go that route didl and wouldn't object to doing it again, though I do quite fancy being extremely lazy and letting someone else sort out all the timings/transfers for me.
I suppose it depends on the savings though, I'd rather spend extra money on a quality hotel.
Have any of you been all inclusive before? I don't know how I feel about it. We're not massive drinkers (a few glasses of wine does me) and I'm not sure how I'd feel if everyone around us was on mission for skinful.
Though I have to admit, I just love the idea of seeing a fake Elvis, Elton and Drifters so not that classy!
Brilliant Putthatbookdown, that's the sort of stuff I need to know!
I think I read that Calas De Mallorca had strong sea currents too, so that put me off a bit too.
I also quite fancied Ibiza, Es Cana or Santa Eulalia looked nice from memory, but I'd hate to end up in a club 18-30 resort, been there, done that
Cala dor is lovely, we would deffo go back, lovely marina, lots of restaurant choice.
Can also recommend cala n bosch in menorca.
Cala millor is very blackpool, ditto sa coma.
Cala D'Or is perfect for little ones. Plenty to do in the evenings - street entertainers, amusement parks and good restaurants to choose from.
Oh Cala D'Or does sound exactly what I'm looking for.
Thanks for the heads up on Sa Coma mosschops, I've just crossed that off my list. I'll check out Cala n bosch too, I think my friend may have been there and loved it.
Is Alcudia a no no too? It's touted as a family resort but then some of the things I've read make me wonder.
Found this in Cala D'dor, through Expedia
It sounds nice, good reviews on Trip Advisor, has air con (very important!) and just over £1k for the 3 of us going end July.
Has anyone been to the Sol Cala D'or apartments? I'm so tempted to book now, but should maybe hold on til I've spoken to my friend
We went to Cala d'Or last October all inclusive. FWIW we never saw anyone worse for wear ... though there was a run on the Baileys one night!! In the hotel we were in I don't think the wine etc was particularly strong.
AI really, really works for us as you pay your money upfront and that's it (we brought some spending money back ). The kids adored it - they loved going up to the bar and ordering their own drinks (dd was 4 when we were there) and ice creams. There was also a good kids club and our hotel overlooked a tiny cove with impossibly turquoise blue water .... very lovely. THe kids loved it so much we were under hotel arrest for the week! The evening entertainment wasn't really our thing but we discovered it was ok to take a book with you while the kids did the mini disco thing. They loved it and dd has spoken about it ever soon.
We're going back in July but this time to Alcudia to a larger hotel - again all inclusive. We got a good deal with Jet2 from Manchester.
Hope you find something good!
we just came back from all inclusive in Puerto Pollensa - Majorca (we won't talk about the weather!) and as it was a family/sporty hotel there were only a couple of single sex couples that we could see - and these were older ladies! it worked really well as our kids our fussy eaters and we didn't have to worry about ordering food in restaurants that they then didn't eat. It was mostly buffet service that they could pick and chose what they want. It also included ice creams and soft drinks in our mini bar.
Yes - AI food buffet very good! Lots of choice and there was a kids buffet each night too .... with lots of chips!! (but heck, what are holidays for!).
Breakfast was also very good - iirc they had weetabix and cheerios (and coco pops but neither child liked them - I think they were a totally different consistency to kellogs) and porridge etc ... so their tastes were catered for (as were mine with an extensive breakfast buffet to choose from).
Though tbh AI works best for me for the simple reason that someone else cooks and washes all the dishes!!!!
Waswondering, the dishes is a very, very good point. That might just swing it for me!
Just to say another vote for Cala D'or. We also stayed AI in the Cala Gran, which is literally right on the beach and was fab for us and our DD - who is a very active 2yo!
our kids wouldn't eat any of the cereals because the milk tasted different!
So the overwhelming response seems to be Cala D'Or and that AI is actually a good deal?
Thank you for all the replies, I honestly don't think I would have gone that route without all of your advice.
I've stopped looking online now, I just want to click on 'buy me' I must wait until I've talked to my friend. We've not had a foreign 'sun' holiday for 4 years, so I want to get it right.
That sounds lovely Seb, just exactly what I'm looking for.
I'm working on a list to give to my TA friend. So far I've got Cala D'or, quality accommodation, comfy beds, good kids pool, kids club, tea/coffee facilities, close to beach, air con. Tribute acts a bonus
We stayed at Santa Tomas in Menorca which has a Thomson Superfamily hotel - Victoria Playa. It was a nice resort especially with a child and definately not Club 18-30. If you do end up with Menorca do not go anywhere Calan'forcat, that is most definately Blackpool in the sun!
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