We booked a very last minute, All Inclusive week with Thomson at the Coma Gran, for the 4 of us in the last week of September. Two tired-in-desperate-need-of-a- holiday parents and our 2 year old girl and 1 year old boy.
I was worried that booking 3 days before we travelled meant we were destined to have a ropey holiday...but I couldn't have been more wrong and will probably do the same next year. By booking so late out of peak holiday season we made a massive saving and still secured a free child space and fantastic hotel. The flight times weren't great from Luton but with it being really close to home we decided that was the only compromise we wanted to make for this well deserved holiday.
We were looking for a family hotel, with the activities and entertainment for the kids being really important. The Coma Gran offers the usual kids clubs for 3 years up but what was really appealing for us was the creche facility for under 3s. This gave us a couple of hours of grown up time. If it hadn't been for the creche we would have spent the whole holiday tag teaming between feeding and sleeping with our two tots. The creche is available for morning, afternoon and evening sessions so it fits around what you need. It is an extra cost but more than worth it. Both tots loved it and came home with their own little memory packs of makes and dos
This is a Thomson family hotel - and so family really is catered for. There is a toddler splash pool, play groud, artificial grass area with push a long toys, indoor soft play and indoor pool and games room. The hotel is not huge, and felt just the right size for us as a small family. I think we may have explored the island more if we were staying for 2 weeks but as we were there for just one we used the hotel facilities, went to the beach and went on one excusion to the aquarium in Palma.
The food was fantastic - a buffet for breakfast and evening meal with great choice every day. At lunch there's a really handy snack bar - unusually for all inclusive the dishes were made to order rather than buffet. There's also cooking demos - the paella demo at lunch was a big hit with our dd (usually very picky but even gave it a try!) I know some parents struggled with the timings for food if their children were used to set meal times, especially in the evenings where food was served 7-9pm. We decided not to fight the meal times and gave the tots a snack later in the day, but if you do have rigid routines then you may want to consider going half board or self catering. Personally when you're on holiday, especially in Spain, it is normal to eat later when it's cooler and it felt like we made the most of the day if we didn't have to get ready to eat too early.
The hotel staff were so friendly and lovely with the children - the same staff served us at the same table each morning and evening which was a great routine for the children.
The enertainment team run activities throughout the day but it's not in your face and is there for the people who want to take part - I can imagine it would have been more full on over the summer holidays though!
I was not looking forward to the evening entertainment. It's been a long time since I've been on a family holiday to a family hotel and it's never really been our thing, but the entertainment was fab. The entertainment team are wonderful. There's the right mix between enterntaining the kids and the grown ups. Bearing in mind how late in the season we were staying I would have expected a visible drain in energy from the team but you could tell they were a tight team and enjoyed what they were doing. The Kennel Club in the eveing was a hit with both the tots and they could not wait to get up to the stage and dance along with Shabba, Party Paul and Thomson the Dog. Thankfully the noise in the hotel is kept to a minimum with the eveing shows finishing by 11pm, so no problems getting the little ones to sleep.
We stayed in room 430 - one of the end rooms over-looking the pool with views out to the sea. If you get the chance request one of the rooms ending 29/30 as they have huge balcomies which make a real difference to the space in the rooms. We could let the tots play outside, in safety and there were sun beds out there is we stayed in the room during the day. The rooms were clean and the kitchenette was handy for the stay even though were AI. You need to request costs for the stay, especially if you're travelling peak times. I nearly forgot to confirm and put in a request less than 24 hours before we arrived that we needed two - but luckily there were cots available. There was a small amount of noise form one of the bars on the street but nothing of note.
The beach is perfect for kids and a 5 miniute walk from the hotel - great if you just want to spend a couple of hours there and take the kids back for a sleep at the hotel. Life guards are on duty and patrol throughout the day. A nice bay to walk around, rocks for rock pooling and s short walk to get any boat trips.
All in all a great holiday and I have already recommended Thomson Family holidays and the Coma Gran to all my friends. If you're looking for a safe bet for your family holiday you can't go wrong with the Coma Gran!