In lieu of a summer holiday this year, I decided that we would head to sunnier climates in October instead. The kids were off school for a week and so we joined my sister, her fiancé and their brood to fly to Palma, Mallorca for 5 nights. Last year we were in France in a villa, and I had felt that it wasn’t a ‘proper’ holiday (read more on this here). However, I had learnt my lesson and instead for this trip I had booked a hotel with the option of going all inclusive, and there was even a kids club!
The flight over to Palma was straightforward. There are direct flights from Prestwick, and the flight itself is just 3 hours. Ideal! With my kids now 8 and 6 years old, keeping them entertained on a plane is much easier… they are thrilled to get extra time on their tech than what they do usually and a movie/games on the iPad kept them occupied for the journey.
I wasn’t keen to drive on the opposite side of the road, having done this only once before in Portugal and I didn’t like the experience, so thankfully Robin agreed to hire a 9 seater minibus and drive us all to Alcudia where our accommodation was. Ali & Robin were staying in an apartment not far from our hotel, HSM President, which meant that we could get together easily for day trips or hanging out by our respective pools, but equally we could have our own space.
On checking in I was informed that our hotel was closing for the season, and we would need to move hotels for our last night. This was rather annoying, and I was surprised that they hadn’t informed me of this sooner… however, we were upgraded from B&B to all inclusive free of charge to make up for the inconvenience, so I couldn’t really complain… free mojitos? Yes please!
The staff at the hotel were lovely, and we even had a personal invitation from the manager to join them for the kids disco, and champagne for mummy! Turns out the resort was very quiet, and there were only 3 children staying in the hotel at the time, and I had two of them, so we were needed to make up numbers!! My son took a shine to one of the kids club staff, and spent a few sessions with him chatting about Match Attax and playing board games, table tennis and football, whilst the littlest and I lounged by the pool completing sticker books and making sun catchers.
The hotel had a spa, which children were allowed to use for one hour over lunch each day. However, as the resort was so quiet, we were permitted to use the indoor, heated, pool outside of this hour. It was bliss – lots of water jets, jacuzzi beds to lay on plus a sauna and steam room.
The food wasn’t anything to write home about, but it was okay. The kids had plenty to choose from and relished in the fact that they could help themselves at the buffet. My son took the all inclusive pass as a challenge, and ate far too many cakes and sweet treats for my liking, but hey ho – we were on holiday! On one of the days we ate at the restaurant associated with my sister’s apartment, and the food was noticeably better.
Weather-wise we were really lucky, and had only one rainy day. We ventured into Palma to find something to occupy our time and ended up at the aquarium. It was so busy, and the entry fees were expensive but it was a nice attraction and seemingly was the deepest shark tank in Europe.
The hotel staff were shocked that we didn’t explore Alcudia during our stay, but I was happy relaxing. Aside from the aquarium, we did venture across the road to the beach that was affiliated with the hotel – the surroundings were stunning. I’m not sure how keen I’d be if the place was mobbed with tourists though. On our last night we stayed in a hotel nearer the promenade in Alcudia and it was much busier, noisier etc. The kids managed to fall asleep quickly despite the loud music from the hotel disco, but I struggled. Thankfully it stopped at 11pm.
Anyway, we’re now back home to Glasgow and the kids are already back in school. Time flies when you’re having fun!