I didn't expect this to be a top class resort, but the reality was even more disappointing. Let me just sum up the pros and cons:
1. If you're german, you'll love the Cala Millor area, as everything is built around them there. Animation programs are only in german, you hear german music from the bars, you hear and see german language everywhere you move and even the spanish staff approaches you in german. I'm not german though and I have to admit I hated this.
2. If you're lucky to find a clean spot on the beach and a clean spot in the sea, it's really a beautiful place to be.
3. If you don't pay for all inclusive and prefer to eat at the restaurants, you'll find some good ones here.
4. One special observation - not sure how they do it or if there's something special about the local climate but we were very surprised not to see a single insect during the whole stay and that's despite the 70% humidity there is. The only apparent sign of living fauna were the masses of ultra-tiny ants that attacked our food as soon as we've left it on the table for a few hours...
1. If you're not german, you'll absolutely hate this place after a few days. We went to Mallorca hoping to enjoy a piece of spanish culture, yet that's just nowhere to be found in here. Instead, Cala Millor can be defined as Germany with hot weather, beaches and a sea.
2. Not sure if it was just a bad luck or something, but the sea was actually quite dirty (full of dead seaweed) and sometimes smelled like sewer, especially in the evenings. The beach was also rich in all types of garbage and I had to be careful my daughter doesn't get hurt when playing in the sand.
3. Probably a matter of high season but we've found this place crowded beyond ordinary at times - the hotels are very close to each other and that only adds to the experience.
4. The food at the hotel restaurant... that's a story on its own. At first it all looks delicious, awesome choice of meals, but I can't remember eating something that would actually taste good. It was also very repetitive and after a week we were happy to find a Burger King, as silly as it may sound. Also, even though it's all inclusive, you have to ask for drinks all the time, even for a glass of water, as none of that is available to the guests the way the food is. The restaurant staff is noticeably under-staffed and it's not rare to see queues of people waiting outside, or waiting for your drinks even for 15-20 minutes.
5. The hotel says it provides wireless internet - well, they better stop advertising it. The free connectivity is only at the lobby and the speed is so unbelievably miserable, it's practically unusable. It's not exaggerated to say that it's slower than dial-up 15 years ago. The paid option only makes it available in the rest of the hotel (2 eur per hour / 6 eur per day) and although I haven't tried it, I suppose it's the same misery.
We didn't lose our faith in Mallorca though and will most likely return sooner or later - but definitely not Cala Millor, it's probably better to pay the extra money and see the Alcudia resorts up north. Last but not least - this hotel claims to be a 4 star hotel... if this type of service is worth 4 stars, then I guess we have to focus on 5 star ones the next time and hope to finally get a reasonable value for the money :)
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