Having been to several Thomson Gold or Platinum hotels in the past we had still to find one that ticked every box in the leaflet and, having read the reviews before departure, presumed we would find it in Camp de Mar.
Unfortunately, even this gem left a couple of boxes unticked.
But first the good points, which most other posters have covered. Very well run hotel with friendly and efficient staff. An appealing restaurant (tables well spaced and comfortable seating) serving high quality food (e.g. no grizzle on the meat) and a good choice of dishes at dinner. Breakfasts were first class too. Nothing spectacular about the rooms but spacious enough and sufficiently equipped – fridge works well. Appreciated the recently upgraded bathroom. The view from our fourth-floor balcony was superb. Also, full marks to the housekeeping staff, who not only did their job efficiently but were very fast as well – invariably when one returned from breakfast the room had been cleaned and the beds made.
So why am I not giving this otherwise superb hotel ten out of ten?
First moan. While there was no shortage of sun beds there did seem to be a deficiency in parasols (essential in the August Majorcan heat). Of course, the situation was exacerbated by the usual “towel bandits”, i.e. those saddos who get up at an unearthly hour to “reserve” their favourite spot. Even worse are those selfish b******* who make their “reservations” and then disappear for all or most of the day. On our first full day, from 11am until 3pm, next to us were two “reserved” sun beds (and parasol) but the “owners” were nowhere to be seen – how selfish is that? Another failing is the lack of a “quiet” area shaded by trees and shrubs (which are usually found in similar Thomson hotels), where like-minded people can relax outwith the earshot of the Thomson daily “activities”, which are not to everyone’s taste.
Second moan. The evening entertainment was extremely poor – a big deficiency given that there is little else to do in this small resort at night. Here’s an example: at a Thomson hotel elsewhere in Majorca last year there were two tribute acts – Rod Stewart and Il Divo – which were so good they would have been worth paying to see. At Camp de Mar we got a so-called Four Tops tribute act which was nothing of the sort - simply four black guys singing Motown songs in an updated fashion and nothing like the great original stars of the sixties and seventies.
Ironically, the best piece of entertainment is free – but you have to get up early to enjoy it. Adjacent is a similar sized hotel, the Camp de Mar Gran, which in addition to the pool area boasts a boardwalk-style sundeck on a small rocky outlet looking out to sea and is obviously very popular. As this area is away from the main hotel grounds, the sun beds are stacked and locked up at nights so cannot be accessed until an attendant unlocks them in the morning. Therefore, shortly after sunrise you will see guests from this hotel standing beneath fixed straw sunshades or beside parasols to “book” their spot – and then grab a couple of sun beds when the attendant comes to unlock them. These people look terribly anxious in case someone else (perhaps bigger and stronger?) should come along and pinch their space and they certainly do not appear relaxed, which I assume what being on holiday is supposed to be all about. One wonders what an anthropologist would make of their bizarre behaviour.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the idyllic beach of Camp de Mar with fine sand and crystal-clear water. Rooms: Bathroom with hair dryer. Heating/ air-conditioning. Sat-TV. Minibar. Safety Deposit Box. Terrace. Suites have in addition: lounge. Sport & Leisure: Large swimming pool. Jacuzzi. Tennis court. Table tennis. Billiard table. Evening shows. Gastronomy: Generous breakfast and dinner buffet. Show cooking. Lounge bar with terrace. Pool bar with snack service. Services: Car and bike rental. Internet. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Grupotel Playa Camp De Mar Hotel Camp De Mar
- Camp De Mar Grupotel Playa
- Grupotel Playa Camp De Mar Majorca