My two teenage sons and I stayed in villa 12 for the first two weeks in July. Neither were interested in nightclubs etc - if you are, this resort is not for you. As has been mentioned in other reviews, the villas are in a small complex of 20, with the main Maribel Hotel being in the commercial centre of Cala Blanca - about a 15min flat walk away. We found the reception to be very helpful when we had some minor repair issues (a bedroom door wouldn't shut properly and the parasol pull cord was broken). Both of these matters were dealt with the next morning! The villas are surprisingly private. The pools can only be overlooked by neighbours while on their balconies - which due to the temperature, was not very frequent! You can hear people playing in their pools but we generally found everyone to be pretty considerate - occasionally loud music was irritating for short periods. You may find it useful to buy a cheap net from the shop next to the spar for cleaning the pool surface, as although the pool cleaner comes every other day, you do get the small flowers off the palm trees.
The spar shop is on the corner of Rossinyol and Rupit (the road down to the beach). Convenient for a 'top up' shop but its definitely worth going to the local supermarket (Diskont), which is only a few minutes drive away on the road to Cuitadella near the 2nd roundabout to Sa Caleta.
We ate out about every other evening, with bbqs for the remaining days. We found the restaurants to be surprisingly good value. The most expensive place we found to be was Sa Quadra (steak house in caves). The steaks were extremely good though! Sa Nacra - across Santandria beach- was also very good and lovely to sit overlooking the bay. Theres also a diving board there that people swim out to use. In the commercial centre of Cala Blanca we only ate in Ca's Mallorque which again was very good. They happened to have a special offer on when we were there, where all the main courses were no more than 10euros....even the lobster which should have been 50euros! Our favourite restaurant of the holiday was Miramar on Cala Blanca beach. The food was great (you need to try the shark starter which was absolutely delicious) but also we found the waiters here to be the friendliest of everywhere - particularly Diego. The restaurant Cala Blanca on the opposite side of the beach was also good. We ate in Ciutadella at Cas Consol, Placa Des Born (overlooking the harbour). Delicious food and a lovely spot to watch all the boats from. We chose to eat outside in a rather small courtyard area. As you can tell, we weren't disappointed in any of the restaurants we chose. We were advised it was quite normal to share starters so you don't have to order one per person if you don't want to.
A visit to Cuitadella in the evening is a must. The bus service is excellent - leaving from opposite the spar, and costing just under 4 euros a person each way. Cuitadella itself is a bustling town, which seems to come to life around 9pm when lots of stalls are set up on the slopes down to the harbour. There are also lots of shops and cafes in the pedestrian area around the cathedral.
As for the beaches, the boys went down to Santandria a couple of times - quite busy but very gently sloped and the little cafes were good to grab a drink in. We also drove to Cala Galdana (about 20mins) for a few hours. Lots of free parking within easy walk of a very long sandy beach. We didn't bother hiring loungers/umbrella as there is some shade under the trees. We had a snack lunch at the cafe towards the far end of the beach - good service and huge portions.
All in all it was the perfect quiet and relaxing holiday. Definitely fancy booking again for next year.
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