After a three hour flight delay from Luton we eventually arrived at the (Grupotel) Playa Camp De Mar in less than high spirits. We dragged our travel weary bodies and maxed out suitcases to the reception desk and were quickly furnished with room key and information pack.
Following directions I heaved the luggage into the lift and off we whisked to the fourth floor.
Half way along the corridor there is a short staircase of about eight steps. It’s no big deal I suppose, descending so few steps with a couple of twenty Kilo bags but perhaps I should of asked for a bit of assistance as this is not a thing Memsahib is into.
Anyway the excellent electronic key access let us into our room and we shuffled inside.
The room upon first inspection does not really lift one’s spirits as it is furnished in a glossy brown wood and the bedspreads are a sort of miserable mustard colour. It is pointed out to me by my controller that there is no mirror above the dressing table which I am informed by definition makes it the “ROOM FROM HELL” I later asked for and received a free standing mirror for the table and the room lost it’s “ROOM FROM Hell” rating so that was all right.
A couple of chairs and a small round table complete the furnishings. The floor is tiled. Closer examination shows that all the furnishings are in fact new. I am puzzled that a room can be refurbished but made to look the same as it did before. Wardrobe and shelf space is adequate with enough room for two people’s clothes. An electric kettle two cups and two glasses are provided but no tea-bags or coffee sachets.
In contrast to the room the Bathroom is a really smart affair. A long shower cubicle in which you could fit three people (should you have the opportunity) fitted with a fixed overhead rose as well as a movable hose type. Both shower heads are adjustable for different shower patterns so you can blast the sand from between you toes or any other sand trap areas of your anatomy on the jet setting. There is a glass double wash basin which looks really swish when freshly cleaned by the maid. After you have used it it will look less brilliant when the hard water and your toothpaste splashes have dried. I personally hate that look so bought a couple of kitchen towel rolls from the local supermarket to buff it up after each morning’s ablutions. The bathroom includes a hair dryer and a magnifying shaving mirror of such power that after a few days of Majorcan sun blasting, your head looks like the surface of Mars. If you’ve had enough mind-altering refreshments then you can see the occasional Mars Rover lurking in your follicles. All in all very good.
The balcony overlooking the sea has two comfortable upholstered chairs, a table and clothes airier, all fine.
The dining room is buffet service and you simply turn up and sit anywhere you like, breakfast or dinner. A large range of foods is available for breakfast from fruits to cereal to eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans etc. I found the basic quality of the ingredients quite high, more so than many other gold hotels I’ve stayed in. Dinner (Long trousers gents and no England/Man U shirts) also has a wide range of options and I was particularly impressed by the salads and soups. As has been mentioned by other contributors the food combinations for the main course can be a bit odd. The carvery section for instance will have roast beef but no roast potatoes, (micro-waved jackets?) I am nit picking though because many people have a bit of everything on offer. A bit more adventurous than me I guess.
Through the day the Thomson animation team, Deano and his lovely assistant Lottie organise things like beach boules and water polo etc. All Gold hotel veterans will know what I’m on about. Much the same people enter each day so obviously the same people with their comedy names are paraded before the audience to collect their prizes each night before the main Entertainment starts. Don’t worry you’ll get used to it.
The evening entertainment starts off with maybe a quiz (popular) and a wife and husband duet singing to the assembled throng. These two are capable enough but the guy on guitar and keyboards constantly interrupts his good lady with incomprehensible mutterings whilst she tries to break the world record for saying the most “Ladies and Gentlemen’s” in her announcements. I’m surprised she hasn’t put his head through his guitar. When not playing, singing and interrupting the said gem is sometimes asked to man the sound desk if Lottie or her lovely assistant Deano is otherwise engaged. It seems that he finds this somewhat less than stimulating so he proceeds to sabotage the other two by playing music stings late/wrong/truncated, you name it. You can imagine the others look less than amused by his antics. Next comes a brief bingo session and then the main act. The professional act is usually much appreciated by the audience and can be a comic a dance troupe, tribute band or a singing duo. One thing they have in common is that most of them look as if they have just come back from Tesco’s. (except for the Rod Stewart tribute chap and the dance troupe)The only person who seems to make an effort in the sartorial stakes is luscious Lottie, assistant to the lovely Deano.
Last remark re entertainment is that the stage should be twice the size and someone should sort out the lighting. There are no fewer than twenty four lamps suspended in the rig and yet no-one is actually lit. When the lamps are switched on the backlights bore straight into the audience’s eyes and the front light miss the entertainer completely. Imagine the prince of darkness with a black follow spot and you will get the picture. The regular duo stands so far back from the lights they almost disappear into the black background.
Camp de Mar is a small resort comprising four hotels and a few shops. Club city it’s not. The “prime spot” pool area is just about sewn up by the pre dawn towel on bed brigade. This area is roasting anyway so you might consider going down to the beach where the front row sea breeze is great. Best time is early morning when you can take a dip in the sea and watch the cormorant dive for fish.
Also, if you stand in the sea and throw small pieces of bread you will quickly be surrounded by fish, sometimes they will actually take the bread from your fingers.
The outlook from the beach is most pleasant as there are attractive hillside villas to be seen from the beach. You will stop noticing the tower cranes serving the low rise apartment blocks in no time. Work progress is virtually non existent so there is no noise from the small development. In fact if you see a crane move you are witnessing a rare event. Remember that you have a cheerful view from the beach of the bay and its island restaurant, the owners of the mega-euro villas look at the hotels. I know which view I prefer.
July weekends see stacks of local people hit the beach and it gets extremely crowded. Folks are so close together they come close to taking each others eyes out with their cigarettes with every turn of the head. The Germans and Spanish smoke like chimneys. If you have taken a sun- bed (E10 .50 two beds and a sunshade) you have a bit of guaranteed space. It follows that the average age of people on the beach is about a third of the (Gold) hotel guests, gentlemen can cut eye holes in their Daily Mirror to view the local attractions and the ladies can flutter their eyelashes at athletic young men. There are no young Brit guys on the beach so you aren’t going to get your nose flattened by a high velocity football or offended by an expletive loaded exchange of views. After the weekend a beach cleaning machine sifts the countless cigarette butts and bits of litter from the sand, which is nice.
There’s not much else to say really but to summarise I would say that the Grupotel Playa de Mar is good value for money hotel with an attentive and friendly staff and management in an attractive quiet resort. If you want high jinks then this is not for you, teens would generally go mad I think.
Oh, I should mention, book a sea view room, any complaints I heard were from people with the street view rooms. Enjoy your holiday, lots of people do and re-book year after year.
- 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