We stayed for two weeks at this hotel in a suite. The suite rooms are in the 'old part' of the hotel but there are also twin and double rooms in this part too. The first suite we were given was on the first floor, we asked hotel reception if we could be moved as we like to be higher up and they advised they could move us on the Saturday, which they did. Please note we did book this holiday nearly 12 months in advance and requested through Thomson then that were on a high level floor but no request is guaranteed although the hotel will do all they can to accomodate. The first suite we were in, had a walk in wardrobe, small living area, large sleeping area, huge bathroom with a massive walk in shower and shower over bath and a balcony which could be accessed from living and bedroom area. There was the fruit, bathrobes, tea, coffee, flowers, etc on arrival. This suite had a fantastic view. The suite we moved to a couple of days later was on the fifth floor. This suite had a large living area, smaller bedroom area, a lovely bathroom with a shower over bath and the bath was a hydro massage bath. The balcony was separate so one part could be accessed from the bedroom and the other from the living area. The tea, coffee, milk, etc was replenished daily. Although this suite was infront of the tree, we still had a great view of the sea and beach. There is no bottle of wine on arrival which Thomson advertise when booking a suite but they do give you a voucher for a free bottle. Please note, the balconies in this old part of the hotel are on the small side, whereas the balconies in the new part are larger but a lot less private as they have glass fronts and what appeared to be frosted glass dividers between them.
The hotel and rooms are very clean and the staff are some of if not the most friendliest staff I have ever met. Jose does appear to be a very hands on Manager and seems to take a lot of pride in his hotel and staff and rightly so. On the last night there was a farewell meeting, which involves the Rep explaining about the departures and Jose giving a very funny speech and giving us all a glass of champagne.
The hotel food was excellent, the choices for breakfast and dinner were absolutely brilliant. If you didn't want a full English Breakfast then there was plenty of cereal, fruit, etc on offer. At dinner there was always a great selection of foods and the desserts were delicious, especially the chocolate cake and bread & butter pudding. There are also traditional spanish dishes. I do not understand any of the negative reviews on the food, as the food really is fantastic.
The sunbed derby, well this is very funny and no I was not one of these people who got up every morning to watch this, I saw it twice during my 2 week stay. Once when I was up early as we were going on the trip and the second time on the departure day. The towels are lay in order by the door to the pool area and as soon as the door opens the race was on. There is a great clip on You Tube with a very funny commentary, although this was done in 2009. What did make me laugh was that the people who were participating the sun bed derby were the ones who arrived on the first day with a walking stick or crutches, then miraculously didn't need it during their stay until it re-appeared on their departure day. But hey, who am I to judge and if people want to get up at silly o' clock on holiday, when there are plenty of sun beds to go around then let them carry on. What did annoy me was that after the day on the sun lounger was finished, not one person attempted to put their bed and mattress back, instead, left it where it was and expected the staff to clear up after them, which they did very efficiently.
The day time entertainment was there to get involved with if you wanted to and Marcus did a very good job. The evening entertainment was varied. To name some, the Beatles were great, the comedians were shockingly bad, the Bee Gees sounded like the Bee Gees with a foreign accent, the Thompson Gold Production Team did a good job, the lady with the blonde hair has an excellent voice but the one with the dark hair did screech. The best had to be Graham Powell, he is very, very funny - brilliant. Last but by no means least Face to Face the resident duo AKA Tory and "Grandad" Pete, they do an excellent but tough job, in trying to get the crowd to join in. Tory has an excellent voice and Pete is a good musician and we wish them all the very best for the future. Tory, if you read this, we managed to talk to you on the very last night outside the front of the hotel, I hope your hamster is OK and you really are very good at what you do, don't let no one put you down and continue to do what you do. The entertainment went on until 11.30pm and if you don't want the noise, take ear plugs - there are sound limiters on the sound equipment due to celebrities apparantly living in nearby villas who don't like the noise, this is also why the entertainment has to finish at 11.30pm.
Camp de Mar is a beautiful resort, you can get a bus to Palma for 8.40 euros for two and we used to get a taxi to the neighbouring resort of Paguera for 5.30 euros, where there are a lot more shops. You can do the walk to Paguera but this was August and temperatures in the 40's so we gave this a miss. We also got a taxi to Port d'Antrax, this is very upmarket resort and ridiculously expensive.
If there was one recommendation, it would be to update the rooms to match the lovely bathrooms.
We had a fabulous holiday and will be returning, oh and Jose, I don't think you will be going to Skegness any time soon!
Thank you Grupotel Playa, look forward to visiting again.
- 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