I just read the prior review which gave two stars. They must be nuts! - if they'd read all the prior reviews they'd have gathered that Isla Del Aire's charms are focused on families with smaller children, so that shouldn't have been a shock to them.
The staff (especially the entertainment crew of Miguel and Aurelie) are friendly, helpful and dedicated to the guests' enjoyment, and the location was perfect, with a couple of minutes walk to a popular wide white sand beach shelving gently into the sea, perfect for snorkelling or swimming.
Food choices all day were varied and excellent, fresh and warm (who wants piping hot food when you're baking in 33 degree sunshine?) The restaurant was next to the open air entertainment area, which meant no rushing to finish food when the mini disco began.
After the children's disco and games, there was a different singing act or event each night. These were quite modest affairs but the performers were talented and professional.
During the day the focus of enjoyment was the beautiful, clean, well kept pool, a double kidney shape with a shallower toddler area and a deeper section suitable for adults and children (5ft at its deepest). The central pool felt safe, ringed by the apartments and reception building so unlikely to be visited by any non-guests. This mean we could relax, with our children in view at all times, either letting them feel a little independent swimming and playing, or joining in with them in the water polo, aqua aerobics or poolside competitions that ran through the day. All inclusive really meant inclusive too, with a full range of soft and alcoholic drinks, ice creams, snacks punctuating the mealtimes so there was never a moment you couldn't get something to eat if you wished.
Because the atmosphere was so stress free, we found ourselves eating and drinking less than one might think (knowing you can always go back for more if you want lets you relax) and no pestering from the kids either!
Our apartment was first floor and first rate. Air conditioning (a god send), plenty of space and fully kitted out inside (the kitchen was well stocked with home comforts and utensils etc.), and with a large balcony overlooking the pool, and another one outside our bedroom window where we could sit out and watch the shooting stars whilst the children slept.
My greatest enjoyment instating here was that the combination of the well thought out layout with the relaxed atmosphere meant we had a family holiday which the kids enjoyed, but one with a romantic flavour where we could share time as a couple too.
Punta Prima's location allowed us to explore Mahon, Es Castellated, the coves and ancient sites of the south easy corner of the island by hire car, as well as being lucky enough to enjoy the Sant Luis carnival that occurs around that time each year. We trekked across to Ciutadella too, (worth a visit to the Cathedral AND monastic gardens - the second location was well worth a few extra euros) and the obligatory aqua park. A tourist information box in Punta Prima can sell and arrange excursions, if you don't want to drive abroad though.
Would we go back? We booked again for next year as soon as we got back (which is a first for me).
Don't be put off by inappropriate complaints from guests who picked the wrong resort for their needs - the apartments are a perfect place for a relaxing holiday if you are a family with small children, or older ines who can make their own entertainment.
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