I booked this as short break over half term, a bit anxious because I didn't expect the weather to be too kind and I wasn't disappointed and my opinion of the hotel really reflects this. As it was late in the season, the dining and entertainment was more or less confined to the one building, so no pizza or oriental restaurants, nor, as you might expect any barbeques.
We had good flight thanks (thank you Ryan Air) and transfers, had a little wait to book in, not too strenuous but filled with trepidation as we approached the man with the power - behind the reception desk. We could see him looking, should we smile at him, or flash a 20 euro note, or will we inevitably hear those dreaded words - Nubia, Gobi et al? Or worse still Saga Hotel? Could all our nightmares come at once. Luckily my wife was listerning to him whilst all this was going through my mind and shot off in the direction of the Casablanca block, with me trudging behind as I hadn't been paying attention, where we had been allocated one of the small villa style bedrooms. It was a decent size, although its location under a small area of pine trees, which during hot weather must be like heaven, meant that very little of the sunshine there was, got through but it was pleasant nevertheless, and kept very clean by our very helpful cleaner, who provided us with an extra blanket and pillows when we asked and who had a lovely smile every morning when she arrived at our door.
I found all the staff to be very helpful, including the much maligned reception staff who were very helpful on the couple of occasions we spoke to them - maybe my smiling at him paid off in the end!
I thought the whole complex was very well looked after, clean and tidy, common areas regularly washed and even the fallen pine needles blown off the paved areas onto the soft ones, on a regular basis.
As a lot of guests had been 'funnelled' to a single restaurant, I imagine that it was almost as busy as during the more popular times but even so, there were only small queues at the most popular times and these were quickly dealt with. The rerataurant staff were very industrious and tables were cleaned and ready for use within a matter of moments. I have to say catering with this intensity does make for a rather hectic and noisy environment and towards the end of our 8 day stay we did eat out in more relaxed atmosphere for a change. The quality of the food was ok. At these prices, you're not going to get sirloin steak but what you do get is filling and quite varied and there's plenty of it. (Aren't salads just that much better in the southern areas of Europe?). Two personal small criticisms, overcooked fish - what a waste, and no fresh tomatoes with the meats and cheeses for breakfast. Oh and do try and find a way to keep the soup hot throughout.
I wasn't keen on the drinks, I understand the need to have plastic glasses near the swimming pools but couldn't there be larger glasses for beer? And that really brings me to the main criticism and the seasonal nature of the visit. In the evening it was cool and occasionally cold enough to require thick woolens at least, in those circumstances to have the main bar out in the cold was a little lacking in forethought. There was an indoor lounge but the bar wasn't open, meaning a trudge to the bar to get the miniscule beer and the drink of whatever my wife was having, as we could only get two drinks at a time. I got more excercise that night than any amount of climbing that incline from the beach to the hotel, something which is rarely mentioned but could cause difficulties for anyone with health problems who could find the, albeit short, walk a little strenuous.
And the cost? £420 for two people for 8 nights, booked through an online travel agent so probably a good deal cheaper if booked direct. And I think that is pretty good value for money.
PS I was so disappointed I couldn't write a bad review as I was reminded of Ruskin's belief that "If you wish to buy fresh oats that is expensive but if you're prepared to buy oats that have been through the horse firts, then that comes a little cheaper." Never mind I thought I'd write it anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Satisfaction on 6178 acres.Palma-Bay Club Resort hotel is located in a quiet area in the beach of Palma (Arenal), 350 metres from the beach and 5 minutes from the leisure and shopping centres. It also has a large children’s area and a great entertainment team, who with our staff help you enjoy an unforgettable holidays. The hotel has an area of 25.000 square metres with some restaurants, a snack bar and various bars as well as large gardens and 4 swimming pools It’s only 8 Km from the airport and 10 Km from the capital of Mallorca, Palma. It’s a resort with more than 500 bedrooms, most of them with air-conditioning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Palma Bay
- Palma Bay Playa De
- Palma Bay Club Resort Playa De Palma, Majorca