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Excellent stay at Playa Mar
Stayed at Playa Mar in August 2007. Not sure what to expect having read some of the reviews. We shouldn't have worried as our stay was better than expected. Travelled with 4yr old and 13yr old.
Hotel exceptionally clean, maid service 5 times a week, lots of clean towels. We had a lovely pool view from our room in block 3. Entertainment finished at 11.30pm each evening and we didn't have a problem with noise levels.
Entertainment staff work tirelessly throughout the day going above and beyond expectations. Ryan and Chloe walked the extra mile to ensure everyone enjoyed their stay.
The sunbed situation wasn't a problem and we could still get a spot around the pool at 8.30am (so long as you're not wanting a particular place ie: near the children's pool).
Restaurant food was OK (possibly not 4star) more like 3star. Could be a little bland and repetitive. Perhaps give the snack bar a miss. Food was undercooked on 2 occasions.
The prices at the hotel bar were astronomical 3.5 euros for a fruit shoot! a good tip would be to take your own. Buy from local spar shop it's so busy no one will notice.
Pine walk is lovely but is a long way for small children. Taxi into main square costs 4 euros.
Both kids loved the holiday and can't wait to return. Our 4 yr old loved the Thomson the dog show. Hardly saw our teenage son, there were plently of others of similar age spending time together away from parents.
Will be returning next year without a doubt
A great family location
We have just returned refreshed and delighted with our superb weeks stay at the Playa Mar. Our party consisted of two and adults and two children aged 4 and 1. Our 4 year old joined the kids club and had brillient time. We elected to have half board - the breakfast and dinner represented good value for money. A good choice of dishes and no reason to go hungry. The room was basic but clean with the towels changed regularly. The Staff of the hotel and the Thompson reps were very friendly and helpful. The swimming pools were fantastic but the sun beds were unnecessarily reserved by guests with their towels incredibly early in the morning. The hotel is located just a couple of minutes from "Pine Walk" with its small beaches and 15 minutes from the start of the main beaches and the centre of town. All in all a great family location and certainly a hotel that we would return to.
Noise Noise NOISE
If you have a "relaxing holiday in mind"as per the introduction in the brochure....... don't go to Playa Mar.
This hotel is unbelievably noisy. The dreadful "entertainment "regularly goes on beyond 11.30pm and echoes all around the site. The music blares out throughout the day, by the pool. The reps will try to tempt you with such delights as icecube spitting competitions and regularly come out with inapproriate comments in front of everyone including young children; and when all these delights finally stop at around 11.45pm there are the echoes of everyone elses activities all round, or sometimes heavy rain pelting down on the perspex roof sounding like a runaway train. If you are even more unfortunate like we were, you could have a room which faces a road and several recycling bins including one for bottles which are emptied by a recycling lorry at 1.am every morning.
If you have young children and you don't want to them up until midnight every night , in fact if you want a moment's peace avoid this place like the plague. "Super Family"? Don't make laugh.
As a positive,yes the appartments are clean but the Thomsons staff are only friendly and helpful if you are booking excursions or saying something positive. If you have any complaints, you may as well whistle in the wind.
Needless to say, we will not be going back........
good facilities but noisy
Just arrived back from Playa Mar today after a weeks stay. Hotel is fairly impressive, clean enough and not a bad restaurant. Stayed with my girlfriend (no kids) and enjoyed the week on the whole.
Only downsides to the hotel is the noise. We had a ground floor room right next to some pool tables and an air hockey table which could be used till just before midnight. Add to that the loud speakers blaring out 'girls aloud' all day every day and you soon realise that relaxation is to be had away from the hotel and not in your room! Also the cleaning ladies make no attempt to be quiet at 7am.
Staff were mainly friendly, some more so than others. I always hoped that if i ever met Jesus then he would be a kind, loving soul. Well the Jesus that works on reception was a little blunt and rude when we asked to change rooms!
However, if you have little ones, enjoy sunbathing and a kiddie party atmosphere then I would recommend the hotel. If you want a relaxing time then splash out on the Hotel Illa D'or.
Just returned from a week at the Playa Mar. Our party consisted of two adults and two children aged 13 and 9. It was our first family holiday abroad and we were a little apprehensive about the whole experience. However, we needn't have worried as we had such a wonderful time.
The hotel has been attractively designed and blends in well with the stunning mountain scenery. We always found the hotel staff to be friendly and hard working. The Thomson Team were also great and Chloe and Ryan did an excellent job at keeping everyone entertained. Our children didn't attend any clubs but we got the impression that the children that did go along were having a good time. We went to some of the evening entertainment including tributes to Freddie Mercury and The Jacksons. They were both good fun and had the audience clapping along.
It did seem a bit unfair that people reserved sunbeds early in the morning but luckily we aren't great sun worshippers and found a more shady spot by sitting in the chairs near the entertainment area. You could usually get sunbeds by about 4.30pm and it was still hot then and the pool was quieter .
We had breakfast at the hotel twice (good value with plenty of choice) and dinner once (again, very tasty with a good choice).
We would recommend getting a taxi to Pollenca on Sunday morning (11 Euros) to experience the traditional market. Don't miss out on walking up the 365 steps for a stunning view. We also enjoyed a bus trip to the Hydropark at Alcudia and a boat trip to Formentor.
Puerto Pollensa is a beautiful location and although there are plenty of shops and eating places, it retains a Spanish feel and isn't too loud and brash. The pine walk is really attractive although admittedly it can seem a long way when you are feeling a bit hot and tired.
Our children described our time away as 'the best holiday ever' and we would have to agree. A fantastic hotel to choose in a lovely part of Majorca.
Nice break from the British Summer 2007!
We have been to this hotel 3 times over the past 6 years, twice with our children and recently as a couple for a quick break in the sun (Sept 2007).
It still remains an excellent hotel for families and continues to look fresh and new.
The pool area is varied in depth and size to cater for all ages from toddlers to teenagers and the Thomson entertainment team are good fun to watch and get involved with if you want to.
The option of self-catering or half board is useful and the food in the restaurant was varied and plentiful. The 1 Bed apartments are spacious enough for a family of 4, with twin beds in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the lounge for the kids. The small kitchen area has a double electric ring, fridge, microwave, kettle & toaster, with the usual cutlery, plates, cups etc if you want to prepare your own food or snacks.
If you do go self catering you can buy a voucher for dinner or breakfast on any day to suit you (12 or 7 euros respectively), with a discount if you buy 5 days or more together.
The hotel is situated on the north side of town in a quiet residential area. The small local football team have a pitch next door but it does not cause any issues. The military also have a seaplane based opposite, but again it only flies a couple of time a week and causes no issues. In fact it is quite fascinating watching it take off and land.
The walk into town along “Pine Walk” next to the sea and all the lovely apartments and villas takes about 20 minutes at a leisurely stroll. At the end you are greeted by the wide pavement area and the beginning of all the restaurants and bars opposite the marina.
We tended to eat out most nights and stroll back by 9.30pm to catch the evening entertainment after the kids show. If you don’t fancy the walk, the taxi was 5 euros.
During the day there is a pool bar serving drinks and snacks, and just outside the hotel is a small mini market to buy the essentials. Beware though it is quite expensive but saves the walk into town.
The transfer from the airport takes about 1 hour 20 minutes with the various other pickups. On our last visit we booked the hotel and flights separate and so had to arrange our own transfer. We used the transfer service on the ThomsonFly website (ResortHoppa), which was reliable and much cheaper than a taxi each way (£50 for 2 people return).
We would recommend this hotel for a great family holiday with children up to 14 or if you go once the kids are back at school it is much quieter with just the really young toddlers around the shallow end of the Pool.
Well done Playa Mar, great staff, great surroundings and an enjoyable break from the awful British summer in 2007!
Not for teenagers
We stayed at this hotel in July for 2 weeks after being recommeded by thomsons travel agents that this hotel would be suitable for our teenage son, however this was not the case as this resort is mainly for families with children under the age of 10 years old. Needless to say we had a very bored 13 year old on our hands.
The hotel is very clean and the staff (hotel) were very friendly but reps mostly ignored you. Food is good value for money and there are plenty of good restaurants along the pine walk -recommend the little restaurant (sorry forget the name) with the large overhanging Fig tree - great service & food!
Could only manage 2 days by the pool as we couldnt be bothered to keep getting up at silly o'clock to reserve the sun beds!
great but noisy
my wife and myself stayed for a week ending on the 10th sept.
the room was very clean,towels changed frequently, beds made.
the restaurant staff (especially donna) who we had many a chat with ,never stopped working and was always on hand to advise us on our trips. the thompson team were full of beans ryan always making me feel my 60 years with his energy.
when we had a problem we were given help and the problem was sorted speedily. yes the noise does go on very late, but we had many a laugh with the tribute bands(you get what you pay for) the only reason i would not stay there again is the distance into town. all in all a great place to take your kids.john..
Could go either way....!
Having read the reviews from other travellers, and having just returned from this hotel, I would have to say, a stay here 'could go either way'. Fortunately for my husband and I, we had a fantastic time. The hotel, communal areas and room were fully furnished and clean. The entertainment was excellent. The children's reps (Chloe and Ryan) were enthusiastic, funny and entertaining throughout the whole week, despite what the time was. The hotel is set at the end of the pinewalk and if you had young children, it is best to take a pushchair for them as it is a fair distance into town. The walk itself is lovely and the restaurants in town are worth walking to. There are some small cove beaches, where the water is very still and clear. Take a snorkle!
The entertainment in the evening is cheesy, but very entertaining, if you don't take it too seriously. At the end of the day, young families are entertained, literally, all day long.
Having said that however, I do accept that the noise in an evening would go on until quite late and if you did have a room overlooking the pool, it would be particularly disruptive.
In all, I would certainly return to the resort and this hotel in the future. The benefits far outweigh anything else. Highly recommended to those with young families.
Textbook Family Holiday
Travelled with my 3 year old daughter and mohter (in her 50's). Having been forced to buck my usual trend of doing flights & accomodation seperately we went straight in for the Thomsons experience. Initially, I was sceptical that this would be worthwhile. However, everything about the reps & particularly the entertainers was first class. Infact, I don't recall ever being bored - the entertainment for kids & adults alike is always there should you crave it. The rooms themselves were nice & clean with decent air-con. I was particularly impressed by the stunning mountain backdrop that makes for an impressive sunset from the Ila D'or on the nearby Pine Walk. It's about 250m to the nearest 'beach' and the food is decent without being gourmet. Overall, everything we'd hoped for and a thoroughly enjoyable expereince.
Palma Cathedral from the port
One of the caves near Porto Christo
Alcudia - best way to do trip on Tren De Soller - Soller Train?
We are going to Alcudia in August and so it will be a busy time! We are also about as far from Palma as you can get, but we want to take a trip on the Soller Train.
I wondered if anyone had any tips for planning the day? I want to take as leisurely ride as possible rather than just hop-on and hop-back straight-away - maybe stop off along the way for photos.
I have the map and timetable - however I need to plan this in with a trip by bus to Palma as I prefer not to hire a car while on holiday.
Any tips or info about your trip?
Re: Alcudia - best way to do trip on Tren De Soller - Soller Train?
Another option would be to join an organised day tour - this will include the train to Soller, Puerto Soller and the Torrent de Pareis as well as some spectacular mountain drives and a boat trip. Look for the 'Island Tour' at the tourist office or in your accommodation, several companies offer this tour. I've done it independently and on a tour - both have their merits. If you decide to do it yourself then make sure you get the earliest possible bus from Alcudia as Ranger advised above. The bus station in Palma is adjacent to the Soller train station which is handy but the last train back to Alcudia leaves quite early so do check the timetable - I think it was about 6pm when I did it and it was very full!
Re: Alcudia - best way to do trip on Tren De Soller - Soller Train?
Yes I think I have decided on an organised tour since I hate having to hire a car when abroad.
(I spend hours on the road in the UK so I like a couple of weeks off!)
Tren De Soller - Soller Train - Quick Update
We returned from our holiday last week - we "did" the organised trip in the end and it was a great success.
For €50 each, we took a coach to the station just North of Palma, caught the train, stopped at the viewpoint overlooking Soller, took a tram from Soller to the port, took a catamaran ride to Sa Colobra, and then the coach back to Alcudia via the snake road with all the marvellous views.
Well worth the money in my opinion, and a truly magical day.
Best wishes to you all!
Re: Alcudia - best way to do trip on Tren De Soller - Soller Train?
Delighted to hear you enjoyed the day trip and great to get some feedback.
All the best,