Our Favourite Family Resorts in Mallorca…
Choosing where to stay from all of the Majorca family resorts on offer can be an absolute headache – there is just so much to choose from! Do you want peace and quiet, or kids clubs galore? A resort on the beach, or in a pretty Spanish town? Close to the airport, or away from the masses?
Well, having spent a fair few family holidays in Majorca over the years, we think we can help with the planning.
Palma is one of the busiest airports in Europe so you can well imagine how many resorts are on offer. Most Brits have heard of Magaluf, with probably Cala D’or and Alcudia a close 2nd and 3rd. But there are many more nicer spots, and resorts where you don’t have to share the pool with hen parties and stag do’s.
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Our Top 4 Resorts For Families in Mallorca
Despite my usual penchant for nice crockery and all things beautifully cultural, I’m also open to a glass of Cava in a plastic cup by the pool. I like to complement walks around pretty Spanish towns and coffee by the sea with the occasional spot of Pool-Zumba whilst the kids play footie with over-enthusiastic hotel staff.
Sometimes we’ve fancied a self-catering holiday so we can have slow comfortable meals in Mallorcan restaurants and be pampered by their owners. Taking advantage of free time to wander around markets, visit old churches and find secret beaches. But other times all we’ve craved is a sun lounger with a cocktail and a book, whilst the kids play in the waves and dinner is ready for you at 6.
So here is a collection of all of these places, Mallorca family holidays for everyone.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite spots in Mallorca where kids are welcome, style is key and there’s also plenty to do for everyone. The best family resorts in Mallorca…
1. Puerto Pollensa.
A 50 minute drive from Palma to the top of the island drops you in my favourite area – Puerto Pollensa. The beach resort itself is low-key and classy – a mixture of a residential town and low-rise hotels and villas. There are a few ex-pats living out their days in rented apartments and it’s easy to see why they chose this spot : some of the best beaches in Mallorca, no ugly high-rise hotels, restaurants good enough for Mallorcans and the picturesque ‘pine walk’ : a row of colonial style homes right on the beach, lined with pine trees for the perfect evening stroll.
WHERE TO STAY IN PUERTO POLLENSA…
If you get in early enough, a luxury villa on the Pine Walk would be the ultimate choice – straight onto your own little patch of beach with sea view balconies and nearby restaurants. Alternatively, the small family-run Hoposa Apart-hotel is a couple of minute’s walk from the beach. It sleeps up to 4 people and is a perfectly compact and bijou apart-hotel with a great pool.
Although not ‘Pollensa’ per se, Port Blue Club Hotel is classed as Alcudia but it’s actually situated on the bay of Pollensa. So whilst you are closer to the town of Alcudia, which definitely has a less classy feel than Pollensa, your views are better than hotels actually in Alcudia as you can see across the water to Pollensa and the mountains behind. Port Bluw Club has such lovely rooms and really good food.
Things To Do Around Puerto Pollensa…
CAP DE FORMENTOR
This is the most northerly point of the island of Mallorca with very dramatic scenery and excellent views. Climbing crags and the obligatory lighthouse are two things which make it worth a visit but if you do go be sure to slip down to the exclusive resort of Hotel Formentor – a luxury hotel that has been serving the rich and famous for decades and is situated on one of the prettiest beaches of Mallorca.
From Puerto Pollensa it’s a lovely 45 minute walk to Cala Sant Vicenc, a village over the hill with a small beach and a lovely beach bar, and less people.
POLLENSA OLD TOWN & ALCUDIA OLD TOWN
Both make for a nice half-day excursion, they’re full of history with some cute squares and regular markets. Our kids love to walk the old city walls in Pollensa too.
2. Cala Mesquida
A 60 minute drive northeast of the airport drops you on the secluded Majorca family resort of Cala Mesquida. There’s only one beach and one hotel, with a smattering of holiday villas too.
The main pro’s of this resort are the type of crowds it pulls. Well-behaved families, mostly German, and middle-class Brits. There are a handful of mini supermarkets and boutique-style gift shops but the only place to eat out is the hotel. And you don’t have to be a guest there to make a booking.
The beach is of perfect proportions, beautiful and super clean, a real wholesome spot where families snorkel together or hire pedalos or play volleyball. Incidentally, it’s possible to pedal quite far out in the space of the hours hire and it’s definitely worth taking your snorkels to see the shoals of fish in these deeper waters.
One downside of this beach is that it’s a climb down a hundred steps or so, they’re not steep though and they seem to put no one off.
WHERE TO STAY IN CALA MESQUIDA…
There are plenty of villas and apartments but this is a little sleepy beach town, not a busy resort, so they get booked up very quickly.
Viva Cala Mesquida Hotel is the only hotel on this particular beach and it’s a spa hotel too. It has fantastic views over the bay and amazing food.
Things to do around Cala Mesquida…
- Take walks to secluded beaches north of the resort
- Enjoy Mesquida Beach to the max – It’s not too crowded and there’s not a stag do in sight!
- ARTA is only 15 minutes away by car, a cute little town with an excellent market every Tuesday
3. Camp De Mar
A 30 minute drive west from Palma, Camp de Mar is a tiny resort protected by high cliffs with the prettiest views, including that Pinterest-famous picture of the restaurant Illeta at the end of the pier where Claudia Schiffer has been spotted a few times.
There are several hotels but not too many that the beach is crowded. Children play and fish off the picturesque wooden pier and the beach is small – the perfect size to keep your eyes on the kids but give them a bit of freedom too, they can’t go far! As far as location goes this resort ticks a lot of boxes – predominantly families, sooo aesthetically pleasing (every good view deserves a wooden pier), enough amenities to cater for everything and near to several other lovely resorts, harbours and towns.
We think this is one of the best resorts in Mallorca for families with teenagers as there is so much to do in this area.
WHERE TO STAY IN ES CAMP DE MAR…
Again, there is lots of choice for villas and apartments in Es Camp de Mar, covering many budgets. Eating out isn’t a problem here too as there are several restaurants of very high quality, including the famous Flor de Sal that serves you traditional tapas to the backdrop of some breathtaking views.
I can’t recommend Hotel Alua Gran Camp de Mar highly enough. Predominantly German guests so you can expect great quality, both of the hotel and the food. You may have to put up with naked guys in the spa but it’s a small price to pay for a champagne breakfast and well-behaved kids. Plus, Germans like to queue for their food too!
The hotel does family adjoining rooms too so your teenagers can get a bit of privacy and you don’t have to listen to them snoring at night.
Things To Do Near Camp De Mar…
- Go people-watching at the nearby harbour of Port D’Andraxt, those hills are owned by footballers and models aplenty so you may spot George Clooney in a kaftan.
- Take a walk across the hill to a secret beach Cala Don Monjo, it’s a steep-ish climb but only for 20 minutes and the reward is well worth it!
- Go snorkeling – the crystal clear waters are teaming with sea life and you don’t have to swim that far out.
- Take a boat trip to Dragonera Island, a 20 minute ride to an old pirate hangout with Roman ruins and all sorts of birds to watch, so take your binoculars.
- If you’ve hired a car then this is the perfect location from which to take day trips to the west of the island – Banyalbufar, Valldemossa Deia, and Soller for example. An area of stunning mountain villages and towns where more famous people lurk because, when you see it, why wouldn’t you buy a house there? It’s not an area I would recommend taking children to actually stay in as there are no beaches as such, or if there are they’re at the bottom of a cliff face, and, hotels tend to be very exclusive and expensive but day trips are well worth it – there’s a reason it attracted Richard Branson.
4. Colonia Sant Jordi
This place came on my radar only the last time we visited Mallorca and as of yet we haven’t stayed here but it’s next on my list and I have been researching this area to the n’th degree. We drove there on our way back to Palma airport as it boasts the longest beach on the Island, Playa Es Trenc, (just over 2km long) and we wanted to see it!
At one end is the sleepy little village of Sa Rapita and other than a few well-designed beach bars and coffee stops it doesn’t look like much. It’s more residential buildings with a handful of restaurants. However, at the other end of Playa Es Trenc is the resort of Colonia de Sant Jordi. There are plenty of hotels and self-catering places to stay in but so far I’ve not found a hotel that is both lovely and family-friendly. There are 2 hotels I would consider if we were just travelling as a couple but if we were taking the family I think I would opt for a villa or apartment.
I found this apartment right on the beach in Colonia, it sleeps 6.
So the reason I have included this resort on my list is for what it has to offer. Primarily the beaches and the BOHO laid-back vibe, I can really imagine chilling out here. It feels a million miles from the kiss-me-quick resorts near Palma, plus – if it’s good enough for the Spanish Royal Family then it’s good enough for me! Es Carbo and Ses Roquets are two of the most secluded beaches on the island and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the Caribbean.
Things To Do In And About Colonia Sant Jordi:
- The local market is on a Wednesday
- Rent a kayak and explore the calm waters and all the nearby coves
- On Thursday evenings from 7pm – 11.30, the town holds their Ruta de Tapas where restaurants and bars offer tapas and a glass of beer or wine for €2.
- The waters in this area are very still which lends itself to a lot of snorkelling and no need to worry about the kids in the shallow waters, and as you can expect – the colours of the sea are stunning, clear turquoise.
- Visit the old town of Santanyi and the nearby Natural Park, Mondrego
- Take a boat trip to some of the nearby islands
- Take gentle walks around the peninsulas on easy-to-navigate rocks (not always a given in Mallorca)
So, there you have it, my four favourite resorts in Majorca for families, and plenty of options whatever your budget. Have you been? Do you know of any great hotels or resorts in Mallorca that would tick my long list of requirements for a perfectly classy, yet family-oriented holiday? Do let me know, I’d love to hear. And if you’re wanting more travelling tips or just pure enthusiasm to inspire your next holiday, be sure to subscribe below.
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