|Aerial View of the Hotel|
Around ten days after returning from our epic Kenyan adventure, I turned the big three O and although the we were originally planning to stay at home for this birthday a quick check of the weather forecast soon changed that.
I much prefer to spend my birthday in the sunshine, eating delicious food so for my 30th Birthday we booked a last minute getaway to the island of Majorca through teletext holidays.
A short flight from Luton to Palma to spend a few days in a kid- friendly all inclusive resort to recharge and share quality time together was a great present for us to all enjoy.
A quick side note on Luton airport which we flew out off, I really did not like this airport and would never fly from here again if I can help it.
Firstly you are charged to be dropped off and picked up from the terminal, it's only £2.50 but I still found this really strange. There is a free drop off but quite a walk away which is not going to work for an early morning flight with a toddler. Even when arriving early the airport was already very busy and going through airport security checks took a lot longer than others, once we got to the front I understood why this was. They checked each of bubs milk cartoons individually. This was one of the shortest flights we had done with him so luckily I only had a few but all other times we have flown only a random selection is checked. Also you need to pay for your clear bag for toiletries so I would recommend bringing your own, ours were still in the same bags from our recent flights out of Heathrow.
We decided to use the lounge access this time, breakfast was ok but what I really liked was the fact there was some space to sit and relax. The rest of the terminal is crazy, not enough seating and not enough to food outlets so the few they do have have huge queues. If you are travelling with children I would defo make use of the lounge to get some food you can enjoy whilst sitting down.
We flew on Monarch and both the flight and the plane was good, one thing I really liked was the iPad or iPhone holder in the back of be seat, a great idea for entertainment on a low- cost airline.
So back to the actual holiday, after a short pre- arrange private transfer we arrived at Viva Zafiro Alcudia. A smooth fast check in where we were served a cold glass of sparkling rose cava. As our room was not yet ready we went to have lunch by the poolside first. Both the food and service was good although we quickly realised the portion sizes here were very big so we did not need to order so much next time.
|Poolside Bar and Restaurant|
After lunch we were shown our room, which was lovely, large and modern. We went straight to enjoy the pools for the rest of the afternoon before our dinner reservations.
Also included in the all inclusive is poolside snacks which were great for bubs after he spent the afternoon splashing.
The property had several pools including one inclusive adults only. We spent most of our time around the kids pool, which was great with lots of slides and some small enough ones for toddlers too and a giant pirate ship which provides entertainment for all the kids to join in with throughout the day.
For our first dinner we headed to the sushi restaurant. Bubs enjoyed his fav dish of chicken noodles and we really enjoyed our Japanese dinner, very authentic, fresh and full of flavour. I just wished my stomach was larger to enjoy more and he joys of all inclusive.
The actual day of my birthday :). I started with a delicious breakfast including one of my all time favourites churros and chocolate sauce. There was a great selection of fruit, yoghurts and hot food with lots of live station cooking also at breakfast, in particular I really liked the large tea collection. The hotel were also kind enough to give me a box to pack up some fruits and snacks for bubs later that morning.
|Breakfast and Buffet Restaurant|
To burn off our breakfast, we went for a short walk into Alcudia town and to check out the Sunday markets that were on. A very lively bustling market selling lots of fresh produce in addition to clothing, crafts and tourist nik naks. A great place to pick up a keyring for Bubs and mug for Mr S as they collect these from all over the world.
For lunch this day we tried the buffet for the first time and similar to breakfast a huge selection, all of which was very tasty but as Mr S is not keen on buffets we didnt return and had the rest of our lunch or dinners at the ala carte restaurants instead.
We spent the rest of the afternoon playing in the pools with lots of fun to be had on the froggy slide in particular. For my birthday the hotel delivered chocolates, sparkling cava and flowers to the room a lovely gesture to mark the occasion.
For dinner that evening we had Italian, again delicious food and wine for the evening. It was just my idea of the perfect way to spend my birthday with lots of food, sunshine and lots of quality time relaxing.
Another relaxing day involving minimal thinking ahead, today we visited the local beach just a short walk away. In Alcudia in the north of the island the beach was perfect for toddlers the water was very shallow and he could walk out for around 20 meters without it even coming up to his waist.
For lunch I had a goats cheese and beetroot salad at the hotels poolside restaurant, a much more manageable lunch option than the burgers and pizzas.
Mr S gave me the afternoon to myself this day so I enjoyed sunbathing and finishing off my holiday read The Girl on the Train in the adults only section of the hotel.
|Adults only Pool and Sunbeams area|
For our final dinner we visited the hotels Majorcan restaurant, which was my favourite out all of them.
For out pre -drinks nibbles we shared deep - fried olives, very unique and moorish.
For starters Mr S had a watermelon salad and I had a prawn and egg dish, both delicious. Mains we went for slow cooked beef, which just melted in your mouth and desert was some traditional pistachio and almond cakes.
I have to say the all inclusive packages at this hotel was excellent, it including several ala carte options, since it is not an exclusive all inclusive hotel there are several guests staying on B&B or HB options which I think actually improves the quality and quantity of the all inclusive food available.
Also discovered on the last day a microwave in the room just above the mini bar which would be very useful if still sterilising bottles for younger babies.
Overall Majorca from the small part we saw is a stunning island with gorgeous landscapes. Viva Zafiro is the perfect kid-friendly resort, they even hire out strollers to use whilst there. All the food and drinks were superb and we really enjoyed our mini break away as a family.