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Trip Report Ten days in Mallorca

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Here’s a quick summary of our recent 10-day trip to Mallorca, starting end-August 2016. Follow-up questions are welcome if you need more info. We had a hire car.

Our first stay was at Hotel FontSanta in the south-east. Beautiful hotel, loads of space, excellent staff. No-children policy. Two very fine, quiet, swimming pools supplied with luxurious double sunbeds. We didn’t get to use the spa, but it looked top class. Breakfast was exceptional. Dinner was also very good but perhaps not as good as everything else about the hotel had led us to expect. We would certainly come again to Hotel Font Santa if the opportunity ever arises..

Santanyi is a pleasant town to visit. We spent an afternoon at Es Trenc beach - beautiful place but jammed with people – one for the shoulder periods I think. The stock photos must have been taken in winter, when there's nobody there.

Good value set dinner menu at Sal de Coco by the harbour in Colonia de Sant Jordi. Booking advised. The town of Colonia de Sant Jordi didn’t do much for me, at least on a casual drive-through.

Fine lunch at L'Arcada in Cala Figuera, an attractive small port. Tapas dinner at 5illes in Colonia de Sant Jordi was very good – don’t be put off by flashy/touristy surroundings and appearance.

Next we stayed at Hotel L'Avenida in Soller. Room 3 is huge and comfortable. Its pool area is a bit cramped and is shaded in parts by adjoining buildings. But it’s in a good location so I suppose you can’t have everything. And the staff are very helpful. Mainly British clientele.

Restaurant Ca'n BoQueta in Soller has a great value tasting menu – highly recommended. We would have returned every night except that the menu only changes once a week. Booking advised.

Fornalutx near Soller is a very pretty town. Also visited Deià (including a quick stop at Cala Deià) and Valldemossa and both are worth the effort. The latter is the one not to miss, IMHO. In Valldemossa we enjoyed the local delicacy coca de patata, still warm from the oven.

Dinner at Ca'n Pintxo in Soller was very good – assuming you like this tapas-style dining.

We spent a very pleasant day at the beach in Port de Sóller. Quite civilised. We also visited Jardins d'Alfabia – attractive, but probably best visited earlier in the season when plants are at their best.

Our final stay was in Hotel Portixol in (or just outside) Palma. Our allocated Room 16 was tiny and claustrophobic. We paid extra and moved to a larger port view room. Everything else about the hotel seemed first-rate. Short distance from Palma centre – taxi or bus 15. Good pool area.

Delicious dinner (mainly tapas – again!) at Forn de Sant Joan in Palma. Initial impressions were that it was an upmarket tourist trap, but the food was terrific.

The following night we treated ourselves to the tasting menu at Michelin-starred Restaurant Marc Fosh in Palma. Great dinner. 68€ each.

More down-to-earth was dinner at Sa Boduegeta in Palma – an unpretentious but very satisfying place to eat.

Pick-up and drop-off of hire car went smoothly (Hertz Gold membership paid off).

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