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... part of the day was when we hit a particularly big wave which really rocked the boat and soaked the entire deck.... The group of 20-something posers who had spent almost the entire day laid out on deck taking up lots of room while also reserving seats were drenched - a nasty wake up call but hilarious for the rest of us, as the deck was then so slippery and the boat so rocky that for the next 10 minutes they slid all over the deck banging into anything and everything - much ...
... who have moved here. But for me - well I was mainly interested in getting to know the language and being able to get by a lot better when on holiday. I realise that to do the class properly I will have to study a lot more after lessons - more than I had planned to. This in itself is not too bad, but it takes away time I was plan to spend "living" here and I'm afraid that when I come back to UK I ...
... and I retreated to the rooftop pool - my first time actually in the pool and it was perfect. I opted for an early night tonight so watched the sun go down then headed to the jazz bar within the hotel for a quick drink before bed - taking my homework with me (oh I'm so cool...!). However bar was great and music was brilliant so I ended up staying too late and drinking too much for an early night... Hope to catch up on some sleep soon though! ...
A little woozy after last night's drinks but not too bad! Monica and I both tried to encourage the rest of the class to be more sociable but that's not going anywhere fast - still - early days! After class we headed down to the port and have booked ourselves onto a cruise on Saturday which visits a couple of beaches along the coast. Managed for the first time to get a sunbed by ...
Another good day at school. I made a friend, whoop! Monica, from Brazil, is also here by herself so we are heading out to dinner together later. I feel for her as her English is not brilliant but is far better than my Portuguese.... I'm sure we will work something out! The three main English-speaking people from the course all live outside of the main city so it may be harder to get them out in the evening - but we will see! The lesson today ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Castillo Hotel Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel Palma
A week of magic
My wife and I have just returned from a week at Castillo Son Vida, what a great week, we
could not really fault it.
We were greeted on our arrival by a porter in full regional attire, were shown to our rooms
by another assistant in similar attire, and as we entered our room, greeted by a maid who
made a special effort to come out of her office to see who had arrived.
This was how the week continued, with every effort by all staff to ensure our holiday was
one to remember.
About 15 minutes taxi ride out of Palma centre (9 - 13 euros depending upon the traffic lights!).
A car recommended if you want to visit the island, but if its a relaxing week your after, a taxi to get you into Palma to sample the night life and visit the many restaurants would be sufficient.
Golf is good, we played twice on the Son Vida course, taxing for all handicaps, but a thinking mans course. Fairways and greens in first class conditions, but tees looking a little
Pool big enough, so as not to feel hemmed in. Two towels brought to you as soon as you enter the area, and periodically complimentary free drinks brought to cool you down.
Our room was big, with a lovely large bed.
Bathroom of a very high quality, towels changed once a day, which we thought would be twice a day considering the quality of the hotel.
Fresh fruit provided daily, apples oranges grapes bananas ect.
One of the nicest hotels we have stayed in and we have visited many 5 star hotels around europe the middle east and far east.
Excellent service, best value for money
I stayed with my husband from 31/5/2006 till 07/06/2006.
We are more than pleased from the services and the kindness of the stuff.
We would certanly prefer Castillo Son Vida for our next visit to Mallorca!!
We have just returned from a 4 night stay at this fantastic hotel. After reading the reviews on Tripadvisor we were keen to try it out, but didn't really have great expectations as we had not heard of the hotel before.
However, from the beginning to the end we were delighted with the whole experience. We were met at the airport by the hotel car (Rolls Royce!) which really did set the scene for a special few days. We had a great deluxe room. However, we didn't have a balcony, so I would check this out before going if a balcony is important to you. The facilities in the room were great with comfortable beds, pillows and duvets and spotlessly clean. The hotel is also close to some excellent golf courses.
All the staff were efficient and pleasant and we certainly can't wait to go back again.
To sum up - a fab hotel with 5 star facilities but not the pretentious atmosphere of some other 5 star hotels!! Thank you Tripadvisor!!!
Do not hesitate, just go. One of the finest hotels I have EVER stayed in. Beautifully refinished down to the last detail. I knew it was my style when they picked us up from the airport in a Bentley. We had a butler but didn't even need him because the service is IMPECCABLE. Beautiful view from our room over the patio, Palma and the ocean. The food was great (I'm not a fan of European food, but this was above average). Loved the pool service, concierge is the best, my husband loved the cigar bar. Had a good laugh in the unisex sauna/turkish baths...you'll see.
Palma is a cute little town with ok shops and an old quarter with a beautiful cathedral. La Llonja is fun for a night on the town. I would go back (and will) in a heartbeat.
I cannot say enough good things about this place!
Beautiful, Gorgeous, Exquisite
We have just arrived back from our stay at the Castillo. We arrived on 14th February 2006, the Opening Day after the Hotel had been closed a year for full refurbishment. It was utter chaos, the Hotel is'nt really finished yet and first impressions were we want to leave, however I'm glad we did'nt. The refurbishment is magnificent, our room was absolutely beautiful, total luxury with a view towards Palma and the Sea. But the very best thing of all was the "staff", they were wonderful every single one of them, so pleasant, enthusiatic, just great and we feel so privileged to have been part of this Opening. Not everything went quite right on the day, but after all we are all human and some things are out of our control, but when we did find a problem they addressed it and dealt with it as soon as they could they were so apologetic, it was a learning curve for all of us but we felt as if we belonged - almost like a large family. The next day my husband and I both had a massage with aromatherapy oils "fantastic" in the lovely peaceful Spa - do try this when you go, you won't be disappointed. We know this Hotel and the staff will get it right very shortly no doubt about it - "teething problems - thats all" and we can't wait to go back, I only hope they will have room for us. I would have included some photos but unfortunately for us our car was broken into at the Carrefore Supermarket by the Airport on the way to the Hotel and we lost every piece of luggage - beware I believe there are "gangs" targetting the Car Parks
We had the pleasure of staying at this hotel on our honeymoon in June 2004. The staff and the hotel was great. The rooms are well kept and large - ours was a double which had a separate sitting room. Great views from the outdoor patio as the hotel is set in the hills. This hotel is an absolute must if you have the chance to visit Mallorca-- which is a wonderful island. My husband and I generally stay at better quality (4-5 star ) hotels, and some really don't deserve their rating, but this one honestly does. There is no other place I'd consider staying if we go back!
Won't want to leave the hotel
We spent a weekend here a couple of years ago. It's expansive and tranquil and the rooms are deliciously old-fashioned in a Sean Connery James Bond sort of way. It's about a 20-minute drive to the center of Palma. Two pools, an enormous terrace with chaises and views of Palma and the sea, will make you regret leaving the place at all. Expensive, but the mood is relaxed and the place is big enough that you don't feel intruded upon by other guests. Good for people wanting privacy and to get away from it all in a natural setting. Golf nearby.
We spend a week there and was satisfied with almost everything. The service was perfect at the frontdesk, the special taxi taking us to and from the airport, the cleaningwomen, the food and service in the restaurant "Il Jardin". the service at the grand buffet every morning.The only complaint we have is that the restaurant serving in the evening (Bellver) is not living up to the standard of the rest. The food (the only evening we spent there -5 people) was not up to standard and the buffet neither.
The hotel was pure luxury that we did not want to leave the hotel to visit the Island.
Paradise in Palma
We went to this hotel in July for a family wedding...it was magic. The hotel was excellent with the views from the Terrace magnificent. The choice of food and drinks was excellent with a wonderful buffet breakfast every morning. It was too hot to play gold but we will return when thw weather is cooller. The staff were very friendly and very good with children and "oldies" alike. Definitely a must visit Mike Ward