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Mallorca; More than just beer & chips

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An April 2002 trip to Mallorca by Leesa

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Quote: We’ve just got back from Mallorca, and I can’t stop telling people how great it was. We did our research enough to know it wasn’t all dodgy package resorts, and even then it still surpassed all our expectations.

Mallorca; More than just beer & chips

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Overview

Mallorca Photo, Mallorca, Spain
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* Palma, the medieval yet cosmopolitan capital city * The turquoise seas and rugged coastline of the west coast * The wild Serra de Tramuntana * The low key beach resort of Port de Pollença * The joys of Spanish and Mallorquin food & drink * The unexpected efficiency – the regular airport buses, the well signed walking routes, smilingly giving way on zebra crossings, no mad driving... Lowlights * Trying to find a hotel in the centre of a maze of one-way medieval narrow lanes in a car * Having to leaveQuick Tips: When to Go Unless you’re going for just sunbathing, I would hi...Read More

Four Sails Resort

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Hotel | "Where to Base Yourself"

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We spent a while working out where we wanted to be based. Most of the package deals we came across would have based us either in a hotel in a coastal resort, or inland in a villa (an option that was prohibitively expensive for just two of us). Whilst the locations, and accomodation, would no doubt have been good in themselves, we felt that we wanted to spend at least a night in central Palma to see the Spanish (rather than Brits or Germans) at play. In the end, assured that we would have little problem finding accomodation in the shoulder season between Easter and mid summer, we decided on a DIY multi-centre approach. We rang ahead and reserved 2 nights in Hotel Cannes in Palma (see my Palma en...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 6, 2002

Four Sails Resort
3301 Atlantic Ave.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 491-8100

Shanty Creek -Schuss Mountain Resort: Golf-Skiing-Convention Center

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Hotel | "Hotel El Guià, Soller"

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Described in our guidebook as having features from a bygone era, this hotel seemed to have more that just a few antiques. The rooms themselves were large and basic, and had the air of your grandparents’ room without the personal touches – frozen in time probably not long after the war. Yet for all its spartan, dated nature the room was comfortable and the shower in the adjoining bathroom was hotter that in our recently modernised room in Palma. Another somewhat dated characteristic was the man who greeted us, and doubled as waiter at meal times. Although probably only mid 40s his manner was very formal. He also bore a striking resemblance of Manuel from ‘Fawlty Towers’, down to the hotchpotc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 6, 2002

Shanty Creek -Schuss Mountain Resort: Golf-Skiing-Convention Center
5820 Shanty Creek Road
Bellaire, Michigan 49615
(231) 533-8621

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort

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Hotel | "Hostal (Hotel) Bahia, Port de Pollença"

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort Photo, Kissimmee, Florida
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Don't let the name fool you - this is not a hostel! At the end of a strip of pleasant looking but unaffordable hotels, we were amazed to find that this hotel had rooms within our budget and had vacancies (at the end of April). There were no sea view rooms available, predominantly filled with middle aged guests or young families on package tours, but we were offered a ‘mountain view’ room, which seemingly was kept for private guests as one of the few doors marked private rather than with a room number. For the bargain price of 55 euros (in the shoulder season) we got a large somewhat dated room with an en suite, and unusually for all the other rooms at the back, with a balcony and vi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2002

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort
8505 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
(407) 239-0000

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This walk takes you away from the admittedly pleasant low-key resort of Port de Pollenca, to a timeless valley only about a kilometre away. Walking through the wrought iron gates of Boquer Farmhouse, heading due north from Hostal Bahia, we were a little put off at first upon realizing that a Mallorcan doesn’t have the same walkers’ rights of way that someone in the UK does. But a returning walker assured us this was the route. One past the farmhouse you lose all sight of civilisation, and enter a granite walled u-shaped valley. Apparently, the sheer cliffs are home to much interesting birdlife. We probably saw more birdwatchers than we did birds – but then again we weren’t exactly looking....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2002

Serra de Tramuntana (Tramuntana Mountains)

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Attraction | "The Rugged Northwest Coast"

Serra de Tramuntana (Tramuntana Mountains) Photo, Mallorca, Spain
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If you can live without beaches, Mallorca’s rugged northwest coast is a scenic gem. We drove out of Palma towards Andratx (pronounced Andrach). After a lunch stop in Port d’Andratx, which was okay but not oustandingly pretty, we headed off northwards skirting the coast. The first striking scenery was the Serra de Tramuntana. This was clearly visible in the near distance from Andratx - surprising, because we hadn't expected to see such rugged barren mountains until much closer to Soller. And once we’d crossed the mountain ridge to the west coast proper, the winding road revealed a constant series of sheer drops to blue seas, or soaring slopes to granite peaks, and often a combination of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2002

Serra de Tramuntana (Tramuntana Mountains)

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Cala de Deia

Attraction

Cala de Deia Photo, Mallorca, Spain
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Keen to stretch our legs after several hours in the car, we stopped in Deia just outside La Residencia Hotel. We wanted to see if we could walk down to the sea, having seen it tantalisingly below us along the coast road. Used to using following trails on maps, we felt it was a very welcome surprise to find a little wooden signpost complete with walking stickman logo, destination, and walking time, at the head of the trail. The route took us along and gently down one side of the valley through a series of terraces. With our expectations of some development set by the final stretch along atarmac road (thankfully deserted), the deserted undeveloped bay was completely unexpected. To vary the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2002