Rhiane Kirkby and family soak up Mediterranean hotspot Mallorca
Mallorca, for me, always conjured up images of overcrowded beaches, tacky tourist spots and teenagers experiencing their first taste of freedom – definitely not my choice destination for our first family holiday abroad. But, after several glowing reviews of a particular baby-friendly hotel, we decided to give it a try.
On boarding the plane I was slightly reassured by the fact there were no teens in sight – in fact, with our brown heads of hair bobbing in a sea of grey and white, we were the youngest by far! And, as we made our way to the hotel, I discovered my worries were unfounded as this is an island that (away from the infamous tourist traps) remains largely unspoilt.
Campos, a small town close to the virgin coves and white beaches of the south east of the island, was our destination. Our base, Hotel Migjorn. This rural hideaway oozes calm. It’s only a 30-minute drive from Palma airport, but it feels like a world away.
The hotel is impeccably clean and spacious, and despite the fact nearly all of its visitors are young families, the atmosphere is relaxed. This may be due to the fact it comprises only 10 apartments, a small restaurant and a heated pool, but the surrounding acres of countryside also help. This is not the place to go if you don’t drive or are looking for an adventure-packed trip, but if you want a relaxing break where someone else is willing to do all the work for you, then it’s ideal.
The owners, Peter and Lisa, do their utmost to cater to your every need, providing prams, sterilisers, changing mats, beach toys and anything else you may require. They’ll launder your clothes and provide meals on request. As food critics go, my toddler can count himself amongst the harshest, but he certainly gave the chefs the thumbs up – demolishing every meal put in front of him. If you’d prefer to eat out then we found plenty of good-quality, family-friendly restaurants in the local towns.
It’s fair to say that (other than an ostrich farm) there’s not much around, but drive for 20 minutes and you’ll come across stunning beaches, which, even in the height of summer, aren’t overcrowded. Our personal favourite was Cala Llombards, where the cliffs provide natural shade and the warm, shallow waters were perfect for our toddler to play in. But with their white sands and clear turquoise waters, the protected Es Trenc and Cala Mondrago were equally as appealing.
When I thought about our first holiday, I had visions of us imprisoned in a hotel complex with timetabled daily entertainment, children’s clubs and neon water slides – but it was the opposite. If you’re looking for escapism, this hotel really does tick all the boxes. And don’t just take my word for it, most of its visitors are returning guests. And given our experience, we’ll be joining them.