Last week I ventured off to the unknown…well it was unknown for me anyway as I let Matt book a last minute holiday and really wasn’t sure what I was getting myself in to. We had booked flights to Ibiza but then couldn’t find anywhere to stay at such short notice so plan B (of which there wasn’t one) came in to play.
I knew it was Majorca that he had ended up settling on and that the hotel looked really nice from the pics but I have been to Majorca twice before when I was around 20 and lets just say it wasn’t the nicest of accommodations. One thing I could remember, is that the beaches in Majorca are really lovely so that was definitely a positive.
Now that I’m back I can certainly say that Matt pulled it off with style. We stayed at the Pure Salt Garonda, a 5 star adults only hotel in El Arenal beach. The rooms were really nice, clean and spacious too. Three of my must havs in a hotel! It was in a gorgeous location overlooking the beach and as this was such a chill holiday for us, I spent most of it on the pool terrace overlooking the beach.
If you haven’t been to Majorca or Mallorca as the natives spell it, two bomb things about it are the beaches, which have crystal clear water with soft white sand and the sangria, which goes down like a glass of juice but also goes straight to your head. There are two sides to the island and one is very famous for the nightlife, yes I mean Magaluf! Luckily we were at the complete opposite end of Majorca and in a much nicer part, only a five minute drive from the airport which cost around 17 Euros by taxi.
The hotel was quite pricey but it has really made me see Majorca in a different light. For a two hour plane journey it’s a lovely destination although the food situation was debatable. It took us a few nights and a couple of trips to McDonalds to find out where was reliable to eat. Luckily breakfast and lunch at the hotel were both really good so we didn’t go hungry. Plenty of restaurant photo ops too, rockin my Karl Lagerfelds from Specsavers along with a Mango co-od and La Redoute Leather Brogues in this photo ready backdrop….love it!
We took a trip in to Palma to do a bit of retail therapy and found some great bargains. The bus system is quite easy so it only cost us a few Euro and about a 15 min journey each way. I managed to buy a pair of Ray-bans that I’ve had my eye on for a good couple of months now and got a bit out of control in Mango. Obviously Mango and Zara are a must when in Spain even though I’m pretty sure the stock is exactly the same. One bonus is that they seem to have way more availability in the bigger sizes, there must be more skinny women in Spain..lol.
There was also a huge shopping centre in construction around a mile from our hotel so I’m thinking that this area in particular is going to become very popular in the next couple of years. Another perk is that you can take a two hour boat trip over to Ibiza which is great if Ibiza is way out of your price range, which is likely as they seem to be charging a fortune at the moment for the crapiest of hotels. Unfortunately this is what tends to happen when a small European Island becomes the latest celeb hangout. Oh well, maybe next year then 😉
For July, this part of Majorca was not overcrowd at all. The beaches did get busy but overall it was quite a quiet location. I’m sure the same can’t be said for Magaluf as the airport was insanely busy.
The weather was amazing too, we only had one day where it was quite cloudy which happened to be our shopping day….bonus, no one wants to be a sweaty mess whilst trying to find those holiday exclusives. Now it’s time to start thinking about where i’m headed off to next, hopefully New York but thats not until October. Surely I can find somewhere to visit before that…hint hint.
Have you been to Majorca?
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