In June we set off on our lovely family adventure (4 year old Peony & 8 month Carter) to Mallorca.
It was our first beach holiday since the dreaded pandemic, and we had heard all sorts of horror stories, however we flew from Leeds Bradford with Jet2holidays and it was all very calm and easy – no sight of the long queues we had heard about.
TOP TIP WHEN TRAVELLING WITH SMALL CHILDREN: I had ordered some milk for our baby Carter, from Boots at the airport which I collected airside, this made life so much easier!
Our flight was in the afternoon and we picked the resort of Palma Nova as the transfer was no more than 40 minutes – trust me with a very excited 4 year old this was perfect; it felt like we arrived at our beautiful hotel, Aula Hawaii in no time. As It was quite late and dark when we arrived we couldn’t really see much so we went straight to bed excited to see what tomorrow would bring!
The Aula Hawaii was ideal; nice and clean with a lovely splash park plus 2 choices of swimming pool and a small rocky beach where you could take a canoe out to sea. We had a ground floor suite, spacious with a little kitchenette and a small balcony.
The hotel was located perfectly. A nice short walk along the sea front from the pool area brought us to bustling beach front with an abundance of lovely restaurants, overlooking the beautiful bay. Instantly we noticed how friendly the locals were and how chatty and child friendly the resort was. There are multiple playgrounds dotted along the seafront as you walk along the front dotted around and we spotted a few traditional holiday hair braiders and plaiters – essential for young girls on holiday (or peony certainly thought so 😊)
The beach was perfect for our daughter. Well looked after with, shallow waters for quite a distance, perfect for a paddle and splash around. My daughter Peony spent hours looking through the hundreds (maybe thousands) of shells that had collected in the beach!
There was loads of different restaurants and eateries to try! One evening we visited the ‘The olive tree’ restaurant and had a delicious meal with lovely mojitos! The Olive Tree restaurant is beach front with lovely wooden decking cantered around an Olive Tree, the interior & music gave the restaurant a very chilled. It was great to know we were eating mostly locally sourced ingredients and natural products.
‘Max Garden’ Restaurant was a perfect lunch & dinner spot! During the day they had ‘ buy one get one free on burgers’ which were so tasty and fresh. There a lovely terrace with a really calm feel – ideal for a late lunch and a drink in the sunshine.
A MUST TRY; ‘Cafeteria Playa Son Matias’ had the most amazing traditional Mallorca Paella!
Most restaurants we visited on the seafront had play areas too. This was so handy and made eating out that bit easier, and didn’t leave you feeling like you were having a meal in a children’s play area!
Palma Nova really is a great spot for families- (there is even an Aldi so if you need to stock up on snacks and nappies you can do easily and at a very reasonable price)
Golf fantasia was fun and something different to the normal crazy golf! We only did one course but there are 3 to choose from! caves, water falls and gardens pick one or all 3 😊 There was also a chance to feed the fish and the turtles which the kids loved!
Try pre-booking your ticket online, I am sure we got a discount on the ticket price, it worth checking it out before you turn up!
We also visited Katmandu the famous upside down house. Inside the house was certainly mind bending, a room with a pool table on the ceiling! There is also an indoor soft play, 3d shows, rides and water park, probably more for slightly older children too. Peony loved watching the machine inside the house make candy floss, and the ice creams were a welcome treat in the afternoon.
If you children like to have lots going on, be sure to use the small funfair area which was really reasonable priced and not too busy, with trampolines and merry go rounds, and a small park area.
To be fair, we spent most day by the pool, which doesn’t make the best story but it worked well for us as a family. The hotel had a children’s area and kids club which was open daily and parents could stay with the children or drop off. It was a great area, even glass fronted looking on to pool area so you could always keep an eye on the kids.
After tea we liked to go for a walk on the front and stop at the ice cream shop, the ice cream, waffles and pancakes were divine- one thing I really notices about the town is that there are hardly any steps and the pavements are really wide so it was perfect for walks with the pushchair.
Our holiday passed so quickly and we made the most of our last day, finishing on a high with Paella and a Daiquiri at ‘Be Max Beach House’ We had enjoyed are holiday so much we didn’t want to leave, my daughter ask frequently to go back hopefully we will get back soon.