In October 2012 I was invited by our supplier, Villa Select, to visit the beautiful Balearic island of Mallorca. We viewed some of the villas they offer in the resorts of Pollensa in the north of the island and Cala D’Or in the south east.
We flew from East Midlands to Palma in approximately two hours and 20 minutes. The transit through Palma airport was fast and efficient as was the collection of the hire vehicle. The hours’ drive to Pollensa was a lovely opportunity to see the beautiful mountainous countryside before arriving at Villa C’an Peric where we would be based for the first two nights of our visit. Set in tranquil countryside, this authentic three bedroom two bathroom villa had a rustic yet luxurious charm. The extensive outside space overlooking open countryside and beautiful private pool are the perfect setting for a relaxed holiday in the countryside whilst being only a few minutes from Pollensa town. A barbecue, table tennis table and even an exercise bicycle are provided for your added enjoyment.
We headed into Pollensa town where we met the Villa Select resort managers who were friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I knew immediately that any guests I sent to Pollensa with Villa Select would be in very good hands indeed. Nothing is too much trouble for these lovely ladies and they both have a great sense of humour too.
For the next two days Georgina and Wendy took us on a tour of many of the villas that they manage in Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa. Some villas such as San Plomer in the old town are ideally situated within walking distance of all of the local restaurants and suit those that do not wish to drive whilst on holiday. Other villas in countryside locations require a car, such as San Rotger and Casenoves, which was a personal favourite of mine. It sleeps up to eleven and is set in five acres of land with a stunning infinity pool.
Puerto Pollensa was originally a fishing village and retains the time old tradition of the evening stroll along the Pine Walk, past pavement cafes and restaurants whilst admiring the yachts moored in the marina. One of the properties we viewed here was the three-bedroom Esperanza Apartment which boasts spectacular views of the bay and is in walking distance of all that Puerto Pollensa has to offer.
After spending two days in Pollensa we headed south to the resort of Cala D’Or which is just 30-40 minutes from Palma airport. This is a lovely resort with great beaches and a pedestrian area full of restaurants, cafeterias, shops and not forgetting its famous marina. Many of the Villa Select villas in Cala D’Or that we viewed were within walking distance of the beaches and the local town, so perfectly suited for those who don’t wish to hire a car whilst on holiday.
We stayed overnight in Villa Terrassas which is a large family villa with two double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms, all of which are en-suite. We also visited Villa Blanco and Villa El Delfin, which was my personal favourite. We visited the Caves of Drach, which are a popular attraction and boast spectacular displays of stalagmites and stalactites. There was also an impressive light show.
All in all the few days spent in Mallorca have given me a great insight into what this island has to offer and which areas and properties would suit different client’s requirements. I was fortunate to get the opportunity to sample several local restaurants and to visit some local attractions, including the Pirate Show in Magaluf which is a very impressive show including acrobatics, singing and dancing – great family entertainment with basic food service.
The villas managed by Villa Select in Mallorca are all of a high standard and are immaculately presented and very well equipped, added to this the excellent resort management service, I would not hesitate to recommend these villas. Having now seen many of the villas first hand I feel confident that I can advise my clients of the best choice for their perfect Mallorca holiday - be it a rustic secluded getaway or a modern, chic resort villa close to all of the action.