Majorca with a Baby or Toddler

You’ll be spoiled for choice of accommodation in Majorca; from self-catering accommodation to hotels and private villas, the island has it all. There are a number of resort towns on the island, the most popular and busiest being Magaluf, Santa Ponsa and Alcudia. For a more relaxed vacation it would be better to steer clear of Magaluf and Santa Ponsa as these are extremely busy areas with a lot of late night partying. The beaches also tend to be crowded. However, if you do decide to go to these larger resorts, you will find plenty of restaurants and kids entertainment. If you do opt for one of the busier resorts, the Pirate’s Village in Santa Ponsa is a great hotel option and is very baby and toddler friendly with a bouncy castle, games and a baby pool.

Alcudia

Alcudia is set in a wide bay edged with golden sand. It is quite a large resort and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes catering to families with young children. The water is perfect and safe for toddlers to paddle in and there is a range of accommodation types. You can explore the old, historic town with its Roman influence and ruins or sample some traditional Majorcan cuisine. Ciudad Blanca (the Mile) is the main tourist area and offers a beach and plenty of bars and restaurants catering to families. There is a market on Tuesday and Sunday and there are plenty of bars and restaurants with both international and local fare. Puerto de Alcudia is a couple of kilometres away from the Old Town and has a more relaxed atmosphere. Here you will find plenty of seafood and Majorcan specialities. Muro is a fantastic beach area on the north coast of the island near to Alcudia, It offers a never-ending stretch of fine, golden sand. It is in parts by dunes and pine and juniper trees, and there are a lot of hotels in the area. This is a blue flag beach with access for people with disabilities and lots of facilities. Recommended hotel:

The Viva Blue Hotel, Muro, Close to Alcudia

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The Viva Blue Hotel, located in Muro is a fantastic option for families and it is close to Alcudia.There is a wooden promenade in the shaded area at the back of the beach which is great for strollers and a heated swimming pool with a pirate ship. There is also an indoor swimming pool. The baby pool has a large umbrella above it to protect baby’s and toddler’s skin from the strong sun. There is also a children’s play area next to the children’s club. As well as the Pirate Ship pool, children have many other activities available at the hotel. There are dances, competitions and games and this year the hotel is introducing the Playful learning by LEGO Education programme (for, 4 – 18 year olds) which will take place 3 times a week.

Puerto Pollensa

Puerto Pollensa is located on the Northern part of the island and has an oyster shaped bay. The area is a very popular area with families. It has a cobbled promenade, a pretty marina, a town square, fringed with family friendly restaurants and bars and 2 beaches.  Pollensa Beach, a kilometre-long expanse of golden sand with plenty of watersports options and sunloungers, just south of the marina. And Albercutx Beach, a narrow, busy 2-kilometre strip that’s really family-friendly, with shallow water and natural shade. The town is very picturesque with stone houses and a backdrop of the Serra tramuntana mountains. Behind the beach is Pine Walk, a coastal walk with stunning views. Recommended hotel:

Pollentia Club Resort, Puerto Pollensa

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The Pollentia Club Resort is an ideal option for families travelling with babies and toddlers. There are two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, a health club and small gym are also included and guests can relax with a sauna, massage or Turkish bath. Babysitting is available and the resort runs two clubs for children – a Baby Club for children aged 1-4 years and Mini Club for those aged 4-12 years.  Both clubs are complimentary and offer an array of activities and handicrafts.  In July and August there is also a supervised teenager’s club. Evening entertainment is provided and dining facilities are varied, with buffets and an à la carte restaurant.  Drinks are available from one of the two bars, the music bar or the poolside bar. Accommodation at the Pollentia Club Resort is on a half-board basis with the option to upgrade to All-Inclusive.

Camp de Mar

Camp de Mar is a firm favourite with independent travellers and is located close to Palma with all of its shopping and activities. It is quite an exclusive resort and is favoured by celebrities. There is a small island off the beach connected to the mainland by wooden bridge. The island has a restaurant/ bar and strolling there will be a novelty for toddlers. Access to Palma is easy from here by bus or taxi. The resort has supermarkets and quiet bars and nightlife is centred on eating out.

Cala Ratjada

This is a new resort which developed from an old fishing village. The area has a national park with a bird sanctuary and there are pine forests all around the area offering a different feel to the rest of the island. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops and you can take a trip to the neighbouring island of Menorca by hydrofoil. Another option for a day trip is to visit the city of Capdepera with its cobble stoned streets and medieval castle.

Cala Millor

The beach at Cala Millor is made for sandcastle building and playing in the sea. It extends more than 2km and has a promenade ideal for walks with the buggy. Recommended hotel:

Holiday Village Cala Millor (First Choice)

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The Holiday Village is a large holiday resort on the east side of Majorca with loads if fantastic facilities for babies and toddlers. There are 6 pools, including 2 toddler splash pools with fountains, an indoor swimming pool, a playground and a Balanceability course which teaches toddlers to cycle. There are also self-service Mr Whippy machines and fridges with Cornettos and Mini Milks around the pool area. There are larger Family Apartments which have space for a cot, and duplex rooms and swim up rooms with direct access to a shared pool. If your baby is small and has an early bedtime you can ask for a room in a quieter part of the hotel so you don’t get disturbed by the evening entertainment.The beach is a short (free) shuttle bus ride away from the hotel.

Paguera

This resort has 3 beaches with white sand and turquoise waters. The 3 beaches are set in coves and are linked by a palm fringed promenade. Bulevar de Paguera is at the back of the Promenade and is pedestrianised with reasonably priced restaurants and boutiques. At night there are plenty of bars and clubs

Puerto de Soller

This is a pretty port with a number of family friendly hotels and restaurants. The area is surrounded by mountains and the town has a sandy, baby friendly beach and a pretty port with a marina. From the port, you can take a cable car up the hill to the picturesque town of Soller (See ‘What to Do’). There is a pedestrianised area from the Marina to the beach and you can also take a boat trip from the harbour. there is also a train to Palma from Soller and the area is in close proximity to some excellent hiking spots. Recommended hotel:

The Esplendido Hotel

The Esplendido Hotel in Puerto de Soller is a popular hotel for families. The staff are very welcoming to all ages and facilities include a kids’ menu, high chairs, a children’s pool, baby equipment, beach and pool toys, even tailored spa treatments (manicures, pedicures etc). The hotel is next to the beach and there are babysitting services available (for an extra fee). You can book a large family room, the Esplendido Suite or 2 connecting rooms . Garden rooms are darker and more peaceful for smaller kids, though all rooms have shutters and effective blinds which make the room very dark.

Sa Coma

This is a popular resort with British holidaymakers and is quiet but with plenty of restaurants. The auto safari zoo is nearby and a courtesy bus runs to the nearby resorts. Recommended hotel:

The Hipotel Como Gran (Thomson Holidays)

The Hipotel Como Gran (Booked through Thomson Holidays) is a good baby and toddler friendly 4 star aparthotel located near the beach. The beach is perfect for children and has gently shelving water which is great for paddling. There is a large swimming pool with plenty of sunbeds and a separate children’s pool and splash park. There is also a soft play area, a playground and a crèche for 0-3 year olds. There is a range of apartments with 1 and 2 bedrooms and a buffet restaurant.There are also plenty of restaurants just outside the hotel. There is a SPAR just outside the hotel too and a larger supermarket called Eroski about 500m away. You can also walk along the promenade to S’illot and have a paella meal at the local beach Café.

Cala D’Or

The resort is built around several sandy coves and is great for families; Cala Llonga is the largest of the three main beaches. There is also has a yacht marina. There is a pedestrianised area in the centre with plenty of shops and restaurants.Esoteric beach is nearby and has a stunning beach with turquoise waters. you will need to take a bus here and it is quiet so make sure to bring everything you need for a day out. A tourist train can take you around the area. Recommended hotel:

Aparthotel Ferrera Blanca Cala D’Or

Aparthotel Ferrera Blanca

 

The Aparthotel Ferrera Blanca is in a beachfront location and just 1.8km from Cala D’or. There is a playground, 2 children’s pools – one which is specifically for babies and toddlers and a games room. You can stay in a Family Suite which has a twin bedroom and 2 beds in the sitting room and cots are available to borrow. There is a microwave and fridge in the room, but there is plenty of choice for children eating in the restaurant. There are plenty of high chairs, plastic plates, bowls, glasses and cutlery available too. The hotel is a 15 minute walk from the centre of Cala D’or and there is a little road train operating in the main season which toddlers will love.

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