How silly of me to think that we need to take a 10 hour flight minimum to get to a pristine beach, beautiful weather, and friendly people. Real silly of me! 2 hours by plane and about €200 away from Paris, you can find yourself in the Balearic Island of Mallorca. One of the best vacations with family that we have ever had! Our Spanish love affair continues with this destination, for as usual, the island is kid friendly, hotels are abundant and not expensive, no monetary exchange needed, and summer weather is available as early as end of May.
Mallorca offers something for all sorts of travellers. If you are single and travelling with friends you can party the night away at Ibiza-like Magaluf. If you are with children and prefer hotels with ramps for strollers head up to Alcudia and its surrounding areas. Couples who like nature would love the luxury boutique hotels in the mountains. We stayed in a hotel on Playa de Muro called Be Live Palace de Muro. Five stars and rooms start at only €160 a night including breakfast! The service is excellent.
When we went it was the beginning of June. Daytime temperatures shot up to about 28 degrees Celcius, with cooling winds. Mornings and nights are a bit cool, so a sweater or two is still necessary at this time of the year. The seawater is freezing for a little Malaysian like me, but it didn't stop my little half Malaysian from taking a dip with her Breton father!
After coming back I couldn't stop ranting about Mallorca. We ate fresh seafood at the port of Alcudia, had an excellent dinner at Fusion19 (my François le Francais husband even dared say that he'd give it 1 Michelin star), spent hours with my parents on the beach, and just had the best time ever. I suggest this destination as a sidetrip be it with friends, family, or lover. Not only is it beautiful, but also convenient. It has become quite a trendy European destination, so everything a tourist would ever need is available at every corner- hospitals, convenience stores, ATM machines, and car rentals to name a few.
This just may be our yearly destination... Highly recommended peeps, GO TO MALLORCA!
|Palma, Mallorca's capital|
|The streets of old town Alcudia|
|The port of Alcudia|
|The streets of Palma|
|The crystal clear waters of Playa de Muro|
|Really good fried calamari at Fusion19|
Photos by Me