Me and the brood decided to brave our first family holiday abroad last year, this was before baby Lottie, so just Me, Ryan, Maisy (2 at the time) & Bella (1 at the time) set off on an adventure. Traveling with kids is stressful even when just heading to the shops so we searched and searched for a great family holiday and discovered First Choice Holiday villages. They looked absolutely amazing so off we headed on 2nd May 2013 for a week to Holiday village Majorca; an all inclusive break in search of sun, relaxation and lots of family fun.
It was the opening week for this hotel as it had been recently taken over by holiday village and completely refurbished. On arrival we we’re very anxious having only seen planned appearances and you hear all these horror stories about arriving and half the hotels yet to be built. Thankfully we were not disappointed the hotel was completed to a high standard and we immediately relaxed. We we’re greeted with champagne and snacks while our room keys were handed out and a large selection of children’s toys and colouring was laid out to entertain the little ones after the journey.
We opted for a Duplex Apartment which had a private terrace with Jacuzzi; it came at an extra cost but as we were going away with young children I would say its definitely worth it. They could nap in the room and we could still enjoy the sun or have a drink after they’d gone to bed in the evening. The room as a good size with a double bed, sofa bed and we were provided with a cot for Bella, which of course she didn’t touch and each night more or less we all just shared the bed!
My only negative for the room would be the lack of bath, my girls aren’t too keen on showers, on day 2 we were provided with a baby bath which was manageable for the week but the kids were far too big for it really. The room was cleaned everyday to a good standard, we had tea and coffee facilities, a fridge, hair dryer and satellite TV including Cebeebies, I know you don’t want to be stuck in watching tele on holiday but this was a god send while we tried to get ready of an evening!
The facilities at Holiday Village Majorca are great; 3 outdoor pools including the main pool, a smaller heated pool and a splash pool with lots of slides and sprinklers this was great fun. There is also a small park and a splash park where we spent a lot of time playing! Holiday Village Majorca really do aim to cater for all; Indoor pool, spa, aerial adventure, gym, sports bar, bike hire football academy to name a few of the activities on offer. They also provide the more boring, practical but essential services; laundry, towel hire and WI-FI (which was a little hit and miss).
The Kids club was available from age 3 so the girls didn’t get to try this out but we did book some crèche sessions for them, you have to pay extra for these. We booked them before we left but I believe you can also book whilst out there subject to availability. The crèche was run by friendly experienced, qualified, English staff so I knew my girls were in great hands. Everything was incredibly clean and all the toys kept to a high standard. Outside had a small secure area for them to also play it is shaded so excellent for the little ones if they need a break from the heat. The girls had three sessions and really enjoyed them. There was also parent and toddler groups available throughout the week at set times in the crèche so you could get a break from the sun and use the room to have a play.
The entertainment at Holiday Village Majorca was a real highlight of the holiday for me; the team clearly put so much hard work in and made a real effort from day one. There were games during the day, the evening entertainment always started out with something for the kids with the ‘widgets’ the girls loved this and were at the front watching and dancing every evening. This was followed by entertainment put on for the whole family getting people up on the stage and having a good laugh. The first night there they had me up on the stage playing a guess the ad’s type game, I’m not usually one for getting up I like to watch from the audience but they roped me in and after a cocktail or two and it was so much fun – best of all I won haha. I got a certificate and a Russell the brussell t-shirt which I still have and wear to bed!
The first night I was not impressed at all by the food we used to main buffet restaurant the selection was poor and nothing was labelled, however complaints were heard and improvements were made as the week went on teething problems of opening week I think. Breakfast was good, a large choice of cooked dishes with eggs cooked as requested, and a selection of continental of fruits. Guilty, I enjoyed a fry up every morning!
During our stay we also dined in the a la carte Italian which was lovely; Aswell as the Tex Mex which was for sure my favourite. I was having had a look though online and it doesn’t look like this is available any more instead there is a barbecue buffet I can imagine very similar though. The themed restaurants need to be booked in advance and 1 visit to each per week is included with your holiday. Lunch was a buffet style again not the best selection I managed to find something I liked every day but it was a little bit samey.
Overall I would recommend this holiday to families with younger children, there’s so much to do the kids will be well entertained and well looked after should you use the kids clubs, crèche or academy’s. The food let the holiday down slightly I think they need more selection I put this down to the hotel being new and having a few teething problems. But having said that we had an excellent week, I would go back. We want to try out all the different holiday villages and already have booked for Ibiza next year and I’m really excited.
Disclaimer: This review was not compensated in any way by first choice or Thompson the views are entirely my own.