We spent the first two weeks of May here and travelled with Saga. Overall, this is a fine hotel in every way. We had requested a room overlooking the pool with a sunny balcony on the third floor.When we arrived it wasn't ready. We were offered an inferior room, but gladly waited, particularly as we were offered champagne and advised to go for lunch. The dining arrangements are as follows. Two sittings for dinner 6.30 and 8.30 at a fixed table. Very early or late for us. We opted for 6.30, as the entertainment started at 9.00. For lunch and breakfast you eat when and where you like. On most days at lunch, we sat outside in a most delightful setting.When we were able to get to our room, it was really nice, with a fridge, safe and bowl of fruit included. We had sun from sunrise to about 16.00, and my goodness it was very hot most of the time.
The hotel is extremely well managed and every one, yes every one of the staff we encountered couldn't have been more helpful. I would think the hotel was full when we were there. As others have mentioned, most guests are German,courtesy of TUI but so what? This part of Mallorca is practically Munich on Sea. They have a month long German beer festival in September, and my guess is that the area gets pretty lively from June onwards. Majorca was liberated from the Moors by the Catalans and they staunchly defend their national identity from Spain, but have apparently been happy to let the Germans in! When we bought stamps for the cards, they were not Spanish but Swisspost. If you want a British resort don't come. The hotel is well placed 2 mins from the seafront, and even closer to the bus stop for Palma. If you walk to the seafront and turn left, in one minute you reach a good EuoroSpar on your left below street level. There is a useful Noddy Train along the seafront, if you get tired, which will take you to C'an Pastilla in one direction and almost to Arenal in the other. On the evening of the F.A Cup Final, we had to walk almost two miles from the hotel towards Arenal to find a bar that was screening it. They were all showing Bundesleague games. Eventually we came to The Liverpool Bar. A tiny little place with friendly staff and cheap beer. When the Liverpool 'goal' was disallowed, I distinctly felt the walls tremble.
The restaurant was immaculate and you were always given a friendly greeting on arrival. The reason I have docked a star is as follows: Although the soups were generally very good, at times they had the texture and taste of 'catering can' soup. The paella was made with noodles rather than rice -bizarre. Whenever I chose a dish with rabbit, it was 80% bone. Some of the grilled meats were practically inedible. But the roast meats, carved in front of you were mouth wateringly good. There was wonderfully fresh fish griddled at most lunchtimes, a wonderful variety of fresh salad starters, and splendid cheeses each day. Try the Majorcan cheese - excellent. Plenty of good shellfish, but Oh! for a decent paella!
On most days, you were offered a dinner booking at the outdoor grill by the pool. We only ate there once, as my wife eats no meat. We had splendid tapas to start and then excellent tuna.
Incidentally, plenty of choice here for vegetarians.
The organisation in this restaurant was of the highest standard. It was good to see some of the chefs near the door who were happy to chat with you about the dishes.
The bar served the most generous measures I have ever encountered. A great range of cocktails too, including non-alcoholic ones. Free wine was available in the restaurant and in the bar area all day, together with beer and soft drinks. During the day the pool bar was open, and snacks were available most of the day there.The free bar went on until midnight and did not cease at 23.00 as stated in the Saga brochure. Antonia was a real star, and grasped your hand with 'Hello my lovely' She promised to take us to her home next time we came, as her mum would make us a real paella.
The gym and spa were free of charge and open most of the day. Whenever I went to the gym I was the only one in there. The steam room,sauna and whirlpool were better used. On one occasion I was in the whirlpool with a couple of fellow Saga ladies, when three very large German males approached. They shrieked and started to get out. Then I noticed as the Germans dropped their towels that they were in the altogether. Be warned. There is also an icy plunge pool, which I avoided.
Sun loungers around the pool with parasols were 'booked' by towels from as early as 08.00, and there are simply not enough parasols to go round, but you could always go to the beach, plenty of them there.
The four trips incuded by Saga were all worth going on, and we went to Soller ourselves on the wooden train. Don't miss Soller -its a gem.
Entertainment was reasonable, but I wouldn't specially stay in for it. The Flamenco show was our favourite, followed by Elvis.
Thank you Hotel Riu Bravo, and well done! You set high standards and see that they are achieved in all departments. If your other hotels are as good as this, then you take some beating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Riu Bravo (All Inclusive), refurbished in winter 2015, is just 200m from the popular and vast Playa de Palma beach in Palma de Majorca, Spain. It is the ideal hotel for families, couples and groups of friends who want to spend their holidays sunbathing and discovering the island. This 4 star hotel offers its guests a high quality service. It has everything you could need for relaxation, with a fresh water swimming pool, a solarium-terrace, gym, sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi and the wellness centre with a range of different treatmen * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more less
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