The weekend I’ve been waiting for all year finally arrived last weekend and I spent a weekend in El Arenal Mallorca. I booked the three night break with two of my best friends a few months ago to celebrate our 40th birthdays which have all coincided within a few months of each other.
We had decided to wait until the beginning of May to encourage the weather to become slightly warmer, and warm it was! We were so lucky with the weather with glorious sunshine all weekend. We had spent some time researching resorts near Palma airport to keep our transfer times to a minimum.
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Our weekend started on Friday morning when we flew out of Bournemouth airport on the 08.55 flight to Palma. We made sure we had enough time for breakfast at the airport and then we were quickly seated on our two-hour flight. Flying with Ryanair, we had decided not to pre book and pay for our seats, but were lucky enough to be allocated seats together on the way there and back which was a relief.
Palma airport is so big, I had forgotten just how big after visiting a few years ago, and it seemed to take ages from landing to arriving in the arrivals hall. As we had packed hand luggage only, we didn’t have to wait for our luggage, but we did have to find the correct information desk to collect our transport bus information.
After sitting on the transfer bus for almost an hour, we were off to our hotel, the Azuline Hotel Bahamas. We travelled through some very narrow side streets on the way to the hotel dropping off other guests, and some parts of the streets looked a little undesirable which was a little unsettling. However the area seemed to improve quite quickly and we arrived in front of our lovely looking hotel.
We checked in with just enough time to make it to the restaurant for the end of lunch service. We had booked all-inclusive so were eager to take advantage of the food and drink on offer.
Dropping our bags off quickly in the room, we made it to the restaurant and chose some food to line our stomachs in preparation for the cocktails we were planning in the afternoon. The food was a little questionable in temperature and choice all weekend, but we quickly learned to adapt our choices and we didn’t starve by any means.
With the first afternoon spent in the sun drinking cocktails and having lots of giggles, we decided to take a walk and explore the beach to sober up a little. The beach was a ten minute walk from the hotel and it’s a lovely walk past plenty of shops and restaurants.
Being a Friday afternoon, the beach was very quiet when we arrived and spent a couple of hours just enjoying the sunshine at the perimeter of the beach. Dinner was another visit to the on site restaurant followed by an evening in the hotel enjoying yet more cocktails.
We had decided to spend Saturday morning at the beach followed by an afternoon around the pool. The day was so relaxing, spent reading, drinking wine today and reading my kindle. We had so many giggles, it was such a great day.
The only slight annoyance were the people selling anything and everything on the beach, asking you every few minutes. We soon learned to ignore them though.
After soaking up a lot of the sun today, it was a slightly early night with two of us being a little sore from too much sun exposure. I would be the one arriving home without a tan as I always overdo the sun cream.
Our last full day being the Sunday, we decided to go out and explore a little more. Not really knowing what we wanted to do we walked a long way along the sea front, looking at the shops, bars and stopping for a relaxing juice in the sunshine.
My fitbit showed 19000 steps for the day which was amazing for me, almost as many as a typical day in Walt Disney World. Somehow we ended up in a bar and put the world to rights for a few hours. I couldn’t get tired of looking out to the turquoise ocean, it was a great sight.
Deciding to venture out for our last supper that evening, we spent the afternoon around the pool before getting ready and heading out to eat. We ended up eating pizza and burgers in a fun restaurant along the sea front.
You may like to read this post from Moe’s Atlas with tips for first time visitors to Mallorca.
All the restaurants and bars will tempt you inside so we really didn’t know what to expect. We thoroughly enjoyed our last meal and drank far too much considering we had to be up at 3am in the morning for our flight home.
I won’t pretend that Monday morning wasn’t difficult getting up so early, but it was worth it. I was home by 9.30am after a 7.15am flight, totally worn out but what a great weekend. One that I will definitely repeat given the opportunity. For just over £200 per person, I think we had great value for money for an all inclusive weekend away.
If you’re looking for other areas in Majorca to explore check out this post from Newcastle Family Life about their holiday to Santa Ponsa
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