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The Balearic hotspot Mallorca, is undoubtedly a people-pleaser and an island with something for everyone. It’s full of fabulous resorts between towering mountains, sandy beaches with clean safe waters, and superb facilities and services focused on keeping your children entertained. Whether you’re after an ‘all inclusive’ with beachfront access, a 9-5 kids club, or a good selection of attractions nearby, Mallorca has it all… not to mention their ideal climate of sun-soaked summers, a steady sea breeze and rarely a cloud in the sky. The friendly Mallorquins will gladly embrace your little ones with open arms, thanks to their wonderfully family focused culture.
There’s a real variety of holiday accommodation catering specifically for families with children. Several of the larger, tourist focused resorts offer itinerary-packed days with fun-filled activities from breakfast through until dinner; but there’s also a great selection of quieter, family-run retreats with bespoke itineraries and programmes offering plenty of help with recommendations of nearby things to do.
Here's our top suggestions on where to take your family this year.
Zafiro Palace Alcudia - Port d'Alcudia
Starting in the north of the island, beautifully framed by the rolling mountains of Mallorca and neighbouring nearby, Puerto de Alcudia, Zafiro Palace Alcudia is a luxury hotel offering a modern Mediterranean vibe with clean lines and chic interiors. Designed to give every age the space they deserve, the family ‘Swim-Up’ suites sleep up to six guests with direct access to the water and there’s a designated children’s pool, complete with pirate ship, slides and bubble pool. Alongside a hotel playground, the activities programme designed especially for ‘niños’ allows parents to sit back, relax and enjoy their 5* experience. The kids’ club is available for ages 4-16 providing adults with a well-deserved break in the resort’s spa or an opportunity to relax by the adults-only pool.
St Regis Mardavall Hotel - Costa d'en Blanes
The St Regis Mardavall is a luxury five-star resort on the Costa d'en Blanes, next to prestigious marina Puerto Portals, a holiday here will easily impress the entire family. In addition to the stunning sea views of the southwest coast, spacious rooms and first-class service, an ‘Explorer’s kid's club for ages 3 - 12 allows you to drop the kids off for daily treasure hunts, crafts and games, allowing you to venture out for the day as a couple, or visit the Arabella Spa, one of the largest in the Mediterranean. There are 2 children’s pools, regular shows, and storytelling events for all the family, in addition to this golf and swimming lessons are available upon request. The hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant fuses artistic cuisine and a separate family-friendly restaurant is available for the younger ones. If you’re not fond of sand, you’ll enjoy their location within a picturesque rocky cove, giving an isolated and exclusive feel.
PortBlue Club Pollentia - between Alcúdia & Port de Pollença
PortBlue Club Pollentia sits in a privileged location between the bay of Pollença and the Albufereta Natural Park. This large resort offers superb value for money and is perfect for families who love being outdoors and makes a great base for exploring cyclists, and even comes complete with a bike shop onsite. It features tennis courts, table tennis, 2 large pools and daily activities for all ages. Various entertainment programmes along with organised shows and mini discos are on hand to keep your little ones occupied, allowing parents to relax in the spa. Additional babysitting services are also available. The nearby rocky beach often sees more windsurfers than sand-castle-enthusiasts, but a there’s a free shuttle service to the nearby, long and sandy beaches of Alcúdia and Port de Pollença running every day allowing access to a variety of shops and restaurants. The grounds are spacious with plenty of greenery to give that relaxed holiday feel and accompanying friends or relatives will be pleased to know the resort offers an adults-only wing, for those in need of a few moments of quiet amidst all the family fun!
Hotel Bon Sol Resort - Illetas
For those after a quieter alternative to Mallorca’s larger resorts, family run Bon Sol might be just the answer. In business since the 1950s and just a 20 minute drive from Palma, the hotel spreads across several apartment buildings overlooking the sea, with access to a small private beach just a short stroll away from the stunning bay of Illetas. Once you’ve had enough of the salt water and sand, you can get the kids involved in a family game of tennis, volleyball or boules and finish your day by unwinding in the jacuzzi. Traditional Balearic decor offers a lovely old-world feel and a hide-and-seek nature for children, with their gardens and pools providing an oasis of tranquillity. There’s a kids club for arts and crafts, sports, and games, plus a dedicated children’s’ pool as well as two outdoor playgrounds. The resort is perfect for multigenerational family holidays creating a welcoming atmosphere, great for get-togethers and provides a perfect ‘home from home’ experience.
Jumeirah Port Sóller Hotel and Spa - Port de Soller
On Mallorca’s fashionable sunset coast, the Jumeirah Port Sóller Hotel and Spa is perched luxuriously upon a cliff top in front of the Tramuntana mountains, overlooking the stunning bay of Port de Sóller on Mallorca’s western coast. The hotel has excellent access to the neighbouring town of Soller, with a historic tram ride connecting the picturesque train directly down to the city of Palma. Families are given excellent care, ensuring children have a delightful experience. Highlights include the dedicated family pool, a thoughtfully crafted menu filled with nutritious options and the Barbaroja's Kids Club, designed with a lively pirate theme, welcoming children aged three to twelve years old daily, completely free of charge. For parents seeking some time off, a reliable babysitting service is also provided.
Robinson Club Cala Serena - Cala D'Or
Great for slightly older children who just can’t keep still, if your energetic kiddies are constantly looking for ways to blow off some steam, a break at this southeast sports-focused hotel will have them regularly playing tennis and football, Mountain-biking Mallorca’s coastline or even horse-riding and scuba diving. The Robinson Club Cala Serena and its ‘Roby’ kids club is available for children aged 3+ alongside available babysitting services on request in case you want to enjoy some of their evening entertainment as a couple (including beach parties, theatre shows and live music). Rooms are simple, spacious and all offer balconies and terraces, some with excellent Mediterranean Sea views.