I have just got back from a fabulous week away with Mr D, and NO children!! Summer holidays always brings holidays and time when the kids are with their dad so we decided we too would get away, and why not!
With some help from my dad we booked our holiday only 7 weeks ago, just as the late deals were starting to cover the week we wanted to go. We booked with First Choice online, no problems at all with booking or any of the information they sent out, in fact I was really impressed with the emails they sent out prior to us going, and they also have the facility to view and modify things about your holiday through your own online account.
We booked All Inclusive and with night flights for the cheapest option. With no kids in tow this worked great for us but I really wouldn’t want to take kids on the flight times we had! My only issue with the flights, not being a good flier, is that when we went out, although we were probably the 6th party to check in, we were sat seperately, across the isle. Now had the flight been full I wouldn’t have had an issue, but there were spare seats throughout the aircraft. Not that this would spoil my holiday.
We arrived at Club Mac Jupiter in Alcudia at around 4am local time, slight issue with the keycards not working but that seems to happen to me in most hotels, then to bed for a few hours before waking to………rain!! The weather wasn’t typical Majorcca for the week, it was over cast and we had 2 days of rain, but that said it was never cold and it didn’t stop us doing what we had gone there to do – relax!
We spent the days on sunbeds by the boating lake – getting by one of the 5 pools was impossible unless you got up at 6am to put the towels out (and no I saw no Germans in our hotel, it was mainly the good old Brit’s!). As it turned out, by tthe boating lake was quiet and more aimed at adults, with matresses on the sunbeds. We read, we slept, we chatted, we people watched, it was great!
I had read reviews before going, I have to admit I was concerned about the food, I didn’t need to be. Now it wasn’t gormet food, it was basic, with breakfast offering the usual fry up – despite the “different” bacon, which I actually love. There was toast, coissants, fruit, dry cake (we later found out it is designed to be dunked like we dunk biscuits!), boiled eggs, ham, cheese etc. It was all buffet so help yourself to as littl;e or as much, although this did cause issues at the busy times with kids all over the place. Lunch offered a burger bar, snack bar and light lunch, as well as going to the main restaurant for a more substantial meal. Evening meal times were always themed, including Italian night, Spanish night and Pirate night. The food on the whole was catering quality, better than school dinners but different to home, and thinking back to the reviews, this is where people can differ on what is good and bad. We had no complaints about the food at all.
The entertainment was great too, although Club Mac is geared up mainly for families, with lots of kids clubs, activities, mini disco and the like. To be honest this didn’t bother us but other couples travelling without kids may not want that kind of environment. The entertainment we did hang around to watch was good quality though, with a range of things from acrobatics to Take That tribute bands. And of course with the all inclusive it’s a free bar until midnight!
Now we are home and relaxed, it was just what I needed. I did feel guilty initially booking a holiday without the kids, and spending around a months wage by the time you add on insurance, car parking, new clothes (you HAVE to buy new holiday clothes!), I don’t feel guilty now, my girls need me to be string and that was the revitalising break I needed.
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