Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Aparthotel Alcudia Pins Review
I always spend ages looking at reviews when booking a holiday, so felt that a review of our stay at Alcudia Pins with Thomson Holidays in Majorca in May, might be useful to some of my readers.
My requirements for a holiday this year was that we went somewhere warm, no more than 2 1/2 hours flight away. My husband added to this with wanting a 2 bed roomed apartment, and only having about one week in the entire year he could take it! It didn't leave us with much choice. The hardest part was the 2 bed apartment in an all inclusive. We finally found this hotel and it seemed to fit the bill.
On arrival we were immediately pleased with the look of the hotel and when walking inside the boys were pleased to see an array of swimming and splash pools.
Our apartment wasn't huge but there was enough room and there was also a kitchen area with fridge to keep our drinks and snacks in. Baby man was in a travel cot, and if he had of needed a bed we would have needed to use the sofa bed in the lounge that would have been a squash.
We were particularly pleased with the all inclusive food. The main restaurant was to the front of the hotel and you could eat here for all three meals. There was a large selection of food. There was also a beach side restaurant that you could eat at for breakfast and lunch, and twice per week for dinner (you were given dates for this on check in) Whilst the view was lovely there was less choice here. It also doubled as a snack bar throughout the day, which was very handy when baby man overselpt and missed his lunch. We were also allowed one meal at a beach side a la carte restaurant. This was tapas and it was lovely to sit down and the food come to us rather than the buffet style. They can also provide a picnic for you if you let them know the night before that you need one, and on the day we left we had a take away breakfast.
The hotel was situated on the beach front which was fantastic as it only took a few minutes to walk there and you didn't need to stay all day. Sunbeds and shade was available to hire as were pedalos.
We spent most of our time in the swimming pools. There was a waterslide that the boys loved, even if they only went fast when they went on with Mummy. For some reason the friction caused by the swimming trunks meant they got stuck half way down. Middle man loved the splash pools and especially the tickle machine (aka the water jet)
There was a kids club but we didn't use it. The evening entertainment wasn't great but better than nothing. Whilst baby man loved Thomson dog, the rest of the family weren't that fussed by him. Generally middle man asked to go home at about 8 each night. It is part of the Thomson Blue Villiage which means there are a lot of scandinavian guests. Therefore the entertainment program included an act from Scandinavia that did songs from the 80's. Although I found it a bit odd at times, it was generally better than the English entertainment in my opinion. It may well have got better later in the night though.
The main downside to this hotel is that a lot of Majorca's attractions and Thomson's tours are over the other side of the island which makes them even more expensive and too far to go with little ones.
Overall we thought the hotel facilities were great and I would recommend a stay there if you are happy to spend a week relaxing by the pool and the beach. (Just make sure that you keep any receipts for safety deposits boxes as apparently giving the key back isn't good enough proof.)