Sunday, 29 July 2018

55 Carrer de Formentor

We have just returned from a fabulous week in Puerto Pollensa, Majorca. A place we have holidayed in twice before but always as part of a Thompson package deal, half board, in this resort. This year, understanding our own family likes and dislikes about holidaying a bit more, we decided to take the plunge and book a private villa, with a pool! We decided to go back to Puerto Pollensa as we knew the resort, so could locate the property with a good idea of what the location would be like. We also knew that if it was awful, the resort and surrounding area had enough going for it and we could escape if needed! Thankfully it wasn't needed and we had a fab holiday, which I will do a proper blog about asap but lots of people asked for the details via my Instagram account of where we stayed, so I thought it would be easier to send them here for a quick review, rather than reply individually.

I found the apartment with Owners Direct, now known as HomeAway but once in contact with the owner, we booked it with them directly via their website Rentals Puerto Pollensa 

If you have trouble with the link, it appears to be a private log in, which we must have been given, you can email them directly for information  We paid 1400.00 euros for the week, which was cheap compared to the many villas available, once you start looking!

From the outside it looked nothing......

.......but behind was this hidden gem. 

A shady patio area, grass area and then the real reason why we booked, our own pool. Now it wasn't on the scale of  a hotel pool but it was ours and there was no sunbed dash at 8am. I vowed after our last hotel holiday that I would never do it again - pay good money to literally have to run to bagsy a sunbed at 8am!!!! So that was a big reason for why we were nudged into our search, plus Sam spent the majority of our last holiday up in the air conditioned room, away from us all. He still spent time inside as he's not a fan of the heat but he was still near us all, still part of the holiday and if we did go out for the day, we knew we could come back to the pool, not hunt out a sunbed as before.

Inside there was an open plan sitting room, kitchen, dining area and then to the front a twin bedded room with a bathroom and to the right of this picture a double room with en suite, all air conditioned too. I will say the interior was a little tired and dated but I guess you get what you pay for, it had everything you needed. I always take my own pillow case, pack of wipes, wash everything up before we use it but that's just me!! It was great to have so much space and with 4 adults, much better than a small hotel room.

The pool was great but the only down side and it wasn't the owners fault but the neighbouring property used their back yard as a toilet for their dog, so you can guess what the smell was like midday in the heat of the full sunshine. We bought incense sticks to burn beside the pool to lessen the smell, so when the breeze did blow you got more of the incense smell. Was definitely unnecessary and unpleasant. We did mention it to the owners and they were going to speak to the neighbours but it wasn't resolved during our week but the next person might be luckier. 

So the reason I went for this particular apartment was the location, one street back from the seafront. I took this photo on the corner of the street and......

.....this was the view from the same spot, see how close the seafront was.

The apartment was right in the centre of everything, excellent location to go for swim in the sea, walk along the seafront, go out in the evenings, catch a bus to various places - perfect. There were lots of villas to choose from, with bigger pools, modern interiors but they were new builds on the outskirts of the resort, not in the centre like this apartment. Jeff doesn't like to drive when we go on holiday and my caveat is that I don't have to cook, so it was perfect for us both. 

We had our breakfast and lunch at the apartment - perfect shady spot and then we ate out in the evenings, there are so many place to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice.

The blue dot shows the apartment location, we had previously holidayed in the Puerto Azul Hotel further back but this was in the best spot. I will do another blog post about what we did, where we went etc but there are so many photo's to go through and I have a family lunch to organise tomorrow for 9, so have had a busy day. Check back in, in a couple of days time and I'll hopefully have written some more but it's back to work on Tuesday and the real life realities begin again x

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