So as you know we have just returned from our week away in Soller. The second year we've braved booking everything separately, the villa, flights, transfers etc. We enjoy having our own private space, no maids, no sunbed dash, no all inclusive. Instead we like to come and go as we please, knowing we have our own pool and sunbeds to return to, regardless of timings. We eat out every evening, breakfast and lunch at the villa or bakery goods out and about. For me the weeks holiday is a week off cooking, thinking ahead about what meals to have, food shopping, other than the bakery run.
I spend hours and hours researching which area/resort to go to, what day trips could be made, a good town/place to base ourselves. When choosing the villa I focus on the proximity to the centre, bus station but also on the actual area of it's location. The children ideally wanted separate rooms but compromised on sharing for a slightly bigger pool. I filter my search to the number of people, rooms, price per night and always add in private pool, air con and WiFi. A washing machine is a bonus, ideally kitchen area out to the garden/pool area. A view is a welcome bonus and this years villa had it all. I would happily return.
The villa interior was clean, well equipped, in the most beautiful quiet location.
We had the most spectacular view of the mountains. I thought I'd miss being by the sea but this was just fine and the grounds the villa encompassed were lovely and spacious.
We had lemon trees full to bursting with fruit....
and orange and pomegranate trees, all for picking.
We were met on our arrival, after a 3 hour delay, shown around the villa, explanation of how to work the air cone, a brief chat about the surrounding area etc We didn't need to contact anyone throughout our stay, the pool man arrived on the penultimate day to check everything was okay, more for the hand over I suspect. Sam, always the first one in, loved the pool and the mountain vista.
I mean what a view to wake up to every morning!
The first morning we all wondered into the centre, a 7-10 minute walk through the most beautiful shady old town streets.
I however was the one to get up every morning to do the bakery run. It's actually one of my favourite times of the day on holiday. A little moment of time on your own. It's cooler, quieter, a relaxing start to the day and of course there is bread and cake involved too, what's not to love!?!
We breakfasted and lunched back at the villa most days.
We tended to go off out in the mornings, when it was slightly cooler, do our thing of the day - Sunday Soller, Monday Port De Soller, Tuesday Deia, Wednesday Villa day, Thursday Palma, Friday Villa day, then home on the Saturday.
The pool is always the most welcome sight on our return and it's such a luxury to have. I think it's worth finding the right pool, spending a little more if you have to, as it was used so much.
......by us all!!
Last years villa was on the ground floor, this year the bedrooms were upstairs, made it all feel a little more spacious. We had two bath/shower rooms, a downstairs toilet and an outside toilet and shower too - spoilt for choice. I like the fact there was a washing line to the side, always in the sun to dry all the swim stuff and a little washing throughout the week.
Jeff doesn't like to drive when we're away, so we are reliant on the local buses, which are regular, air conditioned and reliable and with the Internet now, all the times, journeys etc were really easy to find.
We were a 15 minute walk to the bus station. Due to the narrow streets of Soller, there was just the one pick up/drop off point, so we did frequent the bench there most days
The local supermarket was on route, so we always got what we needed on the way home. We did have a Spar just 2 minutes away from the villa, which was great for water etc but it's opening hours were based on the locals rather than tourists.
It really has been a great week and the villa was perfect for us.
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We will be returning to Majorca next year - we like it, it's easy to get to from Bristol, we're aware of the travel/transfers etc when we arrive, it's lovely to meet up with friends there and there is still so much of the island to explore. So I'm off to research next years holiday - it'll have a lot to live up to!