Alcudia, Majorca with Melon Holidays
If you regularly read our blog you will know the kids and I went to Alcudia, Majorca with Melon Holidays. So following our post before the trip, its time to review it.
By the time we headed to the airport, the kids were super excited about our adventure. I was still feeling slightly apprehensive about the flight with four of the kids on my own. They were so well behaved and the flight activities bags I had packed for them worked a treat. After the early start, spending time in the airport, the flight and baggage claim. I was flagging, so when we came through arrivals it was so lovely to be welcomed by our Melon holiday host, Melissa. She instantly offered to help with luggage, which was very welcome. Then she arranged which coach we need to get on to the hotel. We hopped on the coach and headed to the resort.
Melissa added us to a WhatsApp group with all of the other single parents that were joining us on the holiday. This was great to keep us in touch over the week. She had also arranged for all of the families on the trip to have dinner together on the first night. I was looking forward to and also a little bit nervous about meeting the other families. We had all arrived on different flights, so hadn’t met before dinner.
As soon as we met we gelled, something in common straight away. Sitting at dinner as the only adult with kids can seem like constant I’m forever saying ‘don’t do that’, with very little conversation. But having dinner with other adults means that I could chat and cut the kids some slack on the don’t do that’s!! We joined each other for dinner every night during our holiday. When I got home I missed the dinner adult conversation and the wine too! That evening even though we were all pretty tired from travelling, we watched the hotel entertainment and had a late night.
So by the next morning, the lack of sleep had caught up with the kids and I. We slept in through breakfast, oops! That morning Melon holidays did a welcome meeting that was very informative about Alcudia and other towns/attractions further afield. For the rest of the day, we chilled at ‘our’ pool. Our apartment overlooked a pool, so it became ‘our’ pool! We then got ready to meet the other families for dinner.
Soller and Valldemossa
Tuesday was the trip day, melon holidays arranged and included a trip. We travelled across the island to Soller and then onto Valldemossa. During the trip, the guide shared loads of interesting facts about the island. The kids were amazed that Majorca only has 900,000 inhabitants but welcomes around 14,000,000 tourists every year. Our outing started at the Port of Soller, very picturesque. We walked up the hill to take in the view of the harbour and then on the other side the cliffs. Definitely a photo opportunity.
We then took the wooden tram into the town of Soller. The quaint streets were very beautiful and gave the kids an idea of old-time Majorca. Some of the families wanted to visit museums and others like us wanted to get some lunch. Melissa is fluent in Spanish, so she was really helpful when ordering lunch. After lunch, we met the trip guide and walked back to the coach.
Once on the coach, we headed to Valldemossa along the mountain roads. The kids loved taking in the cliff top views, me not so much. The roads were very windy, however, the journey was very much worth it. Valldemossa is beautiful, the highest town in Majorca, the views are lovely. The kids also tried to do a bit of celebrity spotting as there are some very exclusive hotels and homes nearby.
Through the week we met with the other families often. The kids all got on really well and spend a large proportion of their days playing in the pools. One evening we took a moonlight walk along the beach after dinner, something I wouldn’t have done alone, not knowing the area. So this was a massive benefit of holidaying with Melon holidays. But I never felt that I had to go along with the crowd, if the kids and I didn’t fancy something the others were doing, we just dipped out no hard feelings.
My life is very hectic, with work and a big family, so I wanted to relax. So most of the week was slow starts in the morning, time at the pool, the odd trip to the beach. One of the other families had caught the public bus to Old Town Majorca, she filled us in one evening at dinner. The kids decided that wanted to do the same the following day, I felt confident taking them as I knew exactly where to get on etc. The walled old town was impressive, however, the kids were pretty hot, it was 30 degrees plus the morning we visited, so only stayed about an hour and a half. We knew the buses were very regular back to our part of the resort. It wasn’t long and the kids were back cooling off in the pool.
SeaClub Mediterranean Resort
SeaClub Mediterranean Resort has 8 pools across their 2 story complex. I loved the feel of the resort, very chilled and friendly. At the hotel there were kids clubs if the children wanted to go. Aliza went one afternoon but the others were more interested in the pool, do you see a theme here! The kids club building, ‘Magic Garden’, had a softplay climbing frame/ballpit. Lots of toys, a snug showing films plus tables with colouring and craft activities.
Our holiday was half board, breakfast was a buffet. We had lots of choice from a full cooked breakfast, pancakes, pastries, fresh fruit and cereals. And not forgetting the gallons of milkshake my kids need to fuel them for their day. We were able to get our breakfast in the Seabreeze restaurant a few paces away from our apartment. At dinner we had to head over the main restaurant. The staff were very friendly and reserved us and the other families we were holidaying with a table every night. The restaurant provided a wide range of food, which changed every night. The kids mostly headed to the kids counter, which had simple things like chicken nuggets, breaded fish and pizza. There was tapas, a huge selection of mains and then lots of choice of deserts. The kids especially like the chocolate fountain.
SeaClub was a 10-minute walk from the beach. Then about a 30-minute walk along the beach into the bustling port. We were able to hire beach/pool towels from SeaClub which was great if your packing light. There was entertainment every night and the animation team also did many sports/pool side activities throughout the week.
Our melon holiday was amazing and will definitely live in our memories for a long time. The support and local knowledge of our holiday host Melissa was outstanding and highly recommended. The kids and I spent the week with a great group of new friends, just the break we needed. We will definitely be looking into holidaying again with Melon Holidays.
Melon Holidays have lots of other great holidays coming up including trips to Crete and Canaries in October. Plus an exciting New Year Skiing Trip to Morzine. And they have some new UK desintaions coming soon too.
Disclaimer: We were offered a holiday to review in return for an honest review. All words and pictures are my own.