Holiday Destinations - ARITIM Hotel Galatzó in Costa de la Calma, Mallorca
PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 January 2017
Mallora has always been a holiday hotspot and its attractions haven’t waned, as Janet Reeder discovers when she stays at the Maritim Galatzó
Now I know what it’s like to feel like Donald Trump on Air Force One. OK I exaggerate on so many levels but honestly, as there were only seven of us on the 6am EasyJet flight from Manchester Airport to Mallorca when I flew out recently it was the closest I’ll probably ever get being on a private plane.
To be fair, the flight would be packed on the way back but being only a handful going out we were really able to sit back, relax and just enjoy the view, until two hours later we landed in early morning sunshine and 75 degree temperatures.
Mallorca isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when thinking of winter sun, but can be beautiful and bright where blighty is grey and drizzly and when you’re staying in a rather gorgeous hotel like the Maritim Galatzó as we were it’s possible to submit to the luxury.
Mallorca has sexed up its image thanks in part to the Night Manager, the glossy John Le Carré adaptation on the TV recently. Forget Magaluf, most of the island is beautiful and elegant, a place to wear white linen for sundowners overlooking a sumptuous seascape and nowhere more than the Galatzó.
Half an hour or so out of the airport past Palma and up to an elevated position above the stunning bright blue sea of the Costa de la Calma coast and you’re there. It’s a cool looking hotel built in the 1980s with plenty of opportunity for poolside action and two very good restaurants.
One afternoon we ate at the restaurant with the Balanese chill out zone, feasting on a tapas selection that included freshly baked bread, several types of salt and creamy aioli. There was bacon furled around sweet dates and plump langoustines straight from the sea. If you’re the sort of person who loves to lounge around the pool, summoning up enough energy to drag yourself to lunch or for a spa treatment this really is a top spot. It feels intimate but in fact has around 200 rooms and its position (a five minute shuttle bus ride to the nearest coastal village) makes it feel very much a holiday retreat.
Dragging ourselves away from the chilled out vibe of the Galatzó we took a walking tour of Mallorca’s capital, Palma, a beautiful city quite reminiscent of Barcelona with its gorgeous cathedral re-modelled by Antonio Gaudi, the architect responsible for Barca’s Sagrada Familia and winding streets influenced by the Arabian souks where you can spend all afternoon in wine merchants turned tapas bar for more delicious food, or do what I did and go shopping. The best time to shop is before dinner at around 7pm along with everyone else. There’s a real buzz in the city as the sun goes down and I love seeking out labels not available in the UK - can’t resist Zara in Spain though.
Dinner was in an authentic tapas restaurant Celler Premsa - a cavernous tavern that looked like it had been decorated by the men serving us with their nana’s knick-knacks and old bullfighting posters. It’s a Mallorcan institution and the food is delicious and very hearty.
That’s the thing with Tapas. You start hungrily wolfing down crisp bread and oils, follow it up with a selection of salads and fish and suddenly you’re confronted with a heaving plate of lamb and vegetables or Mallorcan ratatouille that you have to make some serious adjustments to the belt area before you can even attempt to eat it. Or have I just got a wimpy girlie appetite?
But it’s good to know that not too far away from your hotel haven is some authentic action and that just a few minutes’ drive away you’re back in your room, maybe having nightcap on the balcony before succumbing to a deep and restful sleep. It really is what holidays are all about.
EasyJet Holidays offers a huge range of holidays options to Majorca, including the 4* MARITIM Hotel Galatzó in Costa de la Calma.
The MARITIM Hotel Galatzó features 172 stylish bedrooms and suites, a stunning outdoor swimming pool with snack bar and BBQ, spacious terraces, including the fabulous Balinese-inspired ‘chill out’ zone, as well as two restaurants and a lobby bar.
Seven nights on bed and breakfast basis, departing from Liverpool in March costs from £365 per person. More information:
To book visit www.easyjet.com/holidays or tel: 020 3499 5232.
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