I decided to write this post about Zafiro Palace Alcudia as it’s actually our second time staying here. The first time was in September 2016 when we came as just the two of us (Ollie and I) for a long weekend when Ollie competed in the IronMan Triathlon Mallorca. We chose it as it ticked a lot of the boxes in what we looked for in a hotel at the time and we loved it. Now, having been previously we decided it was the perfect choice for us as a family of three for our first holiday. Which is also why I wanted to write about it as I do think it’s a great option if you’re looking for a family friendly hotel that is still enjoyable for adults too.
About this visit. We chose one of their swim-up room options. So we have a terrace area that feels relatively private, surrounded by hedges. Two sun beds, a large round lounger and a small table and two chairs. There’s a gate that then leads directly to a long pool. Our room is in block four and gets some lovely evening sun but is in the shade most of the day. Great for both my pale-skinned self and of course baby. Not necessarily ideal for my sun-worshipping husband… But there are six blocks in total so there’s always going to be some with sun and some with shade. I feel like it’s a great mix of the two for us. There are large sun shades over each of the terrace/garden areas too – so plenty of shade as the sun moves around, regardless of which direction your room faces.
On our previous visit in September 2016 we had a standard room with a balcony – our balcony was outward facing over the car park towards town. Not as unpleasant as that might sound. It had a great view for the sun setting and the balcony area is large enough for sun loungers so not a bad place to spend time at all. Just to give you a little context of the two types of room I’ve experienced.
There’s also a pretty special option of the rooms at the top which access their own private roof terrace with hot tub. If it has just been Ollie and I, this would probably be my number one choice of room. They each have the room space (I think slightly larger than the standard rooms but might be wrong) plus a balcony plus stairs access to the rooftop. They do have some sunshade but definitely a space for the sun worshipper over the shade lover. Would definitely suggest these as a good option if you’re maybe travelling without kids and want some peace away from the excited kid filled pool area.
Overall the hotel is really well designed (it was built in 2015 so still pretty new). The rooms are spacious for a couple or small family. We have a large bed plus a travel cot provided by the hotel (free of charge) plus there’s a sofa that I believe turns into a sofa bed. The bathroom has bath, shower, toilet and two sinks. The toilet & shower are both behind some frosted glass (separate), so if you are sharing you might want to check you’re on good enough terms for this… There’s also a glass window between the room and the bathroom over the bath – so very little in the way of privacy for a bath if there’s someone in the main bedroom/living area.
There’s also a kettle, coffee machine and small fridge filled with mini bar drinks. Although we took these out so we could use the space to store baby milk etc. The fridge is small but enough to hold a few basic bits. There’s also a microwave. I think some of the suites with room and living area have small kitchenette type facilities too. Again, handy if travelling with larger families/older children?
Within the hotel complex there’s a number of pools – with long ones along the front of each block that are directly accessed by the majority of ground floor rooms. Some of which might not quite as directly connect but all have the small gate that lead to the pool area. Then there’s a large general pool with a bridge over it and a blue bouncy thing (that looks like a lot of fun). Another pool surrounded by sun beds – some singles and some double sized with a canopy over them. An adults only area that’s on top of the restaurant that has a small pool. Plus there’s also a kids pool with a big pirate ship and slides etc. The kids here seem to love it, although at nearly 4 months Eleanor is of course a bit young and has just been having dips in the pool near our room.
There are four restaurants plus the main dining/ buffet area. Plus a pool bar, hotel bar and coffee shop. We opted for half board when we booked and it has worked well for us. You can easily switch from dinner to lunch as part of the package by getting a voucher at reception. There’s also the option to go all inclusive but we opted not to as we knew we wanted to explore a bit and find local places to eat. A couple of favourites being Restaurant Miramar (delicious Paella), Las Sirenas (all the seafood) and C’an Punyetes (Tapas I could eat for days – get half portions as they’re massive!)
There are a tonne of facilities around the hotel that are available but we haven’t made use of. There’s a nightly entertainment programme, a gym, indoor pool (great if you want some winter sun maybe), mini golf, kids play area, tennis courts and a spa. I had an 80 minute massage in the spa and it was absolutely dreamy. The spa facilities were empty too – so would highly recommend as an escape from the kids
Zafiro Palace Alcudia Review
Overall I wanted to share this post as I think this is a really great hotel in one of my favourite parts of the world. Norther Mallorca is just gorgeous (as is the whole Island to be fair). Alcudia is a location I’ve been to with my family when I was younger and now it’s lovely to come back both previously with Ollie as a couple and now with our own little family. The hotel is an excellent choice if you want something totally kid friendly, but without completely sacrificing the things you might want from a holiday pre-kids. It has good food, the staff and restaurants are all child friendly too. The room facilities are great and with a selection of types of room you can find one that fits what you want in terms of space and privacy. Would highly recommend the swim up room option and it’s one I’d opt for again. It’s also well located to easily walk into Port D’Alcudia if you want to explore or hit the beach. We’ve been here previously without needing a hire car at all – we did opt for one this time as we knew we wanted to get around a bit.
More information on Zafiro Palace Alcudia – https://www.zafirohotels.com
Both stays in 2016 & 2018 both paid for by us. The hotel has no connection to me writing this review but after two positive experiences I wanted to share & already know we will be back. Especially as both the destination and hotel has worked perfectly for us for a first holiday with a baby!