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Ddolfelin

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PostSubject: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 3:23 pm

The Playa Mar is offered as a 4 star apartment hotel.

Located some 150+ metres from the beach (not the 50 metres in the brochures - why do they tell such pointless untruths?) and next to a large military base which hosts fire-fighting aircraft and holiday accommodation for servicemen.

Apart from the regular bugle calls one might expect and the occasional live firing of small arms, the base is very quiet and there is a walled perimeter which also encloses forested areas providing homes for various birds. Sometimes goats wander in and out of the base and across the main through road.

The reception and cleaning staff were friendly, helpful and courteous.
The air conditioned apartment was pleasant with reasonable furnishings and a medium sized balcony with garden chairs and table.
Sat TV included some UK channels.
Fresh towels and linen were provided frequently.
A safe is available at extra charge.
There are lifts in the 4 three storey blocks.

Playa Mar is at the very end of the famous 'Pine Walk' so allow half an hour each way for a casual walk to the centre (bus station, marina, taxi rank, Tourist Inf., and shops etc.) along the seaside path which is mainly a form of crazy paving.

So, the hotel is adequate and I would agree with the 4 star rating if the telephone kiosk in reception had worked at anytime during our fourteen days, the four computers for internet use were bug free, our early morning call had been on time and not 25 minutes late, the fridge door in the very narrow kitchen area had been hung the right way around, the bathroom door cleared the tiled floor (it was quickly fixed when pointed out) and the sliding windows more secure.

You may sense this is luke warm enthusiasm for a reasonably appointed hotel in a very lovely place but it is not the fault of the hotel building or staff.

We left the hotel as early as practicable and stayed out all day because of the constant ear shattering din.
It is advertised as a 'Family' hotel so children are to be expected and no complaint there, in fact the forty feet wide plastic crab in the pool gave a hint of what was to come.
I'm not trying to cure the world of all ills when I say that parents of pre-school children who keep them up all hours while they drink the 'all inclusive' beer are doing them no favours.
Tired children will react in various ways including screaming loudly and stamping about the place.
Therefore 'shows' for children starting at 9.30pm are likely to stress them further.
And me.

Here is a sample of the childrens' entertainment:
Rep (shouting through a mike at full volume with very loud music behind): 'What's your name?'
Child: 'Loraine'.
Rep: 'Hello Loraine'.
Child: 'Hello'.
Rep: 'Let's all say hello to Loraine'
All: 'Hello, Loraine'
Rep: 'I couldn't hear you - louder!'
All: 'HELLO LORAINE'

Couldn't hear? The whole of the 'king Balearics could hear - at least until the Rep started shouting, now they are all deaf and the military base are priming mortars to shut them up.
The road was re-surfaced during our stay and the sound of drills and machinery was a welcome change to the shouting and screaming.
Even the live firing was a help.

What must the locals think of this bedlam? The guests are mostly British.

However, as I say, it is a beautiful area.
Extremely expensive if you are not on a special deal with Cackophony Tours.
You will pay anything up to €4 for a loaf of bread and everything else seems to be €2.50 per very small quantity.
Inland the prices fall somewhat.

Best value? The Chinese Restaurant on the first floor opposite the bus station.
€18 for two people including a salad with a dressing you have to taste before murdering a Rep and serving life imprisonment.

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 3:36 pm

Very light hearted review DD of obviously an annoying stay, do you have any pics of the room? This morning when you asked about reviews and I suggested if you had a blog about sitting on a crab it would get a laugh but didn't expect to to come up with it lol!

how spooky is this, just a throw away remark to get DD on his way
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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 3:45 pm

Enjoyed reading it dd and it is a place I do know as I am a regular in Pto Pollensa.Not sure it going All Inclusive for 2011 did much for the overall standard of its customers.Just like the Bonaire in Cala Bona the AI seems to have dragged down the behaviour of the parents though kids will always be the same I guess.If you are going to PP again with a young family then Aparthotel Puerto Azul is much more conveniently located with no AI option.
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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 4:05 pm

A great & very honest review DD, with a amazing photo of a giant crab. Well worth a rep. :-bd:

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 4:08 pm


Thanks for posting DD I enjoyed reading your review. Sounds like you were less than impressed Shocked

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Ddolfelin

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 4:19 pm

We had a good time in other places.
Palma is fabulous and the honey coloured stone everywhere is spectacular.
Enjoyed the climb through the Boquer Valley.
All the birds we had read about were out on the days we visited their area.
Saw a few interesting examples, Vultures, Eagles, the Yellow Legged Gull, Cormorants and Shags (behave).
Formentor is pretty rugged but worth the trip.
I liked Inca because it has more of the 'Mallorcan' feel to it and the rural parts are only a street away.
Didn't make Soller because I refused to pay the price on the train, together with many others.
Pollenca is OK - liked the square but didn't bother with the steps in 28 degrees.
I thought Alcudia a little scruffy but that's probably just me.
Great trip around Palma harbour.
Passed Schumi's cruiser which is very smart (perhaps he'd be doing better in F1 if he had a car instead ... hahaha).

I won't EVER be taking babies on holiday.
(Those that do may find the Pine Walk a little rough on their buggy wheels).

Lots of pics. but have much here with which to catch up.
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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 4:46 pm

With all the posts to catch up on, maybe a week or so for the photo's DD? wink

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Ddolfelin

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 5:41 pm

Thanks for saying nice things!
I'm in need of comfort! violin
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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 5:47 pm

Great review and a rep from me well done. Cant wait to see the rest of your photos.
Not been to that area in fact the only place I have been up the north is Alcudia and I didnt like it either, would never go back.
Loved the crab pic lol you must have been panicking when you saw that.

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Ddolfelin

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 6:05 pm

Thanks, Daryn.
Wait until you see the Toucans!
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beeech
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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 6:21 pm


Fab ! - rep from me Very Happy

Liked the 'king Balearics comment Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 6:25 pm

Rep from me too DD! cheers
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Ddolfelin

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 8:04 pm

Just imagine a two year old being greeted by this after a long flight!

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Ddolfelin

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 8:07 pm

or this ...

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 8:08 pm

lol!

traumatised for life I should imagine !

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Ddolfelin

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 8:11 pm

... and this would give them nightmares.

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 8:39 pm

Hahahaha OMG lol great pics

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 9:57 pm

Fantastic photo's DD. :-bd: It could have been worse, it could be like the boy peeing in the Fountain like in Belgium. affraid

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Ddolfelin

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 10:15 pm

I wouldn't have put it past some of the riff raff to do just that.
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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeThu Oct 20, 2011 10:33 pm

OMG that squirrel/chipmonk thing looks evil. affraid
Rep from me though, I enjoyed the read.
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Ddolfelin

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeFri Oct 21, 2011 3:00 pm

Thank you for my reps.
No doubt I'll get a catalogue in due course to redeem them.
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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeFri Oct 21, 2011 3:11 pm

Yes just like Green Shield Stamps.
50 reps gets you a tea towel.
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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeFri Oct 21, 2011 3:30 pm

Just you have to go to Palmanova to get it Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeFri Oct 21, 2011 5:00 pm

lol! lol! lol! Beeech is collecting them for her next holiday, hoping that she will have 50 reps at the tour companies meeting
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Ddolfelin

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PostSubject: Re: Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa   Playa Mar, Puerto de Pollensa Icon_minitimeMon Oct 24, 2011 3:00 pm

Some kind soul has just sent me this as a reminder of my holiday:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/8845258/Xia-Xia-colourful-plastic-crab-toy-must-have-Christmas-present.html
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