Well, what more could my small family ask for when we arrived after an easy, straight-forward drive in our private hire car (from Autos Roig) from Palma Airport into the gates of our Villa, Cala Llonga in Cala D’or?
After a quick peek around the pretty olive tree-filled garden we went into the white-washed and sleek style villa. I was instantly impressed and knew straight away that we were going to have a great holiday.
We had cleverly done our supermarket shop on route from Palma and at the local Eroski (which is in fact five minutes’ drive from the villa). As usual, we definitely spent too much time in here, especially as my little girl enjoyed seeing the extra-large watermelons and abundance of bright fresh fruits which you weigh yourself, and not forgetting being tempted by the fresh bakery smell and patisseries as we entered.
So we’re now unpacking suitcases and the food shop in our new home for the week, Villa Cala Llonga. Within 40 minutes it is all done and the glistening pool is calling us, again, slightly more so for my little three-year-old than myself, but who could resist that pool when you’re not only in a modern comfortable villa with its own private pool but also with a superb view of the marina in front of you! There is just something quite special when your private pool and the sea are in one clear photograph shot – this shouts both luxury and relaxation.
It would be quite easy to just stay around the villa and pool both day and night, as you have the large balcony to overlook this fabulous view. But then you soon realise, it would be a waste to stay in the villa when you have so much on offer in the pretty and exclusive resort of Cala D’or. The car may I mention, is now parked up for the week and not in use, due to the perfect location of the villa to all that the resort has on offer, with an abundance of restaurants, shops, boutiques, beaches, marina, entertainment and pretty walks around the area. I think every restaurant became our favourite, realising just how child-friendly each and every single one was, from the superb mini menus to the well-equipped highchairs but more importantly the friendly staff that naturally enjoyed talking and entertaining the children; this for me makes it so much more special but also easier too.
A definite bonus to travelling in October is the beaches and restaurants were just moderately busy, so there was never a queue or lack of space, ideal to add to a relaxing and easy holiday.
The following three days were ridiculously hot, sunny October days; how lucky were we! So nowhere better to take advantage of, than the fabulous Cala D’or bays, with their gently shelving sandy beaches, (six to choose from) with pretty beach hut café’s/restaurants and a choice of beach shops to buy your fishing rods/buckets/spades/lilos etc. The sea around here has a great reputation of being so crystal clear that you can see the bottom really far out…perfect for families.
The private barbecue in our villa only managed to get used once, due to our love of the resort area and atmosphere of eating out at night, plus not forgetting the cocktail bars enticing you in as you wander past…too good to resist a mojito or two, especially when Kalypso Bar has a talking parrot on the entrance which kids and ‘adults’ were fascinated with. Again having a busy toddler who loves to run about, I felt incredibly comfortable and safe with her, due to the main square being mainly pedestrianised and therefore not the worry of busy or main roads about.
The week could have been longer; I feel I had everything I needed to enjoy a relaxing holiday, two weeks would have been my preference but there is always this year! Would I recommend Cala Llonga? DEFINITELY, and the huge bonus is, I would recommend it to most people, of all ages, as there is so much to offer in this area on all levels of a holiday.
Would you like to know more? I’m happy to keep talking and educating anyone on ‘my love of Cala D’or’.