Activities for kids
At the hotel
There are plenty of pool toys for little ones to splash about with, as well as beach gear that can be borrowed. Adjacent to the pool terrace is a shaded play area with a slide and playhouse, and various tricycles, scooters and toys are readily available for children to use.
A short walk down the road is the Artestruz ostrich farm where one can tour the premises, learn all about the giant birds, feed the babies and even ride on one of the adults. Ostrich meat, eggs and other souvenirs can also be purchased.
A small aquarium in Colonia St Jordi offers a series of simple displays that show what lies beneath the Mediterranean Sea. Further away in Palma the much bigger and more sophisticated Palma Aquarium recreates ecosystems around the world and offers interactive displays and activities including snorkelling with rays and diving with sharks.
For a wet and wild day out, kids always love a waterpark. Mallorca has three to choose from: the Western Water Park at Magaluf, the Hidropark at Port D’Alcudia and, closest to the hotel, Aqualand at Arenal.
A huge theme park in the southwest of the island, Katmandu includes a water park, an upside down house, mini golf, five floors of soft play, and a huge climbing frame with rope lines and swings for older children.
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
There are lots of beaches within a 15 to 30 minute drive. Some of these offer car parks, beach bars and water sports, others are totally undeveloped. Some of the best beaches in the area include Es Trenc, the beaches at Cala d’Or and the virgin beaches in the Parc Natural Mondrago.
Adults and children can both enjoy exploring the area on horseback. Nearby Son Menut Equestrian centre offers classes, rides through the forests and even to beaches, for all ages.
Boats can be rented to explore the coast in Portocolom. Boats up to 4 metres can be rented without a licence and speed boats or typical Mallorquin boats up to 12 metres can be rented if you have a licence.
Boat trips from Colonia Sant Jordi take you out to the small, uninhabited island of Cabrera, a national park, for the day. There you can explore pristine coves, hike along well marked trails, climb up to the castle and marvel at the unique light inside the Blue Cave. The trip across can be choppy, so this may not be suitable for very young children, or those who suffer from seasickness.
The Cuevas del Drach is a large cave system that stretches for some 1200 metres and includes an underground lake, spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. It’s one of the island’s top attractions and visits include a boat trip across the lake and live classical music. Located in Porto Cristo it’s about 40km from the hotel but a visit to the caves can easily be combined with exploring the beaches in the area.
From Mallorca, based in Sa Rapita, offers a huge range of water sports, ranging from adrenaline-boosting fly boarding to stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and snorkelling.
Both the coast and interior of Mallorca is crisscrossed with walking and hiking trails, many of which are clearly marked, and often offer exceptional views. Due to the heat in the summer months, hiking is only really possible before June or after September.
It’s well worth spending a day wandering around the elegant capital city. Stroll along the harbour front and admire the yachts, or rent a bike and cycle eastwards along the seafront. Get lost in the narrow alleys of the old town, stop for coffee in the Plaza Mayor, or shop till you drop along Jaime III. The huge cathedral and adjacent gardens and park are a must and there’s no shortage of art galleries, restaurants and bars to visit.
Soller and Port de Soller
This pretty town on the far side of the Tramuntana mountains makes a good day trip for the whole family. If you go by car, take the tunnel to save time, or consider taking the historic wooden train from Palma. Either way, you’ll emerge on the other side of the mountains in a very different landscape. Even in the driest months the Soller valley is lush and green, and hillsides are filled with terraced orange and lemon groves. Soller town is a pretty place to wander around and from there a tram takes you to the Port de Soller, where there is a beach, small port and plenty of waterfront restaurants.
Valldemossa and Deía
Throughout the Traumuntana mountains the villages that cling to the hillsides are outstandingly picturesque, and arguably two of the most attractive are Valldemossa (where Chopin famously lived) where the cobbled streets are filled with potted plants, and Deia, with its wonderful views out to sea and its own pebble beach, home to the popular Cas Patro March restaurant.