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Does the Zafiro Palace Alcudia live up to its five-star rating on a family holiday with our children to Mallorca

Name

Zafiro Palace Alcudia

Where is it?

In Port d’Alcudia on the north coast of Mallorca, a Spanish Balearic island in the Mediterranean.

What is it?

A luxury five-star hotel with all-inclusive option, with lots of swimming pools, big rooms and delicious food, within walking distance of a beach.

Zafiro Palace Alcudia aerial view of the pools

Is it family friendly?

Yes. There are children’s pools, an outdoor play area, a mini disco, mini golf course and a football/basketball pitch/court too.

Water slides in a pirate-themed children's pool at Zafiro Palace Hotel, Mallorca

Water slides in a pirate-themed children’s pool

The hotel is also suitable for people travelling without youngsters as there are adult-only areas.

Adults only area and pool at Zafiro Palace Alcudia

Adults only section is on raised area in the middle of the site

The rooms

The rooms are laid out in a U-shape around the pools.

Many of the ground floor rooms have pool access while the top-level rooms benefit from a hot tub each.

There are two other levels, mostly with pool views.

Our room: We had a ground-floor room with an outside terrace furnished with two sunbeds, a table and two chairs and a round love seat.

Swim-up pool at Zafiro Palace Alcudia

Swim-up pool

A gate from the terrace leads on to one of the swim-up pools. This feels amazing although in reality, in October, the water in ours was sadly a little chilly to spend long enjoying.

Our ground floor swim-up room at Zafiro Palace Alcudia

Our room

The room itself was a lovely big square shape with a huge, comfortable bed big enough for the four of us. But the sofa converted into two single beds for the children.

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It’s not for the shy as the room is open-plan to the bathroom, which has a bath and two sinks. There’s some privacy with a separate shower and separate toilet although the doors are frosted and slightly transparent!

Food and drink

There are various price options for food including all-inclusive. We were half-board with breakfast and an evening meal.

The main restaurant – The Market – is buffet-style with indoor and outdoor seating.

Breakfast is a lovely selection of hot and cold food and drinks with more than enough choice to keep us all happy.

Outdoor seating at the main buffet restaurant at Zafiro Palace Alcudia

Outdoor seating at the main buffet restaurant

One chef, Miguel, impressed us as he cooked up a constant supply of pancakes, fried eggs and scrambled eggs.

He was there again in the evening, cooking tasty meats and fish.

Also at night were plenty of pasta and pizza options to keep our daughter happy and enough paella and other Spanish specialities for an authentic experience.

Plus, lovely desserts and ice-cream.

There are a la carte restaurants too – Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean and a steak/grill with delicious food. But you must book first thing in the morning at the start of your holiday or you won’t get a reservation as spaces fill up quickly.

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Our highlights

*The swimming pools – I counted 12, including:

Several long pools which swim-up ground floor rooms open on to.

Two children’s pools – a pirate-themed one with slides and splashes. And one with a big bouncy bubble in the middle to climb and slide/bounce/jump off which opens out into the biggest pool here, with a swim-up bar.

Bubble pool at Zafiro Palace Alcudia

Bubble pool

The warmest pool was the busiest when we visited in October as it is covered at night to retain heat. It had a strip sectioned off for lane swimming and on the other side are double beds over the water.

The warmest swimming pool at Zafiro Palace Alcudia

The warmest pool

There is also a pool in a raised section in the middle of the site in an adults-only section.

And there are two warmer indoor pools – a small heated one which we spent time in. And a longer, shallow pool for adults in the gym/spa section of the hotel.

Indoor family swimming pool at Zafiro Palace Alcudia

Indoor family pool

*Pool towels are freely available, you aren’t rationed to one each a day so if you need dry ones later in the day or to take to the beach, you can help yourself.

*The food. We all loved the food, the children particularly enjoyed the choice a buffet affords. We visited post-Covid and guests had to wear masks when choosing food and walking around the restaurant. Plus there were numerous hand sanitisers around.

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Nearby

*Alcudia – the town is a couple of miles inland from the touristy port area. It’s a beautiful walled town with a largely pedestrianised city centre. Ideal for strolling around, the children can explore the city walls but they are high with just a wire guard on the one side so take care with younger ones.

Alcudia Old Town

Alcudia Old Town

*Mallorca is famous for its lovely beaches, the nearest to the hotel is Playa de Alcudia – a shallow bay, with calm waters and sandy beach. There are lots of facilities including toilets, sunbeds and lifeguards. You can walk from the hotel to the start of the beach in about five to 10 minutes.

Play equipment for children on Playa de Alcudia beach

Playa de Alcudia beach

*Playa de Muro – slightly further along the bay is another soft sand beach. It is slightly less touristy than Alcudia beach but not as spacious at busy times.

*There are loads of other beaches to explore if you have a hire car, we enjoyed Formentor in particular, a 30-minute drive away over mountains. This beautiful beach felt like we were in the Carribean.

The beach at Formentor, Mallorca

The beach at Formentor

*Cycling is a hugely popular activity in this part of Mallorca and you can hire bikes at the hotel. There are good cycle paths and lots of groups and tours available. The more adventurous can tackle the surrounding mountains where we drove past dozens of riders climbing the steep hills.

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*Caves of Drach (Cuevas del Drach) on the east coast in Porto Cristo – stunning caves with stalactites and stalagmites and an atmospheric music show on an underground lake.

*We also explore Puerto Pollensa, which inspired Agatha Christie to write a crime story – Problem at Pollensa Bay is about the disappearance of a holidaymaker while staying at a hotel, under suspicious circumstances.

Pine Walk at Pollensa, Mallorca

Pine Walk at Pollensa

We walked along the Pine Walk then stopped on the main beach which has calm waters, plenty of facilities, along with rocks and coral to see just metres from the shore.

For our full holiday review read: A surprise to wake to in Mallorca at a hotel full of swimming pools

More Zafiro Palace Alcudia information

Airport: Palma de Mallorca Airport is 29.8 miles away.

Address: Zafiro Palace Alcudia, C/ Camí Real al Moll, 2 07400 Port d’Alcúdia, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Parking: There is a free car park.

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Mallorca

Mallorca, also called Majorca, is the largest of the Balearic Islands along with Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and smaller islands.

They are off eastern Spain in the Mediterranean.

Mallorca, popular with holidaymakers and famous for its sandy beaches, has one airport in its capital, Palma.

Flight times from the UK are from around 2 hours 15 minutes in the south to about 2 hours 55 minutes.

*We stayed as guests at Zafiro Palace Hotel, all views are our own.

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