All-inclusive hotels often given a bad rap but for tourists on a fixed budget they can provide an easy way to avoid the dreaded holiday overspend. Plus some even offer levels of dining, drinks, and service that put the others to shame. If you’re thinking of heading to Mallorca, here’s a selection of the best all-inclusives to be found on the island.
Bucking the trend for the typical value-oriented all-inclusive hotel, the Zafiro Palace Alcudia is as upscale as resort-style hotels come on the island. The complex is big without being brash and the all-inclusive plan is the quality you’d expect from a five-star property. Accommodation is all spacious suites, while facilities include six pools, four themed restaurants, a deluxe spa, and choice of three kids’ clubs. The all-inclusive plan is optional and includes two visits per week to one of the themed restaurants.
Positioned next to a lovely cove and a short stroll from the buzzy centre of Cala D’Or, this adults-only hotel is one of the best all-inclusive options in this popular resort. Food quality is well above the average for an all-you-can-eat buffet set-up, while free drinks include a decent cocktail or two. You can also upgrade to the premium plan to have access to top-shelf spirits and once-a-week dining at the a la carte tapas restaurant. Honeymooners also receive a free bottle of chilled fizz on arrival.
Overlooking the seafront drive that runs along the pretty Pollensa Bay, this village-style complex boasts an impressive six swimming pools – and the main one is huge. Although just steps from the sea, there’s little reason to venture beyond this self-contained upscale property, with an extensive range of amenities that include a modern spa spread over three levels with a fabulous infinity-edge pool overlooking the sea. The optional all-inclusive is excellent, with quality buffet dining, branded alcoholic drinks, and the in-room minibar restocked daily with soft drinks, water and beer.
This resort hotel is spread over five buildings and one of the largest all-inclusives on the island. And while that means things can get lively, it’s got a fun and friendly atmosphere that makes it a popular choice with families, particularly those with small children. Extensive facilities include four swimming pools, two kids’ clubs, and a mini-aquapark with waterslides, plus all accommodation has been given a contemporary update. The all-inclusive comes as standard and covers decent buffet dining and a good range of drinks; don’t expect too much from the nightly entertainment, however.
Located in one of the lively resorts that line the Playa de Palma bay, this polished all-inclusive hotel is an oasis from its occasionally raucous surrounds. Outstanding facilities include three swimming pools (one indoors and another with a swim-up bar), an adults-only wellness centre, and choice of buffet and a la carte dining. The all-inclusive plan comes as standard, and covers all meals and most drinks, plus snacks throughout the day.
While not an adults-only hotel, this updated 60-era property certainly leans in that direction, with its child-free chill-out zone topping its facilities. Its beachfront setting overlooking Palmanova’s sandy coast also impresses and provides most of the accommodation with fine sea views. While half-board comes as standard, there’s an optional all-inclusive too that covers all meals (with live cooking and twice-weekly themed buffets) and a good selection of drinks that even includes a cocktail or too.
Located in the popular resort of Santa Ponsa, but tucked away from its more raucous nightlife, this all-suite hotel has a prime position overlooking the pretty Cala Blanca cove. This upmarket, updated property is a hit with holidaying families, due both to its super-child-friendly facilities as well as its excellent (optional) all-inclusive plan. Food quality scores high, with lots of regular themed buffets, snacks and most drinks included in the rate. You can also escape the kids by heading to the adults-only rooftop with sunbeds, Jacuzzis, and sea views.