Ibiza says goodbye until 2014

The calendar for Ibiza’s Closing Parties sets the last week of September as one of the most awaited of the year: there are many who decide to take advantage of these dates to make a short trip to the island and enjoy the best atmosphere, without crowds, no queues or crowded bars. Ibiza begins the month of September with enthusiasm and activities for everyone, aware that the countdown for 2014 has already begun.

From now on, Ibiza is reserved for those seeking a quiet destination, relaxed, with a family and intimate atmosphere. The coves are still one of the main attractions as the sea in this area of the Mediterranean remains at a good temperature almost until November.

Hotel Intertur Miami en Ibiza

Although the big night clubs of Ibiza schedule their closing parties between the 24 and 28 of September, many bars and restaurants take advantage of the good weather to extend the season. A perfect example is Pacha disco, open almost throughout the year with an extensive programme of activities.

But, besides nightclubs, Ibiza hides many other alternatives and plans. Scuba diving, sailing, visiting its beautiful hippie markets, dine with your feet in the beaches’ sand… Although Ibiza says goodbye to its youthful and frenetic younger side, it maintains all its charm for a more adult, mature and sophisticated audience.

The most interesting areas in Ibiza to stay in September are the towns of San Antonio and Santa Eulalia des Riu: choosing a hotel on the beach of Es Canar or a hotel in Es Puet are two of the best options if you are looking for a quiet stay, with your partner or family, without sacrificing the true essence of Ibiza.

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Enjoy the east coast of Majorca with family

The east coast of Majorca offers a scenario tailored to those traveling with children: spectacular sandy coves, shallow and vibrant turquoise waters with quality services, a perfect environment to practice sports at any age and less than one hour by car or bus from the airport of Palma.

Beaches such as Cala Llombars, the picturesque town of Cala Figuera or the famous Cala D’Or, form this privileged destination, safe and welcoming where to enjoy a holiday or long stays with the family.

Cala D'Or Majorca

The hotels in the are well aware of their regular clients and have learned to offer the best of attentions and plans, adjusted to their necessities: sports grounds, kid’s club for the children, swimming pools by the sea, medical services, transport, organised excursions….and many other quality services.

Germans, Scandinavian and french are the usual tourists that choose this destination of the Majorcan Levante.  They value, above all, the environment, with the National Park of Mondragon very close to the centre of Cala D’Or, sea ports where to practise all kinds f water sports, caves such as the Cueva del Drach, and archeological grounds to visit with children.

Alcudia Majorca

The hotels for families in Cala D’Or, together with the hotels in Port Alcudia, are some of the most appreciated on the island to travel with children. Most specifically, the hotels that instead of being located in the centre of the town, are situated facing the sea, such as the resorts that exist by Cala Ferrara or Cala Serena, and the hotels in Cala Egos, one of the most beautiful beaches in the area.

For the parents, the leisure alternatives are very diverse, from the shopping tours around the boutiques of the town, where you can find all sorts of objects, curiosities and souvenirs, to a day of golf at some of the many golf courses on the east coast of the island. The majority of hotels in Cala D’Or offer mini club services and nursery so that holidays can really be a holiday for both, children and parents.

Booking a good hotel on the East of Majorca demands programming the trip in advance,  as it the demand is extremely high during the summer months. However, there are many hotels with offers in Cala D’Or or Cala Egos for long stays or for those that take advantage of the so called early booking.

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The new Majorca

Majorca has always been a major tourist attraction in the Mediterranean, capable of competing with suggestive destinations such as the beautiful Sardinia, the captivating Sicily, the Croatian coast or the exotic Greek Islands. Although for some years, the incorporation of new proposals such as Egypt or Tunisia, somewhat undermined its true potential, this iconic island, chosen by celebrities from all around the world to have a second home, has revived once again to lead the holidays in the Mediterranean.

The new Majorca speaks of a more complete travel experience, of sun and sand, but also of culture, art festivals, classical music, opera, open air cinema and traditional festivities full of tradition and history.

Port Adriano majorca

First class ports and marinas catch the attention of the most elegant yachts in the Mediterranean and its coasts bring together the most representative names of the great fortunes of Europe.

The Copa del Rey de Vela continues to gather, year after year, the most notorious of Madrid’s society in Majorca; Puerto Portals is the most fashionable place of the summer and Port Adriano appears as a new stop for those looking to live a luxury holiday in the Mediterranean.

The city of Palma de Mallorca leads this rebirth, a city that aims to become a first class destination, 365 days a year, with leisure plans that go far beyond the traditional sun and beach holiday that dominated the island until recently.

Hotel Sol Antillas Barbados

The recovery of the old part of town, the opening of shops in the centre on Sundays, the tours around the more lively heart of the capital, fashion boutiques, restaurants… Everything is changing to a better quality product, thought for the visitor and aiming to obtain their loyalty.

The Majorcan hotel chains have invested heavily in this sense and some, like Sol Hotels have refurbished many of its hotels on the island to offer that little bit extra that the XXI century traveller is looking for.

Some examples include:

Sol Cala Blanca, Adults Only hotel in Palma Nova completely renovated.

Sol Antillas Barbados, hotel for children in Calvia with special service Flintstones Hotels.

Sol Wave House, Youth hotel in Magaluf, a wave pool for surfing and concerts.

Sol Katmandu, hotel for families in Magaluf with an amusement park.

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All eyes on Palma de Mallorca

Playa de Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is, for a large number of European tourists, the capital of the Mediterranean summer. Its beautiful rocky coves, cliffs and fine white sand, surrounding by planes, small pine tree hills or the impressive Serra de Tramuntana, make up for a landscape that thousands of people dream off throughout the year.

With the arrival of the typical holiday months like July, August and September, Majorca and its capital open their doors to receive tourists. Before them, Palma offers them the charm of its exceptional climate and the pampering of its unique services: the city is full of boutiques, restaurants of all kinds, theatres, nightlife and many place of interest.

A simple drive through the coastline is an experience at any time of day: the Cathedral of Palma overlooking the centre of the city, next to the majestic Almudaina Palace, facing the Port of Palma and the sea.

The walking tours through the capital of Majorca are numerous and diverse: there are tours along the courtyards of historical houses and palaces in the centre of the city, which are still inhabited today. Tapas and wine tours in which to enjoy the typical products of the island. Other tours include shopping in some of the most prestigious shops in Europe, or to learn the art of the museums and galleries… Each one is a different city proposal, suitable for all tastes and times of day.

Hotel en Santa Ponsa

To enjoy the full splendour of Palma the summer months -specially August- are simply the best. The heat is at its maximum, but the city is full of fun plans: concerts, traditional celebrations, open air cinema in front of Palma’s Cathedral, night shopping and markets, sailing competitions…. The touristic heart of the Mediterranean is working full time!

The accommodation in the capital is varied and many are those that prefer to book a hotel in the Bay of Palma Nova, or a room in Playa de Palma in order to enjoy the best of the city, without giving up on the commodity of being steps away from the beach.

For those that also look for a quiet destination close to Palma, a good option is to book a hotel in Santa Ponsa, in the Costa de la Calma area, that is perfectly connected with Palma via motorway, and the journey by car to the city and the airport takes approximately 20 minutes. In return, at this destination, the traveller can enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets on the island.

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Hotels as a destination

Hotels have taken a step further in the relationship with the traveller and have gone from being a space in which to rest after a long day of sightseeing, to be a place where to enjoy the destination. Not all hotels offer this possibility, but it is true that there is a clear trend from hoteliers to care for and pamper its guests with details that go beyond services and amenities.

Calas de Conil Cadiz

Today, booking a hotel with spa in Islantilla or a hotel with paddle tennis in Calas de Conil is as simple as making a few clicks. The offer is so wide and varied that the difficult part is not finding a what you are looking for but rather choosing in which of the hotels that offer it you will stay.

The decision is very personal, but there are a number of key points that make some hotels really atractive.

One of them, perhaps the most important, is to transform the hotel into a destination. How? Developing an accommodation concept so special and well looked after that the client feels the necessity to visit it, the same necessity that can be felt for a particular destination. The idea is to convey that the experience one can live in that hotel is unique and can not be found anywhere else.

Hotel Confortel Calas De Conil

This can be achieved by creating spaces and high quality services, truly special, differentiated from the rest of hotels not only in their destination but all over Spain.  Examples include offering dinners with a renowned chef once a week, organise parties with performances by popular musical groups, create live shows for children with TV characters, create a series of lectures and conferences with personalities from different sectors…

The possibilities are endless and must be in accordance with the destination of the hotel as this will, undoubtedly determine the type of client that must be addressed. A holiday hotel in Fuengirola must use different claims than a urban hotel in Madrid with conference rooms and a clientele focused on the business world.

Confortel Hotel Fuengirola

To focus correctly this new challenge and be able to shape the hotels of the XXI century is more important than ever to understand well the modern traveller, listen to the guests, pay attention to their needs, invest and be willing to correct and learn constantly. This is, in our opinion, what will maintain the level of business that for years has made Spain one of the main destinations of the world.

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