19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Aparthotel Viva Mallorca Good Choice for a Family Holiday
"Lovely clean pool areas catering for both adults and children. Sun beds plentiful,until around 9am,lifeguards remove towels from beds if they have been unattended for approx 1/2 hour (9.25- 10.05am)Very spacious accommodation. Garden rooms have own sun beds and a hammock. Rooms overlooking the road,get lots of sun and are very quiet. Great choice of ice creams and lollies included in all inclusive also lots of quality branded drinks,cocktails and bottles of wine. Many daytime activities on offer but you do need to check the boards as they are not always announced.Aquafit especially enjoyable, and the only time music was played at pool area.All food well presented with good choice but no English sausages at breakfast,however there were pancakes and omelettes available. Pool bar food was very good and available to take away if preferred.Ramon particularly good waiter but all staff helpful and pleasant. Walk to beach and shops around 10 minutes , through some shabby streets with lots of rubbish around.C'an Picafort beach quite narrow but plenty of beds and umbrellas with attached safety deposit box 13.50 euro per day.Plenty of shops,bars etc en route. The only downside was the evening entertainment which on the whole was dire. Smaller children enjoyed the mini disco and certificate session 8pm-9pm.Showtime 9pm-10pm then nothing.Really needed something else from 10-11 for older children and adults. Viva group must seriously consider professional acts, live music quiz,bingo for late evening,as most reviews have expressed the same opinions. Overall a good choice for a family holiday with young children."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of August 2016
Not what I was expecting from a family holiday village.
"We visited the holiday village at the end of September and we had rain 4 days out of 7. In bad weather there was nothing to do in that resort. Also when it rained the marble floors are a real danger, they were very very slippery, My children fell down several times. First Choice entertainner really miserable All inclusive meals not good at all, a LOT of soups (water and colour) and salads, and wattered drinks. Such a hard beds. My 10 year old son was expected to sleep on the sofa in the living room. Can Picafort itself is very german oriented (with the exceptionn of Son baulo area) but clean and not as commercial as Alcudia. The beach is lovely and the sea is clean and lovely and warm,. The pool in the hotel was frozen and my son had blue lips within minuets of going in. It took us more than 20 minutes walking with the children to reach the beach. All in all not fantastic as it is sold to you and make sure you go when you are garenteed the weather as there is absolutly nothing to do if no sun ,"
- Travel date: Sat 29th of January 2011
"The hotel and the food where quite good but the hotel was over-run with families and there was no entertainment for any one over 10 years old, apart from bingo every evening and then you couldn't get a seat in the entertainment area. If you went outside you had to be amongst smokers. Poorly run. Wouldn't go back if you paid me."
- Travel date: Mon 13th of July 2009
Hotel was a little difficult to find, but partly my fault for not researching the exact location enough. Once you are there it is away from noisy-ness as it is in a suburb area, but still only a 5 minute walk from the main strip and the beach. Lovely sandy beach - sea nice. Town was quiet in October - which was good.
Several supermarkets in town area...Mercadona good.
Gardens are lovely as are the pools and the childrens pool is good too. There is also a separate over 18's pool which was a good idea. Lots of sun beds although in October there were very few used....not sure what it is like in the summer. Pool side snack bar was nice but closed in October....not a problem as bar area was open.
Sports facilities good, but also a childrens play area which had a bouncy castle and a trampoline. Two table tennis tables and two pool tables. Indoor swimming pool, although small, was useful in October. There is also a sauna, jacuzzi and gym, but we did not use these.
Nice hotel food...buffet style although pricy due to current exchange rate.
Good bar and kids entertainment.
Car park is free.
Well decorated and clean. Good bathroom with bath and walk in tiled shower, plus sink outside of bathroom. Beds OK and plenty of storage space. Safe available to rent for the week.
Kitchen area small but good enough. No kettle, we used one of the saucepans to heat water which was OK. Two electric rings and a microwave if you did want to cook anything.
Balcony overlooking gardens was nice and could be accessed from bedroom and the lounge area.
Here is my only negative point. It was a little noisy at times...mostly due to people in other rooms dragging the dining chairs over the tiled floors. Not sure what it is like in the summer when the hotel is full. Still it was not a problem to us and didn't stop me from getting to sleep.
Had a great half-term week at this hotel. Great place for families.
Very nice hotel and I would go again. We are looking at Menorca next year and will look at a Viva hotel there before any others.
- Travel date: Wed 5th of November 2008
We had a super two weeks at Viva Mallorc...
"We had a super two weeks at Viva Mallorca this summer.A first class hotel, superb landscaped grounds, large pool area and surrounding area for sun beds. Apartments well equiped(apart from a kettle), spacious and cleaned regularly. Ate in a lot as restaurant was good value with half board. the buffet offered a great choice for all the family.Our 15 and 14 year old children loved the hotel as well.They joined in some of the sporting activities, but most of time they were happy in and around the pool. When we arrived the hotel had probably 80% German and Dutch.We enjoyed staying in a hotel that wasnt full of Brits. Despite being peak season the hotel was a relaxed place to be.
We had car for the 2 weeks, so got out and about to expore new areas of Mallorca, and revisit some old favourites...Puerto Pollens, Cala Sa Vincente(wonderful clear water to see the fish).Visited several parts of coastline, the Roman ruins at Alcudia, and Castle Alaro(a hairy journey, but worth it).
This was our 5th time to Mallorca, but first to C'an Picafort.The beach and sea are lovely, the promenade area was a disappointment, struggled to find places that we wanted to eat at(but with great food hotel it wasnt a problem!).
We would thoroughly recommend Viva Mallorca...dont confuse it with Holiday Village C'an Picafort, which is just down the road. I get the feeling this is a more relaxing, more low key hotel, but it depends what you want.
We never go back to the same hotel twice, but could be tempted to go back to Viva Mallorca!"
- Travel date: Thu 25th of September 2008
Hi All, please read this for your benefi...
"Hi All, please read this for your benefit. Iâve just came back from a lovely holiday with my wife and 2 sons (8 and 5) that we had here. I booked this independently so wanted to share some info with you that should be helpful. This is definitely a FAMILY orientated hotel and I recommend it for a GREAT FAMILY holiday. Just follow some pointers below -
Before you go: Booked the flights direct with Monarch (there and back) including reserved seats and paid for 2 bags of luggage. This worked out cheaper too and safer as I knew where we were going to be seated and all be together (important for a young family). Don't opt for seats in the middle of the plane though like I did, as you'll only see the wings when looking out the windows.
Hired a car, which I'm glad I did as this got us out and around the island. Easy to drive there and do some research (and record the cheapest) first as I did this then got it price matched with a further 10% off after I booked my flights. Take your own booster seats if necessary as this saves more money and is free/easy to do with the airlines.
If you do book independently then wait until the last 10 days and book direct, as they tend to offer the rooms for 25-30% off if booked for more than 3 nights. This was a considerable saving on the week. They take 10% deposit for this and the rest payable on arrival, which I found great. Also did self-catering.
Opted for s/c so not to be restricted regarding where to eat. Glad we did as we found that if we wanted to upgrade to HB or eat at their restaurant (all you can eat buffet style but pretty good choice of food and nice too) then it was cheaper to do this on the night or when you get to the hotel. Not a great choice of kids food and drinks are extra with evening meals but otherwise good. Try Don Dinas near the harbour in can picafort and Zodiac Pizza restaurant as both very good value for money. These are both of the main road through town.
Definitely take good travel insurance with you and I'd even recommend paying the extra to get the best cover required without paying excess too. You'll need to research this before you go.
Finding it: Hotel is a little hard to find if you do drive, so make sure you study the map on their website first to get an idea. Basically it's behind the big supermarket, by the ring road near the beginning of can picafort town. You'll need to take the first exit of the 2nd ring round to get to the hotel the easy way, and then it's straight up 200 yards. (Thisâll make sense when you get there.)
Hotel Features/benefits and check in: Obtain safety box from reception, which is in the room (for 16 euros plus 5 refundable deposit), which I found very useful and got this at the start of the week. Input own combination for this.
Make sure you hire beach towels from reception at the start of the week, deposit of 10 euros each but refunded when towels returned at end of holiday. They also change them whenever you need a new one, so always clean.
Pools are absolutely spot on and great for families of all ages with plenty of sun beds to pick from. Indoor pool is small and quite cold but still ok.
Hotel mix was good with mostly British/German families but everyone very friendly. Ideal really!
Apartments are great (especially the walk in showers) but if you do decide to eat at home you'll need to hire kettle and toaster for the week (12 euros each plus 10 euros deposit each) and do this at the start. You may be wasting you money though as you'll probably eat out most of the time. TV has 15 channels and all except CNN are German.
Kids club is based outside of reception in a cabin near the hotel entrance. It has a playing next to it. Never got the kids to do this as they were always in the pool but they did lots of activities there, which looked fun.
Hotel is about 500m from beach but over a few roads so it can be a bit of a pain with kids, but beach seemed ok. Pool at hotel was better anyway.
Hotel supermarket is expensive but there is one (left out of the hotel) not far away, which is very big and a lot cheaper (almost half price).
Great courtesy rooms, so after check out you can stay at the hotel, they look after your luggage, and give you towels for a shower (free) if you want one in the courtesy rooms, which are basically luxury family changing room. These are by the hotel supermarket.
Parking is free.
Overall: Hotel has everything required to make it a very good family holiday including playgrounds, bouncy castles, astro tennis court/football pitch, great pools and restaurant and family entertainment until 10pm. Make sure you take enough money as the euro is expensive at the mo otherwise go prepared and have a very a good family holiday."
- Travel date: Tue 10th of June 2008
Absolutely wonderful! Accommodation was...
"Absolutely wonderful! Accommodation was great, surrounding gardens beautiful; pool excellent. Only ate once in the restaurant, so not in a position to comment really. Entertainment was very good, which was mostly performed by the reps on the complex, who are not professional performers. While there is lots of activities for kids, my daughter (then aged seven) was happy enough to spend her time in the pool. Viva Mallorca is a five to 10 minute walk (depending how hot it is!) into the commercial part of Ca'n Picafort, which has lots of bars/restaurants, but is not particularly sophisticated! Tried to go book again for Viva Mallorca this year but couldn't get the dates we wanted. Maybe 2009!"
- Travel date: Wed 20th of February 2008
Excellant hotel for families with kids
"A fanstastic resort to stay especially for families with young kids aged from 4 years plus. Activitities for kids for both day and evening is second to none. Our child is only 2 and half so he was a bit young to take part in any but the resort has a swing slide play area. We booked the room with the kitchenette and it was very clean, the bathroom had walk in shower, separate lounge and great view to the pool side. The service/staff and entertainment was excellent. Buffet Restaurant was a bit expensive but they served a good range of food. They even had plastic bowls, cups, knives and forks for children and plenty of high chairs.. Have to say the restuarant was well organised. If you prefer to eat out then there are plenty of restaurants outside the hotel (5 minute walk). The resort comprimises of mixed europeans as well as english. There is different entertainment each night finishing at 10.00 and the bar is open till 12:00. I did find the bar a bit expensive 3.65 euros for a pint of beer.
The resort is located about 12-15 minutes walk to the beach. A bit of a walk but this did not bother us that much as spent most of time at the resort poolside. There are three excellent pools including baby pool which are very clean. Sun beds are available from 9:00 am inthe morning so we did not have any problems finding one."
- Travel date: Sat 25th of August 2007
We were overall impressed with Viva Majo...
"We were overall impressed with Viva Majorca.
The rooms were clean and very spacious. We have been to Viva Menorca (which we loved just as much) however the rooms were far more cramped. The pool had lots of different levels which were great for people of all ages.
The resort looks pretty and has lots of facilities eg. Computers, pool tables, gym, spa.
All that without mentioning the brilliant entertainment scene. They have a full packed day of activities. This is fantastic for young children. There is a separate group for tennis (13-17 yr) which Iâm in. After being to Viva Menorca where all the teenies wanted to join in, I was a bit disappointed to see only me and my sister turning up to the activities. The activities for adults are also fantastic. These consist of water aerobics, rifle shooting and archery.
Ca'n Picafort was ok. It did not have a brilliant selection of bars and restaurants. The ones I would request are: jamacan and a little Spanish one set back from the front.
The beach was clean and sandy; there are also jet skis and pedloes. However to my disappointment there was no banana boats but there will probably be soon.
Overall, I and my family loved Viva Mallorca but think Ca'n Picafort could be a little better. We would definately return and hope you have a brilliant holiday!!
- Travel date: Sun 12th of August 2007
Superb Accomodation & Excellent Weather
"Arrived back from Viva Mallorca on 27th July after a 9 night stay booking flights, hotel and car hire all from my armchair. Saved a fortune booking last Sept via [--]& cheap bmi flights. Accomodation was excellent very spacious and had a fantastic walk in shower. Weather unbelievable hit a scorching 49 degrees around pool one of the days !! Went self catering so can't comment on food. On site supermarket expensive so we jumped in car and drove 5 minutes to main road bear left to roundabout called Capedra (unsure of spelling) - dirt cheap.We ate out every night, all very good but by far the best was Sa Ximida go straight out of hotel walk to main road and its on the corner in front of you. Very spanish, all fresh meat cooked outside on griddle. Great choice of T-Bone & Fillet Steaks and the biggest Kebabs i've seen. Just off the front there's a restaurant called Hamburg - unbelievably cheap and masses to choose from. 200 yards up the road on same side is the only Italian we found, service a bit slow but pasta dishes with fish excellent - well worth a visit. We love going to mixed Eurpean hotels so just up our street. No problems getting sunbeds at 9.30am and there was 8 in our party.Pool area very clean, grounds immaculate, staff hospitable. All of the site is wheelchair friendly too. Can't fault this accommodation well worth a visit you won't be disappointed."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of August 2007
"We allways look for a good standard hotel with a good list of activities to keep us and the 2 children 15 and 8 happy . We also try no to go to a too British hotel.
The standard of accomodation was very good we possibly had too much space with a living room with bedroom and bathroom off with an adjoining bedroom /livingroom with bathroom. Both had balconies.
The meals were good with a big choice . It might sound picky but a few negatives here in that the dining hal was usually very busy and the plates were cleared as soon as your cutlery hit the plate.
The orange juice was rise and shine and the coffee definately from a machine.
Its a fine balance but for us there were a little too many Germans and Dutch in July , more British for a better balance arrived towards the end of our holiday. The hotel was also better suited to kids in the up to 5 age group and the teen / adult activities werent best supported by the guests .
Overall a good holiday and would recomend if you have younger kids and go say end July or August."
- Travel date: Sun 29th of July 2007
Nice hotel, shame about its location!
"Myself, wife and two infants, have just returned from a 14 day holiday at the Viva Mallorca, Can Picfort. We found the hotel to be excellent.
The grounds were well maintained and the rooms/apartments of a high standard. We were on half-board and the food and service, in the restaurant, was excellent. The same could not be said for the bar, staff here were slow and not the most genial.
The hotel was ~75% German, 10% Scandinavian and 15% UK/Irish. We found the reception/cleaning staff very friendly and helpful. It really deserves its 4* rating.
Unfortunately there were a few problems with it's location, Can Picfort isn't the prettiest of towns, a run down beach front and poor quality restaurants don't help. It looks like it has fallen on hard times of late.
The hotel is approx 10 mins walk from the beach, crossing a busy main road. The beach is not very clean so not worth the risk.
At all cost, avoid a evening excursion to the "Viva Can Picfort" hotel, a 5 min walk along the road from the Viva Mallorca.
The Viva Can Picfort hotel is full, to over-flowing, with loud mouth Brits who would make Wayne and Waynetta Slob look refined! I'm serious this place is scary! Enter this dump at your peril.
I should add I believe the Viva Can Picfort hotel is now owned by 1st Choice, if this is the sort of hotel they run I'd avoid using them altogether.
As I say the Viva Mallorca was good value, clean and properly rated at 4*. Provided you have a hire car you'll enjoy your stay there as there a some lovely places to visit within 30-60 mins drive of Can Picfort. The local "Public" transport is slow and unreliable!!
Our children (ages 1 & 2 yrs) were to young for the hotel kids club. We were told the club is for children of 4 yrs and above but we didn't have a problem with that as all the German kids think having fun is "verboten"! Joking aside the Germans were all very nice and showed no tendency to over indulge, unlike the scruffy Brits.
We all pretended to be Irish!"
- Travel date: Wed 20th of June 2007