19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Returned from Hotel Viva last weekend with my 3 daughters and partner. We had a brilliant time.
Everybody else there on our stay was English and very friendly. The hotel it's self was fantastic. Very clean, well looked after gardens, superb pool for both adults and children. The food in the morning, lunch time and evening was spot on. The effort these guys put in is second to none, and we found the waiters and waitresses werer very friendly and kind with both our children and us.
The evening entertainment was great for the kids, although I would say probably not suitable for teens as it was a lot of singing and dancing, which was pefect for my 7 and 9 year olds who loved it.
The facilitys there are good to, it rained 1 day in our week, but we just spent the day in the indoor pool, jakousi and sauna. Then popped along to the cinema for a bit. There was also the internet in the reception which we went on to check weather now and again.
The only moan I'd have was the sleeping arrangement. Our yougest had a cot which was fine, our other 2 daughters had the beds which left my partner and I on the sofa beds, very uncomfortable! So much so I ended up squeezing in the single bed with my daughters just to get some decent sleep. So I would recomend get a two bedroom appartment if there's 4 of you.
Other than that, highly recommended."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of October 2006
excellent family orientated hotel
"we have just returned from 10 days at Viva mallorca where we have had a fantastic time. The hotel was spotless and the rooms were big enough for our family of 4. We were a little worried about coming to spain, as we usually go to Florida and worried that the kids may be bored. Well they had a fantastic time at the kids club. They want to come back next year ! (much cheaper than Florida !). We ate in the restaurant a few times which was great, plenty of choice and all cooked fresh. Not as cheap as going into C'an Picafort, but still good value for money.
The only negative point I can make is the children's entertainment was more for young children and my 10 year old would have liked a disco instead of party songs. Children up to 7yrs loved it though. There are lots of Germans at the hotel and we had some very rude ones in the room next to ours for the last 2 nights who sat on their balcony until 3am talking (quite loudly). Most of the other guests were very friendly.
I would definately reccomend Viva mallorca and we are looking at going to another Viva hotel next year.
We booked our holiday via their web site, much cheaper than booking as a package."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of September 2006
This was the fourth time we had visited...
"This was the fourth time we had visited the resort of Can Picafort but the first time to go self catering. For anybody who has never visited this resort it has a mixture of European nationalities, mainly German, therefore the surrounding restaurants offer a variety of cuisine to suit all.
The Viva Mallorca is one of a chain of hotels and apartments. It is a modern low rise complex with two pools and plenty of sun beds and sunbathing area. It has a huge pool at different depths so it is safe for children. The second pool is 1.5m so is more suitable to enjoy a swim without being too disturbed. We ate a couple of evenings in the hotel restaurant and the food was excellent offering a buffet style evening meal at a very good price. There is also a supermarket on site which is stocked with all the necessary provisions, daily papers and fresh warm bread/baguettes.
Although my daughter was a little too old for it the hotel runs a kids club with English speaking reps. They have a mini disco each evening for children which always seemed very popular.
The hotel provides entertainment by the reps each night which was good (remember these are not professional entertainers).
The accommodation has a small kitchenette and is very spacious and clean. The rooms are situated in blocks and outside the front door is an indoor garden of lush green plants.
The staff are pleasant, warm and welcoming. What I particularly enjoyed about this complex that although the hotel offered an extensive activity programme, the staff were not 'in your face' hassling you to join in constantly, so if you want a holiday where you can relax in true 4 star style you can.
Can Picafort has long pedestrianised strip next to the beach which has many restaurants and bars to offer, however many of the restaurants in the main town area are ok for midday snacks. If you are looking for somewhere good to eat then visit the Sa Cova restaurant in the quieter Son Baulo area which is a little further away from the main town. The menu is not overfilled but offers a variety of meat and fish dishes. The restaurant is opposite the sea with a sophisticated ambience."
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of September 2006
"Have just returned from a ten day s/c holiday at the viva Mallorca Aparthotel and found it well worth the four star rating.
The rooms were a nice size and very clean in fact the whole complex was spotless.
The poolside bar served very nice meals and there were no sunbed problems (plenty to go around).
The pools themselves were fantastic as we had a 3 year old boy and the water was very shallow apart from the top pool.
We tried the food in the hotel retaurant on a evening and were not very impressed, looked nice, but tasted juk, but it did'nt bother us as we were s/c.
The gardens were lovely and very well kept and the whole complex had a nice new feel to it.
The hotel guests were evenually split, english, german, dutch etc.
The only problem was the evening waiter service which was very slow for drinks, as there were only 2 waiters to serve everyone who was watching the entertainment
Overall we would definatly stop here again a very nice family holiday had by all"
- Travel date: Sat 26th of August 2006
good holiday but a bit disappointed with the location
"This was our third time at a Viva hotel so we consider ourselves to be honorary majorcans at this stage! The entrance ,reception and pool area are really impressive when you arrive and the apartments are lovely ,but not much kitchen facilities as they are very geared toward the german and scandinavian market who usually go all inclusive. Entertainment is good, waiter service not so good except f or Jose who is a diamond!!! Had a problem with ants in the apartment(4 times to be precise!) but to be fair they were sorted out each time with sprays etc.Seem to put all english,irish etc in Block 4 and anyone we talked to in that block had same problem .Bit let down about it though as we paid 3300 euros for this holiday and didnt expect ants all over the place!
Overall we enjoyed our holiday but to be honest i think its not really for english /irish people `,even the kids club was very much german oriented. My 4 year old was in tears as she had secured hrerself afront row seat for the Alladin show only to be removed by one of the Viva entertainment crew to make room for one of the all day kids(the ones who are put into the kids clubs at 10 and taken out at 6 so mum and dad can concentrate on their tans!!!)
The strip is same as a hundred and one others but make sure you go to Chinatown chinese restaurant ...excellent food at great prices.
Location is a bit far away from the start of the strip ...if you were to walk to the furthest part its probably about 45 mins....not great for 4to8 year olds who have passed the buggy stage.
Loved the previous two Viva hotels(Blue and Tropic) but something about Viva Mallorca didnt do it for me......time for achange???!!!"
- Travel date: Fri 4th of August 2006
Brilliant Family Holiday!
"Just returned from a week at the Viva Mallorca. The whole place was spotless and very child friendly. The hotel is only a short walk from the shops and beach of Can Picafort. We found the beach and shops in the resort to be very nice but the restaurants were a bit poor. The Monaco retaurant was nice however, as well as the Chinese Restaurant. The food at the hotel was okay although I wouldn't say I was overly impressed by the taste of it even though the presentation was fabulous."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of June 2006
"just returned from 10 nights at this hotel. Hotel spotless everywhere ! Rooms huge. Pools excellent for children as very shallow (even main pool was maximum 1.2 metres deep). On first impressions hotel was full of Germans/Dutch but then as we got into the holiday, heard very many British voices, so we'd say half/half...
Downside to this hotel is position, although in a very quiet position, 10 minute walk to main shops/restaurants, the resort itself is very grotty, not upmarket at all, compared to the hotel which is. I wouldn't go back due to the resort but if you like C'an Picafort then this really is the place to stay !!"
- Travel date: Thu 25th of August 2005