11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
One in the Balearics!
"I love Mallorca. My wife and I are always looking to find new and exciting parts of the island. Paguera is dubbed Little Germany - not true - but it certainly didn't put us off. So what if the predominant clientale are German - they don't bother you and if you bother them they still don't bother you, Its not that they are rude, its just you don't exisit ,so no worries! The town of Paguera is lovely.
The hotel, however is fantastic. It is not your typical Mallorcan hotel. Its a sprawling building with many levels and rabbit holes.
On arrival we were informed that our second story room was unavailable but we were to have a beach front room instead. We were worried. We needn't have been. I wouldn't have swapped my beach front room for any other in the hotel. It was quiet and had spectacular views. Nice one.
The hotel staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. We know we will go back there. No question."
- Travel date: Sat 11th of August 2007
Lovely hotel, great location
"My wife and I stayed at this hotel for a week on a B&B basis in July. The hotel is beautiful, it has real charm and some stunning features.
The clientele were 70% German, but this wasn't an issue other than the breakfast seemed to be aimed at the continental market - the English warm breaksfast food was not that great!
The location is wonderful, everything is handy, the resort is lovely."
- Travel date: Tue 25th of July 2006
"I stayed at this hotel for a week with my mother at the beginning of June. The hotel is in a good position overlooking the bay of Peguera and our room was on the lowest floor and was comfortable. We had arranged for half board but, if we visit again, I would have bed and breakfast as the meals were somewhat disappointing in the Dragonera restaurant and the service chaotic at times. The hotel was full and is so up until the end of September. Our main problem was getting a sunbed; to get one, we had to join the early risers and put our towels on one by 0700hrs. On one occasion, we were simply unable to find a sunbed and did notice other guests having a similar problem! I did mention this to the staff but they seemed disinterested. shrugged shoulders and said they were not able to do anything about it. Our room was not always made up until after 2 pm and I did have to ask to get it done earlier. The pool bar is very pleasant and the bar staff friendly and efficient. They make a very good Champagne Cocktail! The terrace near the main bar has a wonderful view of the bay and the sunsets are stunning. We enjoyed a free hotel boat trip but you do need to book. Whilst the above problems were irritating they did not, in the main, detract from an overall very good holiday. To sum up, a good hotel but with some minor problems when full."
- Travel date: Sat 1st of July 2006
My daughter and I stayed at the Villamil...
"My daughter and I stayed at the Villamil on the 21st March this year on a half board basis. We took my granddaughter with us who is 2 1/2 years old. he hotel was very nice and the food very good.
However we did think the staff very unfriendly, except for a young girl that worked in the dining room. I did realise after a few days of staying their that they were charging me for my granddaughters food. Queried this at the desk but they said it had to be paid for there even though we had booked half board for all of us.
I have now taken this up with Alpha rooms and hope to be reimbursed very soon. I certainly would not recommend this hotel for their friendliness. Shirley Cobley, 3. 4. 06."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of April 2006
My wife picked out the hotel after seein...
"My wife picked out the hotel after seeing it in a luxury holiday brochure. We wanted somewhere a little special for our last holiday before being transformed from a couple to a family. It certainly wasn't cheap but after hunting around the web we booked at a good saving over the package price.
The hotel feels like it developed out of an old manor house but old photos showed that it was built as a small hotel which has grown over the years. The positive side is lots of character and a garden setting right on the beach which could not be matched by a modern hotel. The hotel has been well maintained and felt very luxurious including the spa therapy pool in the spa complex. We enjoyed the breakfast which could be taken out on the terrace each morning and had a couple of nice meals in the excellent but expensive hotel a la carte restaurant overlooking the beach.
Only one grip, the air-conditioning in our room hardly cooled down the room but our friends room in a another part of the building was fine.
The resort of Paguera wasn't what we expected. It was a mainly German resort, which in itself normally ensures good quality and variety. However, most of the restaurants where busy in the early evening around 7pm and were shutting by 9pm with most of the cafes and bar closed by midnight. For Spain, the seemed totally unnatural.
In summary, great hotel but don't expect any late nights in Paguera."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of February 2006
The elegant side of Mallorca
"We selected the hotel based on the photographs we had seen in various brochures. The hotel lived up to these and then some. Its hard to believe that you can still get such a elegant beachfront hotel within pleasant gardens right in the centre of a modern resort. The surrounding were matched by attentive service and superb quality food.
This all does come at a price. Even booking through a lowcost booking agent, the hotel wasn't cheap but it was high season. And worth every penny.
Any negatives? Some of the rooms where a strange layout, ours was fine in the main block but our friends had one at the side which was unusual to say the least. Paguera also lacked any character after midnight which is strange for a holiday resort in Spain, the reflected the fact that it was a family resort (many German too). Most restuarant where busy from 19:00 to 20:30 and would not take booking beyond 21:00."
- Travel date: Wed 21st of December 2005
One of the best hotels ever
"SO GOOD we shall definitely return next year (Quite a lot of people seemed to be on their 5th or 6th visit). Out of season (October) but exceptionally warm, so maybe our experience was a fluke, but we absolutely loved the hotel and location. The decor is traditional Spanish, (NOT Hilton etc modern), but services are 2005. Go for a sea view-room, where the view of the bay is wonderful and, out of season, the beach is almost deserted. Yet, leave the hotel entrance (180 degrees from beach) and you're in the heart of shops, cafes etc. The views from restaurant, hotel bars etc overlooking the bay are wondrous at sunset (LOTS of tables have great views, not just a few). Staff were all incredibly helpful. Room and service all very good. Lots of choice at breakfast (tho hot English not really the best of traditional English). Didn't eat other meals, but lunch-time buffet looked first-rate. Gardens/pool area have plenty of loungers (also available on beach, which is directly outside hotel). The pool is VERY small (but very clean). In peak season this may be a problem, but most people go in the sea as it's so close. Car travel from airport is about 30-40 minutes - the last 150 metres you seem to be travelling in a prohibited pedestrianised street - but keep going! If hotel car park full, the town's free car park (200m away)is totally safe, but check luggage in first and then park car. Most people in October were middle-aged (as in Paguera, where Germans are in the majority)so doubt teenagers would like hotel/resort (Also not sure if there are enough facilities for children).
Tourism: The port at Portals Nous (supposedly the St Tropez of Majorca) is absolutely over-priced, the few shops are seriously-designer-priced, doesn't have the atmosphere of St Trop or Puerto Banus. Lots of very expensive boats,(but at night, there's no 'street' lighting, to look at them). Big disappointment. If you're reading this, I doubt you've the serious money to enjoy the port at Portals Nous"
- Travel date: Mon 21st of November 2005
Loved this village!
"To get to this island in the Mediterranean, you need to take a connection from the US. We opted to depart from Dulles on an 8 AM flight ib British Airways (despite the airline catering strike, all was acceptable) to London, and spend the night at Heathrow, at the Marriott Renaissance. The following morning we departed early (7 am flight) on BMI (no strike, but charged a fee for any beverage or food served; pick something up at the aiport if you must, and carry it on board). We arrived in Palma at appox. 10:15 local time â it is one hour ahead of London, 7 hours ahead of the east coast.
The drive was a bit confusing, but easy. Because the hotel sits on a boulevard that is one way, you must drive past the particular cove in this town, to âcome backâ to the entrance. Although it is a non-pretentious entrance, the lobby is lovely, but not very big. Marble floors and counter tops where Reception is located, there or small groups of oversized chairs for guest to gather. The hotel seems to be made up of 2-3 bldgs. that âblendâ together. The back of the hotel sits up on a hill from the beach, there are multiple terrace levels, of which our room and the main lobby are located. There are two floors above us for accommodations (2) and one below with about a half dozen rooms. Obviously, the higher you go, the better your view of the sea. We learned the first morning, that our room is directly below the dinning room that services breakfast, as the sound of tables and chairs being moved on the terrace woke us between 7 and 7:30 am every day. There is a lovely pool, and a separate building that houses the steam room and very large Jacuzziâs and whirlpool baths. To the far end of the main terrace there are stairways and pathâs to the beach. Rather than have a boardwalk, there is a cement walk for pedestrian a traffic only, which lines the beach and the row of hotels that sit in this rather large cove. All in all there are a half dozen hotels, some of which look as if they were poured into the side of the hillside.
The grounds at our hotel are lovely, well manicured. Trees block most of the rooms from a full, unobstructed view of the beach and the water. The quality of the sand is good, fine almost and golden in color. The water at first, seems clear, but once you get in about 3 feet deep, it is green, the color of algae. It is not like the Caribbean water we are so fond of. There is a small wake, but everywhere you turn there are people playing paddle ball or floating on rafts, as you the water is shallow for quite a way out. Towards the end of our visit, the sea became rough with waves, not very high, but enough to accommodate the surfers. This was due to the rain that occurred the last few days of our trip.
Out of the front of the hotel we found many places to eat, drink, souvenir shop. In particular, there is a jewelry store caddy corner to the hotel that had a nice, reasonably selection of Majorcan Pearls (these are manufactured on the island and are world renown). Also, out of the front door, and to the right, is a ceramic shop that sold more than just the touristy nick knacks, but some very nice, very REASONABLY priced hand made ceramics. We bought a medium sized bowl, a pitcher for Sangria, and a candle holder shaped like a turtle. When the charge came through, it only cost around US$ 40. Had we realized the low cost, we would have purchased more!
After spending time on the island, and visiting some of the other areas, we were very pleased with our hotel selection, both for the location and the comfort. It was not the most expensive, nor was it the cheapest, but very comfortable. There are more room categories than listed on the web site, so contact the hotel and ask! I would strongly recommend a car so you can see other places on the island, as well as drive to other villages or Palma to dine. There are many fine, gourmet (Michelin 1 and 1-2 star) restaurants on the island.
The ONLY reason I could not rate this hotel higher is the food â the coffee sucked â tasted lake bad instant, and the food (everything that was freshly prepared) was over salted, to the point that I could not eat it. Breakfast was fine, it is hard to mess up a croissant!
Having looked as a few other hotels that we briefly considered in other cities/locals on the island, we made the right selection. If you are looking for a good beach, and somewhere to stroll to just to leave the property, this is it. Service was excellent!"
- Travel date: Fri 9th of September 2005
Great Service, Great Location, Great Hotel!
"My girlfriend and I have just stayed at the fabulous Hesperia Villamil Hotel for 9 nights from July 1st, service service serivce is this hotels making. On arrival at the reception desk our check in formalities were complete within 2 minutes, we were then greeted by the Hotel Manager, Sr. Juan Picens, who extended his personal welcome to the hotel. The concierge then personally escorted us to our Sea View Suite, #308, and then gave a detailed explanation of all the rooms facilities including operational instructions for the Air Conditioning system, in-room safe and mini bar. The room was in traditional spanish style, tiled floors, antique chest of drawers and cabinet, marble surround bathroom, with twin sink basins, wc, bidet, full bath with shower, in-room TV with local and international channels, including CNN, BBC News 24 and Sky News. The view from our room was superb, directly facing the sea front overlooking the hotel's bar terrace and Paguera Beach, the room had two terraces, one from the bedroom and one from the living room, both terraces were nicely shaded by palm trees. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with great sun beds and parasol umbrellas, there is also an health suite with Jaquzzi, steam rooms and sauna. The hotel has two restaurants Dragonera and La Terrasse, for Dinner a Table d'hote menu is served in the Dragonera, we found the choice of meals in the Dragonera a little limited, however, what we had was of a good quality and served by the most pleasant waiters and for a cost of just 24euros we had no reason ever to complain, the second restaurant is the A la Carte La Terrasse, this restraunt is superb and has a fantastic choice of dishes, you must try the Foie for your first course, just amazing! The La Terrasse restaurant overlooks the beach of Paguera and you can dine watching the amazing sunset, most romantic! When you make your reservation at this hotel make the booking on a B&B basis, not Half Board, if you book half board your evening meal is allocated at the table d'hote Dragonera Restaurant, if you decide to eat at the A'la Carte La Terrasse Restaurant you get no credit towards your A'la Carte meal and thus you have paid for a meal in the table d'hote which you will not have had, however, you can take lunch instead of a table d'hote dinner if you so wish. I recommend that you book rooms with a Sea View, the non sea view rooms are not as impressive, also, book a suite if you can, these provide you with much larger rooms, the standard rooms can be smallish, the hotel also has some superb "beach suites" #19 is the best, these rooms are located just outside the main hotel building and the terrace in #19 has two fantastic sun beds and a parasol umbrella, just great for catching the sun in private! If you wish to be in the main hotel building then sea view suites 308 or 208 are the best, 308 is preferred because it is on the top floor and has slightly better sea views than 208. Paguera is a resort with predominantly German clientelle, I would say that 90% of the tourists are German, we met some fantastic friends and we would not hesitate to book again at the Hesperia Villamil, a top class 4 star hotel!"
- Travel date: Sun 10th of July 2005
"We just got back from staying a week at the Hesperia Villamil and had the best experience ever! This is our second time to Mallorca and the first time we stayed at Castillo Son Vida (honeymoon) which was also great, but this time was great because the location was superb! The hotel was right on the beach and in the quaintest little town of Peguera - close enough to Palma and Port Andraxt (for the sunset at La Mola). The staff was so helpful and gave us terrific reccomendations for places to watch the sunset, to eat and directions to Es Trenc. The pool area and bar was so nice as you could look out onto the ocean and the staff at the bar were all so nice and provided great service. The grounds were so well-kept and the flowers and statues etc. were very pretty to look at. We thought the Villamil was the nicest hotel on the beach in Peguera. We had thought about staying at the Mardavall, but decided on the Villamil because the beach seemed bigger and boy, was it ever. (Mardavall was a beautiful hotel but the tiny beach was all rock!) Our room was nice too - updated, marble bath, very clean. My ONLY complaint would be the water pressure in the shower and that may well be everywhere...(at all the hotels along the beach). We are really looking forward to going back and wouldn't stay anywhere but here! We rented a car and were afraid we may be gauged with big parking fees, but this was not the case...we had free, convenient parking right across the street. LOVED this place:)"
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of June 2005
The sporty Villamil
"We had a very enjoyable week at Villamil. Courteous staff very willing to help. The hotel is in a great location overlooking the bay. The gardens went down to the beach.
We played tennis with Jonathan Markson. Having spent 3 hours each morning on gruelling drills it was good to come back to the tranquillity of the hotel. Tennis court at the hotel was a bit lumpy!
Nice dining room overlooking the sea, food seemed pretty good.Well worth a visit"
- Travel date: Wed 13th of April 2005