Last week, we returned from a week in the sunshine. Our first holiday as a family of four. I honestly wasn’t sure how it would go down – entertaining a 5 year old would be enough for anyone whilst trying to relax on a holiday, never mind adding to the mix a 5 month old baby! But we had a great time, nonetheless, at Tonga Towers in the resort of Can Picafort on the island of Majorca…
We landed at Palma airport on a sunny, and hot, Thursday afternoon and made the almost 2 hour coach transfer reasonably unscathed. We had no issue checking into our room when we arrived and were able to go straight up. As the name would suggest, Tonga Towers is a semi high-rise block consisting of 14 floors of hotel suites and the sky bar on the 15th floor. We were situated on the 5th floor, but taking that many stairs with a pushchair is very difficult so we relied on the lifts, which most other hotel guests did too. Although there are five lifts in the hotel for guests to use, they are generally quite small which makes it quite difficult to manoeuvre a pushchair in and out! A small price to pay to get up to our room though, as it was stunning.
A huge super-king bed for hubs and I, a large sofa-bed made up for O and a good-sized travel cot placed in between for Q. All the beds were really comfortable and we were even greeted with a chocolate on each of our pillows! Of course, O helped himself to those… our little chocolate monster!
The bathroom was separated from the main room by one solid wall and one glass wall, which didn’t allow for a great deal of privacy, but it was beautiful all the same. The double shower was lovely, with a large overhead shower fixed to the ceiling, but we used the smaller handheld shower head as the flow was more powerful. Better for getting that clean feeling after a day at the pool covered in sun lotion! The shower did leak (apparently they do in every room) but it was nothing a couple of hand towels couldn’t handle. A double sink, separate bath with over-the-bath shower unit and loo provided us with the perfect bathroom we needed for our stay.
There were, of course, a small fridge stocked with bottles of water, fizzy pop and fruit juices and tea and coffee making facilities provided within the room. The fridge wasn’t restocked during the week we were there, and we found we were running out of water. Hubs used the Google translation function on my iPhone to explain to the Receptionist that I was breastfeeding Q and that we needed more water for through the night. It was absolutely no trouble and the fridge had been restocked by the time we returned to the room.
On our first day, we had a little explore around the hotel grounds and an hour or so in the main pool, before getting ready for dinner. We were all very tired thanks to an early start, so opted for dinner as soon as the restaurant opened at 6:30pm before retiring to bed.
The food was superb and we always found more than enough options we liked. O’s staple diet became pizza, pasta and chips for the week but occasionally tried a couple of new things. Typical five year old! There was fresh fish and meats being cooked in front of you each meal time, alongside paellas, pastas, various vegetables and side dishes. The fresh bread was to die for – sometimes still warm, obviously fresh out of the oven and delicious smothered with butter. The selection of desserts was fabulous too – lots of different cakes and gateaus, ice cream, fruit and even chocolate fountains! O was in his element when it came to pudding. We did find it really quite hot in the restaurant on an evening so I haven’t actually got any photos of the food to share – blogger fail! That is my only gripe, that the air conditioning could have been switched on a bit earlier… It was so hot, Q wouldn’t stay in his pushchair whilst we ate so we were literally going in, eating, and coming straight back out.
Each night there was a mini-disco for the kiddies to get involved with, followed by entertainment for the grown-ups. We rarely made it to the disco, but did catch it a couple of nights. O isn’t one for going and getting involved, despite us offering to go with him, etc. and enjoyed watching the other children dancing from our table. There was table service in both the restaurant and bar on an evening so we would order a round of drinks and head up to our room after we’d finished. We did catch the first 20 minutes or so of one of the acts and thought it was very good – but the family routine of a five year old and baby couldn’t hold out any longer! And, to be honest, we would rather spend time in the sunshine and playing in the pool on a morning when it’s quiet.
Which takes us nicely onto the pool area…
We spent each day, after that first afternoon, at the children’s pool. It was one of the reasons we booked to visit Tonga Towers in the first place! The children’s pool is so often a small, shallow circle of water in many other hotels, but Tonga Towers gave us that little bit extra. The kids pool had a huge pirate ship in one corner that made way for three water slides. Around the pirate ship there was a fabulous non-slip surface on top of the tiles, so there was less chance of the kids slipping and hurting themselves. Inside the pool was a palm tree waterfall, water squirting seal and a smaller tortoiseshell slide. O spent hours inside the pool, making friends and playing different games. We bought a set of diving sticks from one of the nearby shops as he was so confident swimming underwater unaided! Take away his goggles and he asks for his armbands. We’re working on that!
In our holiday preparations, I ordered this little float from Amazon for Q for the pool. I knew we would need something to put him inside and thought the shade over the top of the seat would be perfect to keep him out of the damaging sunshine. I’m all for plenty of sunshine, but I was nervous about Q’s sensitive skin being so young. It did the trick, anyway, and so many of the other mums commented on what a great product it was. O loved it when Q joined him in the pool, even if it was only for a few minutes to help to cool him down.
Behind the children’s pool was a little play area and the mini-club. All the children’s facilities are situated within a gated area that is only accessible to hotel staff and guests by using the wristband issued at check-in, which coupled as your room key. I thought it was a great idea. No worries about your child being taken from the other side of the pool by a stranger or wandering off on their own. O wasn’t interested by the kids club either (my goodness, he’s such a water-baby!) but they were often about painting t-shirts, playing games or just having some quiet time inside watching a Disney film.
Every part of the hotel was clean as a whistle. Our rooms were spotless, as were the restaurants, pools and toilets. I am so happy that we had our first family-of-four holiday at Tonga Towers, Majorca; it was really wonderful. After a couple of days of settling into a new routine, it seemed to be time to set off home again and we weren’t really ready for our break to be over.
My boys were so well-behaved on the journey home, despite needing to call out the breakdown service twice when we eventually got back to our car! I’m immensely proud to call them my own. For the journeys, icarhireinsurance.com sent us this lovely little cardboard suitcase filled with bits and bobs to keep O occupied whilst we were travelling. Such a lovely idea and he loved the Tamagotchi!
Tonga Towers is a great family-friendly hotel but is equally suitable for couples alike. The sky bar offers a tasting menu and separate bar area away from the children if you’re after a peaceful holiday. We had such a great time as a family and felt that all of our needs were catered for. Huge thank you to all the staff, especially the restaurant staff who took a complete shine to my boys and gushed over them regularly, for making us feel so welcome. Nothing was too much trouble and they should be proud of the service they provide. We’ve come home a very happy family and we would be more than happy to re-visit Tonga Towers in the future.