Melia Cala d'Or

Portinatx 16, Cala D'or, Spain, 07660

Price from: £73

Spruce Mediterranean gardens

By Tara Stevens, your Cala d'Or expert

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#5 of 7
expert-rated hotels in Cala d'Or
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
4
4.0
Bedrooms:
4.1
4.1
Eating/drinking:
4.2
4.2
Public areas:
4.2
4.2
Leisure facilities:
4.1
4.1
Service:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Chilling out, Nightlife, No fuss, Relaxation

Expert review of Melia Cala d'Or

Stylish option from Spain’s biggest hotel chain.

The Sol Melia has come a long way in recent years, ramping up the standard of its properties considerably. This one is located in a quiet enclave of otherwise heavily developed Cala d’Or and has a pleasingly high-class feel about it. Art Deco style buidlings prettily draped in bouganvilla, neatly manicured gardens shaded by umbrella pines, open-plan lounges and intimate terraces designed to fit your mood. Its self-described status as a ‘boutique hotel’ is a bit of a stretch, but it does have its charms.

Location: 

It is a little bit removed from the action – the last time I stayed here I drove to the marina for dinner, though you could probably walk it in 20 minutes or so – which keeps it a more peaceful and, I suspect, a tad more upmarket.

Bedrooms: 

49 well appointed bedrooms keep the place in check in terms of overcrowding - it’s a far cry from Benidorm. 31 of these are Junior Suites, which offer more space, a small kitchenette which comes in useful even for just making a cup of tea, and a private terrace for not too much more money. They are a little dated décor wise, but immaculately clean, comfortable, and good value for money.

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Public areas: 

The lounge is plush in a 1980s kind of a way that I find both nostalgic and pleasing. There’s a grand piano in the lounge to add a bit of colour to proceedings (feel free to have a tinkle) and the pagodas and day beds are great for an afternoon snooze. All in all, it's very likable.

Eating and drinking: 

A more than substantial buffet breakfast (finishes at 10.30am, which I find a bit early for holidays) and features the usual suspects: eggs (cooked to order), bacon, sausages, beans, as well as cakes and pastries, mountains of fresh fruit, yogurt, tea, coffee and juice. Snacks by the pool for lunch are OK, and there’s Es Llaüt for fine dining in the evening, which seems to be generally empty. I confess I've not actually eaten in it. The piano bar stays open to 1am, which is great if you’ve been out and fancy a nightcap.

Leisure facilities: 

Covers all the basics with sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool and a gym.

Service: 

I was impressed by the service here. Hotels of this size often fall down when it comes to keeping it personal, but here they’ve got it just right.

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Who stays there: 

An even mix of British and Spanish holidaymakers, mainly families and more mature couples.

Price advice: 

If you are traveling on a budget an all inclusive package here is good value. It includes everything but premium drinks like champagne, or cocktails.

Pros: 
Easy
Great gardens
Cons: 
Lacks soul

More information on Melia Cala d'Or:

Price from:
£73
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Portinatx 16, Cala D'or, Spain, 07660
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool

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