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Gran Isla Hotels, the ‘family-friendly’ brand that has revolutionised Mallorca

Travellers, tour operators and agents in the tourism sector, all fully agree that the island of Mallorca is a place of reference within the international tourism network.

A mature, high-quality destination that has managed to combine the international expansion of big hotel brands (brands made in Mallorca) with a risky – but highly original and successful – bet on younger, and very well-prepared, hotel groups. Groups such as Gran Isla, a ‘family-friendly‘ brand with Mallorcan character and DNA that has jumped into the pool with a risky, but perfect project.

What’s behind this business project, and why is it spoken about to such an extent on and outside the island? This month we will try to highlight the winning points of this colourful, family-friendly and unique project.

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The first themed hotel on Mallorca

Even if the sector knew what was being prepared in the corporate kitchens of Gran Isla, the residents of Santa Ponça (the beach destination where the main hotels of the brand are taking shape) they couldn’t believe their eyes: an amazing hotel with a façade full of images and shapes, like a pirate ship with treasure chests, cannons and giant skulls.

Yes, we’re talking about Pirates Village Apartments, a project created by Gran Isla that proved a success from the day it opened its doors. The hotel is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Calvià. Families are treated with utmost care and attention to details here, something that’s particularly obvious when you look at it from a child’s perspective. The family rulers are extra happy here. And of course they are! Could there be anything better than to sleep in a pirate’s bed, or have rudders and sails in the bedroom? Not if you ask the kids.

A place where you don’t have to worry about a thing

Twenty-five years in the hospitality sector has given Gran Isla the experience necessary to really hit the mark with another of their family hotels. We’re talking about Jutlandia Family Resort. A resort located less than 300 metres from the beach in Santa Ponça where absolutely nothing is left to chance and where the idea is to transform family holidays into days filled with pleasure, relaxation and fun topped with incredible views.

Apart from its incredible pools and the exclusive family menu, the resort also has a Kids Club 2.0: a space created for children where there are daily workshops, family games, film screenings, computer rooms and much, much more on offer.

 

Beach hotels for children and adults alike

The tourism sector is still in phase of deep specialization, adjusting their products increasingly to a specific type of traveller and improving all services, activities and special facilities for this specific segment. One of the clearest examples that exist today is the transformation of the family hotels in hotels for children: promoting more attention to children, allowing parents to enjoy more free time, more holiday at their own pace.

A good example of this new type of hotel (which, in reality, has always existed, but somewhat vague, since the accommodations for families covered too much without specifying) are those who make up the Ole Hotels portfolio. Ole Olivina Lanzarote or Ole Tropical Tenerife represent a perfect holiday accommodation for those who travel with children and want a hotel that gives them a complete and special service for the little ones.

Paying attention to children is, almost indissolubly, gaining time to give to their parents. In this way, a family that choose a hotel specialized in children in destinations such as Majorca, Ibiza, Canary Islands or Andalusia will always have a better and personal that in a generic family hotel where services are more general and more aimed at pleasing everyone without giving specific solutions to specific issues.

It is truth that mini club service is preserved in both types of hotels, however, in a hotel for children, schedules tend to be more flexible, groups tend to include more ages, facilities are more prepared for kids to comfortably enjoy them and, in a differentiated way, certain areas are dedicated to adults, to provide them relax while the children have fun.

More teams of instructors, more activities inside and outside the hotel, fun and special menus, games rooms and nursery with babysitting even for nights… Entertained children, and happy and relaxed parents. Little by little the services provided are taking shape and the result, for now, is a real success.

In addition, as you can see in the following video of the hotel in Puerto del Carmen Ole Olivina Lanzarote, hotels for children are not exclusive, moreover, those travelling as a couple or with a group of friends can enjoy much better spaces and quiet moments, without having to constantly share different parts of the hotel with the little ones. In this way, there is privacy for adults without giving up care and fun that younger guests need.

Summer with children in… Majorca, Tenerife, Cádiz?

Summer, children, Majorca. Summer, children, Tenerife. Summer, children … where?  If you are indecisive and at this time of the year, in summer, you do not know where to spend your holiday with the little ones… You have a small problem. But it is solvable. Take note because now we must cross our fingers and begin to search last minute offers that allow you to organize a trip plan adapted to everyone but affordable.

A destination and hotel for holiday with children this summer that we recommend and never fails is Majorca. The Balearic capital is still one of the most sought-after destinations by European families who want to rest and enjoy the Mediterranean sun, surrounded by impressive coves, leisure areas for all ages and all types of services specifically targeted at tourists, foreigners and locals.

It is truth that Majorca is characterised by being a destination mostly visited by Germans and British, but there are more and more Nordic and Spanish visitors.  It is not a cheap destination, but it is a place where we can find a good quality-price relationship. If you are looking for an accommodation for children, there are many family hotels in Majorca offering for example free stay for children. There are other hotels which are authentic theme parks where you can stay and enjoy a family holiday in which kids will have fun guaranteed.

Family hotels in Playa de Muro, all-inclusive apartments in Majorca (Alcudia, Palmanova,Cala Millor… ). This island has areas almost reserved to families. They stand out for their cosy atmosphere, their good connections to the airport, their basic services (safety, health, cleanliness) and the special leisure facilities, both in hotels and in the surroundings.

Ole Hotels

Ole Hotels

The most important attraction is the same: beach. But it is truth that if you want beach you don’t need to go to Majorca.  You can go to Tenerife: the number of family friendly hotel in Tenerife is so vast that prices are usually very affordable. Our recommendation is to fly to the south of Tenerife and opt for resorts in Costa Adeje, since it is one of the best equipped destinations for summer holidays with children. A family hotel in Las Américas or, if you want an extra benefit, a family hotel in Costa Adeje can be the most complete options for everyone: because you also need to enjoy your holiday.

Another good option in the Canary Islands is Fuerteventura. The south of this island is one of our favourite ones for family holidays. Why? Because beaches are safest and quieter for kids, and there are more specialized services. The area of hotels in Jandía, with touristic areas such as Costa Calma or Playa Gaviotas, is a wise choice if you travel with children: you will be in a unique destination, at just one step from theme parks, water parks, zoos and charming villages. Additionally, most of the resorts in Playa de Jandía are specialized in families, with mini club for different ages, children’s menus, family rooms…

But if you want to go out the peninsula, Cadis is an excellent option. It will probably be the destinations with the best accommodation offers: beach resorts in Cadis, among which you can choose a spa hotel in Cadis, a family hotel close to Roche or a golf hotel in La Barrosa.  They all are designed for families and offer mini cub, pools with water games, children’s menus… In addition, each one has opted for a special service to captivate parents: gold, gastronomy, wellness, sports, etc…

The funniest hotel pets

The best family hotels in Majorca are ready to start the summer holiday. New facilities, new activities and educational games, dining room for the children with healthier menus, playing grounds with professional care, pools with children’s play area and ¡the funniest pets! There are these pets from a very unique specie, little animals that will be in each hotel, and will share with your children this summer.

We have a new pet this year: Woogi, from Garden Hotels, who has several family hotels in Majorca, the name was chosen by the younger guests last summer, it’s a furry animal with a pink nose, with a T-shirt and trainer shoes, always ready to play and entertain the children staying in the hotels in playa de Muro, Port d’Alcudia and Cala Ratjada.

Next to Woogi, we have the famous Smiley, the pet of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, one of the most traditional pets during holiday: the Smiley dog, is the pride of the Playa de Muro, Alcudia and Playa de Palma resorts and every summer they organize a lot of activities for the children, leaving the parents the opportunity to enjoy their holidays without worrying. Workshops, dances, and sunset parties, karaoke, gymnastic course, team games, and everything that will stimulate children’s creativity.

Proty, Protur Hotels official pet

The Sa Coma hotels from Protur Hotels is home of another famous pet in Majorca: Proty the castor, what travel to the island with its family during summer to play with the children staying in these exclusive beach resorts.

For those who chose to stay in the Calvià coast, will have the opportunity to meet Pongus from Fergus Hotels, an adorable pony full of energy and always ready to make people laugh. In order to do that it created a club inside the hotels in Majorca, (the famous Pongus Club) where children will have a great time with all the workshops, games, sports, trips, and even beach and pool parties.

If you’re travelling with your kids, always choose a hotel with playing grounds and pet, they will love it, and the care and babysitting system tend to be better than those who hasn’t. The price is barely the same, since it’s an included service in this type of resorts.

Olé Hotels, family resorts next to the ocean

We continue with our summer 2015 hotels, this time we have two: the Olé hotels, family resorts in Lanzarote and Tenerife. We chose them for being a trendy type of accommodation in the national tourism, especially for those who seek a quiet stay, with prestige and next to the sea, without being too expensive.

The hotel services are not expensive despite offering a wide range of services, and an excellent location, above everything. Both locations: the Olé Olivina Lanzarote and the Olé Tropical Tenerife are just a few steps from the beach, in high quality touristic areas (Puerto Del Carmen and Costa Adeje, respectively) with the opportunity to visit many attractions for all ages, from theme parks to museums and cultural centres.

Both resorts have 4-star services, and family services, which is their main segment, family holiday for those who want to enjoy the sun and quietness. Perfect for travellers who look to truly enjoy the hotel and destination, where you can find supplementary activities for your holiday.

One the hotel strengths is the wide variety of children’s services: daily entertainment shows, playgrounds, miniclubs with professional staff, bicycles, parties, buffet restaurant with a menu specially made for your little kids.

Location

Location is always the best when we speak about this hotel chain. And these two aren’t an exception, a resort in Puerto del Carmen and a beach hotel in Costa Adeje, both next to the sea, the first one close to Los Pocillos beach (about 300 metres), and the second one is about 400 metres away from the famous Las Americas beach.

The road connections to the airport and the main centres of the island cities are fine, although you will need to book an accommodation with transfer service or rent a car.

Amenities and services

Bars, different types of restaurants, children’s services, all inclusive. It also has large pools, with kid area and private area for adults too. They all are surrounded by tropical gardens and sunbed areas with deckchairs and snack bars to enjoy the sun. The common spaces are refurbished, with modern furniture, 24-hour reception service, parking service, car and bicycle rental, touristic advice and lounge areas for the family.

Rooms

One of the hotel advantages is the accommodation quality. You can pick a double room in Puerto del Carmen, or a family room or suite. Or have a suite in Costa Adeje, with modern design with Scandinavian style, with some sea decor and natural light.

Every room has a view, with terrace or balcony, bright spaces, besides, the private bathroom is fully equipped for children too, minibar, TV, linen closet, phone service, a little bit of everything.

Reservation

In order to book the Olivina Lanzarote or the Tropical Tenerife, we suggest you to buy some of the tour packages offered by agencies or make a reservation directly through their official websites, being the last a better option, since they usually offer special packages, very affordable, without agents or extra fees.

Child friendly hotels

Planning a family holiday that really feels like a holiday is no easy feat… However, it can be also an enjoyable experience. Hotel chains in Spain have understood the needs of new traveller parents and have reinvented their facilities during the last years, in order to offer a more complete and specialized service for those who travel with the little ones. That is how themed hotels for children were born.

One of the pioneers in this type of hotels in Spain is the family hotel chain of Melià, Sol Hotels. Thanks to them we can now enjoy the Flintstones hotels, inspired by the renowned cartoons series: special restaurant for kids, themed miniclub as if it were the stone age, pools designed as water parks, sport and game areas just for children, professional teams, entertainment with the series characters…

Hotels for children Sol Hotels

Hotels for children Sol Hotels

After these hotels, many other have been created: family hotels in Lanzarote or Tenerife which receive a lot of family travellers.  Although they are not as wonderful as the previous ones, they far exceed the expectations of parents travelling with children. For the, children are as important as adults, and satisfying them is their priority. At the same time, these hotels offer services and complimentary plans for parents to make the most of their time while kids are having fun.

Some urban family hotels have followed of the family resorts in Tenerife, Majorca or Andalusia and have created, as far as possible, spaces conceived for family travellers: largest rooms with special furniture for children, themed amenities, gastronomy for kids, pushchairs, free bike rental for all the family…

Tenerife: hotels with menu for children

Hotels for children in Tenerife are one of the best choices that you can do for enjoying a real holiday if you travel with family.  The hotel offer  of this emblematic Canary Island is one of the most complete ones and the offer of accommodations specialized in children is really varied: from the classic All Inclusive hotels in Costa Adeje to the exclusive Flintstones Hotels belonging to the Sol Hotels company.

Most of those who look for a hotel for children, think of playful activities offered by the accommodation and their compatibility with a space designed for adults to relax and rest: spa hotels, beauty centre or wellness area, hotels with Jacuzzi in Tenerife, hotels with miniclub, babysitting service and chill out area  for 16 years old and over…. However, one of the most important details that, really often, are ignored when deciding the accommodation to stay is the restaurant service offered by the hotel or the apartment.

Does it offer children’s menu? Children eating table? Healthy snacks? All those who travel with children have probably had the problem of eating in a restaurant in an All inclusive hotel without the possibility of giving to the children a meal that they find funny , allowing to have a pleasant time instead of a torture.

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The healthy and funny food is one of the most interesting options offered by some hotels for children as an element for attracting new clients.  And the demand is growing: there are more and more travellers choosing their hotel for family holidays in Tenerife in accordance with the good offer of children’s menu.

Although most of the family hotels in Tenerife offering a children’s menu include it in their All inclusive offer, some accommodations offer it as something special for an additional charge.  In these cases, the buffet or menu is usually more complete, varied and with a best quality, since they are usually accompanied by a specialized instructor which are responsible for children to eat and to learn to see the food as something good and funny.

For getting the choice right, the most recommended is checking the hotel’s official website, since there is where we find details about the gastronomic offer of the accommodation. Occasionally, we find in some websites the menus and philosophy of the service.  It is also important to look into the possibility of finding dishes for coeliacs and for children with food intolerances, as well as a guarantee of nutritional  quality.

Directly consulting with the hotel is an alternative, you can also play safe and select a hotel belonging to a big chain or a 3 star or above hotel, since they all are usually  careful in this sense: NH, Barceló, Melià, Iberostar…  In general, in all the accommodations of these companies which consider themselves as family hotels, we can find services with appropriate children’s menu.

The hotels in Tenerife offering best service of children’s menu are Sol Parque San Antonio and Princesa Dácil, the Olé resorts and the Iberostar Anthelia spa hotel in Tenerife, a 5 star hotel with 4 bars with snack and 4 top level restaurants with delicious specialities.