For my little girls first birthday, my mum kindly paid for us to go to Majorca. We stayed at Globales Bouganvilla in Sa Coma which was somewhere my mum had stayed years ago and had always said she wanted to take me there as she really enjoyed it. I might have had to wait till I was 27 but she kept her promise and it was definitely worth it. Majorca was the perfect family holiday and the perfect first holiday abroad for my little girl.
Admittedly, before we went I worried so much about taking a 1-year-old abroad and on a plane. I thought it was going to be so hard, plus I worried about having to take the pushchair and travel cot and everything else we might need.
Fortunately, everything was fine, the airport let us keep the pushchair with us until we boarded the plane and my little girl was actually really well-behaved during the flight. Granted, we did have Nanny, Grandad and my two younger sisters there to help keep her occupied but it was so much easier than the nightmare I had built up in my head. I think it would actually be harder now that she’s 3!
Anyway, the holiday….
As I said we stayed at the Bouganvilla, Sa Coma which is a lovely family friendly resort with lots of activities for kids including a brilliant kids splash pool with chutes and slides. There was also a couple of separate toddler pools that were perfect for my little girl and she loved trying to catch her aunties and splashing about.
The hotel also had bikes and peddle cars that you could hire and explore the local area which was great fun.
We stayed in a two bedroom apartment even though there was 6 of us including my little girl, but my sisters were only 9 and 11 at the time so topped and tailed and my little girl was obviously in the cot (which in the end was provided so there was no need to take our travel cot). We did, however, put it up in the living room area, put her toys in it and used it as a play pen which was great. We also took the travel booster seat which was brilliant for when we ate in the apartment.
There was a selection of different buffet style restaurants on site as well as a takeaway, we went self-catered but we did try the restaurants and take away during our stay and they were all really nice and each offered something different to please all of the family.
The evening entertainment was in a Butlins style big tent and there was different stalls set up around it selling things such a jewellery, caricature pictures, trampoline rides and an inflatable slide.
The hotel was about a 20min walk from the beach and main town but there was a free Dotto train provided if you didn’t want to walk down. One of the times we also had a ride in one of the horse-drawn carriages back to the hotel which was really nice.
Day trips in Majorca
We went on a couple of days trips while on our holiday. The first being to Palma where we had a look around the many shops, visited the cathedral and went on a lovely train ride to Soller. The bus to Palma was roughly about 1hr and 20mins but I found that ok with my little girl as she just went to sleep anyway.
The second trip we went on was to the Caves of Drach. You weren’t allowed to take the pushchair in the caves but this wasn’t really a problem for us.
During the tour, you stop in an opening with lots of seating and all the lights get turned off. Then boats come out along the water all lit up and playing beautiful classical music which my little girl was captivated by. The bus to the Caves of Drach was only 25 mins so was a lot easier than to Palma and we also had a look around Porto Cristo afterwards which had a lovely little play park.
Overall we loved our holiday and have so many memories that will stay with us forever. If you are worried about taking young children abroad, I would definitely say just go for it, it’s such a brilliant experience and I would definitely recommend looking at a Majorca holiday as the flight isn’t too long and it’s such a family friendly island.
Since we stayed at Globales Bouganvilla they have had a major revamp and now have an amazing splashpad water park and I can’t wait until my little girls old enough for the bigger slides so we can go back and check it out. You can find more info on Globales Bouganvilla and their amazing new splash park by clicking the Majorca holiday link above and searching for hotels in Sa Coma.
If you are looking for ideas for a UK holiday see my post on Twitchen House in Woolacombe North Devon.
Have you been abroad anywhere with a baby or toddler that you thought was a brilliant family destination? Please let me know in the comments below as we are looking for ideas for our next holiday abroad.
*This is a sponsored post but as always all views and opinions are my own.