chilling in Puerto Pollensa | Mallorca travel diaries

Today is one of those days where all I am thinking about is my next opportunity to travel somewhere warm, preferably with a beach. It’s finally March but the warm weather still feels like a distant thing. I would much rather be elsewhere, tanning, exploring and soaking up some happy vibes. However, since I can’t just leave on a whim (sadly), I have settled on writing up a post for you from my holiday in Mallorca. Back in August, Dave and I chose this beautiful island for eleven days of relaxing in the sun. For the first leg of our trip, we wanted that typical holiday feel of just sitting by the pool with a cocktail in hand, and Puerto Pollensa seemed like the perfect option for this! This small resort town in northern Mallorca is full of tiny cove beaches, colourful souvenir shops and the clearest sea water.

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The hotel

We stayed at the chic Mar Senses Puerto Pollensa, all white and neutral with touches of turquoise and natural wood. The rooms here were incredibly romantic with an open bathroom and sleek furniture, providing a little haven to return to after a long day by the pool. Since it was brand new, everything was immaculate and fresh, with well thought-out details and the loveliest design. The best thing about it was that it was adults-only, meaning we had nothing but peace and quiet! Situated only a block away from the beach, it was perfectly positioned and still managed to feel secluded from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Pollensa.

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Exploring and being tourists

I love love love the first full day on holiday, when you wake up feeling refreshed and excited to go out exploring. Puerto Pollensa is quite little so there wasn’t a great deal to see in terms of culture. However, we knew that that was coming up in the second part of our holiday so we didn’t really mind. It was lovely to walk around the seafront past all the little tourist shops selling cute jewellery, sun hats and flip-flops, and just enjoy being on holiday. The beach and promenade here reminded us a lot of the one in Budva from our first holiday together so it was really nice to have those little memories. The weather was perfect as it wasn’t too hot (for me, anyway – not quite the same for Dave… haha) and the air felt really fresh thanks to all the water around us.

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Cove beaches

To the left, as you approach the seafront, is the beautiful Pine Walk, with trees cascading onto tiny cove beaches, small enough to fit just one or two people – very romantic. The water here is warm, clear and shallow, making it perfect for paddling without worrying about leaving your belongings too far. Depending on the time of day, the trees provide much-appreciated shade to take a break from the scorching sun. We loved coming here in the mornings before the tourists were up and just enjoying the peaceful, serene surroundings. Around midday, we’d dash back to our hotel to chill by the pool and escape the swarm of families descending!

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Relaxing by the pool

Our days were mostly spent chilling by the pool, a book in hand, enjoying the peaceful surroundings in our hotel. The pool here was great, with a curved design and a separate jacuzzi, all enveloped by palm trees and rocks.  We’d pop over to the local shop just across the road for some savoury snacks and bottled water, and enjoy something more substantial from the pool bar for lunch. My book for the holiday was Mrs Hemingway, one I’d been saving for the perfect occasion, focusing on the four wives of Ernest Hemingway, one of my favourite writers. It was really blissful to not have to think about anything other than sunbathing, occasionally dipping in the pool to cool down and spending time with each other. The skies turquoise blue, palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze and afternoon music created the perfect holiday vibe.

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Cocktail o’clock

Come six o’clock and we were ready for a pina colada to start off our evenings. The bar area was smart and sleek, with a beautiful bar and the friendliest staff who were ready to make any cocktail we fancied. There was a live pianist on some nights, and we could sit outside by the pool, listening to his melodies while reflecting back on our day, a tasty cocktail in hand. On our first night, we had our cocktails at the pool bar, tucked away around the corner from everyone else, with scattered cushions and a view of the turquoise pool as the sun began to disappear behind the hotel.

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Chilling in the spa

Our hotel had the most wonderful serene spa with breathtaking views of the mountains, making it look like something out of a James Bond film! It was lovely to come here for some peace and quiet as well as a break from the sun. We didn’t actually try any of the treatments but the lady running the spa was incredibly friendly and welcoming so I’m sure that the massages and facials would have been absolutely lovely.

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Downtown

Further along the coast in the opposite direction, past the port and away from the British families with small children, there is a whole different Puerto Pollensa. This side of the resort has a more downtown vibe, with cheaper cafes and languages overheard other than English. The beach here is much, much wider and resembles something in California, making it the ying to Pine Walk’s yang. We stopped at a cute corner cafe on the seafront, tucked away in the shade, specialising in organic, vegan snacks, where I had a delicious avocado and almond wrap.

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Just looking back at this holiday makes me want to return to Mallorca again one day, but probably outside of the school holidays when it is a little quieter. If there is one way to describe Puerto Pollensa it would be picturesque: everywhere you look, there is beautiful scenery surrounding you. Apologies for the quality of some of the photos – they were taken on my phone but I still wanted to share them with you! I hope that you enjoyed this travel diary and I’m hoping to do more soon for some travel inspiration now that it’s getting closer to the season of summer holidays!

Have you been to Puerto Pollensa before? What’s your holiday destination for this year?

19 Comments

  1. March 7, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    This looks an absolutely beautiful holiday really hope I can go somewhere sunny in the future. Lovely post! X

    • milenkamillie
      March 7, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Aw thank you! There’s nothing like getting away from the British weather isn’t there! xx

      • March 7, 2017 / 6:17 pm

        Your welcome 😘 and absolutely not xx

  2. March 7, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    This post made me crave a holiday, I have never been out of the country I was born in sadly so seeing travel post like this sometimes makes me crave it. Lovely post and photographs as always xx

    • milenkamillie
      March 7, 2017 / 10:32 pm

      Aw thank you so much lovely! I hope that you get to have a beachy holiday soon! xx

  3. March 8, 2017 / 8:27 am

    I really love your blog!
    Best wishes,
    Mila

  4. March 8, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Wow, these snaps make me want to go on holiday. I love the idea of creating these travel blogs so you can look back at the memories later on! A hotel without children sounds amazing too for a bit of peace! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      March 12, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      Hehe me tooooo just looking back! Yessss that’s exactly my reasoning behind them, and also to show some lovely places for travel inspo 😊 Haha it was so blissful! Especially as Dave and I had both just finished working in schools! 🙈 xxx

  5. March 8, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    I’ve been wanting to travel to a warmer place these last days and this did not stop my temptation! Everything looks so beautiful! The hotel seemed so lovely, and I love the fact that it’s ‘adults only’ as my previous Mallorca experiences include a lot of kids by the pool or partying youths, not a very quiet day by the pool in other words. That beach dress you’re wearing in some of the shots is so gorg!! A great post that really made me want to travel! xx

    • milenkamillie
      March 12, 2017 / 9:49 pm

      Hehe thinking about travel is the best way to get through the last bit of winter! Yupppp I think that’s what Mallorca is known for usually – families with kids or rowdy teenagers! Aww thank you so much, Ingrid, it’s one of my fav holiday pieces – I always take it with me haha! xxxx

  6. March 8, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    This looks like a fantastic place for a getaway!!! I’m so with you, I’m dying for warm weather, the sun, beaches, and tanning! This post just got me sooo in the mood for all of that. I think I just daydreamed my entire way through while reading this! I lovee the place you stayed at, something about the all white with the blue accents really bring out the vivid beachy getaway vibes! I couldn’t help but to notice the shower in the room! Omg, I have a weird thing with hotel showers, and always look forward to them. This was a great travel share post!!!

    xo, JJ

    • milenkamillie
      March 12, 2017 / 9:46 pm

      It was so wonderful! If only we hadn’t gone in August, though – it was sooooo busy and hot! Me tooooo – just thinking about those three things is getting me through the last of winter! Ahahaha I love that! The shower was amazing – and so was the bath! It had a really cool tap where you could see the water flow down a little tunnel – idk if that makes any sense haha but it was cool! Thank you so much 😊 xxxx

  7. March 9, 2017 / 11:41 am

    That water looks so clear! Lovely! I went to Puerto Pollensa once when I was a kid, but I remember much of it. This makes me want to go back!

    • milenkamillie
      March 12, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      It was so incredibly clear! Like somewhere on a tropical island 😊 Aw that must have been lovely – it’s very popular with families! xx

  8. March 10, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    So awesome and dreamy 🙂 oh… I am awaiting more and more for my holidays now… its only a few days left <3
    Have a good weekend!

    • milenkamillie
      March 12, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you! Aw where are you off to on holiday? ☺️ Hope you had a great weekend! xxx

      • March 12, 2017 / 10:13 pm

        I am going to Israel in a week and I am super excited about it! Owh, yeah! <3 xoxo

        • milenkamillie
          March 12, 2017 / 11:13 pm

          Ooooh that sounds very exciting! Have a fabulous time! xxx

          • March 12, 2017 / 11:28 pm

            Thank you 💞💞💞

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