Greeted by palm trees outside Palma de Mallorca airport on a crisp August night, we smiled at each other and relaxed. holiday. finally! First trip abroad since pre-pandemic.
About an hour from the airport, we headed to the Iberostar Cala Domingos Hotel on the southeastern coast of the island to enjoy the sights and sounds of the journey.
Upon arrival at the huge resort, we were shown to our air-conditioned room in a chalet next to the hotel’s main pool. It was too late for dinner, so the staff provided bread, cheese, meat, fruit, and a bottle of delicious Mallorcan red too.
And there was a bonus – a lovely little porch to enjoy it all, with ocean views.
On the first morning of our 4 night stay we got up as early as the previous night’s wine would allow.
We had breakfast first and have had many holiday buffets but this was unlike anything we’ve seen before.
The variety of food and drink offered at Iberostar Cala Domingos’ is another.
There seemed to be all the cereals in the sun and a great variety of fresh pastries, breads, sweets, yoghurts, hot porridge, freshly baked pancakes and even churros.
The chef also prepares custom omelettes for you.
Now that we are well nourished and watered, it is time to explore this hotel. Honestly, the word “hotel” doesn’t really do the place justice.
Iberostar Cala Domingos is a sprawling Caribbean-style resort built into hilly scrubland, somewhat secluded, like living in a sunny small town.
The sophisticated hotel reception, the main restaurant Zamora, the pool, as well as the tennis courts and bar are located on the top floor of the resort.
But once you’re out onto a quiet street, it’s a lovely walk to a second pool and snack bar, followed by shops. Another large restaurant, Es Turó, is open for dinner only and requires reservations.
Right next door is the resort’s large entertainment venue and bar, as well as Star Camp’s kids activity area.
Around the corner is a beautiful and popular public beach nestled between the crags of the coastline.
On the left is a cove you can explore by snorkeling, but I was more interested in a beach hut that serves beer, burgers and hot dogs.
The turquoise waters were wonderful to swim in, beautifully calm and the well kept beach made getting in and out of the water easy.
We wandered around the village of bungalow-like chalets that make up most of the resort, and we were able to fill our water bottles at the free taps scattered throughout Cala Domingos.
This is an innovation that is part of Iberostar’s green initiative, eliminating single-use plastics from all hotels.
We returned to Zamora before 2pm and enjoyed a special lunch buffet just like we did in the morning. Pasta, pizza, burgers, baked potatoes and an extensive salad bar awaited.
Also chef’s specialties. These include fish fillets sliced off the bone whole and lamb fillets roasted on a rotating rotisserie. I had the salmon myself, in a delicious creamy sauce.
Liquor also came out at lunch – lagers and wine literally came out on tap. .
In the afternoon, we headed to the hotel’s top-floor pool to watch the enthusiastic staff lead water aerobics classes and referee a water polo match.
The hotel has a strong focus on health and wellbeing, with a wide range of activities to attract active couples and families.
It wasn’t what we were looking for, but the mojito lesson started right after the water polo ended, and the enthusiastic bartenders helped us make some refreshing drinks. .
It is a well-balanced space for those who want to be active and those who want to relax. And boy, does this hotel pull you in the spirit.
Fast forward to day 2 — I was having breakfast at Zamora when a waitress approached me and offered me a glass of pink fizzy champagne. 9:30 am! I turned her down and regretted it all day.
get there: Jet2 flies from both Glasgow and Edinburgh to Mallorca at a price of 49 per person each way including tax. Visit jet2.com or call 0800 408 5599.
stay there: Rooms at the 4-star Iberostar Cala Domingos start at £175 per night for all-inclusive or £155 per night.Visit Iberostar.com
More information: The hotel has two pools, one for adults and one for children. The Star Camp offers a variety of activities for children and teenagers, the Monkey and Dolphin Clubs for children aged 4-12, and the Eagle Club for older children up to 17.
After another day of beach, pool and relaxation, we booked Es Turó restaurant.
The first dinner at Zamora was great, but the dinner at Es Turo was even better. I’ve never seen lobster get it’s own. I certainly helped with this delicious pile of red crustaceans.
The chef set up the BBQ grill and had most of the vast range of meats, fish and vegetables on offer ready to be cooked, burgers, skewers or whatever you prefer.
We then hopped over to the adjoining Shaw Bar and sampled nearly every cocktail on the menu. All of this was mixed with the smiles of the staff. While enjoying his band, a top-notch Abba tribute, Carahe took in stunning views of the Domingos coastline.
When the official entertainment was over, we were taken to something of an afterparty, a silent disco on the beach lit up with cool blue lights and bowls of punch to keep us all lubricated. I kept
On our last day, one of the hotel managers, Tomeu, gave us more details about the company’s environmental plans.
Transportation around the resort is by electric car and buggy. Electric cars are incredibly fun and can get you from A to B quickly.
Tomeu revealed that the hotel’s goal is to be zero waste by 2025, with onsite staff dedicated to sorting recycling bins.
Under the Winds of Change strategy, the Iberostar Group is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
The sustainability story was a thoughtful note to round out a trip that was all about fun and relaxation.
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