Iberostar Cala Millor
What We Love
- A blissful adults-only hotel on a stunning beach, with breakfast and a dinner optionWaking up to a delicious breakfast at the hotel – and upgrading to include dinner
- Making the most of the luxury spa facilities and indoor pool
- The short walk to the beach and nearby coastal reserve for an extra helping of natural beauty
What To Know
- Beach volleyball and a nearby golf course offer a break from the beach
- If you want panoramic views, book a "priority location" room
- The food is good, but not fine-dining fare
Reliable for year round sun, there’s no need to wait until summer to visit the Balearic Island of Mallorca. Capital Palma has the nightlife, while the islands sheltered coastlines and salty pine forests afford tranquil sun-traps and a real chance for undisturbed rest and relaxation. The four-star adults-only IBEROSTAR Cala Millor is no exception with direct access to the beach, Spa, fresh water pool, and no risk of a rogue pool bomber disturbing your zen.
Mediterranean sea views provide the colourful backdrop to contemporary guest rooms packed with mod cons. Beach volleyball and a nearby golf course offer a break from the beach, which, just yards from the hotel, optimises tanning time. Add to that a restaurant, snack bar and show cooking displays full of Mediterranean flavours, and you have the perfect recipe for a taste of island life.
How to Get There
I can't really fault the place. Really nice hotel, nice rooms, good food, great facilities. I want to pay particular tribute to the staff though, especially Joan and Estephania in the dining room, they were really kind, attentive and when there was a little mishap they put it right straight away with minimal fuss. They all seemed incredibly happy in their jobs and it was noticeable what a tremendous work ethic they had, a real credit to themselves and their management team.
Tip: The Castell de sa Punta de n'Amer is a late 17th century Fort that also saw action as late as the Spanish Civil War that is a lovely short walk away from the hotel, just take a left when leaving the hotel main entrance and follow the path along the coast for 15 minutes until you reach it. It's a real gem.
I visited here with a friend for the last week in October for a few days, and the hotel itself is very new, modern and clean.
The staff are probably the friendliest and most helpful I’ve ever came across and they are a credit to the hotel. For example, my friend and I wanted a pot of tea from the bar and we asked for a tray so we could take it to our room, and the barman insisted on taking the tea to our room so we didn’t have to. It was a lovely and thoughtful gesture out of many while we were there.
WiFi at the hotel is strong and reaches out to the pool area, and the beds were comfortable and a good size. Hairdryers provides in the room, and whilst we didn’t use the tv, it was huge and had lots of English/international channels.
The food was brilliant; I don’t care what other reviews say, even though we went in the last week of October the choice was excellent and I fail to see how even the pickiest water couldn’t find something they like. Along with the usual cold meats and hot dishes, pasta, salads, chips, various casserole and local style dishes there was always a good selection of meat and fish ‘cooked to order’, ranging from chicken to steak to lamb to kebabs etc. It really was very good, and the desserts were absolutely huge!
The all inclusive drinks package was good, it included bottled cava, sangria, beers, local and internal spirits (Gordon’s and Bombay Sapphire gin were included for example), and on a side note, the hotel is ‘single use plastic free’, so all the water bottles were glass, the pool side glasses were solid, robust plastic glasses which was a nice touch.
The hotel itself goes straight onto Cala Millor beach which is very beautiful, rocky in places and very long. We ended up with a partial sea view room (211) overlooking the pool, palm trees and sea and it was a stunning view from the balcony.
The hotel is also a short walk to the centre of Cala Millor which was lovely to walk around with plenty of shops and restaurants to visit. You can hire bikes and the like from multiple different places with lots of couples and families cycling around, hand the whole area had a very calm, relaxing vibe.
Cons: The bathroom was infuriating. Whilst brand new and spotless like the rest of the hotel, the door is a thin translucent glass door that swings both directions and doesn’t quite close. Offers no sound insulation which you need, regardless of whether you’re there as friends or as a couple! The shower had great water pressure, but the shower tray was so shallow against the bathroom floor the room instantly flooded as the tray wasn’t high enough to stop the water. There was also no bath, which while may be standard, was a slight miss.
The air con was poor; it didn’t work, or at least it didn’t work in our room, 211. Whilst we were there the weather was a lovely 25 degrees, but in the room it was sweltering at night and we didn’t sleep well as a result. We didn’t say anything to reception because it was a short stay and we didn’t want to move rooms, but worth management noting so they could maybe sort it out for the future.
The outside pool wasn’t heated, and it was far colder than the sea, despite it being the end of October. We braved it, once, and nearly went into shock as a result! We never saw the same guests try the pool more than once, and there’s a reason why that was. As a result, the poor lifeguard was sat by the pool, clearly very bored because no one dared use the pool!
No tea and coffee making facilities in the room; I know this isn’t standard across Europe and it’s a very British thing to want, but it is a miss when a hotel room doesn’t have it.
The final point I’ll make is not as issue with the hotel or staff, rather the nature of the clientele. Whilst it was the end of the high season and there was regular evening entertainment on, the atmosphere in the hotel at night was very flat. This is not the place for a bit of a dance to the entertainment or frivolity, as each night all of the clientele remained firmly planted in their seats showing little interest to the (talented) entertainment, regardless of what it was, and this was even despite the bar staff who were great trying their best to liven things up and get people to dance.
I realise that night time entertainment is everyone’s cup of tea, and may not want to dance or participate, and the majority of the guests were older than my friend and I, but when all of the guests are disinterested in the entertainment it creates a flat, despondent mood which was a shame, as the entertainment was decent, and deserved a livelier audience.
All in all a very enjoyable and relaxing stay. If you’re after a quiet piece of tranquility to eat lots, be looked after and to chill out this is the place to come.
The hotel is at the bottom of calla Millor and about a twenty minute walk to the centre.
The room we had was on the 8th floor and fantastic view of the sea and the beach very relaxing. Comfy bed and spacious room. Alexia who cleaned our room was great had time to speak to you a lovely person. We were all inclusive plus so mini bar safe and free spa treatment which we both enjoyed.
Restaurant Buffet style but excellent choice of food nothing to much trouble for staff if you needed anything Cristina was a delight every member of staff in the restaurant were lovely even the lady who did the crepes on our last night did both of us a Minnie Mouse crepe fantastic.
Fantastic hotel fantastic staff lovely manager. Our only niggle just a tiny one was that we could not understand on the patio door why handle on the inside none on the outside to get in but that’s just a little niggle.
Thank you for giving us a great holiday you are all a credit to the hotel.