A Day and Night in Mallorca
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On being invited to Magaluf, a part of me died inside. With more STI clinics than A&E's and pints from 15p, it's a "lads on tour" dream, a strip saturated in end of exam parties. Sadly, however, I am far from the "lad" kind. But when On The Beach took us to the newly opened BH Mallorca hotel, my conceptions on Mallorca changed forever. There's far more to the island than drunken tattoos and sights no article could even bear to mention. Greeted with the hotel's own brand of champagne with tapas prepared for us by the hotel's "state of the art" chef, misconceptions of Mallorca were already starting to change. BH Mallorca is a colossal phenomenon of a hotel, with 656 modern suites, all with balconies, air conditioning, televisions and a mini-fridge filled enough to make every sunset that little bit more tipsy. The modernity of the hotel gave the notorious Magaluf a fresh new look, with a beach club, stage area and an 18+ waterpark with nine white-knuckle slides; even watching people go down the largest slide on the island is enough to make anyone feel a little queasy. So what is there to do in Mallorca? Boat Trips The best way to see Mallorca in its full-blown glory is undoubtedly via a boat trip. The affordable trips take visitors round parts of the island, highlighting key areas to visit whilst basking in the Spanish heat. Witnessing the blue waters that bring travel guides to life with stop offs for a quick swim, Mallorca's boat tours inject that little bit of culture into your holiday whilst topping up the tan and serving as a perfect hangover cure, trust me. We personally travelled with Dolphin, which featured an upper and lower deck, a well stocked bar and an underwater viewing level. Lunch in Portals Vells A Mallorcan gem and possibly one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever visited is Portals Vells. Light blue waters greet pure sands, as the pocket of luxury demands your visit. Whilst in the area, we took for lunch at the outdoor beach restaurant overlooking the waters. If you’re a fan of either tapas or paella, this is the place for you. If you’re not, this place will change that. On ordering a “naked paella”, every flavour was as rich as the next, that caused immediate silence and a few eye lulls across the table; myself included.
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