Exploring the beautiful Balearics

Exploring the beautiful Balearics

Travel experts from Kuoni and the Telegraph offer their advice on the Balearics.

Exploring the beautiful Balearics
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The Balearics, with their family-friendly locations and laid-back charm, remain one of the most popular destinations for Britons

The Balearics have long been a favourite with the British for good reason: easy-to-reach sunshine under three hours away, pretty old towns, hilly backdrops, and sandy beaches.

However, Kuoni’s handpicked hotels and expert travel staff mean finding a new side to these old-favourite islands.

Ibiza may be synonymous with partying, but it’s also gently beautiful, with its own laid-back charm

Ibiza may be synonymous with partying, but it’s also gently beautiful, with its own laid-back charm. One upmarket town drawing a smart chill-out crowd, is Santa Eulària.

Its mix of beaches, yachties, hippy markets, galleries and excellent restaurants is hard to resist. Five-star Aguas de Ibiza Lifestyle & Spa beach hotel, minutes from town, is ideal for relaxing over frozen mojitos and a chilled DJ session in the rooftop bar.

Palma cathedral Lots to explore: Palma Cathedral in Mallorca Credit: Getty

Mallorca is the family favourite. With more than 200 beaches, water-activities, and nightlife, it has all-round appeal – even hill-walking and caves, attractive towns, plus designer shops in its historic capital, Palma.

Kuoni can guide you to where suits you best, whether that involves kids’ clubs, a converted convent, or a luxury cliff-top retreat. For families with toddlers, opt for Menorca, Mallorca’s sweet little sister, with its shallow sandy coves.

The Kuoni travel clinic, with Michael Deacon

Telegraph’s parliamentary sketch writer Michael Deacon meets Kuoni personal travel expert Andrew Smith to discuss his holiday requirements:

Q. Whom do you normally travel with?

My wife and our three-year-old son.

Q. How would you describe your holiday style?

Our world revolves around Johnny right now so the journey can’t be too long and we need plenty of entertainment. If the toddler gets bored, we’re in trouble!

Q. What type of experiences do you look for?

Having a small child limits the kind of activities we can take part in. Our son’s main interests are steam trains, animals and snacks. He also loves seaside arcades – we often go on little trips to British seaside towns.

Andrew Smith says:

“Kuoni features a family-friendly property in Menorca, which gets really good feedback, that would work well for Michael. It’s actually two connecting hotels – the Insotel Punta Prima Resort & Spa and the Insotel Punta Prima Prestige Suites & Spa and I would recommend the Suites for a family.

Insotel Prestige Suites Highly-rated: the Prestige Suites at the Insotel Punta Prima Resort

“These have a lounge and private terrace, so Michael and his wife wouldn’t need to sit in the dark once Johnny has gone to bed. They also have a kitchenette with a fridge, as I noted readily available snacks were important where Johnny is concerned.

“With guests able to take advantage of services in both hotels, the family would have access to the children’s pools and the multi-activity playgrounds and also the kids’ club if Michael and his wife fancied some downtime or even a visit to the spa. With a full-board dining plan you can eat at a variety of restaurants too, including an Italian with a wood-fire pizza oven, often a favourite with young children.

Insotel Punta Prima Resort Splashing fun: Insotel Punta Prima Resort features a number of pools Credit: franciscogarvi.com

“The flight time to Menorca is just a couple of hours, and we can add a pushchair to the booking if required. Michael needs to travel in parliamentary recess, so it would be high season, but the temperature would still be pleasant for a toddler – not too hot.

“The sandy beach at Punta Prima is good for families with shallow water. It can get a little busy in peak season but on the flipside it has plenty of amenities that are useful for families. They wouldn’t need to leave the resort but if they were game, there’s a bus stop outside the hotel, with frequent services. Menorca is a lovely small island to explore.”

Michael Deacon says:

“Menorca does sound really good for us. I like the idea of the suite and the short flight time is an advantage. It’s also good to have the variety with dining options and child-friendly menus - eating the same meals at a buffet night after night does not appeal.

Insotel Punta Prima Resort Strong candidate: Insotel Punta Prima Resort in Menorca Credit: franciscogarvi.com

“Andrew’s suggestion of taking the little red tourist train sounded very promising, given Johnny’s current obsession! We really want to do as little organising as possible, and I felt reassured this holiday catered for Johnny’s needs while giving us a chance to relax too.”

Why Kuoni?

Kuoni holidays don’t come off the shelf, they are tailor-made for you. The company’s personal travel experts take the time to get to know you, so they can create a bespoke holiday for you and your budget.

The best advice comes from a consultant who knows the destination inside out because they have personal experience of being there. Use Kuoni’s online expert finder to connect with a destination expert in a Kuoni store near you or call 01306 744 733.

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