Accommodation in Mallorca - Booking Tips Spain
So many tourists arrange holidays to the Balearics every year that booking accommodation in Mallorca has become an easy process. At its simplest, it can take just five minutes on a website from start to finish. You can use travel agents, tour operators or 'bucket shops' (which collate offers from a variety of providers), while the direct approach to the hotel or apartment is comparatively rare.
You can book accommodation in Mallorca as part of a package including flights and transfers, but some tour operators will allow you to book accommodation alone, should you wish to make your own way to the island. Those operators with accommodation-only deals include:
First Choice (www.firstchoice.co.uk)
Thomas Cook (www.thomascook.co.uk)
and JMC (www.jmc.com).
The cheapest options often involve accommodation that is only allocated once the tourists have arrived in Mallorca. If you are not too concerned about which hotel or apartment block you stay in, this can be an effective way to save money.
On the web there are sites dedicated to connecting tourists with available rooms. www.alpharooms.com is one of the best known, or you could try www.eurohotels-direct.com.
If you want to stay in a villa or a boutique hotel outside the main hotspots, your options change. Many of the villas are booked by specialist operators who will not necessarily arrange flights, while the smaller hotels can be approached directly. Villa specialists include www.villaselect.com and www.espanabreaks.com.
The way you book accommodation in Mallorca varies according to the season. Between mid June and mid September, and particularly in July and August, accommodation in the resorts gets very booked up. You will struggle to find anywhere unless you can book months in advance - and the same applies to Easter Week (Semana Santa).
During the low season (November to March), the numbers of tourists drops, but consequently many hotels and apartments close. Resort hotels should still be booked in advance through tour operators, who may offer substantial discounts on late bookings.
One of the most vital aspects to remember when booking accommodation in Mallorca is what kind of accommodation you want. Be prepared to choose between bed only, bed and breakfast, half board (includes an evening meal), full board (all meals) and all-inclusive (all meals plus drinks and snacks).