Written on: 25/09/2003 by Moongazer (2 reviews written)
Spacious, clean apartment with balcony. Family friendly.
Quiet location, near to local shops/restaurants and small beach.
Only basic cooking equipment (no conventional oven)
Quite a long walk to busy centre of Cala D'Or.
We flew to Palma from Gatwick. Coach transfer time from Palma to Cala D'Or was around 1 hr 15 minutes.
La Mirada is a very attractive aparthotel with a central reception/restaurant/bar area and accommodation arranged in separate blocks. There is an outdoor swimming pool and volleyball courts as well as table tennis tables (they make a charge for the latter but it is very modest).
There was free evening entertainment for the kids and guest singers and dancers several times per week. Every night there was some form of free entertainment....some of it was very basic but all was good fun.
The appartment was spacious and attractive and was cleaned twice per week (when bed linen was also changed). We got the impression that the cooking facilities within the apartment were only intended for occasional use. (Toaster and kettle were only supplied at extra charge). There was an option to book evening meals within the aparthotel for very reasonable rates.
La Mirada is very close to a small beach....empty in April but probably crowded in the summer.
Local shops, supermarkets and restaurants were also just a short walk away. We particularly liked the 'Napoli' restaurant just across the road.
Within a 10 minute strolling distance is a lovely old fort which gives super coastal views. And Porto Petra, a charming fishing village (no beach) is about a 45 minute walk away.
La Mirada is situated in the 'Es Forti' district of Cala D'Or (quite close to the Cala Llonga area where millionaires and celebrities moor their yachts). The main town is about an hours walk away although there is a regular road train that can take you to the bustling centre if you require.
The whole of Cala D'Or consists of low white buildings, most built in traditional style. The town is situated on a series of inlets (rather than straight coastline) and this means beaches tend to be very beautiful but quite small.Cala D'Ors pavements are tiled....I'd imagine they can get a bit slippery when wet.
We stayed in the resort for 2 weeks and hired a car for one of those weeks. Mallorca was much more picturesque than I'd imagined and we enjoyed excursions to: Palma, Alcudia and Arta amongst other places.
We also had an interesting excursion on a glass-bottomed boat.
Although La Mirada welcomed families, in my opinion Cala D'Or itself is a resort most suited to adults. One week spent there with the kids was fine but we really needed the car, to add more excitement, for the second week.
Cala D'Or is a beautiful, and quite 'dignified' resort and we found 'La Mirada' to be a super place to stay.