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Hotel Apartamentos Ivory Playa 3.5

Port d'Alcudia, Majorca, Balearic Islands

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Pros

  • Set just one block from lovely long stretch of sandy beach
  • Studio and one-bedroom apartments with cooking facilities and balconies
  • Top-end units include iPod docks, coffee machines, and sea views
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner, plus poolside a la carte dining
  • Deluxe spa with heated therapy pool, sauna, and pebble foot bath
  • Lagoon pool, full-length training pool, and splash pool
  • Two free supervised kids' clubs 
  • Nightly entertainment can include magicians and cabaret 
  • Bicycle garage with secure storage and tools
  • Large supermarket a minutes' walk away
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 

Cons

  • Breakfast not included as standard
  • Relatively small outdoor space
  • Wi-Fi can be slow in places
  • Little nightlife in immediate surrounds (pro for some)

Bottom Line

The family-owned Ivory Playa is a three-and-a-half pearl, relatively small aparthotel that stands out for its immaculately clean interiors and comprehensive range of facilities. While a nearby supermarket is convenient and the lovely sandy beach is one block away, those looking for buzzy local nightlife might be disappointed. The 168 apartments are mostly one-bedroom, and all units come with cooking facilities, balconies, comfy beds, and free Wi-Fi (albeit spotty in areas); some premium units also feature coffee machines and sea views. Lovely gardens contain lagoon, training, and splash pools, while a free spa offers a lovely thermal pool with aqua-massage jets. Decent buffet and a la carte menus, plus kids' clubs, evening entertainment, and a cocktail bar add up to a fine package. For more outdoor space and direct beach access, check slightly higher rates at Hotel Playa Esperanza. 

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Scene

Spotlessly clean apartment complex that's popular with families

The first impression upon arrival at the Ivory Playa is just how spotless it is. A small, high-ceilinged lobby is decked out in pink marble, polished steel, and frosted glass -- all immaculately clean and with smart contemporary seating, fresh flowers, and cascading plants completing the welcoming space. The all-apartment hotel is an independent family-owned property open since the late '80s, though extensive renovations through 2016 have ensured that the place looks modern throughout. A pair of elevators service six floors. The rear gardens are particularly well-tended, with a tidy collection of palm trees, shrubs, and other tropical plants. While prone to some morning shade, on our visit the pool areas were sunny and buzzing with a laid-back atmosphere popular with families. Although the complex has the feeling of being squeezed into a fairly compact space and the grounds aren't huge -- it rarely feels overcrowded. 

Location

Between Alcudia's main coast road and its lovely long sandy beach

The hotel is located between the main road that runs parallel with the Bay of Alcudia and its lovely long stretch of sandy beach just a couple minutes' away. Streetside, the immediate surroundings aren't particularly interesting. There's a neighboring gas station, big supermarket, and a light scattering of other hotels and eateries. However "Dollar Street" is just about within walking distance and offers one of the town's busier strips of nightlife with bars, karaoke joints, and lively restaurants. Regular buses also run up and down the coast, and into the Port d'Alcudia busy resort center in around 15 minutes. Another popular local attraction is the Alcudia Nature Reserve -- protected wetlands ideal for bird watching -- just five minutes' drive away. Alcudia's picturesque old town is a 15-minute drive away. Palma de Mallorca, the island's capital (and home to the main airport) is 40 to 45 minutes by car.

Rooms

Cooking facilities and free Wi-Fi; extra perks can include sea views and coffeemakers

Of the 168 apartments here, the vast majority are one-bedroom units (sleeping up to four) with a handful of studio apartments for two. Wood parquet flooring distinguish otherwise simple interiors which also include cheerful fabrics, modern furniture, and colorful artwork. All units open to balconies or terraces overlooking either the street or garden. Higher level Plus Apartments offer views of the lake or sea. Double glazing on windows keeps noise to a minimum. Beds are comfy, with the options of mattress toppers and a choice of pillows. 

Kitchenettes with microwaves, fridge/freezers, electric burners, and cookware come as standard. There are also flat-screen TVs (small in studios, otherwise 32-inch) with a few English-speaking channels. In-room Wi-Fi is free, though signal strength varies. Extra perks in upgraded rooms include coffee machines, iPod docks, and bathrobes, all of which are also available for an extra fee in standard rooms. Around half of the bathrooms have been updated with walk-in rainfall showers. Un-renovated bathrooms have shower/tub combos with old-fashioned granite tops. All bathrooms come with wall-mounted hairdryers and generic hotel-branded toiletries. 

Features

Impressive array of facilities includes pools, a luxe spa, and kids' clubs

For a relatively small, independent hotel, Ivory Playa manages to fit in everything you'd expect from a resort property. The main freeform pool is large and the adjacent deck provides ample quality sunbeds in shady or sunny areas. A full-length (82-foot/25-meter) outdoor heated pool has two lanes for swimming, though it was full of splashing children during our visit. There is also a separate kids' pool, as well as mini- and maxi-clubs for 4- to 12-year-olds, and ages 13 and over. 

Opened in 2013, the hotel's surprisingly deluxe spa packs in a heated pool with cascades and jets, an ice machine, steam room and sauna, a modern gym, and a heated pebble foot bath, plus three treatment rooms for massages. The spa is adult-only apart from two hours a day when children are allowed, and access is free of charge. Cyclists can access a garage with secure bike storage, tools, and sports drinks. There are also use of two tennis courts for a fee.

A bright and clean dining room is where guests enjoy a buffet breakfast of hot (scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages) and cold (croissants, yogurts, fresh fruit, breads, jams, cheese) dishes, with a chef providing on-demand omelets, eggs, and pancakes. Juice is from machines, though coffee is made fresh. Breakfast is not always included in rates, though it is reasonably priced. Half-board guests have a buffet dinner included, which rotates on a 14-day cycle of dishes and live cooking. For lunch, there's a poolside bar offering the likes of pizza, salads, pasta, and tapas a la carte. An indoor bar opens in the evening, with snacks, cocktails, and nightly entertainment that includes cabaret, tribute acts, and magic shows. 

Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, though the signal isn't always reliable. 

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Address

Ctra Port d'Alcudia - Arta 113, Port d'Alcudia, Alcudia 07408, Spain