Hey everyone! As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I have another nails on holiday post for you all today. For those of you who haven't seen my previous posts on this and don't know what I'm talking about, I basically take pictures of my nails in front of things on holiday, you can see all my previous nails on holiday posts here. I really love doing these as they are great for me to look back on as a kind of holiday diary, but they are also great as a way for you all to nosy into my holiday! I do sometimes get funny looks when I'm taking these pictures but it's worth it for the post at the end. If you want to know more about my nails see here for my post yesterday. This is quite a lengthy post so I won't blame you if you don't read it all, but for the nosy readers out there hopefully you'll enjoy it!
This year me and my boyfriend decided to go to Majorca. We decided quite late on that we were going to go on holiday because we thought originally that we couldn't\shouldn't afford it because we've just moved into our first house. However we decided to go anyway because we were both craving for some time away and we spent ages poring over holidays before we finally settled on a hotel in C'an Picafort, Majorca for September. By the 9th we were excited and prepared to fly that weekend, when we received a call that our hotel had overbooked and we would not longer be able to stay there (it turns out that all that time poring over hotels was pretty fruitless). However, they had decided to upgrade us to a hotel in Alcudia instead. We were upgraded from a 4* to a 5*, so we were pretty excited as 5* hotels are very much out of our budget.
We weren't told much about our room or what to expect from the hotel so we went with pretty average expectations. However, when we arrived we were completely blown away. We were staying in the Viva Zafiro Alcudia and it was absolutely gorgeous. The hotel has recently been revamped so everything is bright, clean and sleek. It was 1am by the time we got to the hotel so we were both pretty tired, but we decided to just have a peek on our balcony to see the view. When we got out onto the balcony I was confused to see some steps leading up toward the roof so I decided to explore, only to find that we had our own rooftop balcony with a jacuzzi! I'm sure for some of you my excitement over that seems silly but I was so happy and to be honest we barely moved from our rooftop sunbeds the whole holiday. We went down to the beach a couple of times and lay by the main pool once or twice but we mainly stayed up there and chilled out which was amazing. This does mean that there isn't a great variety in pictures I'm afraid but hopefully you still enjoy reading. Unfortunately the hotel is a (thousand pounds) out of our price range so we probably won't be able to stay there again as much as we would like to, but if you have the money I would 100% recommend it!
This was our bed, which was great to come down to for a bit of a break in the air-conditioned room having been on the roof for a while.
We had a view of the hotel and pool area from our room which was great until evening when the entertainment was on. We didn't really fancy going down to watch any of them as we wanted to chill out together and watch Netflix by the time it came to the evening. However our room was pretty much right in front of the stage (see just above my fingers) and so it was pretty loud.
As I said, we spent a lot of time on our balcony, in and out of the jacuzzi. The only thing is because it has such a small surface area it tended to get pretty hot by mid-afternoon and so it wasn't exactly refreshing to sit in fully but it was nice to dip your legs into and it was especially nice in the evening once the weather had cooled a bit.
On the first couple of nights we took advantage of our all inclusive by having a few drinks at the bar. I stuck with my trusty gin & tonic (which was huge) and Luke tried some cocktails. Quite often on all inclusive holidays it's only local alcohol that is included but at the Viva Zafiro this didn't really seem to apply. There were of course a few wines and more expensive bottles of alcohol that weren't included but they had a great selection.
The food was also absolutely amazing, I didn't take any photos of it because I often didn't take my phone down to meals or I was too busy eating to take a photo. But there was so many options to choose from and even for a fussy eater like me there were plenty of options.
On the second day of our holiday we decided to take a walk out of the hotel for a change of scenery and we headed down to Alcudia harbour. We spent a bit of time ogling the yachts (... if only we were millionaires!) and looking in souvenir shops along the beach front.
On the Wednesday we spent the afternoon lazing by the pool rather than on our roof. I don't know if it's because we went quite late in the year but our hotel was pretty quiet so you didn't have to worry about fighting for sunbeds, and you could turn up at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and still get a good spot, which is exactly what we did.
The sunbeds were huge, big enough for both of us to lie on and read our books, and it was so relaxing. We chose a spot on a terrace above the pool so that we weren't being splashed and we stayed there for hours, resulting in my first sunburn of the holiday (to be honest I was surprised it took so long, I usually look like a tomato on day 1).
Unfortunately toward the end of the week the days were pretty cloudy. We had been hoping for amazing weather as that was how it had been the week before (according to weather apps) but it didn't really get any hotter than 29 degrees in the week and toward the end of the week it was 24 degrees when the sun was out but it was actually quite chilly when the clouds were covering it (especially because I'm always cold). We are binge-watching Pretty Little Liars at the moment (which I really wasn't expecting to become so addicted to), and our hotel had amazing wifi throughout so we spent the cloudy hours in our room watching Netflix. If my mum reads this she'll criticise me for wasting my holiday, but it didn't feel wasted as were still relaxing and there wasn't anything we felt like we should be doing more, especially as we chose not to book any trips this time around and just have a week of relaxation.
On the final day the sun was showing itself at intervals so we decided to take a trip down to the beach again and have a walk and we ended up walking for miles. We decided to walk along the sea front, but it goes on forever and we didn't really feel like stopping so we walked for a mile or so and then we doubled back on ourselves but this time we walked through Alcudia which runs adjacent to the sea front and stopped at some souvenir shops to get gifts for everyone back home.
Whilst we didn't do much for the week, that was exactly what I needed. It felt like a long time since I'd had a proper break as even when we've been on long weekends away to Edinburgh and London this year we've done a lot in a short timescale and we've ended up exhausted, so it was great to refuel and do nothing for an entire week. I definitely have holiday blues now though, especially after writing this and reminiscing over what a lovely time we had. I only wish that I could afford more than one holiday a year/ I had enough days to take off from work so that I could do this more often, but I know that I'm fortunate to be able to afford to go away at all and I make the most of it whenever I do.
Hope you liked my incredibly lengthy travel journal + the nails. Well done if you managed to read the whole thing.
Let me know in the comments whats you thought!