We booked our week-long stay in April at La Pergola through Travelzoo as a last-minute break and had no real idea what to expect.
We’d got a cheap deal including flights with Ryanair, airport transfers and half-board (breakfast and dinner included) at La Pergola for a price that, even if the hotel turned out to be a bit of a dump, was too good to turn down.
Some of south-west Mallorca’s hotels look, to us as we travelled past them, pretty dodgy – and built to cram in as many tourists as possible in limited, high rise spaces.
As soon as we arrived at La Pergola though, in the beautiful waterside town of Port d’Andratx, it was clear we had nothing at all to worry about.
We got a great first impression – a light, clean and really high quality reception with a feel of luxury to it that immediately made me realise we’d made the right choice.
Staff on reception were immediately helpful, friendly and spoke almost perfect English.
We had two apartment rooms between our family of six, which were pristine clean, tidy and with everything in we needed – plus a free welcome bottle of wine.
The whole place was very quiet – this was early April so very much the off-season – with hardly any other guests. We had the whole pool and sunbathing area almost entirely to ourselves on several occasions (even if the pool was too cold at this time of year!)
There is also an indoor heated pool along with a small gym and sauna too. However the sister hotel next door (Mon Port Hotel) had a superb indoor luxury spa, which we had a free one day pass to (and could book to use again if we wanted).
The highlight for of La Pergola for us was the restaurant and food; an all you can eat buffet with an enormous range and variety of delicious, quality hand-cooked food – at both dinner and breakfast times.
It was so much better quality than I was expecting for the price we paid. The waiters were all friendly and spoke good English and we looked forward to dinner there every evening.
April is obviously not the busy high season – and I can’t comment on what it might be like in busier times, but when we stayed there was no queuing, always plenty of food to choose from – and just a really relaxed, friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.
The location itself has got to be the best in this region of Mallorca. Compared with the other nearby very tourist-heavy resorts like Magaluf, Palmanova and the rest, Port Andtratx has a really pleasant, up-market feel to it.
It’s a small, quiet town surrounding a marina full of £multi-million yachts. Despite being quite small, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars and other amenities like a decent supermarket, pharmacies and so on.
Port Andratx town and marina is about 10-minute walk from the hotel (along the waterfront, so an enjoyable walk). The hotel itself is tucked away in a really quiet cul-de-sac in peaceful, picturesque surroundings.
There is a bus stop about 5-minutes walk from the hotel (outside the Club de Vela sailing club) that will take you to all the main nearby beach resorts like Camp de Mar, Peguera and Sant Elm.
There isn’t a sandy beach in Port d’Andratx (or within walking distance) but I think this is actually a benefit, as it made for a quieter, less touristy area to stay, but was still only 20 minutes or so from some brilliant beaches on the bus (or by taxi if preferred).
We found it very difficult to find any fault with La Pergola considering the very reasonable price we paid and everything, including the staff, the restaurant, food, location, facilities and rooms, all added up to make a brilliant holiday for us.
The only small issue we had was a very minor issue regarding the level of noise in the rooms. The walls and ceilings seemed quite thin and you can hear noise from the neighbouring rooms – including toilets flushing, footsteps, etc.
It didn’t bother us much, partly because it was a quiet time of year so there weren’t many other guests, also because everything else was so good, it seemed a very minor issue given the reasonable price we paid.
Perhaps it’s a bit noisier in peak season, but I guess if you want complete peace and quiet, you’ll have to pay for a private villa – and have to accept some compromise if you’re paying less for a hotel like this.
I wouldn’t let that put you off though – all in all, I can’t imagine anyone staying here and not being thoroughly happy – definitely deserves its Trip Advisor ‘certificate of excellence’ and Port Andtratx as a whole is a great place to visit. You won’t be disappointed!