Camp de Mar

Camp de Mar
Island restaurant in Camp de Mar

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Healthy profits at TUI

TUI, parent company of Thomson Holidays, reported today record mainstream underlying operating profits of £514m (2012: £420m), up 22% on last year.

The UK part of the business declared an underlying operating profit growth of 27% - thanks to increased (profit) margins on holidays.

Further good news is that they are introducing newer planes to their fleet... hopefully with wider seats.

Full results as a downloadable PDF presentation here:

Friday, 1 November 2013

Tomás Harris art for sale

We have recently been contacted by a gentleman in Andratx who has a number of Tomás Harris oil paintings, lithographs and dry point etchings in his collection that he wishes to dispose of. 

Anyone interested in this famous (Camp de Mar) artist's work should contact us via and we will pass on the message.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Property construction continues, but no buyers yet!

The new development by Taylor Wimpey alongside the Dorint hotel and golf course, that we reported on back in May, is progressing well. The ground floor of the first block of two and three-bedroomed townhouses has been built, and work continues on preparing the site for the remainder. More details of the project (and prices) can be found here.

Meanwhile, the new double villa - the one that looks more like a couple of office blocks (photo above) - that was built overlooking the resort a couple of years ago still remains on the depressed market. Things must be so desperate now that they're trying to flog the 16 million Euro edifice with a listing in the New York Times.

Elsewhere, dozens of apartments and villas remain empty as the recession in Spain maintains its tight grip. Even with yesterday's news of a 0.1% growth in the economy we doubt that there will be a surge of buyers heading to Camp de Mar in the near future.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

New timetables for Camp de Mar bus service starts October 1st.

From Tuesday, October 1st. the TIB bus service 102 that serves Port D'Andratx, Camp de Mar, Paguera, Santa Ponca and Palma begins a new timetable.

The changes see the late evening service from the Port D'Andratx Club de Vela stop discontinuing. Instead, services after 21:25 will begin at the sa Llonja stop. Likewise, buses from Palma will not be stopping at Club de Vela after 21:15.

Other changes are a reduced frequency during the day as the tourist season draws to a close.

Bus route 100, 104, 105, 106, 107 and the 111 are also subject to timetable changes. For more information visit the TIB public transport website

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Wildfires under control, but 1800 hectares have suffered so far...

There was good news as firefighters confirmed that the ecological and environmental disaster that has consumed 1,800 hectares of pine forest and woodland across the North West of the island, since an allegedly discarded barbecue started a fire in Andratx on Friday, was now 'under control'.

The blaze had roared its way westwards, past the villages of S’Arraco, Estellencs, and Banyalbufar, then inland towards the communities of Puigpunyent and Galatzo, devasting a large area. Cinders even fell as far as Soller and there were worries that the historic area of Valldemossa would become a victim.

Experts have suggested it could take many decades for the areas to recover, so parts of the Mallorca we have loved and cherish will not return to how we once knew them in our lifetimes.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Andratx pledges to keep Camp de Mar clean

The Environmental Department in Andratx has launched a campaign to reduce the number of cigarette butts left on the beaches in its remit.

Unlike the cans and bottles we saw, butts are biodegradable over time, but any type of litter is unsightly and unnecessary. This beach litter was noticeable during our recent stay, despite the efforts of the regular cleaners who sift the sand.

The campaign comes as the department unveils its new corporate logo with a pledge to keep the beaches around Andratx clean and retain the Blue Flag Award held by the Camp de Mar beach.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Official Camp de Mar Map

The local authority for the Camp de Mar area, Andratx Adjuntament, have published a guide to the resort that also includes a downloadable map.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Alcudia Hosts Ironman Expo & Race from Thursday

Swimming, cycling, and running: one's enough us but for the Ironman athletes - all 2,000+ of them, this sports event is like a walk in the park. This coming Saturday - May 11th - sees the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 triathlon taking place in Alcudia.

The event starts with a swimming course located in the harbour. This is followed by a bike race that takes the athletes up and down the mountains of Mallorca in a single looping course. It ends in a thrilling 3 lap run along the beach.

The Ironman Expo, located on the waterfront promenade of Alcudia, offers sports clothing, sports equipment, sports accessories, food, and services, and opens on Thursday, May 9th.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

More 'urbanisation' in Camp de Mar

Work has already begun on the construction of 69 new apartments adjacent to the Dorint hotel following the sale of scrub land to developers by the local authority.

To add to the nuisance of  heavy vehicle traffic, construction noise and dust, the popular walking route to Paguera has been fenced off as the council forgot that the path was included in the sale!

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Thomas Cook and Thomson sometimes charge more for kids

In a report in today's Daily Mail, both Thomson and Thomas Cook have been revealed as charging more for holidays involving a family group of two adults and two children as opposed to four adults travelling together. Both companies detail the reasons why in the full story linked here.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Gran Camp de Mar Hotel Rebranded

The Gran Camp de Mar Hotel has undergone a rebrand as part of the OLIMAR HOTELS group.

The company is owned by the Oliver family and currently comprises the 4-star Neptune and Flamingo hotels in Playa de Palma, the Hotel Gran Camp de Mar, and the recently acquired Hotel Paguera Park.

Monday, 11 March 2013

The Flying Estate Agent!

Here's a novel way to promote the sale of your property. Fly around it with a small HD camera equipped drone... but do you want to show that it's so near the cliff edge?

Saturday, 9 March 2013

British Airways announces new flight to Mallorca

In addition to the launch of a new service to Ibiza from Heathrow Airport, British Airways has also a new summer schedule with flights to Palma starting March 31.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Cutbacks at Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook - one of the UK's leading travel agents, and probably the most well-known due to its "Don't just book it. Thomas Cook it" slogan. - has announced closures and redundancies.

It is expected to relinquish nearly 200 high street shops and lose approximately 2,500 staff in an effort to return to profitability.

Full story here.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Happy Hola-days!

Thomson and First Choice’s 24/7 Holidayline, has launched a new translation service to offer round the clock language services for all customers travelling abroad. Translators will be on hand to offer assistance for customers whether they are attending a doctor’s appointment, haggling for a deal whilst shopping in a local market, or dealing with an emergency such as a lost passport or wallet. 

All customers need to do is call their local 24/7 Holidayline, a dedicated telephone line for Thomson and First Choice customers abroad, and ask to speak to a translator. The service will be available in 157 languages and aims to help customers overcome any issues caused by language barriers.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Double Award for Playa Camp de Mar

The Grupotel Playa Camp de Mar has been voted a winner in two categories by users of the Trip Advisor travel website.

The hotel was placed in the Top 25 in Spain for both the Hotels for Romance and the Bargain Hotels groups.

Well done.