My wife and I spent a week earlier this autumn at the Sol Gavilanes Hotel in Cala Galdana. Following a great holiday there a year ago and being too busy to look at any other options, having moved house and been busy with garden improvements, we booked again with Thomson. We weren’t disappointed. The hotel is very well-managed, clean and comfortable, serving excellent food in both of its buffet restaurants. Unfortunately, it still does not offer free WiFi.

Villas on a clifftop
A view from the hotel terrace at dawn

So what was different this time? Most importantly, we took advantage of being able to fly from Bournemouth airport, rather than Gatwick. This cut down our travel time dramatically and meant that we could get a bit of sleep at home before setting off for our early-morning flight (last year, we drove through the night before catching one at a similar time); we were also able to check in for it a little later.

We took a boat trip along the coast. Along the way, we passed some fascinating rock formations, not least the sea arch at Punta de Sant’Aleix.

Sea arch
Paddle thru

The voyage was an ideal way to take a look at other beaches along the coast; I have to say, however, that none surpassed our favourite, Cala Mitjana.

My birthday fell half-way through our stay and, on our return to the beach, we were delighted to find that the hotel had left a complimentary bottle of Cava in an ice bucket for us. Along with the fresh fruit left for us a couple of days previously, it was a lovely touch.

Finally, the weather turned a little more unsettled towards the end of our stay: windy but no rain. Whilst it wasn’t so good for sunbathing, I enjoyed dodging higher waves in the surf and we enjoyed a couple of fabulous sunsets.

Complex sunset
Sunset viewed from the beach

We were really glad we paid a return visit and are now interested in trying other hotels in the Sol portfolio.

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