Why Camp de Mar Info?
There was very little information about the excellent Mallorcan resort of Camp de Mar on the Web back in 2002 when this site was first created and now, over a dozen years later, there's no end of online review sites detailing the woes and delights of holidaymakers from around the world. Holiday brochures of the time also only had a few paragraphs extoling the virtues of the hotels and surroundings, but no real detail. Camp de Mar Info was inspired after our stay there and we have been back nearly every year since. If you would like to know more about Camp de Mar and the area, then hopefully we have something for you. We are independent of any hotel group or travel agency and do not have any sponsorship, ads, or axes to grind.
Over the years, this site has been expanded with articles and photographs thanks to you, the visitors. Thanks go to regulars Bob & Mary Haskett, and Roger & Pam Fearn for their contributions to the Reviews pages, plus John Reeves and Paul Rawson for adding to the Photo Galleries - that now also include videos. In fact, we welcome contact by visitors, so do get in touch if you have a question, review or photos that you would like to add to this site.
And in keeping with modern technology, the site has recently been completely recoded to (hopefully) work better with smartphones and tablets, the Blog (sometimes) feeds this homepage with all the latest news, and we have a Flikr photo gallery for you to follow.
Camp de Mar is on the south-west coast of Mallorca, about 40 minutes drive along a fast road out of the capital, Palma. The resort has one 5★ hotel - the Steigenberger Golf & Spa Resort - Camp de Mar (formerly the Dorint or Camp de Golf); three 4★ hotels - the Olimar Gran Camp de Mar, (formerly The Riu Club), The Playa (Grupotel) and the rebranded H10 Blue Mar (formerly the Lido Palace). The Villa Real and the Bahia Camp de Mar are apartment hotels rated at 3★. The rest of the resort consists of apartments, shops and villas. The private villa complex - Las Perlas - was built by Taylor-Woodrow on the outskirts of the village near the golf course and other complexes by them are under construction. Camp de Mar is usually quiet and ideal for anyone wanting a relaxing holiday without the crowds and nightime noise as found in Santa Ponça or Magaluf.
The very exclusive golf-orientated Steigenberger is situated to the back of the resort, so there is a short walk to the beach. However, the majority of their guests prefer the extensive greens to the white sands of the bay. The three 4★ hotels are: The Gran Camp de Mar, an all-inclusive for some guests; The Playa (Grupotel), a TUI exclusive hotel for English holidaymakers over 16; and the all-inclusive, also over-16s only H10 Blue Mar (H10 Group). These hotels are all situated around the beach... the Playa is practically on it! All are well-appointed and offer a wide variety of facilities.
The Villa Real is just off the traffic roundabout in the centre of Camp de Mar and so is again a short walk from the beach, but it is ideal as a budget hotel offering self-catering. Up the hill, heading out of the resort towards Port Andratx, is the Bahia Camp de Mar, a collection of 64 apartments in a hotel setting that cascade down the hill to the sea. Both these are Aparthotels, hotels with self-catering facilities should you choose not to use the on-site restaurants. Further out is the Holiday Property Bond (HPB) complex La Reserva de Biniorella.
Shops & Local Markets
The resort is fully open from early May to near the end of October. The main road into Camp de Mar heads down to the seafront in between the bigger hotels. Here you will find the Kiosco, which is just like your local newsagent; M & Molt Traveller Boutique - a costume jewellers with some very pretty pieces; Banca March with cashpoint machine - so you can draw out your Euros here; car hire and bike rental; an ice cream shop; and several other shops selling holiday clothing and souvenirs. A pharmacy, hairdresser, and three more supermarkets of various sizes can be found around the base of the Playa hotel. The doctor's surgery, next to the Villa Real hotel, is now also a mini-supermarket.
The nearest market is on Tuesday morning in Paguera. It consists of arts and crafts, fruit, veg and local meats and cheeses. If you're fit, you can walk there over the hills and through the woods, or simply take a the 5 minute bus or cab journey. Further out, about 10 minutes away, is Wednesday's larger market in Andratx. This is far better than Saturday's one in Palma. But the best one of all is Inca. In the centre of the island on Thursday, this is for the more adventurous as it requires a bus to Palma and then a train. Alternatively, the tour operators usually organise their own transport, but these often leave limited time for shopping. Don't forget to haggle and remember that the real 'leder handbags' and designer goods offered by some stallholders may not be what they seem.
Bars & Restaurants
There are a number of restaurants, cafes and bars around the resort. A visit to Camp de Mar would not be complete without crossing the walkway to the Illetas Bar & Restaurante (Tel. 971 235 884) on the little island (nicknamed 'Alcatraz') in the bay. The Petit Ambassador restaurant has been redeveloped into the Accana Beach Club, while the Beach Club Camp de Mar is now the Beach Club Arriocera (Tel. 971 137 061). Nearby is also La Siesta (Tel. 971 235 841) for fish, meat and paella. Upmarket 'À la carte' food can be found at the Flor de Sal and La Tulipe restaurants near to the Bahia Aparthotel. For more info on some of these, see this review by Pam & Roger Fearn.
Every year there is some change to the travel services. This year, the English version of the island's travel website has a new web address for all bus, train and tube timetables and services. For convenience, you can download the current (May to October) timetable for the local Bus 102 here. This route serves the resort from its single stop, so make sure you know which way it is going. The 102 transaBus is air-conditioned and runs between Port D'Andratx and Palma via Andratx, Paguera and Santa Ponça. The fare to Palma is 4.60 Euros and the driver does not like notes bigger than a ten. The market special is the 811 from Palmanova to Andratx on Wednesday - expect it to be full by the time it gets to Camp de Mar, so you may be better off sharing a cab instead.
There are plenty of taxis for hire: the local Radio Taxi Andratx - Tel. 971 13 63 98 - will take you to the nearby resorts of Paguera (shops, bars and restaurants) and Port D'Andratx (yacht clubs, marina, etc.) for around 6 Euros. Note that higher prices are charged at night. Taxi travel to Palma is more expensive at around 32 Euros. East of Camp de Mar, Radio Taxi Calvia can be used - Tel. 971 68 09 70 - for travelling back to the resort from Paguera, Santa Ponça, Magaluf and so on.
You can book trips on the boats that visit the resort from the lady who now sits in a little wooden kiosk opposite the Hotel Gran Camp de Mar. She offers several varieties of excursion at various prices.
If you have a mobility problem, then there is a hire service for scooters and wheelchairs. Mobility Scooters Mallorca charge reasonable rates and offer a free delivery and collection service. You may also be interested in disabled assistance offered at Spanish airports - details here.
Visitors & Celebrities
The majority of the resort's guests are from the UK and Germany with Russian visitors now also staying. Many of the villas in and around Camp de Mar are either Spanish or German owned and some alledgedly belong to celebrities. A local estate agent once told us that Ralph Schumaker had been looking at a local 6.2 million Euro villa, but it was too small for him! A famous ex-local was Claudia Schiffer, who moved from a villa overlooked by the H10 Blue Mar hotel to another purpose-built one just over the hill out of sight. However, even these six acres proved not secluded enough, so she is said to have sold it to a Russian tycoon and moved on.
Camp de Mar has been the setting for a number of UK film and television programmes over the years. Most recently, the Playa hotel and the Illeta Bar & Restaurante were featured in the 2014 movie A Long Way Down that starred Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots. The Playa was also featured in a report on Mallorca by Judith Chalmers for the ITV Wish You Were Here travel programme in 2003.
The sands of Camp de Mar were the base for GMTV's Inch Loss Beach keep fit segment in 2002, and even further back in time - 1974 to be precise - the Playa and the Camp de Mar beach were used as backdrops for episodes 1434 and 1435 of the ITV soap Coronation Street. In the screenshots below we see Bet (Julie Goodyear), Rita (Barbara Knox) and Deirdre (the late Anne Kirkbride).
For more info about the resort and other parts of Mallorca, you will find the Tourist Information Office is tucked under the side of the Playa hotel.
This page last updated on Friday, June 10th 2016