Taylor Wimpey's Camp de Mar Beach takes shape.
The sand dune development, only with less sand now it's been pushed away.
Bleep... Bleep... Bleep...
Seafront sundeck of the Gran Hotel.
The Petit (Beach) Bar of the Dorint.
Fernando's new place: Car hire and excursions.
In England we have Polish shops. In Paguera, the Russians are coming.
Review by the Camp de Mar Team: May 2014
Construction continues apace
It is amazing how, in just six months, a hole in the ground can be transformed into a luxury gated community complex, but this is exactly what is happening adjacent to the Dorint hotel as Taylor Wimpey continue construction of Camp de Mar Beach.
With prices starting from 370,000 Euro, the development of the ten blocks of two and three bedroom townhouses has risen quickly on the former scrubland that was on the hillside opposite the entrance to the H10 Blue Mar hotel.
More recently, another controversial development has started groundworks in front of Camp de Mar Beach. Depsite petitions, demonstrations and questions raised in local government, the ecology of the sand dunes has been bulldozed aside so that the foundations for another 60 apartments can be built on the land between the Playa and Blue Mar hotels.
These new edifices will put the sea vista for some of the future residents of the Talyor Wimpey site at risk, as the dune's new flats will block their view. However, the lady at the Camp de Mar Beach sales office pointed out that her imminent residents (or investors) will be mostly (unsurprisingly) inward looking at their designer swimming pool.
With all this building working going on, holidaymakers and residents can expect another year's-worth of chugging and bleeping from the construction vehicles to'ing and fro'ing on both sites.
Meanwhile, previously constructed apartment blocks on the other side of the resort still remain empty since their completion in 2010.
Changes in Camp de Mar
The local shops have changed too. Even though you will see familiar faces running some of them, others such as the Gelati de Mar ice cream cafe and the beachside Super Playa Spar minimarket, have closed. One of our favourites, Marea Alta, has been split into two separate stores and a couple of shops along, the car rental office has a new owner and has been revamped into RENT A CAR (and bike). The original occupant, Fernando, is now plying his trade from his Autos de la Gala Blas office next door to Meson El Quijote.
As the only major hotel not on the beach, the Dorint now has its own outdoor pub to compensate: the Petit Bar. It is situated alongside (and rented from) the Petit Ambassador fish restaurant. Further along, the Arco Iris 2000 restaurant has been fully rebranded to become the Beach Club Camp de Mar. This sister restaurant to the Petit Ambassador specialises in tapas, pizzas, meat and fish dishes.
Is a suite sweet?
On the theme of expansion, the Gran hotel has increased the number of sunbeds upon its sundecks along the front and across the Platja des ses Dones promenade. Over at the Playa, we had our first chance to look at the new suites created in the old part of the hotel.
During the last refurbishment a couple of years ago, the Playa doubled the number of available suites by taking two adjacent rooms (Nos. 15 and 16 on each floor) and knocking through the dividing wall to create a guest's room with a lounge, bathroom, bedroom and dressing room. However, not all suites are made the same and Thomson do not make this clear when you book.
The original suites have a Eurosized Superking bed (6' 6" wide) in a bedroom with a TV; a lounge with a sofabed, dressing table, minifridge and another TV; fitted wardrobes; and a bathroom with twin washbasins, toilet and jacuzzi bathtub with overhead shower.
The new (narrower) suites have a dressing room - which is basically a walk-in wardrobe; an area with a dressing table and minifridge; a lounge with sofabed and TV, a bedroom with another TV and twin single beds - although these can be pushed together, and then a large bathroom with walk-in shower, twin washbasins, a bath with overhead shower, and a toilet (although two toilets and a single washbasin would have been better on some occasions!).
Other improvements at the Playa include the introduction of free WiFi and eiderdowns. At present only half the hotel's rooms benefit from these new duvets, the remainder still have blankets, but the scheme will cover the entire hotel by the start of the 2015 season. Another very helpful innovation is the young lad who helps get sunbeds and parasols into position by the pool for the older visitors in the morning - a superb idea.
The Playa Hotel wins more awards
Last year we counted 11 award certificates above the entrance of Bar Maricel. This has now increased, with 10 Thomson Gold Awards and 3 from TripAdvisor. You can admire them all as you descend the spiral staircase heading for dinner or the pool.
Just a quick note about Paguera. There is an arts, crafts, and farmer's market in the town on Tuesday mornings that stretches on both sides of the Av. Paguera main road from the site of the old garden centre to the Casa Pepe roundabout. Also, some of the bus stops have been relocated, especially the one in the centre of the resort. It has been moved from the end of Carrer Mallorca (near Carrer des Capdella) to a position outside the Hotel Reina Paguera further up the road. We also noted that the 104 bus did not call at this stop at all on its journey from Santa Ponça.
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This page last updated on Sunday, May 8th 2016