Club Cala Barca
So, how easy is it to go on holiday abroad? Let’s hear from my 1st customer going to Majorca at the beginning of July 2021.
Faye chose to go to the Majorca (Balearic Islands) in Spain as it was on the ‘Green list’. This was a last-minute booking as she was booked on a cruise that unfortunately was cancelled a few weeks prior.
Julie listened to what Faye was looking for from a holiday and gave a few options that suited her. Faye wanted a minimum of a 4* hotel, near the beach, with plenty for her teenage son to do and entertainment in the evening. Julie found the Iberostar Club Cala Barca which suited Faye’s family to a T.
Although apprehensive about going abroad, Faye felt reassured by Julie that the process would be possible without too much stress and anxiety. Julie explained the entry requirements for the Balearic Islands including completing a Spanish Health Control Form, the process for getting a test whilst in Majorca and complete the UK Passenger Locator Form, which is a requirement to re-enter Scotland was made very easy by Iberostar hotels as they did the test for 30 Euros per. Julie then discussed how to organise her day 2 test when home. Luckily all tests were negative. Scottish residents book their day 2 test via the link on the Scottish Government website
Faye stated “The process at Glasgow and Palma Airport was very easy and Jet2 was great. My documents were thoroughly checked, and the security process didn’t feel too different from normal. Within the airport, we kept our masks on and whilst on the plane (when not eating or drinking). I think after a year we weren’t too phased by keeping our masks on now”. It was stress-free and very easy to complete the online forms.
Faye also stated “Our hotel room was cleaned thoroughly every day, and I felt very safe around the resort with social distancing and the cleanliness throughout the whole resort. The staff was also very attentive. My teenage son felt very safe within the kids club and met lots of new friends. Iberostar hotels are resorts that have implemented a series of protocols and hygiene and safety measures. The hotel had many amenities on a daily basis, and an entertainment programme to keep us all busy”.
Faye also ensured she took out adequate travel insurance that had COVID cover should anything happen whilst abroad or any of her family got COVID prior to travel. Iberostar hotels also have a policy where customers can stay at their hotel free of charge should anyone catch COVID whilst on holiday at their hotel.
Faye, now can’t wait to travel again, as being a regular traveller 2 – 3 times a year, she wants to spread her wings a bit further and go something out with Europe. “I have not travelled abroad since 2019 and can’t wait to start planning my next holiday. COVID will be here for a long while still and we will just need to live with it. My husband and I are now double vaccinated so, the choice of destinations is much greater. To receive our vaccination certificate we just had to complete a form online and received it just a few days later”.
“We took Brilliant Bear with us too and he had a great time”! His 1st time abroad in over 18 months. Where will he go next?
If you are looking to speak with a Personal Travel Specialist, who will give you up-to-date advice and find you the holiday right for you, please contact Julie on Julie.Batchelor@BrilliantTravel.co.uk or call 07944542640