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Agosto 25, 2008

Reservation Stress

Filed under: Done That,Expat Blahs,Girls' High — kengkay @ 10:34 umaga

Okay, okay, we’re back from our one week vacation in Mallorca, Spain. And yet, am talking about stress?

Well, let me tell you — the vacation was great. Viva Cala Mesquida Aparthotel is a kid-friendly hotel. The place of Cala Mesquida is a quiet corner of Mallorca. The service and the amenities in the hotel are wonderful and food and drinks are overflowing, the whole day and almost the whole night, too.

What really bothered me is the reservation. Nope, we are booked and confirmed at the hotel; our flight, though late, is okay. The reservation I am talking about is finding enough lounge chairs for us four around the swimming pool area.

And that is where the real stress begins. Early in the morning. One must wake up at 8 am to have the best place under the sun — complete with lounge chairs enough for the family and enough parasol so that it wont be too hot under the sun.

There are ways to reserve the lounge chairs — placing your towels over them or leaving some reading materials or any personal objects on the lounge chairs. When I realized what was happening, it made me really laugh. It’s really a race every morning! Well, I dont have a problem about that, my husband and the kids were always ready to race with them 🙂

But at Viva Cala Mesquida, they have rules about reserving lounge chairs. When the lifeguard comes, he would look around and leave notices on the reserved lounge chairs when it looks like they are not really occupied. In that notice, the lifeguard would give you 40 minutes to occupy your places. If the alloted time arrives and the chairs are still unoccuppied? Well, he would collect all the personal items and stack them near his corner.

Imagine the shock of some people on finding their ‘reservations’ being occupied by someone else and more shock when they have to search for their personal items? Well, you wouldnt know what to expect. Sometimes some people wouldnt even know that their things were already taken away — slow reaction — not after a few hours! And others? They would shout and rummage around, disturbing the mass of people lounging around. I dont know if someone had already went as far as reporting their loss to the police.

But we never get any notices, I am proud to brag about that. Why? Because we dont really stay away from our place unless it is time to eat or to pee 🙂 That means, we stayed mostly in and around the pool so dont ask me why I am so brown! As for those people who reserve and leave their chairs for a long, long time? I dont know why they do that…


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  1. This is really a good thing what that lifeguard does, i really hate it when people stack their towels on the lounge chairs but really not going in there almost for the whole day or afternoon! some of our friends told us this is typical german .. i really don’t know but once we landed in a resort without germans and amazingly there weren’t towels on those beach/lounge chairs. .hhmmm…

    Komento ni Vlado&Toni — Agosto 25, 2008 @ 8:02 hapon | Sagutin

  2. tonie, it’s great that it’s being controlled esp since the hotel is almost fully booked and there’s really not enough lounge chairs for everybody. and you are right, i read such things are more from the ‘germans’ 🙂

    Komento ni raqgold — Agosto 26, 2008 @ 1:35 hapon | Sagutin

  3. Hi Raq. Glad you had a wonderful vacation with the family.

    I think it’s a favorable policy because it discourages people from monopolizing lounge chairs that are not being used.

    Komento ni Heart of Rachel — Agosto 27, 2008 @ 2:12 umaga | Sagutin

  4. Sunbed grabbing hehehe…7 AM, tuloy mo nalang ang tulog sa pool side. Ang aga naman nun, very stressful pag ako yan. If its summer, we can’t leave our “crib” till 10 AM 🙂

    Komento ni lovelyn — Agosto 27, 2008 @ 11:47 hapon | Sagutin

  5. heheheeh

    sorry, na ka comment ko sa isa mong post….
    ito ang gusto ko isabi sa iyo….yon reservation sa pool……..hay naku, sabi pa nga namin…no more next time.

    kaya yon, pagmagsabi na nice vacation in the strand n hotel….then dito sa europa?

    ay huwag na, dito na lang ako sa germany sa mga berge…..or sa forest, kahit ang amoy—–bauernhof?….

    pero comfortable n relax talaga….

    kay sa ganito….sorry, experience din namin ito.

    lalo na sa eating time?….ay naku….parang maubosan sila, naku ang teller nila, mabuti kung kakain nila lahat…..hayyyyyy

    mabuti pa tayong mga pinoy, may etiketeeee

    sorry, sabihin ko rin ito ki bernie… kim nga sabi pa, kung doon na lang or any here, basta beaches na…..

    pinas na lang daw siya……….Proud to be Pinay talaga itong anak ko.

    kaya, kung magsabi na, yon punta sila sa….maganda daw ang strand…na, i just smile, ich hoffe….

    thanks for sharing ha?

    Komento ni Vk-mahalkaayo — Setyembre 1, 2008 @ 3:08 hapon | Sagutin

  6. rach – you would never know until you are there to experience such things. this was my first time and it was a real funny experience for me

    lovelyn – kaya nga, it is really stressful, instead of enjoying the warm bed; we are forced to stand up earlier coz we might not get any sun beds anymore, waaa

    vk – hahaha, you are so right. better go to the farms and to the mountains here in germany, hindi ganyan ka stressful ang bakasyon. i know what you are talking about, and it is not good. talagang mas maganda pa sa pinas!

    Komento ni raqgold — Setyembre 2, 2008 @ 8:10 umaga | Sagutin

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