The holiday you’ll return from feeling 20 years younger

We vowed to make this an annual trip, and smiled at how lucky we are to have so deep-rooted friendships, that they somehow felt both unchanged and irrevocably entrenched after a few days of just ‘being’ together.

Forget the sting of sunburn and morning-after Sambuca sickness that followed our teenage holiday benders – this time, we headed home to our families feeling rejuvenated and content, physically and emotionally, soothed as only time with lifelong friends can sooth… and, on touching down at Luton, ready to crack out the wet wipes.

How to do it: Wizz Air (0905 707 0000, flies from London to Palma from £33 return. James Villas (0800 074 0122, offers seven-night holidays from £326 per person in July and £200 per person in August, based on villas sleeping seven.

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If you’re staying in a rental apartment or villa, doing a pre-ordered grocery shop for either the day before (if whoever you book through can be there to receive it) or day of your arrival can prevent both finances and friendships going into the red. Carrefour (, Eroski ( and El Corte Ingles ( all offer Ocado-style deliveries around Spain (as well as the rest of Europe, for some), so you can pre- debate about the quality of your balsamic and how far an exorbitant jar of white asparagus will stretch.

Supermarket aisle bickering is not becoming, especially when you’ve come to get away from having to argue over what does and doesn’t constitute a balanced breakfast. Let one person do the shop – checking in with everyone’s basic dietary preferences, of course – and let the others transfer the funds at the end. Mums are used to making the weekly shop stretch, so let go, trust in ‘the organized one’ and worry about what shoes to pack.


Picking a restaurant on seven hungry stomachs isn’t easy, and everyone’s idea of ​​the perfect meal can differ substantially depending on tastes, money and general appetite. Discuss first what everyone would deem a reasonable amount to spend (and consume) during a meal, and book ahead to save disappointment – ​​or disagreements. Choose a range of restaurants – local cuisine, international, and perhaps a sushi joint for good measure – so all bases are covered, even if everyone doesn’t love every single choice. When it comes to splitting the bill, be mindful if there are some not drinking (or paella-ing). But don’t be a party pooper – if you’ve come along for the ride, go big or go home.

Book ahead and, if you’re opting for Mallorca as we did, don’t miss Ombu restaurant ( for a broad selection of international tapas including mini burgers and tuna tartare cones in the heart of bustling Palma, Flanigan (flanigan .es) for a smart, classy, ​​and authentic feast in the chic Puerto Portals, and Balneario ( on Illetes beach for a delicious laid-back lunch by the sea (where you can also reserve sunbeds for the day).


Airport mode is a real thing in our house, where even the mildest natured turn satanic when faced with a heaving speedy-boarding queue. Always assume you’re going to be charged for excess baggage (they got us for both flights but only told us on the return), so pack a foldaway holdall – just in case you need to decant and carry those impulse Zara purchases. Cost per excess kilo amounts to far more than the charge for an extra bag when split between a group, so you could save hundreds of potential pounds by just being prepared. House of Bruar ( does a great foldaway nylon carry-on, ideal for last minute weight gains (although unfortunately you can’t do much about those mysterious shrinking “short” shorts). On that note, always buy enough snacks to stretch – they’ll all change their minds about the mini Toblerone 20 minutes into the flight.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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