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Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

Five family outings in Majorca

Unsurprisingly, given the island setting and the significant seafaring history of Spain and the Mediterranean, many of the family attractions on Majorca have a link to water.

These are some of our recommendations based on the comments from parents we’ve worked with, our super nannies and, the most valuable feedback of all, the fabulous children we’ve looked after! All the attractions are open throughout the summer holidays and into the autumn half term.


Palma Aquarium

Open 365 days a year, Palma Aquarium is a veritable ocean of marine life and its giant fish tanks include the 9m deep Big Blue, one of the deepest tanks in Europe. Elsewhere you’ll find a shark vision boat, gorgeous Mediterranean gardens and even a jungle, along with plenty of aquatic-themed activities and experiences for children of all ages. With a location close to the airport the aquarium could make a great last day in Majorca if you’ve got an evening flight home, although it’s easy to get to by car, bus or bike.

 

Marineland
With dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows, the compact Marineland can be seen in around 3 or 4 hours, but for younger children you might want to allow more of the day for the lovely splash park to lark about in. You’ll also find penguins, flamingos, a carp pond and tropical house. The general consensus is that the food at Marineland can be a bit pricey, but you can take your own provisions and there are plenty of picnic tables and chairs. Advance discounted tickets are available on the Marineland website and there’s a free shuttle bus.

 


Water parks

If a day of wet’n’wild slides and rides is what you’re after, you’ll find two water parks within easy reach of Palma. Aqualand El Arenal, along the coast east of Majorca’s capital, has lots of high-adrenaline fun with rides including Kamikaze, Tornado and Tsunami, and mixes it up with kid’s splash pools and calmer family fun. Head west from Palma for more of the same, but this time in a wild-west setting: Western Park is divided into three zones – El Paso, Indian Town and Western Land – for Majorca’s most yeeha of family days out.

 


Adventure parks

If staying dry and getting up high is more your family’s style, why not try Majorca’s adventure parks. With zip-lines, rope bridges, climbing walls and obstacles, there is tons of tree-top fun to be had. Jungle Parc and Forestal Parc are both within easy reach of Palma – Forestal Parc has the longest zip lines – up to 220m in length! – while Jungle Parc has the longest courses, with a total of 134 platforms across its various circuits.

 


Kathmandu Park

Beyond Majorca’s residents and visitors, not so many people know about Kathmandu Park. But while it may not enjoy the global reputation of, say, Port Aventura on the Spanish mainland or Alton Towers in the UK, Kathmandu Park is nonetheless well worth a visit. Voted Spain’s second best theme park (behind Port Aventura), the resort offers a complete experience with a hotel, thrill rides, live, 4D experiences and water slides. There’s also plenty for the less adventurous and lots of places to sit in the shade and simply soak up the atmosphere.

 

Did you find this article useful? If so, we hope you have many fantastic days and evenings out with your family in Majorca. Please feel free to share these tips with anyone – and indeed everyone! – you feel would be interested, and remember to keep checking back for more articles on things to do in Majorca with your family.

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Wednesday, 18th July, 2018

Tina’s Top Ten restaurants in and around Pollença in Mallorca

Mallorca has a many and varied selection of places to eat, from city centre venues to tiny village cafes, and you’ll find plenty of choice in romantic fine dining, lively tapas joints and family-friendly restaurants.

With most of the villas in the north of the island and within striking distance of Pollença, we’ve listed 10 of our favourite places, some of which include some fantastic views of the Mallorcan scenery.

 

Pollença Old Town

Clivia: fine dining
Often recommended as one of the best restaurants in Pollença, Clivia offers Spanish, Mediterranean, European seafood dishes. The food is served in an almost heavenly environment, with white walls and white table cloths under beautiful exposed beams and a bespoke-designed geometric timber canopy with suspended pendant lighting and a lovely outdoor courtyard.

Font de Gall: fine dining
If you can get a spot on the pavement terrace here in the summer you can count yourself among a lucky few. Nonetheless, Gont de Gall’s simple and spot-on Mallorcan food is well worth sampling wherever you end up sitting. Good for vegetarians as well as carnivores, the highlight might be the suckling pig, although the paella is also excellent. It’s not for big eaters as the dishes are not huge, but then that does leave more room for dessert.

Fogoneu: fine dining, great ambience
This fairly recently opened restaurant is both cosy and modern with traditional dark timber ceiling beams and an open fireplace contrasting with perhaps the island’s best, largest and most contemporary display of wine – an entire wall of glass fronted stainless steel coolers. The place has a great atmosphere and there’s also live jazz on some evenings. It’s not like anywhere else on Mallorca and is a really nice addition to the food scene.

Trencador:  great Italian food with very reasonable prices
Just off Pollenca’s main square and set in a lovely private courtyard with terraced seating and lush lawns, this medium-priced traditional restaurant is child-friendly, wheelchair accessible and has those essential red and white chequered table cloths for that authentic Italian vibe. Gluten rich and gluten-free pizzas, fresh pasta and grilled fish and meats are served in a double height interior with stone walls and a modern mezzanine. And there’s not need to fret if the place is full, because they also have a takeaway menu.

Bar Alhambra: the best tapas in Mallorca?
Rated by almost everyone as the best tapas in Mallorca, this authentic place on Placa de l’Almonia has just a couple of tables on the square but plenty more inside. Hop on to Trip Advisor and read the incredible reviews – our favourite piece of advice is to simply give the waiter a budget and ask for a selection of his or her choice.

 

Puerto Pollença

Los Zarzales: typical Mallorquin cuisine
For those who find huge menus overwhelming, the mercifully small one at this farm-to-table restaurant will come as welcome relief: a tapas selection then just four or five meat and fish dishes mean you won’t spend hours of anxious confusion over what to pick. In fact the only dilemma might be which one of the two outdoor terraces to sit in – the one in the flowery courtyard or the one on the cobbled Carrer Iafuda Cresques.

Stay: long time locals and tourists favourite
For food with a view, here is where you‘ll find one of the best vistas of the bay of Pollença in a beautiful setting right on the waterfront. There’s modern Mediterranean food from daily and a la carte menus plus, of course, tapas! Stay has been open for a number of years and gets a good mix of tourists and natives, meaning you’ll feel at home among your own kind while still having a local experience.

 

Just outside Pollença

La Terrazza: stunning setting both inside and out
Another beautiful setting, this time in the former family home of the people who run the restaurant. Now approaching its 50th anniversary, La Terrazza offers new creations every year of organic Mediterranean food from an innovative kitchen. Immerse yourself in spectacular views, cooling sea breezes and even a chillout area with its own beach. The lobster paella is particularly popular.

Llennaire Hôtel: elevated food and location
Absolutely stunning views and very fine dining are on offer at this leafy, hilltop farm estate that dates back to the early 20th century that is both a glamorous hotel and destination restaurant – you could even stay a night after dinner if you don’t fancy a drive back to your villa. The terrace is beautiful with stone balustrades and sea views while a lot of the food is grown on the grounds.

Can Cuarassa – family friendly and good value
This beachfront finca with panoramic views has numerous terraces and is surrounded by a large garden with Mediterranean plants and palm trees. There are barbecues in the summer and there is plenty of room for the children to play. In winter food is served indoors lovely traditional Mallorquin surroundings. The location is about half way between Alcudia and Port de Pollença.

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Wednesday, 21st March, 2018

IT’S NANNY RECRUITMENT TIME

We are looking for nannies for the Summer 2018 season and the Winter 2018/9 ski season.

In the summertime Jelly & Ice Cream has nannies based in Mallorca and St Tropez, while the winter is spent in the French Alps at the resorts of Val d’Isere, Tignes, Courchevel, Meribel and Saint Foy. Both seasons offer the opportunity to work in and discover some beautiful parts of Europe, whether you’re a sun worshipper or a fan of the snow.

Take a look at the job prospectus below and then get in touch if you’d like to apply.

SUMMER 2018
Position: Nanny in Mallorca
Dates:
TBA May 2018 – TBA September 2018
Accommodation:
Accommodation will be organised and provided for the duration of your contract. This will be paid
for by Jelly & Ice-Cream. You will be required to pay at £ 250.00 deposit, which is fully refundable,
assuming no damages to the property.
Utility bills and Electricity:
You are liable for the cost of your bills each month. This should be between £ 50- £ 75.00 per
month per person.
Salary:
You will be paid a monthly wage of 700£ on a monthly basis.
Job description:
This is the same as per the winter in terms of child care except the job is in the sun. You will be
expected to organise activities and use the islands facilities like going to the water parks, beaches,
gardens and towns. A full job description will be provided along with the handbook and contract.
Other jobs may be asked of you inclusive of cooking and cleaning for a family within reason.
Working hours:
Working hours are flexible. A job could be anything from 2 hours plus. Some weeks will be full
time and others part time and other weeks will be quiet depending on the time of the season. This
will not impact your salary.
Working hours will vary to the demands of he business, however you will be set with a rot on a
weekly basis. Jelly and Ice Cream operates on a 24 hour basis. Working hours are between 35-150
hours per month.

Job deposit:
The company as per the winter season requires a £200 job deposit. This may be retained by the
company if you decide to leave before the last date of the agreed contract also, this will cover us if
there are any inflicted issues on the accommodation also. The full amount is returnable to you at the
end of the contract.
Travel:
Travel can be arranged by us, and will be taken out of your job deposit. You will be based in the
North of the island in the town of Pollenca. The airport on the island is in Palma. A coach to
Pollenca is the easiest and cheapest option. Details will be provided.
Holiday leave:
Due to the short and sporadic nature of the contract, no holiday leave will be permitted unless
otherwise pre-agreed with Tina prior to employment.
Transport:
Jelly and Ice-Cream will provide the nannies with a company car with full insurance. Details will be
provided in the contract. The car can be used for work purposes only as required. Jelly and Ice-

Cream will endeavour where possible to arrange transport for the nanny if the car is not available
however it is ultimately the nannies responsibility to use public transport where possible.
Travel/fuel costs will only be provided in excess of 20km. A disclaimer will be provided and the
nanny will cover the excess if the insurance company finds the nanny at fault. A driving test may be
required. The car will not be available for personal use.
Live-In and Travelling jobs:
You may be required to do a live in / travelling job with families. Jelly and Ice-Cream in this
instance will always take your preference on board however reserves the right to the final decision.
Food will be covered by the clients during your working hours. Accommodation will be provided.
An agreement of salary will be normal unless otherwise agreed.
Uniform:
Uniform will be provided. You are expected to wear appropriate clothing to work in the sun and in
high end villas. Details of appearance and appropriate clothing will be provided to you along with
the contract and handbook.
Admin:
You will be expected to be able to complete and fill in your time sheets and any other requested
paperwork to the company on time.

REQUIREMENTS
 Hold relevant qualifications and have relevant experience.
 You will be expected to have baby experience and be able to work with sole charge
of babies upwards.
 Essential, police check no more than two years old and hold a current 1 st aid
certificate.
 UK National Insurance number
 A UK bank account.
 An EU passport or valid UK working VISA (We do not accept French visas.)
 Available to work throughout the contract
 MUST hold a UK driving licence or will not be considered.
 A valid A1 form will be applied for by the company on your behalf to work abroad.
 A valid EHIC Card

Current employees will be interviewed for the positions. If you wish to apply, please email
jamie@jellyandice-cream.com to arrange a meeting. If an offer of a job is made, there will
be a 14 day period in which to accept the position.

Kind regards,
Jamie Wycherley

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Wednesday, 25th October, 2017

HOW JELLY & ICE CREAM STARTED

Just found this article when sorting through some old paperwork.

Living France interviewed me back in 2014 about running my own company, how I started Jelly & Ice Cream and the ups and downs of setting up a business in France, of which there were many! Talk about a steep learning curve.

I’d forgotten about the piece until today but I’ve just read it again and I’m actually really proud of it. I hope you enjoy it too!

(Click on the images to view them in large, readable format.)

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Thursday, 20th July, 2017

Summer holidays are finally here and we still have availability…

We’ve got some last minute childcare slots available in Mallorca, Menorca and St Tropez. Whether you’d like a full day’s childcare while you go off galavanting, or you’d like an extra pair of hands at the beach, or you simply fancy a break for a quiet lunch or dinner, drop us a line for available dates and times.v

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