In order to help you match your needs to the best business or person possible, these pages are to help those who do not wish to make mistakes, as I share from my own directory of services personally tried and tested. From where to go to freshen home and boat soft furnishings, find trusted babysitters, to the best grooming, pampering, holistic and massage treatments. If mosquitos are giving you a hard time and you’re looking for nets to cover your windows or doors look below. Just cut out this list and keep for future use.
1 BAXTERS LIVIN
Graham Baxter opened his large new Estate Agent offices this year opposite the Marina Portals Hotel in Portals Nous and keeps his ears to the ground. Very little about the local property market he doesn’t know or can’t find. Graham founded Baxter Marine in Puerto Portals 30 years ago and has been 40 years in the property business. His experience of local real estate exceptional, plus his enthusiasm to find the perfect property for each client, whether it be renting, buying or selling. “I love the business and am very knowledgeable of the values of real estate, together with new and second-hand yachts. “I like to help people live their dreams …it’s all about LIVIN!” Tel:971 400 961/622 43 388.
2 ADRIANA ALTERATIONS & DRESSMAKING
This lady, opposite the Marina Portals Hotel in Portals Nous, near Baxter Livin, is a master of alterations. There’s nothing she can’t do. Thanks to lockdown Adriana has been busy letting out some of my favourite outfits. She’s so inventive, often making a feature. I have a dress with new elegant side panels that you would never have guessed were there simply to enable me to do up the zip. Another time, she reduced my late mother’s elegant winter coat from a size 44 to a 38. Fortunately, she left enough material as I fear she’ll be letting it out again next season. She also takes in washing and ironing. Tel:622 361 490.
3 BODHANA WELLNESS CENTRE
Balneario Beach Club Illetas Beach the ultimate blissful pampering experience. Combine relaxation of the beach with one of the outstanding massages or treatments. Open till November. 971 676 469. BODHANA WELLNESS CENTRE above Puerto portals .
With mobile therapists available for home and boat visits, Bodhana itself is a haven for body and soul! For over 20 years, Bodhana Wellness Centre has been on hand 7 days a week with a wide variety of treatments, to massage away painful muscles, ease tension, and generally promote well-being. Always on call, are more highly trained therapists than necessary to accommodate spontaneous bookings and walk-in clients. Most popular is their 60– 90 minutes full body massage, a mixture of deep tissue and stress release massage, to ease knots and contractions, leaving you totally relaxed. Also specialising in the highest standard of holistic treatments, one of my favourites being Reflexology. Their gift vouchers are always particularly appreciated presents. Open 9:00-20:00 during the week:11:00-19:00 on weekends. 971 676 469.
4 TIP TOP MALLORCA
As temperatures soar requiring solid shade and mosquitos abound, Tip Top has never disappointed me. For over 35 years offering top quality products, reliable experienced installation and helpful aftercare. Their innovative concertina mosquito doors have been a life-changer! They fitted my awnings brilliantly 15 years ago, and I am forever grateful for the special sound-proofed bedroom windows they recently installed that have been tested to the extreme. Indeed, they carry all the latest innovative products from sun protection blinds to the highest specification German award winning Markilux awnings and Corradi Pergola systems. For experience, quality and advice I always advise Tip Top. Tel: 971 693 004.
5 DENISE BEAUTY, Portals Nous
Need some pampering and grooming now the children are back at school? Denise is always my first stop for all beauty treatments. With excellent products and therapists you can trust for your nails and skin. Denise uses only top-quality brands Guinot, Gelish, Biodroga, Revitalash, Sans Soucis, Shellac, Corpora and Montibello. For 31 years Denise has incorporated the newest technology, using some of the best products on the market. Deep cleansing nourishing facials for all ages including Guinot’s much acclaimed Hydradermie and Age Summin to Montibello Hyalufeel Water Shot and Vitamin Treatment, all carried out by highly skilled beauticians. A place where most importantly these days, you can trust absolute sanitisation and cleanliness. Denise herself is a qualified chiropodist and only employs the most qualified therapists. Let the pampering start the moment you walk through the door. Enjoy the tranquillity and wonderful aroma of the products. Tel: 971 677 136.
6 SALLY’S ANGELS
(Including babysitting) are true to their name, giving trained support and care from beginning to end of life. Ensuring families with young children can relax and enjoy their holidays, they have highly qualified nannies and babysitters. For the elderly, unwell or homebound there are trained nurses, midwives, carers and companions to help with all necessary to ensure independence and comfort at home. Recovering from a serious operation alone, my friend says she could not have coped without Sally’s service. Her Angel shopped, prepared food, drove her to hospital appointments and then translated. She even walked her dog. During lockdown her Angels were shopping and providing home care. When my elderly father fell, Sally painstakingly patched his complex wounds with such good humour Dad hardly felt the pain. These are real life Angels! Tel: 971 691 187/619 070 100.
7 PORTALS PREMIER LAUNDRY
First stop for specialist cleaning for all your clothes, household and boat soft furnishings. Since new management took over in 2017, everything I have sent to be cleaned has come out like new. The reason is not only staff care, but also their revolutionary state-of-the-art new machines with high-tech wash programs that can achieve virtual miracles. Also hailed as being the most eco-friendly on the market. I was especially impressed by my pillows coming back plumped up free of any lurking bugs. The wide range of cleaning services include ironing, in-situ rug and carpet cleaning and an antibacterial wash formula using highest quality products. They collect and deliver cleaning island wide, especially catering to the yachting industry, restaurants and hotels. 24 hour hotline 606 859 560.
8 WEBBS INTERNATIONAL REMOVALS
For over 36 years Webbs have specialised in moving all types of goods between the UK and the Balearics. Taking great pride in being fully legal, licenced and reliable, they have painlessly moved endless family’s possessions in both directions. Each item carefully packed to ensure everything arrives in perfect condition as it left.
9 UK TV MALLORCA
Looking to install internet or satellite television to offer you countless new viewing options? Give Chris and Brian at UK TV Mallorca a call. They have been providing excellent punctual service since 1999, with all work carried out by highly qualified experienced engineers. Tel: 619 455 566/971 141 003.