Water parks seem like a fun, cooling way to spend a hot summer day—in theory. In practice, though, they are full of screaming children being chased by parents who are certain that nobody is wearing enough sunscreen. But what if you could ride water slides and dive in wave pools unencumbered by the youthful throngs, and have a cocktail in between splashes? Well you can, smack in the center of one of the world’s biggest club scenes.
Spain’s Balear Islands are probably most famous for the celebrity populated, EDM fueled parties on Ibiza, but nextdoor on Mallorca, the biggest in the island chain, the BH Mallorca in the town of Magaluf is doing its best Ibiza impression with a little help from the world’s first adults only water park. The park is small but mighty, with nine slides that propel you nearly 40 miles per hour. One particularly daring slide called the “Aqualoop” involves being closed into a person-sized pneumatic tube system, which shoots you through a 360 degree loop-the-loop. The only thing they’re missing is a lazy river.
There are also a wave pool and jacuzzi, with a few other pools for just lounging immediately next to the slides at the hotel’s Island Beach Club. That’s where you’ll find unlimited beer and wine to sip on as part of your stay at the club’s “self service station.” Also part of the all-inclusive packages at the resort: all the food you can eat, a fully stocked (if sometimes crowded) bar for cocktails, and tickets to the hotel’s many open air dance parties hosted by a lineup of big names from the European club scene like Steve Aoki and Tinie Tempah. But frankly, we could pass on the beat drops and fist pumping. We’ll stick to the waterslides and wine. All-inclusive rooms start at around $135 a night.
If you want to get an idea of what the water park is like, the YouTube channel Tuberides, which seems to stop at every water park in the world, strapped a camera to someone as they took on every slide: