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Security and hygiene guide for guests

By | 6 July, 2020 | 10 comments

Yay, your holiday at Hotel Samos is nearly here! Find out about the security and hygiene measures in place in Magaluf, Calvià so that you can arrive ready to have a safe, wonderful break. (Last update: 27/10/20.)

Not sure what protocols you’ll need to follow once you get to Magaluf, whether on the beaches or at Hotel Samos, as well as in restaurants, shops and other public spaces?

Here’s our handy guide with FAQs about the protective measures in Calvià, Majorca.

For details of the security, safety and cleaning measures we have implemented in Hotel Samos (and official certifications awarded), read about our health and hygiene protocols.

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Why are these rules important?

Thanks to the shared commitment and individual responsibility of the people of Mallorca during one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns, we had some of the lowest rates of infections in Spain.

For the health, safety and security of everyone, it’s essential to respect local residents who have worked so hard, as well as other visitors who we are delighted to welcome back, by following the rules below to help keep us on the right path.

The people who live here must follow exactly the same measures, and we can reassure you that they are very easy to follow.

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Do I have to wear a mask on holiday?

When required, everyone aged 6 years and older must wear a face mask. Younger children don’t have to wear one, although it’s recommended. See Are there rules for children?.

You will need to wear a face mask at all times when you are in a public or shared space, both indoors and outdoors. It applies even if you can keep the 1.5m social distance.

Examples of when you’ll need to use a face mask include in the street, in places such as hotels, restaurants and bars, on public transport (buses, taxis) and so on.

When you’re eating or drinking, a mask obviously isn’t necessary but you will need to use one while waiting, whether on a terrace or inside an establishment.

You won’t need to wear a face mask at the beach, in the swimming pool, when doing sport or when you’re in your own hotel room.

At Hotel Samos, we will also help you keep the 1.5m social distance by spacing seating and sun loungers, marking queueing points and adapting other services. See What can I expect at Hotel Samos?.

You’ll need to provide your own masks. You can also buy them at Hotel Samos or at the nearest pharmacy, where disposable masks have a set maximum price of 96 cents each.

Masks must be the sort approved suitable for use by Spanish authorities: a hygiene mask that covers the nose and chin, held in place by ear or head fastenings.

Examples of unacceptable masks include any alternative face covering such as a scarf, hiking or running ‘tube’, head band or bandana.

If you don’t wear a suitable mask when you should, you could be fined 100 EUR. Likewise, there is a 200 EUR fine for discarding of them irresponsibly. Please throw them in the bin!

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What about hand hygiene?

You don’t need to wear gloves but some places may ask that you do so, for example in shops or supermarkets, where they will usually be provided.

However, you should always use the disinfectant hand gel provided at the entrance to all establishments, including cafés, restaurants, shops and hotels.

At Hotel Samos, you will find hand gel in your room on arrival. There are also dispensers throughout the building, which must be used before entering the hotel, the restaurant, bars and all other communal areas.

In addition, you should frequently wash your hands and follow other basic hygiene rules, such as sneezing into your elbow or a tissue (and throw it away) rather than into your hands.

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And on the beach?

You’ll be able to enjoy beautiful Magaluf beach (and all the other stunning calas and beaches in the region) in much the same way as you always have.

Simply keep a secure distance of 2m away from other people and follow the above hygiene rules. In general, avoid big groups and gatherings (maximum 20 people).

Always follow any instructions given by guides, lifeguards or Protección Civil (Civilian Protection) officers. It’s important to respect the signalled bathing areas and codes of conduct, as well as any signs if the beach is closed. Beaches are closed at night.

Please note that there are limited services on beaches, such as no public toilets (nearby cafés and restaurants will have loos for clients only, so you should be prepared to buy a drink or snack).

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Are there rules for children?

If you’re travelling with your family, there are not really any special rules for children. If they’re 6 years or older, they’ll need to wear a mask when required, but younger children won’t. See Do I have to wear a mask on holiday?.

We realise you might be concerned about asking your child to wear a face mask. At Hotel Samos, many of us have young children and we can say that they’re happy to wear a mask when needed.

Children should also be shown how to follow the basic hygiene rules (see above) regarding handwashing, using hand gel and sneezing or coughing into an elbow or tissue.

Children’s playgrounds are currently closed.

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Is there anything else I should know?


A curfew is in place between midnight and 6am, during which time no-one should be in the streets without a justification.

Smoking ban in public spaces

There is a ban on smoking and vaping in public areas (including in the street and on restaurant, bar and café terraces). This applies even when you can stay 2m away from other people not in your group.

Bars, pubs, nightclubs and parties

  • Some bars are open in Magaluf, such as Magaluf Square behind Hotel Samos.
  • Bars, nightclubs and shops that sell alcohol located on The Strip (Punta Ballena) and neighbouring streets General García Ruiz and Federico García Lorca are closed.
  • BCM club next to Hotel Samos is also closed.
  • Daytime pool parties, party boats and other daytime party events are banned.

Restaurants and cafés

  • Clients may not sit, nor consume drinks, at bars in cafés and restaurants.
  • There are some restaurants and cafés open in Magaluf, such as in Momentum Plaza.
  • The tables must be 1.5m apart and be for groups of maximum 6 people.
  • Alcoholic drinks can not be sold after 10pm.

Maximum number of people

Please respect the permitted maximum capacities in public zones, tourist attractions or other establishments, such as the communal areas in Hotel Samos, restaurants, shops and so on. These will be clearly stated and controlled by staff.

Queueing distances

Likewise, in places where you may have to queue (including in Hotel Samos reception), waiting positions with a gap of 1.5m will be clearly indicated with, for example, stickers on the floor.

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What can I expect at Hotel Samos?

As a guest, you just need to follow the simple rules outlined above and any directions clearly indicated at the hotel when necessary.

You will need to wear a face mask to be attended or served by our staff. Please use the hand gel provided at the entrance to each public area.

Security distance

  • You should keep a distance of 1.5m away from other guests not travelling in your group.
  • Only share a lift with the person you’re sharing a room with. Otherwise, only one person per lift. We recommend using the stairs where possible.
  • Smoking is not allowed (see above) if it is not possible to keep 2m away from guests not in your group.

Communal areas

  • You will need to wear a face mask in all public areas of the hotel and when moving between and around them.
  • This includes reception, the buffet restaurant, bars, public bathrooms, lifts, stairs, the meeting room and so on.
  • Please follow the arrows marked on the floor when moving around, such as in reception and at the restaurant entrance.

Gym and spa

  • You will need to wear a face mask to get to the gym but you can take it off when exercising, as long as you can keep the 1.5m security distance.
  • The gym has a maximum capacity of 10 people, which is stated at the entrance. Please respect this limit.
  • You do not need to book to use the gym.
  • Use one of the fresh towels provided, and also wipe down all equipment with the disinfectant spray and paper towels provided.
  • We are sorry, but the spa is currently closed.

Buffet restaurant

  • You will need to wear a face mask in our restaurant, but you can take it off once you sit down to eat and drink.
  • Our self-service buffet has indicated queueing points with hand gel and single-use gloves (which must be used), plus individual portions and extra show cooking to prepare dishes in front of guests.
  • A maximum number of guests — displayed at the restaurant entrance — can dine at any one time (no reservation needed), as controlled by our staff.
  • Tables and chairs are arranged to respect social distancing. After each use, tables are cleared and disinfected, and then reset with fresh, sterilised cutlery.
  • A maximum of 6 people can be seated at each table.


  • You will need to wear a face mask when ordering, queueing or moving between our bars, but you can take it off once you sit down to enjoy your drink.
  • Please order at our bars, queueing where clearly shown and standing at the indicated serving points next to the protective screens.
  • Guests may not sit, nor consume drinks, at the bars.

Swimming pools

  • Our three outdoor pools and sun terrace areas are all open, with spaced sun loungers, Balinese beds and other seating.
  • You will need to wear a face mask to go out to the swimming pool areas and to move around and between them.
  • You can take off your mask to go for a swim and when you are seated or on your sun lounger (like on the beach), as long as you can keep the 1.5m security distance from other guests not within your group.
  • Sun loungers and other seating are disinfected every day, but you can also use the disinfectant and paper towels provided.
  • We recommend using a pool or beach towel to lie or sit on. We are sorry, but we do not provide these currently.


  • We have a daytime entertainment programme with outdoor activities (such as archery, rifle shooting, aquagym and aquadance) and reduced group sizes.
  • You will need to wear a face mask for all activities except for when you are in the pool, and respect the 1.5m distance at all times.
  • Equipment is disinfected before and after each use.
  • There is also music around the pool during the daytime and in the evenings.

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What if I feel ill?

In the unlikely event that you or your travel partner feel unwell, please put on your mask, stay in your room and contact Hotel Samos reception using the in-room phone (dial 9) as soon as possible so that we can help you.

We will then call the Spanish national health service, who will provide the next steps.

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Can I wash my clothes?

If you would like to have your clothes washed during your stay, for example after travelling on the plane, we offer an express laundry service by item or by weight. Just contact reception for prices and to request a bag.

Your clothes will be washed at 60ºC by an authorised launderette. Please note that the hotel accepts no responsibility for damage caused to clothes by washing them at this temperature.

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More info

We hope you have found this short guide useful and that you are looking forward to your stay at Hotel Samos!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment or write to and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Thank you, from your friends at Hotel Samos

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  1. Sue says:

    What will be the restaurant rules? Will it still be self service. Will it be different sittings as the restaurant gets quite busy.

    • Hotel Samos says:

      Hello Sue, thank you for your comment. The restaurant will be an assisted self-service buffet with individual portions served by our chefs, with screens to protect the food, extra show cooking to prepare dishes in front of clients, and marked waiting positions for guests when queueing. There will be a maximum number of guests able to dine at any one time (no reservation needed), as controlled by our staff, with tables and chairs arranged to respect social distancing. After each use, tables will be cleared and disinfected, and then set with fresh, sterilised cutlery for the next diners. We hope this answers your question. Best wishes, Hotel Samos team

  2. Calum says:

    Hi, will the swimming pool be open at all?

    • Hotel Samos says:

      Hi Calum, yes, the outdoor swimming pools will be open with security and hygiene measures in place on the surrounding sun terraces (such as spaced sun loungers, seating and so on, daily disinfection, and hygiene stations for guest use). Thank you, Hotel Samos team

  3. Kate says:

    Hi, will facemasks be required whilst sunbathing around the swimming pools?

    • Hotel Samos says:

      Hello Kate, thank you for your question. We are still waiting for the official changes to the rules to be published. As soon as we know the final answer, we’ll confirm it for you. Following the logic of no masks on the beach (as sunbathing is not compatible with wearing a mask) nor in the swimming pool, we hope that the same will apply to sun terraces. We’ll keep you updated!

      • Katie Marsh says:

        Is there any updates on the face masks while sunbathing?

        • Hotel Samos says:

          Good morning Katie, thank you for your patience. The government announced on Monday that, among the few exceptions, masks are not required at the beach or swimming pool, which we understand to include the swimming pool area. While on the sun loungers or in the pool, you can go without a mask. However, guests must wear masks when moving within the public areas and when ordering at the bars, and also keep the 1.5m social distance (2m at the beach) from other guests not within their own group. We will update this guide as soon as possible. Please let us know if you have any more questions! Best wishes, Helen

  4. Jordan says:

    Hi there I am looking to come at the beginning of September I know there was a change in law with all inclusive I just wanted to know if I booked all inclusive would I be limited to the number of alcoholic drinks I can have or will it be the same as it has been for all the other years I have been

    Thanks in advance


    • Hotel Samos says:

      Good morning Jordan, reservations will contact you directly via email with the information you need, plus the benefits of booking direct with us 🙂 Thank you and best wishes, Helen

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