Brits put down towels to reserve sunbeds at 5AM…

Brits put down towels to reserve sunbeds at 5AM… despite there being no sun loungers until 9am! Tourists lay on the ground to grab best spots at Majorca hotel

  • Guests at Pirates Village hotel in Tenerife made a mad poolside dash before 5am
  • Spanish Island resort in Santa Ponsa has became frontier of latest sunbeds battle
  • Video shows towels in lines by the pool four hours before sunbeds released 
  • It came just weeks after staff at hotel in Tenerife confiscated early birds’ towels 

Brits have been laying down towels to reserve their spots at 5am at a hotel in Majorca despite there being no sun loungers until 9am. 

Footage posted on Instagram showed rows of towels laid out on the ground, some with inflatable toys blown up ready for the pool, at the Pirates Village in Santa Ponsa. 

A 38-year-old, who posted the footage while on holiday with her husband and two children, branded the ritual ‘ridiculous’ and blamed badly behaved British tourists for the chaos. 

She said: ‘It’s 2022, so why are we living up to this stereotypically British behaviour of fighting over the sunbeds? It’s like a ridiculous game every day.

‘I get up at 6am to go to work and now I’m waking up early to get a place around the pool because you don’t want to let your family down.

‘It’s comical. We spend our lives saving up to go on holiday and then we end up playing this game with our own nationality, with no Germans in sight.’

She added she did not complain to the hotel but that parents with children in need of shade had made the point to staff.  


Footage posted on Instagram showed rows of towels laid out on the ground, some with inflatable toys blown up ready for the pool, at the Pirates Village in Santa Ponsa

The witness told Metro: ‘Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you the British efforts from this year’s annual “Sun-bed Showdown”. 

‘More tactical, skilled and hated than any sports team in the world… In this example sunbeds aren’t unlocked until 9am. 

‘Cue the mass gathering of towels from as early as 5am to gain a prime spot round the pool and if you’re really lucky grab a parasol.

‘The more dedicated of the team even stake out on these towels until unlock time. No towel down by 7am no poolside space for your family.

‘Think of it as a British hybrid version of musical chairs meets the Hunger Games. Forget the lie-in and prepare to become immersed in the game!’


A 38-year-old, who posted the footage while on holiday with her husband and two children, branded the ritual of putting out towels to grab a spot early in the morning as ‘ridiculous’

The witness who took the footage did not complain to the hotel but that parents with children in need of shade had made the point to staff

She added: ‘There are four or five stacks of sunbeds around a circular pool and anywhere from five in the morning people put their towels where they want to put their sunbeds.

‘The sunbeds are unlocked at 9am. There are people who come back at 8am and others who will sit there from even earlier.

‘Once it gets to 8am you will get people standing around the sunbeds waiting for them to be unlocked, so it becomes a mass gathering. 

‘It’s like the rush for boats on the Titanic. It’s ridiculous, there are enough to go round but people have got all these tactics to make sure they get a place by the pool.’

She praised the staff and described the hotel as ‘perfect other than the sun lounger issue.’

‘We stayed here in 2019 and there was similar behaviour with the sunbeds but it wasn’t as extreme as it is now. It seems to be far busier now, I don’t know if it’s because people are having their first holiday after Covid,’ she added.

‘It just seems British people are determined to fight it out to get a parasol by the pool, despite everything else going on in the world.’

It is the latest in this summer’s sun bed wars and comes after tourists in a Tenerife hotel were last week filmed making a shameless dash for the best poolside loungers – despite the resort having no fewer than five pools.

One guest’s viral TikTok shows a crowd of holidaymakers show up at one of the pools at Canary Island resort Paradise Park just as it opens.

They then drop their towels on the hotspot’s best loungers – with some even glancing around guiltily as they do it.

TikTok user Sarah, whose clip has already garnered more than five million views in just one day, simply captioned it: ‘The Sunbed Race’.

She added a crying-laughing emoji.

Paradise Park spokesperson Rafael Ruiz-Benitez de Lugo told MailOnline: ‘We were amused to see it considering that our hotel has 5 swimming pools and areas with space and sunbeds for everyone.

‘Although we see quite a bit of talent among our guests for obstacle races.’ 


Numerous guests at the four-star resort already appear disappointed as they can’t claim the most sought-after poolside place. Other guests seem sheepish as they dump their towels


Sarah’s clip, which quickly went viral on TikTok, shows a crowd of shameless tourists do their best to reserve the best sunbeds at the Tenerife hotspot

Meanwhile in June, sunbed-blockers had their towels taken away by hotel staff at another resort in Tenerife.

Holidaymaker Amanda Proctor filmed the moment the workers picked up dozens of towels that guests had laid out on empty sun loungers in a bid to reserve the best seats next to the pool at the five-star Gran Costa Adeje Hotel, southern Tenerife.

Proctor said that the staff at the hotel, which features four pools, took the guests’ bags and towels and left a note on the sun loungers telling them where to collect their belongings.

The holidaymaker said there was a sign at the hotel saying guests were not allowed to reserve sunbeds before 10am.


Holidaymaker Amanda Proctor filmed the moment the workers picked up dozens of towels that had been laid out on empty sun loungers next to the pool at the Gran Hotel Costa Adeje in southern Tenerife


Footage shows three hotel staff members picking up the hotel’s yellow towels from the sun loungers, with one man seen carrying over 10 towels over his shoulder

Also last month, footage taken by Julie Larsson captured tourists running for sun loungers at 6am at a hotel in Majorca.

Larsson joked that the video was all about ‘sunbed wars at 6am’. 

The video shows territorial sunbathers earmarking their loungers for the day by placing bags, towels and other belongings. Many people also rushed to secure the best seats by the poolside.

Julie Larsson titled her humorous Tiktok video ‘sunset wars at 6am’ as she filmed holidaymakers in Majorca rushing to grab sun loungers

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