A Brit holidaymaker has been left stunned to discover a new level of sunbed-grabbing insanity at a Majorca hotel.
In recent years holidaymakers have been getting up increasingly early to put a towel down to ensure that they have a poolside spot.
In a number of popular holiday spots, hotels have added some form of rule in a bid to prevent towel dashes.
In the resort area of Camp de Mar in Majorca in Spain, hotels are keeping their pool shut until later in the morning to keep away the early risers.
But guests have found a way to bypass the rules by putting their towels down as a form of queuing.
In the resort area of Camp de Mar in Majorca in Spain, hotels are keeping their pool shut until later in the morning to keep away the early risers (File photo)
Photos show beach bags and towels being placed just outside the pool area so hotel guests can secure their sun bed the moment that it opens.
Holidaymaker Geoff told The Mirror: ‘In an effort to control the sunbed madness, the door from the hotel to the pool area was kept locked until 8am.
‘So people were lining their towels up on the floor in a queue order by the door before it opened. I must add this wasn’t youngsters, but mostly elderly and middle-aged people.’
Discussing the behaviour of the other guests at a four star hotel in Camp de Mar, he said: ‘The towel line actually went back much further (than the picture shows) and the owners were seated on the sofas just out of sight, ready to fly outside when the door was unlocked.
‘I don’t know what time they started, but we were up at 6.30am one morning to grab breakfast before an excursion, and there was already an established towel queue forming at the door. Crazy behaviour!’
Meanwhile, a holiday hero has spoken out against some ‘entitled’ tourists who reserved sun loungers for nine hours while he and his wife were on holiday in Bali.
Newly-weds Thom Aspland and wife Lisa were honeymooning at Bali’s Grand Barong Resort where they were met by unfurled towels on sun loungers at 6.30am.
After returning at 1pm and seeing the chairs untouched, the couple waited for a further hour of no movement, before finally ditching the reserving towels and taking their place themselves.
They were met at 3.30pm by the shocked pair of ‘entitled’ tourists ‘iPads and books in hand.’
The couple were even sure to teach their competitors a lesson by ushering other tourists in in their place as they left.
Speaking to Yahoo News, Thom slammed the tourists as ‘entitled’ and revealed his surprise at not being confronted by the pair.
‘We definitely thought they were entitled, but were surprised they didn’t confront us,’ he said.
His assumption was the lack of confrontation was down to the fact that ‘they knew what they had done.’
Thom added detail revealing the hilarious extend of the couple’s pettiness in getting on the beds in the first place.
‘We didn’t even want the beds,’ he said, but the compulsion to prove a point was too strong.
‘Many places here have an hour rule, so we just made sure we gave them an hour once we got in the pool,’ he clarified.
He revealed that he and Lisa had been looking on from the bar for two hours before making their move.
An unfurled towel on a sun-lounger is perceived to be the sign of someone reserving their spot by the pool (File photo)
He also gave comical detail of the approach of the two who thought they would get away with the nine-hour reservation, saying that ‘they quickly walked towards the chairs, then stopped and looked at each other to pause.
‘They then frantically looked for their two personal towels’ before departing to their hotel room never to be seen again.
The happy couple made absolutely certain that they proved their point when they left by passing the beds on to a mother and daughter after telling them the whole story.
Thom shared the ‘petty’ revenge’ online with droves of followers agreeing that leaving towels on seats all day was ‘sun hogging’ and disrespectful.
‘Am I the only one hoping there’s a day two to this situation,’ one person said.
Another wrote: ‘Proof that not all heroes wear a cape.
‘Would shout you both a Bintang if I were there.’
‘I would’ve done the same except I wouldn’t have waited – if they weren’t there using them its free for all,’ a third added.
Some also commended the couple for waiting the hour that they did.
Thom then posted an update of the empty poolside chairs on the following morning as a sign of victory.
‘Free all morning,’ he declared.
A viral TikTok video from August shows tourists at the Tenerife hotel making a shameless dash for the best poolside spot.
Footage shows a crowd of holidaymakers show up at a pool at 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’.
Paradise Park spokesman Rafael Ruiz-Benitez de Lugo told MailOnline last year: ‘We were amused to see it considering that our hotel has five swimming pools and areas with space and sunbeds for everyone.
‘Although we see quite a bit of talent among our guests for obstacle races.’
Weeks before, in July last year, 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.
Ms Proctor said that the staff at the hotel, which features four pools, took the guests’ bags and towels and left a note on the chairs 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.
A spokesman at the hotel told MailOnline: ‘At GF Gran Costa Adeje, we defend the right of all our guests to enjoy our pools and we ask everyone to respect our policy.
‘All guests will have their space in our solarium. In this situation, our colleague, like the entire GF Gran Costa Adeje team, is a hero without a cape. We are very happy with the reaction to the video and from our customers.’