Crafty Brits come up with new way to reserve sunbathing spots on Spain holidays

British holidaymakers have upped their game to win the best sunbathing spots with a new tactic that has emerged on Instagram.

In the video, which has gained more than 150 likes, people staying at The Pirates Village, Majorca were seen laying out their towels to get the best sunbathing spot as early as 5am because they had to wait until 9am for the sun loungers to open.

While some may see it as tactical, some have claimed the so-called 'sunbed showdown' has gone too far as mum Rebekah summed up the footage perfectly in her caption.

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She wrote: "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 teams 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!"

The 38-year-old mum who is staying at the Pirates Village, also spoke to Metro about the situation during her stay adding: "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."

"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.

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"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."

But she isn't the only one getting frustrated with the behaviour of British sunbathers as the hotel has declared it a 'non-stop battle.'

A representative for The Pirates Village said: "This is a non-stop battle. We need the pool area clear in order to clean it. So we remove everything in order to clean.

"Then about 0900h we unlock the sunbeds (and people rush to get them)."


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