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The Pearsons are relaxing at the resort but found other holidaymakers busy claiming poolside seats (Pic: Nicki Pearson)

A couple who work as therapists were horrified when holidaymakers at their Balearic resort woke up at dawn to reserve sun loungers by a pool less than 50 meters from an idyllic beach.

Russ and Nicki Pearson say tourists need to learn to “de-stress” after seeing “ridiculous” behavior at Globales Lord Nelson in Santo Tomas on Menorca’s south coast.

Several Tripadvisor reviews, including one that chafed at the “pathetically selfish blocking of sunbeds” at the four-star hotel, show that they aren’t the only ones having problems with throwing away towels.

The Globales Lord Nelson responded by apologizing for the “rude behavior of some customers” and saying they were working to “resolve this issue without creating personal conflict”.

Nicki, 58, a Kinetic Chain Release therapist from Fife, said: “It was quite funny to see people going there at 6am to put towels on sunbeds, push the sunbeds together and lug the umbrellas over.”

“We’re talking grown men doing this.” It’s ridiculous.

This image has an empty alt attribute; The filename is 358024841_152010614510742_8662504167546199937_n-c318.jpg The Pearsons discovered that their hotel in Menorca had started early to shed towels by the pool (Image: Russ and Nicki Pearson)

The Pearsons discovered that their hotel in Menorca had started dropping towels by the pool early (Pic: Russ and Nicki Pearson)

“Germans used to have a reputation for discarding towels, but now we Brits are also among the nationalities who are doing the same.”

“It was like a Benny Hill sketch and everything went on despite signs being posted telling people not to reserve sunbeds.”

The couple, who had vacationed at the resort for two weeks, returned on July 1, echoing Tripadvisor reviews, which complained that people were reserving prime spots around the pool.

A post lamenting the “selfish blocking of sunbeds” said: “Although there were signs everywhere advising that sunbeds and umbrellas should not be reserved, by 7am there were towels on virtually every bed ( I got up earlier than usual to confirm that). The beds then remain empty and “reserved” until well past 9 a.m.

The Pearsons raise a glass with no sunbed in sight (Image: Niki Pearson)

The Pearsons raise a glass with no sunbed in sight (Image: Niki Pearson)

Nicki, who has worked as a carer, said: “Given the stress people put themselves in getting up at 6am and reserving sunbeds, they don’t switch off.”

“The sea is only a 30 second walk away via a promenade but even when we went for a swim before breakfast people were out laying towels on the sunbeds on the beach.

“When do they have time to reboot and de-stress?

“Other guests were also constantly on the phone and you see people sitting there with shaky legs.” While it’s ironic, I’m sure there’s a cumulative effect for people who just can’t switch off.”

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In response to the Tripadvisor post, the hotel said, “We’re sorry you were bothered by the rude behavior of some customers.”

“We’re working to solve this problem without creating personal conflicts that could lead to a bigger problem, and we’ve also bought more hammocks.”

In the overseas resorts popular with British tourists, the sunbed war has become an ongoing problem. Videos of dashes can be seen at other resorts where pool areas open early in the morning.

An example of the early morning crowds was captured in Tenerife last summer, when guests of all ages were caught on camera rushing to the poolside to reserve a prime berth.

The resort at Migjorn Gran has a four-star rating on Tripadvisor, with another reviewer saying, “There is an issue with sunbeds, but that’s not the hotel’s fault, just selfish guests.” has reached out to the hotel for further comments.

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