Menorca - resort recommendations

(48 Posts)
Teensy Wed 30-May-12 22:28:52

Hi there, looking for some recommendations for resort suitable for family - 2 year old and 4 year old.

Springforward Wed 30-May-12 22:41:44

We went to Cala en Blanes and it was just about acceptable but no more. I would heartily recommend staying away fron Cala en Forcat - grotty hole, enormous cockroaches in the street, just grubby. We found the very edge of the strip ok though. Oh, and the beach wasn't great. And don't get me started on the whole door locks/ baby gate farce.

We prefer the Greek islands....

Springforward Wed 30-May-12 22:57:46

Sorry, didn't mean to be so negative! We had a lovely time but stayed near our apartment's fab pool rather than in the resort IYSWIM. We are used to going to smaller, quieter places on package hols where they don't do evening entertainment and definitely not bingo, ever and it was a bit of a culture shock for me, I think.

Teensy Thu 31-May-12 09:41:10

Hi, we were thinking of arsenal den castell which looks very quiet...which Greek island would u recommend. Never been with young kids....

Teensy Thu 31-May-12 10:52:13

Hi, we were thinking of arsenal den castell which looks very quiet...which Greek island would u recommend. Never been with young kids....

dreamingofsun Thu 31-May-12 12:13:30

went to arsenal long time ago and liked it. rhodes, kefalonia, thasos, and stoupa on mainland all nice. very hot in school hols though. just steer clear of the drunken resort that most islands have.

Springforward Thu 31-May-12 14:41:57

Lourdas in Kefalonia (quietest)
Georgopolous in Crete (quiet)
Achravi in Corfu (busier)
Tsilivi in Zante (busiest)

ninjanurse Thu 31-May-12 14:46:30

I went to arenal del castell a couple of years ago with my kids, and the beach is lovely, nice and clean, soft sand and clear shallow water, lovely for kids. the resort is very quiet though, we stayed in an all inclusive though so just stayed there or went down to the beach.

diabolo Thu 31-May-12 16:30:57

Arenal is gorgeous, would recommend the Isla Paraiso aparthotel or Arepar apartments especially. Lovely, pretty resort, horseshoe bay, great beach and perfect for children and adults alike. We first stayed there when DS was 4.

Son Bou is also lovely, as is Cala Galdana, Playa de Fornells and Santo Tomas. Again, all have lovely beaches, they are quite "Spanish" resorts, smattering of good restaurants and a few bars.

If you would consider going independently, there are some great apartment deals on Owners Direct.

I am shock at Springforward's experience. Don't think I have ever seen a cockroach in 10 years of holidaying in Menorca. Plenty of alien-like giant Spanish grasshoppers and wild tortoises, but no cockroaches. grin I would not stay in Cala'n Forcat or Cala'n Blanes either though - not my cup of tea.

The Greek Islands are lovely, but after almost being arrested for non-payment of a bar bill from a day we weren't even at our apartment, I wouldn't ever go back. Turns out the apartment owner tried this scam on with everyone, most people paid when he threatened to call the the police - not us though. Awful man.

detoxdiva Thu 31-May-12 16:33:27

Santo Tomas great for young kids. Very quiet with lovely beach. You can hire a car easily to get out and about.

diabolo Thu 31-May-12 16:36:48

Would also like to add that I have never, ever seen anyone playing bingo in Menorca. Lots of naked boules on the nudist part of Son Bou beach, but you have to be 85 and German to join in.

(Top tip - don't go to an AI hotel)

PestoSandalissimos Thu 31-May-12 16:36:55

I would second Santo Tomas and also Cala'n'Bosch which is lovely too. The latter has two beaches, a dotto train, nice playground and a harbour around which there is a nice selection of restaurants to choose from smile

There is a also a nice waterpark at the Cala'n'Bosch end of the island.

Bucharest Thu 31-May-12 16:38:14

Love CalaGaldana and have been a couple of times. Couple ofhotels round a lovely sandy bay.

One of my favourite places in the world.

jollymollie Thu 31-May-12 16:42:36

Hi Teensy, I did a lot of research on resorts as we got cheap flights to Menorca for the end of August. We have got two young children and are going self catering so wanted somewhere very family orientated with lots of restaurants and bars nearby. We have chosen Cala n'Bosch as it ticks all the boxes for us. There are two lovely beaches nearby plus loads of restaurants and bars around a Marina. There is also a waterpark and childrens playpark with rides etc nearby and a little train. It sounds and looks lovely and on speaking to others since I've booked I've only heard positive stories about it. We've never been to menorca before but can't wait to go smile

diabolo Thu 31-May-12 16:49:16

This is a really good site, and will answer every question you might have about any resort on the Island.

PestoSandalissimos Thu 31-May-12 16:56:30

jollymollie it is lovely smile

<<wishes she was going on holiday too..>>

ENormaSnob Thu 31-May-12 18:13:22

Cala n Bosch was lovely.

lop37 Thu 31-May-12 18:16:04

Calan Blanes/forcat,yes, a few years ago was probably the most built up area, offering lots of Karaoke and bingo etc, however, most people who go to Menorca aren't really after that kind of thing, and in the last few of years there are more Spanish and Italians staying there due to it's close proximity to the beautiful old town of Ciutadella.There are now fewer bars geared up to the Brits Abroad, and each year more quality, Spanish and Catalan restaurants open. Diabolo mentions some beautiful resorts, and Jollymollie mentions Calan Bosch which is beautiful, too. Some resorts are incredibly quiet, whilst some are slightly livelier, but there is nothing like the noisy resorts you will find on the other islands or the mainland.
As for cockroaches, yes, it is a hot country, there are cockroaches! The council spray the drains regularly, to keep them under control, but there are nothing like the amount you will see in the Canaries or hotter countries.
All resorts are very family friendly, crime is almost non existent, it is beautiful , all the beaches win awards for cleanliness. Menorca is stunning!

lop37 Thu 31-May-12 18:24:24

Just wanted to add that although Calan Blanes is getting better, it is still a bit grotty, I don't like Calan Porter much either, for the same reasons. Plenty of people do, though, all down to taste or lack of...!

diabolo Thu 31-May-12 18:28:07

I'm not a fan of Calan Porter either (though the villa I rent these days is in Sant Climent which is not far away).

Only been once, about 8 years ago on the way to the Caves of Xoroi, and saw that loads of the villas had English flags flying in their gardens. I found that a bit odd, and I've not seen it anywhere else on the Island.

lop37 Thu 31-May-12 20:34:14

Yes, Diabolo, lots of Expats there!! When are you over next?

CPtart Thu 31-May-12 20:51:23

We went to Menorca 3 years in a row when our Ds were younger. Cala Galdana (enormous beach, busy in high season) Punta Prima and En Castell (both nice smaller beaches and quieter resorts.) Very famiy friendly. You'll love it.

diabolo Fri 01-Jun-12 17:07:05

lop37 - back in 7 weeks grin grin grin

Looking forward to seeing the Ferreries bypass! How sad am I?

Teensy Fri 01-Jun-12 22:45:52

Thanks everyone so much for your advice - I now cant decide between Arenal or Cala n Bosch! Think as our kids are so young, Arenal might be better with a couple of visits to Bosch? Need to find out how many restaurants etc in Arenal. Thanks again

diabolo Sat 02-Jun-12 09:34:11

Lots of restaurants in Arenal, from cheapie cafe types to gorgeous Spanish (Alcalde & Sa Gavina are fantastic). There are enough places to eat in a different one every night, but not hundreds.

There is a good one (the red one) down on the beach, but I can't for the life of me remember its name. confused

dreamingofsun Sat 02-Jun-12 19:18:24

sorry to hear about the lady nearly being arrested in greece - think you were very unlucky as we have found them to be lovely. they brought extra free treats for our boys to eat in restaurants when our kids were younger and the hotel owner lent us money (with no paperwork) as there wasn't a cashpoint locally and we had run out. when we got a nail in our tyre we weren't charged extra (though that was an expat, but justified within our hire agreement)

lop37 Sat 02-Jun-12 19:20:04

Also one of the hotels in Arenal has just had a super duper little water park built in it's grounds, will find out this week if the public are allowed to use it!!Diabolo, RE. El tunel de Ferreries..tis most exciting, you have to put your lights on, even though it isn't really dark..!!! If you are down the Ciutadella end for a day, let me know and we can meet for a cafe con leche!!!

Teensy Sun 03-Jun-12 22:24:05

That sounds great lop37. Will look into that...

HotelReviews Mon 04-Jun-12 10:10:08

Stayed twice in Calan Bosch & it is by far the best resort on the island.
Very child friendly with a fabulous marina & enough shops bars etc to keep you going.
Plenty for small kids with a little kids amusement park there.

mosschops30 Mon 04-Jun-12 10:19:19

Cala n bosch is gorgeous, we loved it, close to Cuitidella which s a beautiful town and has a great hospital should you need it (we did sad).
Felt very safe and relaxed there

Teensy Mon 04-Jun-12 10:42:53

Checking out accommodation on Bosch, but doesn't seem to be any availability in June on any apartments in owners direct. Anyone got any tips on accommodation or other websites to look at.......

lop37 Mon 04-Jun-12 11:14:47

What weeks in June do you want? The fiestas of Sant Juan are on last week in June and it will be virtually impossible to find anything as all the Spanish are booking up!

lop37 Mon 04-Jun-12 11:18:24

There should be more availability in the north of the island, though.

lop37 Mon 04-Jun-12 11:20:10

If you want to come before the 22nd i know of somewhere in Bosch.

Teensy Mon 04-Jun-12 12:28:20

Hi lop, we have found decent price flights on 15th June and returning on the 25th June so 10 nights. If know of somewhere for 2 adults and 2 kids under 4 that would be great. Thanks so much for your help. Tina

Cumbrianmam Wed 06-Jun-12 12:32:04

We went to Calan Bosch two years ago. We stayed at the Paradise Club which we thought was brilliant for small children. They are part of a Spanish chain called Mar Hotels and had a brilliant animation team who were marvellous with the children.

diabolo Wed 06-Jun-12 18:57:56

Lop37. Thanks for that. Staying down the other end of the Island has really opened our eyes to the wonders of Mao. We always preferred Ciutadella and love the place (DH has these dreams of buying a grand old house there on the Passeig de Sant Nicolau), but staying in Sant Climent has meant we've taken to wandering around Mao of an evening if we're not in C'an Bernat or eating at the villa.

We'll probably only get to Ciutadella once or twice.

Can I ask you something though?. From where we are staying is it really worth going to Son Saura for a day? It's one of the few virgin beaches we have never visited. We always take a picnic whichever beach we visit, so food and drink aren't a problem, but is it as gorgeous as it looks? Or will it be full of a thousand other people at the end of July? I don't like busy beaches much.


FrameyMcFrame Fri 20-Jul-12 07:27:18

Hi, just been reading this very interesting and informative thread on Menorca.
I got some really cheap flights (less than £500 for family of 4) so now I'm looking for some accom, we looked at the wooden houses/camping thing in the forest but unfortunately it's all booked...
We also nearly booked a villa with pool in Calan Porter but luckily I read this thread first... union Jack flags, Brits abroad type thing not good.
After reading this I'm looking at some of the other places.
Can anyone reccomend specific places, self catering?

FrameyMcFrame Fri 20-Jul-12 15:16:39

Found a really nice villa here
In Cala Galdana, thanks for the thread smile

lop37 Fri 20-Jul-12 15:43:02

Cala Galadana is lovely, the beach is absolutely beautiful! Enjoy!

Papi Wed 24-Oct-12 11:07:12

as from the above comments you will start to gather than the large west coast resorts are more package hotels crowds with the plus and minuses that can have depending on your view elsewhere it's very individual and idylic.

Holiday Villas across the island and to get a idea in pictures which help you decide rather than someones descriptions try [[ ]]

Cal en Porter is not as decribed above - there are some ex pat residents who occaionally celebrate some UK events - the brit abrod place are cala en Bosch and Forcat resorts

botandhothered Wed 24-Oct-12 12:02:36

Papi, as already said, Calan forcat is quite brits abroad, though becoming less so. I don't think the same can be said of Calan Bosch, though.
Only 1 bar in the resort is owned by Brits. During July and August you will see more Spanish around the Marina than British. Fantastic seafood restaurants etc attract them.
Recently I was at the Fiestas in Calan Porter and the amount of expat kids there surprised me, nowhere else on the Island has such a large expat community. Definately quite a few british owned bars, and businesses.
Admittedly, Menorca largely unspoilt by mass tourism does not have any real resorts that could be described as brit abroad, and anyone looking for fish and chips will be disappointed.

Papi Fri 18-Jan-13 07:15:55

Sorry by brits abroad I meant the holidaymakers not the ex pats. I know CP very well and there is a community of ex pats there and a section that leave something to be desired but that does not affect CP which has many more non brit owned restaurants and Bars. At fiesta time in CP many ex pats that live on Menorca gather there so you will have a 'distorted view'. As you say there is nothing like those unfortunate places on mallorca , mainland spain for which I feel sorry for the locals.--just for sake of accuracy :-)

Viviennemary Mon 21-Jan-13 13:01:51

I also recommend Santo Tomas. We've been twice. There didn't seem to be lots of young children but there were a few. And it's a very nice little place but quiet and only a few shops and cafes restaurants and so on.

Winternight Mon 21-Jan-13 13:09:25

Viviennemary. We are looking at S Tomas. What accommodation would you recommend for family with two under 5?

Viviennemary Mon 21-Jan-13 13:55:13

We stayed at the Vistamar. But I think if I remember rightly they were all studios. Only DH and me went that time. Second time we had booked there but they moved us to Hamiltons which I moaned about but when we got there they'd given us a bigger place. So they were quite nice too. I don't think there is any bad accommodation there. Another place we went to sometimes for a drink was the Victoria Playa and that had a lot of babies and young children staying and they put on special entertainment for tinies. But I think that is probably a bit more expensive. That was much bigger.

diabolo Mon 21-Jan-13 17:24:49
makemineapinot Wed 23-Jan-13 23:29:58

Paradise resort/apartments in Cala n Bosch are fab!! AI or SC - not sure if they o F/HB x

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