Why is it so hard to find a villa with pool heating, wifi and tasteful decor in Menorca?!

(43 Posts)
adifferentwoman Sat 06-Apr-13 07:54:57

That's it really! Struggling to find a villa with all of the above for a holiday in May. Need pool heating to help DD with her swimming, wifi to keep DH happy and decent (modern-ish) furnishings / decor for me, (before I get slated here, I do understand that taste is personal and that some people really like authentic furnishings. I'm not judging just trying to find what I want!). Anyone have any ideas? Have already searched owners direct, holiday lettings etc...

weebarra Sat 06-Apr-13 07:58:56

Have you tried Villa Plus or Villa Parade?

rubyrubyruby Sat 06-Apr-13 08:01:29

It's the heated pool that you will struggle with I think.

PessimisticMissPiggy Sat 06-Apr-13 08:06:34

It's a small island and many people who own property don't let it out to people they don't know.

As for the wifi issue, I understand that only long established properties can have landlines. I know two families who built amazing homes there who don't have landlines because the telephone companies refuse to install due to them being newish builds.

When I go to Menorca I love being offline!
Take a dongle?

Why are you only considering Menorca, just out of interest?

Not that there's anything wrong with Menorca smile, but heated pools (and often wifi) tend to be found in places where the owners will try for a year round rental market, eg Canaries, Portugal. Menorca just doesn't have good enough winter weather, generally, for people to go there out of season, so it's not worth the investment. In summer it usually gets so hot that pool heating isn't required.

ForFoxsGlacierMints Sat 06-Apr-13 08:31:55
MisterUdagawa Sat 06-Apr-13 08:34:56

Simpson travel ?

SooticaTheWitchesCat Sat 06-Apr-13 13:31:34

I don't think you will find a heated pool many places, after all it is going to be hot there. We have never had a heated pool anywhere we have been on holiday and our girls are always happy to pay and swim.

LadyMountbatten Sat 06-Apr-13 13:55:08

go to a hotel instead?

ggirl Sat 06-Apr-13 13:56:47

ForFoxsGlacierMints has found you a nice one there

adifferentwoman Sat 06-Apr-13 19:15:19

Thanks for your help everyone! That one looks good ForFoxesGlacierMints but not sure about the location given other comments on Mumsnet?!? PessimisticMissPiggy - like the dongle idea. Sleepwhenidle - Menorca as we've done Pollensa in Majorca for the past 2 years and want somewhere different yet similar at the same time. Pools have been cold there at the same time of year!

rubyrubyruby Sun 07-Apr-13 07:11:48

You could also try a different part of Mallorca

I think Mallorca is similar in that its not necessarily somewhere people go for winter sun. We have stayed in places in Whitsun with unheated pools (Menorca, Mallorca, South of France) and the weather has been cooler than we hoped/expected, they have been pretty miserable weeks because it just is too cold to have fun in the pool, especially with small dc's as opposed to older ones. So I am with you, now we only book places with heated pools, so if the weather lets us down its not such a big deal, we can still play in the water every day. The best selection of villas with heated pools seem to be Lanzarote/Canaries and Portugal and some in Spain.

IMHO I think you may be disappointed by Menorca after Mallorca, it is much quieter and things are further apart, it's great if you want beautiful beaches and don't mind travelling a bit to get to them, but in terms of towns and things to go and visit, it has much less to offer than Mallorca. Just my opinion of course, but maybe consider somewhere else and see what's available?

AuntLucyInPeru Sun 07-Apr-13 07:48:14

There isn't one. We looked for days, eventually booked one in Mallorca for £2k for a week in Oct - and it was still shit. Abandoned it after one cold, miserable night, and ran to the new Jumeirah, which was excellent grin

Ouch Aunty grin

weebarra Sun 07-Apr-13 09:27:19

Not English so don't get Whitsun holidays but this is when we always went to Mallorca before DS1 started school. Weather's always been a bit dodgy.
Although we went to Pollensa in October last year and after 1 wet day, temp averaged about 22° so not bad.
Only place we had a heated pool was Lanzarote but the heated pool didn't make up for the fact the place itself was a bit pants.

LadyMountbatten Sun 07-Apr-13 09:48:41

Lol at "Whitsun ". Who actually says that?!

LadyMountbatten Sun 07-Apr-13 09:50:16

We booked an ace place in France that had a heated pool. Amazing house. Plus you could drive. Just north of Bordeaux. (So better good than menorca)

LadyMountbatten Sun 07-Apr-13 09:51:05
weebarra Sun 07-Apr-13 09:57:01

Sorry! Thought that was what English people called your random half term that we don't get up here. Heard people refer to it as Whit week?

Most English people say Whitsun Lady, certainly more than say "better good" grin!

diabolo Sun 07-Apr-13 11:10:47

I know Menorca very well and can't say I know of a single villa with a heated pool.

I appreciate that's not helpful. Sorry.

LadyMountbatten Sun 07-Apr-13 11:14:03

Lol at better good. I meant food! Lol

magentastardust Mon 08-Apr-13 00:13:58

If the heated pool is really important somewhere like Portugal where there are lots of golf resorts would probably be easier. The villa complexes tend to have heated indoor pools as well as the individual villa outdoor pools.

adifferentwoman Mon 08-Apr-13 19:11:36

Have booked the flights already so my search must continue! Thanks all.

Chopchopbusybusy Mon 08-Apr-13 19:24:03

The villa linked to does look nice but IMO cala'n'forcat is not nice. It's definitely not comparable to pollensa. Can't suggest a villa but did want to confirm your suspicions about cala'n'forcat.

Coconutty Mon 08-Apr-13 19:27:46

Menorca can be really rainy in May, much more so that Majorca.

Coconutty Mon 08-Apr-13 19:28:12

Cala'N'Forcat would be a NO from me too.

KristinaM Mon 08-Apr-13 19:34:53

A £15 half wetsuit will allow your DD to be more comfortable in an unheated pool. Our children wear then in the med at the beginning and end of the season. Pools are colder than the sea at these times

diabolo Mon 08-Apr-13 19:53:38

Regarding Menorca being different to Majorca - that tends to be a very good thing for the people who prefer Menorca grin grin but don't tell everyone, or they'll all want to go there.

Try some of the inland towns or urbanisations, like Sant Climent, Sant Luis, Binixica, Son Vitamina, Alaior or Trebaluger - there are some lovely villas inland and if you hire a car you are free to go wherever you please.

hotbot Mon 08-Apr-13 19:57:55

Owners direct............
Ok stop dissing menorca we will be there at the end of may....I am very excited.

Coconutty Mon 08-Apr-13 19:59:03

Would 100% recommend a car if you go to Menorca, lovely beaches off the beaten track.

diabolo Mon 08-Apr-13 21:47:55

And lovely beaches on the beaten track............

5 minutes walk up Son Bou beach and you'll think you are on a different planet. Acres of space, white sand, azure seas..... (sigh)

Arenal D'en Castell

Santo Tomas / Biniguas

Son Saura (Son Parc)

Punta Prima

Cala'n Porter

Cala Galdana

Some like Binibeca

Binidali / Pregonda

Es Grau

Sa Mesquida

I agree - stop dissing Menorca. It's nothing like Majorca--thank god-- !!!! grin

diabolo Mon 08-Apr-13 22:01:13

Also - things really are not "further apart" on Menorca, the Island is tiny, you can travel from extreme East Coast to West in 40 minutes and from North to South coasts in 30 minutes.

Menorca has more beaches than Majorca and Ibiza added together fwiw.

I adore the place and would go and live there tomorrow if I could. It is quiet and I appreciate that some people need constant entertainment on holiday - you won't find that in Menorca.

But for us few who find it and love it - it is heaven.

Good luck with your villa hunting. I always use Owners Direct but try

www.menorca-villa-rentals.com/

www.gwvillarentals.com/

www.finishingtouch.co.uk/

www.menorcatodo.com/en

adifferentwoman Tue 09-Apr-13 09:41:48

Thanks so much everyone. Thanks Diabolo for all the tips and I love the wetsuit idea KristinaM. Boo to the idea that Menorca can be rainy when Mallorca dry - was pretty much banking on the idea that we've had two fabulously sunny weeks in Pollensa for the past 2 years and given Menorca's proximity, had assumed it would be the same. Fingers crossed! Getting very excited now!

adifferentwoman Tue 09-Apr-13 09:48:09

Ooh, one more question for those that know Menorca well....heated pools aside, I've ruled out Binibeca as the villa I like has a separate annexe with the bedrooms in it and I can't put my 5 year old there on a evening. So, other potential resorts are Son Parc and Son Jaime. We like quieter resorts (e.g. loved Cala san Vincente in Mallorca) but I hear that lots of things have closed down in Son Parc. Is Son Jaime / Bou really commercialised and busy / noisy?

diabolo Tue 09-Apr-13 16:08:40

Son Bou is one of the busier resorts on Menorca, but only in that it has more restaurants and a few bars and even a small water park and a bowling alley. It is definitely not for the 18-30 crowd. The beach here is stunning and one we drive to often during our visits to the Island. It is an ideal family resort. Most accommodation is in the Son Jaime part of the resort, and is a series of villas set up the hill overlooking the beach and reed beds, or low rise apartment complexes. The water park is here. When Son Bou was first developed, someone had the bright idea to build two high rise hotels next to the beach, which are a bit of eyesore, but I've learned to ignore them.

Son Parc also has a beautiful beach, but is very quiet, although there a couple of restaurants and bars.

Arenal D'en Castell is also worth a look - we were told it was quite commercialised before we first ever visited, but again it is just a few mostly Menorcan restaurants and bars along the road above the bay. Not rowdy or noisy. Great beach and most the villas there are out on the headland in a stunning location.

I don't like any noise or entertainment at all, so we stay away from the resorts and pick a villa in Sant Climent / Binixica / Son Vitamina which is mostly Spanish owned private villas.

Apologies if anyone thought I was dissing Menorca, I wasn't smile, all I meant was that it is pretty different from Mallorca, generally quieter and if you were expecting a similar place you may be disappointed.

LadyMountbatten Tue 09-Apr-13 21:52:16

I liked son bou.

Punts prima was a dive

adifferentwoman Thu 11-Apr-13 08:43:45

Looks like it might be the villa with the heated pool but yukky decor - my sensible MIL has persuaded me to think cleanliness rather than style after watching my water babe DD swimming yesterday. Another sacrifice for the kids eh?!?!?!?!? tee hee....

Just a tip, call or email and check in advance that the pool will be heated before you arrive, we had one experience where the heating was only switched on the day we arrived and it took three days for the pool to get to a halfway pleasant temperature...and 4 for ds2 (then 2) to recover from the trauma of throwing himself into the pool on first sight and shooting straight back out, he cautiously eyed it and muttered "too cold" until we successfully coaxed him to try again!

Bellini12 Thu 18-Apr-13 11:41:51

I'm totally with you on the pool heating dilemma. I've too spent a long time searching for this. When youve got young DC's they are in the pool every day & you don't want their lips turning blue!

We had the most perfect villa holiday in Menorca last year over the jubilee week (half term). We rented from villaplus. The pool was a lovely temp and the weather was gorgeous - just one rain shower and temp was high 20's. We stayed in Son Parc in a lovely modern villa (ikea white kitchen, lovely furnishings etc). Yes it's quiet but all we did was hang out at the gorgeous beach and our pool. There's only about 3 reasonably priced restaurants, a few shops and cafe's etc but we chose to drive some nights to Fornells or Arenal del castel next door. There were some great meal deals to be had. There was enough for us for one week of relaxation.

From my research, villaplus is the only website with heated pools and wifi. We've just booked to go to Moraira near Alicante in Spain for that week (admittedly the villa isn't that modern but it ticked all the boxes!).

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