23 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Honesty & Delight
"OVERVIEW: All available reviews were read before we stayed at the Hotel Xuroy (Charoy), we researched well and enjoyed our stay, it was as expected ! We are a well travelled couple who enjoy visiting places that are authentic and unspoilt, you may find our observations helpful. It is a very low key destination not dominated by any particular nationality or age which is refreshing. The beach is popular with local families, most English guests we encountered were 50 plus & uncritical loyal long term visitors! I believe one couple have been coming every year since 1954.....
LOCATION: Very picturesque rustic rural setting, sadly no longer a fishing village; the fishermens cottages are now holiday homes for the wealthy Spanish. The cove, sea and surrounding area are amazing, a breeding ground for fish; watch out for birds of prey, lizards, bats & the cormorant that fishes just a few feet away from you while you swim. The small beach is sheltered and shallow, perfect for youngsters learning to swim or for less confident swimmers. The sea temp is patchy, warm underneath, cold on top - seemed to be due to freshwater springs that seep from the surrounding rocks. The terrain is undulating and rocky in places but is fairly easy walking - do walk to Punta Prima which takes about 40 mins along the bridlepath, early morning or evening if hot ! You can get the bus back via St Luis (visit the amazing ice cream cafe !). We stayed away from S'algar after passing through on the bus...everything we wanted to get away from and no beach but they do have a bakery !
Other island destinations can only be reached via Mahon on the bus which runs 6 times daily, careful planning is required to make any bus trips. If you do one organised trip make it the "Coast to Coast" (49 Euros each)which goes to Fornells, a beautiful country house that makes Mahon cheese and the stud farm to see the Menorcian stallions - a real highlight. You get a good look around the stable yard, meet the horses and get a short performance. Better value than the evening show !
HOTEL, LOCAL FACILITIES & COSTS: Make sure you book a sea view room it is splendid ! The hotel is scrupulously clean and tidy - all the staff work very hard ! The pool and sun terraces are lovely but the condition of some sunbeds is poor, none are provided on the beach but this isn't a major issue, it would spoil the "spirit of place".
Don't miss Happy Hour from 6-7pm, it will save you alot of money, especially if you take a drink to your room for later eg: 2 big brandies for 3 Euros! The whole island is very expensive, especially this village. Budget well & accept that lunch for two will cost you 30 euros or more (very good fish and garlic bread - toast with garlic mayo), 2 coffees = 3 Euros, 1 ice cream = 5 Euros, local brandy = 3 Euros etc. It is easy to spend 50 Euros on very little, so eat in the hotel at night as often as you can if you are on half board.
FOOD: Breakfast is Ok, good pastries, much better coffee downstairs afterwards. Evening meals are a sorry affair as you restricted to eating your meal inside. The food quality, choice etc is acceptable (I am very fussy )but rather bland, the surroundings are remincent of a school dining room ! Food may not be taken out or brought in....this really lets the hotel down. The joy of a long lingering evening meal is totally lost.
Piccolo Mundo at the end of the village has fab views,they do an excellent 3 course lunch for 12 Euros, they also have wild lizards and tortoises. The Tapas bar in the Parade is an alternative. The hammock/ general store is mildly interesting and cheaper but is of limited use eg: half price bottled water, daily papers etc.
Overview: This is a great destination for anyone who wants an easy escape for a week (two weeks may be too long), loves nature and is happiest watching wildlife, swimming, walking and doesnt crave excitement or the 21st century !
- Travel date: Mon 14th of September 2009
"The Receptionist is very offhand.
The rooms were dark and damp.
The food is extremely expensive two Spanish Omlettes, one beer and an orange juice will cost you 25 euros. A coffee is 2 Euros 50.
There are no cashpoints nearby and no shops. There is one reastaurant which is a treck. The shortcut to the nearest shop will take you 30 minutes to walk over rocks.
It is a very basic place which is extremely overpriced for food and drink. The Xuroy has you as a captive audience.
I would advise against staying at this hotel if you are travelling with young children or if you have a disability of any kind as you would feel extremely trapped unless you were to hire a car.
We eventually moved after three wasted days at this hotel which is actually a hostel!"
- Travel date: Mon 11th of May 2009
our third time at this hotel and we just...
"our third time at this hotel and we just love it!
the rooms are basic but very comfortable and housekeeping is five star
the food is always very good and the staff are very friendly
if you want a quiet relaxing holiday in a beautiful setting this is the place to go
we will be going back there next year !"
- Travel date: Fri 4th of July 2008
We've been coming here for years, twice...
"We've been coming here for years, twice some years, and will be back again this June.
The food is basic but very edible. The rooms are clean but the beds are firmish. The pool is great and the view down the cove if you get a sea-view room is spectacular.
The staff are friendly and the now non-smoking bar is very pleasant. It is not cheap but sit there with your G&T and enjoy the view over the beach.
We see many familiar faces when we go so we're not the only ones who like it."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of May 2008
I can't believe a couple of the comments...
"I can't believe a couple of the comments on this site. We stayed at this hotel in Aug 2007 and we enjoyed it so much that we plan to book again for a long weekend break in June.
The hotel is advertised as being small and friendly which is correct. Anyone who bothers to look at the description of this hotel and the area will see that it is in a SMALL TRADITIONAL FISHING VILLAGE. This is not a huge SOL hotel in a massive resort and doesn't pretend to be. People who complain of 'nothing to do' and 'boring' should really have booked Cala en Porter where you can drink in English pubs, play bingo and sing karaoke to your hearts content. It's a very British resort. Personally that's not our taste so we wouldn't book to go there for a long holiday (although we did go there for an evening and had a perfectly nice time). But the point is that we knew what Cala en Porter was like before we went to Menorca so no surprises.
The Xuroy has a lovely position with what really amounts to it's own beach. The beach isn't the best but it's ok. We hired a car while we were here so we didn't get bored because we had the choice to drive to another part of the island and sightsee. Maybe if you were there all week without a car, you would run out of things to do, but there are lovely walks to take to the adjoining villages and there's a regular bus service too. There's also a nice big swimming pool which was well used by families staying at the hotel.
This is the sort of place to book if you want to experience real Menorcan life. Fishing boats still go out here in the mornings and I often sat on the balcony watching the men mending their nets first thing. It's a tranquil area and long may it stay like it. There's enough of Menorca that's commercialised so that people who want that can go there.
We found the half board food, although basic, to be pretty good. It's a bit chips with everything but very passable and a different choice of meat, fish and veggie every night. Lunchtime food was VERY good and you can sit on the patio eating, while your children play on the beach and are in sight the whole time, being just 2 steps up from the sand. Drinks weren't cheapy cheapy, but we didn't find them excessive either and there was happy hour every evening 2-4-1. However they do seem to have moreorless the monopoly on the area. There's a nice Menorcan pub up the road as well - again, quite traditional.
So, to summarise, don't come to Xuroy or Alcaufar if you want spotless beaches and an all action holiday. There are no watersports, no bucket and spade shops, no pizza restaurants or McD.
Come to Xuroy and Alcaufar if you want a quiet relaxing holiday in a traditional setting and to get away from the crowds.....and back to Menorcan life as I'd imagine it used to be. "
- Travel date: Mon 25th of February 2008
2006 was the third time that my wife and...
"2006 was the third time that my wife and I have stayed at the Xuroy, and we love it, although it does seem to polarise opinion. If you're one of those people who likes bars, disco's, nightlife and Karaoke, then DON'T go to Cala Alcaufar, it's not your kind of place! However, if you like a quiet place and a nice hotel where the food is fresh and the staff are friendly, then give it a go.
Yes, you probably will need a car, and yes, the drinks are a bit pricier than some resorts, but if you want Aya Napa prices, go to Aya Napa.
The local tapas bar does good food too, and the restaurant is also good. Yes, there is no shop, but so what, Mahon is 15 minutes away, with lots of shops for a day out.
The pool is fantastic, and is right next to the beach which doesn't get crowded except when the locals come down in the evening and at the weekend (reinforcing the "Spanishness" of the place).
Benidorm it isn't, but neither is it Monte Carlo, it's just a great place to go for a quiet, relaxing holiday where you really can chill out and wind down. Try it, you might just like it!
- Travel date: Tue 4th of December 2007
Hotel lovely and clean. Food excellent....
"Hotel lovely and clean. Food excellent. Housekeeping service first class. Pool very good, lovely layout.
Reception could be more friendly. Ideal location for beach and a couple of walks.
Cala Alcaufar/Hotel Xuroy is very, very quiet. No entertainment. Lights out at 11.00pm. Only the hotel, Tapas bar, and Piccolo Mundo's bar in the entire place. No shops.
We enjoyed our holiday but without car hire it would have been quite monotonous."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of September 2007
This hotel is very picturesque and quiet...
"This hotel is very picturesque and quiet with not a lot to do other than the pool or the beach, which is small and rocky. This can become overcrowded by local families who gather at the hotel at the weekends.
The food is a buffet style and very basic, vegetarians would have problems here and the bar is expensive. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff friendly. It is an ideal base for a few days escape but for a long holiday it could become boring.
There are two resorts either side which are within walking distance, if a bit rocky and a regular bus service goes to S'agar and Mahon."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of August 2007
We thought the hotel was lovely and clea...
"We thought the hotel was lovely and clean. But the food was rubbish. The prices of the drinks was daylight robbery, we will never go there again.
There was nothing to do whatsoever, its a good job the weather was nice otherwise I would have come home early. The price of the holiday was very expensive.
The pool was very clean, my complaint really is the food being terrible and the cost of the drinks. I don't know how the people with a family managed to afford it."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of August 2007
"Returned on 1 July after a wonderful week. Picked Hotel Xuroy after reading visitors reviews which portrayed exactly what we were looking for, a complete 'wind-down'. This was achieved, and more!!
The location of the hotel is 'idyllic' and whilst the bar prices reflect the fact that there is a captive clientele, you do have the choice of not participating. There is a 'happy hour' between 6 and 7pm which proved to be extremely popular. To be able to sit on the terrace with a jug of sangria or a G & T and watch the children frolicking in the water and on the beach must be the nearest thing to heaven. A tiny stroll up to the left and you can watch the fishermen cleaning and filleting their catch whilst the locals wait to buy!
The pool area is also very peaceful and relaxing, with no stress over finding an empty sun lounger.
For the more active, a 10-15 minute walk will bring you to S'Algar which is a very white purpose built resort which boasts one supermarket, two shops selling souveniers and beachy things, a restaurant and a bakery/coffee shop. There is also a local bus which leaves from near the hotel on an hourly basis and goes to Mahon. This journey takes about 20 minutes depending on the number of stops it makes.
All-in-all Cala Alcaufar/Hotel Xuroy is the best 'chill-out' holiday we have ever experienced. May nothing happen to spoil it!"
- Travel date: Mon 16th of July 2007
"We've just got back today from the Hotel Xuroy and although I don't normally write reviews (although I always look to tripadvisor before booking anywhere) I felt I must give an up to date report on the Xuroy.
The view from our bedroom was fit for a travel brochure, we went looking for peace and quiet and to re-charge our batteries and we certainly got that. There is however a regular bus service into Mahon from outside the hotel and theres always car hire as well as a friendly rep who visits the hotel every day who can arrange trips. The pool is one of the nicest I've seen and if you get sick of the view - there is also the gorgeous beach within yards.
As half- board clients we had a continental breakfast every morning and a buffet style evening meal where plates could be replenished as often as required - the food was probably some of the best I've tasted. Each lunch-time we dined on the terrace (which was paid separately) and again the food was great, both meat, fish and vegetarian dishes - do try the shellfish paella it is second to none. We are definately going back.
If I could change anything at all it would be to introduce omelettes at breakfast time for those like myself who don't like contintental breakfasts."
- Travel date: Thu 5th of July 2007
Although small and away from the main to...
"Although small and away from the main towns, Cala Alcaufar offers relaxation and a chance to experience the culture of the island.
The beach is often visited by the local Spanish families and is perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Although it is quiet, S'Algar is a short walk away and buses often run to Mahon.
The food is basic, which is fine if you are staying for a couple of weeks and the hotel serves lunches and paella on the terrace.
The rooms are cleaned everyday and the staff are friendly and make and an effort to talk to you.
Overall the hotel is perfect for families and couples as long as you want to see the quieter and more relaxing side to Menorca."
- Travel date: Wed 13th of June 2007