16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Fun for me and the girlies but not much to do
"i went away with the girlies there were 5 of us, we arrived at the nuramar and were greeted by lovely receptionists. we thought we were getting one apartment for all of us to share but we were given to for some reason. we went over to the appartments and were shocked by size they were huge, 2 very comfy double sofa beds in the living room, then upstairs one double bedroom plus 1 2 bed room. 4 beds extra!!!! couldnt complain, until we found out that we had no air con upstairs it was broken and my mates who stayed in the other apparment was broken dowstairs, wasnt impressed as it was so sticky upstairs felt like a sauna, no joke. maybe they new it was broke and new knowone could sleep uptairs so we got given 2????however it was fixed 2 days later. swimming pool lovely and they dont moan about you using inflatibles. the entertainment was rubbish kids were a little bored, most people went to other hotels entertainment which was of a much higher standard. we never ate at the restaurant but there was one. everything was fairly nearby, but very expensive so i would advise (if on budget) to go somewhere all inclusive. the euro is rubbish therefore you would probs get more for your money in the uk. Most people staying were english, which was nice as there was people 2 chat 2. Cleaners 6/7 days they dont speak a word of english and just walk in. Overall lovely times."
- Travel date: Wed 15th of July 2009
nuramar was very good
"Nuramar was lovely set of one bedroom or 2 bedroom/2floor mini villas/apartments. Nice and quite, lovely pool, 3-5min walk to harbour where all the restaurants and kids entertainment is. 10min walk to beach which was no prob for us as we had a hire car (definately recomend a hire car for such a beautiful small island). our apartment was very clean and very quiet with air con. Would recomend going into cuitadella. If you do there is a little restaurant at the very end of the harbour next to the car park with green seats full of spanish people who after 9pm were queing to eat - well worth it, best meal we had 90euros for a meal for 2 adults and 1 child but worth every penny! No menu they come and tell you what fish they caught that day.
Would definately return to the Nuramar. Check out "Marhotels" paradise club (stone throw from beach) though it looked fantastic and was about 1000 euro a week but was 5 star no doubt a lot dearer if booked through travel agents."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of July 2009
Great value for money and fab weather
"Returned from a week a Nuramar booked with Thomas Cook for less than Â£300 for the two of us. We'd booked a one-bed apartment but got a two bed "mini-villa" instead. To be honest, we weren't expecting much, but were well impressed!
Double room with sunny balcony, plus bath/shower room and twin bedroom upstairs, large living/dining/kitchen area downstairs, plus shower room, sunny terrace and drying area. Plenty of pots and pans, crockery etc, kettle, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, tho' the two ring hob had seen better days!
Rooms were cleaned every day, towels regularly changed, and linen changed twice in the week. To be honest, I've paid much more for s/c accommodation and got much less!
About 3 mins walk from bus-stop to Ciudadella, and near the northern, quieter end of the resort. There are supermarkets, restaurants etc, within about a 5-10 minute walk, and the marina and beach 10-15 mins walk in the opposite direction. Resort and apartments were extremely quiet when we were there, but that is what we like.
The weather which was my main worry , was wonderful, hot and sunny every day, with cloudless skies. It was chilly in the evening, but we expected that at this time of year. Prices varied from shop to shop, but were probably on a par, with some things much cheaper and others more expensive in each one. Prices are fairly high in the shops for self catering, but I haven't been on holiday in the Eurozone for about 4 years, so expected to see a big difference. Eating out varies, found good value at La Orca and El Pato. All in all, to be honest I found Cala'n Bosch a bit too "caters for British" for me, but we all have different expectations on holiday. However, for a good value "fly and flop" break in the sun, this really did exceed all our expectations."
- Travel date: Fri 29th of May 2009
Bargain for Â£123...well worth it
"I saw a deal in a window for Menorca and thought i would have a look as its normally allocated on arrival. Checked in Thomas Cook and it was named accomodation so had a quick look online and decided to book for 4 of us. Myself (22) and my partner (28), and another couple of similar age. Only an hour and 50 minute flight to get there, the transfer in the brochure said an hour and a half, but turned out to be 40 mins which was a bonus! We were the first people on the Island this year as tourists (24th April).
When we arrived the staff were very friendly (Maria), found our apartment and were slightly disappointed as i was given the impression the rooms were 2 doubles but turned out to be a double and a twin. Our apartment had a cracked window which we reported but was never repaired, and the downstairs shower leaked. The maintenance man turned up, looked at the shower head and walked off, he was as handy as a chcolate fireguard. However these small problems did not really cause us a problem, we only payed Â£123 per person and werent expecting a 5*.
The 2 bedroom apartments were set out on 2 levels. A living area, kitchen and dining area, a shower and toilet room downstairs, also an outside terrace area off the kitchen which was great for eating/drinking. The other side there was also a small enclosed patio area with washing lines for towels, bikini's etc. Upstairs was a bathroom (bath and shower over), Double bedroom with balcony, and a twin room. Kitchen had 2 ring hob, microwave, toaster, kettle and enough pans cutlery etc.
The apartments were about a 5-10 minute walk to the harbour. (No big hills) The area was very safe and infact we rarely even passed anyone as only 2 hotels were open when we were there. If you are visiting out of season (before May 1st, After October i think) please be aware not all the restaurants will be open, majority will be shut. If you are visiting in peak season this would not be a problem. We didnt eat at the hotel so cannot comment on food there.
Meals out were not overly expensive, i would recommend Mr Jaime for pizza, 6.50 euros for a veggie pizza and was very good! I would NOT recommend El Pescador, it was expensive for what it was and tasted like a microwaved meal. The steakhouse was ok.
As you come out of the apartments, if you turn right, about 5 minutes walk there is a Spar shop where you can buy essentials if you're self catering. Some people have said Betterbuys were cheaper, we didnt find this as all places were around the same price. Bread is around 2.75 euros for a loaf, marmite about 4 euros, its not overly cheap to buy food for self catering.
The resort was lovely, 2 nice beaches at Cala'n Bosch, quite alot of Jelly fish though. I would definately recommend hiring a car for a couple of days. We hired a car for 3 days and it was good to explore the island. Places i would recommend visiting: Fornells, Arenal d'en Castell has a lovely beach, Mahon (olso Mao) is a bit more lively with shops and a port with a market on a Tuesday, Es Torres is a mountain with a Cathederal on top and definately worth a visit with lovely views. Cuitadella is close to Cala'n bosch (10 mins drive) and worth a visit. Siesta is between 1pm and 4.30pm ish and just about all shops close, be aware if you're planning on visiting somewhere between those times.
All in all, a great relaxing holiday, weather was warm, beautiful island and a bargain for the price we paid. Would definately recommend it for a chilled out week in the sun!"
- Travel date: Mon 4th of May 2009
not good for self catering
"decent sized rooms but not very good for self catering as there is only 1 plug socket for your use in the kitchen to serve the microwave, kettle and toaster, meals can take forever, also after the first week the pool water was getting to look like milk and there didnt seem to be anything done about it, you couldnt see the bottom of the pool."
- Travel date: Thu 7th of August 2008
What lovely weather
"We have just got back from a one week stay at Nurmar Apartments in one of their two bedroom villa type properties.
The maids came in and cleaned the property every day except for Sundays. We had an ant nest outside the front door and the ants did on a few occasions take a trip into the house but when we mentioned it to reception they gave us some ant spray and that worked a treat. We had a problem with the air conditioning in our bedroom as it packed up after a couple of days. We reported it to reception and an engineer came the following day to check it out. He had to get a part which took another day but once fixed it worked brilliantly. In the meantime the reception gave us a couple of fans. We found the reception staff very helpful.
If you are looking for a resort with kids clubs and a lot of entertainment then this is probably not for you. We however wanted a more quiet resort so this was ideal. The pool is plenty large enough for the size of the resort."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of August 2008
"We have just returned from two weeks at these apartments. (self, husband, daughter 14 and son 17)we had a two storey apartment which was really more of a villa. After several holidays with the four of us in one bedroom apartments the extra space here was great. The main bedroom upstairs had a large balcony and there was also a patio downstairs. one thing we particularly liked was that there was a courtyard off of the kitchen with a washing line. This made it very easy to dry swimming things and keep up with the laundry. it also meant there was not the usual array of beach towels, clothes etc hanging from each balcony.
The apartments were well maintained and the grounds very pretty. the apartment was cleaned most days. on the days it wasn't it may have been down to my son's tendancy to sleep late. overall the standard of cleaning was to our satisfaction. The towels were changed frequently but could have done with being much larger than they were. the swimming pool was a little small but that wouldn't have mattered so much if some of the guests hadn't allowed their children to treat it as their exclusive property. I am not a killjoy but I don't consider it acceptable for large inflatable boats, floating armchairs etc to be used in the pool at peak times or for children to repeatedly jump in right in front of other swimmers.
we did not experience any noise despite being near the road. I daresay the noise level does vary according to the other guests at the time. we did not witness any drunken behaviour during our stay.
i felt very sorry for the entertainers who came. the audience was always very small, one evening a duo played to our family plus the barmaid. I suspect this is because the bar stops serving food at 4pm and once people go out to the marina for dinner they do not come back. a shame because the bar staff were very friendly. the flamenco show was very good and that was also very well attended. The staff at reception were also very friendly.
once we had worked out the best route to the beach it was actually not that far. however it often felt quite a trek in the heat. There is a supermarket very close by if you want to cook for yourself. we found the apartment well equipped and with more than sufficient cutlery etc for 4 of us. all in all we loved it and would go back. . I think possibly some teenagers would find it a litle quiet but younger children would be fine."
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of August 2008
"Cleanliness was excellent, pool a good size and resort area very pretty. Not too far from the marina and shops/restaurants â about 5-10 minutes walk. 5 minutes to the nearest supermarkets, although one is cheaper than the other (Betta Buys).
We had a 2 bedroom apartment sleeping 5-6. On the first night we were woken by people staying at the Nuramar coming back at 1 am, loud and drunk. We had requested a quite location due to us having an autistic teenager with us. We were given the closest apartment to the side entrance of the resort. On the fifth day, the downstairs toilet exploded, shooting a 7 foot jet of sewage water into the main living area and kitchen. We told reception, but due to the language barrier, they thought our washing line had exploded and came to fix it, upon seeing there was no washing line (we had asked on the first day for one as every other apartment had one) the chap said 's'ok'. We showed him the toilet and he said 's'ok' and left. It was cleaned an hour or so later by the cleaners. The cooker hob was good until after 5 minutes of using it as the cupboard underneath began to fill with smoke because something was burning (fire hazard). The plug sockets weren't attached to the wall properly and there was a gap of about 1cm all the way around one of the sockets.
After that incident, and the noise, we were moved to another apartment further away in a quiet area. It was really nice. Then the sarcastic comments started - the older receptionist always said to myself or my mother things like "Are you happy now everyone is running around after you?" and "you must be really special, making sure you get the treatment you require from all of us all of the time!" We were disgusted. We don't complain normally as we are quite, easy going people but after 7 nights of no sleep and an exploding toilet, we had nothing else we could possibly do. When we settled in, we found that we had an ant infestation in the main living area which is the 3rd bedroom. We even put sugar down to draw them away but they were not interested â they preferred little bits of ham and bacon. My mom was bitten every night and reception ignored our requests for ant powders and sprays.
By the end of the 2nd week, we were more than eager to get home. It is a pretty resort, good location, well kept and looked after by maintenance. I really wouldnât recommend it though, unless you stay in the 1 bed apartments in the main block as the people staying in those found them more than adequate. For the money we paid for 4 star accommodation, we got 1 and 2 star at the best of times. The neighbouring resorts looked far better and had entertainment each night whereas we had it only twice a week. Our family will not be staying there again and du to our travel agents mess upâs with flight delays, we probably wonât be going to Menorca again either."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of July 2008
"The apartments are ideally located. A short walk (c. 2 mins) to the nearest supermarket for water and provisions. A slightly longer walk (c. 5-10 mins) to the marina where you'll find the majority of the bars and restaurants.
We stayed in one of the 1-bedroom apartments, above the main block. No trouble with noise either from the nearby road or bar downstairs. The room was cleaned a most days - we're quite late risers so it might have been cleaned every day had we got up earlier.
Bathroom: short bath with shower above. Shower gel, soap, shower cap were provided. Towels were quite rough.
Large private balcony but no view to look at. Just the neighbouring apartments.
Pool-side entertainment was provided for the youngsters by the hotel owner. She played games with the children like getting them to dive through hoops in the shallow pool or doing face-painting etc once or twice a day. I think the kids benefited by free ice creams for joining in!
San Miguel was 2 Euros per large glass (0.4L not quite a pint). Evening entertainment was poor and only provided two evenings the week we were there. One was a duo - singer plus guitarist, the other was a demo of Flamenco dancing, each for only an hour.
Kettles could be hired for about 14 Euros per week and we had to pay for the key for the safety deposit box - 2 Euros per day. We didn't do any cooking so can't comment on that but there was corkscrew and bottle opener!"
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of July 2008
Fantastic 2 bed apartments
"We stayed at the Nuramar this year in a 2 bed apartment and it was excellent.
The apartments were large and very villa like on two floors. A nice big terrace from the living area and a balcony from the main bedrrom gave plenty of options to sit.
The pool is a little small but the ambience of the property is friendly. It is quite a small property but is located just outside the centre and is a short 5 minuite walk to the marina.
I would recommend this property/resort for families and couples wanting a good natured, fun, friendly place to stay."
- Travel date: Tue 31st of October 2006
Dirty pool, rubbish food but lovely staff
"We visited in May. Myself my husband and children aged 3 and 1. The hotel is basic. We asked for an accessible room with us having a baby in a pram and were given what can only be described as a large box up 2 flights of stairs overlooking the smoking area and games room. We asked to changing were told there was nothing else available so we didn't sleep for the week. If we opened the doors, the apartment filled with smoke and the games room was so noisy (air hockey puck and pool tables being used constantly til 11:30+) on an evening we couldn't get our children to sleep.
The food was repetitive and random at best (goat??!!!!) and even though we were all inclusive we ate out for dinner most nights.
The staff were all really lovely and would give you information and try to serve you as quickly as possibly. The rooms were kept clean and there was a salad waiting in our fridge for us upon our late check in. The baby pool was very murky, but the adults pool was ok.
There was only entertainment 2 of the nights (which didn't start til 9 so too late for our children) and the kids club was only open twice for 3 hours the whole of our stay.
We've stayed in Calan Bosch 3 times in the last 18 months and love the resort but will definitely be giving this hotel a wide berth next time. "
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of August 2015
Nuramar review may 2014
"This hotel is very clean and the apartments are very spacious
We have just returned from there after spending a week there.
Breakfast was okay but the evening meal is not poor choice limited choice of food. To summarize you get what you pay for do not expect 4 star rating I would rate this a 2 star plus. Also rubbish old sunbeds but pool was okay. "
- Travel date: Sun 11th of May 2014