16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
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
"We have just returned from Menorca where we spent a week at the lovely Nuramar hotel. This was the first time we had taken our two girls abroad and having read some reviews prior to the holiday we were a little nervous about it, but I have to say we have had a fantastic holiday thanks largely to the hotel itself. The staff are very friendly and helpful and our apartment (1 bedroom) was clean and adequate for our needs. Indeed the whole hotel was very clean and well maintained. If we return again we would have a 2 bedroom villa as by all accounts they are far more spacious and by then our girls will be that much bigger. That said, we had a sea view from our very private terrace and as we stepped out the front door we looked straight out onto the pool, which is where the girls wanted to spend most of their time. The food was good and there was more choice than I had anticipated. I was surprised how quiet the hotel is but this suited us nicely and it didn't matter to us that the entertainment was poor, as we spent every evening down by the marina and in the Goody Goody park which is great for children with its bouncy castles and go-karts etc. Cala'n Bosch is a beautiful place and Menorca is ideal for families with young children. Nuramar is about 10 minutes from the marina and a little further from the beach which was a bit far in the heat for our youngest but we would definately go back, and the children are already talking about next year!"
- Travel date: Thu 30th of August 2012
hotel and room excellent
"The hotel was excellent,room excellent,sun facing balcony,rooms large,but what let us down big style was the food,if they didnt have chips on,we would have starved at an all inclusive hotel,full english on a morning,which was warm,plenty of different foods for dinner(we had ham, tomatoes and chips)evening meal yuk but found one or two items ok.
The hotel was very cosmopolitan,english,wesh,scots,french,italian and spanish.Everyone got on great and it felt very homely.the staff were excellent and could not be faulted,they worked very hard,if i went back it would be self catering as there was supermarkets and restaurants close by."
- Travel date: Sun 17th of July 2011
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
"The Nuramar apartments were brilliant. They were very clean with staff changing the beds and towels every other day. The pools were excellent, although they were only cleaned once while we were there which was a little disappointing but nevertheless excellent.
The location was perfect. A 5 minute walk to the Marina and 10 to the beach, although we stayed around the pool. The restaurants around the Marina were a little expensive and very similar but I can certainly recommend the following places to eat - Hong Kong Freestyle buffet (all you can eat for 7 euro (adult) 4 euro (child) with loads of choice plus a desert.
Also the Fiesta bar on the Marina had a very extensive menu and was very reasonable.
Leli's bar was excellent too (not on the Marina but abut 500 yards from Nuramar (its the one with the talking parrot outside!!).
I would definitely stay away from La Piscina on the Marina - very expensive and the food was awful. Also the Steak House (Torres Noir) on the Marina was always packed (we didnt eat there because everyone we spoke to said it was very expensive (50 euro for 2 people!!)
We also went on a half day boat trip which was brilliant (Don Pancho) which we caught from the Marina (15 euro adult and 5 euro child) and would definitely recommend it. The train which does a large circuit was good but I thought expensive for what it was - 7 euro each.
I would give this resort 9 out of 10 - excellent for families and would definitely go there again. Have a good holiday."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of June 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
Our last minute holiday only booked the...
"Our last minute holiday only booked the day before departure turned out better than we had expected as we had no preconceptions of what Menorca had to offer.
The plane left Birmingham only slightly behind schedule but made up time owing to a favourable tail wind.
Mahon airport is a delightful gem of a place. Only 15 minutes elapsed from touchdown to walking out of the terminal to the awaiting transfer coach.
Transfer took one hour. First impressions were that the island has not been destroyed by tourism as the other Ballearics have.
The Club Nuramar boasts a local 4* rating which I feel was right. Two pools, very well kept gardens and well furnished and supplied public rooms completed the initial impression. Our apartment was very spacious including balcony it measured about 650 square feet. Everything was supplied, the only downside was the microwave which if you wanted to use it had to be picked up and transported to a suitable power point.
At night the apartment was chilly (back end of September) the central heating wasn't turned on but by leaving the two electric hob rings on full for an hour overcame this problem.
The apartment was less than ten minutes walk to the marina which sported, in a reasonable not over the top way, a vast array of shops, bars and eateries.
Would recommend "El Pato" for simple well cooked food very reasonably priced with service second to none. The restaurant is very popular so waiting for a table is sometimes necessary but well worth it. Avoid the "Indian" meals though as they are expensive and disgusting.
Getting around the island is relatively easy with a decent bus service. Book through tickets whenever possible as these will save you money.
For the more energetic (we are both pensioners) the cliff walk,to Cala Blanca is well worthwhile. About five miles and two hours level walk it is a rocky scramble so sensible shoes are necessary. Remember to take water with you as there are no watering holes en route.
A visit to the old capital,Cuitadella, on the bus takes less than 15 minutes. loads of bus stops all over the resort. Take a cooling drink at C'an Nito on the main square and people watch-very civilised!
For families with young children, the beach is very flat and the water crystal clear. There is a similar beach just a few minutes walk away at the neighbouring resort of Son Xoroguer.
We also visited the resorts of Cala Blanes, Los Delfines and Forcat, what a disappointment. Very brash and commercialised we caught the next bus back to Cuitadella.
All in all a splendid place for a short break. For the like us old foggies who like to to be adventurous, a week was just about right before boredom set in."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of October 2008
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