59 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great last minute holiday
"Couple (no kids)- hotel had just opened for the season and was very quiet.
Food was fantastic, cooked fresh every day and always found something to eat - the freshly cooked fish was great. The chef and the staff were very friendly and remembered our drinks order. We never ate at the pool bar (burgers, piza, chips etc)but those that did seemed to enjoy it, and all food cooked to order.The kids seemed to really enjoy the free ice-creams.
The apartments were extremely spacious, and clean and we didn't hear any noise from the other apartments (with kids) on either side. Pool side area and communal spaces were cleaned constantly, there were loads of sunbeds and parasols and the kids pirate ship pool area looked lovely.
The entertainment was ok, the kids really enjoyed it - although in high season you'll be pushed for a seat inside. The queue for drinks at the end of our stay was getting a bit busy (perhaps they'll hire more staff in high season). The entertainment team were great, and the kids really loved them.
Reception staff very friendly as was the first choice rep. We didn't go on any of the organised trips but the rep photocopied some walks for us, found out bus times back etc;if you are up to it we would highly recommend trying out some of the walks along the coastal paths (not recommended for those with small children or walking difficulties. The 15km walk to Cala Galdana was breathtaking with some amazing beaches along the way. We got the bus to Cala Blanes and walked to Ciutadella to catch the sunset - amazing!
The bus stops right outside the hotel and is great for getting around, cheap too(about 1.5 euros to Ciutadella - well worth a trip.
Cala'n Bosch was fairly quiet, nice harbour area and some pubs, restaurants with a 15 min walk to the beach (you can get the bus. If you fancy a drink / meal away from the hotel we can thoroughly recommend the lighthouse restaurant - a well kept secret, time it right and you get to watch the sunset (there is no access unless you buy a drink!) Menorca is beautiful,the people are extremely friendly and really appreciate you trying to speak Spanish, even if its just please and thankyou. This is our 2nd trip to the island and we will definately return, although if you have no kids take ear plugs for the plane and in high season Viva Menorca will probably be a bit noisy for us :)"
- Travel date: Sun 29th of May 2011
"Just got back from Viva Menorca. A quick all inclusive fly and flop to recharge the batteries. The hotel was great. nice and clean, the staff all very friendly and helpful. The food was fantastic with a great choice at all meal times including the snack bar at the pool.
The only downside was the evening entertainment which was very good but if you don't like dancing shows then you're snookered. Elvis from Manchester was good but tried a litle too hard to be Elvis.
They've opened a new kids pool this year with slides , water cannons and a huge pirate ship.
The hotel was lovely and quiet but was starting to get busier as the week went on so not sure what it will be like when it's full!"
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of May 2011
"We have just come back 11 08 10 from viva menorca allinclusive everything about the place was fantastic the food was excellent and the restaurant was very clean the staff could not be more friendly although they did seem to put spanish guests first.We found the only problem was the sun beds people get up very early to get thier beds which in the end my cousin was getting up at 6 o'clock so we got a bed. People put towels on them then dont sit on them untill midday which is very wrong.My family would holiday there again and would reccommened it to friends and family."
- Travel date: Fri 13th of August 2010
Definately worth a visit!
"I have just returned from a 2 week holiday at Viva Menorca with my 2 daughters aged 15 and 12. Overall a good holiday with some excellent points but a few problems worth highlighting.
Restaurant: Nobody I spoke to in the hotel could knock the restaurant at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Always immaculately clean. Staff were attentive and helpful, especially Olympia who was amazing! There was always a huge range of choice and something to suit everyone. The food was of a high standard and there was always plenty.
Entertainment team: Molly and her team were brilliant from day 1. Always there to cheer people up, constantly doing their best to entertain everybody. Always upbeat from breakfast time to bed time, just brilliant!
Poolside bar: Open from 10.30 in the morning to 6 at night serving snacks and small meals. Really quick and easy, just ask for what you want and leave your name, and a massive hit with the teenagers who didn't fancy getting dressed to go into the restaurant.
Maids: Lovely and friendly, always left the rooms immaculate, didn't ignore 'do not disturb' signs like in several hotels.
Cleanliness: The hotel was always very clean and tidy, no litter and cleaners were straight in after to tidy up the mess.
Amenities: 3 large supermarkets a 2 minute walk away where you can get little bits to put in the fridge in your room, very useful!
Swimming pools: The outdoor pool was far too small to accomodate the amount of guests and was often extremely cramped. The 'heated' indoor spa pool was ice cold and tiny and the jacuzzi in the spa gave countless number of guests severe ear infections. The Titanic Park accross the road is definately worth a visit, you have to buy one drink and you get access to a large clean pool and inflatable slide as well as arcade amusements.
Receptionists: Absolutely appalling. Rude to guests (except Spanish ones) and not really willing to help. When a fellow guest complained about the air conditioning in their room, the receptionist told her 'it wasn't her problem'. Many families had huge problems with the receptionists who targeted the English teenagers as trouble makers and did everything in their power to get them in trouble including making up things they had done then calling a meeting with their parents.
Air conditioning: Practically non-existent. Made a lot of noise but never cooled the room down. Many people complained but nothing seemed to be done about it.
Despite the few small problems, most people thoroughly enjoyed their holiday because it was mainly English people in the hotel and they made their own entertainment. "
- Travel date: Wed 4th of August 2010
"We have just returned from the Viva Menorca and had a fabulous time. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and Britta the children's rep and her team were fabulous. We did go half board but chose to upgrade to all inclusive and this was 22euros a day per adult with children free and it was well worth it. The manager could be seen out and about and couldnt do enough. My son is a fussy eater and loves chicken. The chef cooked him chicken two nights - even though it wasnt on the menu. The rooms I felt were a little on the small side though and I did feel as though the bedrooms/apartments were now looking a little tired whilst the main areas were not. We did have a big problem with ants in the apartment and we would telephone reception and they would send someone with a can of spray - I know that you are in a foreign country but perhaps spraying the hotel fully on a more regular basis might make the problem a little better but overall a fab holiday and would recommend"
- Travel date: Sun 30th of August 2009
"We've just returned from 10 nights at the Viva Menorca hotel, and I must say, I cannot praise it enough. The entertainment team for the children was absolutely fantastic, and they had plenty to do all day. There was a mini disco and entertainment for the kids every night, followed by another show for the whole family to watch...nothing too great, but better than some hotels we have been to. Menorca was quite pricey down by the harbour, so after 2 days, we went all inclusive at Viva Menorca (43 euros per adult per day, children are free!) The food was lovely, a different theme every night, and always a choice for the children too. All food/ice creams/fruit/drinks round the pool were free all day too....well worth doing if you have children. The apartments were very spacious, and very clean, as was the whole complex and pool. The staff were very friendly and helpful too. Well worth a visit to this hotel if you want a nice relaxing, quiet family holiday."
- Travel date: Sat 4th of July 2009
"Just returned from the Viva Menorca Apartments having had a wonderful time. Our children (3 and 4), although too young for the kids club, had a great time. The hotel and resort are extremely clean and well kept. All the staff in the hotel and restaurants were very child friendly and pleasant.
The rooms were adequate for our needs with ample storage space to hang clothes rather than live out of a suitcase. The kitchen was small and basic meaning you couldn't cook a meal, but if you eat out of an evening as we did then this is not a problem.
Our only problem with Menorca was the extortionate price of everything, would suggest you buy ice creams, drinks etc from local supermarkets and store in your fridge rather than buy from pool side bar. Eating out was very expensive also but as we were self catering we had little alternative. Although expensive, the food was great and all restaurants had good kids menus.
A trip to Citadella is definately recommended.
Although we really enjoyed ourselves, our children and us could have done with a little bit more to do in the resort and surroundings. We were too early for the water park, which opens in June.
Would definately recommend to friends."
- Travel date: Tue 26th of May 2009
"Been meaning to write this review for a couple of months now!
Stayed at the viva menorca apartments in cala n bosch for a week in october with my boyfriend, and was extremely impressed!
Even though this being my very first holiday abroad, i would definitely want to come back again!
The hotel was beautifully presented, with flowers all around the archways by the pool and around the hotel, and was always spotless, with staff cleaning pretty much all throughout the day!
The rooms were very spacious, was lovely to have a balcony too as we could just relax out there if we wanted to. Was nice for the evening, just sitting down and having a few drinks. There were also cleaners coming in our room every other day, and replacing towels if needed and so on!
The Pool was brilliant! it was a great size and there were always plenty of sunbeds available so never needed to worry about getting there early at all! Everything you really need is by the pool so could always just spend the day there relaxing if you wanted! Didn't need to worry about food or drink as there is a snack bar at the pool with very good food :)
All staff at the viva menorca hotel were very, very friendly and helpful, especially the kids entertainers! There was always activities going on throughout the day, even for the adults! so there is always something to be doing!
The evening entertainment at the hotel bar was also always enjoyable, always suited for everybody!
There are shops right near the hotel, which sell food,drink,toiletries etc etc
at reasonable prices! Which was handy for us, if we wanted some snacks for our room or beach! there are also gift shops next to the supermarkets, again with very friendly staff.
On the evenings, we would head down to what was called the marina, which was about a 10minute walk. This was not really a problem as the nights were still warm and was nice to have a walk. The marina was where everything was pretty much! hundreds of boats and shops/restaurants/bars/amusements all surrounding it, definitely lots to choose from! the marina was beautiful at night as all the boats were lit up and the bars surrounding so it had a really nice atmosphere. There are also quite a few stalls out at night selling fantastic jewellery and gifts and people doing things like hairbraiding etc :)
me and my boyfriend ended up eating our evening meals at the same place every night called the brittania as we were just so impressed with the food, the service and again the staff were great in there, so friendly and brilliant with kids!
There were two beaches at cala n bosch, one just 5mins away from the marina and the other about a further 15 minute walk away, however there wasnt really any need to go to the further one as the one right by the marina was much, much better! again always sunbeds available and pedal boats were brilliant, definitely recommended! Sea was absolutely gorgeous, was in there for hours!
Weather was lovely for october! about 22/23c :)
Had an absolutely brilliant holiday, would definitely recommend for anyone with kids! however only just being me and my boyfriend, was lovely as our holiday was just so relaxing! so anyone with kids or anyone who just wants a worry-free holiday, it is perfect!
Am pretty sure we will be returning to the viva menorca apartments soon!
thanks for reading :D
- Travel date: Tue 6th of January 2009
Great relaxing holiday
"Just returned from a week at the Viva Menorca Apts, and had a wonderful relaxing stay. As this was out of season, we did expect there to be no entertainment, but we were wrong! There were still activities going on during the day for children and adults, and shows in the evening. No having to get up early to get a sunbed. There were plenty, and towels are NOT allowed to be put on them before 9am.
We had a fantastic spacious ground floor room overlooking the pool area. Everything is spotlessly clean both inside and outside the rooms.
Situated close to supermarkets for all your needs. (Bettabuy was the cheapest and closest).
Found lots of nice restaurants at the Marina. Our favourite was El Pato. Busy every night.
This place is not suitable for gangs of girls/fellas looking for partying every night.
Lots of couples with young children and grandparents.
Would go again."
- Travel date: Sat 11th of October 2008
"We have just returned from a brilliant week at viva menorca with our 7year old grandaughter.The kids club entertainers were fantastic,all the staff were very pleasant and helpful and we could'nt fault the facilities."
- Travel date: Fri 10th of October 2008
After a 4 hour delay at Gatwick we final...
"After a 4 hour delay at Gatwick we finally got on the plane, and with a 23 month old and 3 and a half year old this kind of delay isn't fun. First Choice gave us a Â£5 food voucher per person except for my 23 month old son... because as we all know people under two year old's don't eat! We booked the early afternoon flight in order to make life easy, so that we could get on the resort, do some shopping, get showered and go for a meal.... instead we arrived late, tired and ratty and ate sandwiches, so much for planning ahead.
The apartments are nice, very clean, and well maintained, but perhaps a little too small. the only real complaint I would have is that the fridge was never cold enough, even turned up full our food and drinks were only just below room temperature. The electricity for your apartment switches off completely whenever you go out because your room key is used to be slotted into a kind of slot switch to turn the electricity on. The bathroom sink is actually outside of the bathroom in the hall to the bedroom, which we thought was a little odd (we stayed at the Sea Club Apartments Mallorca in 2007 they have a full bathroom, with sink, toilet and shower all in one room). There is no double bed in the bedroom but two singles pushed together with very hard matresses, had a few aches and pains after the first few nights but kind of got used to it eventually. We had noisy neighbours for a couple of days and could hear all of their shouting and arguing and the kids back-answering but they left pretty soon into our holiday. On our holiday notes from First Choice there was a section that said we would have to pay for the cot, and my wife and I disagree strongly with paying for cots, especially as there is often no such thing as a 'child price' because once the room supplements have been added you find that you're paying adult prices, even for children under two years old, and that is certainly the case with Viva Menorca. When queried with First Choice we were told that we wouldn't have to pay for a cot and in fact the shop assistant in First Choice told us she didn't know why that was there. After the first day of arriving the cot was removed from our room by the cleaners and we had to pay 71 Euros to get the cot. The kitchen utensils need to be bolstered up a little, there were no cereal bowls!
The grounds of the apartment complex are lovely, very green with lots of shaded areas, we were in a block away from the main pool and stage area, very quiet, which was good as we've got two toddlers. But be warned, the door is designed in a way that makes it very easy for small children to open.
The pool is a good size and temperature-wise cool, but warm enough, however there is no real kiddies' area of the pool, even in the shallow end the water was well above my 3 year old's head, she still loved it though once we bought the waterwings. There is a circular baby pool of about 2 metres in diameter, this is about a foot deep and really is tiny, and is certainly a baby pool and no more. The hotel has a policy of removing towels from sunbeds placed there in order to reserve loungers, which is only fair.
The Viva Menorca runs a buffet for breakfast and evening meal and is excellent, the food is superb, although not traditional Menorcan, but still very very good. It cost 15 Euros for the evening meal and 8.50 Euros for breakfast (per person), kids half price and under two's eat free! There is also a poolside cafe bar, which does a reasonable lunch of chips, burgers, chicken nuggets, that sort of thing.
There is an evening entertainment program for nearly every night and the acts range from quite amateur to highly professional, either way we were always entertained whenever we stayed at the hotel in the evening (often we went out and about). There is a kids mini disco which my two couldn't get enough of and the entertainers (which were French, Dutch, Swedish with perfect English, German, Spanish language skills) are really good with kids (actually, Menorcans in general absolutely love little children and my two kids were made to feel special everywhere we went). The hotel staff are all clearly very professional, and were always very polite, even when we were trying to resolve the cot issue, and they too were fantastic with my children.
Cala en Bosch harbour is a ten minute walk from the Viva Menorca, the beach about 15 minutes, probably faster for those without little kiddies. The beach is not huge, but was certainly big enough to comfortably fit everyone who was using it, it's a nice beach, and we really liked it, slightly rustic, slightly rugged, not too polished. The harbour has lots of boats all moored up and bobbing about, you can have a lovely evening in the harbour taking in the surroundings, just walking around and looking at the stalls and the shops, listening to the street musicians, while you decide which restaurant to use. When we were there there was a traditional Menorcan music and dance thing going on in the street, it was lovely. It's hustle and bustle but in the right way, great. There must be 40 restaurants (give or take) all around the harbour, mostly selling chips n burgers, chips n kebabs, chips n chips, chips n pizza, chips n chips n chips.... but there are a small few that surpass the rest, be sure to try Cafe Balear (you'll get some good Menorcan food here), Aqaurium (again some great menorcan fish dishes), and .... yes the Gran Dragon the Chinese restaurant if you get sick of chips n chips n chips. We actually found that most eating places don't do Menorcan food in Menorca, you have to look for it. We found a fantastic Menorcan restaurant called Binissues on the road to Santa Agueda sign posted 'Restaurant Museum' just as you drive out of Ferreries on the main road (some maps call it the C-721, but in Menorca it's actually sign posted as the Me-1). Binissues is a beautiful old tradittional Menorcan house serving delicious Menorcan food at about the same prices as the restaurants in the harbour.
If you decide to do any excursions be sure to look into the details for yourself, the last five days we hired a car, but we used buses for the first half of the holiday and we decided to go to the Fiesta of Mahon held on 9th September, our rep told us the last bus was at 22.55pm it was in fact at 19:00hrs, so we had to get a taxi back from Mahon to Cal en Bosch which cost 78 Euros.... about 68 pounds....... Furious or what!!!??? This was a genuine mistake on her behalf, our rep was friendly and really nice and was as helpful as she could be, and we liked her, but this small mistake cost us a packet! We saw the fiesta during the day and I'm sorry to sound uncouth here but it seemed like nothing more than one huge booze up, maybe we missed something. We explored the island as much as we could in the five days we had the car, and found that when it rains (yes it rained, but not much) many things closed, we tried to visit the mountain El Toro, but it closed when it rained so we went back a day later and they let us drive up the road to the top. The views are spectaculiar.
Menorca is beautiful, we will go back, the Menorcans will adore your children, and they smile at you. The Viva menorca is a lovely apart-hotel with professional, friendly staff. If you want a touch of Menorcan culture and tradition mixed with the modern world Cala en Bosch could be your place.
When it came to getting on the plane home there was a two hour delay.... some things never change.
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of September 2008
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"Hi Just got back from 1 week holiday in this resort. It was absolutely fabulous. We weren't orginally staying here, but our details were changed 2 days before we left. So I was a bit apprehensive about it. The accommodation was great really clean, well looked after. The rooms were very spacious had enough room for travel cot, which makes a change.
The food in the restaurant was fabulous, you couldn't fault it in any way. We had so much choice and there was plenty for the kids( and not just chicken nuggets & chips).
The entertaining staff were great so much to do through out the day. Or you could just relax by the pool. Which was great as they had a full time lifeguard, who was very nice and friendly especially when my little boy fell over and had to have it cleaned up.
I would reccomend this appartment to anyone with young or older kids, as the entertainment was excellent.
- Travel date: Tue 16th of September 2008