59 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Served the purpose i suppose
"Viva Menorca, booked via First Choice who are the only agents for this place operating from UK. Had we been made aware that the transfer from the airport was going to take the best part of two hours, we'd have arranged a private transfer. It's the last drop on an extensive tour of other hotels all over the island. Not the hotel's fault but still, if you're going from the uk to Viva Menorca you'll be offrered this transfer. In all fairness, the retun trip was under an hour.
A simple check -in, we were given the keycard, a bit of a map and sent on our way. We were fortunate enough to be given an apartment that was out of earshot of the pool and the 'stage' overlooking the scrubland . The apartments are a nice enough size, lots of storage space for clothes with a small kitchenette, fridge etc. The bathroom was okay with a good shower and i would have been okay with it all but our room had a damp problem that made the place stink a bit. Poor quality MDF furniture is used throughout the apartment and it had absorbed water over time, started to decay and was causing a damp smell. I voiced my concern the morning after arrival and was offered a second keycard that would allow us to leave the electricity on while we were out so that the air-conditioning unit stayed on. It didn't make much of a difference so we bought some stuff to make the place smell a bit better. If all the apartments are using the same furniture, i would imagine they have a similar problem.
Our bed was made up of two singles pushed together but it never really worked as a double. Having said that, the beds were comfortable which is always a concern for us. There is a safe in the bottom of the main wardrobe but you have to pay to use it. It cost 20 Euros with 5 back on return of the key. There's a tv and some sort of sofa bed thing in the lounge area that wasn't really comfortable enough to lounge around on and the walls are quite thin so you get to hear voices/ snoring in other rooms.
We used the hotel primarily as a base for exploring the island so i can't really comment on the facilities other than to say that there were too many sunbeds around the pool, pushed together like sardines and still not enough to go around if you follow. Oh and the evening entertainment on stage was poor to say the least.
The hotel is situated half a km from the marina of Cala'n Bosc where most folk in the area congregate for the evening, ideal if you like commercial touristy places with inflated prices and low quality restaurants.
The well run bus service stops just outside the Viva and is ideal for getting into Ciutadella or other less tainted parts of the island for the day/evening which is the way to go if you're not into the Brits abroad scene.
Other than that, the place was okay. More suited to families with kids but certainly not four star as advertised and struggling to make a three in my experience."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of September 2006
"The staff are all extremely pleasant, a well kept clean aparthotel. 10 mins walk to the marina where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Local beaches clean with beautiful clear blue sea."
- Travel date: Mon 11th of September 2006
Reserve your sunbed now!
"A slightly above average package destination with a clientele almost exclusively British. Apartments small and basic but clean. Pool area too small for number of guests hence towels on all the sunbeds by 9 in morning. Evening entertainment truly awful but fortunately doesn't go on much past 11 o'clock! Annoying lady selling her own brand of sunscreen around the pool with dubious claims regarding its powers. No late availability room on our final day despite written advice to the contrary (staff said hotel was far too busy and couldn't possibly accomodate us). Not too far to walk to marina and beach and marina certainly the place to go for evening meals (don't stay at hotel). Overall no major gripes, it's a mainstream package destination and it does what it says on the tin, just don't expect any frills and be prepared to join the embarrassing spectacle of British tourists placing towels on sunbeds before the sun itself has woken up!"
- Travel date: Wed 6th of September 2006
I fell in love with it as soon as I arri...
"I fell in love with it as soon as I arrived. My triplets adored it too; and they are extremely fussy! It was so clean and everyone was so friendly. It was in a quiet location so you felt really private, but it is near enough to the beach and harbour.
The aparthotel was beautiful, with fantastic entertainment. It was family-orientated, which was perfect for us. I'm definitely going back!
- Travel date: Mon 28th of August 2006
Viva Menorca - You won't be disappointed!!!
"Just returned from a week at the Viva Menorca. We went with our 2 children (ages 11 and 13 yrs). The hotel and complex are superb. We were allocated a room by the pool area and near the entertainment, and we were pleasantly surprised as it wasnt that noisy and very convenient for the pool. The entertainment stops at midnight so this wasn't a problem for us. The rooms are lovely and spacious and loads of hanging space, etc. The maids are excellent and keep the rooms very clean - they clean 5 days out of the 7 we stayed there. We went half board for a week - was a bit wary doing this as we usually go self catering, however, the food is delicious and you have a huge selection every night (laid out in buffet style). There were no horrendous queues and the service was excellent. The staff are really friendly, speak very good English. The location is great as Cala'n Bosch has a lovely affluent harbour area and nice beaches just down the road. We hired a car for a couple of days, which I would recommend and visited lots of Menorca (Mahon, Cuitedella, Son Bou beach). If you are thinking about booking this hotel I would highly recommend it and we would definitely go back in the future. Just a point, on picking people up to leave and go to the airport we saw a good selection of the other hotels and the Viva Menorca looks by far the best out of them all - so we were really pleased. Thanks for all the reviews on here which helped us make this decision.
- Travel date: Mon 14th of August 2006
"We have just returned from an amazing holiday at Viva. I just can't find fault with the place!
The apartment was clean and nicely decorated. There was a lovely terrace too.
The pool was great ,especially for children as it was all quite shallow. It was really spacious and there were plenty of sun loungers. There was also an excellent poolside bar, which served delicious lunches and good ice creams. The waitresses and waiters were really friendly and helpful.
I think the evening entertainment programme was fairly new. It was really impressive with shows ranging from contortionists to river dance! Every night there was something for everyone- mini discos, spanish dancing, musicals, karaoke and limbo dancing! All the entertainers are so talented. The stage is outside, next to the bar, so you can watch whilst eating huge ice cream sundaes! The kids loved it!
During the day there are always activities going on such as scuba-diving, archery, pool games, football etc.
Cala'n' Bosch is a great resort with plenty to do. The hotel is only a short walking distance from the beautiful marina, where all the good restaurants are. The nearby Son Xoriguer beach is lovely with crystal clear water. I would recommend the Don Pancho boat trip and Ciutadella( the historical capital.)
You will LOVE Viva Menorca!"
- Travel date: Tue 1st of August 2006
2 great weeks
"Had a great time with our 9 month old at Viva Menorca, apartment was clean and staff friendly, excellent breakfeasts... didnt stay in to try the evening entertainment but really enjoyed Citadella which is a great town and the resturants down at the marina. Had a really great stay, ideal for familys with a baby"
- Travel date: Mon 17th of July 2006
When booking our holiday we requested a...
"When booking our holiday we requested a family orientated holiday in Spain with good standard accommodation, good restaurants, nice beaches, friendly people, whilst retaining Spanish culture. Minorca and the Viva Minorca apartments certainly met all these requirements. The apartments were of good standard, clean and highly comfortable (even a good shower!) Facilities here were excellent (even had free facilities of a washing machine and dryer), the breakfast was of high quality and quantity; from fried eggs to fresh croissants. Location was ideal in a quiet area with a leisurely 10 minute stroll to the harbour where there are numerous excellent restaurants to choose from. With a bus stop next to the complex I would highly advise taking the 10 minute bus ride to Cuitadella with its winding back streets with excellent pastry shops and restaurants; certainly felt like being in Spain! We certainly would visit Viva Minorca again."
- Travel date: Wed 5th of July 2006
Great Aparments and Location
"We have just returned from our second visit to Viva Menorca, first visiting in June 2003. The apartments and location are great, you are just a 10 minute (slow) walk into the marina area in Calan Bosc where you cannot fail to find an first class restaurant and plenty for the kids to do. Our two loved the Goody Goody Park, 2 hours of fun for them for3 euros each, this give you the chance to sit and have a quiet drink together while watching your kids have fun.
The apartments are very clean, the staff are very friendly and very obliging. Nothing is too much trouble, we asked to change our apartment from a downstairs one to an upstairs one, this was carried out with no fuss and a smile. The childrens entertainment has improved dramatically from when we last visited, this is organised inhouse and the kids go off and play skittles, football, pool games and every evening at the mini disco the kids (and adults!) who have come first second and third are all presented with a certificate and a medal from BUFO, a very nice touch. The evening entertaiment is also much better.
Both beaches are very nice and yes can get slightly busy over the morning, but we found after about 1.00pm the amount of people on the beach thinned out quite a bit.
All in all, Viva Menorca remains my favourite apartment complex in a wonderful resort, fantastic if you have a young family, fantastic if you don't. We will be returning again sometime in the future. If you go this year look out for Jemma, the best children's entertainer there at the moment, she knows all the kids names and was so popular with our smallest one, she had to be prized away when it was time for us to go to the airport!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 27th of June 2006
Wonderful location, close to the marina...
"Wonderful location, close to the marina with a wide selection of bars and restaurants. Hotel staff warm and friendly.
Nice time of the year to go as it was warm and not to busy. There didn't appear to be a beach close by.
The hotel offered a good selection of entertainment if you wanted it and maintained a high standard of cleanliness.
Going again this year."
- Travel date: Tue 21st of February 2006
Excellent accommodation. Close to small...
"Excellent accommodation. Close to small marina for a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Superb kids activities with much time and effort spent
Liked so much that am going again 2004"
- Travel date: Mon 30th of June 2003