Son Bou Gardens Apartments
37 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
very basic quiet but lovely beach!!
"got back on the 28th of may 2011 after 10 days at son bou gardens, had to pay nearly 50 euros for a cot and highchair for 10 nights, the appartment wasn't ready when we got there, and to be honest found it dirty when we were eventually let in, all plates cups knifes forks etc were dirty and had to be washed. Lovely pools but the best one for young children was 20 minute walk away by reception, so we have definatly come back fitter!! The sheets and towels were white and very clean. lovely little town with gift shops and some lovely resturants try Arthurs copa cobana both were very friendly good prices and food, theres a land train for the children, We hired a car to see the Island and i think we did everywhere in 4 days! Mahon was lovely! overall good holiday but appartment could of been better. NO TV OR RADIO!! take some ipod etc if your in for the evening."
- Travel date: 31st May 2011
Beautiful gardens and apartments
"I have been to these apartments twice now and still love the area, I have to say it's very quiet, so if your looking for lots of entertainment, bars, clubs then this is not the place for you, (perfect for couples) its about a 10 min walk to the lovely sandy beaches with clear water (no seaweed!) which is for me was a big bonus! just past the beach entrance is a small town with gift shops, a few restaurants and bars. all staff in all restaurants are extremely friendly and food is good. i gave 8 stars as the restaurant at the apartments is not very good, id rather take a 10 min walk to the small town. apartments are really clean, expecially the bathrooms as im a little funny about that! in the evenings you can really hear the crickets but they calm down by bed time! pools are very clean and theres everything you need in the apartment, from cooking utensils and chairs and table on the balcony. overall a quiet, relaxing, go at your own pace holiday. we went in may and the weather was perfect! will definatly visit again! :D"
- Travel date: 3rd January 2011
had a great week family of 4
"Just returned from son bou gardens had a really good week. weather really hot but with a breeze that helps. We stayed in zone 4 near san jaime complex. apartment good really spacious 2 bedroom and lounge old spainish style but clean. maid service twice in a week with fresh towels and clean bedding. san jaime complex in middle of complex great entertainment everynight. kids aged 14 and 8 loved games room playing pool and air hockey while we watched show. if you go to main pools sunbed go about 9am but it is july. san jaime pool you can get a sunbed for 5euro each but get a voucher to use at bar for drinks, ice cream os lunch or dinner so well worth it. food good in evening then you get a table for the show. 5 minute walk to beach sunbeds expensive so take umbrella and rush mats if you have them or buy cheap in resort."
- Travel date: 27th July 2010
basic but great for young families
"Have just come back from two weeks in may at the apartments. Took my two children aged 2 and 10months on first holiday for them abroad.Went with my parents who stayed in an apartment next to us as well so had extra help. Would recommend for a young family- we were in zone 5 and requested a quiet side and was pleased (time of year a bit quieter as well though). Was basic but perfectly fine for the money we paid. Major pros were the lovely beaches including son bou (which did get a bit windy though) and Binebeica. The latter was less exposed to the wind but my son in particular who is 2, loved it all. Cuitedella lovely as well, really easy to drive around.Cons-Weather once or twice hit and miss but again didn't stop us doing anything. Hired a car for a week in the middle and was really good for travelling around. Not the plushest of places but no complaints and was really pleased. Wish I was back there now!"
- Travel date: 21st May 2010
Enjoyable Son Bou
"Me and my family have just got backed from Menorca. We stayed at the Girasol Gardens which was situated in Zone5 and opposite the restaurant La gondola. We all had a enjoyable holiday so much that we have booked to go back next September with First Choice. The staff at the San Jaime complex were brilliant and all made us feel welcome the different tribute acts that were on were great especially Freddie Mercury. The best restaurant are either Andre's or Arthurs but the others were just as good. My 2 year old son loved travelling on the minature train(cost 2 euros one way)which takes you around the resort. The night is ok for the children as their is a bowling alley plus things happening at cocabana's. The complex was clean and the staff at the reception plus bar were great. We had 2 lifeguards on duty at the pool and the lady one was most helpful especially when my daughter cut her foot. Overall i would recommend this complex to anyone who has a young family."
- Travel date: 27th October 2009
"We have just returned from a holiday in Menorca staying at the Son Bou Garden Apartments. We were very happy with the accommodation which was basic but clean, tidy and with all kitchen gear provided so you could cater for yourself. Our apartment was cleaned twice in the week we stayed. We stayed in Zone 3 which was 2 minutes to the pool, 5 minutes to the lovely beach and there was a bakery and supermarket were 5 minutes away. The main shops were also very close and not more than 5 minutes away. Entertainment stopped at around 10.30pm which was great as we have young kids. Probably not ideal for older teenagers as not too much night life. Recommend hiring a car as the Island is only 50km across and you get to see so much with so little effort. Highly recommend both Menorca and Son Bou Gardens. Recommend "Andres" restaurant in Son Bou it was always booked up with locals and the food and service were great. "
- Travel date: 27th July 2009
Super Son Bou
"Beautiful complex and apartments . It was great to have a choice of 3 pools and a cut off point of noise when the entertainment ended in the evening!The choice of restaurants were limited. We found the best one ATALIS . The worse one was BONI RESTAURANT where our 3year old nearly choked on a sharp piece of plastic in her ice cream!!Also avoid CAFRTERIA NOA they serve only part cooked sausage!! We would return to Son Bou every year if we could . Watch out for the insects though!!"
- Travel date: 21st June 2009
Son Bou Gardens
"We have just got back from Son Bou Gardens. I was extremely impressed considering it has a 3* rating. In our party there were 6 adults and 2 children, we stayed in adjacent apartments in Zone 3 looking over the park and one of the pools (which was quite cold). The apartments were clean and tidy, each room had a ceiling fan, the kitchen was well stocked with utensils although we did not have a kettle but got an electric one supplied within half an hour of asking. If you are missing anything do ask, they will supply it. The staff were fantastic, especially at the San Jaime club. The entertainment was extremely good, with good tribute acts, a mini disco for the children every night and daily activities. The resort itself was nice, with a selection of restaurants and shops. The beach was lovely and only a short distance away, lifeguarded and full of families. There was lots to do and regular buses to Mahon for about 2.25 euros. The only downside was that the pool was very cold but is was nice and refreshing on the really hot days and it didn't seem to bother our 1yr old. Also it is quite expensive 5.50 euro for a bacardi and coke and the supermarket's were very expensive too so take lots of spends! "
- Travel date: 4th June 2009
"I am a customer who has been to son bou gardens on several occasions same place since we knew it,myself and my fiance and 2 kids enjoyed it from the moment we got on the flight from Edinburgh the flight was only 2 hours 15 mins and was a smooth flight no troubles,we got of at Mahon Airport and found our luggage on the belt no problem in fact it was there before we got there going around and around waiting,we then were directed to our bus to take us to our appts to that we had our First Choice Operator on board the bus also giving us the local information and any warnings that may occur.We got too our appt and got settled in for the night and by morning there was lots of kids already swimming about in the pool with there toy boats ect,very nice to see kids enjoy themselves,The weather was nice also the gardeners were out everyday tidying round about the appts while breakfast was being served up in the restaraunt.Son Bou Gardens has a kids mini disco outside the restaraunt for about 20 mins then they have a slightly longer disco for kids over in the San Jaymie Appts section,There is always live entrtainment every night with different things on,george micheal,queen,abba,the drifters,and many more actors this also contains a full table service for you while you enjoy you visit to son bou watching the live entertainment.kids clubs via thomson holidays on site,local shops and ammenaties and the lovely long golden sandy beach this is a definately must see to believe,you can hire boats for paddling in the beach,or enjoy the horse riding,You can even meet the local animals cats,we have had a few of them visit us in the past few years weve been very harmless.And not to forget the frogs and lizzards at night time my rating to this resort out of a scale of 10 would be a 8. If your a outgoing person you can visit Mahon market,even get out onto the glass bottom boats and the see the sea bed and fish below the boat. Sir Richard Branson also has a place over there in Mahon wich you can see as you pass in the boat. Tour Operator To Use First Choice or Thomsons most helpfull staff i have ever met."
- Travel date: 27th March 2009
nothing to do in the evenings at the apa...
"nothing to do in the evenings at the apartments, staff at the restuarant are moody, rude and careless, i saw one of the people that work by the pool kick a glass over and it smashed while he was putting away the sunbeds and i went and told him off haha. fool. umm, the room smelt damp and dusky, looked dull, it was farrrr too hot in the rooms cause of no air conditioning, how stupid. the water in the shower took literally 2 hours to drain out, so wasnt a good idea to have a bath tbh. the reception of the apartment was in the town which was also stupid if you hadn't have been there before, luckily i had been to son bou before but stayed in cala n forcat (much better.) good evening entertainment in town if you like to drink, beach about 5 minute walk away, lifeguards are really good and aware, i was surprised. tried to find somewhere where you could hire a jet ski, but failed miserably. restaurants were good but the food was kinda all the same thing, and greasy for that matter. wouldn't go back there."
- Travel date: 9th August 2008
Just came back from a fantastic 2 week h...
"Just came back from a fantastic 2 week holiday at son bou gardens. great apartment very clean lovly pools weather fantastic . resort of son bou very good everything close by wonderful beach. cant wait to go back "
- Travel date: 8th August 2008
We have just come back from Son Bou. En...
"We have just come back from Son Bou. Enjoyed 14 days of beautiful clear blue sky. Really enjoyed our holiday - we stayed in Zone 4 at Son Bou Gardens in two ground floor apartments about 100 metres or so from the maze and the private San Jaime Club complex (the one with the water slides and where the nightly entertainment is). Apartments were basic but very adequate - we had ants but you are in a mediterranean climate and so are part of the territory - just remember to keep your floors clean. Only thing we could have done with was a more regular change of the bed linen - it was done once in the two weeks. The area is nice and flat which we had hoped for given one of our little boys is disabled and is in a walker - apart from the steps at the pool lots of ramps in place which made access for him really easy. However I would not have liked to have stayed at some of the apartments up on the hillside so we chose well and review sites like this really helped our choice. We spent our time at the San Jaime complex which was relatively quiet (I suspect as the English school holidays kick in it will get much busier)- which we only found at the end of the holiday is supposedly private - you have to pay 5 Euros for a lounger each day so like many people we just bought lilos (which they say are not allowed but are) and an umbrella at the little shop. We did venture to the beach one day which is spectacular - go down at sunset as well - but preferred the pool area. Our kids loved the slides which we did each afternoon and the girls who ran it were really great with them. Eating out was very adequate - most nights we walked along to the little commercial centre (5-10mins) where there is plenty choice - nothing gourmet - but perfectly adequate (although I'd recommend avoiding the Chinese restaurant which does the buffet - not great). After dinner each night we went to the little Italian ice cream shop round the corner from the main reception in the commercial centre - you have to try it. There is also a little playpark/funfair at the commercial centre which we went to a few nights. There is also a great little patisserie just round the corner from the laundry in the Son Bou Gardens complex - the donuts and pastries are to die for. We did self catering lunch and breakfasts - basics are expensive at the little supermarket but c'est la vie. You can also get carry out pizzas and stuff at a number of places which we did a few times. Plenty to do here during the day (little play park, great pool, slides, maze, etc) although we did not do the nightly tribute/circus act thing. We did not do any organised trips but did take the bus on two days to Mahon for the market ourselves (which is too far away from the port to walk to) and also went to Cuitadella on the west of the island (only about 45 mins on two buses) which is really lovely and worth a visit. The main reception staff were really helpful and we did not need the help of the rep during our stay. As an example we reported our toaster broken and our need for a few more towels one evening at the main reception and they got delivered two hours later at 11pm (great service). Would definitely go again"
- Travel date: 16th July 2008
Top traveller tips for Son Bou Gardens Apartments
"the beach was lovely but be careful of the nudests to the right!!"
"Andres Resturant in Son Bou. The views at Fornells in the North (only 25 min drive from Son Bou)"
"ATALIS RESTAURANT.MAHON MARINA"
"Beautiful,clean,amazing scenery,glorious beach.Perfect"
"Go to Mahon Saturdays and Mondays for the market. San Jaime club for entertainment and Cococabana's"
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