This may seem like a winging review, but I'm not some boring old fart that likes to complain about everything but the vista blanes could be so much better with just a little more effort.
We went with friends that we'd met on our holiday last year, we were two families of four in apartments next door to each other.
I'll start with the negatives...
Overall, the apartments are OK. Furniture is a little tired, cottage style pine furniture of various shades. Both our apartment and next door's, the fridges had missing ice box doors; ours had no bar at the bottom so you couldn't stand drinks bottles or milk cartons in the door.
I usually enjoy cooking while on holiday, trying local produce etc, but we only ate in three times as the facilities were abysmal. An electric hob with two plates, one hardly got warm, the other took 20 minutes to boil water. We had three frying pans, two of which should have been dumped, the other pans were old, unmatched and stained.
The next major negative is the apartments have no air conditioning. We've been spoilt I guess with staying in places that have it, I'd forgotton what it was like staying somewhere that gets really hot when there's no air con. We knew about it before we booked and so paid extra for a fan (£56 for the two apartments). The fans were as useful as the poverbial chocolate fireguard.
The maid service is awful. They came in to change the sheets only once in two weeks, they knocked a couple of times when we were in but instead of coming back later, they'd just drop off some sheets and towels. In two weeks we were given two rolls of toilet paper for a family of four.
You have to bag up your own rubbish and take it to the road in front of the apartments and sort the recycled. Some people obviously found this too inconveinient and so would leave black bin bags in the corridors.
The pool is just big enough for the five apartment blocks, it's kept really clean and every night there is someone picking up litter (for the lazy slobs too bone ideal to use the bins provided). The massive negative for us is the lack of a Life Guard.
Everywhere we've stayed with a pool, there's always been a man sat on top of a large elevated chair. Until now I'd never realised the importance of having him.
Without a life guard it's chaos. A hundred or more people in the pool, a hundred or more around it jumping, bombing, diving in; there's no one to say "No!"
At the Vista Blanes you can use snorkles, flippers, li-los, rubber dingys, inflatables and all manner of ball games.
Our friend was hit in the side of the head with a ball from one of the bat and ball sets they sell in the site shop, with such force it embedded her earing into her ear; I saw her son narrowly miss serious injury when one of these hard rubber balls skimmed the side of his head; I saw kids throwing wooden paddles like spears. If you like a swim, get up early.
Talking of getting up early, we used to joke about 'the Germans' getting up early to put their towels out. Well, the English have certainly learned a trick or two. If you want a sunbed under an umbrella, get up no later than 6.30am. By 7am they're all taken, but you wont see anyone around the pool, just the towels.
The bar/dining area. The bar staff are really friendly and attentive. Food was OK from what we had. I had a big breakfast one morning which was alright for 5 Euros. The entertainment seemed to consist of one platinum blond lady of indeterminable nationality who always spoke first in Spanish even though there didn't seem to be any Spanish people staying there. Quiz night was a hoot, she'd spend ages talking rapidly and loudly in Spanish over the too loud speakers (it was distorted) and then quickly mumble in English.
Wi-Fi is only available within the bar area, thankfully it's free, but it's not very good.
The reception staff were friendly and helpful.
That may seem a lot of negatives, but they did seem to keep the place pretty clean and if you're only using it as a base for exploring, it's fine.
Local eateries. There's a place called Churchills which is the nearest place to the apartments, it's a typical British run 'British Pub' complete with manic depressive landlord. We never ate there so can't comment on the food. We didn't want to eat there after chatting to the owner who portrayed Menorca and the area as a place on it's knees and said most places were shut down and the places that weren't were like Blackpool. It isn't.
Mr. Beps is just down the street to the left and you can get a fairly decent but limited three course menu for 8 Euros.
Es Pitas is literally 2 minutes further up the street from Mr Beps and has a three course menu for 10 Euros. For the extra two minutes and 2 Euros it's certainly worth it. Traditional Menorcan food well cooked. Much better atmosphere, friendly staff. We ate there the last three nights of our holiday, had we bothered to try it earlier, we could have happily ate there every night.
Most of the other bars and restaurants are found in Cala en Forcat/Los Delfines commonly known as 'the strip'. We ate in L'Ancora (The Anchor) a very nice place with a big outdoor seating area and bar-b-cue.
Blanco was pretty good and seemed to be the most popular restaurant by far. The only downside is it's really busy and the staff are worked off their feet. The food is surprisingly good considering the unbelievable menu. I don't think I've been to a restaurant that had so many menus.
I know I'm going off topic in what should really just be a review of the apartments but I know I've painted a fairly bleak view of it. I wouldn't want to put anyone off from coming to Menorca or to Cala Blanes as the area is rich in beautiful scenery, history and culture.
The medieval city of Ciutadella is only a short bus ride away (or a lovely 45 minute coastal walk) and really should not be missed.
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