We stayed for 14 nights at Cales de Ponent from 13 to 27 July 2013. It was a real leap of faith - have never done a package/all inclusive holiday before - but it was great.
We arrived late, 11pm with young children and the staff had very kindly packed us a couple of bags of food to take back to the apartment.
The hotel is fairly small which suited us and quiet too. There was some entertainment on Friday nights but apart from that nothing in the evenings - again this worked for us. Our daughters are 4 and 6. I felt happy letting them wonder round by themselves and they made some great friends and have even kept in touch with them since we've been home. Pen pals for life i've been told!
The pool is fairly small with a separate shallow bit for small kids. There were plenty of loungers to go round.
There is a kids club from 5.30 to 7.30pm. The kids had fun but came home covered in paint which I have failed to get out of their clothes so put them in old clothes when they go!
Ciutadella is only 5 mins away in a cab which is cheap 5/6 Euros each way. The city is beautiful and has lots of good restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. We visited 3 times - try and go on market day. We also took a trip to Mahon - about 45 mins away. Not as beautiful but still interesting.
The hotel was really clean and the food was incredible. Beautiful seafood paella, salads, fish etc etc with wine/beer and juice on tap. All inclusive drinks are from 10 til 10 but this was fine. You do tend to get served own label drinks rather than the branded ones. We ate out a few times even though we were all inclusive and the food didn't match up to what was on offer in the hotel.
The staff were amazing. They kissed and hugged our children the day we left, asking us to come back next year. The rooms are small but adequate and are cleaned every 2nd day. it was seriously hot, 35 degrees and there is no A/C but there is a ceiling fan in the main bedroom and you can ask for a small fan for the room.
The beach is a couple of mins walk away with a great restaurant up the cliffs with a diving board to dive into the sea. There is also a shop and a supermarket 2 mins walk away if you go half board.
We took a couple of boat trips and were able to snorkel and swim from the boat. Reception is helpful in booking trips or pointing you in the right direction.
This is not the place for people who want to go clubbing every night but if you want a great quiet family holiday (especially if you have young children) this is the place for you.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Cales De Ponent Hotel Cala Santandria
- Club Cales De Ponent Spain/Minorca