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“Excellent but not for everyone.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Grupotel Aldea Cala'n Bosch

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Grupotel Aldea Cala'n Bosch
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   C/ Peninsula s/n | Urb Son Xoriguer, 07769 Ciutadella, Minorca, Spain   |  
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Ranked #18 of 60 Hotels in Ciutadella
Telford, UK
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Excellent but not for everyone.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2009

If you want a lively, British, pie and chips, kareoke, Butlins by the sea, stop reading now. However, if you want a clean, well maintained, quiet, well-behaved complex with fresh local food, in a stunnng location with an international clientele - read on.

We booked this complex early on a special offer through Direct Holidays and got a great deal (to book through Thomas Cook or Thomson it would have cost over £600 more). This is one of the nicest complexes (for us) that we have ever stayed in - having said this, checking on the internet over the last couple of days, we won't be back unless we can find another special offer as 2010 prices are completely out of our league - our continental cousins pay far more for their holidays than we do!!!)

Our one-bedroom apartment was a good size with loads of storage. No kettle/toaster (hireable from reception, if you want). The apartment had been recently refurnished/tiled/repainted and was very pleasant. On the downside, the bathroom had no window or extraction fan and therefore there was some mould on the paintwork and grout etc (understandable as the complex is only open for 6 months of the year). It was great to have aircon without having to pay for it!

The hotel gardens are nicely laid out with mature planting and lawned areas giving lots of shade and were very well maintained. We only used the big pool (our apartment faced onto it) but this was clean and tidy. Sunbeds were not a problem except possibly at peak times (there seems to be a changeover most days, this helps). There are not really enough parasols and some parasol theft did take place! I have never been anywhere where at 0930am you can saunter out, reserve 3 sunbeds and a parasol and have a good swim in an empty pool, with no blaring music - bliss. The animation team did provide some kids activities in a corner of the pool in the late afternoon but this didn't interfere. I can't comment on evening entertainment but we always got a good night's sleep (perhaps to do with aircon and double glazing). There were a lot of young children around the complex but they were extremely well-behaved and well supervised (other nationalities seem to put the Brits to shame!)

Food was excellent, lots of fresh salad, fruit, grilled meats/fish, tapas and menorcan dishes with a slight bias towards Dutch/German cuisine. Drinks were reasonable (2 euros for 1/2l water). We had decided to stay half board because of the pound's parity with the euro and, looking at prices in supermakets, cafes and restaurants, it was a sound decision.

Hotel reception was pleasant and efficiant but their English was slightly limited. Maids were friendly and helpful. The hotel has an international clientele, weighted towards the Dutch/Germans (who have very high standards) but we also heard Italian, French and Spanish. Very few Brits stay here.

Menorca seems to have had a major problem with car hire this summer, we normally book online before we go but couldn't get anything 6 weeks before departure. Although the Thomas Cook rep tried her best, AVIS couldn't find us a car at all. Luckily, as soom as we arrived we asked hotel reception if they could help, within half an hour they had provisionally booked a vehicle from Nuracar for a week in the middle of our holiday (slightly more expensive than Avis but a higher category).

The hotel location is superb, it's on a quiet, rocky headland giving direct access to the main Cala'n Bosch beach (beautiful but crowded) and two mins from the western end of Son Xoriguer beach (sand and rock - excellent snorkelling in the evening). The marina is only 5-10 mins walk but a world away. There was a little occasional noise from the appalling 70s Hotel Cala'n Bosch (across the bay) but no disturbance (double glazing and aircon again).

I would recommend a hire car for exploring the island - there are bronze age sites everywhere (some with a minimal entrance fee and a leaflet, most not), they are easily found (purple road signs). The cave necropolis at Cala Morell is stunning as are the huge caves near Es Migjorn (40 min scramble down a ravine). Cala en Turqueta is beautiful, but get there early as there are only 120 tightly controlled parking spaces. Cap de Cavalleria is wild (puffins and goats) with good snorkelling at the tiny Playas de Viola. Playa de Cavalleria is beautiful but it was windy when we went, high surf and a strong undertow. Gala Galdana seems to have a problem with what the locals call spiderfish (seems to be similar to our poisinous weaverfish), when we went the water was far from clear and there was a terrible smell of sewage/seaweed. Instead we went to Cala Mitjana - the car park is closer to the cala than at Turqueta but the access is 1km of concreted hairpin with steep drops, 1 1/2 car's width with few passing places - not again!.

If you go to Ciutadella, park near the port - free parking all day and on the way back, don't miss the Lithica (sandstone) quarry and botanic gardens - signposted from the bypass (ronda). The cheese factory at Ferreries is worth a quick visit as is the animal park (not really a zoo) at Alaior. The Menorcan Stallions (Ferreries/Galdana) are spectacular and you can go and see a mini-show in the afternoon - their evening appearance 'Somni' looks like it would be worth seeing - but expensive.

It is worth noting that the main, non-resort beaches, are well protected (they are all part of the Biosphere reserve) and as such have limited facilities. Every one that we went to had toilets and noticeboards about flora and fauna but no sunloungers/beach bars etc. Most of them have parking some way from the beach and in some areas, access is by wooden steps. The beaches with limited parking have electronic signs at the bypass roundabouts indicating whether they are full - saving you a 5-10km trek down narrow roads, only to be turned away by a tourist board official and a load of traffic cones.

The only poor thing about our holiday was the flight home (Thomas Cook please note). We were delayed because two big families had decided that they would not pay for pre-booked seats but, on boarding, insisted on being sat together. In the end the pilot had to announce that the plane would not take off until the seating was sorted out and asked for volunteers who were willing to move. Having paid for pre-booked seats for our party, to prevent this happening, I was extremely annoyed by these 'freeloaders'.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Delft, The Netherlands
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61 hotel reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2009

We planned our 2 week summer holiday here and we do not have any regrets. We booked a 2 room apartment (3-rooms are available as well) and upon arrival (in the morning) the apartment was ready and it was spacious enough for the four of us (2 adults, 2 children). It was really clean, and well maintained. We did get an apartment with a lower number (1-37) which means it's newer and apparently slightly larger than the higher house numbers. The staff was friendly and spoke multiple languages (including Dutch :-)). Wireless internet is available. The complex is located really well. There is a supermarket across the street (julia) and another bigger one (bettabuy) is located a small walk down the road. It's also right next to the beach (it's a 2 min walk) and it has two pools both with a separate kids section. Usually the bigger pool is busier because it has a bar nearby and it's where the entertainer does her water play activities and.....it's just bigger. The reception area has a bar as well and below the area is a big restaurant where breakfast or dinner is served (all area's air-conditioned). The food quality is on par with the restaurants located in the harbor nearby (it's about a 5 min walk) but the selection is bigger and it can be very convenient to eat nearby. Lunch options are available but limited. The entertainer was really good and our kids enjoyed themselves, there is a miniclub from 11:00 to 13:00 and on every evening (but sunday) there is some sort of event organized, either a dance group or performer/artist is brought in to perform. We (the adults) enjoyed most of them as well even though some of them are clearly aimed to entertain the kids. The only negative thing i can think of was the mattress on the bed this was rather hard. In summary this location is really great for families and i recommend it

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2008

Stayed here in may 08 and had a fab time..Apts very clean, kitchen a little basic, but to be exspected. we was on the 1st floor which was a little difficute with 2 trollys. but we decided to keep the room as our view was out of this world. And also realised if we stay on the ground floor we could never open patio doors as our 2 kids would run off.
we probably was the only english there as eveyone else seemed to be german.but that wasnt a problem for us as we wanted to go off everyday anyway. There is a small park on the complex and also a larger park around the corner which was really good for us.
Didn't think there was to much to do in cala n bosch if you had teenagers. would recommend if you want a relaxing holiday. also it isn't really wheelchair friendly, they do have ramps but quit steep ones.
All in all we were really pleased with apts and the area.

  • Liked — it was sunning apts and vertually sat on the beach
  • Disliked — steps
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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England
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2008

I went to stay here in July 2007, for a week and it was great! Nice, clean rooms, good storage for all your belongings. The pool was clean and the reception staff were friendly. Me and my younger sister met some friends out there, a few people from Germany and some from Italy. And im 18, I didnt think you could still make friends on holiday at this age!! Some were my age, some had younger siblings, like myself. It was really good to hang out together. There was an English bar around the corner, holding quizzes and fun entertaintment each night, mainly for kid purposes. There are some lovely places to eat around the harbour. A few nice little shops, Boat trip bookings and hair braiding. The hotel was clean, and the bathroom was a good size. We decided to self-cater on this holiday, there were a couple of food shops down the road. Even though we didnt use this facility, around 10.00 each morning, there was fun areobic class for the adults and then they would involve the kids. Some nights they did a 'Stars in the Eyes' style event for the kids. They really enjoyed it. You could here the entertainment from the bar downstairs. The hotel would finally lock up about 1.00 in the morning, but still have 24hr staff on.
The pool was a good size, with a shallow area for the smaller children. It was clean and the sun bed chairs were of no charge, however getting one was hard in the late morning.
Weve booked to go back this July 2008, We really cant wait. I think this hotel was 3 star, but the service and ooperations of the hotel, were way above this rating!
P.S - If you hire a car out their, there is loads of parking spaces outside the hotel!!

  • Liked — The view, The great loaction, Lovely Hotel.
  • Disliked — The bar closes fairly earlier.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2008

This is a very nice hotel, very clean and the pool is a good size. It's right next to the beach and has great views of the sea. I had no problems with the hotel at all other than that we were given the worst possible room in the hotel to start with but were then given a duplex right by the beach path which was great. Cala'n Bosch itself is fairly quiet and I wouldn't recommend this resort for young couples, but is great for a family holiday as theres loads for the kids to do and also if you're looking for a nice relaxing holiday.

  • Liked — Pool
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2008

We spent 2 weeks in August at the Aldea and found it hard to fault. Apartments were very clean, spacious and air-conditioned and we had a lovely view of the pool from both windows. (There are some not so lucky which overlook the street - but it is the same with most hotels). The kitchen is not particularly well equipped if you are truly self-catering as there is no kettle, toaster or draining board. The pool area was spotless and suprisingly quiet for August - never a problem getting a sunbed. My only gripe is that the water was uncomfortably cold.
The lovely beach was only a 1 minute walk through the dunes and another could be reached in 5 minutes and the marina itself only 5 minutes away. Staff were friendly and also helpful when we needed a doctor (had one to us within 10 minutes!)
Can't comment on the food as we were self-catering and ate out each night. There are plenty of good restaurants around the marina - we particularly liked La fontana (good breakfasts), Piccolo's and Torre Negro. Avoid the Britannia - terrible food and bad service.
We would definately recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Liked — Clean pool area and apartments
  • Disliked — The temperature of the pool
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Motherwell
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2007

We stayed at Aldea Apartments for two weeks in July and had a great time.We found the one bedroom apartment clean and comfortable.The pools were quiet and the beach is on the doorstep.We also loved the other beach 5 minutes walk away for the snorkelling, rock pools and fishing. The harbour is very close with a variety of restaurants our personal favourite being Las Tapas.A great holiday and thought Menorca was beautiful.

  • Liked — Central to everything
  • Disliked — Nil
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: C/ Peninsula s/n | Urb Son Xoriguer, 07769 Ciutadella, Minorca, Spain
Location: Spain > Balearic Islands > Minorca > Ciutadella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Ciutadella
#14 Romantic Hotel in Ciutadella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grupotel Aldea Cala'n Bosch 4*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in front of the beautiful beach of Cala' Bosch with direct access to it. Apartments: Living room. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom. Heating/ air-conditioning. Sat-TV. Terrace. Sport & Leisure: Two swimming pools, separate children's pool. Swimming lessons. Children's playground. Evening shows. Tennis court in 20 m Gastronomy: breakfast and dinner buffet, Show Cooking. Snack & Lounge bar. Services: Babysitting service. Buggies, intercoms and high chairs rental. Car and bike rental. Internet. ... more   less 
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Grupotel Aldea Cala'n Bosch Spain/Minorca

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