We stayed in the Bonaire for 11 nights in early September - our first trip abroad with our young kids age 3 and 16 months. The Bonaire was recommended highly to us by someone with equally young kids and now we know why. It's perfect for families.
The apartments are clean and look like they have been fairly recently refurbished. There is a large pool area with varied depths and a fantastic splash pool about 30cms deep with fun slides for young kiddies.
The food is fantastic (don't listen to anyone who says otherwise!) I am a bit of a food snob so I was worried about going all inclusive and eating from a buffet every night but there was a huge choice, all really fresh and tasty. I eat a lot of seafood and so do the kids, and we were spoiled for choice. There is a kids buffet which can be a little more limited (the usual chicken nuggets, spag bol, chips etc) but our kids mostly ate from the adult buffet - our 16 year old was tucking into grilled swordfish fillets at one point! The only problem I found with the food is that it was so nice, I ate too much!! The BBQ buffet at lunchtime was brilliant, and the breakfasts were even better.
The staff were fantastic. Really, really fantastic. Nothing was a problem. Our air conditioning unit started leaking one day - we reported it to reception on our way to dinner that night and by the time we returned to our apartment after our post-dinner entertainment and drinks, it was repaired and the floor had been cleaned again.
The Thomsons staff were incredible. They never stopped! And always had smiles on their faces. Our 3 year old had a few stints in the Kids Club and had a ball. We planned on making use of the creche with our 16 month old but ended up just going along to one of their afternoon parent and toddler sessions rather than leaving her there. But even that was great as there are loads of toys and books for them to play with and other parents to have a blether with while they play.
There is a small play park and soft play area within the grounds, which we used quite a lot when the kids got bored with the pool. For older kids (and grown-ups!) there is a football pitch, table tennis table, pool tables and probably loads more we didn't realise.
The entertainment runs almost all day and evening, which is great for keeping kids occupied (and those like my husband who don't enjoy just lying by a pool). Water polo, quizzes, giant jenga etc are a great way of joining in the fun. The entertainment staff were fantastic and 'Thomson the dog' makes an appearance every day (mostly), creating a new obsession for my 3 year old!
There's even a doctor in the hotel every day at a set time, which is peace of mind for those with little ones!
Cala Bona itself is lovely - very quiet and a pretty little port. Lots of little shops, bars and restaurants and the larger Cala Millor is about a half hour walk away with a larger beach and more lively buzz if that's what you're after. The little road train also stops almost right outside the hotel, which runs out to Cala Millor and Sa Coma.
Overall, fantastic. Would highly recommend and we're considering returning next year.
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