We have just returned (june 2013) from an idyllic week in this total gem of a small family owned hotel. Cala Alcafuar is a small very old Spanish village with some recent building. It has one small shop (do try their cheapest wine at just 2.9 euros a bottle as the white, red and rose' were all more than equal to the hotel's house wine.). There is also one excellent bar restaurant called the Piccolo Mundo just five mins walk from the hotel, having fabulous views from the terrace across to S'algar. The Xuroy hotel is situated at the end of a beautiful long narrow inlet opening out in spectacular fashion to the sea. The inlet ends in a lovely small safe sandy beach which is cleaned every morning, backed by woodland walks and the terrace of the amazing 2 star Xuroy hotel on the other. The beach is quiet and totally safe for children, seeming to be used more by Spanish families than hotel residents; it was never crowded. If you are looking for an a 'get away from it all' location to either just chill out in (as we were), then look no further than The Xuroy. The hotel is also a great starting point for either short of longer coastal walks, although take some good walking shoes as paths can be a bit rocky and uneven. We were on the 1st floor in room 101 (George Orwell fans will enjoy the irony of that !! ) which was newly refurbished in a very simple style, all white, with very comfortable single beds pushed together, ceiling height shelving for clothes, ceiling fan and a double wardrobe with a safety deposit box. The lovely tiled bathroom also seemed brand new and was immaculate. The room faced west overlooking the beautiful swimming pool with the beach and terrace to the left. Many a glass of wine was enjoyed on the small balcony watching the lovely sunsets after dinner. There is a lift for persons with mobility difficulties. Daily room service was excellent with clean towels every day. From the moment we were met at Reception by the ever cheerful Carlos, the staff were all helpful without exception, and most staff spoke pretty good English, and all were very helpful. The somewhat rotund owner spoke the least English. This was our first trip to Menorca and we quite simply bowled over by this beautiful island. Menorca is easy to get around as the buses are always on time and cheap; e.g. a one hour air conditioned bus/coach journey from the capital Mahon to Ciutadella (pronounced 'Suitadella') took one hour and cost just five Euros; the fare from the hotel to Mahon was just 1.6 Euros - a bargain methinks, My wife is a fluent Spanish speaker and was surprised to find many differences in Menorcan Spanish to mainstream, as it is heavily influenced by Catalan. The only negative comments I heard and also have seen on here about The Xuroy concerned the half-board food, which is self service (al la carte is also available on the terrace); well...here is my view on the food - breakfasts were plentiful in the continental style, comprising pastries and cold meats (except for scrambled egg and bacon at weekends) which I could not fault. The evening meals comprised a large selection of fresh salad, then usually three different meat and fish dishes and sometimes vegetarian dishes. If you are a non fish eating vegetarian then I expect you woukld find the menu limiting. The very good house wine is just 6.99 euros a bottle. Whilst the food tended to be a bit repetitive by the end of the week (mainly the puddings), I most certainly never went hungry, enjoyed every single meal, and thought that the half board additional was very well worth the money...I am aware this was not the opinion of all, and I believe that those who voiced negative opinions of the food just expected far too much from a two star hotel. As a matter on interest, if you ate a three course meal in a basic bar restaurant, the cost would be at least 45 euros a day/315 euros a week per couple; therefore, the half board tariff is a very good deal indeed from a cost point of view. In summary, if you are looking for a lively 18-21 music terrace holiday, then The Xuroy is definitely not for you: however, if you are looking a chill out away from it all safe location holiday in a beautiful small hotel in an idyllic location, then this is most definitely 'it' . Several people we met had been going to this hotel (only served by Thomson and direct booking) for years; indeed, one person had been going to the Xuroy every year since 1974 !. We will definitely go again...but Shhh...don't tell too many people about it please....it is rather special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Xuroy has 46 bedrooms each with full bathroom, terrace, fan and safety deposit box. It also has a dining room, lounge and restaurant/cafeteria on the best terrace shaded by pine trees in Menorca, right on the edge of the beach. Swimming pool, chidren's pool, sun-bathing terraces and private parking are other facilities that the Xuroy offers its clients. Since 1950 hte Xuroy has been run by the owner's family. ... more less
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