We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Valentin and loved it! Firstly people should note that 4* in Menorca is not 4* as in England fact! Don't understand people complaining about the food it was the best all inclusive food we have ever had, everything fresh and a huge selection. ALWAYS fresh, salad (both standard and spanish), fresh fish and meat cooked in front of you, always a fresh paella which was lush, fresh veg, loads of choice. Couldn't believe the amount of people sat eating chip butties and feeding their kids crap. Sorry but if you eat fresh varied food at home, then you will love the food here. Breakfast was fantasitc, everything you could wish for, so much choice fruit/cereal/meat/cheese/bread/full cooked breakfat/boiled eggs etc etc. I would give it 5/5 for food without any question!!! Fantastic!
Rooms - very tatty/shabby need a good overall upgrade/decorate very 1980's spainish decor, but clean and as you don't spend much time in them, who cares!
Staff - friendliest I've ever met in all areas, only came across one miserable bar person the whole 2 weeks. Life guard was hopeless.
General hotel - was clean and well presented, always fresh flowers in communcal areas which I thought was nice. Reception always quick and efficient. Only 1 lot of toilets in the hotel which meant there was generally a queue and the poolside toilets were a bit grim, more often than not we just went back to the room.
Pool area - was lovely really accessible from all areas, however could never get a bed first thing on a morning. Unfortunately too many people just leave their rubbish by the pool and make it a mess but this is no reflection on the hotel, but the grim people who think the staff are there to run round after them.
Night entertainment - was exactly as I'd expect from this type of holiday, some good some poor. Fake That and the temptations tribute acts were good though.
Kids club - was good although our son only went twice as we like to do things as a family, but the girls there were fantastic with the kids 10/10 :o)
There's drinks service on a night which I've never had before and you could get crisps whenever you went to the bar. Only comment is that the balcony area is lovely but full of smokers who move away from their own families and come and stand near you to smoke, I don't smoke and found it very rude, but again that's the people not the place. Although something for the hotel to consider a designated smoking half and a non smoking half.
The location of the hotel isn't great right at the top of a very steep hill, however there is a courtesy bus every half an hour (apart from siesta time) and at busy times the driver always made 2 trips. Again excellent service.
There's a buggy park where people can leave there prams which is a great idea! 2 play areas for the kids which our son loved (he's 3).
There is no music round the pool, which I have to say didn't bother me and only just realised when I read other people's reviews lol.
Son Bou is lovely, gorgeous beach, very small and not much to do, but suited us just fine. You can walk to Santo Tomas but DONT DO IT WITH KIDS it isn't 40 mins it took us 2.5hrs with a 3 year old in tow! The beach is clean and the water shallow, with lifeguards all the way up it. There is also a nature reserve between the resort and the beach which is lovely, very strange see ducks and chickens on a beach!!! Excellent bus service to Mahon and can recommend the Don Juan trip in the harbour. Excellent Tapas in Mahon too and Citudella worth a trip although the bus service from Son Bou is not as good.
IF YOU DON'T LIKE KIDS DON'T GO HERE - I was sick of people tutting at the kids, if you want adults only pay for it, simple as that!!! Kids are kids they laugh, they play, they run, they scream it's how they learn, don't like it? Don't go to a family hotel, they're easy to spot in the brochure they have a kids club!!!!!
The ONLY thing that spoilt our holiday was the rudeness of some of the other guests. Other than that would recommend this holiday.
All in all this was a fantasic family holiday, there was more than one quivering lip on the way home from our family!!!! Loved it :o)
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- Valentin Son Bou Hotel Alaior
- Valentin Hotel Son Bou
- Son Bou Valentin Hotel
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- Valentin Son Bou Minorca/Alaior, Spain