I stayed at the Valentin 31st-14th July with my fiancee, mother and teenage sister. We have previously stayed for 11 nights but as the prices worked out cheaper for more days and with the hotel having proved a favorite all round last year we opted for a longer stay.
The Valentin Son Bou is located at the top of a steep hill overlooking Son Bou beach and villas below. Being on top of a hill makes it perfect for sunbathing with a cool breeze most days. There is a courtesy bus every half an hour from 9-7 with a 2 hour siesta break from 1-3.
Son Bou is a lovely place with a bakery, supermarkets, dive school, several bars, bowling alley, cafes, medical center, tourist shops and restaurants. Perfect for first time travelers or people with younger children as you can go down for half an hour or an hour and then get the bus back up to the hotel.
First Choice organizes trips to the market in Mahon but we have found it cheaper to go on our own using the public service bus. For 4 of us it cost $10 or $2.50 ea for a single way ticket, the buses are clean with air conditioning and usually very prompt.
Mahon is well worth a visit and if you are all inclusive guests at the Valentin you can order a packed lunch the evening before (by 8 I think) which contains, 2 bread rolls, cheese triangle, a large tomato, some prosciutto ham, 3 pieces of fruit, a bottle of water and a carton of orange juice. The packed lunch was quite heavy so we did return some of our fruit at breakfast and swap them for some pastries.
The market in Mahon has lots of jewelry and braided bracelets, Italian clothing, harem pants and slip dresses, Menorcan souvenirs and other tourist bits and bobs. The normal shops sell Menorcan sandals, bread and cheeses and other typical Menorcan products. There are also a handful of Ice cream shops with lovely flavors.
As for the Valentin it is set in beautiful gardens which are very well maintained, the hotel has an Indoor pool accessible to over 18's or accompanied under 18's, a mini market, salon, library, games room, Indoor bar, Outdoor pool bar with snack trolley, Internet lobby, A handful of arcade style games and an Adult bar. The grounds are spotless and the hotels cleanliness is maintained to an outstanding level.
There is wifi available and i would suggest buying $10 (10 hours) worth if you think you will use a lot in your party. You can only use one device at a time but you can log in and out and use the 10 hours over the duration of your stay (only accessible in reception).
Food and drink at the Valentin Son Bou is where the hotel really excels itself. There are 2-3 gala nights in high season; a curry night, Mexican evening and Menorcan. There is also a show cooking section in the dining room where fresh meat is carved or individual portions are plated up, my favorites were cheese burgers and quesadillas. There is always fresh salad and fruit as well as soups, paella and other hot cooked food. There is pizza, chips and plain pasta available at every meal for fussy eaters too. Ice cream and a selection of desserts. Breakfast offers meats and cheeses, fresh pastries, bread, cooked breakfast with English sausage, Spanish sausage or frankfurters, cereals, yogurt and fruit. A range of fruit juices and hot drinks also available.
The pool bar has onion rings, cheese and ham toasties, melon, salad, burgers, bacon, chips and chicken nuggets. You can also have slush puppies, tea, and herbal teas, popping candy ice lollies, milk lollies and ice cream tubs on all inclusive. My favorite though is the Pina Colada and non alcoholic cocktail called a San Francisco. A lot of children were drinking chocolate milk.
Entertainment and activities run by the entertainment team are very good especially archery, evening entertainment just as good with singing, dancing, and acrobatics acts. There is also a handy drinks service to your table (waiters) which means you can sit back and enjoy the entertainment. This year there was also a themed 'White Party' where guests were requested to wear white clothing, there were some cocktails and decorations about the hotel.
Overall a fab holiday and reception and other staff always happy to help and make the stay all the more enjoyable, we will look forward to returning for many years to come.
Here are some tips for making the best of your holiday;
If you want to sunbathe use the lower sun deck which is down behind where the lifeguard sits to the right and down the steps, it is a lot quieter and gets the sun most of the day.
Don't skimp on the sun cream as it is very very expensive in the supermarkets once you're here.
Most toiletries are more expensive but, supermarkets near the beach (carry on walking beyond where the bus stops) sell 1 litre of body wash for about $2 and about the same for a large tub of hair conditioning mask.
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