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“Late summer week at Santandria Playa Hotel - superb!”

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Santandria Playa Hotel
Ranked #7 of 56 Hotels in Ciutadella
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“Late summer week at Santandria Playa Hotel - superb!”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

We chose this hotel from the Thomson 'Small and Friendly' catalogue; it proved true to the name.

As comments before have related, the staff were excellent - going the extra mile to make our holiday perfect. Thanks, Gabriel!

We pre-booked the half-board terms, which turned out to be really good value-for-money. The same (fixed-price) menu is available to all, but the pre-booking saves a few pounds a night. There's just enough choice, with (typically) 3 starters, 3 mains, and 3 desserts. The majority of the dishes were Menorcan local cuisine, and very well prepared and presented. Breakfast is a buffet, with a very good mix of cereals, pastries, cold meats and cheeses, fruit, and cooked items like bacon, fried eggs, potato fritas, etc.

The sea swimming was wonderful - I don't think enough is made in the brochures about this being one of Menorca's 7 blue flag beaches. The inlet is mostly white sand, with crystal-clear water, and is perfectly sheltered. On the beach there's the cafe/bistro attached to the hotel, and one other. Both are ideal for coffess/ices/light meals. Prices are very good, too (E1.50 for a coffee in September 2012).

Having found such a peaceful location, if you really want something more lively, Cuitadella is 45 minutes coastal walk away (or a short bus ride); and Cala Blanca is a 20 minute stroll - both have shops/restaurants/gift shops, etc. [Tip: either bring sufficient cash, or plan on a trip to Cuitadella, or a local hypermarket to use a cash machine. The nearest machine - at Cala Blanca - was unreliable).

(Note that the location of the hotel is at the extreme eastern end of the inlet, not near the mouth as some mapping shows!)

We plan on returning.

Room Tip: 'Partial sea view' rooms still allow you to see the sea and the beach; some 'full sea vi...
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We spent 4 days at this wonderful hotel. The location right on the beach is marvelous. The half board option was fantastic. Loved the choices on the menu. The wine also fantastic.
Spent many relaxing hours swimming the lovely cala. The beach although sandy is a bit hard.
The young staff that run this hotel were extremely helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: Pay a bit extra to get the full sea view rooms. Make sure you get half board the meals are great if...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2012 via mobile

We had 10 days at the Blanc Cottages and had an absolutely fantastic holiday. The staff were incredibly hard working and were always cheerful even when still on duty late at night after being their at breakfast! Pleasantly surprised to find great facilities in our room including air conditioning throughout and the apartment was cleaned and made up every day. The activities around the pool were great fun and Vicky kept everyone entertained throughout the day. All the other reps were really approachable and friendly throughout. Our resort reps were always on hand and were really helpful. Would highly recommend the scuba diving and the classic cruise. You also get free access to the local water park which is easily accessed using the easy to use, regular bus routes.

We were all inclusive and were very happy with the varied choice on offer each day and on our day out we were even given a packed lunch. There were plenty of options to suit all tastes wether you like trying local food or not. Drinks were on tap in the restaurant so there was no waiting at all which was great and even later in the evening we rarely had to queue for drinks.

The only slight disappointment was the quality of the evening entertainment which whilst fun at times, could hardly be described as professional.

All in all a great holiday and we were only sad that we didn't book for longer. Would definitely return.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We are not long back from two weeks at the Santandria Playa Hotel.

There is really not much to add to all the previous reviews. The location is perfect for a lazy, quiet couple of weeks, with enough available within an easy bus ride or short walk to get the blood flowing in your limbs again if you really need it.

The hotel is not the Ritz, but provides a really friendly, good value, laid back place to chill out. The staff bend over backwards to make sure your stay is a happy one. We seemed to melt into relaxation the moment we arrived, and managed to maintain the feeling until we were back in the UK.

We prebooked half board which proved to be very good value for money, and Gabriel the Manager was quite prepared to offer additional choice beyond the set menu when our daughter didn't fancy what was offered. He did spoil her a bit!

All in all a great place to stay, far from the madding crowd, but with enough going on to make you want to go back.

Room Tip: We upgraded to a full sea view which gave wonderful views of the bay and sunsets etc. but didn't...
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Southampton
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

Just returned from Menorca today, after a 12 year gap. We previously stayed in Salgar which was just outside Mahon. The Santandria Playa hotel was wonderful, perfectly situated on the beach. The hotel staff are so kind and helpful, they work so hard! We ate in the hotel restaurant most nights, they do an excellent 3 course menu at 14.50 Euros mid week then it's 16 euros at weekends. The menu is changed daily. We sampled other restaurants in the bay but the hotel won hands down! It's so relaxing and quiet, perfect for a chill out break. The local bus service is very good, costs 1 Euro 55 to go into Cuitadella, well worth a vist. Wonderful holiday :-)

Room Tip: Obviously some rooms do not have a full sea view but you can pay an extra 10-15 euros a night for a...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

The Hotel's location is excellent - right on the beach!
On arrival we were offered a sea view upgrade for an extra 10 euros per night, but we were very happy with the view of the beach and sea from our balcony. Our room had air conditioning which was included at no extra cost and had constant hot water.
Breakfast was very good with eggs and bacon and an extensive selection of fruit, meats, cereals, cakes etc. The staff were very friendly and exceptionally helpful. There were some very good restaurants nearby, we particularly liked the 'Bahia' which had great food and marvelous views of the bay.
You can walk to Cala Blanca with its bars and restaurants and where it gets lively later in the evening. Its easy to travel around by bus, a short trip to Ciutadella is recommended at only 1.55 euros, or to Cala Bosch where you can take boat trips and Mahon is only an hour away. It was our first visit to Menorca, but we shall definitely return!

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preston
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

booked what i thought would be a cheap but cheerful holiday at the santandria playa but got possibly one of the best holiday both my wife and i have ever .and are determined to return next year .and would recommend half board ,you will not be disappointed ,as for the staff thword superb does not do them justice

Room Tip: believe it or not ,room 101 is the best its on the first floor and has a balcony you could have a ga...
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Property: Santandria Playa Hotel
Address: | Urb. Cala Santandría, s/n, 07760 Ciutadella, Minorca, Spain
Location: Spain > Balearic Islands > Minorca > Ciutadella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ciutadella
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Ciutadella
#6 Family Hotel in Ciutadella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Santandria Playa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the paradaise island of Menorca from your beach hotel. In the Hotel Playa Santandria, whether you are travelling with friends or like a couple, you will excite the privileged views of the sea from a hotel for only adults. Some of the extras you'll find 2U Hotel Playa Santandria: swimming pool solarium gym Massage room Balinese beds or the beach restaurant....and much more to enjoy! ... more   less 
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