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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Santandria Playa Hotel Spain/Minorca