We've been back from the Son Baulo for around a week now, so I'll stick to the points I can recall easily.
Location - as covered by many other reviewers, the location can't be faulted. At the end of a quiet promenade, overlooking a beach and with the main resort centre a scenic 20 minute walk - longer if you stop at a bar or two on the way. Right across from the hotel are shops and small supermarkets.
Clientele - mainly British with a smattering of Italian. Incidentally, I didn't find any problem with the Italian folk whatsoever. I wonder what they made of the Brits eh.
Rooms - basic but clean. They reminded me of a ski lodge room due to the 'design' of the wardrobes so cases could be thrown on top. The bathroom was big enough and the maid calls in every day except Wednesday. I think it's a little on the harsh side to have to pay 2.60 Euros per day if you want a fridge, but that's their policy. Same goes if you want an in-room safe. Please do be very aware that the doors to the balcony would not pass British safety standards as the lower areas are single panes and not toughened safety glass. We learned the hard way when our two year old fell off the bed and into the window, which promptly smashed. If it wasn't for the fact that their was a heavy blackout curtain between her and the window, she could well have gone through it. Luckily, she was unscathed. Please do bear this warning in mind. The air conditioning is centrally controlled, so you can choose to have it on or off only. When on, the hotel only run it between 1pm and around 4am. We didn't find this a problem and actually found the A/C unit quieter than we expected.
Pool - a little on the small side but OK. We generally had no issues getting sunbeds. It was a little disappointing that the pool had to be closed for several hours on two different days due to small children having nappy accidents. I guess some parents didn't observe the signs asking that kids in nappies should not go in the main pool.
Beach - we only went on it once. It was quite windy and the sunbeds were expensive to hire - 14 Euros for two with parasol per day. If you walk beyond the beach towards the nature reserve, there are more beaches which, when I walked there, had absolutely nobody there. So if you like your solitude........
Food - considering the food was buffet style, I think the quality was very good. The dining room did get hot on occasions and, again, I felt it was a little harsh not to provide anything to drink (even water) meaning you had to buy a drink from the waiters - OK for those who fancied wine etc but tough on those who would have just liked some water. At breakfast, there were machines providing juices, water and coffee but these were covered over during the evening. In addition to the buffet itself, there was a fried egg/omlette station during breakfast, which was used as a griddle at night for meat dishes. Style was very British, although there were also delicious paellas some evenings. The pool bar served basic dishes and with kids meals around 2.70 Euros, it seemed good value.
Entertainment - kids disco for half an hour every night, followed by bingo (again half an hour), then a different act each night. Fairly amateurish in all honesty, but we weren't expecting West End show quality anyway.
Drinks Prices - I can't recall what they charged for water, but massive compared to the local supermarkets where 1 Euro buys 6 litres. Then again, this is bar/waiter experience compared to DIY. Beer was 2.90 Euros a pint. Locally, you could go to bars selling pints for 1.50 Euros (non-beach facing) and would pay 2.20 to 2.50 Euros for a sea view bar. Wine at the hotel was, I believe, 1.70 Euros per glass (very small glass at that!). I believe cocktails were more like 4.50 Euros.
Reception - very helpful. We were with Thomsons and found the reps were often around and were informative. When they weren't the receptionists at the hotel itself were very helpful.
Kids' Club - Thomson run a very good kids' club. Our eldest went every day. The sessions are split into age groups so each group gets two hours per day, except Thursdays which is a day off. There are some evening sessions too, which incur a charge of between 5 and 8 Euros.
We had a great week at the Son Baulo and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it despite the incident with the glass doors to the balcony.
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