Just back from 11 days at the Bonaire. An excellent facility, very difficult to fault the hotel - but I will anyway, we arrived at 11:30am, and couldn't get into our room until 2pm. Not what you need when you've dragged your kids out of bed at 3am for a 4am check in. I heard the receptionist telling another guest that his room wouldn't be free until 7pm!! and it wasn't her fault that the previous occupants had paid for a late checkout!
Our apartment was in Block 3 facing the pool, and the noisy outdoor stage area - Initially I thought about requesting a move, but actually it wasn't in any way an issue, and had its advantages during the day. If our kids had been a bit younger it could have been more of an annoyance (10 & 5). Blocks 4 & 5 facing away from the pool are probably the quietest ones. One small criticism of the rooms - the kitchen area is inadequate for proper self-catering (potentially deliberately I suspect). Other than that, the best quality Spanish apartments I've been in.
Thomson Family Club Holidays are full on - If you don't want to participate in the general atmosphere, then go somewhere else (you will not be able to ignore it, trust me) - If you're game for a bit of a laugh (and more importantly your kids are), then you will not be disappointed here. The energy & enthusiasm of the entertainers is spell-binding (Ravin' Rach & Harry Potter), and every kids club rep I encountered was a credit to Thomson. Very professional, hard-working young people, but still able to relate to the kids of all ages.
Cala Bona itself - nice enough, small, simple, quite pricey - but fine.
The much discussed sunbed issue - a bit depressing to see UK citizens behaving in a manner traditionally associated with our German cousins - but I'm afraid it's almost impossible to sensibly police a ban. In practice their were plenty of sunbeds, so you could always find somewhere to go - but the best spots were all bagged by about 7am.
All in all - a great holiday, and we'll probably be going back at some point. Well done Claire Bear and her team, Well done Protur Hotels. Well done Thomson Holidays.
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