Stayed in Viva Menorca in July/August 2010 - me, my husband and our 3 daughters (13 years, 9 years and 4 years)
The rooms were of an exceptional standard. Always kept spotlessly clean by maids who visited 5 days a week. Nothing broken except a wardrobe door (which we alerted the reception about and they sent someone to mend within 20 minutes). Bathroom was excellent, beds were comfortable. Only downside about the bedrooms were the lack of air conditioning. This amenity is described when booking and there is a small vent in the bedroom however they don't work, at all. Many families had this problem while we stayed here and the rooms became insufferable with the heat sometimes.
The swimming pool also couldn't be faulted. Always spotless - every single night when we were going to tea we saw an employee using a large machine to clean all the pool and the lifeguard spent at least an hour a day fishing out small leaves, bottle caps etc to keep the pool clean. Plenty of space to swim around and for the kids to play. Just a warning, there is generally a large amount of inflatables (lilos, boats, balls etc) in the pool so not particularly relaxing.
The restaurant - again faultless. Always plenty of tables and the staff were lovely and plenty of them. Very efficient in cleaning up used cutlery but still without making you feel rushed like in some places. The food was beautiful. The regular pizza, pasta etc that you get all inclusive but also on site chef's that cook dishes such as paella, muscles in front of you to order. Theme nights regularly such as Chinese, Mexican and Spanish. Desserts were gorgeous - a very popular one was the large chocolate fountain they produced a few days a week. Also, excellent choice for the younger picky eaters - fish fingers, sausages etc. Food was always properly cooked and still hot when consumed. The poolside bar that was open 11am until 6pm also served a large variety of snack food - pizza, burgers, hot dogs, hot and cold sandwiches and salads again all to a very high standard and much easier. The bar in the main building is a bit of a funny one. The all inclusive lasted most nights until only around 10.30pm, sometimes 11. After the restaurant closed at 8pm, the only food you could get in this 'all inclusive' hotel was a few soggy sandwiches from this bar hence many trips to the supermarket across the road for crisps, breadsticks etc.
The entertainment team were absolute gems. Molly, the head of entertainment was never sat down. She had everyone from toddlers right up to adults smiling, singing and dancing. The children's kids club was well run and kept the little ones entertained with a huge range of activities. Bufo and sidekicks, the hotel's mascots were amazing. Our youngest daughter absolutely loved the mini disco every night. Bit of a problem with entertainment for older children though. Towards the end of the holiday they and the friends they had made got particularly bored. Not really much for them to do other than splash around in the pool.
Would definitely recommend a visit to the harbour, which is about a 10 minute walk away from the hotel and definitely worth the visit. A huge amount of beautiful restaurants, entertainment complexes and souvenir shops. Lovely when you just want to get away from the hotel for a while. Also home to the 'Goody Goody Park' which was really cheap to get into and a massive hit especially with our youngest daughter. The best visit was to the bar across the road from the hotel with the large blow up slide. You buy one drink and get access to the blow up waterslide, trampolines, internet access and arcade games.
One big point I'd have to make to avoid was the hotel 'spa' (an ice cold 5m swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a sauna). The swimming pool was unhealthily cold even though advertised to be heated. The jacuzzi was also freezing and funny smelling, which we regretted entering when 50% of the hotel was on antibiotics and ear drops due to the ear infection they had gained from this. The sauna was a peculiarly smelling little hut that, if you weren't careful, locked you in. A lovely experience.
Excluding the receptionist women who were rude, unhelpful and down right miserable, all the staff were a pleasure to be associated with. Always smiling, very good standards of English and could never do enough to help you.
I'd strongly recommend this holiday to young families who want a nice easy, relaxing holiday. Even though there isn't much to do for teenagers, the fact that the hotel is 99% populated by English people means they make loads of friends and usually find something to do for themselves. Cala'n Bosch itself is a lovely place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Zafiro Menorca hotel is an apartment resort located within 15 min. walking from the heavenly beach of Calan Bosch. Fully-equipped apartments, impressive swimming pools, funny leisure programme, sport offer and delicious gastronomy make this 4-star hotel the ideal accommodation for some unforgettable family holidays in Menorca. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viva Menorca Hotel Cala`n Bosch
- Viva Menorca Cala n Bosch
- Viva Menorca Apartments
- Zafiro Menorca Spain