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PortBlue Las Palmeras
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Reviewed August 23, 2010

We spent a week at Las Palmeras apartments on a self-catering basis, two adults and a 12yo boy.

The complex of single and two-storey apartments is grouped around the central pool. Despite the closeness, noise was never an issue as the pool closes at 7pm and almost everyone respects that. The pool bar was open until around 630pm, serving drinks, crisps and ice cream. There was only one day where we struggled to find either a sunbed or chairs around the pool, otherwise they seemed to be plentiful, and you can always bring the chairs from your balcony or patio area. The pool itself appeared to be the best of those in the various S'Algar hotels - warm and clean, kidney shaped with two sets of steps leading gradually into the shallower areas. Although inflatables are officially not allowed in the pool, there were plenty of lilos and balls being used, without crowding the pool. There is a separate, circular pool for smaller children (0.6m depth) surrounded by sunbeds. The kids' club is based in a small building next to that pool and there is a small swing and slide set.

Las Palmeras appears to attract a range of nationalities, including several Spanish families, making for a cosmopolitan, good-natured atmosphere around the pool. There were plenty of children of all ages, so kids will have no problem finding holiday friends if they wish. There is also a pool table and air hockey in the pool area.

The room was spacious and clean, though the mattresses weren't particularly comfortable. The cleaner visited once during our week-long stay. The main room is air-conditioned (free of charge) with a clever system that switched the a/c off when the patio doors were open. The separate bedroom has an effective ceiling fan. The bathroom contains a powerful over-bath shower and bidet. The kitchen has a fridge, stove-top kettle and a two-ring hob, though there were no washing up materials provided, so you will have to buy or bring those. We left our washing-up liquid and tea towels for the next occupants, but it would be interesting to know whether they were removed. (You also need to be careful with food crumbs as there is a plentiful supply of ants). The safe key is available from reception but it seems clear security isn't a problem. The rooms have a TV showing mainly Spanish channels, but with BBC World and Eurosport in English.

English newspapers are on sale from reception, and there are two coin-operated internet terminals (1E for 10 minutes, 2E for 20). Next to reception is a TV lounge showing some British programming.

If you are eating out, you have to look away from Las Palmeras. The pizzeria there is promoted as one of S'Algar's restaurants, but we found the food and drink - including bottled water - overpriced (even by comparison with S'Algar's other restaurants), the meals were mediocre and the table service was poor, even slow at lunchtime when it wasn't busy. If you plan to stay on-site most of the time, but eat out, it may still be worth considering the all inclusive option as drinks at Las Palmeras bar are expensive (3.50E for a large beer, 1.90E for an orange juice) or stock up at the village supermarket, where you can get a decent bottle of wine for 2E and local beers for 85 cents a tin. There's no problem having your own drinks and snacks around the pool.

The view from the rear of our single-storey apartment looked over the adjoining bay, but those on the opposite side of the pool will probably enjoy a less-spectacular view over neighbouring properties.

Las Palmeras is at the very top of S'Algar, a brisk five-minute walk downhill to the village centre (slightly longer coming uphill in 30C heat on the way back).

There are no cashpoint machines in S'Algar - the nearest are in San Luis, which is a bus or taxi ride away.

A small road-train runs around the resort, advertised as 7pm-10pm, but during our stay this was often already full by the time it arrived at Las Palmeras. In reality, it runs from around 7.20-9.40, if you want to catch the last one back up the hill from the village. (Because of the route it uses, it's also actually quicker to walk).

The village centre consists of two areas grouped around courtyards, with two restaurants, El Pirata and Reine Isabel, a small supermarket, a bakery offering a selection of fresh bread and pastries, and well-stocked gift shop and a couple of car mhire businesses. There's a small ladies' cloithing shop on the sea front and, during the day, a snack bar at the nearby Hotel S'Algar pool (if you are staying at Las Palmeras, you can use this pool, overlooking the sea) as well as the one at the Hotel San Luis.)

Both restaurants offer extensive menus - Reine Isabel is the more upmarket of the two, but the pine trees seemed to attract mosquitoes. Both bars also show football on big screens, but this was never intrusive. They also have cigarette machines - the only places in S'Algar you can buy them.

There is also a bar, Dinky's, specialising in cocktails. This clearly has ambitions to be a music bar, but in the week we were there none of the advertised music events (a mix of tribute bands and DJs, from 10 or 11pm) took place. The bar was never busy, possibly due to the higher drinks prices and disinterested staff who appear to think no-one in S'Algar is trendy enough to deserve being served by them.

The Asia restaurant, close to Hotel San Luis, offers an imaginative, hybrid Japanese-Thai menu amid pleasant surroundings. Best to book a table in advance, particularly at the weekend, and it doesn't open on Mondays.

As mentioned elsewhere, the big downside of S'Algar is that it doesn't have its own beach. The nearest, in a picturesque cove at Alcaufar, is a 30-minute walk, into the village centre and then along a rough path (it would take longer if you have younger children, pushchairs etc). It's worth the walk though, as the beach is small but pretty and the seabed slopes downward gently. You can buy drinks, snacks and meals from the adjacent Hotel Xuroy, but the prices do reflect the fact that they have the monopoly. There's another bar/restaurant, the Piccolo, set further back from the sea, but offering fabulous sea views over S'Algar from its terrace.

We tried to get a taxi to the large beach at Punta Prima but, despite her best efforts, the very helpful Las Palmeras receptionist couldn't find a taxi company that could come within an hour. This is apparently commonplace, so if you're planning to get a taxi anywhere the best plan is to book well in advance.

The alternative is to use the buses to get around. There are six a day from right outside Las Palmeras to Mahon (1.60E per person one-way) but on market days particularly, the morning bus was rammed full. A taxi from the rank in Mahon market square back to Las Palmeras will cost 13-14E (the last bus back is at 6.30pm).

Las Palmeras, and S'Algar, are perfect if you are looking for a holiday where you want to slow down and relax. Yes, S'Algar IS quiet, but that doesn't mean it's dead and there's still plenty to do, eat and drink.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2010

We arrived back yesterday after 2 brilliant weeks at Las Palmeras. The cleanliness of the apartment and bar/restuarant area was superb. The staff were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We booked the all inclusive basis and was definately value for money. Good food and plenty of it. The choice of the drinks from the bar in the evening was very good.

Basically a very quiet relaxing holiday with the option of visiting the larger San Luis hotel for the entertainment in the evening. Which was a short walk or a ride on the free S'algar express.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2010

After reading the reviews from May I was worried about our choice. Last year we stayed at the San Luis but decided on Las Palmeras for a change of scene & to have the option to dine at either. We then found out we could only eat at LP.
But we found the food was good, hot & plentiful. The range wasn't huge & it did get a bit repetitive but that will happen at any AI for 2 weeks.

The apartments were spacious, have their own safe (payable at reception) and a full-sized fridge. You can hire beach towels for 10Euros deposit. Maid service 3 times a week which was fine as there is no beach & so no sand to paddle in.

The pool are was brilliant - the pool was warm & you could still get sunbeds at midday! No getting up at stupid o'clock to get a sunbed. The area around the pool was very clean & spacious.
The staff were friendly & efficient - very rare to have queues at the 2 bars.
Our rep said quite a few people had upgraded from self catering it AI as it was so expensive to buy food & drink.
All inclusive (from 11am) included crisps during the day, ice cream by the cone & all the usual drinks.

It's worth having a meal at the pizzeria as that was very nice & made a change from the buffet even though you only get a 15% discount.

The professional entertainment at the San Luis was good - Temptations, Star People, Elvis & a Jackson tribute all excellent although queues at the bars here are as horrendous as ever!

Do NOT pay the hideous tour operator fees to go on a boat excursion like we did. We paid 87 Euros to go on a boat trip from Mahon - you can get the exact same trip from the port for only 25 Euros (2 adults & 1 child) & the bus fare is less than 10 Euros. The bus stop is right outside the apartments & takes about 20 mins to Mahon.

All in all we had a wonderful 2 weeks - beautiful clean quiet resort, great weather & sunbeds at noon!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

We arrived back last thursday 2 adults 1 child.We met some great people and best of all a play mate for our 8 year old.The place felt safe.
I was a little worried after reading reviews on this hotel but then i just thought each to there own.
The apartments are great lots of room we had a view of the pool one side and a distant sea view the other.The cleaners come in on average every three days.The grounds and pool areas are great.The food is repetative and not much choice but you can find something even if its just chips!
The resort is a little quiet and no beach.If you fancy a trip out go to Cala Gardina great beach take a picnic spend the day.
Dont bother with a expensive transfer with a tour operator just jump into a taxi outside the airport it will cost you about 23 euros its 20 mins to the resort.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 2, 2010

Just got back from staying at Las Palmeras S'Algar for two weeks.
This is a great place if you have done your homework before booking. S'Algar is a very quiet resort, with two hotels, three apartment areas, 2 gift shops, 1 mini market, 2 cafe/restaurants, 1 bakers, all of which are a good 15min walk, longer in the heat when walking back as its uphill. S'Algar is mainly a privately owned accommodation resort.
The bus stop for Mahon is directly outside Las Palmeras. We booked a car for most of the holiday with S'Algar car hire who bring the car outside the apartments on the morning of pickup.
Everywhere is kept very clean and immaculate, apartments are a very good size, although two bed/settees in lounge would not be comfortable for a tall adult.
Apartment is cleaned, towels/beds changed every 3 days. Staff and Manager are all very quiet but polite and courteous when spoken to.
If you like a much more party atmosphere you can use the facilities at the San Luis Hotel, i.e. activities/sports/evening entertainment.
Pool Bar is now open at peak season with low key music. A member of the animation team from the hotel arriives for a short session of games around the pool each afternoon.
The Grill/Pizzeria restaurant this year is not part of the food deal but if you are AI you get a 15% discount. We did not choose to go in there as the meals in the main restaurant were very good and why pay more! The only slightly negative thought we had was that the room they are now using for all meals (which used to be the on-site mini market by the way), lacks ambiance, although does have a nice view overlooking the pool.
The cooked breakfast can be a little repetitive,but the continental cold choice is varied with meats, cheeses, fruits, yogurts and different selection of pastries. Meals always have a great choice of salads, two meat options, one fish, different cooked potatoes, vegetables, pastas,cous cous, rices etc. Selection of cheeses each night with fresh fruit, but really needed to offer a selection of biscuits to go with the cheese, as the same plain crackers ever evenng spoiled it.There was always a different flavour mousse, and sweet sponge deserts for the kids and frozen yogurt pots. We never reached the exact same menu after 13 evening meals. The food was hot, and always topped up whatever time you arrived. Between the four of us we had probably tried and eaten every dish over the two weeks, and we certainly did not have any problem with stomach upsets, and did not hear of any other guests having any sickness due to the food.
We have older children who found no problem finding something to enjoy eating every day day and there were many small children looking like they were eating enthusiastically and very well.
If you are S/C the mini market is a good 15 min walk and has a very limited selection. There is a large hypermarket outside the town of San Luis which is approx 5 miles away, but probably worth a taxi fare to be able to stock up for a week. Price of food is on an equal with the UK. Eating out in restaurants and certainly drinks are now very expensive and its much more economical to pay to be on AI, even if you dont really consider yourself to drink too much.A small glass of Pepsi for the kids ranged from £2.00 to £3.50!!
There is a lovely walk along the cliffs to the left of Las Palmeras which takes you down on a beautiful tree lined path through to a tiny inlet for snorkeling, but not suitable for children, due to a strong current.
A 20 min walk across the rocks in front of the pool at the S'Algar Hotel leads you to a path and into neighbouring Alcafar which has a lovely safe beach and calm waters for jumping off rocks and snorkeling.
If you want to use the evening entertainment at San Luis Hotel and dont want to wait for the few seats on the little train which tours around the resort every 20 mins, then walk the short cut; Out of the reception, take the first right turn into the tiny narrow bush lined lanes which run through the privately owned villas. Follow it straight through to car park, then again through another opposite narrow lane and then it opens to side of hotel with gate leading into hotel bar area.
For the money we paid the Las Palmeras was very good quality n all aspects, and it also has a good location for touring the island. After having looked around other aparthotels and resorts,we feel we made an excellent choice.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 19, 2010

Nice, hot, relaxing weeks stay at the Las Palmeras although there were a few let downs.
Cleaners were rude and just walked in when they felt like cleaning (They only cleaned the Apartments once a week.
There wasn't much choice of food and they repeated the food every 3 days.
Both my son and daughter and wife got food poisoning and spent two days in their rooms.

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Reviewed July 17, 2010

We have just come back from a week here having worried about the previous reviews before we went. The apartments are spacious and well air conditioned with a large fan in the bedroom as well. The pool area is lovely and spacious and there were no issues over sunbeds with plenty to go around. The dining room is air conditioned and very cool. The food was better than expected but you must be realistic. There are 72 apartments and not all on all inclusive so there wont be as much choice as a big hotel. But every day there are cereals, fruit, yogurts, breads, toasts croissants, cakes and hot breakfast. Then lunch and dinner always had choice of salads, pastas, grilled meat, choice of vegetables, at least one fish dish, cheese, cold meats, different types of potato. Anyone who cant find something they like is probably very unrealistic.

Also included in the price is the free train around the resort, fantastic sports facilities at the St Luis Hotel, and drinks etc at other hotels within the resort - you need to check carefully with your tour operator as to what you get. The biggest grumble seems to be that last year you could eat in different venues and this year you cant. I still think if you look at the price you pay per day you get a very good deal. the only disappointment was the Asia restaurant where we we looking forward to tasty and spicy food and all we got was very bland and disappointing.

Staff were helpful and friendly and respond well to nice people.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Address: Avenida Quinta, 07713 S'Algar, Menorca, Spain
Location: Spain > Balearic Islands > Menorca > S'Algar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in S'Algar
Price Range: $46 - $232 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — PortBlue Las Palmeras 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Las Palmeras Complex is situated in the upper part of the Resort, next to the wonderful Nature Area of Rafalet and 600m from the center with it's shop's, supermarket, diving center and the small bay of S'Algar. The complex has 72 apartments with 1 double bedroom. They are all very bright and have a pleasant terrace, double bedroom with 2 single beds next to each other, a living-dining area with 2 sofa beds (80 x 170 cm), kitchen and fully equipped bathroom. They are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV, an equipped kitchen including a refrigerator, glass-top stove and microwave, fully equipped bathroom featuring a bathtub with shower and hairdryer, Wi-Fi (fee) and safe (upon request, for a charge). ... more   less 
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