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Viva Menorca was our perfect honeymoon destination. We were looking for a fairly quiet resort with a low key nightlife but with good bars and restaurants nearby - well we found it. The staff at Viva Menorca made us feel very welcome and the check in was easy and very laid back, we had a bottle of Champayne in our room on arrival which was lovely to start off the honeymoon. The apartment and public areas were all so clean, the pool and pool area was lovely, and the gardens were beautiful. The only thing I would say about Viva is that the evening entertainment was not very good, but it didn't matter too much as the marina was only a 10 min away. We went to the marina every evening for our meal and a few drinks, it was all wonderful. Out of 7 evenings we did not have a bad meal.
For a laid back holiday I would definately recommend Viva Menorca. We are hoping to go back again next year for our first anniversary!
We have just returned from two weeks at the Viva Menorca in Cala'n Bosch. We had a lovely stay, the Apartments and surrounding area were fabulous. Weather was hot and sunny and the sky was blue practically every day.
The Apartments which are situated out of Cala'n Bosch itself are clean, well equipped and the staff are pretty friendly. Although when we left we did have a run in with Night Porter who was very rude. Some updating and replacing of furniture and kitchen equipment should be made but overall we managed just fine. Our main criticism of the Viva Menorca was the lack of sun beds, for those people who are not early birds and up at the crack of dawn, in fact when we left at 5.30am to return home there were already four sunbeds saved with towels on them!! The First Choice rep did say that the Pool Bar staff do keep an eye on the sunbeds and do remove towels however we did not witness this.
We did sometimes find it quite difficult to sleep at night due to the noise of chairs being moved, doors slamming and children running down the corridors. Perhaps guests could all be reminded to have more consideration for others.
The Entertainment at the Viva Menorca was pretty good and in particular we would like to compliment the Entertainment Team who seemed to have no end of energy to keep all the children amused in the day and performing shows at night time. Do wonder if these people ever do get a day off though!!
It was a pretty long walk to the beach, which in the baking heat of the day seems to go on and on, however once the Beach was reached it did not disappoint. The water was clear and shallow and the beach itself was clean, tidy and never too busy. The Harbour area is lovely with many bars but only a few shops. We took the Glass Bottom Boat ride from the Harbour which was very enjoyable and worth the 18 Euros.
We also did the half day Mahon trip organised by the tour operator which included a trip around the Harbour and the opportunity to do some shopping. The Guide himself was very knowledgable and also very funny. The trip may have been a little over priced.
Overall we did have a fantatstic, relaxing holiday and would consider going back again.
Great For Familes with Young Kids
This was the second time we have been to the Viva Menorca apartments in two years and it was another very good holiday.
Located a 10 min stroll from the main harbour area with all its restaurants its an easy walk with a pushchair. The hotel does offer half board but with the choice of restaurants in the harbour we always enjoyed the walk down, a pleasant meal and then a stroll back to the hotel to enjoy the mini disco at 8.30pm and the entertainment at 9.30pm. The kids seem to love the mini disco when they recieve their certificates for the activities in which they part took during the day - from Bufo of course! The eveing entertainment seemed to alternate between that being done by the hotel entertainers and acts on the circuit - it was always very enjoyable. To give the entertainers their dur they worked through-out the day with activities for adults, teens and kiddies (from around 4 up).
The pool is a free form pool with probably enoough loungers for the size of hotel. There was a creeping tendancy for people to do as the Germans do and reserve loungers at 9am and turn up for 10mins at 3pm but it was'nt too bad.
The rooms comprised a twin bedded bedroom and lounge / kitchenette - the lounge sofa making up into another twin bed. The beds were comfortable. The apartments clean, nicely decorated with air con, fridge, microwave, two electric rings and of course that all important HAIR DRYER. It may be worth taking an electric kettle as whilst we had one - our mum/dad did not have an electric one - instead a hob one. We had a cot for our one year old which i was pleased to say was a traditional cot not a travel cot.
Towels can be hired from the hotel - just a refundable deposit to pay and you can change them when ever you wish at reception.
The hotel has a pool side bar / restaurant / ice cream shop and has a range of snacks and meals - take away also being an option.
All in all a very good holiday and we'd go there again!!!
Great Value for Money!
We have just returned from a week's holiday at this resort and we all had a great time. It was our first time away as a family of four, (2 adults and 2 children - aged 4 and 2).
The apartments were great value for money, if a little on the small side but we didn't spend a great deal of time inside. They were more than comfortable for our requirements. I have to say that I wouldn't classify them as 4 star, more 3.5! Also, don't plan on doing too much self-catering as the kitchenette is extremely small, and the equipment provided wasn't always adequate (e.g. there were no bowls for breakfast cereal etc.) However, the apartments were very safe for children - we had a ground floor apartment and the veranda / balcony was child-proof! The only thing that threw us was the fact that our 2 year could always open the door, regardless of the lock being used - something to do with Menorcan law. But this was easily overcome by blocking the doorway!
These minor niggles aside, the Viva Menorca apartments are great for families with children. Every day there are friendly staff on hand to organise some sort of activity for children, teenagers and adults to try out. Often these involve no extra cost, (water-polo, volleyball, football, games and dancing etc.), but even those that do are only a few euros, (horse-riding).
We bought a breakfast buffet ticket for 5 days, and again, this was great value for money - although towards the end of the holiday the children wanted a longer lie-in.
Lunch can be bought for a few euros at the poolside bar, as can ice-creams and drinks.
In the evening, we opted to walk to the marina and sample the different menus from the many restaurants.
If you are thinking of going to this resort / apartments, I would heartily recommend it.
Very Nice Apparments and Surrounding Area
My girlfriend and I have just returned from a weeks stay at the Viva Menorca Apartments in Cala n' Bosch.
We booked online with First Choice, for under £500 for 2 people for a week we were impressed with the apartments for the price.
We arrived early evening on Friday 18th May. Reception is very clean and nice with 2 computers with internet facilities 1e for 12 mins. The reception had area's where the reps have their information plus a check in desk. Check in was quick and easy.
We were allocated room 3123, block 3. Our room wasn't overlooking the pool, it was facing the road, but the road wasn't very busy. Another block was facing on the other side of the road. We felt the room location was good as we didn't get the sun/heat in the day but at night it was great to sit on the balcony and have a few drinks, with the evening sun, before and after our evening meal.
The bedroom was spacious with 2 large size single beds pushed together, lots of cupboard space, with extrea pillows and blankets if needed. Air Conditioning throughout, nice bathroom with a powerful shower. TV in living area only English channels we received were Eurosport and CNN. 2 sofa beds in the living room although we felt that there was only really room to sleep 1 adult only or maybe 2 children not enough for 2 adults. The kitchen had everything you could ask for really, microwave, electric hob, fridge, freezer, cutlery etc. Table and chairs.
There is a good size balcony too with a patio set.
We felt the hotel is set in a nice area. The internal grounds and the pool are very clean with lots of greenery and a nice pool and a kiddies pool. The kiddies pool is small and the main pool is freezing when you get in at first, but that didn't stop the little uns from jumping in. After a game of water polo its nice and warm when you are used to it. Lots of sunbeds and a nice cafe bar area which do nice snacks, ice-creams etc.
The hotel is situated on at the end of the main road, but in a quiet area. There is a supermarket in the shp althought that wasn't open, as with the indoor pool and jaccuzi, but there are 2 supermarkets about 5 mins walk away which sell everything, and the Harbour of Cala n 'Bosch. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the harbour, but its a nice stroll and there are lots of nice restaraunts to eat out at and Goodie Goodie, an amusement centre, pool tables basketball games, air hockey etc.. great for kids. We ate round the harbour every night. We did think though that Menorca was expensive, but then again we are used to going to Florida which we feel is far better priced to eat out. There are small villas close by which we went for walks round the streets and the sea front.
The beach is a walk away, down the harbour and then down the side of the Brittania bar, over the road and its there. We only discovered this after about 3 days, we used the pool.
One day it was overcast, we got the bus to Cuidadella, beware through, we waited at the bus stop round the corner from the hotel. As it was overcast the bus was full and 3 went past and didn't stop, to which we had to search for other bus stops, we ended up walking to Cala n'Bosch harbour main stop to catch an empty bus.
Cuidadella was nice with a small harbour, easy to get to and get back from about 1.65e each way. Nothing much there apart from the harbour and the town with a main street of boutiques.
We went on the Mahon half day tour booked with First Choice. This was worth a visit, went on a nice boat ride and then bought some Gin 10.50e at the Gin factory, spent a few hours round Mahon looking at the greater array of shops.
I joined in with the football on the sand pitch, the volleyball and the water polo. The entertainment crew are great, a few Sweedish girls lots going on for kiddies and entertainment at night in the bar area if needed.
All in all it was a good week away and we liked all the people we met there and would go again next year. 9/10.
Great family holiday
Myself, partner and 2 year old daughter had a wonderful holiday here last September. With a small child we were looking for a safe, fun and hastle free holiday, and that is what we got. As we were at the end of the season it was quiet which was great. The hotel was lovely, the rooms and hotel in general were very clean and tidy and all the staff were really helpful and nice, we got a nice bottle of red and a lovely fruit basket on arrival, which was very much appreciated. The food was good in the restaurant, although we were bed and breakfast, but they gave us 2 complimentary evening meals, however we prefer to eat out on an evening, and there are plenty of good restaurants in the harbour. The kitchen faclitiles in the rooms (we were 1 bedroomed) were great for basics ie sandwiches, making a coffee and toast etc, but I wouldn't like to cook a meal as there isn't much space, but who wants to cook on holiday!?! The pool was great, although smaller than on alot of the photo's you see, it never really seemed crowded and was great for little ones as the pool design meant the shallow end was almost allocated to families with children without getting in the way of people who wanted to swim or play around. Although our little girl never used the kids club as she was too young, other families we got chatting too were very impressed with it and the kids loved going as they were telling us all about it too! The evening entertainment was good for the kids as well with the usual songs and the famous Biffo which they loved. We never really stopped for the entertainment , it sounded good though, as the resort Calan Bosch is about a 10 minute easy stroll away, where you will find lots of family restaurants and activities on the harbour, kids were always welcomed and entertained by restaurant staff! The whole resort and hotel is really open to kids and families, when we went there were alot of Spanish families there - always a good sign! This is not a typical 'Brits abroad' type of resort, which makes it all the better. There is a lovely beach in Calan Bosch just round from the harbour and a little train thing that can take you down, although it is easy to walk. We are definitely considering going back next year and both ourselves and the family we were with had a really relaxing and fun time, it was the first time they had been abroad with their 2 year old and they want to go back, so it can't have been bad! Enjoy!
there was 6 of us and a baby.when we arrived there was a problem booking in. but it was soon sorted with a friendly "oh come in the morning and we will sort it out,it was too.we were not dissapointed with vivamenorca, as we had stayed at viva tropic on mallorca last year.everywhere was very clean, and cleaned everyday aswell.staff were very friendly always met with "ola" when you passed them.we were bb and the only gripe i had was the food could have been a bit hotter, but its only a small gripe. there was plenty of choice and the crepes went down well. i would recommend viva hotels and apartments to anyone. we are already looking for next year.
I would recommend this hotel purley for families with children aged up to 11yrs old only. It is very clean and the staff are well mannered and helpful. The harbour area is definatley worth a visit with plenty of resteraunts and bars. The entertainment in the hotel is not the best but they do try. If you want to relax by the pool in peace and quiet then this is not for you.
Good for families
Stayed at this hotel for a week in May 2007. This is definitely a hotel for families as there seems to be constant activities going on by the poolside. If you just want a quiet break and to relax by the pool then this is not an ideal place as the (Swedish) animation team seem to be shouting at you to join in water polo, rifle shooting, table tennis etc every hour. There are lots of sun beds by the pool and we never had any problem getting one and it didnt seem like they were being reserved early. The evening entertainment is hilarious (but not necessarily in a good way!).
The accommodation is very spacious, clean and well equipped. No complaints there at all. Although they didn't have washing up liquid or anything to do the dishes with in the kitchen (ie brushes or whaterver so its a bit annoying to have to buy them). They all have balconies. There is a strange drainage smell in some areas of the hotel though. Avoid the restaurant for dinner - its not really work the 15EUR. Pretty bland food to be honest. The food at the pool bar is standard snack fare but its quite nice.
The jacuzzi wasn't working whilst we were there and you need to let them know that you want to use the sauna 20 minutes before so they can fire it up! All the staff were really nice, friendly and helpful.
The hotel is in a pretty good location - although the beaches in Cala n'Bosch are not really very nice. The nearest beach is about 10 minutes walk, just beyond the Marina but there is a much nicer one, called Son Xoriguer, about 25 minutes walk away. The really nice picture postcard beaches are harder to get to if you don't have a car. But the area is really well linked by buses (go to Ciutadella and change for Cala Galadana and the like). I'd give the marina/habour a wide berth to be honest... unless you want to go somewhere called The Brittannia Pub (with its neon beer swilling British bulldog sign)... get the bus or a taxi to Ciutadella which is really lovely and has loads of great restaurants and bars to choose from.
Going on a boat trip is a really nice idea. You can get them from the harbour in Ciutadella and they go up the coast and stop off at some lovely beaches like Cala Turquetta and Mascarella (which are both so pretty). All in all had a lovely holiday in Menorca but didn't really like the resort we were in. Used the hotel mainly as a base to explore.
Excellent holiday destination
Lovely aparthotel. Apartments were spotlessly clean. The only problem I found was the open washroom area. You couldn't have any private time with the washbasin. Staff were all really friendly and nice, especially Flaviola, our maid from Peru. Pool and pool bar were excellent but it is a shame the pool bar was not kept open till later than 6pm. It would have been nice to have a quiet area for having a drink occasionally. The entertainment was really loud and if you are into Pontins/Butlins atmospheres it would be excellent. The only way to escape this is to hire a car and travel to quieter spots. I don't have small children but the daytime entertainment for the smaller ones is second to none, they seemed to be kept entertained constantly. Even my older teenage boys loved the place and really enjoyed the surrounding areas such as the Marina and the beach and some of the themed entertainment nights such as the fake Freddie Mercury. Overall it was a lovely holiday, but do hire a car and go and visit other beaches and places. The trip into Cituadella is well worth it for the quaint streets and shops and the cathedral.