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Loved the Hotel Audax
We had a wonderful holiday in the Hotel Audax. We were a bit apprehensive having read the reviews about poor food but we found the breakfast equally as good as any we've had in 4* hotels abroad. If you want English bacon - holiday at home. Our room on the 6th floor was excellent with stunning sea views - well worth the extra cost. We had a 6ft bed which was heaven. Resort is fine for a week but if your holiday is any longer you would need to get car and travel to other resorts. We took bus to Cuidadella which is a good day out. Everything shuts at 11 pm which was fine for us so no teenagers at resort. Sunbeds are a ripoff so don't pay it. Lots of under school age children at resort. Spa in the hotel was a treat at 20 euros.
Hotel Audax Cala Galdana booked as a prestige holiday it was not!
Booked this 4* hotel as a prestige holiday on the understanding that it was mainly for couples and a very quiet hotel. The hotel at best is a 3*. Our bathroom had a very sour smell for most of the stay. The balcony light are on automatic and switch off at 10.30pm, the pool is freezing, sea is much warmer.
It would appear that a very reputable english company have been using it a 'allocate on arrival hotel' hence the many children. Many people stayed here this last week [w/c 14.10.06] for as little as £135 1/2 board - excellent value, with better located rooms some were given sea view rooms for £1 per night, we were offered a sea view by the hotel at a cost of 30 euros per night, we declined and were positioned side sea view 3rd floor above the front door, hence the bus transfers were heard all night and we thought we had got a bargain at just under £1,000. If you are going ask to be located high. If you get a pool view you will get no sunlight at all and the hotel actually makes a reduction of £10 per night [remeber this if you book through a company]. The food is terrible and the waiters are only interested in selling you expensive beverages and wine.
On the plus side the resort is lovely, safe beach [lots of jellyfish after storms] but sun bed hire is 8 euros + 5 euros for a parasol and there is little to do for children over the age of toddler. The supermarkets are more expensive than other resorts. On leaving [today 21.10.06] the resort was closing down, bear this in mind if booking for 1/2 term.
The walk along the headland to the other 2 coves is nice but be warned 280 steps at the other end!!! Dont scramble up the hill from the Audax walk slightly up yjr road and climb the 50 or so stairs.
Would go back to this resort but not this hotel [unless it was a last minute bargain]
Visit Cala Galdana, Menorca....
Visit Cala Galdana, Menorca. We thoroughly enjoyed Majorca and were absolutely delighted when Menorca surpassed it.
We did a bit of research and chose Cala Galdana, mainly because the beach looked fantastic. We weren’t disappointed. Although some purists would consider the resort a little commercialised it is still very beautiful. After the size of Porta Polenca, we were initially concerned that we’d be a little bored after two weeks but in reality this just wasn’t the case. Sitting on our balcony enjoying a glass of the local gin while looking out across the gorge.
Just returned from the Hotel Audax. Super hotel-good food-plenty of choice-loads of deserts!
We went through Portland. The only thing I would say is-tho we realised there was no Childrens clubs etc-the staff are so wonderful with the children-it is only the stuffy British people that seem to have a problem with children-maybe they have forgotten that they have been children!!!-the Spanish and all other nationalities appear to love children-ours were very well behaved too.-but you get the stares-not glances but long rude stares off some couples who should have booked Thomson Gold-then they could go to a hotel that Guarantees NO children if they so have such a problem with them!
The pool was lovely-great views of the bay-we had a room overlooking the side-you could see the sea and the river -very nice!
The resort is quite expensive-but much nicer than the rest of the Island-alot more there to see and do in cala Galdana.
We will definately go back and to the same hotel.
Good food great staff very clean-couldnt ask for more-well apart from keep the Stuffy ones out!!!!!!
Just returned from a very enjoyable holiday in the hotel Audax.
After reading some of the mixed reviews we were a little concerened about things, my partner and i travelled with my parents and wanted a relaxing break. We found the hotel was of a very good standard with the staff being very friendly. The food was very good with plenty of choice, we ate on the 4th floor restaurant as the food is cooked fresh. The rooms are very clean. The pool is very scenic and found no problems getting a sunbed even late on in the morning. The beach is beautiful only problem was 2 sunbeds and parasol costing 21 euro per day, worth buying a lilo at start of holiday. Cala galdana is the most beautiful place in menorca with plenty to see and do.
Entertainment in hotel wasn't that good and had limited views of the stage but there are plenty of bars about, with our opinion bar black and white being the best. Sam, Manu and danny being very friendly, and we had plenty of late drinks there (they closed when everyone had gone regardless of time).
In our opinion some of the people who moan and critise hotel Audax have nothing better to do and are snobs or they like to think they are, if they want 5 star treatment they should go to a 5 star hotel. The spa circuit is well worth the 20 euros.
Given the mostly favourable reviews for this hotel I was very dissapointed. We booked to stay here for a week of peace and quiet. We booked a sea view room, which we recieved, however the room was on the first floor. The problem with this is that the hotel has a bar located on the ground floor with live music/noise almost every night, I could easily lean off the balcony and stroke the performers heads such is the closeness of the stage to the first floor rooms. For two hours every night (approx 9pm til 11) the entertainers perform and you cannot hear anything else, if you are unlucky enough to be given one of these rooms you will find that the entertainment is compulsory whether it's to your taste or not. We asked to be moved (and so did at least 6 other couples) and were moved to a room after two nights on the top floor which was more in line with what we expected. As far as I am concerned the hotel should not consider using these rooms for anything other than courtesy rooms, they are certainly not what you expect when booking 4* accomodation.
The standard of the rooms themselves is fair, however the bathrooms are very dark with only two ceiling lights. The wardrobes are reasonable in size although simple things like ensuring enough coathangers are available seems to be beyond the staff at the hotel. (One hangar suitable for trousers in each of the two rooms we stayed in). The public areas of the hotel are reasonable although at least half the wall lighting on corridors on all floors was out resulting in very dark corridors.
There are two restaurants, one on the fourth floor one on the fifth. Only the restaurant on the fourth floor has show cooking, which means there is less choice in the restaurant on the fifth. The buffet area in both restaurants is pretty small (as are the restaurants themselves). It is common to have to queue to get into the restaurants with the fourth floor restaurant being the more popular of the two. The show cooking consists of grilled steak, chicken or chops/kebabs, usually with some kind of fish each evening, at breakfast time it's eggs and bacon only. Restaurants open for two and a half hours each with a 30 minute stagger between the two. The earliest of these is 7pm (7.30pm in high season) so if you want to eat earlier than this you have no option other than to eat out.
Both restaurants suffer from excessive amounts of flies (this can be solved which is why I mention it), and the restaurant on the fourth floor frequently had leftover food on the floor in the mornings at breakfast from the previous nights dining. There were also ants on the buffet at various times.
You can swap you evening meal for lunch and eat out if you get bored of the food, although there are limited places to eat in Cala Galdana.
This is the only 4* hotel I have ever stayed at where the food has left me disspointed. It's very much the same every night. The selection of salads is pretty limited, with lots of pickled and tinned stuff on offer (tinned artichoke hearts, pickled celery salad), brown lettuce etc. The selection of breads on offer is both limited and simple, brown, white or white rolls.
The pool area in the hotel is very small for the size of the hotel which gives a very crowded feel, and even though the hotel states that sunbed reservation is not permitted the practice is widespread. Alternatively you can go across to the beach and pay 21 Euros for two loungers and a parasol for the day, however there is plenty of room with most people (very vocally) refusing to pay this kind of price (Which probably explains also why the pool is so overcrowded). Most people bought their own parasols and inflatable sunbeds for use on the beach. There were few children in the hotel but we were there outside of UK school holidays. Cala Galdana itself is a magnet for families with small babies and toddlers due to the shallow bay which is good for kids. If you don't want kids running around the beach screaming then I would say Cala Galdana is not the place to visit.
The hotel staff are for the most part extremely pleasant and helpful. At checkout time everyone seemed to have some discepancies with their bill, I had phantom minibar charges on mine for example.
The only aspect of this hotel I consider 4* is the price, this is by far the most dissapointing hotel I have stayed in.
My wife & I went for a week on the 16th Oct to the Audax Spa & Wellness Hotel in Cala Caldana, Menorca. Both of us think that this location is a perfect getaway from all the hustle & bustle of London.
The outside of the hotel is pleasing enough (the Cala Galdana & Sol hotels are more pleasing to the eye from outside but they are a LOT bigger). The hotel is situated on the corner of the road by a jetty which has lots of sailing boats/yachts moored up all the time. There is also a ramp into the sea where you can launch a boat with views out into the meditteranean.
Inside the hotel is much more eye pleasing. The reception area looks very professional, the reception staff very helpful and speak perfect english (one of the concierge was scottish), 4 lifts up to 7 floors which are quite fast & smooth, 2 restaurants - one on the 4th & the other on the 5th. Both are buffet style with a huge amount on offer for everyone's tastebuds. The 4th floor restaurant can cook fresh food in front of you (e.g. steak, fish). All you need to do is tell the chef what you would like & he/she will prepare it in front of you.
The room was a fair size for a couple with a safety deposit box built into the cupboards (have to pay 15 euros - 12E for the hire & 3E deposit). Small balcony but good view out to sea. Television in room which had a couple of english channels (Sky News & one of the ITV channels), had a few ants that kept coming in when we left the door open but literally only a few - not hordes for a change or roaches.
The pool area was quite peaceful with chillout music being played at a reasonable volume. Wasn't that busy but could be because we were there end of season (when we left, they were only open for a further week). BEWARE - the water is absolutely FREEZING when you first get in but gets comfortable after a few minutes. There is also a waterfall feature from the top pool into the bottom pool (is refreshing to stand underneath if you go to the bottom pool) and a jacuzzi in the corner of the top pool. Only downside is that the end of the bottom pool gets covered in shade in the afternoon so could feel a bit chilly with the wind.
The Spa on the 6th floor - where do I start? They offer a Spa Circuit for 22E (20E if you are staying at the hotel) and it is amazing! You get a lovely blue shower cap & rubber socks to put on (oh, and a dressing gown) and then one of the spa assistants explains what is inside. Here are a few of the things:
34 degree C pool with jacuzzi's all around & also goes outside.
Hydrobeds inside the pool above
12 degree C plunge pool (brrrrr)
38 degree C pool with jacuzzi (skin tingles after being in the plunge pool)
Seperate back & shoulder water jets (WARNING - these are powerful!)
Assorted types of showers
Steam room plus a few more.
We also booked an all over massage after the 2nd time we visited the spa. This was 50E and is well worth it! Lasts for approx 1 hour and it is literally all over! Then we were given the option to go back in the spa for as long as we wanted at no extra charge. The final visit to the spa was for a pedicure for myself & a facial for my wife which came to approx 95E (can't really remember, could've been less) and was also very good.
The surrounding area is also very quiet & relaxing. The Cala Galdana Hotel has lots of entertainment every evening but drinks are pricey! The Audax has entertainment but it isn't as good as the other hotels. There are a few bars alone the strip. For the footie fans, the best one is if you turn left from the hotel, turn left at the next turning and you will see a Guinness sign hanging up. We ate out only once as we were half board.
WARNING - DO NOT go to the chinese restaurant just past the Cala Galdana! Waited for 15 mins before we got served and they wasn't busy, took their time getting the starters out and then we didn't even see our main course as we got tired of waiting. And they also tried to charge us for things we didn't order! Avoid like the plague! Also, beach lovers - do not hire a sun lounger & umbrella by the beach as it will cost you 21E PER DAY! My advice is to but a li-lo or something like that where it will be approx 5-9E and that can last you all week!
All in all, a very relaxing holiday. Not great for nightlife but if you just want a peaceful week/2 weeks away, this should be the place you book!
I stayed at Audax Hotel with my husband for a week (from the 19 th of august).
Location: the hotel is not right on the beach but very near, you can see the beach from the lovely terrace where there is the bar.(and from the room if you have a sea view room of course).
Rooms: we changed our room because there was a bad smell (like gasoline) in our bathroom. The first room was very small (too small for a 4 stars hotel). The second room was bigger and everything was ok!
Food: there are too restaurants and the food io good, healthy and you can vary. Very good the "dinner Minorcan style".
We didn't use the two pools and the spa.
The staff is very kind.
Minorca is beautifull and we had a pleasant staying visiting a lot of beaches (you have to rent a car!!!)
It is a perfect Mediterranean setting on southern coast of Menorca with pines growing out of the rugged cliffs at crazy angles. There is a balcony built into the cliffs at Cala Galdana where you can stand near the edge, having the most spectacular view.
Having been to Majorca (Porta Polenca) in 2000 we thought we'd give Menorca a try. We thoroughly enjoyed Majorca and were absolutely delighted when Menorca surpassed it.
Cala Galdana beach, on a cloudy day.