Stopped early September 2006.
Hotel rooms look to have been recently updated, although bathrooms fixtures remain as original.
Hotel is excellent for young children. Indoor and oudoor play area entertainment programme, kids clubs etc.
Rooms cleaned to very high standard.
Food what you would expect from a 3* half board. Some night very good other not as but all food was very hot and very quickly replenished.
A few genral tips -
If the hotel is advertised as Thomson superfamily it is quite likely there will be a lot of children - children by nature are not quiet.
If the resort is advertised as quiet this probably means it is quiet.
If you book half board you don't normally get any drinks included - this is called something else - 'All inclusive'
We have just returned from The Victoria Playa Hotel, we stayed here five years ago and i can say the hotel is just a nice if not better than our first visit. The Hotel was spotlessly clean, the bedrooms cleaned every day, the friendly staff could not do enough for you. The dining was well organised with very nice food for us and our three children with different choices every night.
The waiters in the poolside restaurant were wonderful and friendly and made us feel very special.
The hotel is close to the local shops and Santo Tomas is lovely resort ideal for families.
This is a lovely hotel and well worth spending a holiday here, we had a lovely time and look forward to going back next year.
Great for Families
We stayed at the Victoria Playa for 2 weeks in Early Sept. As we are a family of five we had two interconnecting rooms which was good for us as the rooms were small but very clean. The walls are very thin so you can hear everything in the room next door
The hotel was spotless and all of the staff were only pleased to help. With regards to some of the previous comments on the food after 2 weeks it became a little tiresome. Breakfast was very good, dinner was OK and puddin was excellent. If you are a little bit fussy as a lot of kids are you may struggle. In saying that there were always plenty to choose from so overall i would rate it above average !
With children of 7,5 and 3 we went to a Superfmily hotel last year this one was a lot better. The childrens Kidzone reps were really good with our kids, so much that they took no persuasion in going into the clubs each day leaving us parents with some peacefull time to ourselves. A special mention to go to Baby Steve and Katie who were my 3 year olds favourites.
The entertainment reps were good and the kids discos etc every night meant that our children were happy.The star acts each night were also good but on too late for many families who have small children.
The hotel is a great location right next to the beach. The resort is very very quiete If you are looking for a lively resort forget it ! The best thing would be to take your driving licence.
If you are booked in this hotel you should have a good time. Make sure you take plenty of money though as prices both in the bar and the local supermrkets ar'nt cheap !
Please read this review for an Honest opinion.
We stayed in this Hotel for 2 weeks from 2nd Sept
This Hotel is barely a 2 star, A UK /European Travel Lodge or IBIS is Las Vegas compared to this Dump.
The couple we met had been given this hotel by a Holiday Rep for their Honeymoon. They lasted 6 /14days then abandoned their holiday and went home.
This is the Truth:
We went to this hotel after being informed by Portland Holdays that it was suitable for couples. My God were we shocked!
The Hotel is exclusively booked by Thompsons, they have all the Rooms.
1. Thompson Reps are a inadequate and unprofessinal, totally childish. Cater for small children only.
2. The Hotel is Grubby and very dated, dark brown wood everwheree and timber seats with brown cushions-very 1970's
3. There are no TV's, Radios, Fridge or safe's in the Rooms (You have to pay for the safe and fridge, forget the TV, despite it being advertised in the Brochure)
4. The bathrooms are grubby and smelly , the drains stink of urine when the Air-Con is off
5. Small children running up and down the Corridors-all night!
6. Small children playing in the Lifts
7. Small children left unsupervised all over the hotel
8. No LIfe Guard at the Pool
9. No drinks with evening meal-not even water-you have to pay
10. Entertainment geared to small children, small children as young as 5and6 up until midnight being encouraged by the reps
11. CHAVS wearing England Shirts and Towels everywhere.
12. Average CHAV Family 6-8 in each party.
13 Only 3 tiny lifts-4-6 people only, never arrive because small children are playing in them
1. Hotel Staff are polite (wow!)
2. Food reasonable
St Thomas is Nice but very small, its the type of place you could live in (i.e a villa) but defintely not a holiday resort. Anyway the Victoria Playa spoils the resort, all the other hotels are all 4 star and look it, but the Playa certainly lets things down.
Avoid this hotel if you are not a CHAV: Do not listen to the Travel Agents!!
Great for families with pre-teen children
We stayed at the Victoria Playa for two weeks from Aug 26 to Sept 09 2006. There were 11 in our party : Dave (39) Joanne (37) Jordan (13) Isabel (16 mth) and Alicia (3 mth) :: Grandma Jackie (59) Grandad Keith (52) :: Tracey (37) Lyndon (40) Sally (10) and Emily (7).BLIMEY!!!
This is Dave & Joannes account.
Ok, onto the Hotel itself. It is what it is, which is a 3 star Hotel. nothing more nothing less. The rooms are small depending on how many of you are staying in them, but you only sleep in them so you dont need much bigger. If you want a brew bring your own kettle, as tea and coffee etc are not provided in your room. The rooms are cleaned daily and fresh towels are provided too.
I would disagree with others who have said that the wall rooms are paper thin. you cant hear conversation through them, but you can as people pass by your door. the loos are noisy though and you can hear them being flushed. the lifts would ring everytime it stopped on your floor and if you had a room near to them then you would hear them every two minutes.
The breakfast was excellent and there was a lot of variety even for me, Dave (a veggie). Evening meal was a bit hit and miss with some days being excellent and others a bit poor.....be warned if you are a veggie tho as there is very little choice.
The Kids meals were poor too as all there was on offer was chips, beans, nuggets and squidrings. However you are probably better taking your kids to the adult section for more variety and less CHIPS!!!!!
The Staff were all very courteous and friendly and loved all the children. The service was excellent at the restaurant & all the bars. (admirals bar is open til 3 am)
The entertainment in the hotel consisted of a mini disco for the kids until around 9pm. At 10pm the adult artists appeared, which sometimes was great, but a little loud if you wanted to chat etc...better to go outside of the main room and near the pool area where you could still hear it yet hear conversation too.
During the day, if you didnt want to sit around the pool in the heat (which we thought was very deep for children, 2.5m in the middle) , there was a more shadied area towards the beach under some tall trees where it was a bit more peaceful too. there is a tots pool and a childrens pool too.
How we can call the germans I dont know, as there seemed to be a mad rush to throw your towels down on a bed near the pool as early as poss.
There is a soft play area for tots and kids clubs during the day too for the older ones. there is a teen club but very few teens attended as there weren't that many there. The kids reps were all friendly and helpful too and put on entertainment throughout the day for the kids, although if I ever hear the cartoon heroes song again ill go mad.
Ok Onto the resort itself, which is very quiet. there was a Chinese restaurant and a pizza place. The supermarket accross the road from the hotel was well stocked with all you could need and the hotel itself didnt seem to mind people going there and bringing back supplies to eat and drink around the hotel pool. If you have young babies tho, take your own nappies, as we did, as these were very expensive. for a 20 pack you can buy a 60 pack back home for the same price.
Las Dunas, further up the road, was a really good night out and we spent quite a lot of time there in the evening as a change from the hotel. Similar entertainment as the hotel but less noisy and more relaxed It had a kiddies play area, mini golf and pool tables. The food here was excellent also.
A nice walk to go on is to the end of the resort by way of the path in front of the beach, where you will find a few hotel bars to stop and have a meal and drink.
If like us, you dont like the idea of staying around a pool for 14 days, then car hire is a must to explore the Island. We looked at this site and some people mentioned TUI cars as being the cheapest, however we found PONS Autoferries, next door to the supermaket far cheaper. TUI and Europcar wanted both the hire of the car plus insurance, plus kiddie seat costs. Pons autoferries included it all in one price. Its open from 9am til 11 am so get there early and book a day or so in advance. We booked a 7 seater with two child seats for 289 euros all in, for five days. We actually got a 9 seater as the 7 seaters had all gone. as an expample TUI would have charged us 450 euros for the same deal. Menorca is very easy for anyone who has never driven on the right hand side of the road before, as there is only one road that splits the island with offshoots to all the different beaches/resorts. its signposted very well too, but we found Mahon and Ciutadella a little less well signposted in the narrow streets.
Before we hired the car we went on a trip, run by Thompson, to Saint Luis for a once yearly fiesta, which this time fell on Sunday 27th August. It was excellent. The locals were out in force with floats running through the streets and an excellent fireworks display later on. There were bars open in the street and a fair too. If you get chance to do it, its well worth it, though probably cheaper to go in a car rather than through the Thompson reps. 20 euros each adults and 10 for children. it will probably cost 10 euro there and back in petrol in your car.
We also visited Mahon and did a 1 hour catamaran trip which was just enough and a very interesting look back at the history of the Island and all those that have invaded it, including the Brits. we found out that there is also a 2 hour ferry to Barcelona. The port itself is lower down than the town so be prepared for a steep walk, although you can navigate the narrow streets by car to park there.
Other places we liked were Santa Caldana where the beach was beautiful in a horseshoe design. We also loved Son Bou where there is a lot more going on but not too much to make it like Cala En Forcat, which we likened to Rhyl on Acid. Too many fish and chip bars, neon lights, english pubs etc for our liking. The waterpark there is aimed at young children and not for older thrillseekers. If we were to stay in Menorca again we would stay in Son Bou as the beach is excellent and there is a bit more choice of bars and restaurants and it is in a great place for exploring all of the Island.
We only saw Ciutadella at night and it looked nice then, but others who saw it during the day said it was beautiful and still had its old charm whereas Mahon is a bit more developed and commercialised.
We had taken our car back by then, but the once yearly Horse show held in Mahon was excellent we were told and they put sand all throughout the streets for the horses, who numbered near the thousand.
All in all the hotel is acceptable and great for families with kids between 2 and 10 we would say. The resort very quiet compared to others, but If you like that, then this is fine. we would visit menorca again, probably when out little uns are a bit older, but not in St tomas.
Fab Relaxing Holiday
We have just returned after a 2 week holiday, our family consisted of 2 adults and 2 children, aged 5 and 4. The hotel is very clean, and staff are very pleasant and cheerful. The children's entertainers Dan the Man, Irish Sarah, Loopy Lou and crew, all worked extremely hard and made everyone happy and relaxed. Evening entertainment was pretty good, various acts and groups that appealed to all ages.
The Kidzone reps were very good catering for children from the age of 3 - 13 years. Our kids went twice to Tots club and loved it!
Rooms were cleaned every day, and meals were ok too, although have to admit, children's buffet was disappointing - only 3 dishes to choose from, and one of those was chips!
Not much to do in resort, and supermarkets were pretty expensive, but all in all, a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday.
GREAT FOR FAMILIES
As a single mother I was rather daunted at the idea of a first time holiday abroad. With all the research you can do, you still don't know what the resort will really be like - I needn't have worried. The hotel was immaculate, cleanliness like I've never known. The rooms were spacious enough - but it was only my 6 yr old and me. The meals were perfectly cooked and a variety of choice. The table service was brilliant.
The pool was so clean and suitable for all ages and swimming levels. Oh! By the way, the beach (lovely golden sands) was 5 minutes away going slow - It didn't matter how busy it was, there was always ample room.
I am hoping to be able to go again but for a two week stay - as one week wasn't long enough - not if you wanted to do some of the excursions.
I thought at night time in the pub area it would get load - but even the clients were well behaved. This is the place to go for a quality family holiday - so relaxing.
As Good As Ever
We have just returned from a 2 week stay in the Vic Playa. This is the second year running we have stayed at the hotel and with a small family its ideal. The hotel is spotless, very clean and the pools are good too. The kids clubs seem better organised this year and the kid zone reps work hard. Entertainment reps were good especially Irish Sarah who got us all dancing to "cartoon heroes" every night. The shows were OK, there were some tacky ones but also some good ones also such as the Abba and Robbie Williams tribute acts. Would recommend the hotel as ever for families, its great.
Dump the kids entertain the parents hotel!
We stayed here for 2 weeks with a 3 year old and an 18month baby.
Frstly the good points, the hotel is spotless rooms are cleaned every day. dining room is very clean, bins around the pool are emptied frequently, and the pool is constantly being cleaned. The food is very good especially the deserts.
Now the bad points all the entertainment seems to be geared around adults and not kids. At 11am its aqua-robics (not for kids) at 3pm (for an hour) every day the kids cannot go in the pool as its very aggresive water polo for the dads, which although is in the big pool they do it right mext to the kiddies pool so the ball (which is very hard) comes over constantly. Our 3 year old was laid on a sunbed and got hit by the ball, the reps response was "move your buggy" (which had my 18 month asleep in facing away from the pool) not is your child ok? we complained and was told that water polo is in the brochure so therefore has to be played dangerous or not. I asked what entertainment there is for the kids and was told the kids club, so if you don't want to palm your kids off in the kids club then nothing.
There is a tv lounge but if and adult asked for something on i.e football tennis , only fools and horses! cbeebies gets turned off.
The kiddies disco is from 8pm til 9pm but keeps stopping and starting and my kids got bored even my 3 yr old who loves dancing. They get kids up on stage who've been to the kids club that day so if your kids haven't they feel left out.
9pm - 10pm is one of the reps giving out prizes to you've guessed it the adults who have won things throughout the day. Every night for 14 nights you have to hail the superfamily t-shirt with the "damon" music
10pm - 11pm is a "professional show" Firstly this is so late that little ones are shattered and secondly they are crap.
The resort is verry pretty but you have seen it all within 30 mins so you are trapped in the hotel every night.
If you want to palm your kids off and like the same thing everynight then book this hotel.
Looking for a quiet, nice, sea view and small hotel in Menorca
If you have been in Menorca island, in balearic Spain, can you tell me where i can find a small, quiet, in a nice beach, and if possible good price Hotel in the island.
I have to find a place to go with my wife, but i do not want to go toa resort, crowded, noisy...
Thanks in advance
and of u wanna come to spain, i can help you about recomendations
Re: Looking for a quiet, nice, sea view and small hotel in Menorca
We have recently returned home from Menorca and we had a wonderful relaxing holiday. My husband is disabled and has walking difficulties so we had to be careful where we went.
We decided on the hotel Victoria Playa in Santo Tomas and everything was perfect. Although this is a family hotel we went in October when all the children are at school and it was lovely and peaceful. Good food and wonderful helpful staff.
Sorry this is a bit late in replying to your question but I have only just discovered Virtual Tourist.
Re: Looking for a quiet, nice, sea view and small hotel in Menorca
hola y que tal jose... soy ingles y he visitado menorca octubre 2004..... Princessa Playa hotel esta 50 m de la playa son xorguier una pequena playa con el windsurf....hay una otra playa en Cala Bosc a 200 m de Princessa Playa hay tambien un parc de agua aqui para los ninos..Cala Bosc es un pequeno pueblo con una marina en que hay muchas restuaurantes por todo. buena fortuna en menorca ...es una isla bonita!!!