Whole resort is very clean & well maintained.
Stayed on the 2nd floor overlooking the tennis courts: Block E. Apartment had decent sized rooms & a nice balcony. The air conditioning was only just adequate. The walls in the room are paper thin, so take ear plugs unless you like to be woken up early. The kitchen was the usual 2 rings, microwave & a fridge. Would have been nice to have a toaster. If you go, take a tin opener & a travel kettle.
We went self catering & ate out every other night. Loads of Spar shops to choose from, but they aren’t really geared for self catering. Very limited things you can cook unless you want to live on soup & tomato pasta for 2 weeks! They stay open til about 10ish every night. Ate in the hotel a couple of times. You just buy a ticket from Reception. Food was reasonable & something for everyone. Don’t have the fruit juice though. It was like neat squash.
Cala Bona is not a big resort, but there is plenty there in terms of shops & restaurants. The beach is not great in that it’s very small & rocky, but if you walk for about 15 mins you get to Cala Millor which has a lovely sandy beach. It’s quite busy but if you walk along you will find somewhere.
The Germans & Dutch didn’t bother us one bit. It was nice not understanding a word they say & yes … the sun beds were all gone by the time we ventured out. Outside our block, there were loads of grassy areas to choose from. On the days we wanted to sunbathe & use the pool, we just took down our picnic blanket & towels & found a spot. By the afternoon, the odd bed would become available & we would grab them as & when. The hotel popped flyers under the door asking people not to reserve beds, but no one seemed to take any notice & I didn’t see anyone from the hotel checking. We tended to go the beach at Cala Millor so this didn’t’ bother us.
Caves of Drach: Didn’t want to pay the prices the excursion companies were charging, so we caught a local bus for 1.70 each way. It was actually a coach & took us right up to the entrance. Be warned: If you get the glass bottomed boat from Cala Bona to Porto Cristo, there is a heck of a walk uphill to the caves.
When you get there, they only allow a certain number of people in the caves on an hourly basis. We got there about 12.30pm & were given the 2pm slot. Think the last slot was 5pm. Caves were beautiful, & I was really enjoying it until we were ushered into a seating area opposite the lake. We then had to wait AGES for everybody else (& there were lots of dawdlers!) to get there before they did a little classical concert on the lake.
Most of the restaurants we went to were lovely. Our favourite was Carlos (walking towards Cala Millor). Be warned … one restaurant brought us olives, bread & garlic mayonnaise when we hadn’t asked for it. They plonked it down & then left before we could say anything. We guessed we’d be charged for it, but hadn’t bargained on being charged 2 euro EACH for the privilege!
Evening entertainment at the resort was dire. The team tried their best, but they were just miming to the music & dancing. We tended to listen to the music on our balcony which was nice. Although, the theme from “Dambusters” for the childrens disco was very amusing!
If you want to play tennis & don’t have rackets with you, Reception will hire some to you for a small fee. Think it was 13 euro for an hour. Ring them first though & check they have enough rackets, because they seemed to have a limited supply.
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