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First time to Minorca?

Kent
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First time to Minorca?

Can anyone help me? Looking at possibly going to Minorca first week of August. We are a family of 3 and we are going with my sister, who is a family of 5. Agreed it may be easier for one of theirs to come in with us. The children are 17, 12, 9 and 4 so we would need to keep them all happy. Preferably all inclusive, at least a 4 star? Which area is right for us?It all gets so confusing feel like im banging my head against a wall!

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: First time to Minorca?

Cala N'Forcat is probably the liveliest place on the island and is promoted as being very family orientated with lots of things for children so given the description of the make up of your party you are going to get recommendations to go there but in my opinion as it is not a Four Star resort you might be disapointed especially as I have looked at the travel map pins on your profile page and see that you have been to Rome, Albufeira,Barcelona,Paris etc and feel that you might want somewhere a bit more sophisitcated. I nopticed also that you have been to Majorca - where did you stay and what parts of the island did you like/not like there?.

To help everyone give you suitable recommendations, can you please give a little more information about your expectations of both the 4* hotel you are looking for ( you are unlikely to find anything higher spec than that offering All Incl for families on the island ) AND the area it is located in. Also, what sort of things would the children be likely to want to do as you have a large span of ages to please.

Finally have you looked at any of the travel guide pages for the various resorts on the island? If so, have any struck you as possibly nicer than others ( or that you did not like the look of at all and would not consider)?

Edited: 21 February 2011, 17:22
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2. Re: First time to Minorca?

All inclusive ( I understand why - for cost reasons ) seems to say to me you are going to be staying in the resort and going no further? AI on Menorca pretty much defines that you are limited to a touristy resort with bigger package holiday hotels-taking into account children's ages I would say Cala en Blanes,Cala en Bosch and possibly Arenal den Castell is your shortlist-the 17 year old is going to be difficult though.

Also 4 star and AI seems to be a less likely combo. '3 star' and AI is more likely?

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3. Re: First time to Minorca?

Your not going to get 4 star all inclusive the Ciutedella side of the island I dont think.

Given the range of ages in the group, Binimar in Cala Forcat would be the best choice in the Cala Blanes area, as the evening entertainment is more for younger children first, then older ones from 8pm.

Its also a large complex, so a good chance of the 17 year old making friends.

I have stayed in the complex, on AI and the food was great, with lots of choice.

Its located 5 min away from the center of resort, and is has 3 beachs 5-15 min walk away.

While it is the most liveliest place on the island, this nothing like you would expect like in other parts of Spain. Its 4 or 5 bars, what are open till 4pm if not later, but unless you are out after midnight, you will not see or hear anything lively.

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4. Re: First time to Minorca?

Thanks for your replies. Our most important aspect is always the cleanliness of the hotel, and obviously the rooms. Comfort and reasonable air con. Food needs to be of a good standard. The 17 year old is more than happy to be with the adults to be honest and likes swimming etc, so he would be happy with that. Would like the beach near by, may be a couple of swimming pools.

We dont want a glorified Butlins, although there is nothing wrong with Butlins!

In Majorca we stayed in Cala Millor, at the hippocampo palace. That was back in 2007, although that was only half board. It was just the 3 of us then and that was not a problem. However The resort itself was a little quiet for us, not that we want late night clubs or anything, just a nice beach where the kids can happily play. And i suppose asthis time we are only going for a week the time will soon fly. You are right in what you say about the cost reasons for our choice in A I!

Thanks again.

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5. Re: First time to Minorca?

Have a look at Insotel Punta Prima. I've never stayed there, but have walked through the grounds and it looks very nice, with well appointed appartments well space out across the complex. It has the advantage of being a short stroll from the beach and they seem to provide very nice looking beach towels and packed lunches if you're out for the day.

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6. Re: First time to Minorca?

Hi. the Grupotel chain of hotels has a couple of 4 star places in Cala'n Bosch. as well as 3 star. they are all excellent. (mainly populated by germans/dutch) We used to stay around the resort of cala'n bosch/son xoriguer cos the beach is fabulous and there is a good choice of restaurants around the harbour, or for a change of scene we used to catch the bus to cuitadela the old capital at night. very spanish feel to it around the cathedral and its little alley ways. We went every year from our children being 2 and 3 up to them being 13 and 14 because it was so safe and relaxing. However there was very little for older children and even less for teenagers. hence we stopped going. that was 4 years ago though so things may have changed. I would go back tomorrow cos it is such a laid back island but the teenagers are sick to death of the place. so we have been to turkey for the last 3 years. Cala'n forcat is very commercial and wasn't for us but it might be what you are looking for. The insotel Punta Prima is a first class place and priced accordingly, the resort is small, the beach is good but gets busy cos a lot of the hotels in S'algar bus their clients their as S'algar doesn't have a beach. happy holidays!

Edited: 22 February 2011, 18:48
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7. Re: First time to Minorca?

I agree with the last post. As marinegirl55 says,Cala N'Forcat is the most commercial and "british" place on the island and if you and your family are used to 4* accomodation and the type of resort that usually surrounds such places then, in my opinion ( and before I get shouted at it is my opinion which I know may not be shared by others), you might be disappointed if you chose to go there.

Cala N'Bosch has a lot to recommend it to a group of your families size in terms of the marina, beach,number of places to eat etc. without being too quiet or boring for your children than it would possibly be the case if you went somewhere quieter. It is nice that your son will be OK hanging out with the adults but as his is a difficult age to please make sure that he has plenty of electronic stuff /books to keep him amused if he reaches that adult overload point and hasn't found any other teenagers to talk to.

Menorcalsandboy also suggested having a look at Arenal den Castell and ZeeZeeNE has now come up with Punta Prima but that might be too quiet for you depending on how busy your family want things to be.

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8. Re: First time to Minorca?

Just for Balance. Forcat is the accommodation area, so is not the heavy commercialised piece that is often refered to in these forums ( that area is Los delfines) so accomm in Forcat is fine , as particularly with AI you might 'not even go off' the premises. I also suggested Blanes for the beach for the little ones( The 17 year old can venture easily/independently into Los Delfines as they wish. Cala en Blanes and Bruc areas are again accom areas and not over comercialised. '4 Star ambience' you can get easily in Ciutadella. Punta Prima (hotel mentoned is great, very plush ) may just not offer enough for the 17 year old though ( when I was 17 so many,many years ago now ) Punta Prima was and still is a beach where the local girls came to after school and at the week ends, so I will leave that to you decide on as a piece of local knowledge. PS I dont do this now :-) !

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9. Re: First time to Minorca?

Hi, thanks everyone. Im still checking things/prices daily! The insotel in Punta Prima does look very nice, but is a little over our budget. Will take a look at various hotels around the areas mentioned. Nice beach is essential!

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10. Re: First time to Minorca?

I like the beach there- I stay mostly in Es Castell and PP is still a favourite beach of mine now that I have children ( also more of mixed crowd there rather than just UK package tourists )

I have friends/know of people who went to insohotel and never paid the prices ( try going direct all hotel are under falling guest no.s pressure in these economic times )