I went to this hotel for a week in September....any questions feel free to ask.
I have just read your review Nikki and see you liked the VP overall. Did you find the rooms on the small side because over the years I have heard people complain that is a problem ( along with thin walls making some rooms noisy at night) .
For anyone who has read Nikki's review and is thinking of going to the VP - the little bar mentioned at the side of the shopping parade ( next-door to the chemist is "Bar Halley" - it serves food and shows a lot of sports if people want to watch matches whilst away. If the place that Nikki mentions with the softplay area was next to the minigolf then that is Las Dunas and is where the All Incl. buffet service and evening entertainment for the Mestral & Llebeig apartment complex is based. There is a bar closer to the VP than Bar Halley called "Es Pins" which is just across the side road leading down to the sea & is right on the seafront so is a nice place to watch the sunset ( it also has an adults only area which is nice if you want to avoid young families)Edited: 27 January 2014, 18:23
Our room was on the large side...it was a end room with a double balcony . We didn't have any problems with noise really. Overall a good holiday.
I think you were lucky to have an end room Nikki. I know the resort of Santo Tomas and Es Migorn extremely well having stayed in the resort for almost 20 years and most of the negative things I have heard about this 3 star hotel has generally been about thin walls and room size .Some people seem to find it all a bit too HiDiHi too , but to be fair the VP is generally sold as an All Incl package aimed at families so being in a quiet resort like Santo Tomas naturally most of its clientele are going to be expecting it to be full on in its entertainment programs etc.
There was a serious issue with fire safety procedures and evacuation issues at the very end of the 2012 season that resulted in some guests making formal complaints but hopefully that was a one off as Thomsons are still using it - see tripadvisor.co.uk/…REVIEWS .Edited: 04 February 2014, 12:37
Almost all buildings on Menorca are single hollow brick with little material ie carpets to dampen noise so it's not always anything to do with particular Hotels - just the way it is in warm countries
I'm staying here in May for 2 weeks with my partner and our 3 yearold. Im concerned that we're not going to have much to do. Any tips on where to go etc would be appreciated!
Without wishing to be funny what more is a 3 year old likely to want out of a holiday than a beach,a swimming pool and the undivided attention of its parents? The local shops sell all sorts of waterplay things and he or she should have a lovely time as the beach in Santo Tomas is excellent and the hotel has a childrens splash pool, kids club, softplay area etc..
Of all the hotels in this resort the VP is the most "active" in the way of entertainment programs run by Tour Operator Reps and as it is specifically marketed towards family groups there are bound to be lots of other children around.
If you are concerned about the resort being too quiet for yourselves then that may be another issue depending on the sort of thing you are expecting. Santo Tomas is not marketed as being a lively resort so people wanting late night bars etc. generally chose hotels in other locations where there is more going on in the immediate vicinity. Evening entertainment in Santo Tomas mostly takes place in the hotels but with a 3 year old I suspect you are not looking to be going out late anyway. In case you have not found your own way to it here is a link to reviews …tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g642212-d29… .
Re things to do, you will be offered the usual set of optional coach trip excursions - there is info on that on the Thomsdon website but I recommend not booking any of these before you get there because the reps sometimes offer deals if certain excursions are a bit slow on bookings.
Thanks for the reply. Theres a lot of entertainment in the hotel but we do like to do things outside of the hotel. I don't/won't drink around my daughter so it was just tips on must sees or does in the area that I wanted really. The excursions I've seen are very limited - a shopping trip and 2 or 3 different boat trips.
As I assume you will have gathered reading through the resort info in the brochure ( more info on all resorts can be found via the Top Question section on the main island forum page) , Santo Tomas is a very quiet resort and there is little or nothing to do in the resort other than spend time on the beach or use the facilities in the hotel complexes although there is a pony club at the back of the resort which does kiddies rides. If all this sounds too little to occupy you then you may want to think about changing your resort to somewhere with more kiddies facilities like Cala N'Bosch, Cala Galdana etc.
If you want to sightsee properly , ideally hiring a car for a couple of days would give you the most flexibility - you could then take your daughter to the Lloc De Menorca zoological park, visit other resorts, drive to the top of Monte Toro , visit Fornells fishing village etc. but if you do not want to do that then you are going to have to either take one of the excursions on offer or hop onto a bus ( the bus stop is outside your hotel) and go into Ciutadella or Mahon
I've just started reading through the top questions section now and also saved some of the links you've previously advised of to others.
I definitely would hire a car to have a good few days out, if my partner will trust my driving!!
Thank you for all your wisdom :)
Santo Tomas is my usual base and providing you know that it is quiet and are happy with that I think you will have a good holiday there. A hire car is definitely a good way to see the island properly in my opinion and
in May you should be able to get a reasonable deal on car hire ( 3 days for 2 etc).
I have used Owners Cars from the Santo T resort office very successfully over the years but you have to watch out about fuel costs with them - currently if you hire for 4 days or more they will charge for a full tank of fuel ( impossible to use in a few days sightseeing) with no refund later as opposed to asking you to simply bring it back with same amount you got it with. There are a couple of other small firms which I have not tried and offices for larger national firms in some of the hotel reception areas.
Re driving generally the roads on the island are very good but watch out for speed cameras - they are very hot on speeding on the island and on main roads because there is so little traffic it is easy to go too fast without realising it