Hello all ,Got back yesterday from my week in Menorca and here is my review. Arrived last Saturday and my first tip if you are visiting Son Bou is to do as we did and just get a taxi from the airport . There were loads waiting and to Son Bou it was around 29 euros and same price on return.This compares to prices I was quoted for booking a private transfer of around £80 to £90 sterling.
We stayed at Valentin Son Bou apartments and our journey there took around 20 minutes. What first struck me about Menorca was how green it looked. Lots of trees and fields it reminded me of driving through the English countryside.
Our apartment was ready on arrival and was excellent for our needs and the place was very clean and as we had hoped for.My review of the hotel/apartments will be up in next day or two so wont go into much detail here but will say this, I have never been half board or all inclusive before and never want to again. Because of this I am going to be contacting First Choice in next day or two to try and change our A/I in Majorca in September to a Thomsons self catering. We hated the hot and stuffy dining hall,the feeding time at the zoo mentality,the repetitive food and the boringness of going to the same place to eat every day. So much so that we ate out on two of our last three nights in Son Bou and had two of the best meals in a long while at Casa Andres(no 1 on ta). Review for this excellent restaurant also to follow.
As for Son Bou itself it is one of the most family friendly holidays I have been on .Families everywhere you looked and the Menorcan people are lovely,friendly and welcoming .The resort itself is small and compact with at an estimate around 20 or so restaurants/bars, several souvenir shops,two or three small supermarkets, a place to book trips, a cosmetics shop,a wine and spirits shop and a couple of clothes shops. the beach is amazing and long with lovely gently sloping sand into perfect sea.there are several beach bars and also watersports activities to hire.Sunbeds are expensive at 15 euros for two beds and a parasol.
Prices I can quote in resort to give people some idea are around 3.50 euros for pint of lager,2.20 euro for soft drink(cola,fanta,sprite etc),3 euro for glass of white wine,4 euro for a toastie,5 euro for a baguette and around 2 to 3 euro for nice icecream on a cone.
food in restaurants was around 8 to 25 euros for a main course obviously depending on what you required but loads of places had "menu of the day" which were valid all day for around 12 to 16 euros. Most of these were three courses and consisted of around 10 starters,ten mains and five desserts. Although we never tried them they did seem good value.
A couple of opinions I will make are firstly ,that I think half board /all inclusive are doing son bou no favours at all . I know we are early in the season but most of the restaurants,bars even in the evenings were really quiet,with the exception of Casa Andres which had reservations every night.I hate seeing places empty and hope things pick up for them all during July and August.
Also for the amount of children in resort I wonder if there could be more to do for them in the resort.The bowling was closed when we were there and apart form a couple of small kids rides outside shops there was nothing for kids to do apart from the beach.Trampolines,swings,slides and crazy golf in my opinion would help the resort cos it would entice families away from the boring all inclusive in the evenings and help the businesses.i know that Menorca doesn't want to turn itself into a trashy holiday island ,but would a few more activities for kids do that? I don't think so .
Anyway and apologies for rambling on, we also went to Mahon for a few hours on market day(Tuesday and Saturday) We got a taxi and it cost 25 euros each way and dropped us right next to the main square where the market is held. Mahon is lovely and we enjoyed our stroll round the market and walk down to the harbour where we had lunch and then went on a boat trip. these last an hour and there are two companies we could see selling them . the cost was around 11 or 12 euros per adult and 5 or 6 euros for a child with under twos free.it was a great trip and very informative .We then walked up the steep hill back into the centre but were disappointed to find at least half of the shops were closed between 1.30pm and 5pm. This did put a dampener on things as we were going to be spending some money in the shops before we went back to Son Bou.We timed the boat trip to finish for 3pm thinking this would take us past siesta time so were really disappointed.
Anyway to sum up would return to Menorca and Son Bou like a shot and would go self catering and try a different restaurant in the resort every night . Loved the place and a week was not enough