Just returned after a 11 night all-inclusive holiday at the Hotel Los Delfinis, Cala'n Blanes, which is a 3 star hotel, and I'd say that 3 star is the correct rating.
We had a 2 bedroom apartment in Block.C, on the 2nd floor.
This is our 5th visit to Menorca, our 1st to Los Delfinis. We usually prefer self-catering, but we thought we'd give all-inclusive a go as we thought it would be easier with our 3 children (6,11 & 13).
Menorca is ideal for a family holiday, only 2 hours flight, the longest transfer time from the airport is 50 mins. Beaches are clean, very picturesque, plenty to see & do, but it's not a "Benidorm"....can't recommend it enough!
As for the hotel, it was kept very clean, the staff worked extremely hard, and were very helpful and very very friendly! The Pool areas were very clean, and well laid out, with palm trees, and swimming pools to suit all.
For a 3 star hotel, the food was fine! Lots of choices, good quality, and plentiful. The staff in the restaurant were very friendly, helpful, and worked very hard, But the amount of food some people would pile up on their plates was amazing. Also the combinations some would have. What was disgusting was the amount of food some would leave behind, I don't know what the hotel done with the waste, but I hope it goes to a local farm to keep the animals fat.
Our kids liked the food, but did ask if we could go somewhere else to eat. That's the nice bit about self catering, you can try different restaurants, different locations.
The local beach is a 15 minute stroll down the road. It's a small cove, with a small sandy beach. Nice to walk along the rocks, looking at the fish swimming below. Be warned sometimes jelly fish make their way into the cove!! There are two other local beaches, slightly bigger.
The aqua park is across the road from the hotel, and is worth a visit. It is expensive, but we were given free passes to return again during that week, which we did. But it does need to be hot when you go there, as all the swimming pools are non heated, and the waters cold.
At night we would walk around the town, but would end up at the Aqua park restaurant for a drink. Our kids loved the Bart Simpson head bouncy castle, trampolines etc. the staff were very friendly.
Some families prefer to go on holiday, reserve a sunbed around the pool, and watch their kids play. And clock watch waiting for breakfast, lunch and tea, and the snacks in between.
We did this a couple if times, but preferred to hire a car, and travel around the island to other resorts and beaches.
It's very easy to drive around the island, roads are good quality, and places signposted well, and there's loads to see and do. Shop around for the best deal when hiring a car, the hotel price for car hire was expensive, and the insurance not adequate enough. We managed to hire a 5 seater car for 7 days at 120euros. This included fully comp. insurance, with no Excess!! We found this from a car hire shop in town. There are plenty of shops, bars & restaurants in town, without being too tacky.
We gauge things on whether we'd return, We wouldn't return to this hotel, I'd prefer self catering in Menorca, that way you have the choice to cook yourself, or visit different restaurants, the price would of been the same as the all inclusive option!
We'd return to Cala'n Blanes, it was a nice resort,
The apartments themselves were very disappointing, very dated, and need of a facelift. Furniture uncomfortable, and need of some modernising. Although the accommodation on holiday is more of a base. The weather (while we were there) was changeable. We experienced some dull days, and It rained on a few occasions, so we had to spend sometime in our apartment, keeping the kids occupied. Although there was satellite TV, the only channel worth watching was Sky news. Sitting around a cold room, with water leaking under the doors, and flooding the balcony, makes you wish for higher quality accommodation. I heard a few others complain at reception, wanting heaters in their room. When the sun did come out, the accommodation becomes a base again, but still basic and uncomfortable! I didn't enjoy my bed! The bathroom was dated as well, and need a facelift!
In the leaflet that we were given by the receptionist, it stipulated that you MUST NOT reserve sun beds around the pools, with towels. The positive thing about a second floor apartment, is watching the early morning ritual of holiday makers reserving their sun beds around the swimming pools with their towels. The sun beds were chained up at night, and the chains removed about 8am the following morning. People would "steam" down to the pool areas to drag their sun beds, to the same spot every morning, and reserve them with their towels. One morning I overheard one disgruntled holiday maker complain to anyone who wanted to listen, about how bad the tea and coffee was, the fact that when it was cold, he didn't have a heater in his room, you could only have one small cup of beer at a time, and that it was disgusting that at 8.30am the sun beds were still chained up........
We didn't really experience much of the hotel entertainment, but what we did see was ok, nothing special, but our 6 year old enjoyed it.
Things I'd change would be to have our rooms cleaned daily, towels changed daily. You had to go to the restaurant for basic snacks. It would of been nice for the pool bar to serve hot dogs, burgers, chips etc. ice creams for the kids. But then again i did used to see the maintenance guy, at 7pm putting the sun beds away, and picking up rubbish from people who couldnt be asked to put it in the near by bins, so I can understand why snacks are in the restaurant only.
Altogether a nice holiday, if we were to do all inclusive again, We'd like to try 5 star, that way we'd like to think we'd get all the boxes ticked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THIS HOTEL HAS BEEN REFURBISHED DURING WINTER 2014/2015. SunConnect Apartamentos Los Delfines are situated in Cala'n Forcat, 5 min walking distance from the beach and only 4 km away from Ciutadella, the ancient capital of Menorca that still conserves its British colonial atmosphere and offers a wide range of gastronomic, cultural and leisure opportunities near the hotel. The apartment hotel is located in Cala'n Forcat five minutes walk from the beach, 500 m from the shopping centre and only 4 km from Ciutadella, the second town of Menorca. The hotel has 104 one/two bedroom apartments with terrace or balcony, full bathroom, safe (extra cost), kitchenette, microwave, fridge and SAT TV. The SunConnect Apartamentos Los Delfines is equipped with adults' and children's pool, and pool bar. The guests of the hotel can also use the facilities of the neighbouring SunConnect Hotel Los Delfines***. ... more less
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