The resort is the hotel, so simply put it needs to be better to keep people occupied.
There are three parts to the hotel and reading other reviews depending on where you are it can be hit or miss. People we met there generally were critical of the entire resort, being moved from the predominantly TC Blanc Cottages back to the main Blanc Palace.
There were so many people complaining that the reps run out of complaint forms. I can understand others frustrations as we shopped around and paid a lot less than through the holiday company.
My review :
Resort : There is nothing there, as it's more residential. The main part has a big pool and baby pool with grass if you don't get a sunbed. The second pool around from that is quiet and smaller but has a waterside for the kids. The third pool over at the cottages seems cramped but again there are slides for the kids. We generally took the kids over to play rather than stay there. Be careful as the lifeguards did on occasion remove towels from beds (generally if beds were unoccupied for hours).
There were the usual games, aerobics and kids games.
The beach was cramped and small with two pedal boats, and expect to pay 15€ for two beds and a shade.... But it was nice with many yachts moored offshore. The rest of the surrounding area is rocky.
Rooms : Ours was more 2 star than 3 and no better than a well used travelodge. Some of the pictures I've seen are accurate, but it is what I expected for a well used hotel. The cleaner cleaned every day and as we were all inc, it suited us. The balcony was spacious and in the evening was lovely to sit on as it was peaceful.
Food : Not much for the kids (Fish Fingers, Nuggets, Chips and Pasta but not on the same days !!!!). Compared to all other inclusive hols, this was a let down. There was variety and quantity but not as much as all the other hotels we have stayed at. If you love pork or fish then you'll be satisfied. They also did joints of meat daily which was popular.
There is one toaster and expect a 20 min wait to get toast. This was awful.
Expect flies and lots of them. They are expected in a hot climate, but the hotel could do better in covering the food, especially the bread. Regardless there were no dicky tummies due to the flies.
Very repetitive for 14 nights and by the end due to the variety you long for a change.
There is no waiter service and the staff generally do not interact. The ladies are more polite than the male waiters and the guy at the entrance will never smile. The chef is pleasant and came out to serve or chat. He made omelettes, served the cooked meat.
Bar Service : There were long queues, and generally two serving. You do get the biggest ice cube, and a small amount of alcohol with a large mixer. The staff were mostly ok, but again one or two never smiled and were a little rude. The pool bar does not open till 11, so post breakfast you do have to wait for a fizzy drink or coffee. For half board or less, you have to get in early (served 12:30 - 14:30) for hamburgers or hot dogs as they go fast and with little in the local area you would have to go to the shop.
Entertainment : Awful. Awful. Awful. The same reps doing the same routines again and again. They try their best but they generally do not bring in outside acts (which you get elsewhere). Again the cottages have their entertainment by TC, however they did move to the main hotel (outside) although expect a walk to the bar.
Surrounding Area : It is very picturesque and if you like the 4km sea walk to Ciutadella then it is a good visit and offers many places to eat (although busy). A bus or taxi costs 12€ for a family of four (hence my point on resort needs to be exceptional, if you have to pay out to visit each time)
The other way is Cala Blanca, which has loads but again a bus is the cheaper option to visit and takes 30 mins to get there.
As this is the only hotel there, it is not worth the money as there are many areas it needs to improve on. If they fix the entertainment, bar service and general resteraunt service then it would be a little better.
I would not go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vacances Menorca Resort comprises of 3 holiday complexes - "HA Blanc Palace", "AT Sa Caleta Playa" & "AT Son Blanc Cottage", each one with a 4*/4 Key rating. The Blanc Palace Resort is situated in a quiet residential area of Menorca just 1km and easy walking distance from the centre of the historical capital of the island, Ciutadella. There is also a regular bus service from the resort into the town. The beach of Sa Caleta is just a few metres away where visitors can enjoy the crystal blue waters of the small, quiet bay and a further 500m away is the neighbouring beach of Santandria. All of the apartments in the resort are air conditioned and consist of 1 twin bedroom, full bathroom with hair dryer, lounge/dining area with sofa bed, telephone, flat screen TV with some satellite channels, kitchenette and balcony or terrace. Safety deposit boxes are available to hire. Two bedroom apartments and adapted rooms for wheelchair customers or customers with reduced mobility are also available on request. The resort has a 24 hour reception service, buffet style restaurant, bar & swimming pools with separate children's pool, sun terrace, sunbeds & umbrellas and an extensive entertainments programme both throughout the day and each evening. A mini market is also onsite for all guests use. The location of the resort and the facilities its offers provides the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of sporting activities during your visit including cycling, trekking/rambling/walking tours, diving, paddle tennis, horse riding, sailing, kayak, etc, etc - the possibilities are endless. The resort also has its own "Wellness" centre where guests anenjoy Jacuzzi, sauna, gym and massage. ... more less
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