WeI last reviewed this hotel over two years ago and said that we would probably be back as weI enjoyed it so much - well, we did return last year but never found the time to write a review. We were due to travel here in June, but sadly my Mother passed away the day before we were due to fly out, so we postponed the visit until the end of September.
I have to say that if you are looking for a holiday that is a bit lively, then go away and look elsewhere. In fact Cala n' Bosch down the road from this place is ideal for you as it's one step away from the " Kiss Me Quick" hats brigade. Santandria Playa has none of this.
We were once again warmly welcomed back by Tony and Gabriel and given room 207, which has a fairly large terrace - large enough to get two tables and chairs AND two sunbeds with a large sun umbrella. The room itself is of a good size with ceiling fan and excellent air con. The ample sized bathroom has a superb and very refreshing shower along with the usual continental bathroom furnishings. The beds were huge and superbly comfortable. Fairly large flat screen TV has three English channels, BBC1, BBC2and ITV2. There is limited WiFi in the reception area only.
Not a lot has changed since our last visit in the hotel, 47 rooms, superb personal service from Gabriel, his brother Raoul, and Tony and a "nothing is any trouble" attitude which is particularly refreshing. Breakfast, serve yourself buffet style is extremely good despite the wait for the now slightly aged coffee machine, although a kettle has been installed for those who just want tea. Food ranges from the traditional "English" cooked breakfast with cereals, to varying breads, toast, fruit, pastries and croisants etc. all superbly presented and served.
The location of the Hotel is so pleasant, and every room has some sort of sea view, which is basically a small beach and sea inlet which has no distinct waves or tidal pattern. It is very shallow sloping and very safe for bathing of all ages. A couple of restaurants, shops and a bus stop is about all you get - perfect for doing NOTHING. This place is so relaxing. If you do want to travel further, hire a car - from reception, walk up the not too steep hill and catch the bus, or walk. Better still, just lie on the beach, soak up the sun and drift away into your own world of dreams.
Evening meals are served either in the restaurant room (1st floor), or on the decking on the beach. A lot of the meals on the menu are lost in translation, and are quite amusing when you find out what they actually consist of - Scrambled spinach for example turned out to be a delightful starter of fruit and nut salad on a bed of wilted spinach leaves and a drizzling of a very fine vinigrette. "Custard" was, well we think it was a cross between something like angel delight and yoghurt!!! Whatever it was, it was lovely. In fact the guests menu (half board) was of three courses with a choice of three meals for each course, superbly presented and equally superbly cooked. Portions were very adequate but not huge I'm 17 stone and they filled me up.
All in all, this place is a little gem - don't expect the earth though, it is what it is, extremely well run, extremely helpful staff who seem to be on hand 24/7, and extremely clean.
We know we will be back next year, and the next, and the next, and...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the paradaise island of Menorca from your beach hotel. In the Hotel Playa Santandria, whether you are travelling with friends or like a couple, you will excite the privileged views of the sea from a hotel for only adults. Some of the extras you'll find 2U Hotel Playa Santandria: swimming pool solarium gym Massage room Balinese beds or the beach restaurant....and much more to enjoy! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santandria Playa Hotel Spain/Minorca