Having spent two summer seasons as a holiday rep on Menorca many years ago, I am more than familiar with the island, it's resorts and Menorcan standards. This holiday was my first visit back since 2007. I booked the villa through Travelrepublic at a cost of around £100 a day. Travelrepublic are an agent and as such they sent a voucher advising the villa was booked through somewhere2stay which is part of Monarch.co.uk. Upon arrival I needed to go to their local agent which was Viajes Magon and collect villa directions and key information. We were allocated Villa Sigfrid and would be collecting our villa key from a small safe box on the wall there, upon arrival. Be aware that Villas Cala'n Bosch themselves are not actually a complex of that name with the facilities of reception and so on. Basically it just means you will be allocated a villa somewhere in Cala'n Bosch, however in the main, most villas are to be found in the Cap d'Artrutx area, which looks more or less like a housing estate of villas, about a 15 minute walk from the main marina area of the resort. We found the villa fairly easily, it was located on Carrer Migjorn, which is parallel to the only road into Cala'n Bosch. You can use google street view to check out this area in advance which is a really handy tool if you want to see the location you are thinking of visiting.
We were advised the villa would not be available until 3pm, but we arrived just before 1pm and found the villa locked up with the keys in the small lock safe on the wall so we went on in. Our villa had a high hedge all around it, good for some privacy as our garden and pool were street facing, like all the others on our side of the street. Low level typical Menorcan gates could be opened to allow for a car to park on the drive. The pool itself was quite large and could easily accommodate a very lively family along with associated rubber rings and so on, however on this visit it was just two of us. The only access in and out of the pool was at the shallow end, and this was three roman steps (no ladders). The pool was almost two metres deep at the deep end, so that may be something to bear in mind. A life ring was provided for extra safety. A pool man came twice during our week to clean the pool. On the terrace there were five plastic adjustable sun loungers, which were a bit rain stained, which can be common in Menorca, as they often have what is called "red rain" nonetheless the loungers was functional. There was also a sun parasol provided for extra shade. We had an outside, brick built barbecue with electric point. On our sheltered terrace was a large plastic patio table and six chairs. Entrance to the villa itself was through the shuttered patio doors directly into the living/dining area. The sofa was brand new and could seat three and also be lowered to make a double bed, the added bonus when lowering the back was you could lock it into various angles on its travel to horizontal, meaning you could recline the back of the sofa to your liking, which we did on the rainy days when we were stuck indoors watching tv. There were two wicker chairs, a sideboard with plenty of storage, an LCD tv with a freesat box which picked up all the freeview channels from home, great if you have bored kids, as they could watch all their programmes. There was even a DVD player, though it looked a little rusty! All the furniture including the kitchen units was pine thoughout, and very trypical of your average holiday apartment, but this being a three bedroomed villa it was on a bigger scale. I wouldn't say it was basic, but it had few frills, however it was adequate and exactly what I was expecting. I have looked at some private villa sites and yes there are some stunning properties on Menorca, with equally stunning prices, so I believe I am quite realistic about what to expect from our stay. If you are realistic and don't have delusions of grandeur you won't really be disappointed either. Kitchen was equipped with a ceramic four ring hob, convection oven and grill, extractor, double sink unit, large fridge freezer and plenty of good standard pots and pans. Utensils were fine for our needs but not particularly extensive. The tin opener was the old continental style that most Brits can't figure out. We had lots of crockery and a small amount of ovenware, salad, bowl and so on. There was a two slice toaster, kettle, microwave and a coffee maker also provided. Maid service had also left us some washing up liquid and two tea towels. The utility room housed what looked to be an old though functional washing machine, just off the utility room was a door to the small outside utility area which had clothes line, mop, bucket and brush. From the living area there is a corridor with additional storage, a fire extinguisher and leading off this corridor is the main bathroom, a double bedroom with en-suite and two twin bedrooms. The living area and all bedrooms had ceiling mounted fans. All the bedrooms had built in wardrobes with hangers, extra blankets, the main bedroom had a safe which was free to use located in the wardrobe. Each room was furnished very simply with some bedside furniture. Functional in essence. The en-suite bathroom was a good size, both bathrooms had large mirrors, toilet, bidet, sink and shower over the bath with enough towels per occupant. We had one change of towels during our week. The main bathroom did have an old bath which could do with being replaced as it was starting to peel, but we did not have need to use this room as the en-suite was fine for our needs. All of the windows in the villa were modern double glazed and shuttered externally to allow you to get a breeze whilst maintaining a degree of security. Each villa appeared to have a good size plot and with plenty of space around the side and rear of the villa, meaning we did not feel like we were on top of our neighbours and likewise.
In the immediate areas there were several large bins for all the villas to leave rubbish. You could walk within five minutes to the rocky coastline where it would be possible to see up to the western point of Menorca and the resort of Cala'n Forcat and also across the sea to Majorca. This was an ideal spot to watch the sunset. This area of villa's is serviced by a very small cluster of bars, 2 Rocks and the Big Apple being popular spots. There are three small supermarkets. The spar seemed to have more choice than the other two. Walking into the marina area where there is so much more to see and do, is an easy enough walk provided you are generally fit, there are no steep banks as such. You will find another supermarket called Top Markets which has some more choice, many more shops, bars, restaurants and kids play areas, such as Goody Goody. The beach in Cala'n Bosch is beautifully clean and the sea crystal clear. I definitely recommend this resort for families with young children looking to have a fun though relaxed time. There are many excellent looking places to stay in the resort, but why not choose a villa such as this for that extra bit for freedom. Also if you are going to go to Cala'n Bosch, I highly recommend a trip into Ciutadella, either by car or bus (there is a bus stop at the end of the road from Villa Sigfrid). The bus service does run quite late. Ciutadella by night has to be seen. If you don't leave Cala'n Bosch, you really have not seen Menorca. any questions about the villa or my stay I am happy for you to contact me.
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