Stayed at the Marinda Gardens for 7 nights last week of July. Would say that this was good timing as by the end of the week schools finished for summer and started to get busier. Had read all previous reviews on cold swimming pools with wet water and salty sea's and hot sun!!!! What do people expect from a 3 star holiday?? We found it quite adequate, yes the rooms are dated but they were only used for showering and sleeping in, and this is Spain not England. We emailed the hotel before hand requesting a 1st floor room with balcony, more private than the ground floor rooms. We could not fault the food and drink package, this was the 1st time that we had been all inclusive and were very impressed. They had a large range of cooked and continental items for breakfast, a different selection of meats and fish at each lunch and evening meal. One night having a themed meal ie Chinese/Mexican , Fresh fish and seafood were beautiful and the cakes - - oh the cakes!!! You help yourself to beer, wine, and soft drinks in the restaurant, the wine being chilled in here compared to the entertainment bar where it comes out warm. Pool area was very good, although on our departure morning we were provided continental breakfast from 4am and saw people putting towels on the sunbeds from 6am!! Sad!! The Aqua Rock water park is next door and comes in with the AI price which is well worth it, very nice place but you do have to get a 2nd wrist band from the Marinda reception or the grumpy women at the entrance will send you back to get one. Quite expensive to get in if self catering as is all food and drink etc in the hotel. The Marina is very pretty and is surrounded by bars, restaurants and people renting boats out. Lots of fish to feed here, this leads to the beach which is also very nice, they have a life guard, does get quite busy here. There is a land train that leaves from the marina and takes you around the whole of Cala n Bosch again quite expensive but nice relaxing trip. There are lots of Gecco's around and night times can produce a range of flying and crawling insects but nothing dangerous. We would recommend this hotel for families with young children as they have a non stop entertainment team working around the clock. One day we were at the entertainment area around 6pm and could hear shouting and smell chocolate, this was the kids club on a march around the grounds army style but all covered head to toe in chocolate ! Glad ours are teenagers! Day time activities range from rugby to water polo, the only thing I would say is that they assemble a men's team to play water polo which obviously gets a little rough but they also assemble a kids game at the same time in the shallow end but the rough behaviour and competitiveness rubs of on the kids as they will copy the ' Grown Up's ' We saw this a couple of times with children having to be told to calm down ( Not their fault!! ) Internet is available as are pool tables and a few games for the kids. They have an on site shop which is pleasant but a little overpriced , there is a supermarket at the marina along with chemist, car hire and probably the largest souvenir shop I have ever seen. All in all we would say that this hotel was very nice as was the area, would definitely go all inclusive though. Restaurants are having to put up their prices as the hotels are taking the trade via all inclusive deals. I cannot finish this review without mentioning the bar and restaurant staff. These guys work around the clock rotating jobs as they go, one minute they will be serving you a drink from the pool bar and the next minute they are clearing your table in the restaurant, we left some tips in their boxes for them as they certainly deserved them.
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- Also Known As:
- Marinda Garden Hotel Cala`n Bosch
- Marinda Garden Cala n Bosch
- Marinda Garden Aparthotel Spain/Minorca