Myself, husband, 2 grans and grandpas and a baby girl (18 mths) travelled to menorca mid September this year. We booked and travelled with first choice, who were great all the way through, no problems at all. On our arrival frommanchester, we were shown to the transfer bus and travelled the short journey to the hotel. We were pleasantly surprised at what greeted us - aesthetically pleasing and friendly, the insotel is a large, low level hotel, near the sea and with some beautiful views. Our check in experience wasn't great to be honest though, there were large queues and typically for me, I was at the back:-( I felt the very least the hotel could do was provide some refreshments for those waiting to check in. When I did get to check in, all was fine, we have to wear those awful AI bands, but there you go. Only one room was ready, so we all piled our things into there, we were in the 3000 block, which was brill, more to the lower end of the hill that the top, with a cracking view of the sea. We went for lunch straight away and were delighted with was was on offer. This continued all the way through the holiday, those people who struggle to eat here must be very fussy! Reception rang shortly after to allocate the rest of the party their rooms and we were all in block 3000 which was great. The pools were gorgeous, albeit a little chilly and my daughter did chatter a bit in there. But with the beautiful sun, she soon warmed up. There were loads of families with children of a similar age, which was excellent, as she had plenty of little pals to play and share toys with, around the pool and in the play parks. You do have to reserve beds, sadly, as if you try to get 6 beds together after breakfast, you haven't a chance. So I'm afraid it was a case of if you can't beat em...
The pool bar was great with loads of selection and snacks. Wasps are everywhere, but strangely they didn't sting(!) and they were just a nuisance more than a danger. The main bar in the entertainment block is well stocked, but my goodness, what a hassle trying to get served. One evening, I waited for over 20 mins to get served, and even then my mum had to shout to the barman "we're next!" I'd hate to think what it'd be like in peak season!! Also, the attitude of some of the bar staff, men particularly, was a bit haughty and stand offish.
We went to the beach one morning which was lovely, although I'm defo more of a pool girl. My little girl loved the sea and sand and was able to paddle and swim out with me quite far. Lovely and clean with vigilant lifeguards on duty. Punta prima itself is a very sleepy and quiet place, with a handful of tavernas and shops but its perfectly adequate.
The animation team at insotel worked very hard, with daytime and night time activities. People have criticised the team before on TA, but these people work all day and night, day in, day out, for the while season, with a big smile and a cheery disposition. Give them a break, some of their activities and shows are great fun and some of the people are really quite talented. If you want west end, go on a cruise!
So, we had 7 blissfully hot and sunny days at he insotel, getting to grips with the jingle and having a brilliant holiday. Yes it has its issues, but that's me being picky and there are plenty more pros than cons! Go there, you won't be disappointed! We will be back! :-)
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