We have just returned from 11 nights at the Royal Son Bou Family club. Our party consisted of my partner and I and our 3 children aged 6, 2 and 5 months, we also had my in-laws with us for a week. I booked this holiday with First Choice on the trip advisor reviews and tried not to get too excited as I could not believe a hotel could be this good, but we were not disappointed, it was excellent and they have thought of soo many ways to make a holiday with young children as easy as it could be.
STAFF/RECEPTION - All the staff were lovely, very friendly and helpful and they all love the kids. We had a problem with the sink in our room and it was fixed immediately. They seem to work long hours, but work very hard and are always smiling.
You can hire parasols (cost us 11 euros) and pushchairs (15 euros per week) from reception. I also enquired about trips and car hire which was cheaper than through the travel agent.
CLEANLINESS - The whole place was spotless, you would see them cleaning all day.
APARTMENTS - We had a standard 1 bed apartment which had plenty of space for the 5 of us. I asked for a refurbished one after reading the reviews and also for ground floor, both of which we got. Beds were comfy, bathroom had 2 sinks (low one for the children to have their own), small kitchenette with microwave and fridge which was ample for making up formula feeds as we were all inclusive, large wall mounted flat screen tv in both the bedroom and living room which had BBC 1 and 2 and CBeebies. The towels were changed daily and the bedding approx twice a week. The travel cot had a proper mattress and was already erected, and all the rooms have a highchair. All the beds seemed to have hygiene covers over them and the covers on the cushions on the sofas were also changed. Air conditioning and ceiling fan in bedroom. The only downside was that as we were ground floor our balcony never had any sun and felt a little like we were in the basement BUT almost all the apartments have steps up to them although everyone just leaves pushchairs at the bottom as the place is so safe. My in laws had an older style room, but it was still immaculate and their sea view was stunning.
FOOD - Something for everyone, huge variety at every meal. I didn't feel stressed with my children wandering and being noisy as most of them were doing the same. Plastic cutlery for the kids and food accessible for them to help themselves. Staff were great with the kids. The main restaraunt (La Prat) was large and had air-con. We sat by the entrance mostly as the area is smaller, but the larger far end has beautiful views of the coastline. It can get very busy between 7 and 8. There is also a small creche which is a fantastic idea, although our daughter wouldn't go in unfortunately. La Basilica was more open, and served toasties, pastries and cakes between breakfast and evening dinner. Flies did not seem to be a problem for us when we ate there in the evening.
ENTERTAINMENT - Brilliant. Adult activities all day - aerobics, aqua aerobics, football, water polo and volleyball. Kikoland was amazing, loads of organised activities within a play area. You could leave the children but we just went along with ours and watched them get involved or play on the bouncy castle and play park. The kids loved the entertainment in the evening, lots of songs and dances which we were all singing by the end, and still are! The seating area was really busy during the kids entertainment, but most people left before the adult entertainment started, which was a shame as it was really good - Acrobats, magicians, tribute bands etc. This said, the hotel was silent by 22.30 until approx 8 am which was brilliant. The large pool was cold, but this didn't seem to bother the kids, and the kids pool was heated and gated and surrounded by astroturf to stop little ones falling over. Loads of spare sunbeds, even though the hotel was full, and reserving with towels is not allowed. We got pool towels when we arrived and were surprised to find at the end that they were a gift to take home.
THE ISLAND - Son Bou is very small but has everything needed - cash machine, supermarkets, shops, car hire etc, although a few of the hotels are quite a bit out of the centre at the top of the hill. We hired a car from Europcar right opposite the hotel which cost 62 euros for the day, which was cheaper for us instead of doing trips. It was easy to drive aroung, 45 mins from one side to the other. The Cituadella is pretty, but we went to Mahon twice. The harbour is really pretty. The bus services are very good, we took it from Son Bou to Mahon which only took 20 mins, and cost 2.35 euros single per adult. You can change in Alaior (10mins away) to connect to Cituadella. We got a timetable from the hotel reception. We got a little road train around Mahon which was 5 euros and lasted 50 mins. There is also one of these around Son Bou which cost 6 euros. The beach in Son Bou is stunning and the water very warm.
WEATHER - We had a heavy rain the day we arrived but other than that it was mostly hot and sunny, with the odd hazy few hours.
OTHER - Nappies cost a fortune, large pack of size 3 cost 14 euros and a small pack of size 5 between 6 and 8 euros (cheaper in the hotel shop). Only 20 minute transfer from the airport. This hotel is 90% occupied by Germans/Swiss/Italians, and it made me feel very ignorant as a Brit as everyone else (including the staff) seemed to be able to speak multiple languages. My son made friends with a Swiss boy despite the language barrier. There was no 'loutish' behaviour, everyone was very family orientated, it made for a really nice atmosphere.
I would recommend this hotel to young families, as I think our 6 year old son would find the entertainment a bit young by next year. It will be hard to top this hotel in the future!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star Royal Son Bou Family Club is a family hotel which makes you aware of the environment and children's protection. The hotel is situated just 100 m away from the fantastic Son Bou beach (Minorca, Spain). Mascots play with the kids at Club Kikoland (from 0 years), while the parents relax and enjoy an unforgettable family holiday. The Club Kikoland is undoubtedly the heart of the hotel, a paradise full of joy for the little guests: the children. Babyclub (0 - 2 years), Miniclub (3-4 years), Maxiclub (5-6 years), Kidsclub (7 - 9 years), Juniorclub (10 - 12 years) and Teenyclub (13 - 16 years). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Son Bou Family Club Hotel Son Bou
- Royal Son Bou Alaior