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Carema Garden Village
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Fornells
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

This is a little gem! Travelled with family of two small children (3 & 1 years). It's a great location, close to the beach and easy busy ride into the local town. The self catering apartments, although basic, have everything you need. Mainly Spanish and Italian guests, rather than English which was great. The food was also great, one of the best European all inclusive I've experienced. A bit strict about what you can and can't do with drinks I.e taking them back to your room, but other than that had a fantastic time and most likely to return again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Manchester
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

This is a two part complex. We stayed at the lower level nearer the beach, self catering. The accommodation is basic but OK. Rooms are a fair size. There is a two ring hob, a coffee percolater, kettle and a microwave.If you stay on the ground floor like us watch out for the resident cats that will enter your appartment uninvited. The big pool is cleaned and clean but heavily chlorinated and not heated but fine for the regular swimmer. Only had one change of towels and those that are provided are small. Unfortunately you dont know when they will be changed and if you leave the towels all hung up they won't be changed. If you put them on the floor you might have to pick them up and use them again. We would not recommend the Joker cafe on site based on other users comments. The restaurants nearby are excellent and will be reviewed separately. Watch out for the season end. The all inclusive restaurant closed while we were there part way through some peoples holidays. The nearest beach suffered from being clogged by weed following storms. If you go across the land bridge to the next beach (not far) it is well worth it. A gently sloping beach that would be great for kids but swimmers have to go quite a long way out. There are loungers and both beaches are life guarded until the end of September. It was quiet when we went as it was at the end of their season. There is no air conditioning but there were two fans in our appartment.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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england
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

Just been on a recent trip here spent five nights in self catering. The apartments were basic but clean. Towels, bed linen changed every two days. It was a very spacious apartment and found the views amazing. There is a supermarket on site which is very useful. The beach nearby is lovely. There are two pools on site which were very cold!. The facilities suited us but i would recommend eating at the three restaurants up the steep hill directly opposite the apartments the food was amazing. If you want peace and a relaxing holiday then go here it is family orientated I went late season so it was very quiet. I very much enjoyed my stay here found it very good value for money but it does seem like its in the middle of nowhere!.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

We visited Carema Aldea Playa between 31.08 – 8.09.12 on All Inclusive Deal.
I’ll try my best to share with you my honest opinion and experience of the place, service and atmosphere.

Check –in was quick and efficient. Before arrival we asked for early Check-in, double bed and sea view. Even though the check in was from 15.00, we got our apartment at 11, with nice view of the pool and sea.
We stayed in the apartment number 308 with small kitchenette and living room area with sofa bed, table, 19inch TV just with Spanish and Italian speaking channels –the only English speaking channel Sky News. Upstairs was bathroom and bedroom with two single beds joined together - not very comfortable for the couple. The apartment was basic but comfortable, it could be cleaned a bit better. During our 8 days stay our towels were changed once and bed sheet not at all. No A/C or fan in the apartment. No soap in the bathroom. Good hairdryer.

The Carema Complex consists of two parts (located across the street from each other) - Carema Aldea Playa Appartments and Carema Club Playa with one reception. The reception, restaurant, cafeteria are located on the Carema Club side. There are two swimming pools on Carema Playa side and one large on the Club Playa.
The beach towels were rented for €5 (non-refundable) + €10 deposit. The change of towel costs €2.
Near the hotel there are two beaches, the first one is very small and dirty, full of seaweed dry and wet, because weather wasn’t the best at the begging of our stay all the rubbish and seaweed were pushed on the small beach, which wasn’t cleaned for days. You can reach the other beach by the wooden stairs across the hill, which is clean and lovely. Be prepared to pay for sun beds and umbrellas on the beach.
Near the hotel there is a small shop where you can buy mats, umbrellas and towels – probably cheaper than renting.
Outside of the hotel there is the bus stop from which you can take buses to Fornells, Es Mercadal (and change for the bus to Ciutadella – very convenient), Mao – cheap and easy to use.
Short walk from the hotel, up the hill are located three restaurants and second shop. Apart of that area is very quiet and not much to do.

Restaurant:
Breakfast 8.00am – 10.00am
Lunch 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Dinner 7.30pm– 9.30pm

I have to admit that food was very testy, especially lunches and dinners; Lots of fish, different kinds of meat and vegetables to choose from. There was a big influence of Italian kitchen (pastas, pizzas, cannellinis, lasagnes etc.). Good choice of white, red and rose wine and beer as well as soft drinks. Wines were pre – opened, so we weren’t 100% sure if they weren’t re-filled with wine left by others.
A big downtown to the eating experience was greasy crockery which weren’t cleaned properly with food debris on them. Staff didn’t seem to enjoy their work; they were walking between the tables like robots, working very hard from the morning until the evening with just one day off a week. Most of them there were on practice with very low pay so I’m not surprised that they didn’t provide the same quality customer service as found in the restaurants.
First time in my travels I experienced such a small selection of Breakfast – large choice of sweet breads, muffins and croissants and not much else – tray of over-easy fried eggs, bacon, Danish salami, mortadella, chorizo and two kind of cheese. I was missing the omelette station as wherever I travelled there was always one even in Asia.

Cafeteria/Bar:
Open 10.00am – 11.00pm
Good service, all drinks were served in small plastic cups no matter if drunk inside or outside. Luck of locally produced gin (Xoriguer), pomada or horchata de chufa – in my opinion the local specials should be available to try.
In all inclusive option Espresso Coffee, bottled water and bottled drinks were excluded.

The overall atmosphere and entertainment
70% of guests are Italian and hotel mostly caters for them, a very big downtown that In Viaggi entertainment team is Italian and they ignore different nationalities. The evening entertainment, daytime games etc. are run in Italian, by Italians and for Italians. It was quiet weird experience for me to go to the Spanish Island and hear mostly Italian not Spanish language. There is not many Spanish staff in the hotel, mostly Italians, Cubans and Eastern Europeans. .. Usually during my holidays I like to experience the local, native feel and somehow I missed that over here.

My holidays were ok, but I wouldn’t use this establishment again. By writing this review I tried to be as objective as possible, I hope it helps. I also attach photos of the complex and the area.

And one more thing in the complex there are many cats, I didn't mind because I love them and have two cats myself :)

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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barcelona
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

Loved our apartment with large, south facing, private terrace overlooking wonderful countryside towards El Toro @ Es Mercadel. The towels & bed linen were changed every two days. We had a new shower curtain & crockery - not the shabby stuff we'd expected, from previous reviews. We appeared to be in an ant free zone, due entirely to the efforts of the diligent staff.

The supermarket was at the foot of our hill & sold fresh bread, pastries & veg. Not noticably expensive & very well stocked. We were impressed. We mostly self catered but often ate out in the evenings @ one of the 3 restaurants/bars at the top of the hill - 3 mins away.

We intended hiring bikes but found the terrain a bit hazardous & screey. Instead we did a fair amount of walking. Recommend the Cami de Cavells path towards Binimel-la. It goes most of the way round the island, but we got as far as the beach that once had a bar (about 6 miles). It took 3 attempts to make it to Fornells via the coastal path - one attempt took us to the top of the hill with the tv mast! It's easiest picking up the route from Torre de Fornells & walking back to the resort - we walked to Fornells via the main road on this occasion. Not unpleasant but not a patch on the alternative!

We loved the swimming pools which were improved by the presance of the Italians. The music was good & not too loud & there always was a lovely atmosphere. The sea was gorgeous. We don't like lying on the beach so would usually use the closest beach & swim round to the other more popular one. The kite surfing looked amazing but dangerous!

We do however feel All Inclusive deals are spoiling this resort as businesses have cloesd down all around. It's a shame that the beach bars around the headlands are now defunct

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hove
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

We had good 4 days here; it's split on 2 sites, very near each other & lovely pools & right near beach, which looks lovely but we found quite dirty. Clean accomodation, although lots of ants around! Towels & linen changed twice in 4 days - v.good. Does need air con as so hot. Food fine in restaurant, we were s.c. but b&b, paid to use restaurant for lunch & enjoyed. Only downside we found is nothing to do locally, so took bus to Fornells which we loved. Entertainment on site is geared to Spanish guests & we noted no effort to include Brits!

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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wiltshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2012

We stayed at the Carema Aldea Playa which is across the track from the Carema Club Playa but you can use the facilities on both. We were self catering and very glad for this as you had to go to the Carema Club for all your food etc and this was a very lively hotel.

The apartment was nice, it was a maisonette and the bedroom and bathroom upstairs, the cooking facilities were very basic but suited us. The condition of the complex is ok and well looked after but does need upgrading. The Cleaning staff were lovely and when I asked for clean sheets they gave me some without a problem and we had clean towels in abundance.

The pool is lively and there are families that own their apartments and seem to have gatherings by it late into the night this was a bit annoying, but then again they are on holiday. Yes the pool can be busy with people playing ball games but again people are on holiday and it was fun to watch as well as join in. It must be said this is a multinational complex not just full of Brits which was lovely although we all did to remain in our nationalities which I can never understand!

We loved the location, make sure you go to the main beach as the immediate little cove isn’t that good, although it must be said the steps to the beach look daunting they are not and we easily got us, the kids and all our stuff over and the views are fantastic. The sun beds on the beach are extortionate but buy yourself an umbrella and mats from the supermarket for the same price as one day’s bed hire and you’re sorted.

As people have said the buses and supermarket are good and restaurants up the road are friendly. We had a great holiday and I would go back again and would even consider buying an apartment in the resort as it is beautiful , well designed and unspoilt.

BUT I would not want to stay in the Carema Club Playa as this is a very lively and sprawling part of the complex and has a very different feel.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Carema Garden Village
Address: Carrer de Baix S/N | Urbanizacion Playas de Fornells, 07748 Fornells, Minorca, Spain
Region: Spain > Balearic Islands > Minorca > Fornells
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Fornells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Carema Garden Village 3*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Location Carema Garden Village is located on the sea front with a direct access to Cala Tirant, in Playas de Fornells in the Marine Reserve of Menorca's North coast also natural Biosphere Re-serve. Carema Garden Village is situated just 4km away from the charming fisherman village of Fornells. Cala Tirant is at the starting point of the GR223 Cami de Cavalls between the 4th stage arrival and 5th stage departure. There is also a diving center with a direct access to Carema Garden Village, which is therefore an ideal place to stay for active tourism and nature lovers, settled in a unique place. Apartments Carema Garden Village apartments have been newly renovated in 2016. They offer basic studio apartments and apartments with one or two bedrooms. They are equipped with bathroom, TV, free Wifi connection, safe (additional charge), kitchenette and terrace or balcony. The cleaning crew comes to the apartments three times a week. Towels for swimming pool and beach can be supplied upon request and deposit. Facilities The resort has 2 swimming pools and a free public parking. The reception is 50m away, set at Aparthotel Carema Club Resort. For the All Inclusive based clients: they will count on the Aparthotel Carema Club Resort buffet style restaurant "Vistamar", renovated in 2016 with daily show cooking, a homemade pizza corner, a sea views terrace and a buffet suitable for kids. Are also available two "a la Carte" restaurants: the steakhouse Marlet Grill BBQ and the Marlet Playa (Mediterranean cuisine). Board Basis Carema Garden Village Apartments can be booked as Self Catering, Half Board Plus (drinks included) or All Inclusive. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner are served at Aparthotel Carema Club Resort buffet style restaurant "Vistamar", located 50m away. Drinks are included in all basis through dispenser. Late Breakfast is available from 11am to 12 pm at Marlet Playa restaurant. All Inclusive customers have available our Dinner Around service, with the option to enjoy our lunch menu at Marlet Grill BBQ and dinner menu at Marlet Playa (upon request and availability). Also in the Aparthotel Carema Club Resort All Inclusive pool bar are served national alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic beverages, hot dogs and ice creams from 10am to 10'30 pm. Entertainment & Activities Carema Garden Village clients will have available all Aparthotel Carema Club Resort services such as the Splash Park: a 2000m2 water park, a guaranteed fun for children with a pirate boat and 3 water slides. It is also included an entertainment and activities program for all ages: Mini Club (4-8 years), Junior Club (9-12 years) and for adults too with a Playground area, Tennis & Basketball court, Climbing wall, Beach volley and Mini golf. Upon request are available packs combining multi adventures activities, aquatic sports and excursions managed by extern companies on site. ... more   less 
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