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Artiem Audax Adults Only
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Cala Galdana
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 February 2012

As a couple in our 30's we were looking for a quiet, chilled-out week in the sun in late June 2010, and a quality hotel. Menorca had been recommended to us by a few people so we checked-out the TripAdvisor reviews and selected the Audax in Cala Galdana because of its high rating, and because it is adults only. We opted for half board. The Audax hotel has recently been refurbished, and I think the Rough Guide we bought must be a little out of date, as it seems to rate the Sol Gavilanes as by far the best hotel in the resort, and the Audax barely gets a mention.

The Audax is in a pretty good position, only a very short (easy) walk to the beach over a small bridge, but off the main 'strip' of the beach hence it feels quieter, which was great. The hotel has a quality feel as soon as you enter, presumably thanks to the recent refurb. We had a standard room, 521, which was of a reasonable size, also having a good sized balcony with partial sea view, and was well appointed - modern decor, vanity unit with seat, two separate tub chairs, full height mirror with its own light. The room had a safe (free), air conditioning (also free, not too noisy, and set-up perfectly) and a decent number of power sockets (a must these days as we travel with laptop, hair straighteners, phones etc!) Bathroom was excellent - including bath, shower and bidet, and a reasonably powerful hairdryer (albeit one of those you have to keep your finger on.) The only initial downside of the room was its proximity to the Olivia restaurant (next door), which meant that we were awoken most mornings around 7.30 by the scraping of chairs across the marble floor; although this was annoying at first, we had grown used to it by the end of the week, and it actually started to become a welcome wake-up call. There is free wireless internet in the hotel, which was a big advantage (for us at least), advertised as being in reception, but was strong enough to reach our room (and most of the hotel, we were told). The only downside is the island's telecomms infrastructure - although the hotel's wireless router was always available, the connection out to the internet itself would drop now and again, for a few seconds or minutes, which was annoying but not a massive problem.

We felt that the pool area was a little too small and cramped for the size of the hotel. A number of sunbeds were arranged in pairs with their own parasol, but many were arranged in fairly tight blocks where a parasol could not be opened or closed without affecting a number of other people around you. Availability also seemed to be a problem - we were eating breakfast around 9am most days, and looking out of the window we could see that the sunbeds in all the prime positions were usually all already 'reserved' with towels. A few other reviewers have said that there were plenty of sunbeds available - I guess they were getting up earlier than we were! As a result we spent most of our time on the (excellent) beach.

The main Blue Bar was excellent, with a good array of drinks and cocktails (and Lavazza coffee; a real bonus if you are a coffee lover), and seating both in and outside with a nice view of the small marina (where you can become mesmerised watching tourists getting in and out of canoes in an undignified fashion!) The evening entertainment in the bar varied from being entertaining for the right reasons, entertaining for the wrong reasons, and just plain weird (gentleman painting a picture while a young woman played piano springs to mind) but overall was a welcome addition – some of the acts were genuinely pretty good.

The food... We usually go to Greece each year, and normally go B&B or self-catering and eat out a lot, so half-board was unusual for us. There are two main restaurants in the hotel, you can eat in either, and they are kinda similar (although the temperature was a lot more comfortable in the Olivia on the fifth floor, as a few other reviewers have also noted). Breakfast was consistently excellent, with a good choice of fruit, cereals, cold meats and cheese, pastries, bacon/egg/sausage/beans etc.(although the bacon is the typical european syle of super-fatty pseudo-streaky). Equally easy to indulge in fry-up or stay healthy, as there was plenty of choice. Evening meal quality was more erratic, varying from average to very good, depending on the night (on the last night the chef was frying huge steaks in front of you, which were delicious with the sides of cabbage & potatoes, and other veg). It did get a bit 'samey' after a while, but then I guess that’s just the nature of buffets. Again there was a reasonable range, usually with at least one fish dish, plus meat and pasta, but vegetarians may find their options restricted a little. There was also a good choice of salad, breads, one or two specially-prepared starters, and lots of desserts. I have to say, the lemon tart which appeared a couple of nights was one of the best I've had anywhere! The 4th floor restaurant had a slightly classier feel, but we preferred the food in the Olivia on 5. One nice touch was that the staff would keep an unfinished bottle of wine for you in the fridge until the next time you ate. Both restaurant were primarily self-service, sit-anywhere, but waiter service was available in the Olivia – you simply booked a table instead, and a waiter would look after you (food choices were the same however!)

Staff at the hotel were superb, very helpful and spoke good English. Room was kept clean, and waiter service in the bar was excellent. Reception was suitably efficient. Prices weren’t too bad for a 4-star hotel (2,70 euro for 300ml bottle of Heineken, 2,10 for small glass of house wine) but there were some 2-for-1 happy hours (and cheaper prices) at nearby bars so bigger drinkers will want to seek these out.

Locally, there are quite a few places to eat – more of the ‘fast-food’ type, but the odd Tapas place (and even an Indian), and one excellent higher-end restaurant called Cala Mitjana, a short walk away. We ate here one night (our wedding anniversary) and were impressed. It’s comparatively expensive (we paid 26 euro each for a set menu of 5 courses), but the portions are huge and they serve an array of fresh fish (including lobster) and big steaks.

Local beach is superb, soft sand and well-maintained, with clean public toilets (attendant permanently on duty), medical centre, beach lifeguard, supermarket at Sol Gavilanes hotel which sells filled rolls for a lighter lunch, plus a couple of small cafes. There are a huge number of sunbeds, which were very expensive – 17 euros per day in high season for 2 beds and a parasol. However on our final day we were given an indication of the quality of the beach services – a young girl who had got into difficulties and had stopped breathing was pulled out of the sea, unconscious, in a pretty bad way. The medical staff were on the scene very quickly, and were extremely well-trained and well-equipped – they performed CPR, hooked-up an ECG and set-up a IV drip, all on the beach. Within an hour the girl was conscious and recovering well in the waiting ambulance (and the paramedics were being loudly applauded by half the beach). If the medical staff and equipment had not been so close to hand this could easily have ended tragically – if the 17 euros a day for sunbed hire helps maintain such high-quality support services for the beach, then we were happy to pay it.

In summary, we would recommend the Audax and if we returned to Cala Galdana we would stay here again. It suited our needs perfectly – quiet, no kids, high quality accommodation, excellent service – and its one or two minor shortcomings are forgivable.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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HOTELAUDAX, Manager at Artiem Audax Adults Only, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2013

Dear Guests,

Thank you for sharing your experience! It certainly sounds like you were able to enjoy all our resort has to offer. I was happy to know our team made you feel so comfortable and we will be happy to share your comments with them.

I hope that you will select us again for any future stays in Menorca.

Kind Regards,

Víctor Mayans
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

We stayed here lasy year in early june 2011 for 10 nights , booked through Thomas Cook .. The weather was not great with occasional days of rain, hailstones and over cast days , However , we are not easily put off and enjoyed every moment of this small resort., especially when the sun did shine .
The hotel rooms on the 6th floor were modern , clean and comfortable , with adequate space to move around . The Bathroom had a tub and a good shower. The room was airconditioned .The cleaning staff were approachable and always helpful. Tea and coffee facilities are in the room and the minibar can be used as a fridge.The tv had Sky , BBC news24 and BBC world programmes.
The choice of the two restaurants is good and the food is a good choice . We are easily pleased if someone else does the cooking so we never went hungary .We tended to get there towards the end of the meal times by choice and found this was easier as less people about .

There is an outside cafe bar on the 5th floor which we used occasionally for lunch , snacks and drinks in late afternoon . It has a lovely athmosphere as is outside and by the pool and the fantastic view of the main beach .
We were staying on half board basis , so did eat out occasionally . There is not a great variety of local restaurants to try local fresh food .There are smaller beaches nearby if you like a walk . Good shoe wear and sun protection if you use the old horse trails , but well worth the walk . Bring a light picinic to keep you going until sundown .
I used the sport centre shop by the hotel . I can't recommend the kayaking experience enough .It was one of the high lights of the trip for me . You can organise horse riding , bike riding and walking trips from here . There is a tennis court available , about 20 mins walk up hill from the hotel . The sea waters are crystal clear and perfect for swimming , scuba diving , and boating .
The night life is quiet . All hotel s seem to offer music shows of some kind . Not for us but seemed pleasant . We headed for beach walk and drinks after dark most nights if we were up for it , other wise it was wine on the balcony watching the moon on the water .,This is the best hotel by far in this holiday village. There are 3 other main hotels and it is is worth poppping in to the others for a beer or if you wish to enjoy their entertainment . Every one is polite ,friendly and very safe .
We did hire a Mini car with sun roof for a couple of days. It is a very small island and can be traversed in a day . Head towards the coast on the north ,breathtaking scenery , good restaurants and very quiet . Also , try for the highest view point in the centre of the island (almost) , it used to be a monastry - Fantastic views.

Over all , this is a very quiet , relaxing hotel which does offer comfort and good service to its guests The rooms on the lower floors were sub standard and avoid if offered them , unless a make over has been carried out since we were there .

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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HOTELAUDAX, Manager at Artiem Audax Adults Only, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience! It certainly sounds like you were able to enjoy all our resort has to offer in spite of the bad weather! ;) I was so happy to know our team made you feel so comfortable and we will be happy to share your comments with them.

Kind Regards,

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Reviewed 10 November 2011

The Audax Spa and Wellness Centre is a wonderful child free hotel and perfect for our October holiday. The rooms were very spacious and clean. The maid came every day. There are 2 restaurants in the hotel and we ate in the restaurant on the 5th which quite often had a theme for another country for the evening meal. The staff are wonderful and nothing is too much trouble for them.

The hotel is situated opposite the beach which is very safe and the water is crystal clear. There are several walks which are 2.75-3km but are well the effort. Please however take suitable walking shoes as I only had sandals which slightly hindered things!! There is a walk near the hotel to Calas Macarella and when you arrive there after going down 214 steps (not that difficult really) there is a beach bar, toilets, shower and the most beautiful cove you can imagine. There is also a nudist beach further on if you fancy it!!!?

We also went on another walk to Cala Mitjana which is a slightly easier walk and at the end of which you find the perfect cove imaginable. The water is clear blue. However there are no toilets or watering holes!

We also walked through Algendar Gorge which is full of wildlife and birds - ideal for any twitchers. This walk is very easy.

Foodwise the tapas bars are excellent. I thoroughly recommend Pica Pica which is at the end of the village near the walk to the gorge. Very cheap and the food is scrummy. Each tapa is approx 1.20 Euro. The guy who runs it is very amicable and I even managed to practice my Spanish with him.

What more can I say!!

Room Tip: The sixth and seventh floors are supposedly the best
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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31  Thank cheeky081
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HOTELAUDAX, Manager at Artiem Audax Adults Only, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2013

Dear Guest,

First of all, GRACIAS!!
Secondly, I hope to see you again at the Audax.
and thirdly, GRACIAS again.

I was really happy to know you had such a great time with us.

Kind Regards,

Víctor Mayans
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

We returned from cala galdana in menorca after a week stay in hotel audax on 31st October 2011. We found the hotel modern with good facilities. The setting and the location were good. Check in was smooth and easy, the staff spoke good English. Our room was on the 6thfloor and had a view partly over the sea. The room was furnished simply and cleanly again with a modern finish. Overall I was pleased with the room. My only comment was that it was not overly big, but that said it was not small either. The maid visited each day and made a good job of house keeping. We were half board and the food on offer was of good quality and plentiful, if you had wine with dinner and did nor drink all of the bottle, the staff would save the remainder for the following day.

The drinks in the bar were expensive, we paid 11 euros for a green tea and a gin and tonic, that said I felt all of the bars were pricey in the resort.

The hotel had some goods facilities for sports which you could participate in, great mountain biking, and kayAking as well as other activities.

We went right at the end of the season and it was pretty quiet, however we didi not expect all of the shops, restaurants and bars to be closed for the season, or about to close. Whilst I liked it quiet, my preference would be to have a little more going on.

The. Entertainment in the hotel was ok, but not great. This was marketed as a couples hotel, but I did feel like myself and my husband were the youngest in the hotel with the average age being around 50+

We took the local bus to nearby towns which was easy to use. We also walked along the Coastal paths to different beaches which was most pleasant.



Overall we had a good holiday and I would recommend this hotel and location.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

Having stayed at the Audax twice I feel obliged to say it gets better all the time. The rooms have been improved, the restaurants are consistently top class and the staff cant do enough to help - they give excellent service without being creepy.
They were even brilliant after our stay. I left a pair of expensive running shoes in the room and I received them in the post in less than 2 weeks! What nice people.

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Reviewed 31 October 2011

spent the last week of the season here at the end of October. the hotel is in a perfect position overlooking the sheltered bay and sandy beach, and perfect for adults looking for a quiet break with low key entertainment. Our suite was a very good size featuring a supersized bed and a bathroom with separate shower cubicle and jacuzzi bath. A small mini bar with a selection of drinks was available and we enjoyed the Lavazza coffee machine with pods replenished each day. Food in the selection of restaurants was good, but not exceptional. We particularly enjoyed using the spa, and would advise buying a multi day pass available to Thomson guests if you plan to use it more than once.
We hope to return again, and would reccomend this hotel to other couples looking for a relaxing getaway.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

Stayed in August and had a wonderful relaxing time. Hotel was beautiful. Staff are very accommodating. Had a jacuzzi sea view room - well worth it. Great to sit on the balcony and watch the world go by.
Food was of a very good quality in both restaurants. Waiters in the main bar very friendly. Local restaurants nearby very good for lunch. A few bars within walking distance if you want a change of scene in the evening.
Beautiful beach and lots of watersports on offer. Virgin beaches within walking distance or can be kayaked to. Well worth a visit.
Would definitely return.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Address: Urb. Serpentona s/n, 07750, Cala Galdana, Menorca, Spain
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Region: Spain > Balearic Islands > Menorca > Cala Galdana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Luxury Hotel in Cala Galdana
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cala Galdana
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cala Galdana
Price Range: £60 - £236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Artiem Audax Adults Only 4*
Number of rooms: 244
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Artiem Audax in Cala Galdana is located in front of the sea. The adults-only Hotel in Menorca has become a meeting place where you are allowed to relax. It is exclusive for adults, couples, friends or lovers. From there you can enjoy one of the most spectacular beaches of the south coast of the island of Menorca, Cala Galdana, and nearby pristine beaches of Macarella, Macarelleta or Mitjana. Surrounded by an Area of ​​Special Interest (ANEI) and full of "fresh" people, the Audax Hotel Menorca is willing to make a stay an experience to remember. A terraced area, solarium, relaxation area and the best panoramic views of Cala Galdana. The pool at the adults-only Hotel Audax is located on the 6th floor and is a luxury to rest in one of the comfortable hammocks. In high season we organize parties around the pool spectacular ... more   less 
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