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Villa -
4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Cala'n Porter, Minorca, Balearic Islands

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Ruth R
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“LUXURIOUS VIEW BUT THAT WAS THE ONLY THING THAT WAS LUXURIOUS”
Reviewed 24 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Have just returned from a two week holiday at villa vista mar.
On a positive note, we enjoyed our time in menorca and got to see quite a bit of the island. Tried various beaches but came to the conclusion, that we had made the right choice in choosing cala en porter. A lovely clean beach with ample facilities. We also visited son bou, cala gadana, son parc, arenal di castell, fornells and macarelleta. Also visited mao and ciutadella which were both well worth a visit. Had two mornings learning to windsurf in bay of fornells which was absolutely ideal for beginners as the bay is waist deep so not a problem if you are not confident in the water. On the last day bev took us out on her boat trip and we snorkelled off the boat which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Also had the jet ski out on hire which our two teenage sons loved.
Now the negatives. As per the previous review, we agree that the only luxurious thing was the view from the villa which really was breathtaking. Don't think you could ever tire of the view.
Few problems with the kitchen which had a very deceiving picture on the website. It really was very small with not enough appliances for the odd meals that we cooked there. This villa is meant to sleep eight people but the kettle was so small, you could only boil enough water for five cups of tea at one time. There was no oven gloves, no chopping board and no instructions to work any of the appliances (microwave, oven and washing machine). The toaster had to have the bread held down manually for it to work. Had bit of a problem with ant infestation one morning but soon wised up to that and made sure that all food was properly covered and surfaces throughly wiped and problem was resolved. Think ants are only to be expected in hot countries.
The sofas only sat six people at a push at any one time but then they had two dining tables inside sitting twelve people in total. The money would have been better spent on more sofas especially as the table and view was so lovely outside, we never sat at either indoor table.
As with the previous review, we would agree that all four en-suites were pokey but then they all had bidets in which must be a european thing to do but bit unnecessary. We all ended up sharing the one en-suite that had a bath (just about big enough for a small child to sit in) because all three other showers were not big enough to move. Nice hot water though all the time.
We also had bit of a problem with the nightclub up the road (cova d'en xoroi). Didnt hear any noise from it all but a couple of mornings, we woke up to rubbish being left outside our drive (empty vodka bottles and cigarette butts) and one morning, our sunloungers had been thrown in the pool! Although we fully appreciate there is nothing that can be done about that and is not the villa or owner's fault.
The pictures of the villa are very deceiving on the website as the villa does indeed sit right on the clifftop (hence the stunning views) but what it doesn't show is that the pool(which is behind the house) is completely overlooked by the neighbouring property (which incidentally is the villas owner) so we didn't have any privacy whatsoever at the pool area. There was seven of us in our party but only two parasols. Even with two of us either side of the parasol, there was still three of us with no shade.
Wasn't too impressed with the cleaners as one day they came in to clean the floors and we asked them politely to mop the outside eating area, which would have taken seconds but she flatly refused. Was just about to ask if we could borrow the bucket and mop so we could clean it ourselves but she quickly threw away the water before we had the chance!
To sum up, this villa was okay but when something is described as luxurious and priced accordingly, think the problems we have mentioned need to be addressed.

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: Swimming pool overlooked
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice view, shame about the Villa”
Reviewed 23 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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Booked this Villa based on what we could see and what was said on the Solmar website. Unfortunately for us, there were no Tripadvisor reviews available for this Villa, had there been I'm sure they would have put us off booking this location

On our arrival we were all blown away by the amazing view from the sea side of the Villa. It is perched on top of a cliff overlooking the sea towards Majorca.

Unfortunately the Villa fell well short of what was advertised by Solmar. The advert stated "A Luxury Villa". If Solmar was a bank, they would be inundated with claims of "Mis-selling".

There was no room to turn around in the showers and there was only a trickle of water available.

Be warned, if you book this location you will be disappointed

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: The minute showers and the ants
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Reviewed 3 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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Liked best: The View
Liked least: The Bathrooms
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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