We booked this hotel as a last minute deal and wanted something with a short flight time and a short transfer (30mins). Reception and check in were excellent, immediately the staff made an excellent impression. One of the most important things to us is that the hotel is suitable for our 2yr old, and the Playa Azul really was. We have stayed places where we were made to feel less than welcome with a small child in tow, but here he was treated kindly with smiles and chat from the moment we checked in. The room was lovely, we had a ground floor room which I was pleased about as a lively toddler and a balcony would not make for a relaxing time. The decor was cool with laminate flooring, fully tiled bathroom with over shower bath and double sink with marble surround which gave the whole bathroom a luxurious feel; standards higher than we expected for a 3star rating and certainly higher than the 5star we stayed in last year! Air conditioning in the rooms was excellent; quiet but kept the room really cool, we had to turn it off a few times! The pool area was lovely, the small pool was a perfect depth for children with a few toddlers able to jump in and out safely with steps at either side. The bigger pool was also ideal with a gentle sloping ramp into water about thigh deep and steps at one side into the shallow end. The deeper side of the pool was not too deep at less than 6ft so I was never suddenly out of depth with my son but we were able to swim comfortably when we wanted to. There were plenty of sun beds around and a nice seating area at the pool and down the few steps to the bar if we wanted to be out of the sun for a while. The pool was never too busy and there were always beds available. The beach was only a short walk but down many steps; I counted about 170 so take care if travelling with small children or if you have limited mobility. We managed it every day and had to carry my son most days back up so it's worthwhile going down to the beach but beware as it is a work out coming back up though there are places to stop and look out over the bay so it isn't as bad as it sounds! The beach was perfect for kids; gentle sloping water not too deep til quite far out and soft sand. Sun beds were 17euros for two so we bought a lilo for the second day we went just to keep us off the sand a bit, but to be honest a good size towel would be fine as the sand is soft enough. The food at the hotel was fine for husband and son, I am vegetarian so always tend to struggle a bit but here it was fine and there was always something which was also clearly labelled. The bar served lots of drinks during the day as all inclusive and also snacks which meant kids could graze if they wanted to. There is also a small play area for kids which is out of the sun for most of the day so it was ideal to cool off a bit. That said, it never got really hot with temperatures at most 28C so it was comfortable and perfect to relax in the sun. The resort itself is quite quiet but has a good number of restaurants and a few bars though one right next to out room had live music til midnight which had we been a bit younger and not with a toddler would have been great, but trying to sleep through it was difficult. That was only one night though so we wouldn't let it put us off a second time. Throughout our stay the staff were friendly and kind and always made an effort to chat. We felt very welcome and whilst we had no cause to raise concerns, I am sure that if we did it would have been dealt with. We would definitely choose to stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- During the winter of 2009, the Hotel Playa Azul has undergone a full refurbishment including a brand new, fabulous, outdoor swimming pool, overlooking stunning views of the bay and stylish, contemporary guest rooms. Popular with both families and couples this is a great choice for a relaxing holiday. In a privileged position on a hilltop, overlooking the rocky headland and sea is the Hotel Playa Azul. Just 200 metres away from the sandy beach, which is down a set of steep steps, the panoramic views are amazing. Located near to the commercial centre, the local shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife of Cala’n Porter are all within walking distance of the hotel, and downtown Mahon is just a short bus ride away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibb Playa Azul Hotel
- Hotel Playa Azul Cala'n Porter, Menorca