A really good resort for you to try with kids your age would be Son Bou - in particular the Saint Jaime complex - lots to do but not too commercial
At the complex they have waterslides available (for a charge - 5 euros for 10 slides)
Also a great interactive maze that has a different event every evening that lasts for an hour (7 euros the first time the kids use it and then 3 euros every other time)
There is also a new 10 pin bowling complex just opened in Son Bou.
There is an amusement arcade on the complex and cheap internet access
Plenty of evening entertainment
All the above sounds commercial but somehow the resort gets away with it and you don't feel it is commercial if that makes sense !!
There are two waterparks within 45 minutes drive from Son Bou
There is a lladro shopping complex called Castillo with a large free to enter kids park and a big go kart track next to it again less than 45 minutes away
There is a petting zoo 30 minutes from you - with domestic farm animals
Great glass bottom boat trips in Mahon - 30 minutes away - best to go ther on Market days and spend the morning shopping and the aftrenoon on the boat
Horse and donkey riding available less than 45 minutes away
Horse trotting races at the weekend less than 45 minutes away
Great beaches everywhere
In fact the island is so small nowhere is more than an hour away if you hire a car which I would reommend you do for at least a few days
I have been 3 times in the last two years to Menorca and have already rebooked for next year
I have previously been to Majorca and it is too commercial and rowdy generally- some parts of Menorca are becoming commercial but still nowhere near as rowdy as Majorca
Once you visit Menorca I think you will prefer it
You won't be able to guarantee the weather to be red hot in May or early June although if you fall lucky it might be - worst case is it will still be very pleasant and warm enough to swim etc even if it is cloudy
I think I should get a job with the Menorca Tourist Board after that effort to convince you !!
Forgot to metion that my friends who were staying there in August were offered breakfast and evening meal for 15 Euros for adults using the restaurant there
Bearing in mind you could have
anystarter, main course and desert from the a la carte menu it looked like a great deal to me
Prawn starter was about 9 euros
Fillet steak was about 17 euros
Deserts about 5 euros each
31 euros of food for just 15 and your breakfast on top
I would have been cashing in at that price !
Plus you didn't have to commit to the whole week etc from what I understand
Santo Tomas has the Victoria Playa Hotel, a large end of resort hotel with lots of kids activities day and nigt, and close to one end of the beach. Son Bou is about a 45-min walk away (past a nudist beach).
There is pony trekking available in Santo Tomas, floodlit tennis/football pitch for older children, and a miniature golf course next to Las Dunas restaurant, which is very family oriented and had daily evening entertainment when we were there just last week.
Also, the Lord Nelson Apartments just over the road from the Victoria Playa are ideal for kids, with similar facilities (though not half as big), and when we stayed there years ago we'd go across to the VP for entertianment some nights. There's a supermarket/shops complex, with Dr and pharmacist here, and an irish pub at the side which shows football matches. There's another supermarket and shops up the other end of the resort (which is only about 500 metres long).
Sato Tomas has a lovely, gently-shelving beach and the water is great for snorkelling, although it can get a bit windy some days (makes for fantastic waves to play in!), and it also cools down the heat a bit, which is nice.
Several restaurants dotted along the resort, including Es Bruc at the entrance to the resort, on San Adeadato Beach (a continuation of Santo Tomas beach after the Sol Menorca hotel headland).
Perhaps a bit too quiet for teenagers, but ideal for little ones and parents wanting a relaxing time.
well we must of got the whole months worth in 1 week or nearly as it rained for 3days in our week
If you want the best resort in Menorca for a family who does not want to drive then i would have to recommend the Saint Jaime complex in Son Bou
Loads of things to do for kids including the maze (which has differnt competitions every night that the kids will love), water slides, ten pin bowling and lots more
Daily and nightly entertainment
It is a great place for families
I would say that "alexfan" has definitely chosen the best place to stay with children. Weather you are hiring a car or not, in my opinion the Ciutadella area is by far the best (Calan Blanes and Calan Bosch).
If you are staying in the resorts of Calan Blanes or Calan Bosch there isn't a need to hire a car. We always do because that's our choice, as we like to get out and about and see the rest of the island.
I don't think that there is a part of Menorca that we haven't stayed in, but we have now decided to stick Calan Blanes as our main base. If you stay somewhere like S'Algar or Son Bou or Santo Tomas, you really DO need to hire a car. The resorts themselves are nice, but small and that's all there is !!!
Most of the entertainment and activities that "Richard Hill" wrote about (another vote here for him joining the tourist board - excellent work!!) are located around the Ciutadella area. So even if you do or don't hire a car it doesn't mean that you spend ages on the bus or car getting to these places as they are all just around the corner. A lot of the places are even within walking distance from Calan Blanes !!
I do think that Cala N Bosch might however be a little too quiet for the children especially the older one. Although there is a water park close by, a small amusement arcade and the Goody Goody amusement park, I would think that it might be a little too boring. Son Bou might be the better option for older children.
Cala N Bosch is in my opinion though, a little gem of a resort with plenty of restaurants, a few bars and the best beach (both of them!). I will definately be returning as soon as I can
We came from Uddingston....sunday to sunday
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