With pools, a playground, and a free bus to Son Bou's beach, the Valentin Son Bou is a real find for families. The pool bar and buffet restaurant serve up international dishes. Elsewhere, pretty gardens provide a backdrop for roomy apartments.
The Valentin Son Bou has bagged a nice, secluded spot, surrounded by gardens on a hilltop. That’s not to say it’s cut off, though – the town centre’s only a 15-minute downhill walk away. Son Bou’s wide, sandy beach is also 15 minutes’ walk away, or you can hop on the hotel’s free shuttle bus and be there in 5.
The hotel itself has a great family set-up. Little ones have kids’ clubs, a big playground and their own pool, which sits just a few steps from the curvy main pool. Plus, there’s a poolside snack bar that serves up home favourites like pizza and chips. Main meals are pick-and-choose buffet spreads.
Lastly, there are the rooms. They’re nice and big, and come with extras like satellite TV and private outside space. Apartments with a separate bedroom are also available.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board buffet meals, snacks 10.30-13.00,16.30-18.00 and afternoon tea and cakes, on request 15.00-17.00. Gala buffets twice a week
Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks 09.30-01.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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One level of depth with sunbeds and parasols.
International buffet restaurant*
With show cooking and Menorcan and Italian themed nights.
A small gym, open on request from 9am for adults only.
Rooms ► View all
Twin room sleeps up to 3 adults with twin beds, camp-bed or similar. This room comes with satellite TV with limited channels and maid service 3 times a week with towel change, linen changed twice a week.
1 bedroom apartment
1 bedroom apartment sleeps up to 3 adults and a child or 2 adults and 2 children, with twin beds, single sofa-beds, lounge or dining area, kitchenette with microwave, 2 cooking rings, kettle, toaster and maid service 3 times a week with towel change, linen changed twice a week.
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A Mixed Bag.
We booked a late holiday as a health problem kept us in the U.K. until September. A week before we were due to leave our travel company called to ask us if we were willing to move to another hotel on our last night as our room was overbooked. In return for this we would be given half board instead of the self catering we had booked. We agreed to this as it seemed like a good deal. The hotel was wonderfully situated on top of a hill, the pool and terrace were definitely 5* surrounded by lovely gardens. Our apartment was a bit outdated but very clean and comfortable. The hotel ran a shuttle bus up and down the hill which was very steep. The problems arose in the dining room. There was certainly a wide choice but most of the hot food was actually cold. Some of the other guests were using the microwave to reheat their food. The soup was made with powder and all the vegetables were frozen and inadequately cooked. The drinks in the dining room were 7 euros per day for two people, I assumed that this meant wine and beer but was told off very chippily when I went to get us a drink of water, you could buy a very large quantity of water in the shop for 7 euros. I would say that everything about the hotel was up to expectations except the food. The only other real problem was that the hotel was not overbooked at all but was closing down early for a complete refurbishment. It fet a bit like the Marie Celeste in the last days, thanks be for the shuttle bus.More
jennifer h, Birmingham, United Kingdom
First impressions are last impressions
All in all a good average to above average holiday however first impressions not that good Arrived at 2130 ..the hotel is quite spread out ..request one....can the luggage be taken to our room...answer we don't have porters.....the Resturant closes at ten.... You may make it to your room and back in time.....can we leave the luggage here...there is a room over there where you could leave them....we would like to pay for the safe and towel deposit please.......we only take cash....we are all inclusive where do we get a bottle of water please...there is a pay vending machine over there...we did get to eat before the bewitching time of ten .....however even using the trolled provided for the cases ...and following the instructions...out of the main door turn left and then left again pushing the trolly down hill just before the trolly capsized we found the correct row...at this point the holiday improved....at about 2230 with luggage scattered on the grass a vision appeared and recovered the cases and carried them up two flights of stairs into the apartment ...MARIA...we later discovered. ..on the last day...was the house maid....no matter what she is paid ...it is not enough.... All in all a good holiday ....but please. Get it right when guests arrive,,,More
Stan R, Liverpool, United Kingdom
A nice time at the Son Bou !
We stayed here for a week (all inclusive) It was a nice relaxing stay, the food was good with a wide and varied selection on offer. During the day we stayed by the pool and there was never a problem with obtaining sunbeds. To be honest there was little to do after having the evening meal as the hotel was too far from the resort centre as it is a little isolated and there are no local shops etc to wander round close by so evenings were spent in the hotel and the entertainment was pretty awful really, although the entertainers do try hard. If we did return to Menorca we would probably stay at another resort which has more to do as regards shops, etc. I would thoroughly recommend a day trip to Mahon and do the harbour cruise, it was brilliant and well worth the cost.More
Nice relaxing holiday
Stayed end of September 2014 with my husband we had an apartment8C in beautiful and well kept gardens of the hotel which had a bedroom kitchen diner and double doors to veranda with table and chairs and an airer . Lounge had settee, flat screen tv with bbc1 & bbc2 which was nice when we had a rainy afternoon which was nice . A table and chairs fridge etc. Twin beds wardrobe with only 5 hangers which made it very difficult when we were staying for 10 days plenty of draws.The bathroom small but adequate and dated ,my only complaint is the room had very limited room servicing and had to ask to have it cleaned and changed as it had been missed but receptionist sorted it straight away. The rooms are very tired and needs an upgrade to make it 4 star. Food buffet style very good plenty of choice and varied if you don't find anything I would be very surprised clean and tidy and staff are excellent.pool area clean and tidy bar open and very good we were there when it was quiet so always got a lounger but I think in main season I could see it being a problem, pool is lovely and clean and I found warm enough.The main bar and entertainment was excellent and a pleasant surprise waiters bring drinks to table so very nice would liked to have sat on the veranda at night as it was warm but it was dominated by smokers so had to sit inside. Hotel is up a hill so if you want go out in the evening it's a canny walk to Son Bou we hired a car and had a good look at the island which not very big .Overall we had a nice relaxing holiday.Would we go back maybe one day.More
palmersville, newcastle upon tyne
Good - if slightly dated - hotel in a peaceful setting
We stayed at the Valentin Son Bou in mid-September. This was our second visit to Menorca having stayed at the Son Bou Garden apartments back in October 2012, on a self-catering option. So this time we were attracted to the Valentin by a good half-board deal with Thomson. Overall it was another great relaxing break in Son Bouâs low key, peaceful setting. The Valentinâs semi-rural hilltop location (20 minutes or so steep-ish walk to resort centre and beach, or 5 mins by the free hotel shuttle bus that ran half-hourly) was fine for us, though weâd guess families with younger children especially might prefer more direct beach access. The rooms: you can choose either a standard room in the main building, or an apartment located in blocks in the attractive hotel gardens. When we booked there was only a tiny surcharge (about Â£5 per person per week) for the apartment option, so we went for this. We were very happy that we did â lots more space, with a comfortable bedroom, good bathroom, separate living room with a small kitchen, including fridge, kettle, plates, cups etc, every second-day maid service, and a spacious terrace. So we canât comment on what the main hotel rooms were like â though from a quick look these seemed OK, with good views from those on the higher floors that overlooked the pool and sea. For people with serious mobility problems the hotel rooms may be a better choice, as although the apartment block/garden area is only gently sloping, we saw a few people struggling on the few flights of steps there were leading to the pool, reception and restaurant areas. Onto the food: while the breakfasts and evening meals were fine, we werenât quite as wowed by food quality and variety as previous TA reviews suggestedâ¦maybe a case of us having raised expectations. But everything was OK, with the usual cooked and continental breakfast options, cereals and lots of fruit. Evening meals had daily regulars including good salads, pizza, alongside themed nights and âshowâ cooking, but only rarely did any dish stand out as particularly special. We were happy not to have gone for the AI option, or for the intermediate inclusive dinner drinks upgrade that was also on offer (about â¬3.50 per person per evening) partly as we donât drink alcohol, also because of having the apartment where we could make our own hot drinks and snacks. The hotel generally: as many others have said it has quite a dated and worn feel, but everything is very clean and well-maintained. For us (and evidently some other reviewers too) the dining room is too brightly lit at night and could do with calmer atmospheric lighting, as well as updating the Bert Kaempfert/âOrganist Entertainsâ style mood music (from someoneâs 8 Track collection??). Likewise the bar/entertainment area could do with a makeover to make it more intimate. But the outside terrace, pool area were all very good, lots of sunbeds etc all set in the attractive gardens. One minor issue â for us at least â was the continuous and moderately loud humming noise coming from the air conditioning units on the top and west-side of the main building, audible in much of the otherwise very peaceful garden and pool-side areas. But in practice something we could fairly quickly tune out and so not a real problem. Pretty much all the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. The guests, when we were there, were mostly older British couples, plus Spanish, Italian and French â but also some younger couples and families with pre-school age children. Hard to know what the peak school holiday atmosphere would be, including whether any issues in getting onto the 28 seat shuttle bus. But overall we would highly recommend this hotel for a relaxing break, and would certainly think of returning.More
David Lee, Manchester
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