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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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
A good hotel, but....
This hotel has a lot going for it, but I have mixed feelings having stayed there with my wife for a 10 day vacation, so I will try and explain. The staff are very friendly and helpful, but we are used to helping ourselves to leaflets from a display stand and arranging trips out and entertainment. Not here, you ask and they hand over the relevant leaflet, hidden away behind the counter. As a result there are often queues which would not otherwise occur at reception. Go All Inclusive and choice is limited. We went half board but had to pay 3.50 euros each per evening meal to have wine or beer with our meal. OK, a reasonable deal if like us you make the most of it while you are there and don't rush your meals. Meals are buffet, help yourself, with a nightly change of theme. Very busy when we arrived (13/9/14) but much less so when we left (23/9/14) as hotel was running down to season's end (5/10/14) when they shut up shop and mothball the place. The buffet was the typical fayre but to a high standard and I heard few complaints about the food, overall very good but it just gets so 'samey' (if you get what I mean). Rooms are compact and comfortable provided you like a firm bed (we do). We booked a double bed but had to make do with a pair of twin beds - annoying. Liked the balcony, but lived out of wardrobe and suitcases and drawer space is limited. Hall ways off the central stairs are dull and have a well used patina to them. Lifts are swift and adequate most of the time. Only 3 floors above ground level so using the stairs is a pleasurable option for the fit and able bodied. Pool area was kept nice and clean, water in pool is not heated and we found the sea to be warmer and just as clean (especially on the north side of the island). Pool side bar manned most of the time from 8am to 6pm daily, except on the 2 days it rained, when there was nobody there to serve the few of us that stayed poolside. Entertainment - through the day there were activities (like the evening entertainment, posted on notice boards so you could plan your days) but mostly it was under subscribed and best described as average. Archery, shooting, water polo, darts, quizes, boules and pool to name some of the day time activities. Evening activities were after kids club disco which ended at 9:45pm, too late in my book, especially as schools across Europe had gone back after the summer recess and the only kids in the hotel were the under 5yr olds so a 9pm cut-off would have been more appropriate. Shuttle bus from hotel to centre of Son Bou was free and excellent. Leaves the hotel on the hour and half past the hour. Journey time is 5 minutes to drop-off / pick-up point. There you will find Rafael selling excursions for Wednesdays and Sundays. We did the Sunday tour at 27 euros each and it was well worth it, add 13 euros each for a pre-arranged meal or don't and avoid the crowd by eating at nearby cafes/bars. Son Bou had its share of bars / cafes and those we sampled were friendly and served a good selection of snack meals and cold beers / cocktails / beverages. Car hire - make sure you arrange this BEFORE you leave the UK. On-line I found basic cars from as little as 9 euros a day and assumed I would get the same deal locally. No. It cost us a discounted 60 euros for 2 days with a shabby little Chevrolet Matiz. There is little by way of coast roads, Mao and Quitadella are connected by the main road and then there a little rodas off to each bay location, some being no more than 1 building. If I was to return then 3 days would be the max I'd book a car for as the island is so small. Make sure you go to top of Mt. Torro for the views. The local service buses are air conditioned coaches, very comfortable but the Monday market in Mao / Mahon is a popular draw and meant that we had to stand the whole way there, a 20 minute journey which costs 2.55 euros per person each way, excellent value. Friday is market day in Quitadella, same stalls but much quieter and less publicised. We did both ad liked both equally. Trip round mao harbour is well worth it on the glass bottomed boats - yellow or blue and white, you takes your choice and pays your money but the yellow is 1 euro more per person and the blue and white is better organised. In summary, there were rumours while we were there that the hotel was to be refurbished over the closed season and it needs it, it needs sprucing up a bit to envoke a feeling of energy and living rather than sad existence. We liked it, we enjoyed our stay but unlike a lot of people we met, we won't be going back to this hotel or Menorca - the island is too small and too quiet for us. Oh, and the free wifi doesn't wok on the external balconies, but does work poolside.More
Phil C, Derby
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