Monday, January 17, 2011

Hotels In Menorca Move Up A Grade For 2011

In an era when travellers can pick and choose a hotel based on reviews freely available on the internet, holiday destinations need good ones to remind tourists why they should visit, and three hotels have done the trick for the Spanish holiday island of Menorca as it prepares for the year ahead.
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Menorca is well known in Europe as an ideal island for villa holidays - of the three Balearic Islands it's quieter than both Majorca and Ibiza, and is popular with families looking to spend quality time together, and part of Menorca's appeal is the family friendly restaurants and beaches.

So the fact that Menorca has been recognised for her hotels as well as traditional villa holidays is welcome at a time when the holidays market is battling the recession to keep the tourists flying in for a week or two.

The Hotel Apartments Princesa Playa in Cala en Bosc is named as one of the world's best family hotels - reinforcing the island's image as one of being family friendly.

The other two Menorca hotels that get a mention in the European best hotels category are the Blanc Palace in Sa Caleta and the Royal Son Bou in Son Bou - both previously not particularly well known of all the hotels in Menorca.

Son Bou where the Royal is located is home to the largest and, for many visitors, best beach on Menorca, accessible via a tunnel down the road from Alaior and has two of the hotels in Menorca at the eastern end. With just shy of two kilometers of beach bars, there is no shortage of opportunity for fun. For the more modest holidaymaker, note that the further west you go on this beach, the more scantily dressed the beach-goers are. It is perhaps not a good choice for a family holiday, but an ideal spot for couples or a group of friends.

But while Son Bou is a popular area, for small island Menorca has a surprisingly diverse range of villages to suit different holidaymakers depending upon what they hope to find.

Not far from Son Bou is Santa Tomas for example. The beach area in Santo Thomas offers popular busier stretches and quaint hideaways. At a couple of miles long, it's never overcrowded and offers protection with its surrounding sand dunes. The beach, patrolled for safety, is long and narrow. It offers an excellent swimming habitat, fine sand and warm surf. Scenic countryside and woods provide a backdrop to the sand and the Mediterranean.

S'Algar is a small resort located on the southeast coast of Menorca, a short distance from the capital of Menorca Mahon and Sant Lluis. This is a 'purpose-built' holidays resort, and it is very well cared for and offers a good selection of accommodation, which includes two large hotels, several apartment complexes and some privately owned villas. You'll also find a fair number of bars and restaurants along with a variety of shops.

If you want to be active during your Menorcan resort holiday and not just lounge around, S'Algar has a host of sports facilities for you to enjoy. There is no beach here, however. You'll have to travel to Cala Alcaufar, about a 15 minute walk.

Punta Prima is another popular Menorca village and has several hostels, hotels, apartments and villas to rent and a good selection of bars and restaurants for the convenience of its visitors. Unlike some of the other resorts in Menorca, Punta Prima also has two supermarkets and car rental facilities. If you are looking for a beach, you'll find a beautiful one at Punta Prima, but be wary of the currents - they can be very strong at times. Take note of the warning flags that will alert you to the safety conditions of the water.

Binibeca Village is a beautiful, quiet resort consisting of Cala Torret in the east and Binebeca Vell to the west. This resort consists of all low rise apartments and villas and offers no high rise accommodation. The area around Binibeca has a variety of high quality bars, restaurants and stores.

But wherever you choose to spend Menorca holidays for 2011 it appears that the hotels are giving the villas a run for their money for quality and choice.