This award-winning aparthotel delivers plenty for families, including a river-style pool and a splash park.
This place has a long and winding main pool. Better still, there’s a children’s splash park with chutes, slides and a giant pirate ship. On the dining front, you can choose from a buffet place and an Italian.
The hotel’s about a 2-minute walk from a small sand-and-shingle beach. Meanwhile, the centre of Cala Bona is about a 10-minute walk away, and it’s a little further to Cala Millor, a bigger resort.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Continental late breakfasts 10.30-12.30 and 1 visit to the Italian restaurant per stay.
Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, until 24.00.
Tea, coffee and cake 16.00-18.00, ice lollies and snacks for kids and assorted fruit 10.00-24.00.
Designed for 3 to 11 year olds, Thomson Kids’ Club offers 2 hours of activities, 5 or 6 days a week. And that includes at least 3 evenings. It’s split into sections, with Tots for 3 to 5 year olds, Team for 6 to 8s, and Tribe for 9 to 11s. Best of all, most kids’ clubs activities are completely free. And outside of peak season, there are parent and toddler sessions 3 days a week, too. For your peace of mind, all Thomson Kids’ Club staff have advance DBS checks and hold NVQ Level 2 childcare qualifications. They’re First Aid trained, and there’ll be at least 2 of them on duty at all times. Available April to October.
This aparthotel was excellent.The location was great as it was near to the harbour and restaurants but not near any potential noise from "Beer monsters".The staff were brilliant and friendly and always welcoming.Cleanliness was spot on so any other negative reviews are either unfortunate or just sad moaners.Food was great and would recommend swapping one evening meal for the attached Italian restaurant.Local bus service great to discover the island and definitely do the Thomson "Orange Blossom Trail" trip as the views were breathtaking and the train from Soller to Palma was great.
This was a brilliant choice for a last minute break which initially we were a bit worried about as we didn't know the hotel/resort.More
Not as good as expected
I would only just give these Apartment 4 stars – A part of me think it only deserves 3. Did we have a good time – yes, would I go back – probably not, but we booked this due to the positive comments on trip advisor and we had high expectations.
I travelled here with my wife, 3 year old son and 7 month old daughter on all inclusive.
The positives: The place is very clean, the Thomson Staff try very hard and ALL the Apartment Staff are so friendly. My son went to one of the Thomson clubs one day and the Thomson staff there were brilliant.
What really annoyed me: We arrived after a 5 ½ hour delay (nothing to do with the hotel, just letting you know how much I was looking forward to a beer), so instead of arriving at 12, we arrived at around 6pm and decide to do straight to the Apartment restaurant. When opening the drink menu and I was astonished that we could only have Estrella beer or soft drinks – All wines and spirits were extra. (All inclusive got 50% discount off the selling price). I ordered a beer and when it came, it was flat and almost undrinkable, as you can guest I had been looking forward to a nice beer, so I paid extra for a bottle of San Miguel. As myself and wife like a glass of red, we paid extra for a bottle of wine every night. The food in the restaurant was average and very repetitive, the breakfast was good, but the evening meals were just okay. The staff were very slow with taking your plates away.
We tried the Italian restaurant that you have to book the day before – My Veal starter and Chicken main was good, but my wife had a pizza and she left it. There was only one server on and the service was slow
Moving onto the outside pool bar there was a different drinks menu – So you could have the Estrella beer, house red, white and Rossi, plus cheap rip off of Rum, Vodka, Tia Maria and Gin. There was also a few cocktails and Sangria, but they weren’t very good – they were pre-made from a tap. The dinner served there was very repetitive. I opted to pay extra some night for branded spirits.
The rooms were very clean and the maids did a very good job. They clean the rooms 5 times a week. We stayed in room 4216 and had bad views – just a bit of grass. Also the air condoning worked fine at first – we set it to 10 degrees on auto in one room and 10 degrees with the fan on full. Near the end of the holiday the rooms went much warmer and night I was way too hot. Both the air conditioning controls were set the same as previously, so I personally believe they were controlled somewhere else as other reviewers have suggested.
The pool was clean, but it smelt in general near the baby pool area….The pool advertised it was only open 10am – 6pm….not too sure how strict they were or if this is when the useless life guard was there – I just hope there is never an accident – he sat on a chair looking at his phone all day – but for me 10am is too late and 6pm too early. We never struggled to get sun loungers which were all good. The splash pool was great for younger children.
The children’s entertainment…..10 out of 10 for effort by the staff, but it was not very good. The start of the show was for toddlers and then older children – trying to blow bubbles from a small tub for 40 children was comical (think you need a bubble machine) – and then handing out hula hoops and saying if you haven’t got one pretend. (As they didn’t have enough). But the main thing was when Thomson the Dog came out – It went way over all the children’s heads. They just wanted to dance, but the entertainment seemed to be more about the staff performing….All the children and parents joined in on the end song (Train) when the entertainers got off the stage and joined in on the dance floor, so why not do more like this?
We walked into Cala Bona every night – It’s a very nice harbour and my son went on a short horse ride every night. There is also a play centre with trampolines, bouncing castle and small go Karts. There is an excellent ice cream parlour near there as well. We ate out 2 nights and the food was brilliant! We ate at an Italian call Paparazzi and a Spanish Tapas Vora Mar – These both have bad reviews on trip advisor, but I really don’t know how! Especially when they have the typical British pubs above them.
When walking to Cala Millor on the front, once you leave Cala Bona (about half an hour to the big beach from our apartments) there are strips of British bars with all the signs outside them – reminded me of Blackpool a bit.
I kept comparing the holiday with last year – Last year was better drink, views, entertainment and food – It also had a family atmosphere, but this year it seemed lots of parents sent their children to the crèche and T club which was on 10-12….1.30-3.30 and 5.00-7.00 – on arrival the Thomson reps were saying it’s a holiday for us parents too. I enjoy spending time with the children and that is why it is called a family holiday – sending my 2 children to clubs for most of the day doesn’t seem right – I am wondering if others think different and that’s why they return? Last year had a much better family feel.
This holiday was not a patch on last year – we were delayed for 9 hours on the way home as well and Thomson were not very helpful at all, they left us at the gate for 3 hours before even making an appearance, but this review has nothing to do with that (just though I’d squeeze this in) – this is based on the Apartments and location. If we had not been able to go for walks and eat elsewhere it would be definitely be only getting a 3, but because of its location and the friendless of the staff and cleanness it has scraped a 4 for me. But a word of advice for the people who keep going back….try somewhere else
If you do choose here I would maybe go self-cateringMore
jay m, lancashire
First holiday with grandchild.
This hotel is geared to families with younger children, and does it with great expertise.
Everything you could want is there for you and your child/children. From cot to steriliser, nursery to splash pool.
Great pool for everybody, with lots of space to relax.
Staff, both hotel and Thomson's, were friendly, helpful and full of energy.
Food in the restaurant was very good.
Apartments are spacious and clean.
Entertainment for the kids was great, for adults it could have been better. But it was ok.
Can't recommend it enought.
Great for young families
Booked this hotel knowing that it was a family resort but were not prepared for how many babies/ toddlers there were. As a 50 something couple we felt a bit out of place, and it is certainly not somewhere for a peaceful break! Our apartment was in block 2 with a garden view and was very quiet. It was well appointed and the air con and shower were good but the bed was very hard and there were a lot of hairs on the floor especially in the bathroom. The dining room was a bit chaotic but the food was fine if not always very hot. The pool area and grounds were very nice and the pirate ship looked great for kids. The location of the hotel is good - a short walk to the pretty marina with a range of bars and restaurants and you could carry on walking to the much larger resort of Cala Millor , which also has a good beach. The hotel staff were all good , some of the Thompson reps left something to be desired ( Hannah, Megan and Natalie were good). Plenty of entertainment for kids but for adults not so great though have had worse!
In conclusion, can find no real fault with the Bonaire and have marked it accordingly but would only recommend it to families with young children.More
sophily, Leicester, United Kingdom
Can't fault this hotel
Just returned from a week ac stay with my husband and our 11 month old baby. This hotel is fantastic is every way. The rooms are great as they have self catering facilities even though we paid for ac. The pool is big and the splash pool is great for young children. We never had a problem with sun beds always plenty available even at 10am. There is great selection food in the main buffet restaurant. We had no problems feeding our 11 month baby from the dedicated kids buffet. The staff in the hotel are so friendly and interacted so well with our baby. There have been some negative reviews about the Thompson reps but we thought they worked extremely hard and all the kids loved the entertainment. We used the crèche twice and all the staff were so good even when our baby was crying cos we left him. There is soft play room for young children to use by the pool which was brilliant. We will definitely return to this hotel you can't fault it! More
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