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. This hotel will no longer be a Family Resort from March 2016. But don’t worry, it’ll still offer family-friendly holidays with Thomson Kids’ Clubs and entertainment.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Continental late breakfasts 10.30-12.30 and 1 visit to the Italian à la carte 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.
The outdoor pool comes with a large sun terrace so there's loads of room for sunbeds and parasols. Palm trees are dotted along its edge, giving that bit of extra shade during the day. Pool towels are available here too.
Designed for 3 to 11 year olds, Thomson Kids’ Club offers two hours of activities, five or six days a week. And that includes at least three 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 three 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 two of them on duty at all times.
These 1-bedroom apartments with their natural tones running throughout can sleep up to four. They come with one twin bedroom and two sofa-beds in the lounge area. Air-conditioning is at the manager's discretion. Cots are available on request.
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This hotel is totally geared towards young families and the entertainment team put on a great show each night. We stayed in a one bed room apartment which was lovely and modern very clean only complaint was that our 3 year old could open the door no chain on door to lock.
Splash pools and playground great for young children and would definitely recommend this hotel,.More
Busy_Bee_12316, Dublin, Ireland
Need to know if it;s any good? Sorry - Can't really help you :o)
6th time back at the Bonaire, and my kids want me to book it again already.
Being a repeat visitor can give you a different perspective. E.g. One of the things we love is the familiarity of the whole experience. The Reception staff, bar staff etc have hardly changed since our first visit in 2009, and greet everyone of us like long lost family " hasn't she grown!! etc" :o) - This applies equally to most of the bar / restaurant / shop owners & staff in the harbour too.
But as I guess, the point of these reviews is to inform those that haven't been - I have tried to think how the Bonaire might compare to other options you could have.
I'm 47, with 16 & 11 yr old daughters, so although we keep returning to the Bonaire, I do have plenty of experience of other resorts / holidays too of course.
1. Value for Money : An indicative price for 2 weeks self catering, would be Â£800 - Â£1200 per person. Add on your meals etc for 14 nights, and you could be Â£5k plus, maybe as high as Â£6k total. You can save a bit on this, with all-inc, or by having the odd meal in etc It's NOT cheap. But for my money, it IS value. Because it's such a great venue.
2. Facilities - Since 2009, there have been some changes good and bad. The good far outweigh the bad, because they include the Splash Pool/Pirate ship - which if you've got Tots is absolutely priceless. Other good changes include modernised rooms with aircon (of sorts - It's Spain, stop moaning!); Loads & Loads of sunbeds, umbrellas etc - generally in good nick, and replaced if broken; and more shade around the bar area.
Most of the stuff that has deteriorated, I think Protur would argue is down to Thomson - I complained on Facebook about the Waterpolo nets, and the Bonaire told me that was Thomson's responsibility ( I'm not sure I agree - but that's what they said).
A few years ago, Thomson stopped including Football, swimming and dancing classes for the Kids - at the time, I felt that would diminish the experience and it definitely, unquestionably has - I still don't understand the logic as they were making money (at the Bonaire anyway.)
I guess the point is though - as this is Thomson - it will be the same at every other Family Resort too.
The Family Resort concept is in need of a revamp, and to be fair to Thomson - they have done so for 2016. Time will tell whether good for bad.
I think to keep kids entertained all day, they need to love the pool, and have or make friends to play football/pool etc with. Thomson don't do anywhere near as much as they used to do to "take the strain" away from parents (this is cost cutting - having no kids activities massively reduces their insurance bills) I guess if you want that sort of thing, then you would need to go to a First Choice Holiday Village (or similar).
We love it - The Bonaire & Cala Bona are one of the best discoveries we've ever made.
If you are considering going for the first time - read reviews from other first-timers - I think almost unanimously they love it too! :o)More
We have been there around 7 years in a row and we (mum,dad, 2 children 13yrs and 8yrs) have enjoyed it every single year. The pool is huge and clean, really good food from the bar and the waiters that serve you are so polite it's unbelievable. After the 5th year we became good friends with a waiter called Oscar, he is such a lovely person. A girl actually fell over and he came straight to the rescue and sat down, put the girl on his lap and calmed her down whilst the lifeguard sorted her out. The harbour which is about a 500-600 metre walk is amazing with lots of restaurants, my recommendation is to go to l'olivia its expensive but really good also Janet and johns is good as it is cheap but still really nice food, the beach that we go to is a 5-10 minute walk but is huge with shops nearbyMore
Another amazing visit
Everything was amazing, the staff absolutely brilliant (peppe & the pool bar staff) perfect family resort. Should be 5+stars. The reps work their socks off to make sure the kids are entertained and well looked after. The only issue is the lack of grip by the splash pool and the grip, however we did not let our children run bare foot so the did not slip (take some crocs or swimming shoes).
Absolutely lovely food and a wide range too.More
Steve M, Hertford, United Kingdom
Just returned from a fabulous 2 weeks at the Protur Bonaire. Amazing staff, special mention for Valet and Miguel in the restaurant who were wonderful with my son who has allergies. The Thomson staff were all brilliant and great with the kids. Lovely food and rooms great. Would recommend this hotel to families with young children. Ours are 2 and 6 and the splash pool was great for them.More