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.
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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.
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Plenty of thrills and spills for little ones in their own splash pool.
With a large sun terrace so there's loads of room for sunbeds and parasols.
Thomson Kids’ Club Apr - Oct
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.
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Mixed feelings but enjoyed the stay.
Stayed August 14. Rooms- regularly cleaned and towels changed 5 out of 7 days. Problem with Ants though. Pool- ok sized pool, very busy at times but high season. Pool didn't get cleaned properly and had hairs, bits floating and a layer of sun cream!! Pool area- not cleaned well and rubbish bins over flowing, nobody empties them all day. Bridge across the pool- very steep and slippery. A few falls during our stay. Sun beds- you have to be up early to get a bed and good spot. Getting beds around 7.00am. Can leave beds at 7.45 with towels on. I liked this as around 8.30 we went for breakfast together. Stopped at other hotels where they take towels off beds right up until 10am and had to go in twos for breakfast. Pool entertainment - very good and enjoyable. Music and entertainment through out the day. Reps worked really hard to keep everyone entertained. Really enjoyed beat the rep day where reps go up against guest. Food- repetitive and sometimes cold! We found choosing difficult as wasn't really anything great on offer. Pool side bar- same food every day. Bread left out to dry up and chilled area not good as cheese was changing colour round the edges. Was hot though and chef works hard in the heat. Waiters- lovely people who go out their way to talk and be friendly. They work hard and are quick. Reception staff- friendly. Reps- Danny worked really hard and seemed to work all day and night. Snow White panto oh dear that needs to go! It was terrible. Reps kept the kids entertained well but as for adult entertainment this needs looking at. No on site shop but can purchase big bottles of water from reception so don't carry it from the shop. Don't follow sign to the nearest shop if you just want bits as the closest shop for milk etc is near the sea front. Lovely resort with plenty of restaurants and a nice walk into the beautiful Cala millor. I would return but as self catering and if the pool issue was resolved and cleaned properly. Expensive hotel for what's on offer. More
Kerrymk78, Derby, United Kingdom
As excellent as ever!!
I have to agree with almost everything in the recent "wouldn't risk going anywhere else" review. This was our 6th visit to the Bonaire and third year in a row. We have tried other hotels but no where has been as good or as reliable. When you are spending a lot of money it is great to be confident in what you will get. I was quite happy speaking to people who had been to some of the other hotels we have considered who all said they like the Bonaire better. There is such a lovely atmosphere at this place and has been every time we have been. As almost everyone says the staff are just fantastic, we must have had at least 15 members of staff welcome us back within a couple of hours. Sunbeds were plentiful this year. I did do the quick pop out at 8ish but on several days there were still beds in the area we liked (deep end) free when we all finally crawled out of bed and went to breakfast. I am pleased to see recent reviews praising the entertainment team and the Thomson team in general. We were there last year and yes last year's team were very good, but this team was very close second and some earlier comments about them having no personality and "going through the motions" are frankly insulting from what we saw. Natatui, Danny and Megan were all very approachable and happy to chat. They were often to be seen jumping in the pool to just play with kids when not doing an official activity and we thought they all gave 100%. Maybe they had got better when Danny arrived but our experience was excellent. Thought the shows they were given were a bit samey and personally I could do without the "warm up" games before the main show, but they did well with what they had to work with. As stated the outside acts were not all great, love the Kenian (think that is how they spell it , i not y! ) Boys, a great act for families and happy to engage with all the kids. The Holiday advisors were also very helpful even agreeing to swap a free chocolate party prize from the charity day raffle when neither of our kids wanted to go again. We spent a day at Protur's La Reserva "Waterpark" in Sa Coma. Aqualand it is not but the two main slides they have were suitable for my 5 and 11 year olds who loved it there. Cost E10 per adult and E5 a child (more for HB and SC guests) and all inclusive once in. Made a nice change from the pool. Also did a grand tour of the island. Coach up through the mountains, down the twisty road to the beautiful cove at La Calobra, boat round to the Port at Soller, tram into town and Orange Blossom train to Palma. Heaven for a train mad 5 year old! We did this over the internet not with Thomsons as Thomsons swap La Calobra and the boat with a visit to the monestry at Lluc and we thought my son would prefer the boat. All worked well and professionally arranged. A couple of 4 person bike rides down to the end of Cala Millor and a trip of the land train rounded things off. So all in all another great year at the Bonaire. We keep saying we will try somewhere else but expect we will be back next year for the "guaranteed" Bonaire experienceMore
Another memorable family trip to the Bonaire!
Ever so upset to be back home after another amazing trip to the Bonaire earlier this month. It has to be said that this years team was one of the best I have seen... After 11 years I have seen a lot. The entertainment team where great! Nat, Danny and Megan where particularly strong and very entertaining! Nats energy was infections and she some how managed to always make everyone get involved! As for the holiday advisors in the hotel I cannot rate them highly enough! Hanna was a particular member who stood out to me! Again a happy bubbly member of staff who clearly loves her job! Like I said before I cannot rate this team highly enough and I hope to see some of their faces at the Bonaire again in the future!! As always the hotel was a very high standard. The staff in the hotel were lovely. A particular shout out to Joanne Jessie and Pepe who work so very hard to keep the hotel living up to the standard we all now come to expect. This year I also ventured out of Cala Bona to Aqualand although a great day I was disappointed with the inflatable situation which meant we had to pay extra on top of the entrance cost to actually use a majority of the rides... I am aware you are able to wait for the inflatables however this took an awfully long time when waiting for one for everyone in your group.More
ToniFryerxx, Greenhithe, null, United Kingdom
A great family hotel
When you arrive at a hotel at 5am & still get a great welcome & check-in, you know it's well managed! The rooms are really quite modern & nicely decorated. We were all inclusive, so used only the kettle but you could prepare meals well there (2 rings plus a microwave), the fridge is a decent size too. There is plenty of kitchenware in the cupboards. The one bedroom apartment was spacious (though there was only the 2 of us in it, may be crowded if there are 4 of you!) & very quiet. We were lucky enough to get a room in block 2 facing the other side from the pool & other guests did say the noise from the constant entertainment could be troublesome. The room was cleaned 5 days out of 7 very well. The restaurant food is really very good. The stir fry station comes highly recommended from me! There is plenty of choice plus the grill area & children's food station. There does seem to be a theme each night. There is a specialist restaurant, Rimini, which is waiter service & has mainly Italian food. There are 2 pool bars serving snack throughout the day too. The pol areas are great - clean, lifeguarded, plenty of sunbeds. Yes, some reviewers noticed the dreaded early reservations of sunbeds but you can always find somewhere to sit though umbrellas are less easy to find at times. The splash pool area seemed worse for early reservations. I'm on holiday & I am not getting up early to secure a poxy sunbed!! The manager is always visible, always friendly & runs this hotel very well. The entertainment is Thomson's & is excellent for smaller children (especially the Kids' Club - my daughter was part of Team & thoroughly enjoyed this, so a HUGE well done to the Kids' Club team). Yes, the entertainment is a bit "Hi De Hi" but once you join in it's good fun. This is a family resort, so you get family entertainment. I have to say, though I usually never go to the same place twice, I am seriously tempted to rebook for next year. My daughter loved it.More
TheGibbons, Cardiff UK
Wouldn't risk going anywhere else!
Our 5th visit to the Bonaire in 6 years, and it delivered for us yet again! Choosing where to go on holiday somewhere new is always a game of chance - hence the usefulness of sites like this one. I think once you've found the Bonaire - as a Family resort - you tend to think "why risk anywhere else?". It scores highly in so many areas, the accommodation, the Protur staff (the vast majority the same every year, and genuinely remember returning guests. The bar staff are legends), the resort, the convenience of Majorca, the Restaurants around the harbour etc etc. I've been to a fair few Thomson resorts over the past decade or more, and this one is unmatched in my experience. You see the same faces year after year, which has created some enduring friendships, amongst adults and children alike (some were children and are now adults). Of course, you also see new families joining in each year, and you can usually recognise that glint in their eye, as they realise "this place is brilliant!". Improvements that have been made in my time include: 1. The refurbed apartments. 2. New Sunbeds this year - better quality & more of them! 3. Wifi throughout the complex for free this year 4, Never stayed half board or AI, but the quality of the food in general has improved. Critisicms: All relative, but as a 5 time veteran, maybe I can offer some constructive comments: 1. Outside entertainment acts, were of slightly less quality than previous years generally - although there were a couple of good ones. The Cala Bona hotel did seem to have a generally higher standard than the Bonaire this year. 2. I still miss the football & swimming coaches, and the Razzamataz - Not that my kids would use any of it these days, but it takes away from the atmosphere not having them there. It can't be a commercial decision as they were constant money spinners in peak season. 3. Protur should invest slightly more in the Leisure side of things - this has deteriorated over the years. E.g. Pool tables Out of Order for long spells, Water Polo goals are now flimsy and too small, another table tennis table wouldn't go a miss. The gym looks fantastic - but who wants a gym on holiday?? I thought this years entertainment team were fantastic. Yes, we didn't go last year, so didn't experience the wonders of Nutty Nathan, but as an "Ents Team" these guys (Danny, Natalie and Megan) dovetailed really well, and put more energy and creativeness into their work than many of their predecessors. E.g Teenage Water Polo became a "thing" that worked, so they went with it, and made it a daily event. They probably joined in with Water Polo more than any group I can remember - and also were really nice people, who seemed to get on with each other, as well as engage with the guests of all ages. The Kids Clubs were noticeably lower key than in the past - i.e. it was never mentioned once that a Tots/Team/Tribe session was about to start, and would be doing "X or Y" activity. I am suspicious of Thomson on this - are they trying to scale back Family Resorts even further? Pleasingly, they seemed to have back-tracked on the drive for all-inclusive throughout as you can now book self-catering for next season. Recommendations from us?: Restaurants: Janet & John's; Smithy's; Oliva; Rope & Anchor; Panetosto Others: BIP Supermarket (all the locals go there); Cafe Thallasa (pancakes!) Sanddancers bar, & Bonanza Sandwich shop for lunch (and homemade Cake!) Avoid?: Only bad experiences we've ever had were the Restaurants Melis, and Paparazzi - but that may just been our bad luck. Got to go now - need to get on the Thomson website as kids are pestering me to book again!!More
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