Hotel Cala Bona  

This hotel has an enviable position opposite the harbour, with bars and restaurants – as well as the beach – to hand.

This family-run hotel is made up of five blocks, with a mid-sized pool in the main area. You’ll also find a buffet restaurant, and a bar where tribute acts entertain guests in the evenings.

The hotel sits opposite the harbour so shops, bars and restaurants are all close by – it’s a scenic setting that becomes vibrant at night. And the beach is just a minute’s walk away.

This hotel is part of our 3T favourites range until April 2017.

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Based On 881 reviews

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  • 5Buildings
  • 4Floors
  • 195Rooms
  • Lifts: 5, 1 in each building

Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Outdoor pool

This curvy number comes with palm trees dotted around its edge, plus a wraparound sun terrace laced with sunbeds and thatched shades. There's a separate children's section too with safety railings.

Buffet restaurant

Breakfast and dinner with show cooking are on offer at the buffet restaurant. Children's meals and special dietary requirements catered for. Just so you know, gentlemen are required to wear full-length trousers to dinner.

Pool bar*

Poolside bar offers a selection of snacks, cool drinks and ice creams.

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twin room with sea view and balcony

These air-conditioned twin rooms come with a private balcony with a sea view. Your room will also include an extra bed, a TV, Wi-Fi*, and a kettle*.

twin room with balcony

These air-conditioned twin rooms come with a private balcony. Your room will also include 2 extra beds, a TV, Wi-Fi*, and a kettle*.

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Surpassed all expectations - enjoyed every minute of it

Booked through Falcon/Thomson - 2 weeks H/B basis - standard room with sea view and balcony. I'd read the reviews, so knew to contact the hotel directly (by email - see their website) to request a room in our preferred block (La Pergola) to ensure we got a full harbour view - something that was important to us. The 'Bar' block that most reviewers below here recommend is reserved for exclusive use by those who book directly with the hotel. The other blocks (Pergola, Nemo, Azul, Reception etc) are for Falcon/Thomson customers. Reception staff are excellent at responding clearly and quickly to emails. We asked in advance for (and got) a room in La Pergola - which was fine (it's a 3 star hotel) in terms of decor (a small bit dated - but has wi-fi, albeit slow, plus a flatscreen TV with BBC, plenty of wardrobe space, good shower etc.). Spotlessly clean, and towels changed every day when the room is cleaned, even if you're prepared to be 'green' and re-use. Only minor gripe is that you have to ask for replacement shampoo/shower gels as they're weirdly tight about that. Falcon's standard rooms however do not include fridge, kettle or safe, which must be hired separately. We didn't bother with fridge or kettle (why bother when you're on holiday and there are fantastic cafes and shops on your doorstep?), but safe hire was €30 for the stay (+€10 refundable deposit). That said, the area felt generally very 'safe'. The rooms all come with 2 x single beds pushed together. We requested (at reception, when we were there) a double which cost €3 p/d extra, but was worth it. The highlight of the room was undoubtedly the balcony - spacious, with solid furniture + drying rack, and fantastic views of the harbour area. We started each morning there, watching the most glorious sunrises, and finished every night off with a nightcap there - sitting on the balcony watching the world go by. When sitting on the balcony, it's like being in the middle of the street entertainment. Music outdoors is played loudly until approx midnight, but the rooms are fairly soundproof if you want some shut-eye before then; it's quiet once you close the doors. Entertainment in the hotel is by way of cover bands that start at approx 9.30pm each night and play until about midnight. Varying standards - but very enjoyable. We went along for a drink most nights and enjoyed it (though we'd never normally go to hear a tribute band when we're at home). But sitting outdoors in the pavement cafe watching people enjoy themselves is what holidays are all about. If you're looking for an alternative to cover bands, check out the live DJ sets in the nearby Sa Punta bar/restaurant (5 mins walk from the hotel - we loved that spot) and the chill-out area for lounge music in Panetosto a few mins walk from the hotel. There's no bespoke children's entertainment and the pool area isn't child-oriented (suited us, but then we've no small kids) but I would consider this very much a child-friendly hotel in that children and parents are made to feel very welcome (from what we observed) with all of the staff fussing over every child they saw in that lovely Spanish way that it's all about the children. You'll read complaints below that the age profile of the hotel is 60+ which sort of worried us before we went but we found the hotel to have a lovely mix of young children, young adults and older people, many of whom were infirm/recovering from operations etc. Lots of English, some Welsh, Scots, Irish, Scandinavian, French and German. We loved the mix of people. We discovered on our first day there that it's impossible to get loungers by the pool before noon, so after the first day we didn't bother trying before lunch but after lunch, you can have your choice of loungers and parasols. Pool closes at approx 6.30pm and if you're looking to swim (as opposed to a dip to cool off) anytime after 4pm you'll almost have the pool to yourself. Pool bar closes about 5pm which is when the lifeguard seems to finish her shift also. Pool table next to bar, operates with €1 coins. Prices in pool bar reasonable (pint of lager and glass of wine each approx €2.50). While I love a drink or four myself, one of the best things about the hotel is that the drinking culture there was civilised and there was no messiness or anyone obviously drunk and rowdy. All very respectful of each other. The hotel's best asset by far and away is their staff - very friendly - special mention for the women at reception (very efficient, courteous, and knowledgeable) and the waiting staff at mealtimes (even those who speak only Spanish persist in having a polite conversation with you - we didn't understand a word our waitress would be saying to us, but we really appreciated that she went to the bother, regardless, of having a patient chat with us every mealtime - it was very charming). You'll read reviews below that some people find the hotel cliquey - not at all - it's clear that many customers are repeats - and the staff acknowledge and appreciate that. It was our first time at the hotel (and in Majorca for that matter) are we found it very welcoming. We hired a car for a few days and did it through reception staff. It was cheaper than the prices we were quoted in town, and the car was dropped to the hotel which was also the drop-off point. Paid in cash - weren't even asked for a card to swipe. Very straight-forward. Bus timetables also available at reception, and bus stop (for all buses) is located at the back of the hotel. Bus journeys that you'd guess would take X time usually take twice as long as buses in this area stop at every hole in the hedge to pick up passengers. Expect to be standing on a bus - they pack you on like sardines. We found it easier and just as cheap to hire a car for a few days to expore e.g. car hire for a day (inc of all costs) was €45 whereas bus ticket to Palma was €18 each. Lots of gorgeous cafe/bars close-by; our favourite was Thalassa (which has the Tourist Info office stuck on to it - fairly good - but the hotel reception staff are just as knowledgeable and helpful in my view). Beach is close-by which is rocky in places (great for snorkelling and strong swimmers) but has sandy areas for children/paddling. We preferred the beach in Cala Bona to that of Cala Millor (which is the more 'classic' sandy strip type beach/strip). Worth a trip into Cala Millor for the sake of it, but we did prefer Cala Bona for its variety. In both beaches, sunbed hire costs €4.20 each and parasol also €4.20; available for hire 10am-6pm. Beware of the many reviews that say the walk from Cala Bona into Cala Millor is 10-15mins. We're fit 40 year olds and for us the walk was easily 25-30mins - but plenty of shaded seating areas along the walk if you needed to rest along the way.More

CorkCityRocks, 186598

Great hotel. Great location. Will definitely be coming back!

We stayed at this hotel (wife and 2 kiddies - 11yrs and 15yrs). This was a last minute change as we originally had the 4* Protur Bonaire Aparthotel booked around the corner for late August, but had to change to July 24th instead. We certainly were not disappointed at all. Location: Lovely view of the small harbour, where street entertainers are plentyful at night time. Also easy to walk along the promenade into Cala Millor, which a little more lively and has a lovely beach. Room: Our room was very basic, with 4 single beds, but it was clean. We didn't get the harbour view that the front/seaview rooms had so our view wasn't great. Rooms have never bothered me too much as you don't tend to spend any time in them on holidays anyway. Food: We were half board and were very impressed with the food on offer. Good quality and very good selection. The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. For the first time in decades we had a table allocated to us for the whole stay, so there was no rushing or queuing. This meant we could eat at any time too, which was great. Swimming Pool: The swimming pool was excellent. People on TripAdvisor moan about the size of it, but we got our 2 sunbeds every single day without fail. The door to the swimming pool opens at 8am every day, so there was sometimes a small queue. We put our towels on the beds and then had breakfast, so we were back at our beds for 8:30-8:45. Not a problem. We always leave the pool area between 12:00-13:00 to get the kids out of the midday sun, and go for a walk or snack. Back again at 16:00ish, and always got sunbeds again without fail. People did not have their towels on beds for any length of time as they would have been moved by the Life Guard, who was present all day. Nice and relaxed atmosphere around the pool. Entertainment: They have live music in the main bar every night and this was excellent. The Beegees tribute was amazing, with the lead singer sounding so much like Barry Gibb that it was so impressive. The Four Tops and a couple called Maritim was equally excellent. The entertainment was so good that it tends to attract people that aren't staying at the hotel, which is fine. It's Spanish law that if you have a hotel bar, that it's not just only open for residents, but for all. We got there early each night to get a good seat (around 8pm-8:30pm). I work for Thomson/TUI IT (15yrs) and in all my 40 years of travelling abroad have never seen so many repeat customers (after chatting to them). People come back year after year and some multiple times each year. The hotel is family owned and you can tell by the atmosphere. Repeat customers are welcomed like a member of family. Many people seem to book directly with the hotel as they advertise their prices openly, which makes it cheaper for them, and a few also book years in advance. Overall, as you'll be able to tell, we all absolutely loved this hotel and everything about it. I guess that it's only a 3* due to some of the rooms being basic, but you can upgrade. I can't see the point. I reckon the hotel is: 3* accommodation 4* food 5* entertainment We will definitely be going back here and soon I think. Totally recommend this hotel!!!More

Colin B, 186342

Great Location, beautiful harbour, lively atmosphere

We really like the location and atmosphere of this hotel. It is only 10-15 walk to beautiful beach Cala Millor. Plenty of restaurants and pubs around. Pretty and smart looking hotel. Just fantastic harbour front of the hotel. Overall we find this hotel absolutely lovely. Definitely would come back! More

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Fabulous location

Just back from a seven night half board stay with my boyfriend in the last week of July/start of August, we booked through Falcon/Thompson from Ireland. Room: We upgraded the room to a superior junior suite that said it would "come with a private balcony for some extra space outside and a sea view. Along with an inviting contemporary look, it will also include...a TV, WiFi, and a kettle" (As advertised on the Falcon website). Unfortunately this is a lie as there are some superior rooms that are located at the side of the front block, looking across to the other balconies, which is the one we were given. So if you have paid the extra, email the hotel themselves and ask them to ensure you get your harbour view! Even then the bar, entertainment, and harbour will be below you so it would be noisy until 1 or 2 in the morning, if you're looking for a more quiet stay. The WiFi is free but slow so I'd recommend buying a roaming data add on from your mobile network if you're a big user of the internet. Apart from that the superior room is lovely, comfortable beds (two beds, not one double), flat screen TV with BBC channels, kettle, handy little fridge, hairdryer in the bathroom, amazing shower, and air conditioning. Cleaning staff came every day and were excellent. Food: Lovely, helpful staff in general in the hotel. Breakfast buffet is from 8-10am and dinner buffet is 7-9pm. Plenty of breakfast options, but if you're a creature of habit like me who has cereal every morning, the choice is poor (awful cornflakes, porridge flakes, honey puffs, and warm milk from being left out in a jug). Some Weetabix, better cornflakes, cocoa pops or something wouldn't go astray. However, there are also an assortment of fruits, bread, yogurt, ham, cheese, rashers, sausages, fried eggs, tomatoes, fresh omelettes, fresh pancakes with honey, nutella, sugar, and lemon topping options. There's also a juice/water and coffee machine. For dinner the menu changes every day. There was a good selection, but it can get a bit repetitive after seven nights, but I am a bit of a picky eater.. Even with the good selection the food was bland sometimes, particularly the vegetables. I wasn't fond of their baby carrots, or the peas, but the brussel sprouts and cauliflower were nicer. Very creamy mash potatoes, and their 'butter potatoes (like roast ones) were very nice. Almost always pasta available which was nice and a different sauce such as carbonara, cheese, mushroom, or bolognaise. Drinks are extra, such as a bottle of water for €2 (they turn off the juice/water machine for dinner), coke for €2.50, and the waiters/waitresses will serve you from your table for payment. The dining room is a bit cramped, our designated table for the week was genuinely two inches from another couple, it was as if we dined with them every night, so that was awkward at times. Personally I prefer to be self catering (particularly for a fortnight stay), as I would be happy with a box of cereal and milk and not having to get up and get dressed early, but half board was good for a week. My boyfriend, however, loved the buffet. They accommodated the early departures with a basic continental breakfast at half six in the morning which was great. Pool: The pool is a lovely spot, it requires the key card to get in, and has a lifeguard always present. It's got a kids pool, a good shallow end, and the deep end goes up to 2 meters. They aren't too strict on the pool rules when we were there which was fine. There was a lilo or two in the pool, kids (and adults) occasionally diving in. If it was properly rowdy or the lilos obtrusive I imagine they'd be more strict. The lack of sunbeds is a problem. Many people were reserving sunbeds before and after early breakfast so by 10/11am we were hard pushed to grab two sunbeds together. On the last day we couldn't get two at all, which was very disappointing seen as there were clearly people reserving them with towels who hadn't shown up by then. They have the policy where after an hour they can be removed but we wanted to relax on holiday, not cause problems. Overall I enjoyed my stay. Cala Bona is a beautiful location with something for everyone and the hotel is close to anything you could need and transfers are available for excursions. We didn't partake in the hotel entertainment, though you could hear it from our first floor room (above the bar kitchen and the bar itself). I would go back for a short stay, but if I was to go again for two weeks I would definitely go self catering but that isn't an option (breakfast only is the closest option) so hence I give it three stars, along with the small pool/sunbed problem, slow wifi, and the buffet could be a bit better.More

taos95, 186600

Good hotel overall

You really need to be careful what room you are allocated as the hotel has obviously added on extra blocks and buildings over the years.the standards vary greatly. The restaurant and pool struggle to cope with the extra capacity. The tables are much to close togethet so do no expect an intimate dinner for 2. Thallaso cafe across from hotel is best for morning coffee and has a great location Boat trips from harbour are also a great alternative way of exploring Eatch out for pickpockets at the bus stop especially on market days.one guy will get on then cause a scene pushing past people to get off there is a plant in the residual crowd who will take advantage of the furoreMore

labellecowan, 186525

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