The Vista Picas Apartments make a great holiday base, with a huge pool and a location that puts you in easy reach of the beach and town centre.
With whitewashed walls and terracotta roofs, these apartments have a quintessentially Menorcan look. They’re arranged in a crescent overlooking a big, figure-of-8-shaped pool. Loungers and thatched parasols are set out around a roomy sun terrace, and there’s a separate half-moon pool for little ones. At one end there’s a palm-dotted lawn, where you’ll find a shaded snack bar.
The apartments themselves are simply styled, with cool tiled floors and chunky pine furniture. Each one has a small kitchenette – there’s a supermarket over the road for picking up supplies – and a balcony or terrace.
As for the location, you’re in a great spot. The bars and restaurants in the centre of Cala’n Blanes are just a few minutes’ walk away, and you’re a 10-minute stroll from a couple of sandy coves. There’s also a bus stop nearby where you can catch regular services to Ciudadela – the journey takes about 20 minutes.
We stayed here in June for two weeks and had a lovely time. Both the apartments and the area we really liked. We arrived in the night, but there was a list on the reception door to let us know what room we were in. The maids came every few days and were always very friendly. The reception staff were also very friendly and helpful.
The pool was large and more than big enough for the amount of guests. There were also a lot of sunbeds around the pool so getting one wasn't a problem.
Personally we found that the noise from the surrounding bars was not a problem at all, as every night by midnight and sometimes before they had made it quieter and we couldn't even hear it. I doubt that it would have been loud enough to keep anyone awake, it definitely wasn't for us.
The apartments were clean and spacious and we really liked our stay here. Everything we could have needed we found.
We went self catering and there were more than enough choices for supermarkets with really cheaply priced items. Eating out we really like Haiti and also the Forum which is only a five minute walk from vista picas (they do a mean Bolognese pizza). The service at Jimmy Hills is exceptionally friendly, and well worth a visit!More
Sarah M, Horsham, United Kingdom
We just got back home today and read some recent reviews...think we must have gone to a different place to some other people. Vista Picas is no luxury apartment complex. You do get what you pay for. The apartments are clean although dated. We had our room cleaned and towels and sheets changed every 3days.
Yes there were ants, which we have experienced in other countries...solution...go to a supermarket and buy some bug spray, problem solved.
We managed to hire 2 fans for our 9 night stay, but also slept with windows and doors open. We would not have slept with doors open if we had been on ground floor..common sense prevails.
As for the music, it actually stops at midnight, no loud music is allowed after then, it's local law... and we were in Jimmy Hills most nights, so we know it stopped then. Yes some of the tribute acts were a joke, but some were good. But not everyone's tastes are the same!
Also when booking a holiday, read reviews on places before you book.
I would go here again. Like I said the apartments are clean, basic, a little dated, but what more do you need for the price you pay. The pool is huge for the amount of people who stay here. There are always plenty of sunbeds despite the people who always felt the need to put out towels early on a morning, to book theirs in their reserved plot every day. There were some cracked sunbeds, but they were still useable.
Plenty of places to eat out, the menus were a little of the same but the prices can vary. We found Haiti was lovely as was the Aqua Park restaurant. Elcuore was very nice and reasonably priced. The steakhouse restaurant on the opposite corner to Haiti, think it's called Biancos, was not anything special and was the most expensive. All the restaurants had free wifi too.
Ciutadella on local bus is quick and very cheap and well worth a visit. The bus stop is right outside reception doorway, with a good timetable of services to other resorts and beaches.
If in doubt don't book here, but we find it relaxing, the people are lovely and don't expect to get mega luxury at a cheap price! It's a nice place for families especially with young children, no need to spend a fortune to keep them entertained.More
Oversized Working Man's Club
If you're looking for a quiet, restful holiday I strongly advise that you do not visit Vista Picas. I went away with my three children ages 13,16 and 21. We booked five days self catering through Teletext holidays (who were also very unhelpful). Below are the reasons why you should never book a holiday at this complex.
1. No air conditioning in 35 degree heat. No availability of fans at the hotel or at the adjacent supermarket where we were advised to PURCHASE a fan for 15 euros. This lead to us having to keep the doors open at night to avoid suffocating to death in the heat consequently compromising our safety.
2. Because we had to keep all the doors and windows open (except the front door) for the reason listed above, on the third night my 21 year old daughter was awoken at 3am to find a man standing at the end of her bed. She screamed out for help, my son was able to get him out of our apartment only to have him return again to touch my son on his shoulder while he was sleeping. I immediately ran to the reception of the complex to seek assistance but reception was locked and there was no security personnel available or access to an emergency phone. Obviously in great distress I called the police who took twenty minutes to arrive. Eventually they escorted the man off the premises. When I reported this incident to the manageress at reception the next morning she was very uninterested and unapologetic and merely mentioned that we shouldn't have had our doors open even though we had asked her personally around five times to provide us with a fan so we didn't have to keep the doors open for that very reason.
3. The room was clean and basic but unfortunately our room was located directly behind a children's race car track and Irish pub which played horrendously loud and appallingly bad tribute acts until 3am every night. We literally did not sleep for three nights until our constant badgering for a room change to the aforementioned manageress finally resulted in us being moved to a quieter room.
So, unless you enjoy horrendous Elvis Presley/Four Tops/ABBA tribute droning on in your ear lugs until 3am and genuinely fearing you will die of heat stroke at though the night I advised you avoid this place like the plague.
P.S. Teletext do not have a customer service provision once you actually leave the UK. They have been extremely difficult to deal with and provided no assistance when I informed them of the conditions at the hotel.
nosaga, London, United Kingdom
Lower your expectations to avoid disappointment!
Unfortunately this accommodation was not up to the usual high standards we experience when booking through Thomson. Maybe our expectations were too high but it certainly didn't match up to other hotels we have stayed in over the last ten years.
My advice would be don't go half board if you're a vegetarian! Or a fussy eater! There are so many good, cheap places to eat nearby and unfortunately the hotel's menu is limited, although the food was of decent quality. Just one meal for a veggie though so I was struggling....... But it was a lovely lasagne! There are also ants all over the apartments, and we had a really noisy fridge that banged randomly during the night, waking us up. Our hot water failed to work on our first evening (I was told by the rep that she sometimes has to leave hers running for ten minutes before it runs hot!) but worked on subsequent nights. Also don't lock the bathroom door - our daughter was trapped until we managed to use a little tool given to us by bar staff to release the jammed lock, so I'm guessing this is a common problem as the staff almost seemed prepared for it. Also don't expect entertainment or atmosphere of any kind. There just isn't any.
On a positive note, the location is brilliant - on the edge of Cala'n Blanes, one hour transfer from the airport. The water park is lovely, â¬20 per adult per day but gets cheaper if you buy a multiple day pass and is a five minute walk from the hotel. A twenty minute walk takes you to one of the most picturesque beaches I've ever seen - absolutely idyllic. And prices in the resort are very reasonable. The weather was amazing - soooo hot, 30+ degrees every day and the pool area is fantastic. A huge pool with all the apartments situated around it, so it felt very safe and cosy. But strangely for the beginning of August it was not busy at all, I'm not complaining but I felt it should have been a lot busier. Staff were very helpful but there was just something missing here - a shame since it has loads of potential. I would certainly go back to the resort but probably not this hotel unless it was very cheap! And definitely self catering rather than half board.
Despite my negativity, we had a lovely relaxing week's break and loved Menorca. And the old capital of Ciutadella is well worth a visit - â¬1.65 on the bus that stops right outside the hotel and runs every thirty minutes.More
Lisa C, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
DO NOT GO HERE IF BOOKED THROUGH THOMSON!
Where to start?
Strongly advise if this holiday has been booked through thomson to amend your booking and go to another hotel. There is absolutely no entertainment for children.
On arrival at 10.30 local time was told that our apartment wasn't ready. Didn't get the key until 2.15 local time. When in the apartment there was glass on the floor... even though the cleaner had left no more than 10 mins previous.
We were self catering. That would have been fine except it was impossible to cook or store food because there was ants everywhere.. and I don't just mean a few. Literally thousands of them. You expect creepy crawlies abroad but I have never seen anything like that before. Food that was stored was crawling in them and they had even managed to get into un opened food. So food bought had to be used immediately or would end up being covered in ants.
They were even crawling along the head board in the bedroom.
The pool was it's best feature.. it was very clean. And very deep.. With no life guard present at all.
No air con in the rooms but there are fans available at reception. Providing you get there early enough other wise your out of luck. But there is a supermarket over the road that rent them too thankfully ð
The hotel needs some improvements and updates. starting with sorting the ants out. wouldn't advise using the 'park' it's seem much better days.
Not the review i was expecting to be writing after planning this holiday with our family members since the beginning of the year. There experience wasnt any better if anything they had it worse as they had ants crawling all over there 2 year old all night every night.
If you don't mind sleeping with ants crawling on you and being out all the time this is the place for you. If you want to sleep and have entertainment for your kids I'd advise not to stay here.
Oh and the breakfast was shocking and expensive for what it was. There are are 2 mins away that do a good breakfast at a good price though. More