Pools don’t get much prettier than the one at this place. And you’re right on one of Menorca’s longest beaches.
This stylish hotel is tucked behind one of Menorca’s longest beaches. It’s got direct access to the sands, along with sweeping Mediterranean views. And the bars and shops are a minute’s walk away.
This place is blessed with a large pool straight out of a David Hockney painting. Surrounding it are well-tended gardens dotted with palm trees. And for meals, there’s a buffet restaurant with a terrace.
This is a lovely relaxing hotel with helpful, friendly staff and a superb position just a short walk across the promenade and down onto the beach.
We were delighted to be given an upgrade to one of the luxurious Garden Rooms - 7. The room was very spacious with a comfortable larger than king size bed, small table and chairs and a verandah with loungers leading straight out to the garden and pool. The bathroom was also larger than usual with good quality furnishings and wet room style shower with a raindrop choice.
AC was efficient and controllable in the room and free WIFI available even in the garden.
Tea making facilities were restricted to 4 tea bags, 4 evaporated milks and 3 biscuits. There should be a choice between tea and coffee and semi-skimmed milk better for tea. If you felt the need these could be purchased in the supermarket next door but I have never been in a hotel that did not replenish daily.
The staff were all very polite, helpful and greeted you with a smile whenever you passed from the cleaners to the waiters and waitresses and reception staff. Special mentions for Juan Ramon, Will, Dani, Nineta, Jose Antonio - egg chef and Amparo on Reception.
The food was very good, not brilliant but always something to eat. Usual breakfast choices and coffee was refilled frequently and it was hot! I was put off the grill at the start because my swordfish was raw in the middle which I don't like but my husband liked the grill choices. The other food choices were good but spoiled for me as the tables for two were very close together and I prefer a little privacy to concentrate on the food. We enjoyed the wine choices and worked our way down the wine list. Cocktails were nice and a daily special was half price. Service around the pool was excellent.
The Malibu Bar belonging to the hotel but beside the promenade was lovely to lunch in if a bit pricey. It seemed popular with families not staying in the hotel which is always a good sign. The entertainment was held there 3 times a week. Huracan and the jazz group were excellent but some groups were very old fashioned. It always finished about 11.30pm.
The pool was a reasonable size - shallow to very deep - very cold until the sun heated it by the afternoon. Pool towels available at reception for a deposit and 1 Euro to change donated to the Red Cross. Children's pool attached though I think they might be changing it as various people were looking at it and measuring.
The spa, jacuzzi, gym and sauna were free and because we had to leave our room at noon and not collected till 6pm we were allowed to shower in the spa showers.
The first week there was a mixed age group from older people to families with babies and a mix of nationalities which was lovely. The second week the ambience changed completely to mostly older clientele from England and Germany. Lots of people return here year after year - I think 60 years was the most we heard! Most folk were very nice though some very opinionated.
Santo Tomas is a beautiful small resort with 3 main hotels, some apartment blocks and nice villas. There are a few bars/cafes but not many. We tried a few and liked Halley's Bar for lunch. There are 3 supermarkets and a few shops and a pharmacy. It is fairly quiet with no discos or night clubs so probably not so good for those who like night life. You can walk across the headland to Son Bou 5.4 kms and we saw a lot of walkers doing the coastal walk.
The main beach was lovely but busy especially at the weekend. Some watersports but low key. The shore shelved gently and the water was like going into a bath and so clear! A couple of other beaches were close by but we were so close to the main beach that we stuck to it. You could move from the hotel lounger, go for a swim then back to the lounger so easily.
We took 2 Thomson trips - Mahon, glass bottom boat trip and Binebeca and Monte Toro/Cuitadella. Both very interesting. We also went by local bus to Mahon and Cuitadella to spend more time (and more cash)! The meat markets were the cheapest for local gin!
All in all this was a lovely relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings and the whole resort felt very safe. I expect this is why so many people return year on year.
Thank you Hotel Santo Tomas.More
Lainey73, Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
Relaxing two weeks in Menorca
The hotel benefits from a more adult customer base. Excellent buffet food options morning and evening. Very attentive staff who are always polite and cheerful. Well presented grounds with an excellent pool. Less than a minute walk from pool to the sea. Will definitely return and would recommend to anyone seeking a relaxing break.More
Mike H, Reading, United Kingdom
First thing to say is that we arrived after 11.30 on saturday 30th after a flight delay but the restaurant staff had kept our dinner for us and fussed around like we were royalty, good first impressions, there was myself and our 19 year old lad so we asked for adjoining rooms, this was already sorted (not usually the case at other hotels), there was a general feeling of nothing is too much bother. The food was top notch, if you were brought the same food in a fancy restaurant with waiter service you would have no complaints, a big shout out must go to Juan, the head waiter and his marvellous staff. Overall it is a fantastic hotel with wonderfull staff, the only small downside is that St. tomas is a bit quiet, but it was after school hols time, and in the days of the internet we did know this but we will be back!More
graeme r, Newcastle, United Kingdom
If you are looking for a relaxing holiday in a hotel with good food, excellent service with a personal touch then this is the hotel for you. We have been to this hotel several times and feel part of a family. All the staff are so friendly. With only a few steps from the hotel you can be in a garden with a swimming pool with direct access to the beach and its own restaurant/snack bar with live music three times a week. Everything you need at hand for a real chillout so if you are looking for anything more lively this is not the place for you.More
Fay W, Pamplona, Spain
didn't want to leave....
Now part of the small Menorcan hotel chain, SET, this hotel is in pole position in Santo Tomas and does what it does very well. Upon our arrival we were offered the chance to upgrade our room to a suite, for which we had to pay extra. But it really was a no-brainer as room 109 is just a great room with sun all day on the wrap-round balcony, super kingsize bed and double aspect windows giving 180' view of the beach, pool, gardens (and even the hills of Mallorca on a cloudy morning!) Lovely bathroom with big shower (worked brilliantly), separate large bath, loo, bidet, two wash basins and the best hairdryer I've ever found in a hotel bathroom! The suite also had a lounge with large TV, chairs etc and a good sized fridge that actually kept things really cold.
We chose this hotel because we love to swim in the sea and you can do this so easily here - just stroll through the gate from the hotel garden, across the boardwalk and onto the beach. It isn't the best beach by any means, being quite narrow and a bit rocky (and could do with a daily clean) but the sand is soft and the water crystal clear. And if you make the effort to walk for about 1 km to the west,either along the beach or using the trail, you come to far better beaches with few people and no commercialisation.
We didn't hire a car as they are so expensive in August, but there is a good bus service from right outside the hotel to Mahon and Cuitadella (and other towns).A taxi from the airport to the hotel was E35.
The hotel clientele was very mixed - all nationalities and very young to very old. The hotel is well regarded for being baby/toddler friendly and also for those with reduced mobility.
And the staff, as everyone says, are just great! No wonder people keep going back every year. We'd certainly go again.(NB we travelled independently but you can book via Thomson and, I think Sovereign).More
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