Three years ago my husband, and our twin girls went on holiday with my step son and mother in law to Santo Tomas, Menorca. We booked an all inclusive holiday with Thomson, and stayed in the Victoria Playa Hotel. You can read my review from 2015 here.
This year we decided to return as a family of four as we had fond memories of our last trip.
Our flight was early which was great as it meant we arrived at our hotel around 11am and checked into our room straight away.
Our room had two double beds in. We moved the bedside table in between them, and pushed the beds together to make one big bed. There was also a desk with stool and mirror. The inbuilt wardrobes are to the front of the beds. You can’t see them in this picture, but they’re spacious and have plenty of room. There’s also a safe which you need to pay reception for. For the week it cost us €35, €10 of which was refundable.
The room also has a balcony with a table and two chairs.
During our last visit we had a room overlooking the swimming pool. This time around we were on the top (5th) floor with a sea view.
The bathroom was a decent size with a shower over the bath. Some toiletries such as body wash and shampoo are provided, but we didn’t use these.
There’s also a hairdryer, but it’s not very powerful.
I also wish I’d known that there was no kettle, as I would have brought my own!
After quickly unpacking, we headed to the pool and were very lucky to find two empty sunbeds. This is a rare occurrence as we later discovered! Most days there is a queue at 6am for people to reserve their sunbeds for the day.
There are three pools. The one pictured below is the main pool, and this has a smaller, shallow pool attached which is perfect for young children.
Then you have the children’s splash pool, pictured below. This is a shallow pool with slides, and water that sprays everywhere, along with a bucket that fills up and then pours out everywhere. Our girls loved this!
Unfortunately, one thing that spoilt the swimming pools for me was the constant ‘sewer’ smell. I wasn’t sure what it was at first, but it soon become clear that there was quite a bit of mould surrounding the pool and the filters. This was what was causing the smell around the main pool. It’s clear that it needs a really good clean.
Aside from this we had a lovely time by the pool. We then returned to our room, and found lots of ants crawling around. My husband went down to reception and queried the possibility of changing rooms, but we were advised most rooms would be the same, however they’d send a maid up to clean.
I get that this isn’t the hotels fault. We get ants in the UK too when the weather is warm, and the hotel dealt with it quickly and efficiently.
One of the main reasons that we like this hotel is the proximity to the beach. It’s literally just one minute away!
The beach is very clean, and you have the option of hiring a sunbed and umbrella whilst there for €18 for two sunbeds and an umbrella.
The sea is very clear, and again very clean. One day, we went for a walk along the cliff tops and found some man made caves that go under the sea.
The children’s park has been refurbished which was nice to see. It’s safe, and clean, and our girls enjoyed playing there. There is a kids club, but we didn’t use this so can’t comment on it.
One thing that has disappeared is the soft play area that used to be next to the bar. This is now a toilet block. Although our girls are too old for soft play, I do think it’s a shame that this has been taken away, as it useful for those with young children.
The food in the hotel was really good. It’s a buffet style and they had various options available such as fish, meat, salad, pasta, plenty of vegetables, chips, yoghurts, desserts such as cake, ice cream and fruit. The variety each day was really good. You can also get sandwiches and fruit pots from the pool bar during the day too.
The entertainment has improved since our last visit. It’s now split between the TUI team and Cosmo, with Cosmo taking the lead. Every night there’s a children’s disco at 8pm which lasts for an hour, and then at 9.30pm there’s usually a show of some sort. One night we had a Meghan Trainer and Bruno Mars Tribute Act which were very good. There was also ABBA, Disney and a Quiz.
There is a hotel in the shop, but you can also find some more shops just a short walk away, and further up the road there’s crazy golf, some bouncy castles and more shops.
Overall, we had a great holiday, and despite a few cons, I’d still recommend this hotel.