Son Bou Gardens
(Son Bou (Menorca))
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With bougainvillaea embracing the walls of the low rise, classical Spanish style apartments, Son Bou Gardens offers a relaxing alternative. There are large areas of landscaped gardens which allow for sunbathing and a popular free form swimming pool. The beach of Son Bou is only a short walk away from the hotel.
- Cleaned Per Week: 2
- Towel Changes Per Week: 2
- Bed Linen Changes Per Week: 1
- Heated: No
- Free: No
- Solarium Free: No
- Name: MAHON
- Distance: 21 kilometres
- Nearest Airport Name: Mahon Distance: 21 kilometres
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- Overall: based on 645 reviews
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Stay Date: 08/2017, Patrick M Lucas L wrote this review.
There has been some terrible reviews recently which to a large extent I can understand. My review isn't terrible because our apartment was in zone 5 and the zone your apartment is situated in seems to make a lot of difference. We were very near a poo… See more
There has been some terrible reviews recently which to a large extent I can understand. My review isn't terrible because our apartment was in zone 5 and the zone your apartment is situated in seems to make a lot of difference. We were very near a pool and La Gondola restaurant/bar, we also had a reasonable amount of privacy when sat on the patio. The apartment was still very tired though and could do with a make over. That said it was no worse than I expected for 2* accommodation and we only ever really used the apartment for sleeping and showering. I do think that Thomson oversold this resort though. Son Bou Gardens is a huge complex of apartments in lovely well kept grounds. Some are privately owed but most appear to be owed by Minorca Vacations and Thomson rent the apartments from MV's. I spoke to a number of people that booked direct with MV's and organised their own flights and saved a huge amount of money. As has been suggested by other reviews Thomson add very little value to this resort. There are no organised activities either during the day or night so if I was to return there would be no point booking through Thomson. Also, the resort isn't really suitable for children over 12, mine are 16 & 14 and there was very little for them to do. In contrast we spent two weeks at Talayot apartments last year which is also in Menorca. My kids loved this place because there were activities organise by Thomson reps throughout the day and night. This is because Thomson have exclusive use. The situation with the pools is an odd set up. There are three pools on the complex and they are all owned by the restaurants attached and not by SBG's. This meant that there was a charge for the loungers which I didn't mind too much if it meant that I could guarantee a lounger for the day. I did object to not being able to bring our own food or drink though, even water. There was even an extra charge to use the water slides, maybe these were also separately owned? The pool in zone 5 didn't charge for loungers which led to the inevitable towel drop starting from 8.00am when the pool didn't open until 10.00am - most of the loungers were in a very poor condition though. I must make a point of thanking Sebastian who owns La Gondola. Despite the 12 hour plus days he works he was always friendly and very hospitable. In summary, Son Bou is a lovely resort and SBG's is a nice complex but we wont be returning - there are just too many reasons not to. The beach is fantastic with beautiful clear water. There is also a lovely walk up several sets of steps to the hills overlooking the resort, the views are well worth the effort. The restaurants are good but the menu's don't offer much variety. Our favourite by far was Asador Las Dunas and you must try the T-bone rib which was outstanding. The Hawaiian cocktail bar is good fun and so is the Buddha lounge. The sunset bar is great to watch the sunset or you can just go a sit on the beach nearby for free. There are several supermarkets in Son Bou and are all expensive and priced identically. Unless you have a car there is no choice but to use them which the supermarkets are well aware of. Collapse
Stay Date: 08/2017, theclaw2008 wrote this review.
How Thompson holidays put there name to this holiday complex I do not know!!!! Some apartments are owned privately rented and owned by holiday company's, That's fair enough but no explanation as to why the 3 pools on the complex can be used by any ho… See more
How Thompson holidays put there name to this holiday complex I do not know!!!! Some apartments are owned privately rented and owned by holiday company's, That's fair enough but no explanation as to why the 3 pools on the complex can be used by any holiday maker walking by. We purposely booked through Thompsons holidays so are children could benefit from the usual Thompson activities,there was none whatsoever. Apartments were dated which is fine but beyond shabby, ripped settees,broken fans,dodgy toilet and shower. Second bedroom was like what Harry Potter would sleep in so most nights the kids slept in the lounge or balcony as no air con (my fault for not checking) BUT... the fans don't do anything apart from swirl hot air about. If you're lucky enough to get an apartment that backs onto the main road you will have 5am visits from the bin men everyday. €3 a day for sun beds round zone 3 pool which was quite nice, snack bar was fine too. Trying really hard to find more positives about son bou gardens but I'm at a loss. So on that note will say it needs a good revamp and Thompson holidays only put there name on the resort to hoodwink you!!!! Collapse
not what it says on the box
Stay Date: 08/2017, Layla P wrote this review.
We had booked Menorca because we were told it was brilliant for families and then further booked son bou gardens because it advertised itself as family orientated. However it is far from that. To start with the apartment (which are basic but nice) d… See more
We had booked Menorca because we were told it was brilliant for families and then further booked son bou gardens because it advertised itself as family orientated. However it is far from that. To start with the apartment (which are basic but nice) don't actually own the pools that are situated right in the middle of the village. Therefore you have the pay €3 per sunlounger if you want to have a seat while the kids swim, and you cannot bring snacks or drink, you have to buy food from the attached restaurants. On top of having to purchase food, out of the 15 restaurants in the area, they all practically have the same menu. Unless you really like pizza, paella, fish or burgers and chips, your gonna be stuck for your holiday. The shops too offer a basic selection of food for you to cook. An average meal for me, husband and 2 kids with drink would usually be about €50. Then there is the entertainment. There is none. There is no activities throughout the day, no classes/groups, no music anywhere and all their live shows started at 10pm. With 2 small children it was not even worth it trying the keep them awake that late. Although we liked the island (I would highly recommend the somni and pirates of Menorca excursions) I would not recommend these apartments. Collapse
Zone 3 Apartment 126 Absolute Disgrace
Stay Date: 08/2017, braddas2047 wrote this review.
Holiday?? What Holiday!!!! If you like an apartment in a state of disrepair then this is the place for you. Thanks to the Bin Men arriving everyday at approx 5.30am to 6am i am exhausted and for the 1st holiday ever i am glad to be home. Thomson have… See more
Holiday?? What Holiday!!!! If you like an apartment in a state of disrepair then this is the place for you. Thanks to the Bin Men arriving everyday at approx 5.30am to 6am i am exhausted and for the 1st holiday ever i am glad to be home. Thomson have nothing to with Son Bou Gardens apart from put their name to this shambles of a group of Apartments, torn sofas, tiny bedrooms that i wouldn't put 1 of my kids in let alone 2, the beds are squashed into a tiny space / sweat box. The 'Kitchen' area was dirty, decrepit & the Fridge worked but was filthy and overheating, the 'Bathroom' was something out of a horror show, loose tiles, toilet that i has to adjust everytime it was flushed, water constantly running from the cistern, i did mention this to reception & it was supposedly fixed by the addition of a new 'plunger' but basically nothing changed as it was the cistern guts that were broken, The Shower head was possessed and would decide where it wanted to spray. The Apartments were never cleaned and we just had a bag of towels & sheets dumped outside once a week. Quite simply Thomson should refund everyone for this cluster of apartments!!!! Son Bou Gardens as a whole are very good, it is just the Thomson ones in zone 3 that are appalling. Son Bou is a lovely place, we ate out every night & enjoyed all meals altho they are very similar to each other, we enjoyed Josephs Bar for the breakfast baguettes, quiz & entertainment, the Kit Cat bar was also every good and wehre our 2 16yr olds hung out for the wifi during the day as there was no day time 'Thomson' style entertainment, no pool, table tennis or water polo competitions, yes Son Bou is a lovely place as is Son Bou Gardens mainly, the pool & restaurant at Club St Jaime were good & we saw a couple of good shows their too. If you are going to Zone 3 and Apartments 120's to 130's then i really feel you should look to change, worst holiday we've ever had, thanks Thomson !! Collapse
Lovely week in the sun
Stay Date: 07/2017, Cerys J wrote this review.
We have just returned from a week at Son Bou gardens. Our group consisted of myself, my husband and two teenage girls, 13 and 16. First impressions were good, receptionist was friendly and helpful and we were taken in a minibus to our apartment in … See more
We have just returned from a week at Son Bou gardens. Our group consisted of myself, my husband and two teenage girls, 13 and 16. First impressions were good, receptionist was friendly and helpful and we were taken in a minibus to our apartment in zone 3. We had requested a first floor apartment in zone 3 and that was exactly what we got. Zone 3 was the best in our opinion as it was only a couple of minutes walk away from the beach, shops and restaurants and two swimming pools. The grounds of the resort are excellent, well cared for and very clean. Our apartment had a balcony front and back with a table and four deckchairs in the front and clothes airer at the back. The furnishings are dated but there was a large seating area inside, table and chairs, fridge, cooker, washing machine and microwave as well as plenty of utensils and crockery. We had an issue with the cooker not lighting and no lock on the bathroom door but this was rectified within an hour of reporting it to reception. No TV but we weren't expecting one. There wasn't air con and we could have done with it to be honest as there was a heat wave with temperatures around 35 degrees. We knew there wasn't going to be air con though, there were two large fans which helped. There is a busy road that ran at the front of the apartments but we are early risers and it didn't bother us at all even with the windows open. The beds were very comfortable. The second bedroom was small but we literally just slept there so it wasn't an issue. Towels were changed on day 3, big towel and little towel per person. As for the swimming pools they were very clean and the staff were friendly and helpful.They are open 10-7 daily. Yes you do have to pay 3 euros per sunbed per day which still works out much cheaper than the 17 euros you have to pay at the beach (for two sunbeds). Food is delicious and fairly reasonable in price. If you go to the San Jamie restaurant (zone 4) then try the dish with potatoes, egg, sausages and bacon, it is a menorcan dish and very tasty and a big portion. There is entertainment each night at this venue, the Wednesday night Magic show is very popular so get there early, the entertainment starts around 9.15. The Son Bou restaurant at the pool in zone 3 does a delicious salad and the children loved the crepes. The supermarket on site is reasonable and has a great selection (8-30-10). There is also a gift shop, doctor, scuba centre, tobacconist and a bakery. The bakery is open 8-2 and sells enormous croissants, emsaimadas, doughnuts and pasties all around 1-2 euros. Son Bou itself has plenty of well stocked supermarkets and many restaurants and shops. Most of the restaurants offer a 3 course menu for around 15 euros or you can get a pizza for 7-8 Euros, chicken kebabs for around 14 euros and a decent bottle of wine for around 10-12 Euros. The Kit Kat bar is very popular on quiz night, you need to reserve a table during the day. The Hawaiian bar is slightly more expensive but worth it for the huge cocktails with long straws, loads of fruit and sparklers. The beach is long and thin and you can hire boats with slides, go on the banana boat or go out to the large inflatable obstacle course which costs 15 euros for an hour. We were being picked up at 4pm for the flight home and checked out around 10. We made use of the luggage store and shower facilities after spending the day at the pool. There were plenty of towels and hot water for the showers, All in all it was very good value for money and I would return. Plus points were the swimming pools, our favourite being the one in Zone 4, the well stocked supermarket and the free entertainment. Collapse
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