With its calm shallow coves, peaceful resorts and low-key nightlife, Menorca certainly deserves its family-friendly credentials. And for families on a budget, all-inclusive hotels can be a godsend to help you avoid overspending while you are away. Here’s our selection of the best places to stay where your food and drink – and often more – are all covered in the rate.
Built in the style of a traditional whitewashed Mediterranean village, this super-family-friendly resort is located on the more rugged – but no less picturesque – northern coast of the island. Accommodation is all apartments with a self-catering option, but most guests take advantage of the optional all-inclusive plan that covers three buffet meals a day (including a kids’ corner), a good range of drinks and snacks that include ice cream and hot dogs. A late breakfast is covered, you can switch out the buffet for a set menu and there’s even a discount on à la carte dining. An on-site waterpark is also free to guests – and a real hit with kids – plus there’s a beach right next door.
This fully all-inclusive property comprises a series of low-level apartment blocks scattered around extensive gardens close to Menorca’s Cala’n Bosch resort. While dining options are limited, a huge buffet restaurant offers live cooking, hot and cold buffets and themed nights. A Tex-Mex snack bar opens with snacks over the summer and there’s a lounge bar with nightly entertainment. Six swimming pools, a lively animation team and a free kids’ club help keep everyone happy.
The first hotel in the Cala’n Bosch resort, this family-focussed property keeps it simple with an all-inclusive rate as standard, covering all buffet dining and non-premium drinks. A trolley service provides snacks that include ice cream and fresh fruit, and there’s usually a daily cocktail covered in the plan. Upgrades are available to cover branded alcohol and a wider choice of cocktails. Updated rooms are basic but modern, with many featuring views over the pool and neighbouring beach. There’s also a splash pool with slides, plus a kids’ club and nightly entertainment.
This small, bright, and polished mid-range hotel is located in the laid-back resort of Cala en Porter, within walking distance of the beach of the same name, one of the island’s finest. It’s set on an elevated hillside, and views down to the cove are impressive and can be enjoyed from the sunny pool terrace. While half board comes as standard, an optional all-inclusive plan adds a buffet lunch and self-service soft and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes and from the bar. All-inclusive guests also get discounts on branded spirits and cocktails. There’s a splash pool and playground for children, though there’s no kids’ club or poolside entertainment – the hotel is more about adult-oriented relaxation.
One of the more upscale hotels on the island with an all-inclusive plan, this five-star property also has everything you’d expect from a high-end resort hotel. Accommodation is all family-friendly apartments, while facilities include three outdoor pools, four restaurants and kids’ clubs covering ages from two to 16. The optional all-inclusive plan covers all buffet meals and one visit per week to the à la carte and Italian restaurants, plus branded drinks and snacks. The complex is set on the far southeastern tip of the island, with wonderful views over the Med and a scenic Punta Prima beach within a short stroll.
Located in the small and serene resort of Cala Blanca on Menorca’s west coast, this updated chain hotel is one of the more impressive all-inclusive options on this side of the island. Decent buffet meals are served three times a day, with unlimited local beer and wine on tap, plus a poolside dining room serving pizza and ice cream throughout the day. There’s not a huge range of facilities, though the swimming pool is surrounding by plenty of sunny gardens and terraces, while the newer suites section of the property offers two more pools together with more upscale accommodation.
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