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"I booked this hotel then read the bad review on…"
I booked this hotel then read the bad review on mumsnet and had a moment of worry. But we had a lovely holiday at the Bonaire. My 2 year old really loved the children's swimming pool with the little waterslides, despite the fact that it was unheated- we just waited until the afternoons when it had warmed up.
The resort is just a typical small holiday resort but it does have some nice restaurants. The hotel food was fine. The local beach isn't fantastic but there is a good bus network with nicer beaches nearby.
Staff were friendly, it was all very clean, it's a short flight, short transfer time. There's a softplay and little playground. It suited us fine for a week away in April. Very cheap too.
We didn't use the creche or go to the stay-and-play sessions so I can't comment on them. The children's disco was rather naff and we only went once! There's a kids club for 3's and up too I believe.
Maybe in July or August when the hotel and resort are full it's very different? I'd certainly go back out of school holiday time anyway.
Lovely place for toddlers and little ones!Read moreLess
"Mumsnetters' comments: Parents loved the "fantastic" kids' club: "our son…"
Mumsnetters' comments: Parents loved the "fantastic" kids' club: "our son wanted to go all day every day". The facilities are "excellent" with indoor pool, play area and an outdoor area with lots of toys, paddling pool and whirly slide. Staff are "lovely" and adult food "good" and though the children's food isn't that healthy "at least they had crayons in the restaurant so the adults could finish dinner in peace". The resort is "nothing special" but "the hotel is so geared up for kids that most of them don't want to leave the complex anyway!" Overall: "we'd definitely go again".Read moreLess
"We love this place and have been back three years…"
We love this place and have been back three years running and often bump into the same people, which is an accolade in itself. There are kids' entertainers available at every hour of the day and evening to keep the children happy and busy. The freeform swimming pool is vast, very interesting and never feels crowded and has an area for very young children and babies. Parents can totally relax here - we tend to find a spot away from the pool area in the gardens behind the apartment blocks for a total chillout zone as our children are old enough to go off on their own around the complex. And best of all you are only a stone's throw from the beautiful harbour of Cala Bona with its many family friendly restaurants. Can't wait to go back next year!Read moreLess
"I cannot believe anyone would give this place a good…"
I cannot believe anyone would give this place a good review! it was just dreadful, from the moment they gave us a third floor apartment (balcony high enough for 10 month old to crawl under, low enough for 2 year old to jump over). The swimming pool looked fantastic - but was icily, bitterly cold. baby couldn't go in it at all, toddler's lips turned blue within seconds, and I was one big goosepimple. the indoor pool was even colder. The food was truly repellent, the children's food scary in its grey jellifiedness. You think a fruit shoot is bad? try Bonaire kids menu. There were lots of people who thought it was okay just to put on the football top of a more exotic team for dinner. The ghastly reps boomed their microphone 'japes' at top volume all day and all night. The kids club was staffed by hungover dimwits - its music club today kids, lets share one tambourine and a broken maraca. truly truly dismal, not cheap and terribly disappointing and depressing..Read moreLess
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