We stayed at the Bonaire in May 2012.
The Bonaire is part of the Protur Group of Hotels, and is located in Cala Bona, Majorca, on the north east coast.
Reception was bright and relaxed, check in was simple and fuss free.
The hotel is a complex of 5 blocks, of which 4 are accommodation blocks.
There are other buildings which house the indoor pool that don’t have a designated block number.
We were in block 5, (Room 5103) with a pool view, which has the sun in the afternoon.
The view from our balcony.
However, the balcony next door (Room 5104) didn’t have such a good a view.
All of the apartments are one bedroom, with self catering facilities. The hotel offers s/c, b/b, HB, and all inclusive.
The rooms are well appointed, having had a recent refurbishment. The quality of the fittings used, are well in keeping with the hotel’s 4 star status.
There is a good choice of English TV channels on the 32 inch plasma TV. Channels include BBC 1 & 2, ITV 1,2,3,4, Ch 4, Film 4, More 4, Cbeebies, and Sky Sports, there are also some other English channels, as well as a selection of Spanish channels.
The bedroom is a generous size, with 2 single beds pushed together.
There is a dressing table and a double wardrobe in the bedroom, with the safe being in this wardrobe. Hire cost for the safe is €14 for the week.
There is a further double wardrobe just outside the bedroom and bathroom doors.
The bathroom is 3 piece, with shower over the bath. The pressure is good and there was always hot water.
There is an indoor pool housed to the rear of Block 4, there’s also Jacuzzi’s and saunas in this block.
Next door to the indoor pool is a children’s splash zone, with multiple slides and water jets, based around a pirate ship.
To the side of the splash zone is a grassed area, where people were also relaxing on sun loungers.
The main pool is a series of several pools connected together. With the children’s splash zone attracting the children, the main pool is reasonably quiet. There appeared to be adequate sun loungers.
There is a pool snack bar based in the centre of the main pool area. You can buy drinks, snacks, and ice lollies.
There is also a side bar where the lunchtime all inclusive meals (snacks) are served from. (There is also a more regular lunchtime meal served in the main restaurant).
These appeared to be freshly cooked, they even had a spit roasting a kebab at the rear!
To the rear of the pool bar, and to the rear of the reception block, was the external entertainment area. This was tiered in it’s layout, which looked impressive.
Although we stayed on a self catering basis, we looked in the dining room at the presentation of the evening meal. S/C guests could upgrade to all inclusive at a cost of €47 per person per day, the cost for half board guests to upgrade was €19. You could also just purchase the evening meal for €17 person, without drinks.
There is a daily show cooking area, when we looked there was Pork Chops and Fish Fillets being cooked.
There was the standard buffet layout of various salads and other main meals.
There seemed to be a good selection of desserts, including pancakes (crepes) and rich chocolate puddings.
There was also a cheeseboard.
I thought that the meals offered were of a good standard, given the confines of buffet catering, and the dining room was clean and relaxed.
On the whole, it’s difficult to find much to fault with the hotel. About the only remarks to make is that the wi-fi wasn’t free (€2 for 1 hour, €7 for 3 days), and it wasn’t available in the rooms, only the reception area. We also had a problem with ants in the kitchen area of the apartment on the 2nd day, however, this appeared to be speedily resolved after reporting it to reception.
There is a lot more that could be mentioned. Bicycle hire was available in reception, starting at €2 for one hour. There were several children’s soft play areas…
…with slides and helter skelters. There was also a daily pool games, a crèche, face painting, a gym, a teenager’s hang out area, and a main bar with hotel entertainment in the evenings.
The bar also served excellent cocktails!
I would almost certainly return, although I would probably avoid high season, as the set up for families with children is all too apparent, and I tend to look for a more adult orientated environment.