All-inclusive at Marina Parc
For a little bit of all-inclusive fun in the sun, we recently spent a week at
Marina Parc on Menorca. With three pools and a water park, Marina Parc has plenty of water
based action happening; and with the temperature topping 30°C, the pools were very much needed.
We have been on an all-inclusive holiday before, although not for a few years, and decided on the
all-inclusive at Marina Parc because it seemed to offer something for the whole family. One
of our nippers is now 18, so going away with his parents isn't top of the list of things he wants to do -
however, being all-inclusive, he can freely get top-ups of San Miguel from the bar; our 14 year-old can help herself to
ice-cream and snacks too. The buffet restaurant means we could all eat together - or enjoy separate meal times!
One of the three swimming pools ar Marina Parc on Menorca (there is also a water park)
Our holiday took place at the start of July, which really means that we had a vast choice of destinations. All the
European favourites are available for some pretty much guaranteed sun. We decided to go for one of the Balearic Islands. Ibiza,
Mallorca and Menorca all offer plenty of holiday accommodation. The all-inclusive holiday which caught our eye was Marina Parc
This is the water park at Marina Parc, with the sea in the background. And blue sky - there is plenty of blue sky!
Marina Parc can be found in Arenal d'en Castell on the north east side of Menorca. The resort comes with all you'd expect from all-inclusive -
three buffet meals a day, bars, swimming pools and snacks. Marina Parc also has a water park located on its grounds. The beach at Arenal d'en Castell
is a 10 minute walk too. The Mediterranean Sea on Menorca's coast is really splendid, the beach and water off Arenal d'en Castell really lived up to
Arenal d'en Castell beach is a 10 minute walk from Marina Parc. With crystal clear water and golden sand
Choosing Marina Parc
Marina Parc was offering some good deals when we booked our holiday, which was one of the reasons we chose it! Before booking we looked at
the Trip Advisor
reviews - obviously - which, it has to be said, were a mixed bag. So it was with a little
trepidation that we booked and set-off on our family holiday. So, what did we think of Marina Parc?
We had two rooms: one for the teenagers and one for us! Both rooms were clean and tidy. We did find that the patio door wouldn't lock - after reporting this to
reception, the problem was sorted out within hours. I'm a firm believer that things do go wrong - that's just life. What counts is how problems are put right. And
we couldn't fault the people at Marina Parc for this. Apart from the minor problem with the patio door, the rooms were clean and tidy. What more do you need.
There are three swimming pools at Marina Parc. The resort is low rise, and scattered over quite a large area. With the pools being spread amongst the accommodation. The pool pictured at the top of this
page was where we spend most of our time, as it was next to the accommodation we stayed in. The pools and area were well-kept, with plenty of sun loungers. There aren't too many parasols though - it's
best to save your space before you nip off to breakfast. The pools also have opening times of 10:00-19:00. I'm a big fan of an early morning swim, and no-one seemed to mind when I went for a swim at 7:30am.
Although we were politely asked to leave the pool when we went for a (quiet) post San Miquel swim at mid-night.
As with all all-inclusive holidays, the restaurant had a buffet selection. There seems to be a mixed review on Trip Advisor about the food, but I found it very good. There was always
a good selection, and you didn't have to eat chips - although that was an option, if that floats your boat. There's always pasta and tomato sauce, if you can't
find anything else to take you fancy. As much swimming and walking as I managed to squeeze in during our holiday,
I still managed to put on a couple of pounds.
Marina Parc is spread out over quite a large area, with the apartments never more than three stories high. There are shops and restaurants a five minute walk; with the beach
being a 10 minute walk from Marina Parc. One of the reasons we chose Marina Parc was its proximity to the beach. This turned out to be a wise decision - the beach and sea were
The water park is next to Marina Parc, so you can easily amble along. We quite like a lazy river (I know, life in the fast lane) so had a few floats around. There are
slides and flumes for the older children; and splash areas for the younger children. You have a snack bar at the water park too (all part of the all-inclusive) with cold drinks,
hot dogs and burgers all available.
One of the rides at Marina Parc's water park. Not one of the rides I went on - I'm more a lazy river fella.
A final word
At the time of our holiday, holidays at Marina Parc were really good value (read that as cheaper than everywhere else) as the resort had just been taken over, and
improvements were taking place. When rating a holiday, the price you paid for it should be taken into consideration. We paid less for this holiday than we did for a similar holiday on
Gran Canaria nearly 10 years-ago. Our expectations were set accordingly! However, based on the price, our expectations were exceeded.
Should you want a fun family holiday in the sun, within a couple of hours flying time, I'd highly recommend Marina Parc on Menorca.
We booked our holiday via First Choice (the home of all-inclusive, don't ya know). If you want to see how much a few days at Marina Parc will set you back, hit that button below...
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