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It’s quiet around here

Posted: October 18th, 2019, 9:52 pm
by dsr
I’m heading home tomorrow after the best part of three weeks October weather at its very best. As usual, things are shutting down and it is very quiet around here - for me, one of the major attractions of Son Bou at this time of year.

But this post is really about how quiet this particular Forum has been in 2019, with only four threads during the season. My take on that is that Son Bou ‘works’ and there is little that needs querying. If that assumption is correct, long may it continue.

I do wonder, though, how long some of the bars/restaurants can keep going, with such a short season. For example, neither Sa Roca nor the Compestella have seemed at all busy during the various times I have been here this year. And as for the hotels, post Thomas Cook...

Re: It’s quiet around here

Posted: October 18th, 2019, 10:18 pm
by Sunseaker
:grin: At least you had a great time, October can be lovely, we moved back to the UK on the 28th October five years ago but I was still on the beach until dusk on the 26th, and swimming in the sea. :razz:

Re: It’s quiet around here

Posted: October 19th, 2019, 8:19 am
by Tigipaul
Good Morning, Sunseaker 🌞
Reading your post on when you left to come home on 28th October I sensed a date your not likely to forget.?
Do you still miss the Island , probably a stupid question I know but I thought I would ask .
Paul

Re: It’s quiet around here

Posted: October 19th, 2019, 10:39 am
by Sunseaker
Yes I do miss living in Menorca, the slower pace of life, less traffic, good times with friends, being members of Menorca/Britannia who have some very interesting places to visit, some that are not open to the public, etc, etc, we came back as our daughter was ill and found it hard as a single mother with three children, now our youngest son has sole custody of his three year old, and we have our little grandson every day while he is at work, so no chance of going back to live, but we can say we did it and enjoyed every minute while there. :razz:

Re: It’s quiet around here

Posted: October 19th, 2019, 4:33 pm
by Tigipaul
Yes I thought I remembered in a post a while ago that you both returned back as there was a family member ill and needed your support . I hope your daughter is well now !!.
We also have daughter who has her health problems and needs our support.

I was just interested to know if you enjoyed your years over there and of course why wouldn't you miss it !! 😁
A three year old grandson will certainly keep you busy as I know my two granddaughters did with us!! ..... It was nice to hand them back in evening so we could have a rest 😕 but they soon grow up and like our two daughters and family both run a busy lifestyle so we now see less of them .
So maybe when your grandchildren become older , So just maybe youll return to Menorca
Never say Never.
Paul

Re: It’s quiet around here

Posted: October 19th, 2019, 9:57 pm
by Sunseaker
:grin:

Re: It’s quiet around here

Posted: October 23rd, 2019, 4:26 pm
by Sue Adderley
I think business owners in the resort, and probably across the whole island, are feeling unsettled following the collapse of Thomas Cook and the uncertainty of Brexit that keeps rumbling on, and on..... :mad: and it's a possibility there may be some changes afoot next year :???:

Apparently this will be the last season for Motin at Boni Indian Spice, who will be moving to Mahon harbour, into the premises next to Pierro restaurant and opening all year from March 2020. There are rumours that the guy who owns Royal Son Bou hotel is buying the Boni Indian premises and converting it from one large rental property into several different units, for use as bars/restaurants. However, it remains to be seen whether this actually transpires :neutral: It would certainly be preferable to having another large property empty on that side of the road.

Sue :partyman:

Re: It’s quiet around here

Posted: October 23rd, 2019, 9:44 pm
by dsr
Isn’t there meant to be a limit on the number of eating/drinking places? Or, perhaps, that only applies to a conversion to a bar/restaurant from a different use, rather than a sub-division of an existing bar/restaurant unit?

Re: It’s quiet around here

Posted: October 25th, 2019, 2:18 pm
by corsario
I agree, the demise of T Cook has clearly had an adverse effect, and uncertainty over Brexit, perhaps less so.
I have been here since mid-September, and apart from the recent spectacular thunderstorms, the weather has been excellent. Hopefully the next 3 weeks will be good!
Yes, it is quieter this year, and apart from T Cook etc i am convinced that the problem with tourist licences for rental properties has had a far-reaching effect too. I took the decision not to apply for a licence because a) I couldn't be bothered with the red tape and the delays, and b) I am spending much more time here now. I have regretfully had to decline many repeat requests from loyal clients, but the fines are too much to risk. I am not alone in this, and the effect is clear, especially for the bars and restaurants that my guests used to frequent.
Happily, this has to some extent been offset by the increase in the numbers of all-inclusive hotel guests eating and drinking outwith the hotels due to the poor offerings there, such as poor food, poor service, grumpy unhelpful staff. However, while this may be ok for solo travellers or couples, it is not an economic proposition for families.
The powers that be claim the tourist licence idea is to ensure good quality accommodation. This is clearly rubbish. It is designed to help the hoteliers, with the result that the hotels have less of an incentive to provide a good experience. As ever here, the long term result is ignored for short-term gain.
The private rental sector should be encouraged, not discouraged, making the hotels improve their offering, but greed, laziness and incompetence will win in the near future.
I expect that in a few years' time we will find Menorca reverting to where it was many years ago...expensive and exclusive, relatively speaking. Then, the hotels willl have to be good, and also competitive, and another phase will start...
I won't mention names, but one of the local hotels used to be pretty exclusive, and expensive, but since going "todo incluido" the standard hasn't just dropped, it has plummetted. I have stayed in a sister hotel in Mallorca, for a few days, for the last 8 years, and that sister hotel has, unbelievably, improved every year, even though I could find no fault with it that first year. There is much more competition there, and standards are significantly higher. Rant over!
Son Bou is still beautiful, all year round, and for those of you who have never been here in Winter, I urge you to take a chance on a break in January!
I love Son Bou, summer or winter, and there's plenty to do off-season, although I wouldn't recommend swimming in January!
I'm toying with coming back for Christmas this year, however as I'm not returning to UK til mid-November I may have too much to do to take another break so soon.
Anyway, I must attend to some tasks, now the sun is out. Last week I washed all the windows and shutters, and the recent rain has coated them in the dreaded red dust once more...such a hateful task; now where's my beer?

Re: It’s quiet around here

Posted: October 25th, 2019, 4:30 pm
by beachstroller
"The powers that be claim the tourist licence idea is to ensure good quality accommodation."

I agree with a lot you say however it's wise to remember that a lot of noise re tourist lice/law comes from Barcelona , majorca and Ibizia and as such statements are not always sensible to apply to Menorca ( as indeed is the stupidity of applying Balearic law unchanged when local conditions may be different amongst the islands ) . Most private rental and commercial accommodation is not run down to any extent that a law is required to improve it - the market will determine quality levels ( no mass news media about poor quality accomm. in Menorca ) so I agree that is a red-herring .