I visited this hotel with three friends for a good value week in the sun at the end of August / start of September. This is by no means a luxury hotel (I'd judge it as 3.5 star, halfway between the actual rating and the '4T' applied by Thomson), however in terms of value for money I'd say it was excellent.
We were a little concerned on arrival when a quick chat with some residents sat on the wall outside led to us being told that it was 'so noisy', with those in question claiming to not have slept all week. All I can say in response to this is they surely must have been staying somewhere else! The hotel and surroundings are very quiet; yes the walls are somewhat thin meaning that you can hear clonking furniture, slamming doors etc, but this is no less than what you'd expect from a hotel of this age and standard. After midnight, once the pool bar and 'entertainment' were finished, then it was very quiet indeed. There is only one external bar on the doorstep (the very pricey atzaro beach) but again this shuts at midnight meaning a far better nights sleep than you would achieve in Ibiza's livelier resorts.
The room was basic but comfortable, with plenty of pillows and extra blankets in the cupboard should you need them. We had requested adjoining rooms prior to departure by emailing the hotel, this was great as we could have the adjoining door open throughout the day allowing for a far more sociable trip - perfect for groups of friends or families.
The balcony was furnished with a couple of chairs and a table, perfect for a drink of an evening. Our view from floor 1 was very pleasant, looking out on a quiet sun garden and the sea beyond.
Beyond the room, the facilities were all of a decent standard and although the 'entertainment' may not be to all tastes, there's no denying that the entertainment team work very hard to try and ensure that holidaymakers have a good time. Paco in particular had a great rapport with the guests, making a real effort to remember names and make you feel at home. Most activities took place around the pool area. As with most hotels there were the usual annoying early morning sunbed reservation shenanigans going on. In theory sunbeds couldn't be reserved prior to 9am, but by this time 90% had gone so I'd recommend aiming slightly early if you're fussy about where you want to be positioned! There are black beds and green beds - the green ones are annoyingly fixed in position, so try to get a black one if you like to sit up and read / assume any position over than a completely horizontal one!
Daytime activities included aqua aerobics (great fun, with an enthusiastic and encouraging instructor), darts, rifle shooting etc. There seemed to be a good competitive spirit going on, with a number of familiar faces up on the stage each night when it came to 'awards' time.
The evening entertainment was the usual mix of dance shows, competitions, singers etc. Nothing particularly amazing but ok, and as previously mentioned the hotel staff were always very enthusiastic and hardworking (surely no mean feat when you've been trying to keep people smiling for over 12 consecutive hours....)
My party's views of the food and drink offering were mixed. I personally thought that the half board buffet was relatively good, with plenty of choice and reasonable variety. One of my friends however is a vegetarian who focuses on healthy eating and it's only fair that I raise her view that the food offering from her perspective was poor and limited.
We decided to upgrade on arrival to the all inclusive drinks package for 15.5 euros per person per day. This was a good value option - on a pay as you go basis even soft drinks and water are pricey but with the drinks package you can have all of these as well as a broad range of alcoholic drinks including bottles of cava (which we enjoyed taking to our room to drink on the balcony), wines and spirits. The upgrade entitles you to unlimited drinks until midnight, so if you are planning to spend any amount of time in the hotel then I highly recommend it.
Overall we had a great week. Es cana is not the liveliest of resorts but its easy enough to get around the island by bus / taxi, making it an ideal base for a break combining rest and relaxation with getting out and about. The amount of people we met who were repeat guests were clear testament to the popularity of this hotel, and I think the hardworking and dedicated staff from the entertainment and poolside team through to the helpful and friendly front desk staff should be commended for making this the case.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- He Fiesta Hotel Cala Nova offers an ideal setting for a peaceful holiday for couples, friends or families. Located right on the beachfront in a beautiful and quiet area surrounded by pine trees and the Tagomago's island. The hotel is only meters away from the sea and minutes from Santa Eulalia. Guests will enjoy a pleasant stay on Ibiza's Island with a wide variety of facilities and services for all ages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fiesta Hotel Es Canar
- Fiesta Hotel Cala Nova Ibiza/Es Canar