Aug 5-12th 2012.
Flights from Manchester via Jet2 holidays.
Apologies for the bad typing anywhere.
We were given Full Board and a Suite room (We had a separate bedroom for our two children (8 and 5yrs)
On arrival we were told our self catering apartment would not be available until the following day so hence the suite. I won't go in to detail here but we ended up in the hotel for the remainder of our holiday on full board so this is about the room and the food etc rather than about our cocked up booking.
Sleep: The door banging and bed dragging from neighbouring rooms drove me mad(der)! It started quite early in the morning and was happening early in the evening. Corridor noise is also quite high and we were near the end!
The Room: Our room was clean and spacious enough with an en-suite bathroom to each bedroom room. These were not adjoining rooms; there was only one entrance with a door at the end of the room to the bedroom. There was a small balcony which in our case did not have a sea view and was quite heavily overlooked by neighbouring properties. (Note to self, pay for the sea-view in future) The air conditioning in the room was good and kept us comfortable easily. It was 30 degrees and unusually humid when we stayed. I was speaking to other residents who suggested their rooms were a lot smaller than ours. Space does seem to be at a premium especially around the pool - more on that below. If you like a little TV on holiday there was Discovery Max which kept me and kids happy when we needed to chill for half an hour before getting ready to go out at at night. A few other more obvious English language chanels too.
The room lacked: Tea making facilities, anywhere to sit as a family other than the little tables and dining style chairs in each room, any kind of trouser press and no fridge or minibar.
The Dining experience: The food at this hotel was plenty good enough for a hotel, it was freshly cooked a lot of it and a buffet style serving. The bad part is the lack of space around the food collection points and the illogical location of everything - bread on one island and then two islands away there is butter/marg. The end result is chaotic and quite stressful in my opinion with people criss-crossing and I could see getting quite frustrated. We don't normally eat in hotels, we prefer to make our own breakfast and lunch if we don't have it out and then smarten up for a en evening dining out at a local restaurant so we only actually ate in the dining room three times. Lunch was much less chaotic than breakfast because only half the guests stayed fro lunch. Actually, lunch was not such a bad experience. Good luck finding the spoon after you have found the yoghurt! :-)
The Pool: We rarely visit the hotel pool much preferring a day on the beach or elsewhere. If you did want to go to the pool I heard tales of people (Mostly Brits like us) queuing to put towels on beds as early as 6am! If you did get by the pool there was a sardine like feeling because you were very close to the other beds next to you which felt like they would be hearing your every word one guest said to us. We ruled the pool after the first walk by on the way out on day 1. It suits many people, but not us. We could hear the activities from the beach though, seems like a lot of fun for those there. Most of the all inclusive people stay by the pool to get their moneys worth of drink I imagine. We saw people walking back to their beds on the beach with the all inclusive wrist band on with their drinks. We took bottles of water from the local Supermarket at 49p each and ate lunch at the Marbella which does great Pizzas and a plate of chips to snack on. Cost around 30euros for a family of 4 including a tip for the very helpful waiters.
The beach: Accessible from the back gate of the hotel and a walk around the front which was easier. The beach is quite busy with families and sun worshippers alike but we managed to get beds every day on the front row with quite a few on the rear rows (4 Euros for each bed and 4 Euros for a brolly so for two adults it's 12 Euros a day. We left our towels on our beds whilst we went for lunch as did most people with no problem. After all, you have paid for the beds for the day. There isn't much free space so if you go down the towel and parasol route you may get trodden on by running children and the likes. We also walked for around 15 minutes down the coast path to Cala Nova which was a bit more spacious but be warned if you walk to quieter other end you walk past a nudist beach with no signs saying that so avert yours and yours children's eyes if easily offended by naked people of all shapes and sizes and ages. Take note, the restaurants on the Cala Nova Beach are mostly expensive but very good. We never made it to Vincenzo's at the end of the beach. A 50 Euro or more lunch for a family of 2 Children and 2 Adults is easy done at Cala Nova. Also note about Cala Nova, if it is windy the waves get quite surf like and an under current is present as a result. Not to mention the waves can knock youngsters over. We loved them but be aware.
The area: Outside opposite the hotel entrance is a small Supermarket - if you are going Self Catering this is a very useful place. We got all our water from here for the room and various other snacks for a late night treat. The local people are mostly good English speakers if you need it and within ten minutes walk across the front of the sea front on a hard ground walk you are in the town where you will find plenty off shops and restaurants. You can pay anything from about 25Euros to 65 Euros for lunch. We went to Miranda's a couple of times which we recommend where you can get a 3 course meal for 9.95 I think it was that was very nice and served quickly and overlooking the sea too. If you go further up town around the corner passing the Jacaranda Chill bar on your left (A must for a night of chill and drinks on a bed) further up on the left is the red Chinese restaurant. it looks old but the food and service is brilliant. For €8.95 you get starter and main course plus a small drink of beer or wine. The food is good here and was a pleasant surprise. Avoid the Paradise restaurant further up the hill on the left, the food was poor in the day and the service is slow. We never got to try the beach front restaurants other than The Marbella.
The Hippy Market: What a great place to see some unusual people and goodies. We walked to there from the Miami and arrived around 1pm and it was still full of life and live music. It's a bit like a Rabbit warren and finding your way our when the heat is getting to you can be quite funny.
St Eularia is worth a visit too, it's more cosmopolitan and town like there but the sea front restaurants are great, a little more expensive too. We took a taxi which was 10 Euros for four of us and I had Spanish lessons of the Taxi driver and superb air-con both ways! The one on the way back spoke no English at all so my limited Spanish came to use. Es Canar Parada de Taxi por favor! (Es Cana Taxi Rank Please - which is 5 mins walk from Miami Hotel)
Overall, the Hotel is clean with some equipment looking worse fro wear. I think the Hotel entertainment is good and varied but we were never there to try it. Rooms may be a little small out of the suites, eating out can be a little expensive if you don't check the menu before you sit down. We were on holiday so eating out is part of the evening for us.
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- Also Known As:
- Miami Ibiza Hotel
- Hotel Miami Ibiza
- Miami Ibiza Es Canar
- Intertur Hotel Miami Ibiza Es Canar
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Intertur Hotel Miami Ibiza offers you accommodation with all the necessary comforts for you to truly enjoy your holiday in an all-inclusive hotel at the beach in Es Canar. It is located in a very peaceful spot, ideal for families and couples who are looking for a holiday in Santa Eulalia.The comfortable rooms with terraces and the gastronomic variety in the restaurants are complemented by the entertainment programs, the musical shows, and all the various sports and excursion options on offer for you to enjoy in the areas surrounding.All the service is coordinated by professionals, giving you personalised attention throughout the day. The hotel services are:•Pool for adults and children•New Splash Pool for youngest children•Restaurant with international buffet with outside terrace•Games room•Miniclub (from 4 to 12 years old)•Poolside bar•Cafe•Sun terrace•Internet Corner and WiFi (with charge)•24-hour reception in Spanish, English, German and French•Fax service•Money exchange services•Car rental•Baby cots free of charge•Kids animation. The hotel boasts 365 rooms: singles, standards, Family room and premium rooms. All the rooms are spacious and very comfortable. They are equipped with satellite-TV, air-conditioning and heating, a telephone, Wifi and safe (with charge), a terrace and a complete bathroom with hairdryer. Some are especially designed for families with children, as they have communicating doors and space for up to 4 beds. There are also cots available for babies at no extra charge.The Premium Rooms give you that little extra during your holiday in Es Canar. They are equipped with a different style of furnishings and have everything at hand for you to rest and enjoy: DVD and Play Station, coffee and tea-making facilities, a mini bar, dressing gowns and slippers, complete bathroom with hairdryer and vanity mirror, Wifi (with charge) and wine and snacks on arrival. ... more less
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