Having just spent two weeks in the Del Rey apartments I have come to the conclusion, with hindsight, that for every positive regarding this complex there is unfortunately a negative. In fact I can say the same about the resort of Portinatx as well. The Apartments are situated just across the road from the amazing Gran S'arena beach which is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen with crystal clear water and stunning scenery .We stayed in Apt 27 situated in the front and oldest block of the complex. The apartment itself was clean, well equipped, had a good sized bathroom, excellent air con, a TV with satellite and a sizeable balcony. However there was no sea view from the balcony, instead it faced trees in front of a noisy water park, there was no wi fi reception from the room (you have to sit on the steps beside reception and ask for the password to access it), the walls are paper thin so you could hear the neighbours beside and above clearly, the block itself is quite tired and shabby (you enter via an old disused shopping arcade), when trying to relax you are tortured by the screams and yells from the water park and at night the very VERY loud entertainment coming from the large all inclusive hotels that are killing the resort. The safety deposit box cost 45 euros for 13 nights and is situated in reception. The problem here is that reception only opens 9am-1pm then 5pm to 9pm. outside these hours you cannot access your belongings. The French lady in reception is lovely, helpful and friendly and we genuinely appreciated her. The distance to the pool is quite long as you've to take the tiny and busy lift to level 4a, follow a long path whilst trying not to step on the numerous stray cats, walk up steps, follow another path, up more steps and finally you're there. The pool area is quite big with stunning views over Portinatx. You can also get there by following up the steep hill from the main Portinatx square or climb the mountain of steps beside reception and follow the gruelling path that will lead you there eventually. Getting a sunbed was never a problem and the pool is quite big but is however filled with salty sea water. There's a huge sign in the pool area stating no inflatables, no diving, no balls and none of your own food/drinks. The staff only enforces without exception the no 'bring your own food/drink' rule, not even a bottle of water is allowed. This then allows them to charge extortionate bar prices for example 3.90 for a pint, 2.50 for a tiny little bottle of chocolate milk etc. What we did, to save money, was either not go to the pool area at all or when we did go leave via the side gate, go down the hill to 'boozy buys' and have our lunchtime refreshment here for a third of the price. The Real restaurant, even though attached to the Hotel, is contrary to belief NOT a part of the Del Rey however it does offer those staying in Del Rey 5% discount on meals. The staff here is brilliant and it was always a joy to see Rafa and his two colleagues there in the mornings. The food is ok and is similar to all the other places in the resort that seem to offer the exact same menu and unfortunately same poor choices. The Buenavista next door to the Real was our favourite and others of note were the Jardin Del Mar for its stunning views and the Es Puet Blanc even though the latter charged 4.30 for a pint. However prepare for your peace and tranquillity, at es Puet Blanc, to be shattered by the ultra-loud entertainment coming from the other large all inclusive hotel beside it. The main square, next to Del Rey has most of the resorts tiny number of shops, Del Boys and Vincents who have Elvis, karaoke etc type entertainment and Boozy Buys. Buenavista has Spanish dancers and Spanish guitarist on two of the nights. The resort is very isolated with a limited number of buses coming to and fro. The supermarkets do not stock fresh meat and therefore going self-catering becomes a challenge as its difficult to access any other resorts, due to the limited busses, to buy any supplies. They also over charge on basic things like toilet roll etc. compared to other resorts I’ve visited. The beach at the far end of Portinatx has some interesting restaurants and a beach bar that again is overly expensive. However from here you can walk around to the lighthouse etc. and take in the stunning views. The resort itself seems to have a problem with flies, you'll find yourself constantly doing what we called the 'Portinatx wave' as your always waving flies away when at dinner, on the beach, walking, swimming etc. etc. It becomes an unbearable nuisance at times. Bring a fly swat to Portinatx with you. The hippy market on the Sunday , in Portinatx contains 16 stalls and no more and mainly sell what the guys on the beach sell eg fake watches, fake designer shades etc. We took the Ibiza town/las Dalias evening tour. Save yourself the money and try going yourself. the Sunday night aqua bus to the drum party on Benierras (sp?) beach is a must to see the sun go down and experience the madness that accompanies it. Its 10 euros per adult and 5 per child and leaves from the Jardin Del Mar on a Sunday at 7pm. To conclude: we had a great holiday and we loved our actual apartment, we really loved the beautiful beach and enjoyed the resort. . It’s so sad to see these large all inclusive companies kill off the local business's and resorts and I don't think we fell in love with Portinatx therefore I'm not sure we'll return but as they say .....'never say never'
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