Stayed here for a week from 10th July 2010, with my wife and two small children 1yr old and 2 1/2 yr old.
Firstly yes it was a real challenge going on our first holiday with two young children especially such a close age gap. When one was awake the other was slepping. The only time we rested was when we went to bed, but we knew this so just a heads up if you have two young children.
I have stayed in Ibiza a couple of times, but never in Cala tarida. The resort is very quiet, only two resturants on the beach that look very nice, and a small clothing shop up the road. A good ten minute walk away there is a small spar, cafe and chemist, but thats it, so everything is really hotel based. San antonio is 10k away.
We were the first drop off from the airport, so quite quick to check in. The hotel is a 4 star by my standard, and I have stayed in lots of 4 star hotels.
We arrived at 20.00 dinner finished at 21.30. We unpacked and headed to dinner at 21.00. They were starting to clear away all the food, so we ended up with odds and sods.
Beer in the resturant was bottled estralla 5.4%, red, white and rose wine, you could order a bottle if you wanted, or by the glass, and a small selection of soft drinks.
All the meals were what you would expect from an all inclusive, a bit of everything for everyone. There were 2 main buffet restaurants and 3 other restaurants you could eat once at. A pizzera, lunch time grill, and a themed out side resturant. I only ate at the buffet restaurant, as this offered best choice for the children.
The first day at the pool we stayed at the top pool as it was more picturesque. There were 2 kids pool one 30cm deep and one at 45cm both were cool in the morning but after 10 seconds or so you got used to it, after 12pm both pools were lovely to sit and play in. The main pool was even warmer. I was really pleased with the kids pool, a really good size. We arrived at the pool around 10.00 most mornings. It wa dead only us and a few others, so never a problem getting a sunbed, and no one really put the towels down early. It got busier around 11.00. Thew only problem was there were only 8/10 sun umbrellas so some mornings you were lucky to get one.
The bottom pool seemed nice but never sat there. The beach was nice water warm. We just stayed for an hour or two and used our towels as there was a charge for the sun loungers. Talking of charges- 29.50 euros for a safe which I thouhgt was expensive. Also 20e each for the hire of the hotels towels which I thought was stupid. I've never had to leave a depoist before in a 4 star hotel. So make sure you take some euoros. Around the pool in the day you can order your usual dry toasted sandwiches- Beer was served in half pints glasses. The soft drinks were in either smaller glasses with two ice cubes, so you had a mouthful of drink. I just ordered two of everything, they seemed ok with that.
Yes the hotel is built on a steep hill, so pushing a buggy was tough, but it never really bothered us. The hotel grounds were really nice, lush green grass and palm trees.
The rooms were in blocks of 21 and were only 3 storey high. The rooms were nice clean and a good size. There was a small kitchenette which was useful, nice sized fridge to store kids drinks.
The hotel was made up of 50% Slovakians, then German, Spanish, Italian, and 5% english. Which was fine. The Kids evening entertainment started at 21.15 and lasted to 21.50, the amination team woreked their socks off, and really got the kids going. Some of the kids songs were really catchy. The adult evening entertainmant shows were quite good.
OK here are my moans, groans, and observations. Every hotel will have its faults. Please dont let this part put you off, they are just my personal observations, and I would stay here again and recommend it to other people. So here we go...
First night the aircon did not work. 23.00 it was still 25d. I decided to moan about it as the kids could not sleep. The receptionist was very helpful, and an engineer was at our room in less than 5 min, even though it was midnight. He cleaned the air filters but this did nothing. I went back in the morning 0800 and complained again. Another receptionist said there had been several problems in our block, and engineers are trying to rectify the issue. We went back at 12.00 and still no change. I spoke to the first choice rep who was very helpful. She manaeged to get our room changed, which we did. It was on the 3rd floor but the aircon worked, and we had a sea view.
Our doulbe buggy did not fit in either of the rooms but this was not a problem. We just left it at the bottom of the steps, when the kids slept we just carried them upto bed.
The staff were friendly but there were a couple of miserable waitresses, mainly in the restaurants. The restaurants were hit and miss in terms of getting a table. One morning there were 21 tables not cleared and people were just standing waiting for the staff to clear them. Some times your plates were cleared and some times they did not clear them. Definetely a staff shortage.
On busy perods it felt like a bit of a free for all. No sooner had food been brought out it had gone, and some times it took a while for them to replace the food. But this is what happens I suppose with mass produced food.
There was an on site doctor which is useful. There was a gym open from 10.00 to 22.30. No running machine, just a couple of cross trainers, and one or two weights,
in summary a very nice hotel, very child friendly, would recommend to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 2015 completely refurbished 5* Sensatori Resort Ibiza is located on the beachfront of the wide sandy bay of Cala Tarida with sunset views. The new Sensatori concept comes with 5 a la carte restaurants next to the main restaurant, a main pool area and an adult only zone, "The Retreat" - with sports facilities, a splash park and play grounds for children, a world class Prestige Spa and 2 more pools. The Retreat is situated 500m away from the reception, shuttle available. The TUI best Family concept has moved to the Insotel Club Tarida Playa next door to the Sensatori Resort. ... more less
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- Insotel Hotel Cala Tarida
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