I stayed at the Pestana in July 2012 with my wife and 2 teenagers. The highlight for me was the staff; without exception they were extremely pleasant and welcoming. The food wasn't top-drawer but there is a perfectly good selection to keep everyone happy. The entertainment at night was variable, but we were there more for the family time together, rather than expecting entertainment laid on. It's not a 5 star, but it's good enough that we booked again next year.
They do lift the beach towels if left unattended, which was a great thing to see. This means that you can normally find somewhere to recline and everyone is a little more reasonable in their recliner use than the normal beach holidays I've been on.
The island overall is small, with not a huge amount going on, so make sure you're there for the hotel and beach only.
They need to introduce a better booking system for the tennis court too.
See you in 2013.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pestana Porto Santo hotel is a 5-star beach resort, on the island of Porto Santo, Madeira, and is all inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and domestic beverages). Recently voted the best All Inclusive resort in Europe, it is located on Portugal's best beach, the Porto Santo beach, with 9 km of fine sand and warm water. Just 1 minute on foot from the beach, this hotel also offers 2 large swimming pools surrounded by 30,000 m² of gardens. Guests can enjoy its 6 restaurants and 5 bars, as well as a Spa area with a heated swimming pool, water jets, sauna, Turkish bath, Hamman and gym. And for the little ones, the hotel has sports fields, game rooms and the Kids Club. The rooms are decorated with blue ocean hues and each has a flat-screen TV and balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Pestana Hotel Porto Santo
- Pestana Resort Porto Santo