I’ve just returned from another visit to the Panorama and decided to go All Inclusive for the first time. IMHO this is only value for money if you stay at the hotel in the evenings which I didn’t as the entertainment was not very good. As there have been many comments about AI (which maybe should be called Part Inclusive) for the benefit of others I am listing what drinks are available between 10am and midnight.
Water/soft drinks/fruit juices/slush/lime with soft drink/coffee (cappuccino costs 1 euro)/herbal teas/Cerveza beer/lager/house cava/glass of wine/sangria (out of a carton) Local brandy, rum, whisky, gin, vodka plus Veterano brandy, Negrita rum, Ballantines whisky, Bombay Gin and Absolut Vodka/ Liquers – Hierbas, Tequila Sirra silver and a fruit liquer. Cocktails: Caribe dreams (alcohol free)/Daiquiri/Pina Colada/San Fransisco (alcohol free)/Tequila Sunrise/Vodka Sun/Love on the Beach (most cocktails come out of a machine ready made).
In the main bar there is a hot and cold buffet between 10:30am and 6:00pm with tea and cake between 5:00pm and 6:00pm and you can have a small ice cream tub (various flavours) as well. The dining room is also open for lunch between 1:00pm and 3:00pm with a selection of hot and cold foods. You have to pay for drinks in the Panorama Grand Café and cannot take a drink in there with you.
The hotel is in a nice position overlooking the sea and the Reception area was refurbished nicely in 2011-2012 but I think that the rooms (which were re-vamped) definitely need updating (they still have a small old fashioned TV and bed linen and curtains are the same as many many years ago). The staff are all very friendly and go out of their way to help you and the whole of the hotel is kept spotlessly clean.
There is a really large pool but nowhere enough sunbeds in high season hence the morning dash for them but being on my own I was usually able to find a bed at around 9am. A lot of the sunbeds need replacing as they are very uncomfortable. Waiter service around the pool has been stopped this year and there is usually only one person serving in the pool bar and the main bar during the day but I never had to wait long for a drink and they are now using plastic glasses during the day (a pet hate of mine).
Daytime entertainment round the pool is excellent due to the really outgoing personality of Adam who worked really hard. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the evening entertainment with the same Thomson Production Team shows as I’ve seen many times before and a British act was only flown in on a Thursday.
Having been to the hotel before I can say that the evening meal has deteriorated a lot both in quality and variety but people who hadn’t stopped there previously seemed, on the whole, to enjoy it.
I have to say that despite what I have said (and bad weather during the second week) I did enjoy my holiday and probably will return to the Panorama some time in the future. For evening entertainment it is well worth going to Charlie’s (next door), Ben and Smithy are hilarious and they have very good tribute acts on every night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ALUASOUL IBIZA is located on the sea front in the beach resort of Es Cana, only a few kilometres away from Santa Eulalia del Río. The hotel is an “adults only” hotel, specially thought of for those who wish to relax and unwind. It offers you a wide gastronomical choice, with a restaurant,cafeteria and snack bar. The accommodation offered by our hotel for adults in Ibiza is perfect for getaways and vacations for two, since it offers all the benefits and services of a gym, wellness and spa area, swimming pools… and an environment always ready for you to rest in well equipped rooms ... more less
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