My wife and I stayed at Ses Estaques in late September/early October. This was the eleventh time we had been to Santa Eulalia but the first time at this hotel.
The hotel is in an excellent location - albeit without a proper beach as the shoreline is rocky. However, if it's a beach that you want the main one in Santa Eulalia is about 10 minutes walk away. There are plenty of sunbeds for everyone [the hotel has a good arrangement to prevent the "German syndrome" on unreasonable "capturing" of sunbeds], the pool is good and spotlessly clean with a couple of jacuzzis a few yards away.
Staff at the hotel are exceptional. We have always stayed in a much smaller hotel in the past where you aren't just a "number" and we feared that in this larger establishment would be very impersonal - but that did not turn out to be the case. All staff from reception, waiters/waitresses and chambermaids were friendly, personable, always smiling and very accommodating. Mr Edu, the retiring manager, was very visible, very personable and willing to listen to guests' views. His successor is also personable and seemed to understand the maxim "if it ain't bust don't mend it" so, hopefully, he will not want to change too much in the way the hotel is run.
It is true that most of the guests were of a "certain age" (mostly in their 60s) but it certainly wasn't like a "residential home in the sun" as reported by a previous reviewer. Guests are almost exclsuively from the UK. There are no children in the hotel. Neither did we find drinks expensive [previously commented upon by another reviewer] - eg a perfectly acceptable bottle of table wine cost just €11, an Americano coffee €1.80, a large beer €2.70.
There are daytime games and puzzles [the latter in particular was a feature enjoyed by many of the guests] organised by Thomsons staff but, as reported by a previous reviewer, none of it is "in your face", is not intrusive and you can take it or leave it.
The quality of the evening entertainment varied greatly; the resident duo (warm up act) were poor (the male performer was OK but the female singer [I use the term "singer" advisedly!] managed to murder more than her fair share of tunes and she seemed pretty "dippy" to us [and many other residents]). The quality of the main acts (starting at 10pm each evening) varied quite a bit with some very good (eg Sean of the Debonairs) and others nearly as bad as the resident duo.
Our room was perfectly clean, tidy and very acceptable - albeit not as modern as some hotels we have stayed in. Each room has a pleasant balcony available. Beds are very comfortable and rooms are air-conditioned. There is a hairdryer in the rooms but no coffee/tea making facilities unless you are in a superior room. There is an ironing room available and laundry service.
Rooms on the pool side of the hotel (which get the sun in the afternoon and evening) have a good view of the sea, the marina and the boatyard [the latter not being overly attractive!] but also get the noise from the evening entertainment until midnight (though they also have the advantage that you can sit on your balcony and watch the entertainment if you wish); those rooms have larger bathrooms than on the "quiet side" of the hotel but only half of the wardrobe space provided in the latter - so, if you are taking quite a few clothes you would be hard pressed to find enough storage/hanging space. Rooms on the third and fourth floors provide better views on both sides of the hotel. So, in terms of room selection, it's really a question of what suits you best. On that score, if you contact Monica at the hotel a couple of weeks before you arrive, and say which rooms you would prefer, she does her very best to accommodate you.
The hotel provide towels, free of charge, for the pool side (indeed they insist on you using them to ensure that "interlopers" don't use the sunbeds).
Food is good - all served on a buffet basis. I was surprised by the comment from a previous reviewer regarding the supposed lack of choice - something we certainly did not find. Breakfast is excellent with a wide range of fruit, cold meats, cereals and cooked food. At dinner, there is a full range of salads and about 8 choices of hot food. That said, inevitably the food became a bit "samey" in style during a two week stay so it was good that the opportunity was provided to eat an å la carte meal (free of charge) at the excellent Ses Savines" restaurant (100 yards away with a beautiful outlook) once a week. And if that is not enough, then there are many, many, very good restaurants in Santa Eulalia if you want an evening out.
Santa Eulalia itself is a very pleasant place indeed. It is of a good size, with a very pleasant promenade, sandy beach, ferries to Ibiza Town, Es Cana etc (though those fares have now become rather expensive) and no discos, clubs or the "kiss me quick" hats often associated with Ibiza. There is an excellent bus service to all parts of the island from Santa Eulalia and fares are cheap.
If perchance, you haven't booked a full package tour via Thomsons (eg you may have booked the room through them but not the flights [as we did]) you will need to make your own transfer arrangements from the airport; a taxi costs about €30 (one way) - so don't book one via Thomsons who quoted me £120 return! By the way, whilst Thomsons have the vast majority of the rooms contracted to them it is possible to book directly with the hotel for some rooms if that is what you prefer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A modern hotel located on the seafront near Santa Eularia des Riu , one of the largest, most beautiful towns of Ibiza, just 16 kilometres from the capital. In Santa Eularia des Riu you will find excellent restaurants and beaches, renowned for their beauty and tranquility. Catalonia Ses Estaques is situated in a luxuriant pine forest and enjoys fantastic views over the marina and the town centre. Guests can enjoy a wealth of facilities including a superb terrace with garden, swimming-pool, bar, solarium and two Jacuzzis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Ses Estaques Hotel
- Hotel Ses Estaques
- Catalonia Ses Estaques Ibiza/Santa Eulalia Del Rio