I always use Tripadvisor but I never do any reviews myself, so I thought it was about time I pulled my weight!
Me (aged 34), my daughter (aged 4) and my parents booked to stay at the Invisa Figueral Resort through Jet2 Holidays. We travelled on 29th June for 10 nights.
Set on the hillside above the beach, it is essentially split into two separate hotels: the Invisa Hotel Club Cala Blanca and the Invisa Hotel Club Cala Verde.
Upon arrival we were dropped off at the Cala Blanca and upon check in we were informed that our rooms would be in the Cala Blanca. I have read on other reviews that people get dropped off at one hotel and have to get a golf buggy to the other, but that wasn’t the case with us.
I was very impressed with the Cala Blanca. The whole place is set out really nicely amongst very well kept gardens on split levels, with three storey blocks of rooms and no high rise buildings. A little map helps you find your way around easily.
I’ve got to be honest, our first impressions of the room were not good. They were a tad basic and a tad small and we didn’t have the greatest of views from our balcony. They were very clean though, and upon reflection, I think we might have just been a bit cranky from the early start and a long journey! They were certainly more than adequate for our stay.
FOOD AND DRINK:
I have been going all inclusive for the past 4 years since my daughter was born, mainly for convenience, and I have to say this is the best AI food I have experienced so far.
We ate in the restaurant at the Cala Blanca every night and there was always plenty of choice at very high quality. There were theme nights, such as Argentinean steak night and Mexican fajita night, which were superb. I was very impressed with the food. Always hot and always lots of choice.
Also in the restaurant is a ‘Kids Corner’. I felt this had pros and cons. It was good because it gave the kids a bit of independence, they could go get their own food and drink, on the plastic plates and beakers provided, and feel a bit more grown up. But there was very little choice and very little difference to the nightly menu. Every night there would be chips, rice and spaghetti, along with some vegetables and some meat. I tried to encourage my daughter to eat from the main buffet but after experiencing the kids corner once, it was the only place she wanted to get her food from. She ended up living off chips and rice for most of the holiday, which is strange because she is a very good eater at home.
At the Cala Blanca there is also the Marina Restaurant. We didn’t actually eat here on an evening but we did on a lunch time. Good choices of meat, pizzas made fresh to order and views to die for. Great place to sit and have lunch.
As for drinks, I’m more of a lager drinker, which happened to be Estrella and Heineken. I did notice behind the bar that they had Smirnoff vodka and Malibu rum, as opposed to the local stuff that is usually served at AI hotels.
Kids drinks were a bit limited to be honest. The choice was either fizzy drinks or fruit juice. I don’t really like giving my daughter high volumes of either, so she ended up having water a lot. If I was going to make a recommendation on this subject, I would definitely say the hotel needs to get some slush machines.
The evening entertainment was a mixture of brought in acts (Beijing acrobats and a singing rock duo for example) and the animation team shows (Grease and We Will Rock You for example). It would start at 9.30ish and finish at 10.30ish.
I felt that the evening entertainment was excellent. Even when you looked on the board and it was something you didn’t quite fancy, like the quiz night perhaps, they actually made the best of it and made it very entertaining!
The Animation team work extremely hard. They spend the days running the mini club, all the sporting activities, all the games, and then often have a show to put on in the evening. Sian, who was in charge of the shows and the choreography, deserves a lot of credit. As does the lad who was the head entertainer, although his name escapes me! Overall, the evening entertainment exceeded my expectations.
There was also a mini disco, which started at 8.30 and ended at 9.10ish. As you can imagine, all of the kids loved it, including my own. At the time of year we went, there must have been at least 30 kids up dancing in front of the stage. As per normal, all the songs have actions for kids to learn and follow. It was mostly the same songs every night, in different languages. In fact, I think out of the core 8 to 10 songs they used, perhaps only 2 or 3 were in English.
At the Cala Blanca there are two main pool areas, one adults only pool area and one indoor pool. At the Cala Verde there is just the one pool area.
There is also the Pirates Island pool area, which, as many reviews have said, is actually situated in between the two hotels, about 3 or 4 minutes walk from both.
We never had any problems with getting sunbeds. We tended to arrive at the pool near to the Cala Blanca restaurant at 9.30ish on a morning and always managed to get three beds next to each other. Indeed, often at the Pirates Island area, we went at 2ish after lunch and there would be hardly anyone there. I think sunbed availability always depends on the time of year you travel though.
PIRATES ISLAND POOL AREA:
The Pirates Island area comprises of a baby pool with a couple of small slides and a kids pool with a big pirate ship. I’m sure you’ve seen the photos! The pirate ship has four slides that come out of it and a bucket that tips on the top. The kids love it and it’s an ideal place to let them go and play!
As people have mentioned, the wifi coverage is poor. I went to reception and asked how much the wifi was and was told €5 for one day, €10 for three days or €20 for a week. To be fair to the lady though, she also warned me that the connection was rubbish! So at least they are honest about it. I took a chance and got it for a day, which turned out to be a bit of a waste of time.
Just for reference though, there is a beach bar across from the Cala Blanca called Es Alocs (I think it might also be a hostal too) which has free wifi. I would go over there for a couple of beers now and again and use their wifi rather than get frustrated with the hotels.
PLAYA ES FIGUERAL:
In Playa Es Figueral itself, there is literally just the Cala Blanca, the Cala Verde, a Spar shop, a doctors, a souvenir shop, a couple of beach bars and the beach! Like many people, before travelling I was worried that the location might be a bit too remote for my liking. But there was plenty to do at the hotel, and plenty to see. I was never once bored of the location.
To be fair, we did get a taxi to Santa Eulalia one day, but that was just because it was a dull day and we wanted to go see that resort. It wasn’t because we were bored where we were.
The beach itself I would say is about half a mile long, plenty of sunbeds available but you have to pay €14 for two sunbeds and a parasol, which is quite pricey. A couple of pedalos too, as well as some kayaks and paddle boards.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Invisa Figueral Resort! I also recommend staying at the Cala Blanca ‘half’ too, although that opinion might be bias. But there is definitely more choice of things to do at the Cala Blanca, there is more pools, it’s closer to the beach and the restaurant is bigger.
I highly recommend the hotel for families with children, but to be honest, couples would have a good time here too. The adults only pool is extremely quiet, the food is excellent and the evening entertainment is most enjoyable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Invisa Hotel Club Cala Blanca is located in Es Figueral Beach. With colourful gardens and an enormous children area of 5.000 M2 that make it perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable family holiday. This Hotel is awarded with the "Q" of tourist quality and has 320 rooms: Double, Premium, Family, Junio Suite and Apartments. All os them with full bath room, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, mini fridge and Wi-Fi. Your holiday hotel A hotel in perfect harmony with the nature and thought to spend some real holidays in family: Air conditioning in the main public rooms and restaurant. Two restaurants with international buffet service. Ample lounges with 3 conference room, Wi-Fi and internet point, bar, Buda's Chill Out and only adults pools, and one heated pool with jacuzzi, fitness room and Solarium. Children's playground, 5.000 M2 for Miniclub, Pirate Island and Adventure Zone. Shows and entertainment every night, games and competitions for children and adults. Free sports. Regular bus service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Invisa Hotel Cala Blanca
- Invisa Hotel Club Cala Blanca Ibiza/Santa Eulalia Del Rio