Looking for somewhere fairly cheap but comfortable in Ibiza proved quite difficult, most of the places within budget did not fair too well when reviewed on Trip Advisor, which I always look at before booking. Mar y Playa did not come up in my search results with the main hotel booking sites I generally use. I found it through a wider search of other companies on comparison site Travelsupermarket.com with holidaynights.com, a company I had not booked with before. The price was within budget and the reviews seemed consistently good and I knew from experience the location was fantastic. I later discovered that Holidaynights featured this property at just under £100 cheaper than the sites I normally book through and hence I had not seen it in my earlier searches as it was above budget.
I have stayed in the Figueretas area twice before. I would say that if you are coming to Ibiza to have a string of Brit themed pubs, bars and restaurants, then maybe this is not the resort for you. Figueretas is basically a small Spanish town (an extension to Ibiza Town really) which happens to have a nice beach front with a beautiful long promenade lined with hotels and apartments, with a very European, mixed-bag of tourists staying there.
The Mar y Playa Complex is made up of Mar y Playa I (where we stayed) which also has a small block of studios in the street behind, and the Mar y Playa II, which is on the beach front, next door. Mar y Playa II was closed up for the winter during our stay. We took the public bus from the airport to Figueretas, it cost €3.20 one-way each and dropped us off in Avenida Espanya, just four blocks back from the seafront promenade, literally five minutes walk. The bus is the number 10 and it runs every 20 minutes in both directions from the Airport via Figueretas to Ibiza Town, The journey takes about 12 minutes from the airport. We had booked a studio, but upon check-in, the friendly guy on reception informed me I would be staying in the main Mar y Playa I block, in a one bedroomed apartment and not the studio block across the road. Our apartment was on the third floor, accessible by two lifts, it had a great view across the inner courtyard, sun terrace and pool and beyond into the bay of Figueretas.
The apartments have key-card entry and we were isused with two. We kept one in the light switch as it kept the air-con on while we were out. There is a small kitchenette with a two ring halogen hob, toaster and kettle. The fridge had a small freezer box and there was enough crockery, cutlery, utensils, pots and pans to make a fry-up or simple pan cooked meals. However there was no oven or microwave so if you are an ardent fan of really self catering, then you may struggle, for us it was more than enough. We had a proper dining table for four, coffee table and sofa bed, which ok if you were the third person sharing and had to sleep on it, you just could not sit upright on it very comfortably. BBC world was the only real English speaking channel on TV and got very monotonous, but again, if yopu are here on holiday, you wont care about TV. Most of the one bedroomed apartments have a double balcony with sliding doors in both the bedroom and lounge, our apartment was in the corner so had a smaller balconey and a window in the bedroom instead. Bedrooms nicely fitted out, as is the whole apartment, which is very modern in feel. Lots of storage and enough hangers in the wardrobes. the bathroom, though small was clean and again very modern. The maid visited every day whilst you were out and changed towels and made the beds. Reception hired safety deposit boxes , which are located in reception. There was internet at €1 for 20 minutes in reception, the staff being very polite, helpful and knowledgeble if you needed direction of advice.
Pool area was small and at this time of year underused, but there is a lovely beach whihc you have direct access onto from the pool snack bar. Being on a promenade meant no traffic noise or danger for children. The pool was freezing in October, I would say just don't even bother going in!
Outside the hotel on the promenade to the right, you can follow the prom all the way through the narrow street of Es Viver towards Playa D'en Bossa (20 mins walk), or turn left and walk 5 mins to the small selection of sea fron restaurants in Figueretas. We tried La Cantina (mexican), really nice and the German lady waitress was lovely, Fushion is excellent and looks pricey, but you get loads for your money. The fixed menu's at Tai Wan Chinese are excellent value and they have menu's for all budgets. We ate at Marco's one rainy night, as it was fully enclosed, it was probably the priciest, but again good quality. We missed out on going to Soleado, as it closed the day after we got there, but the setting would be spectacular of an evening, right on the waters edge. There are a few bars along the back streets , Father Jacks being an Irish sports bar with free wi-fi if you need it. Its just the street behind the apartments. the other bars are eith spanish, german or dutch.
We walked into Ibiza Town loads, it was really easy, just following the Avenida Espanya, four blocks back and take a right, eventually you will get there (20 mins walk) great atmosphere night or day and some great shops. You can also get a Water taxi round the head land to Ibiza town from the beach outside for €3.50 single of $6.00 return, well worth it. the boats also leave for neighbouring Formentera from the same spot.
A good tip if you do but food to cook locally, try Lidl, its just round the corner by Mcdonalds and its where all the locals go, shopping there is much cheaper than the local supermarkets.
I would definitely recommend this place to friends and family, great place.
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