We are just back from an amazing family holiday at the Aura with our little girls aged 5 and 3 yrs.
We went into our first ‘summer school holiday’ holiday with slight nervousness as we wasn’t sure whether the sheer volume of kids and crowds would be over whelming. However, due to the layout and size of the hotel this was never an issue. The rooms were clean, fairly spacious and pretty much what you expect in a family hotel. I wouldn't say they are 4 star standard but perfectly adequate for sleeping and showering. Maid service came every day but Mondays. We had requested a room away from the main stage but they must have mis-read our email as we couldn't have been much closer if we had tried. The music was fairly loud but went off by 11pm and we were so exhausted by then, not much would have kept our family awake. We had a ground floor, sea facing room in the green block. Great little wall lizards were scattered around the place which amused our kids no end.
The hotel has 3 main pools and a smaller kids pool. They were always clean and litter free and big enough you never felt bombarded. The hotel made a special point of putting a note in the welcome pack about not being allowed to reserve sunbeds and by all accounts, the man cleaning the pool area in the morning was rigorous in removing any towels he found on sunbeds before 8am. However, I was told by several people that the “tactic” was to get up at 7am, put your towels down and stay there until 8am had passed. This actually was what went on as well – unbelievable! Every Englishman has lost any right to moan about Germans and towels on sunbeds after what I witnessed on this holiday, I can tell you. We generally got to the pool about 10.30am and could always find a sunbed free, albeit at the back end of the pool. This was perfect for us as we just needed somewhere to leave our belongings as we spent the week in the pool or sitting on the side of the pool ensuring our children didn’t drown. There is a water park next to the hotel which is shared with the First Choice Holiday Village next door. This is great and our kids used it most days. Lots of slides for the older kids and adults, right down to babies. There was plenty of lifeguards around and again was clean and spacious.
The entertainment and kids club teams from Thomson were absolutely superb. They were enthusiastic, energetic and always said hello and made sure you were ok. Ashley, Annie McPhee and Jetset Josh are the names I can remember but they deserve a medal for constantly smiling when they must have been absolutely knackered. They endured the kids singing ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen to them every night and took it with great humility – making every child feel like a star. There was entertainment on throughout the day but no pressure to get involved unless you really wanted too. In the evening the main stage shows started from 7.45 with Little Pups, Kennel Club, prize giving and then on to the evening show for the family. We saw a few of these and they were great – especially the African Footprints dance troupe. Our kids used the kids club on several occasions and had a great time at the chocolate party and kids club evening party.
I’m surprised at some of the comments on here about the food. I’ve eaten all inclusive a few times now and I have to say the variety and quality of food here was very good. You get what you expect at these kind of set ups but there was always plenty of well cooked, hot food and lots of variety. There was a British night and Oriental themed night whilst we were there. We paid to eat in the a ’la carte Japanese restaurant and this was great value and nicely cooked food. I would recommend this as for 15 euros an adult and 8 euros a child, was great value for money and made a nice change. We never ate in the main restaurant at lunchtime (always too full from a late breakfast) but our girls sometimes had pizza or snacks from the main bar late afternoon. I noticed they also had specials at the bar every day too such as Paella or Chinese rice.
If you come out of the hotel and turn right there is a beautiful little beach a ten minute walk away. It is lovely and clean, with gentle sloping beach. It has beautiful blue, clear water with lots of fish to see that come right up to the shoreline (they like bread!). Its well worth taking a pedalo out for an hour for 15 euros and having a snorkel around. There is a beach bar here called Imagine and we had lunch there one day. It served really food and was not too pricey. A couple of evenings we walked down here too and all the kids play on the beach with the light up toys purchased from the local street sellers. They had Africans drums and dancers going on one night and by all accounts a fire show every night about 10.30/11pm but we never stayed that late. Lovely Strawberry daiquiris though! From this beach you can get the water taxi that takes you over to San Antonio. We went over one morning but it was a very hot day and not somewhere really that suitable for young kids so we were back by lunchtime.
San Antonio Bay is a 15 min walk away and here you’ll find the start of all the bars and restaurants that they take you up to San Antonio Town. We ate in a nice little restaurant called Relish when the kids went to the kids club party one night. Lovely food and great service.
All in all we had a lovely week’s holiday here and made lots of happy memories for us and our kids. We would definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sirenis Hotel Club Aura is in a superb location on the seafront, just 150 metres from the Port des Torrent beach. The hotel is within easy reach of nearby San Jose and 20 km from Ibiza town. It opened its doors in the summer of 1999. The complex has been designed in the style of a small village, with groups of low-rise buildings situated amongst extensive gardens. As a result, there's a warm, Mediterranean feel to the hotel. The quality of services and facilities has been awarded year after year with the Environmental Management System Certification UNE - EN ISO 14001:2004 The hotel is oriented for British guests and is the ideal spot to enjoy an unforgettable family holiday, with the convenience of the All Inclusive board. If you are looking for somewhere to escape the stress and bustle of your daily life, and want to relax but also have fun, you will find all you need here - a large pool on three levels, separate children's pool, sun terrace, sauna, whirlpool, an indoor heated pool and a 4.500 M2 water park. The buffet restaurant offers a varied cuisine, where you will find the best local and international dishes, with many prepared on the spot. If you want to try something different, the Teppanyakiclub thematic restaurant offers a delicious Asian experience. The Sirenis Hotel Club Aura is available in the UK through Thomson as a Thomson Family hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sirenis Hotel Aura
- TUI Family Life Sirenis Aura Ibiza, Spain