10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Get here while you can
"This was my third visit to Sesimbra and my second to the Sana Park. The hotel is in a perfect spot , yards from the beach and the wide sweeping bay on which Sesimbra is situated.We paid the extra[there are bargains in low season in this hotel] for a room overlooking the bay. The views are great,the rooms comfortable and surrounding area very quiet - waves lapping against the shore will lull you to sleep at night. Overall, the hotel justifies its 4 stars with its rooms ,service and good breakfast.There is a indoor swimming pool and sauna upstairs[On the subject of swimming ,Sesimbra is a real gem-the bay has calm clear water and still warm enough at the end of October. For the more adventurous, a short drive away there are wide,rugged beaches and bays with the Atlantic rollers crashing in . Sesimbra itself is a jewel,but try to get there before the developers take over. The original fishing village is being added to with hotels and apartments springing up. Eating and drinking are still reasonable with fish and seafood the obvious specialities. Apart from the afore mentioned beaches, the town of Sesimbra .about 15 miles away ,is worth a visit .Lisbon is 25 miles away but a word of warning-leave yourself plenty of time if returning to Lisbon airport.We were caught in a massive traffic jam approaching the bridge crossing to Lisbon and nearly missed our flight. Overall this hotel is in a perfect spot in and well worth a visit but get there while it is still a piece of paradise."
- Travel date: 29th October 2007
"absolutely delightful hotel! the rooftop jacuzzi is superb and the sauna and steam room sublime. the staff are attentive and fun!"
- Travel date: 26th September 2007
"We spent a week at the Sana Sesimbra at the end of August 2007 and can't praise it highly enough. The staff were all polite and extremely obliging and friendly. We paid extra for a sea view and it was well worth it. The breakfast buffet was excellent. Our only niggle was that our room was cleaned every day but it was usually done around 3pm which was a nuisance. We would definitely stay here again. The reception staff were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble. Sesimbra itself is lovely with lots of little shops and cafes and excellent choice of restaurants serving quality fresh food, mainly fish at very reasonable prices. Our favourite was a few steps from the hotel and called Ovelhoemar. We were regular visitors and treated as honoured guests by the management and staff. The beach was busy but very clean. We booked a taxi online before our departure and paid 69 euros which was a bit steep but the car was luxurious and the driver very friendly and informative. The hotel arranged a taxi for us on the return journey to the airport. which cost 47 euros - we thought this was very reasonable for a chauffeur driven mercedes. The local bus service was excellent too. We went to Lisbon which cost us about 7 euros return, journey time including crossing the bridge about 1 hour. Another day we went to Setubal which was a very pleasant journey but Setubal itself was most disappointing. We can't recommend this hotel and location highly enough - well worth a visit."
- Travel date: 29th August 2007
Sana Park Sesimbra - a beautiful experience
"We stayed at the Sana Park Sesimbra for 10 days at the beginning of July this year. We chose Sesimbra as it came highly recommended in the 'Times On-Line Best Beaches'. The hotel, beach and above all the portuguese people themselves surpassed all our expectations. The hotel was beautiful - the view from our balcony overlooking the beach and atlantic ocean was breathtaking. The hotel itself was run incredibly efficiently - the staff were warm, friendly and welcoming. Our room was spotlessly clean, beautifully furnished with lovely carpets, an enormous super-king sized bed, a lovely bathroom with a powerful shower, complimentary goodies e.g. bath/shower gel, shampoo, sewing kit, mini-shoe horn etc.and stunning balcony with modern table and chairs. The rooms were cleaned rigorously every day and the towels and linen also changed daily. The buffet breakfast included in the price was fresh, plentiful, with lots to choose from including large platters of fresh fruit every morning. We ate dinner on the night that we arrived for our holiday and that was good too. There are plenty of restaurants to eat out in serving absolutely fresh fish caught locally and cooked on enormous out-door grills. Portuguese coffee and cakes and highly recommended too. All the locals that we came into contact with spoke marvellous English and were proud and hospitable. The only very minor downside to our holiday was that the Atlantic was absolutely freezing and therefore we were unable to swim for any length of time, however, the beach was spotless, the deck chairs/shades available for rent were cheap - and the coldness of the sea was well compensated for by seeing an enormous school of dolphins performing gratis only 30 metres from the sea's edge - a wonderful experience which completed a wonderful holiday. Highly recommended and we cannot wait to go back again."
- Travel date: 5th August 2007
"Sesimbra was recomended to me by a Portuguese colleague. Beautifu town and beach. The Sana Park hotel is right accross from the beach, has a nice swiming pool on the roof top (perfect for the kids). The service was very friendly and the standard of the hotel very high. I will go back for sure."
- Travel date: 19th July 2007
A little gem
"Following a few days in Valencia, we decided to rent a car and head to Portugal, and happened to come across the little beach town of Sesimbra. On a south facing coast of Portugal on the Atlantic, the rocky coastline and clear blue waters reminded us of Amalfi so we decided to stay a couple of nights and were lucky enough to find the Sana Sesimbra available. For only 150 E a night we were treated to a lovely room, secure underground parking, the typical but nice European breakfast, and nicest of all, an lovely ocean view from our balcony. The shops and restaurants were easliy within walking distance. The beach gets noisy by 9 or 10 am with the others on holiday, but I never saw it very crowded. The only negative was there was no internet computer for guests that did not bring their laptops, as they did have WiFi. This was my favorite hotel of our 15 days on the Iberian peninsula."
- Travel date: 13th July 2007
"Just returned from 3 days at the Sana Park Hotel, Portugal. Very good value as our rate included breakfast as well. Room service was average, food that arrived was soggy and luke warm. Excellent sangria. A little bit of hair in the bathrooms at the pool which I really dont like, but over all very clean. Lots of restaurants in the area. Great view over the ocean which was wonderful to hear it when waking in the morning"
- Travel date: 21st February 2006
Great hotel, lovely town, super holiday!
"We stayed in the Sana Park for 2 weeks in July 2004 (with Magic of Portugal). We had a lovely time, both in the hotel and in Sesimbra itself. Sesimbra does not attract loads of Irish and English tourists at all, however English is widely spoken and most restaurant menus come in English. SO it is a perfect place to get away from it all and you probably won't meet your neighbours! The beach is lovely, very clean and directly across the road from the hotel. It is not covered in sunbeds from end to end, the emphasis here is on the locals and Portugese holidaymakers going to the beach for a day out, so here is not a mass-tourism feeling here at all. There are loads of restaurants, enough to go to a different one each night for 2 weeks and still have some left over. The food is excellent, lots of fabulous fish and shellfish, although for meat lovers, most restaurants have steak and pork mainly and some do come with lovely sauces. (There are two Italian restaurants if you get the craving for pizza.) Relative to home, eating and drinking are exceptional value for money. The hotel itself is great, breakfast buffet is excellent, loads of fruit, bread, and hot food also. Recommend having dinner there one or two nights also. It is every bit a 4 star hotel, similar to standards at home unlike in some Eurpoean countries where 4 star can be 2.5 star at home, and it is very new so everything is clean and fresh. The rooms are very nice. A lot of young couples stayed there at weekends especially, some with babies and it seemed to be very family friendly, although not full of children at the same time. It had some business customers also. Lisbon is quite close, we drove one day to the ferry terminal south of the Tagus river (about 50 mins drive if you don't get lost, we did, the roadsigns are not great at all) and got the ferry over. From here you are in the centre and can get to anywhere in Lisbon by metro, bus, tram etc. (excellent transport system). I expect that crossing the bridge and finding parking on the other side would be chaos! The airport to Sesimbra is about 70 minutes and an hour and half in rush hour morning traffic. This route is fine, mostly motorway. The other days we got the bus from Sesimbra to the ferry, buses are on the hour and are cheap and run until late- like 12pm. This bus trip is an hour long. UNless you really like driving abroad, this is the easier option, as the drivers do get impatient if you drive tentatively. Lisbon is a great city, and definitely recommend a few days there exploring. The Expo site was particularly cool, the Oceanarium and Science Museum were highlights for us. Driving around Sesimbra itself is fine and it is good to have the car to get to other beaches in the area, like the one at the Albuferia Lagoon which is stunning (the sea temperature is higher here also compared to beach in Sesimbra which is cool). Parking can be a problem in Sesimbra, the hotel have an underground carpark however where there is parking available, but don't park in here if you don't like hill starts! All in all, a great holiday, a lovely place - ideal length of stay about 10-12 days I think, although for the 2 weeks we were not bored, as there is always Lisbon if you get sick of the beach! We had great weather, although not boiling hot, about 26-30 degrees and you do need a cardigan at night as the sea breeze keeps the temperatures down. Recommend it to anyone, except disco bar loving people who would find it quiet. It is more of a great meal, lovely bottle of wine and a few beers kind of place...but that was fine with us. It is genuine Portugal."
- Travel date: 8th August 2004
A fabulous place in a fabulous place
"Sesimbra is a great location, touristy to the point that there are great restaurants and a fine beach, but not overwhelming at all. The Sana Park is a perfect location (parking can be an issue) and well appointed. Staff can be on-again off-again, but generally helpful. Food is mediocre, but with so many restaurants close to hand this is no problem at all . I have stayed there several times in a variety of seasons and would go back tomorrow!"
- Travel date: 3rd July 2004
Sana Park in Sesimbra
"I have stayed at the Sana Park in Sesimbra on two different stays in Portugal - one in February and the other in April. The situation is superb - right across the street from the ocean. The rooms and the hotel are brand-new and impeccable. The service fluctuates according to who is at the desk, from excellent, to nonchalant. Breakfast buffet is non imaginative but excellent and of good quality. Sesimbra is a beautiful location. During the week in Winter, you have the town to yourself but, on weekends, especially if the weather is fine, the town comes alive and there are many excellent restaurants open till late at night. Specialty, seafood. If you go to Sesimbra, go out to Cabo Espichel to visit the sanctuary and see the second most westerly point in Europe."
- Travel date: 5th October 2002
SANA Sesimbra Hotel is also called
- Sana Sesimbra Hotel
- sana sesimbra resort
- sana hotel sesimbra