9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
not what expected
"just stayed here 4 7 days glad i didnt book 14 days . the hjotel itself is clean and tidy .but theyt did not cater for us brits ,we were a minorty of about 20 to 1 .the food was for the italians and spanish . iot was ok as i dont mind foreign food but my wife dosent. entairtainment was the animation group if you have seen these before they are ok for the kids if they speak italian .you pay 3 qand a half euros a day for a safe . .the rooms are clean and tidy . we were told by our travel agent it was a 4 star more like a 2 star ,the place is 18 euros taxi ride in to san antoni. or 2 euros on bus these stop running after 7 pm back . there is nothing outside the hotl only a couple of shops and a couple bars . we were told that the beach was 5 mins away well it is as it is doewn a mountain side ,getting back you need oxygen no good for anyone elserly or have heart condition. the hotel is more for the familys definatly not for the teenagers theres nothing to do. we were there when spain played footbal in the world cup , no wide screen telly to what it everone went down to a beach bar to view it. i was bored out of my mind .and if you get a room round the poll area it very noisy if you like to be in bed early."
- Travel date: Wed 7th of July 2010
"I have just returned from a week All Inclusive in Ibiza. We were a party of 12 women celebrating a friend's 40th birthday. We had originally booked into the Costa Sur in San Antonio Bay, and only spent a couple of hours there (it should be avoided at all cost) and we were moved to the Club Cala Tarida.
Excellent hotel, even though the location is very quiet. The rooms were large, TV and air conditioning and hairdryer in bathroom. Very clean and we were given clean towels every day and clean bedding every other day. Very friendly staff. Great pool area with no problem getting sunbeds even though the hotel was full. The entertainment staff, about 8 of them were great even though they catered mostly for the majority of the guests who were Italian. The orgainised daily water aerobics and children activities and has nightly entertainment. The food, all buffet style, at breakfast, lunch and dinner was excellent with a good choice. Wine, sangria, beer and soft drinks in the restaurant to help yourself. The bar open 10am until 11.30pm with no queues for drinks and snacks available at the bar. Packed lunches available for those leaving the hotel for the day.
Local bus into San Antonio at 2euro or a taxi about 12 euro.
Very quiet area, two supermarkets a restaurant and pharmacy nearby. Short distance to a lovely beach down rather steep steps where there were a few more restaurants/bars.
Would certainly recommend this hotel and would visit again."
- Travel date: Sat 26th of June 2010
Great family hotel
"Family trip with ages spanning from 65 yrs old to 1 yr old. Staff were very friendly and with the very strong bias towards the Italians, the food and drink (we were all inclusive) were very good and even the fussiest eater within our group was kept very satisfied.
Perfect timing as hotel less than a quarter full, so no queuing, sole use of pools, lots of attention from staff when required.
Only possible negative was the evening entertainment was very loud - but good. Everything finished at 2300, and I was never disturbed during the night.
We hired a car and the trip to clubbing area was only 10 minutes easy journey. 15 Euros for taxi.
Beach only a few minutes down some reasonably steep steps. Clean and pretty. Lots of other beaches close by but ideally need car or bike as no paths to walk along.
We all had a thoroughly good time at the hotel. Super value for money. Top recommendation"
- Travel date: Sat 5th of June 2010
OK for a week's break - not for longer.
"We stayed here in Sept 2007 after having spent a week back in June at the Insotel Punta Prima in Menorca. As the one in Menorca is 5* we were worried that this might not be such a good standard. The studios are smaller here, but similarly furnished - the bathrooms are probably nicer and newer. The food/restaurants are almost identical (buffet every evening, pizzeria and paella restaurant open a couple of times each week) apart from there is no-one to serve you tea and coffee at the dining table in the morning - you have to get it yourself. Oh, and they don't supply beach towels here, which is a bit of a nuisance in these days of luggage restrictions. I would also say that the pool area here was rather dirty, particularly around the top pool and it didn't appear to be cleaned for the entire week we were there. The resort is a little bit remote, and there's nothing else really there apart from a couple of beach restaurants (not really walkable in the evening) and the closest town being San Antonio (no thanks!). The beach is nice although very crowded even in September. In summary an OK week's holiday but in future I would stick to the 5* resorts."
- Travel date: Sat 29th of September 2007
Very Good, though not perfect
"Have just today returned from a week at this Hotel, as a Family of 4 on an All Inclusive basis, with First Choice Holidays. First off, this was by no means cheap, though on par with most others reflecting the time of the year. Firstchoice have an excellent web site, and booking on-line proved a breeze, and all went swimmingly well, including a phone call to make sure we were OK from the local shop. Flights, transfers etc. all went spot on time, and were flawlessâ¦.. so top marks to First Choice, a company we must strongly recommend.
The Hotel, is marketed as 4 Star. It is clean; the food and service are good, though not I think at the 4 star level (but then, one has to ask where is there a defined, internationally recognised level for this?). Unlike previous experience of All Inclusive, the Staff were friendly, without pressure to tip, and the drinks were as one would expect as the norm, were you working on a pay as you go basis. Mainly buffets, we did try the Grill for lunch one day- very good and enjoyed- and the Pizzeria another evening. The latter was extremely basic, and you were simply served a pizza without choice on your plate. So avoid the pizzeria, and go for the main buffet which amply covers all tastes. I should also point out that consistent with experiences elsewhere on summer sun holidays on the Med, they are not good on desertsâ¦.. but the fruit is excellent, and donât forget the leg room is miniscule on First Choice flights, so this may protect you for the return journey! Bottom line, very good, and nobody got ill.
As for the rooms; not very spacious in the studios, but adequate. For us, all worked well. Watch out they charge 27 Euros for the safe for a week; donât supply a kettle; and charge extortionate rates to rent the latter. Rooms cleaned daily, though did have to nag to get the shampoos replaced. Also, they do not supply beach towels!
Pools are clean and very good size. Plenty of encouragement from the Team, though not excessive, meant were able to shoot, play volley-ball, water-polo and aqua gym.
Finally, a very pleasant finding was the diving centre. Very helpful and friendly, and loads of teeming fish to see. Unfortunately no wrecksâ¦. But other wise excellent.
Bottom line, would recommend to a Family of up to 4 staying for 7 â 10 days"
- Travel date: Sat 4th of August 2007
lovely weeks stay....but not 4 star
"We have just come back from a weeks stay at the insotel cala tarida beach hotel. This hotel has been renovated in 2004 and is now of a good standard, it is advertised as a four star hotel but i would place it at a three star plus really.
The rooms are very clean and nice, myself my husband and my children (15,11) stayed in one room. I would say the beds are very hard and there were not enough pillow, so my back and my husbands ached every day!! they also moved every time you turned over as they are on tiles!! The bathrooms are nice and have a great shower and a bath. There is a small kitchenette in each room, but i would say that if we had gone self catering we would of really struggled to cook for a family of four in it!! There are also no real shops to buy enough food for a balanced diet to eat. The shop la sirena which is out of the hotel and up the hill 100yrd is half the price for most things as the shop onsite!!
The all inclusive option is the best bet, but it did always feel like feeding time at the zoo!! so rushed and not a calming environment (canteen like) the tables are well set and the waiting staff work hard but lots of kids screaming and rude people pushing about. The drink quality in the hotel is good you can have international brands to drink, there is a menu on the bar at the lower pool bar which state what is all inclusive so look at that straight away otherwise you will be given locally produced drinks of a lower quality. You can have snacks throughout the day (burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, cheese and ham toasties) The coffee is good here as there are so many italians (so they wouldnt drink any old muck) thats a bonus. Breakfast is 8am - 10am lunch is 12.45pm - 2.30pm dinner is 7pm till 10pm. there are two speciallity restaurants, the sunset which has a lovely view over the bay serves spanish food, a salad to start and then paella and icecream or fruit to finish. The grill which is near the beach which serves either fish or a steak. I would say that they were ok, but the only things to spoil these were the moody sullen staff!!
that is one of the main problems i would say about this hotel the staffs english is not great and they get a bit moody and snappy, they made me feel uncomfortable on a few occasions.
There are two pools the top pool is the quiter pool and has a really shallow one for little kids a bar which does snacks. The shop and beauty salon is up there too. The lower pool in the noisier and has all the activitys on during the day. The sunloungers go early at the bottom pool and they are very cramped. The pools are quite deep so watch the little kids! The hotel was packed when we were there, not a huge amount of english people there, a mix really of italians and germans.
This was ok didnt really watch it that much as we played cards, the themes were sometimes bizarre to us, but the moulin rouge was ok. The mini disco started at nine and the evening entertainment was at 10pm. During the day the insotel team worked hard getting people involved in activites if thats what you like to do.
If you like the gym then rule this out. it consiteted of a long small room with 3 exercise bikes and one weight bench and one small weight machine. i couldnt even get them to work!!
To me this was lovely, water was crystal clear very calm hardly any rocks in the water apart from a huge one which the boats dock on to. the sunloungers are 5 euro each to rent, its a very busy beach people get dropped of onto the beach by boats to enjoy the sea. we snorkeled and saw lots of fish.
They are lovely kept very clean with lots of flowers and palm and olive trees. The hotel is on a steep hill which for some who are less mobile would struggle, but we are in our 30s and had no problems.
We also went into san antonio for the night my advice is dont bother!! not very nice...unless your a youngster who want to party hard!!
Overall, nice hotel but not a 4 star , but lovely beach. Enjoyed my week in ibiza but would may try another hotel. If you get it for a good price then it is worth it, but not based on the book price that i saw, you could do better."
- Travel date: Wed 16th of August 2006
Stay well clear
"Stay well clear. Appartment grotty and dirty. Stains on curtains, bath and furniture. No air conditioning. No plug on bath. Shower head broken. Cooker and fridge not connected. On-site shop very expensive and not well stocked."
- Travel date: Fri 20th of August 2004
"This hotel is the best,which I saw.The weather is always beautiful,the see is so clear,nature and environs is nice and staff and people were very nice, sweet,willing and professional.I hope,that I will go back early there.I recommend to all."
- Travel date: Fri 17th of October 2003
5-1 to The England
"Nice Quite family location - Very Very Very popular with the German Tourists - Offers all inclusive service, Although evening meals could have been better!
Very good entertainment though!"
- Travel date: Thu 9th of October 2003