Take 1 sandy beach, add 2 massive pools, mix with a host of restaurants – and this is the impressive end result.
A sandy beach that rolls on for miles makes a great bolt-on to this hotel. Meanwhile, a free shuttle bus can run you into the little town of Vila Baleira in five minutes.
There are 2 lagoon pools with Balinese beds and chill-out areas. And the buffet restaurant is backed up by a range of themed places, here and at the sister hotel, Pestana Colombos.
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Full Board buffet meals. 3 theme restaurant visits per stay. Snacks and ice-cream 11.00-19.00.
Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks 11.00-24.00.
All are included except where indicated.
Towels and sunbeds are provided at this large outdoor pool.
Hours of fun for your little ones including a mini-disco. It's hotel-run for kids aged 4 to 12 years.
This large bar is on the first floor and is also where you'll find live entertainment in the evening as well as live sport screenings. It features sea views which are particularly spectacular at sunset.
These spacious, modern 2-bedroom suites have been tastefully furnished in a warm palette. They come with a balcony for some added outdoor space. And they have 2 twin bedrooms and a lounge with 2 child beds. Plus you'll also find air-conditioning.
If you're after something extra special, these spacious, modern 2-bedroom villas come with a private pool, and a terrace. They have 2 twin bedrooms, a kitchen, and a lounge with 2 child beds. Plus, you'll also find air-conditioning included too.
We are in to the second week of our stay the bar staff and waiters/waitresses are amazing. The themed restaurants are also very good. Unfortunately the animation team we've hardly seen. They don't come around the pool to invite you to the daily activities you are never aware of what's going on. We gathered our own group of people by the pool to play volleyball as we have been doing every day as we never know whats going on and when we arrived at the court the animation were having a game with a few others. Rather than asking us did we want to join in and play we recieved dirty looks from the 3 animation women throughout their game then they finished their game and walked past us without even an hello. The animation team also walk around the pool in twos talking to each other rather than the guests. Luciano the head of the animation team seems to love himself more than pleasing the guests, I asked him to play happy birthday at the disco for a barmaid whose birthday it was and he said no, also at quarter to 12 (requests finish at 12) I asked Luciano to play a song and he said no, bare in mind the room was practically empty except for my family and a couple others. The shows last about 25/30mins and are over before you know it. Tonight we also witnessed Luciano pushing a child out of the way so he could dance in the centre of the dance floor to the club songs after the show, rather than dance with the children. Based on this we would not return as we think the animation make up a big part of the holiday. We went out on a boat with the locals today who said the hotel is apparently 'good for children and elderly but not adults', clearly many people go on local trips and complain about this and we would totally agree. More
Just got back from a week at this hotel, it was one of the best holidays we have had from the moment you get of the bus to the moment you get on the bus to fly home the staff could not do enough for you and we're always friendly. The pools were very clean and warm my son got in one at about 9.30 and got out about 18.00 he did jump out to get a few drinks and some lunch...The food could be a bit monotonous at times but was always fresh and refilled all the time, you can chose to eat at one of the many a la carte restaurant we chose the Italian which was ok and the Madeiran restaurant was awful and we would not recommend it, we tried to get into the koi Japanese restaurant but it was fully booked. The bar staff were amazing especially when they do there show. We loved the hotel so much that we are planning to go back soon..More
Maria B, 190801
This was my first visit to the Pestana hotel and the island. We had a wonderful time. The staff were polite and attentive. Our room was beautiful and kept scrupulously clean by the cleaning staff. Food was plentiful with a good variety every day. (Recommend the cakes) Although the weather was windy and cloudy in the mornings, we did have sun in the afternoon. Would definitely return and would highly recommend.More
We have spent over 40 glorious weeks, spanning the last 7 years, at the wonderful hotel 'Pestana'. We treat this as our 'second home', so this surely must speak for itself. However, for 1 (of our 4 weeks) in September, we shall be staying at the sister hotel 'Colombos'. Although very different in style, nevertheless, this is a fabulous, quality hotel. The ONLY choice you need to make, is which 'Pestana' hotel to book. You will not be disappointed with either.More
Rita K, 186370
This was our third visit in a row and we have booked again for next year. Why....well, quite frankly we don't want to be stuck at another resort thinking why did we come here. Yes, we love it that much and given the choice between Disneyland Florida and Porto Santo my wee girl picked PS. The staff are fantastic right from check-in. The hotel grounds are beautiful and wait until you see the beach. The food is terrific and you have a choice of themed restaurants which for dinner - just be quick to get them booked. Oh, and did I mention the Kids Club...again, the Animation Team are fantastic and there are lots of activities to keep the wee ones busy...or they can just splash about kid's pool all day. There are also activities for the grown ups to join in. All in all, we cannot fault this holiday and would recommend it to anyone. And it's only 15mins from the airport. And your luggage is taken to your room for you. And..and..and. Just go and try it. You will not be disappointed.More
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