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.
These spacious, modern twin rooms come with a balcony that overlooks the pool area. They have an extra bed. And you'll also find air-conditioning included too.
The resort gardens and location were wonderful as was the long natural sandy beach. However unfortunatly the charge for sun beds and shades was in my mind expensive. We had upgraded to an apartment which was on the ground floor it was very spacious but probably because it was the start of the season there was a smell of damp . The quality of the buffet restaurants and poolside snack bars are very good with plenty of variety however the themed restaurants were a bit disappointing All the staff were exellent from management to cleaners with waiters and bar staff working extremely hard and very friendly However more bar staff would have prevented queuing at peak times . The animation team were fantastic providing very good quality entertainment that was second to none we have experienced in this type of resort. Overall a fantastic place for a relaxing break whitch is also great for families with younger children . We can not comment on facilities for older children as we did not experience them . Oldies or couples unless you are with grandchildren then I would go but avoid school holiday dates All areas are easy on the legs etc. And the resort is wheelchair friendly In all a big thumbs up and look forward to returning again in the futureMore
We had the nicest two weeks there, the staff, food, everything was just great. There was four themed restaurants which had to be booked ASP on arrival plus the the main general restaurant all serving great dishes. The rooms are spacious and serviced daily. The short walk to the beach and to the water where sand is so fine and clean, shades are provided and wind breakers too, sun beds are available at a charge. Sin beds around the pool are plentiful. The staff at all parts of the hotel were always pleasant and very helpful. A most enjoyable holidayMore
Mike S, 191255
Just back from a week at the Pestana Porto Santo. Hotel is very good value for money, rooms are large and spacious with all usual amenities and we had a pool view. Meal times are frantic in the buffet restaurant, but there is a good selection of food available. We also ate at the sister hotel several times (Columbus) and actually preferred this as although it was still very busy - the food was as good if not better. You are able to eat at upto three of the speciality restaurants and we dined at the Mediteranian (excellent), Italian (good) and the Madeiran (very poor ). All the staff were very friendly and helpful and the complex is beautifully clean and well maintained. The beach is lovely with miles of beautiful golden sand but during our stay there was a constant strong wind and plenty of cloud so we mainly stayed within the complex itself. We enjoyed our stay but would probably not return as we prefer a more adult only hotel - there were many small children in the hotel and these were very noisy especially at meal times (having grown up children we do not really want to revisit those times!!!) - perhaps adult only areas and meal times could be considered?More
If you want a get away without noise, hustle and bustle but want the beach a good room and great food this is the place for you. Once you have got through a very small airport with one bloke on customs, your holiday will start. The staff are fantastic, everyone smiles from the pool guys to hotel management, they cannot be faulted. Your room will be spotless as is the full hotel site for that matter, the gardens, pools and restaurants are all very clean. The food again is great. You have a choice of multiple restaurants. The main one, Japanese, Mediterranean, bar and grill and the sister hotel too. You wont go hungry! They do have an odd staggered time to eat with two or three sittings rather than "rock up when you want", however in fairness it allows you to get fresh food from the self serve easily without the entire hotel guest list stood behind you. If you have kids they do have an animation team and loads to do for the kids to one side of the site in a secure area. Our only minor gripe would be the evening kids animation took place a little too late making the kids tired and up when adults want their time. This said when the animation team get going they were fab, only to be beaten by the bar staff who when juggling bottles on top of the bar got the room rocking! The beach goes on and on and then a bit more. It is as good as it gets if you have kids and are daemons at building the best sand castle on the beach. If on the other hand you want to switch off and chill there are either paid for sun beds or free wind stops and parasols. When chilling out watch for the beach bar staff, you may think it is a ghost-buster walking towards you however it is your man with a beer dispensing canister on his back! Awesome... The local town is very small however has some good shops and a small but interesting museum. A half day will see this done and dusted. There are a number of things to do offered by the holiday company we had good feedback from other people we met, however the Kite surfing is far from worth doing. You wont even get off the sand into the water, still debating if it was a kite or pocket handkerchief on the end of some string? We did find along the beach a private water sports company with Jet ski's, rib, and inflatables, great people running it with quality equipment at the right price. All told would i go back? In a heartbeat, cannot wait to go back.More
Vettebugy S, 187069
I have just returned from a one week holiday at this all inclusive resort travelling with my mother. Most of the other guests appeared to be young families and couples. The hotel is directly next to its sister hotel the Columbas. Some facilities are shared and guests can use all facilities in either hotel. On arrival check in was quick and straight forwards. We had a suite in block 10. We were so pleased with our room. There was a living room and a separate bedroom with a huge bed. Beach towels were already in the room. It could have been cleaner though. The floors were filthy when we arrived. Maid service is daily and towels/ linens changed each time. There is a fridge stocked with water and two cans of a soft drink. These however are not restocked. The spa at the hotel is lovely. The first day was cloudy and windy so we settled in the spa for the day. The hydrotherapy pool is great and there is several steam rooms and saunas to choose from. The pool at the hotel is large and pretty to look at. It was however freezing and so we took only a short dip. There were plenty of loungers for everyone. After seeing the pool area at the Columbas, we much preferred the lay out of the Pestana Porto Santo. We found the grounds pretty and extremely well maintained whereas we found the Columbas to be clinical and sterile. This is just personal taste. The beach is absolutely beautiful. There is a short, pretty walk along a bridge then steps leading down to the beach. The sand is so soft and the sea a beautiful blue. We spent most of our time at the beach. It is windy and the hotel provide parasols and wind breakers at no cost. The beach is public and so loungers are charged at an extortionate cost. There is a well stocked beach bar. The food at the buffet restaurants was tasty and varied. We preferred to have our evening meals in the Columbas as the layout was nicer. They have sittings for these restaurants. Getting a drink after they seat us appeared to be difficult! Most of the food could have done with being a bit hotter but it was enjoyable. I did however find that I felt rushed to leave if I was on the earlier sitting and if I went to the later sitting they start clearing away for breakfast when you are still eating which I don't like at all. At lunch you can chose from the buffet restaurants or the pool grill. The grill serves burgers and sandwiches to order which was nice. Breakfast was great. There was so much choice with hot breakfast, fruit, continental, pastries, pancakes, yoghurts etc. The evening entertainment was surprisingly good. There is however only one bar open in the evening which means you have to endure the entertainment even if you don't want to. There is a nearby room where you can take your drinks if you want a quiet night though. The animation staff were good at getting people involved in the activites without being overbearing. Some of the live shows are at the Pestana and some at the Columbas. There was a good selection of drinks available on the all inclusive. Service was usually with a smile. All the staff appeared to enjoy working at the hotel. There is a free shuttle bus provided by the hotel to take guests into the local town. We chose to walk back along the beach which was beautiful. Overall we had a lovely relaxing week with good food, nice drinks and a beautiful beach. The Pestana Porto santo provides a good all inclusive service but it is really the beach that makes this hotel special. We would not return as there are too many places in the world to explore however many of the guests were returning guests and seem to come every year or twice during the season. We would recommend this to people who are looking for a good hotel, great beach and a relaxing time. It has a carribean feel about it but with a much shorter flight!More
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