Hotel Pestana Porto Santo

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 – or over to the golf course – in 5 minutes.

There are 2 lagoon pools with Balinese beds and chill-out areas. And the buffet restaurant is backed up by a range of à la carte places, here and at the sister hotel, Pestana Colombos.

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  • Lifts: 10 - only 3 floor buildings have lifts, 2 floor buildings do not.

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All Inclusive - Here's what you get


Full Board buffet meals. 3 à la carte meals per day. 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.

Sports and Activities

All are included except where indicated.

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2 outdoor pools

Towels and sunbeds are provided at this large outdoor pool.

Hotel-run kids' club

Hours of fun for your little ones including a mini-disco. For kids aged 4 to 12.

Moroccan à la carte restaurant*

This restaurant is open 5 nights a week.

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twin room with pool view

Twin room with pool view sleeps up to 3 with flatscreen satellite TV, DVD player and mini-fridge. Internet and room service available 24 hours, between midnight and 7.30am it's at a charge.

twin room for up to 4

Twin room sleeps up to 4 with flatscreen satellite TV, DVD player and mini-fridge. Internet and room service available 24 hours, between midnight and 7.30am it's at a charge.

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Pestana hotel

Just arrived home after two weeks we had a great time and are considering going back next year with our adult children and granddaughter. Island is fantastic very chilled out type of holiday. Hotel we could not fault in anyway it was very clean and we found bar choice of drinks very good. Food was good also went to the themed restaurants are we had fantastic food at all four.we were in block six fantastic views and nice and quiet .Only gripe I had was other 5 star hotels I've been to have iron, ironing board ,kettle, refilled mini bar,robes and slippers you won't get any of those here. And when you pay nearly £3000 you expect the little extras. We hired a kettle and was changed 16 euros which we didn't use much as was dirty and all brown inside. Apart from the above little moan I would recommend this hotel.More

Nicola A,

Great hotels , Paradise Island

Native flemisch speaking , but try in englisch so this review can reach more people. Still present at THE resort till 22sept , here for 2weeks. Hotel:clean ,stunning Gardens i would rate this hotel 5 star basic or 4star plus. Food: very good , varied , Maybe not. Always 5star but beeing here 2weeks i love the buffets.the lunch buffet is extremely varied for a lunch. Some revieuwers rated food 3star Well they are grazy , That is not right ,not true and unfair . Staff: working very hard , polite . Management: they are more friendly then the regular Staff , but is guess That is their education. I am a frequent traveler been to different hotels ( Riu palace ,vila gale) never saw management as present as at Pestana. Island: Wow so beatifull ,so small and so much to see ,walked whole Island by footh ,Some people say not. much to see , Well get. Out of your sunbeds and explore. A big plus: portuguese mentality , they are modest , stylisch and no fuss people , whereever in Portugal you go including Madeira Islands and Azores Islands always this calm lovely Portuguese mentality. Will i return?? yes i Will but next time a choose Columbus , saw the rooms there , they are really 5 star!More

Danny W, Antwerp, Belgium


Stayed at the Pestana for 1 week 1st September 2014. The hotel is pristine - we didnt know at the time but we had a free upgrade. The lounge was large an 8ft bed, 2 balconies, 2 TVs and maid service every day. Everything we needed was at the hotel, which was just as well as there was only town on the island which was a 40 minute walk away along the beach. The food was ok, not the best but did find something I liked every day. The drinks and cocktails on the all inclusive was great. We did visit the Columbus sister hotel next door, it was ok but not as nice as the Pestana. The beach was to die for a long sandy and golden beach, the sea was clear and crystal colours. The weather was great, did have some rain but was during the night. The 2 pools are always warm - thought at one stage that it had been heated. Staff were very friendly and polite and couldnt do enough for you. It was only English people staying at this hotel, apart from the odd Portugese families. It was ideal for middle aged couples, not a lot to do for children. The entertainment was good and one night a week they have a Disco until 1.30 am. We thoroughly enjoyed that night and would recommend another couple of nights perhaps! Porto Santo really is a little gem and would recommend this hotel. It certainly was 5 star - cant wait to go back again next year. We don't normally go back to same place, but enjoyed it so much I would back tomorrow.More

Sue O, West Midlands, United Kingdom

An Atlantic Gem

Is there anything else I can add to all the other positive reviews written about this lovely holiday location? Well no, not really, but I'm going to write it anyway. If you want to really chill out for a week, this is the place. The staff are friendly and helpful, the food is plentiful and quite varied, with alternative restaurants available. Also, throughout the hotel, standards of cleanliness are very high.The pool facilities are superb and a short walk takes you onto a fabulous beach should you want a change of scenery. Walking the length of the beach is a joy, especially in the evenings. Onto the beach and turn left and the town is about a 40 minute walk away where you can mooch around the shops and also enjoy good coffee and pastries. Our trip was to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and when we arrived, we found we had been upgraded to a suite. A very nice gesture which we really appreciated. They really do try to do the best for you. Is there anything negative to say? Well yes. Beach towels on sunbeds at the crack of dawn! Very frustrating for those of us who try to play the game. Perhaps it's an area the hotel could look atMore

Jambak, Essex

Beach Blissful

Enjoyed a week in the hotel which is fairly new, in September, so very few kids! Lovely long beach which they keep spotless. Food choices were excellent with all inclusive plus 3 theme restaurants per week to choose from - "Med", " Madeira Lovers" Japanese/Thai and Italian. The locals and staff were so helpful and friendly. Entertainment was varied each night with some shows at the Columbus Hotel ( next door). We only had one wet day - I think Madeira gets more rain due to higher hills. A nice even temperature around 25-27 with a warm breeze. Thomson reps Emma and Rory were great fun and helpful! Jeep Safari around the island takes about 3 1/2 hours for 32 euros - very knowledgeable drivers/guides to island geology and history. Would definitely recommend to those who enjoy peaceful retreats but with the option of joining in the fun activities. Plan to return!More

WestmorlandMan, Heswall, United Kingdom

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