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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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
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.
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.
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.
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twin room for up to 3
These twin rooms sleep up to three. They're stylish rooms decorated in cool colours with a feature wall and tiled flooring. You'll have plenty of space with a sofa and an armchair along with a flatscreen satellite TV, DVD player and mini-fridge. There's also internet and room service available 24 hours - between midnight and 7.30am it's at a charge. For some outside space, there's a furnished balcony or terrace.
suite for up to 4 adults
Suites are tastefully furnished with soft furnishings in tones of blue, white walls and tiled flooring. They sleep up to four with a separate living room and a sliding door leading out to a furnished balcony or terrace. You'll also have a flatscreen satellite TV, DVD player and mini-fridge. Internet and room service are also available 24 hours - between midnight and 7.30am it's at a charge.
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late summer sun
Went end of Sept to beginning October and it was just the sun we needed, A bit Butlins abroad but staff, location and facilities were top notch. Would have liked more culture and variation in food. Japanese restaurant was outstanding. Easy break with a 6 month old. Spa good. Hired a car to just get away for the day and did island in 4 hours easy including the brilliant mini zoo. Thank u to the staff for their welcome and smiles to baby every time they saw her.More
Trevor G, Rochester, United Kingdom
Relatively unspoilt island
A break of 7 days is about long enough - there is very little to do at Porto Santo Island - the hotel facilities are excellent - staff are pleasant helpful and courteous . The meals were well prepared but as with all buffet type arrangements can be quite 'sameish' however the theme restaurants offer a variety of quality meals. The animation team were active but not invasive encouraging people to take advantage of their activities. The beach is fabulous and unpopulated and for those that enjoy the swimming pool it offers a clean and convenient place to top up the tan.More
Neil M, Birmingham, United Kingdom
I would recommend this resort to anyone...It's lovely! As most have already said the rooms are great and very clean. The food's fantastic, there's something for everyone and the staff are the best! My partner and I both said we would love to return.More
Agree with most reviews, both positive and negative
As per the title of this review I agree with a lot of reviews on the Pestana Porto Santo both the good and the bad so I aim to write a fair balanced account. At first glance it is a really nice hotel where the rooms are grouped into villa style buildings, with some nice pools, really helpful staff, good rooms (with decent air conditioning), buffet am a la carte restaurants and backing into an amazing beach. It has a lot of potential and I think that is my biggest frustration it fails to deliver on that potential. As I say I agree with a lot of reviews both positive inline with the above and also negative as per the below: 1. Sun beds round the pool are in short supply 2. The buffet restaurant was too small for the size of the hotel and lacked a variety of food 3. The evening entertainment is probably better to be avoided. I accept that Porto Santo is a small island and doesn't have that many hotels to keep bringing in outside entertainment and whilst this means that the majority of the evening entertainment is provided by the hotels entertainment team they need to know their limitations. If you can't sing don't don't 4. Unfortunately although backing into the beach you have to pay for the sun beds on the sand 5. whilst the staff are really helpful and friendly in general when it comes to the bar staff there just aren't enough off them which leads to long queues at the pool par or main bar 6. only way to book the a la carte restaurants was to queue for over an hour as everyone did this after the welcome meeting. Even then though we couldn't get in all of the restaurants but what is annoying is they didn't seem to be open every day. 7. there didn't seem to be much in the way of entertainment during the day, there was program of activities each day but noting really seemed to happen. I suspect part of this is the people staying in hotel just weren't interested but you need to sell it to people and drum up interest and I know that is fine balance as you don't want to be pushy to your guests. 8. the sister hotel the Collumbus next door is a very strange hotel, a soulless concrete group of apartment buildings* although we did it in the main restaurant there as it was bigger and quieter than the one in the Porto Santo *The Collombus is only a short term solution, I believe there are plans to expand the Pestana Porto Santo on the land next to the hotel, which will leave the Collumbus to be the separate holiday apartment complex it seems to be. The Collombus also has plans to expand, these are a little more advanced than the Porto Santo's plans but are have stalled to budget. As I said there is a lot of potential in the Pestana Porto Santo and I think a lot of people will enjoy and find it good value as it currently stands (especially if you just want to relax and do nothing). I also believe from the attitude they showed to help guests they do listen and will get it right both in the short term and especially if the hotel does get expanded in the long run with a new sister hotel built next door. Perhaps it's all about managing people's expectations (which is what Trip Advisor does), whilst it is classified as a 5* hotel I'm not sure I would classify as a 5* (yet). If it were classified as a 4* hotel you'd probably be more willing to accost that not everything is perfect. More
martyn_dudley, London, United Kingdom
Decent room with free wifi in places, food was ok but got repetitive as with most all inclusive resorts but half decent on the whole. A few cocktails to choose from and beer was ok, pool was a bit fresh!!More
Dan Natalie W, Gillingham, United Kingdom
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