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.
Hotel was amazing, local staff were lovely. The hotel had something for everyone, indoor and outdoor pools, close to the beach, table tennis, volley ball etc. Breakfast was the same every day - average and not exciting. Burgers and toasties were available at around 11 until about 4 and we're amazing. There were 3 restaurants you could go to a week out of 4 however the med and Japanese booked really quickly and we couldn't get it. The Thompson staff were not very helpful and pretty rude. Nothing much to do in the town but there is enough to keep you entertained in the hotel.More
Flights and transfers were faultless but that was probably the only thing that was! On arrival the animation team greet you and offer you a thimble sized fruit juice or water! Upon check in we were offered a free upgrade to a 4 bed villa, which we accepted, the villa was very spacious and spotlessly clean as is the whole resort! However they mislaid our cases for about 3.5 hours, not great when you have two kids! Part of the upgrade was that we would automatically have a restocked fridge (daily) and late check out....they didn't restock daily and we had to beg for the late check out! Out of the 4 speciality restaurants I would say the pizza place is good for kids and the Japanese, which in fairness was lovely! The Buffett is a bit odd, a real mish mash of food. My daughter has a shellfish allergy, but there were no alternatives for her! The beach I would imagine is beautiful if there was no wind, but it is very strong and the waves are HUGE! The island is mostly cloudy so if u totalled up the hours of sunshine in 1 week, it would prob only equate to 1.5 days of sunshine....but you will burn anyway...I've never seen so many people shedding their skin like snakes! ;) The entertainment team are very sweet and genuinely love the kids! All in all I really enjoyed the holiday but I think the hotel needs tweaking, at the moment it's hovering somewhere between an adults only resort and family resort! I wouldn't recommend this place if you like lots of activities and entertainment, but if you're laid back and happy to mooch around then it would be fine! We won't return but that is purely because of the unpredictable weather! More
This holiday was our third consecutive visit to pestana Porto santo, we stayed from the 5th of June to the 13th of June. Flight and transfer both smooth which was a relief as we were travelling with a toddler and 6 month old baby. Hotel room was spotless and once again suited our needs perfectly. The food was varied and although we did eat in the pestana we preferred sitting outside dining at the Colombus. Cannot comment on the evening entertainment this time as we were always early to bed with the baby. The beach was once again stunningly beautiful and we spent probably 80% of our time there (free sun shades and wind blocks- very handy with a baby!) Our toddler really enjoyed the kids club ( we stayed with him whilst he made cakes and played in the pool with the animation team!) My husband rented one of the quad bikes again and highly recommends this as it really is one of the best ways to see this beautiful island. The weather this time was very hot and we were surprised as previous years it been a real mixture! Our son unfortunately needed to visit the local medical centre in town and the pestana were very helpful with arranging a free car to drop us off and pick us up on many occasions. Highlight of the holiday had to be flash dance with Lucian Lopez and the team! To sum it up we had another brilliant holiday, thank you to all the staff for there hard work, looking forward to returning to pestana again next year! =) More
We visited with our 3 year old son from 6th June for 2 weeks. I can only emphasise all the positive comments this place has received. It is so so friendly. Excellent facilities and levels of cleaniness. I am a coeliac and it was invaluable that all dishes have allergens listed with a little sign next to them. It's definitely the best hotel we've ever been to thankyou for making our stay do enjoyableMore
Came to Pestana Porto Santo for a week mid June 2016. As a young couple we were looking forward to a nice relaxing week all inclusive and this is what we got. We had upgraded to a suite we felt was well worth it as it had a balcony too. The meal times suited us well and didn't mind the slots for dinner in the evening. The pool bar for lunch was very nice and an alternative to the main buffet restaurant. We didn't go over to Columbus to eat but heard it was much quieter and more variety of food. We ate at the Italian restaurant which was very nice and made a change from the buffet! We rented a quad bike and a bubble car which we highly recommend as well as the sea adventure boat trip provided by Thompson- very much worth the money. The animation team were okay, evening performances never lasted the full hour and we found they always started 20 minutes late, but good idea to get there early to get seats. Would maybe return in the future with children as well suited for families.More
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