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.
Suites have a double bedroom along with 2 child beds in the lounge. You'll also find air-conditioning, and a balcony.
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.
Just came back from a fantastic relaxing week at this resort , staff are amazing and weather was tip top . The small town is a brisk walk either along the beach or the road and has a little bit of everything when you get down there .More
Just returned from a very relaxing week at the Pestana Porto Santo. Very lucky with the weather, only one cloudy morning...wall to wall sunshine every other day and 24 - 26 degrees according to BBC weather. I was a little worried about whether this would be hot enough to sunbathe but it was perfect; definitely felt hotter than the temperatures would indicate. If you do feel the cold, it would be advisable to take a long sleeved top for the evenings. The Colombus restaurant was better for dining in the evenings, felt more like a restaurant than a canteen. We only queued for a maximum of 5-10 minutes and were offered champagne in the queue, personally I didn't see a problem with this queue time. The entertainment staff were great. Not pushy, but inclusive to everyone who wanted to join in. They seemed especially good with the children staying at the resort. Our room was brilliant. We had two bathrooms and a massive balcony but we did choose to upgrade our room at the time of booking. I used the gym in the mornings and this was small but had very nice equipment...it does get busy first thing in the morning (8-9am) and then again at about 5pm-7pm. The gym at the Colombus was much quieter and often I was the only one in there! Overall would definitely recommend to people looking for a relaxing week away in nice, but not blisteringly hot temperatures. Not much to do outside of the resort but a perfect relaxing paradise inside!More
Having read some reviews, my daughter and I were travelling with some doubts - for starters we like guaranteed sunshine. However, the weather was extremely kind to us and we only had one morning of cloud. The hotel was good but not 5 star. My criticism would be the lack of soft seating areas where you can just sit, relax and watch the world go by. All plastic table and chairs. Food was good, with plenty of choice and staff extremely friendly. There is a problem with queuing for meals but in truth, the queue moved quickly. The beach was absolutely beautiful, with sand stretching on for miles. Overall, we enjoyed the holiday but would we go back again, probably not - just something lacking.More
Pretty impressed really. Staff are great, site is everything it was expected to be. Sure, a bit of walking involved, but this means the rooms are away from the busy areas (well, some are closer obviously). Food always had plenty of variety and as a person who isn't mad on sea-food, even on the sea-food based nights there was a lot of alternatives. Animation team work hard for kids and big kids and the acts in the bar are quite good, although some of the artists playing earlier had some interesting funeral type arrangements of the songs they played. I heard some moans from some, typically about the three sitting evening meal idea, but we never queued for more than a few minutes. Would I go back, it has to be a yes to that, even though it would mean I wasn't experiencing somewhere new which could be even better. Maybe the review above or below will read exact opposite of mine, but we all know some only have a holiday so they have something to complain about. Recommended for anyone who wants a restful holiday. If you want to go raving, best book elsewhere. I'd recommend taking a kettle for the early risers though.More
We booked at the last minute so had no expectations and we found everything beyond what we hoped. The hotel was lovely, the staff so helpful and they worked hard to make the holiday a wonderful experience - very attentive and friendly. The hotel is very family friendly but even as a couple in our 50s there were plenty of places for quiet if we wanted it. The food was great, so much on offer and lots of entertainment if you wanted it. We took advantage of the trips (at extra expense) and found such enthusiasm with the locals - this is a small island full of surprises and the guides were at great pains to explain everything with great pride. We have thoroughly enjoyed spending time on this island and at this lovely hotel and would recommend it.More
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