First trip to the Med for YEARS so travelled on a "blank canvas", no recent experiences to compare; booked 1 week in August 2012 with Thomson, via Latedeals.com, VERY last minute - less than a week before departure. Only had the internet pics and description to go on. Paid a bit extra for flights at a reasonable hour (the cheapest flights to Ibiza are at ridiculous-o'clock, both ways). To cut a long story short, absolutely delighted with the accommodation. We didn't specify any particular apartment, other than it had to be 3 bedrooms (2 adults and 4 teenagers) so were really chuffed to find ourselves in room 721 with balconies overlooking the sea; the beach was about 20 metres away. Very clean, 2 spacious, spotless, modern bathrooms with great showers. ONLY minor gripe was no proper oven (we were self catering) but quickly discovered that eating out was cheap and cheerful so we just bought breakfast stuff and filled fridge with drinks. Best and cheapest supermarket was a 5 minute walk up main road, Supermercado opposite Mad Cow restaurant. Handy ATM there as well. Local beer in there 28 cents for a 330ml can, 4.8% - thats about 23 pence! My wife bought a 1 litre waxed carton of rose wine for 78 cents - 63 pence! - for a laugh; it was actually very nice! If you like to be on the beach and messing about in the sea, buy a cheap facemask and snorkel - sea is full of beautiful fish, hours of fun! Water taxi across to San Antonio town very useful, lovely trip, although the 45 minute walk round the coast is equally interesting and you can check out the other hotels on the way. The hotel restaurants and the local ones are much of a muchness, all similar prices and menus, but Boucala (quite grand-looking in comparison to the others) stood out - looked like it should have been way more expensive, but wasn't. Example price: pizzas between 6 and 8 euros (£4.80 to £6.40). Excellent - we ate there 3 times. Main reason for 4 stars not 5 - abandoned cranes and building projects nearby. Spoil the skyline a bit and I suspect they'll be there for years. Overall, an excellent family base, a bit too tame for two 16 year old girls, but its a funny age - a bit "inbetween". Finally, 2 special mentions - the Africans trying to sell you sunglasses and stuff are really nice guys; they are always there but don't hassle you. Alex in particular (wears an Asda gilet!) is charming, we promised to buy from him at the end of the week and he did us a good deal, we had some laughs with him. The Hippy Market - an excursion to the other side of the island. Sounds great. Only opens on a wednesday AND EVERYONE ON THE ISLAND GOES AT THE SAME TIME. It is DESPERATELY busy - in my opinion, dangerously busy. May be ok if you are on your own, but trying to stay together is impossible. Save your money. You can get nearly everything they offer in the local shops at the same price.
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