The Pestana Porto Santo is a pleasant and well run property with its own access to the wonderful beach. Rooms are in groups of "villas" arranged around the swimming pool and gardens and are well presented and kept very clean by the friendly maids.
The hotel operates on an all-inclusive basis as is the current trend in the industry which whilst agreeable to the guests must be to the detriment of the local bar/café/restaurant owners. Signs of the impact of the economic downturn are there to be seen.
My wife and I were unhappy with the room originally allocated to us on the ground floor at the back of one of the villas but were pleased with the response of the staff who were able to relocate us on the second day. The new room had a pool view but substantially less floor space which we thought was a reasonable trade off.
We take our holidays out of school holiday time and on this occasion were rewarded by a wonderful calm and quiet environment which we found very relaxing.
My only criticism is the food. There was always something available that was acceptable but it all seemed to lack imagination and differentiated tastes and flavours. Menu repetition was also an issue but perhaps that was because we stayed for 14 days, those that return home after 7 days may see it differently. I also got a sense that they try very hard to keep food costs as low as possible with the offering of a tripe and bean stew being one example.
My criticism is based on my experiences of other properties elsewhere that offer all-inclusive deals which have had much better food offerings. In that regard in this competitive sector the Pestana Porto Santo failed to meet my expectations. There are better places out there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa is located on the fantastic Porto Santo beach , a sandy beach 9 km long, and it is surrounded by a tropical garden of 30,000 m2 and two enormous outdoor pools of a natural style, making it one of the best hotels in Porto Santo. This hotel in Porto Santo operates under an "All Inclusive" regime, making it the ideal location for anyone wishing to spend holidays in Porto Santo without any concerns at all. So, if holidays to you mean time with friends and family, enjoying the sun, the sea and the therapeutic sands of Porto Santo, taking a dive into the pool, exercising in the gymnasium, playing a game of tennis on the multi-purpose court, or simply relaxing in the spa, then the Pestana Porto Santo is the hotel for you. The rooms of the Pestana Porto Santo are decorated in tones of blue and ocean green and include a private balcony. Although it is a hotel with "All Inclusive", it has 3 restaurants that offer a selection of Italian and Madeira cuisine and three enchanting bars, which includes the "Sunset Bar", which has fantastic views over the sea. The concept of this resort in Porto Santo underscores the philosophy of preserving the environment, taking into account the needs of sustainability of the surroundings where it is located. Various solar panels have been installed and the hotel has its own desalinisation plant, which has earned the hotel "The Green Key" certificate for its environmental management. The beach of Ribeiro Salgado, which is a concession of Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa, was presented with the Blue Flag by the FEE - Foundation for Environment Education, due to the quality of the water, the information and environmental education, the environmental management, and the safety, services and support infrastructures. The main village, Vila Baleira, is a mere 5 minutes by car from this 5 star hotel, as is the 18-hole golf course, which offers you the unique opportunity of playing on a course designed by the Spanish champion Severiano Ballesteros; all this, with the sea as your horizon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive Hotel Porto Santo
- Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort And Spa - All Inclusive
- Pestana Hotel Porto Santo
- Pestana Resort Porto Santo