Just got back from Vila Baleira and had a very relaxing holiday. Personally I do not think this is a 4 Star hotel, it is in fantastic position and the cleanliness is second to none but as an all inclusive guest you are treated as second class in comparison to half board guests. They always get preferential treatment at the bar, snack bar and restaurant. It is not clear at the bar what all inclusive guests are entitled to, we found out in the second week that we could have a cocktail (only choice of three) but nowhere did it say that. There should be list at the bar stating what is available to all inclusive. Food was not bad but not great and choice limited, salad bar never had cold meat at lunch or dinner and they need 2 ice cream scoops (queue so long in aug with one scoop!). We did not have small children with us but there was not normal children's options. Breakfast was very good and plenty of choice.
Snack bar - staff were miserable and service poor, we gave up going for lunch as you waited so long before they served you and it was not clear the procedure to follow if all inclusive.
Saying all that we loved Porto Santo, hotel in good position and beach amazing. Not a place for night life but very relaxing and get away from it all. Definitely do jeep safari, this was an excellent trip and well worth seeing all island. Boat trip expensive and can be bit rocky coming back.
I thought it would have been nice to have some decking overlooking the beach with few tables and chairs. Good news is we never had to get up early for sunbeds which is a big plus for August and pool area always quiet and not crammed.
A good hotel but could be better with few tweaks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located about 4 km's from the center, the Hotel Vila Baleira Thalassa was originally built with the intention of attracting to the island who wanted to take advantage of the medicinal qualities of its sands and is the best equipped hotel in Porto Santo.
The complex consists of 3 distinct areas: In the main building are the rooms, reception, main bar, restaurant, shops, conference rooms, kids club, games room, amphitheater and indoor swimming pool.
Connected to the hotel by a tunnel is Baleira Talassa & Spa, a fully independent structure where all thalassotherapy and spa treatments as well as gym and Diving Centre Rheadive work.
Also accessible through the tunnel is an outdoor leisure area with outdoor pool, children pool, outdoor children's room, children's playground, shooting, <
>, volleyball and beach soccer, the Beach Club and the walkway beach access. The social areas of the hotel and the rooms are spacious and decorated with light colors and local materials. Open from April to October.... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vilabaleira Thalassa Porto Santo
- Hotel Vilabaleira Thalassa