I stayed in Punta del Mar during the first two weeks in June. It's about the 10th 4/5* all-inclusive I've visited in the past five years, so I'm comparing it with others of its kind.
Location is everything. Santa Ponsa is an okay place for famlies, but nothing about it had ever drawn me there. The hotel, however, on a headland about a mile out of town – that's different. I only went into town twice. Enough has been said in other reviews about the views. I'll add that there's a hill (slight slope, really) to the first shops, bars and restaurants, which are a couple of hundred metres from the entrance. There's no need to venture further than that if you don't want to. There are a couple of supermarkets too (handy for buying water much cheaper than in the hotel) and a taxi rank.
Entertainment: Bingo or something starts at eight, and is followed by singers etc. I went elsewhere. The entertainment's probably great if you're into that kind of thing.
Food: Ah! Better than most of what I've experienced. Breakfast: Spanish and English bacon. Spanish, English and German sausage. Eggs cooked four or five ways ... you get the idea. I ate breakfast once in Arkles, down at the shops, for 5 euro and it was very nice, but you can get the same and lots more at the hotel (Real tomatoes, not tinned). They don't push the boat out at lunch. Some people skip lunch while others have a 'snack' at the pool. The snacks are of good quality – cheeseburget etc – and you order them from a menu just like in a regular cafe. The items are priced for those not on all-inclusive: 5.50 euro for a cheeseburger. In the main dining room, food trays that are almost empty are quickly replace; food isn't left lying around – which is good from a health perspective.
Rooms: There are different types with balconies giving shade and others open to the sun. Some reviewers have referred to the rooms as dark and small. My room (a standard room) was narrower than normal but also a little longer. You can walk between the foot of the bed and the wall with ease unless you're an elephant. Lengthwise from the wardrobe to the balcony door: space big enough for a chair, bedside table, two single beds side by side, bedside table, armchair, table, armchair ... How big do you need? My balcony was not private (visibility from both sides and above). This is the compromise you make to have sunshine. It was much longer than the usual, and furnished with a table, two chairs and two sunbeds.
I was going to ask for a west-facing room (facing the open sea). This would have been beautiful for watching the sun set. However, when the sun's going down, it turns the sea silver and almost impossible to look at. West-facing rooms offer shade until around mid afternoon.
Outside space: There is enough but not much. It's not always possible to get a sunbed or one of the ten or so comfy double beds. The hotel counters this by having someone patrolling and picking up beds 'blocked' by the towel-blocking idiots. I saw quite a few puzzled faces on people who blocked sunbeds, went off for breakfast, then returned to find their towels had been lifted.
My only complaint is that the door to the poolside area remains locked until half eight or nine – not good if you just want to stretch your legs. Also, the door to the Blue Bar area (which is outside and has great views) remains locked until half four when the bar itself begins serving. I don't see why they can't unlock the Blue Bar area for those, like me, who want to escape the music down at the pool – and the smokers who puff around the door and render part of the pool area quite unpleasant. The problems would be solved by bringing back hanging for smokers and sunbed blockers.
Would I return? Yes, I think I would – and I can't say that about most other hotels I've visited.
By the way, the small indoor pool is a great place to get out of the sun. Sauna and steam rooms free on all-inclusive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SENTIDO Punta del Mar **** Location: On a slope above the sea, the center and the main beach are about 1500 meters away. The next bay and shopping area are a short walk away. Facilities: Renovated in 2012 the SENTIDO Punta del Mar with 234 rooms on seven floors has a lobby with sitting area, internet corner and WiFi internet access, TV room with satellite TV, a bar, a cafeteria with a large terrace and restaurant with sea views. The outdoor area has got a swimming pool, sun terrace with loungers and parasols and a poolside bar. Minimum age 16 years Meals: All meals in buffet form. Lodging: The rooms are equipped with shower / WC, air conditioning / heating, wireless internet, mini fridge, safe (extra charge), telephone, satellite TV, balcony and sea view. Junior suites are larger with the same features and in addition have a hair dryer, bathrobe, minibar and seating area. Double rooms and Junior Suites Superior have additionally with 2 chairs on the balcony. Sport and wellness Included: Indoor pool (for colder months), Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, fitness room and table tennis. Extra charge: table tennis, billiards, bike rental, massages and treatments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Punta Del Mar Santa Ponsa
- Hotel Punta Del Mar
- Punta Del Mar Hotel
- SENTIDO Punta Del Mar Santa Ponsa, Majorca