Visited the Invisa Figueral Resort from 18th July until 1st August 2013 on an All Inclusive package deal with Jet 2 Holidays. This is a family orientated resort made up of 2 Hotels the Cala Verde and Cala Blanca. We stayed at the Cala Blanca in a premium Room with sea view, 2 adults and 2 children aged 5 and 2.
Checkin: We were dropped off at the Cala Verde (sister Hotel) and were then transferred by mini bus to the Cala Blanca a short ride away, however on check out we were picked up at the Cala Blanca. Checkin was quick and we were transported to our room in a golf buggy. The initial room was in Block D but did not have a sea view which we had paid for, so I quickly returned to reception and complained, they were unable to provide another room until the next day but we were transferred to a room with sea view the following afternoon.
Room: The Premium room with ocean view was situated in the main reception building was quiet and modern and clean with 4 single beds all in a row with no gaps in between. Facilities included AC, Kettle, tea and coffee and sugar but no milk. A fridge stocked with a welcome pack of miniature Smirnoff Vodka, JB Whiskey, Bacardi and Gordons Gin. One tin of coke and 1 tin of tonic water, a packet of maltesers and a packet of nuts and 2 bottles of water. This welcome pack came included but can also be bought for 10 Euros at reception. Flat screen TV with only 1 english channel - Sky News. there where Spanish, German, French and Italian Channels also. Bathroom with toilet, shower, sink, towels, soap, shampoo and showergel, small sewing kit and 2 combs. Large balcony accessed through mirrored glass patio doors with 3 sun longer beds, 2 chairs and a table. The room had a safe, which accommodated all our valuables like, passports, cash,cameras, phones, small computer tablet, not large enough for a laptop, handheld computer games and 2 portable DVD players. Reception provide a key for the safe for 12 Euros, which is returnable on return of the key and original receipt. There was a large sliding door wardrobe which easily held all our clothes. Telephone, desk and 2 chairs. Beach towels are available at a deposit of 20 Euros each from reception, you get a receipt and a card for each towel, keep the reciept safe and take the cards to the lifeguard who will exchange them for towels. The money is refundable at reception on return of the cards and original receipt.
TIP. Take portable DVD Players if the kids like movies etc as there is nothing in English that is suitable for children on TV, or for adults unless you like updates of the same news every 15 minutes.
Food and Drink: We took the all inclusive package which included breakfast 0745 - 1030, lunch 1pm - 3:30pm, snacks 3:30pm - 6:55pm and dinner 7pm - 10pm. There was a buffet style restaurant which did themed nights such as Italian, Argentinian. Mexican, Spanish, Sea Food, Chinese etc. The food was good with a varied selection and there was a small kids section which did the usual, nuggets, chips, pizza, salad etc. Beer, red, white and rose wine, Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Water, where all on tap on a self serve basis. Tea and coffee etc.
We witnessed no queue jumping or rudeness during mealtimes although there was plenty of bussling during peak times.
Snacks were only available to All Inclusive guests and where mainly hot dogs, burgers, chips, pizza etc.
There was also the Marina Restaurant which did BBQ lunch and themed dinners but had to be booked 24 hours in advance, the views form this restaurant are spectacular but the food quality was poor and the selection for kids non existant.
Ice cream is available at all locations, including the bars. All inclusive package included only three or four types at the bar but you could buy other brands if you wished.
One thing we found unusual, having been to all inclusive resorts many times that did not adopt this approach was that you were given a card which monitored your use of the buffet, you where only allowed one visit to each sitting and if you went to the Marina restaurant and found it not to your taste, your card was already marked and you could not get into the buffet and would be turned away. This is crazy and when my kids would not eat anything at the Marina Restaurant I simply took them to the buffet and squeezed passed when the card checker was busy with other customers, I see no point in having the card system, you are all inclusive and have a band so why the need to mark you in. Also what if you were in a family group but wanted to attend at seperate times once one had gone in the card is marked as though all have. If you have trouble with this just go around the side as we did.
All inclusive drinks included most branded drinks such as Smirnoff, Bacardi, Gordons, Drambuie, Heineken, San Miguel, various whiskeys etc but you have to ask for it by name or you will be served the cheaper brands. Drinks after 11pm have to be paid for.
TIP: Make sure you wear shoes in the buffet, they dont provide plastic tumblers for drinks, they are wine style glasses and every sitting you hear the smash as another kid drops a glass on the floor.
Also get to breakfast before 0930 as a cattle stampede starts around then and it is difficult to find a table even though the buffet seats 650 people.
Entertainment: Pirate Island Splash park opens 10am - 7pm. It has slides and very shallow water but keep the little ones away from the tipping buckets which dumps gallons of water every 2 minutes with a force that will knock them over. It has a drinks bar too. There is a mini club for over 3s with supervised activities 10 -1pm amd 4pm - 6pm. This has a small pool and playground with a shaded area for drawing etc. You can just take your kids into the playground if you wish and monitor them yourself. There is also a small playground close to the marina restaurant.
Mini Disco, with costume characters but this does not start until 8:30pm which I thought was a bit too late.
Evening shows start at 10pm, run sometimes by the Hotel animation team who work very hard all day and sometimes professionals come in, there is a 2 week schedule for shows such as chinese acrobats, flamenco dancing, mimed shows like we will rock you, broadway etc the african show was very entertaining. With young children I was dissapointed that the shows started so late as it meant the kids were tired but wanted to see the shows so forced themselves to stay awake and with a lack of entertainment in English on TV, it was very limited for them, if you took the kids to bed you missed the show and you yourself would be bored in the room with nothing on TV to watch. Some guests took children back to the rooms, then returned, leaving them behind but this is something I personally would never do.
Activity pool, close to beach, family pool close to reception, adult only pool in front of reception and indor Spa pool with jacuzzi which is operated by tokens from reception.
3 Pool Tables are located near the SPA pool, 1 euro per play.
Beach: crystal clear water and soft sand with excellent views, sunbeds and parasols have to be paid for on the beach so just take a towel with you if that is an issue.
TIP: There were plenty of beds available around all pools up until about 9:30. There are some towel reservers, we saw some people reserve 4 beds at 08:10 and then they did not return until 17:10 meaning the beds where unused all day. By this time the beds where in the shade. No prizes for guessing their nationality but it seems to be a national pastime for some people. If you get to the pool by 0900 there will be ample choice available.
Other: there is a small SPAR shop selling the essentials you may need just across the street from the hotel and toward the beach there is a souvenire shop which sells a range of gifts inlcuding perfumes, clothes etc. There are some inflatables, water pistols etc here and they are cheap to buy and were perfectly adequate. The cheaper souvenires are just that so I wouldnt buy to bring home as they fall apart quickly, such as purses, bracelets, sand filled animals, fans etc.
The hotel is situated on a Hill and there are a lot of steep inclines, not really suitable for those with walking diificulties. We had a push chair and not all routes allow easy access due to the steps, there are ramps but not on every route so you sometimes have to take a longer route to get to where you want to be.
Overall we had a good holiday, staff are very friendly and hotel is clean and tidy with excellent views. With some minor improvements to the All Inclusive package and the entertainment times with some more choice of english language TV this could be an excellent resort but I guess it caters for the wider european market who tend to eat later in the evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Invisa Hotel Club Cala Blanca is located in Es Figueral Beach. With colourful gardens and an enormous children area of 5.000 M2 that make it perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable family holiday. This Hotel is awarded with the "Q" of tourist quality and has 320 rooms: Double, Premium, Family, Junio Suite and Apartments. All os them with full bath room, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, mini fridge and Wi-Fi. Your holiday hotel A hotel in perfect harmony with the nature and thought to spend some real holidays in family: Air conditioning in the main public rooms and restaurant. Two restaurants with international buffet service. Ample lounges with 3 conference room, Wi-Fi and internet point, bar, Buda's Chill Out and only adults pools, and one heated pool with jacuzzi, fitness room and Solarium. Children's playground, 5.000 M2 for Miniclub, Pirate Island and Adventure Zone. Shows and entertainment every night, games and competitions for children and adults. Free sports. Regular bus service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Invisa Hotel Cala Blanca
- Invisa Hotel Club Cala Blanca Ibiza/Santa Eulalia Del Rio