Are you the wrong side of 25 but still want to party in Ibiza? Do you want to go and see some world class DJs without stepping in vomit when you return to your hotel afterwards? Do you dislike people who shout 'oi oi!' down hotel corridors? Do you need that bit of extra time to sleep off your hangovers these days? Then hotel Cala Gracio is for you!
This small adults only (bliss) hotel, with its lovely adults only pool is just a few steps from the beautiful Cala Gracio beach (not adults only but surprisingly few screaming children). Watch The Wanted's 'Glad you came' video on YouTube and you'll see the beach. It's very small and busy yet somehow still relaxing; the water is shallow, calm and clear and cooling off in it is the best hangover cure ever! We went every day and didn't understand why other guests stayed by the pool - sunloungers are only 5 Euro and available all day, whereas at the main pool people were putting towels out on sunloungers at 1.50am (no joke - we witnessed this when returning to the hotel one night!).
The room was of a really good standard, it seemed fairly recently refurbished and my only complaint is that the grouting in the bathroom had got quite mouldy. Other than that it had lots of luxurious extras - a proper double bed (not two pushed together) air conditioning which worked well, really thick double curtains which make the room incredibly dark so you can sleep in, lots of hangers and a decent sized terrace outside (we had a ground floor room). Many rooms don't have balconies and I believe there may be an extra charge for one. We didn't pay any extra for our terrace so ground floor rooms facing the back are probably the best as you do get a generous amount of outdoor space.
The food is good though we skipped dinner. I love going to restaurants and eating in the hotel dining room just isn't the same. Having said that the choice is good and there's lots of tasty stuff with some dishes cooked to order. It's just not as nice as sitting watching the sunset and the wine is horrible.
The best thing about this hotel, for me, is the location. We stayed at the Tanit, the large hotel which shares the site and is also owned by Fiesta, a few years ago and we loved the location but the Tanit is really for families, there are screaming kids EVERYWHERE and some of the English guests are quite embarrassing. The walls are also the thinnest of any hotel I've ever stayed in, to the point that you can hear every bodily function coming from the room next door. You still have to use the reception at the Tanit and but apart from that you have separate facilities. You are away from the beer boys and chaos of San Antonio but you can walk to the sunset bars in 15 minutes, but don't walk along the main road as this takes twice as long. Walk up the main road to San An for about 5 minutes until you get to the Sol Bahia apartments, take a right here and you can walk along the coast and will arrive at the quieter strip of sunset bars in no time. Have a cocktail at the Sun Sea Bar if you want somewhere romantic.
The best thing about this hotel was that it was so quiet - a million miles away from the chaos of the Tanit even though it's just next door. We were never woken up by maids or other guests and as I've said the room is very dark. It just proves that you can experience the fun of San Antonio and get some sleep, all it takes is a little respect towards other guests. It's a shame that this hotel is not available on any package holidays in the Uk which made it quite expensive. At the same time this probably keep some of the riff raff away!
If you stay here you MUST: go to Ushuaia for SHM or David Guetta - 30 Euros in a taxi and unlike anything I've ever experienced; watch the sun setting at Mambo's; have dinner at Villa Mercedes and a drink in their divine chillout area afterwards; swim round from Cala Gracio to Cala Gracionetta, a smaller and even more lovely beach; have a bottle of wine and some Tapas at El Chiringuito on Cala Gracionetta beach...will have to stop now I want to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fiesta Hotel Cala Gració is the ideal place to spend a fabulous holiday with your couple. The common areas, bar and restaurant have been completely refurbished to offer top quality facilities and comfort for adults. It features two freshwater pools with a Jacuzzi in an area designated for adults. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cala Gracio Ibiza
- Fiesta Hotel Cala Gracio Ibiza, Spain