This hotel is a mixed bag, but on a whole we all (wife + 2 girls 14 & 7) had a good time.
We got a cab from the airport which will cost you around 40 Euros and take about 30mins through some of the prettiest landscape on the island the further north you go.
The main hotel block (reception, restaurant, bar) is set in a idyllic location high on a hill overlooking the sea with the accommodation blocks terraced further up on the hill, so to get to the pools and main block you have to walk down the steep paths or steps (not recommended for the elderly or pushchairs, but if you are looking to lose weight great). We found the hotel within the expectations for what we paid (cheap 3* all inc) and the room we got adequate (although upper room would have been better). The rooms are basic and could do with updating, but the 4 of us managed ok. They have a safe, air con, a noisy ceiling fan and a wooden sliding door to segregate the main bedroom from the kids (sofa beds) nudge, nudge, wink, wink. We had a few maintenance issues (leaking sink and no lights in the bathroom), but we reported them and they were fixed the same day. The hotel could do with a little updating /maintenance, but if the cliental (the ones who carve ‘Stoke City Rules’ in the back of the toilet door, who shouldn’t be let out of Stoke let alone England) had a little respect for the place it would be great.
There are 3 pools terraced with water flowing from the top pool (walk in) middle pool (main) and bottom baby pool each surrounded by sunbeds and parasols. The pool terrace area steps are slippy when wet and we saw a lot of people falling over on these especially kids running around. Point to note: It made my day to see a hotel up hold the ‘do not reserve sun bed rule’ they will remove said towels and leave a little love note, so the early vogel does not get the wurm!! We went down around 9ish to drop off the towels then go for breakfast which seemed ok. The pool bar is situated by the baby pool and serves ‘typical’ all inc drinks plus basic snacks (chips, burgers, hotdogs and PYO ice cream freezer) and is usually manned by one man so you have to wait sometimes if he is busy. (Note: I spent the best part of a week ordering drinks in Spanish with him not understanding and reluctantly reverting back to English thinking I had mispronounced something only to find out he was Romanian and didn’t speak Spanish himself). There are steps down from the hotel to a rocky cove where there are a few hotel sunbeds and access to the sea, be warned it is slippy getting into the sea, but good for snorkelling. There are also 4 sea kayaks free to use, just see the life guard to get the paddles a life vests, well worth a paddle along coast with various caves to explore.
There is an entertainment team which do their best to lay on a full activity package (water polo, shooting, football and miniclub) and organise shows, quiz’s in the evening. Once again there is usually one barman on in the evening so you may have to queue, that said they up it to 2 the later end of the week.
The restaurant is situated on the top floor of the main block and has fantastic views and sunsets. The foods is ok much of the same day to day, we always found something to eat and never went hungry, and on occasions were pleasantly surprised with how good some dishes were. The salads and bread were always fresh and the table of fruit always looked good. Not so good was the condition of the chairs, you have to check them we saw a one collapse on a young girl (no harm, but made me wary).
Portinax is a beautiful setting and will take you 15mins to walk down to the 2 beaches, the journey back may take longer (uphill) and is not particularly well lit at night (we took at small torch). There are the usual things on the beaches, sun beds, parasols (5euros an item/day) water sports and beach bars. The sea is ideal for kids, shallow sandy walk in with a few rocks and plenty of fish (so bring your snorkelling gear). There are a plenty of bars and restaurants around with entertainment going on, some serving English beers/ciders for those missing home. We alternated each evening hotel/town to break up the hotel setting.
In summary we all enjoyed our stay, but could see where others would be upset (previous reviews). Recommendations: ask for a upper room and be careful walking around the pools.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Club vista Bahia is the ideal hotel to enjoy pleasant and relaxing holidays. We underline its location by the sea on the beautiful steep. This environment allows guests to enjoy the sounds of nature, impressive sunsent and pleasant walking. Located in the beach Cala Xarraca de Portinatx at 29 km from Ibiza city centre, the ideal place to enjoy the tranquility of the island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Vista Bahia Hotel Portinatx
- Hotel Vista Bahia
- Vista Bahia Hotel
- Club Vista Bahia Ibiza
- Club Vista Bahia Portinatx, Ibiza