We recently visit the Sensatori Hotel Ibiza (TUI holidays) this past October half term. I was taken aback by the views and stunning location, from the hotel situated on a hill overlooking the turquoise beach in the sleepy resort of Cala Tarida. It would usually take a good few weeks of intense research and studying the hotel reviews, obsessing over YouTube videos and wondering what major factor might potentially ruin our stay and trying to locate the so called ‘perfect’ location for our family.
So, after weeks and weeks of searching for the perfect destination and trying to find the right price during half term, we finally decided on Sensatori Ibiza. I strongly believe in all-inclusive holidays particularly when you have young children. We have two very fussy children aged 4 and 7. My 4 year old has been a picky eater most of his little life and so I was not going to allow this to impact on our holiday. Needless to say with the variety of food available I was impressed by how many new foods he was willing to try!
One of the main reasons I would recommend this lovely hotel in particular is the stunning location. When we arrived, despite the countless videos we had both watched online, nothing would prepare us for the sea views whilst on the bus headed towards the hotel. We were greeted with champagne in the reception area. It was a sunny day averaging about 23 degrees. Coming from Ipswich UK this was practically summer for us! All the kids were keen to do was put on their swimming costumes and head out to the pools and the beach area which is around a 5 minute walk from the main hotel. I must repeat that the views in this place are so incredibly breathtaking. I would visit again simply to experience the beauty that lies in this location.
General Service of the Hotel
I am one of those people always observant about service anywhere I go whether it be the local supermarket or restaurant/cafe where I live. The overall service at this hotel was good. Upon arrival our hotel telephone was not working. Staff came to have a look at the phone the following day. They may have not fixed the phone right there and then, however, I was glad that our query was attended to in good time. I have to give the hotel a thumbs up for attending to our query in a fair amount of time. Perhaps the fact that we did not need the phone and that our hotel was very close to reception had to do with it! Staff are incredibly friendly and very much obsessed with children! We had to keep an eye on our kids and the staff because they love children so much that they seem to constantly give out sweets every time we turned a corner…literally speaking! It was a lovely gesture but I’m very uptight about my children consuming large amounts of junk food. Overall I loved how the hotel staff treated our children as well as other small kids at the resort it all seemed very genuine.
Buffet /A la Carte Restaurant
The food was good overall. Many options for meat eaters and vegetarians available. I was impressed by the children’s’ ‘fussy-eaters section’ which included plain rices, pastas, sauces, plain grilled chicken and pizzas which included make your own pizzas for the little ones! This may be a small observation, however it shows just how mindful the hotel is of children and their awkward needs so definitely a 10 out of 10 for this one Sensatori, well done! Only parents of fussy eaters can appreciate this!
We were give a room at the very top of the stairs. The hotel rooms look like apartments from the outside. Our hotel room overlooked a gorgeous view with palm trees and swim up rooms. The rooms are a little small but generally did not pose an issue for us. I had read many reviews complaining about the sizes of the rooms I am sure I had mentally prepared myself to be in a very small room. It didn’t make our stay unpleasant in any way. In saying so however, after one night sleep my husband and I instantly wished we had booked a separate room for the children because it can sometimes feel as if we are all on top of each other especially because we were visiting the area for a whole week. My son had a terrible cough from England that we hadn’t dealt with although a trip to the pharmacy on the s3cond day solved the problem. Had we been there longer, I would have insisted on the kids having their own bedrooms. I will however be mindful of this when booking the next holiday. It is significantly more expensive to book an extra room, however, I think as our kids get older, we will not have the option of all staying in one room. Entertainment-wise, the kids were able to watch familiar cartoons. My two love Mr Bean and watched copious episodes as well as Spanish versions of Peppa Pig despite the fact they cannot speak Spanish!
There are separate pools for adults and children. Bars are located at all pools. Our daughter made use of the all-inclusive by constantly ordering slush puppies for herself and her brother without our permission! Snacks are available all day at the pools and these include pizzas, croquettes, salads, sausages, pasta, ice-creams available on demand as well as a constant supply of alcohol for the adults!
All parents will appreciate the small break you get from your children. When you’re together all day everyday it is nice to have some adult time. The hotel offers roughly 2 hours a day of a kids entertainment club where children can join in fun activities. In the evenings, a movie night is provided or other on alternative evenings, children’s entertainment. My 4 year old asked if we could stay in Ibiza and added that he would be happy to attend the kids club everyday instead of going to school! Snacks are sometimes provided for the kids and my own were always keen to return the following day. My husband and I took the opportunity to walk up the nearby cliff and do some filming with his new drone.
If your’e looking to venture out and explore, the next town along is San Jose which is a 10 minute bus journey from the hotel. The town of Calatarida is quiet one with one or two very small coffee shops and a cafe located a 10 minute walk up the hill from the main hotel. If your’e looking a slow relaxed holiday and a place to spend time with your loved ones then this is the place to book your next holiday!