This hotel has it all – two pools, themed restaurants, a sea-view bar and as much sand as you need.
A curtain of mountains is the backdrop to this hotel, while out the front a carpet of sand unrolls all the way to Vila Baleira. It’s a lovely, albeit 45-minute, walk there or you can take the courtesy bus, which takes 5.
Two super-sized pools snake their way past Balinese beds. The restaurant scene includes an Italian place, and the bar is all geared up for sunset. Plus, there's access to the Pestana Colombos Premium Club next door.
This large bar is on the first floor and is also where you'll find live entertainment in the evening as well as live sport screenings. It features sea views which are particularly spectacular at sunset.
A really nice relaxing hotel with great staff everywhere,beautiful gardens,pools,restaurants,buffet,beach bar,and a huge long sandy unspoilt beach,for walks or just relax.nothing is beyond the staff,and each one has a smile,so warm and welcome,would recommend this hotel for all ages and will visit again.More
Pestana all inclusive porto santo island
Celebrated my husbands 60th Birthday at the Pestana had a fabulous holiday, excellent food, all the staff friendly and smiling nothing too much trouble. Pools, entertainment every night and in the day, kids play area,spa,tennis courts, table tennis, games, dance classes, volleyball, they had it all. Beaches are spotless and beautiful healing sand.Would definitely recommend for a relaxing spoilt time as island is not commercialised so very tranquil. Sheer bliss.More
I'm sorry for writing a bit late. This was a great time. We were there for 2 great weeks.The beautiful complex where you have everything at your fingertips what you need for your holidays. Restaurants, bars, swimming pools. The room was very large and comfortable and always tidy and clean. The food was delicious.I tried to try everything because cooking is my hobby and it was really good. My wife likes eat fish and it was a nice surprise for us - a wide selection of all kinds of fish for lunch and dinner. Every day outside and in the restaurant we met nice and very helpful staff. Many thank you for all. The Animation Team were absolutely fabulous. We were impressed with Latino rhythms and we liked how they dance on stage (Gustavo, Diogo, Luciano, Tarik, Catarina, Joana, Mara, Daniela, Ercilia, Carolina) A very big hug for all them. Shows in the bar were amazing. Special thanks for bar staff for making very nice,good and tasty cocktails for us (Catarina, Tyago, JoÃ£o, Marcos). This was the best holiday we have ever had. It was wonderful time. Thank you everyone again. We recommended to all. MUITO OBRIGADO !!!More
Pestana Porto Santo versus Pestana Columbus
Pestana Porto Santo is next to the Columbus - guests can use either hotels for facilities and dining.
The Columbus is newer and more modern - looking quite austere from the outside but has fantastic modern rooms. The outside pool area is also sleek and chilled out but the beds are all regimented and very close together - this is a more 'grown up' hotel.
Where we were we chose for the sprawling layout of pool area and separate blocks of accommodation sleeping about 30 rooms. The hotel is more 'jaded' than Columbus but still very comfortable.
They have got a lot of the details right here - plenty of water bottles around - so no extra charge for that...
One tiny point - me being picky - there are 2 light switches in the bathroom - I would make one of them a night light - I cannot stand bright lights in the middle of the night when I need a pee...
Being a beach person - I didnt worry about the pool layout or activities. The beach is (as yet) very unspoilt. One long stretch of golden sand with a couple of sections of sunbeds and a few bars dotted along the way. Unfortunately being the 2nd week of the season - the sea was too cold for me to swim... I would definitely go in September next time...
The sunbeds were 15 euros a day for 2. This is fine if you are there all day - but invariably the sun came out about 11 and we were never on the beach all day. One day I sat for about an hour and was charged a day rate... I do think a half day rate would be fair...
Stop off at the Corsario for a drink and snack - the blue and white one - with a few seats on the beach itself.
Our hotel was the one where all the activities happened and evening entertainment and therefore was more lively and family orientated. It did have a feeling of the Solana about it, but you can take it or leave it and go to the other hotel.
The Columbus restaurant had marginally better food and was calmer. There you could get freshly made smoothies in the morning. If you want to avoid over indulging - take a small plate each sitting... There are loads of fruit and salad options.
There are 4 restaurants - that you must pre book else you miss out - they get fully booked straight away. We were a bit slack, but a good tip is to rock up at 7pm in time for the first sitting or 8.30 for 2nd sitting and try to get in via a cancellation/no show. We managed to get in to the Med this way and this was by far the best restaurant with Masterchef style dishes.
Madeira Lovers restaurant had good main courses - go for the Tuna or Kebab, but the starters and desserts were average.
We ended up not going to the Italian as we heard varying reviews and knew we could have pizza/pasta anytime at home.
The Japanese restaurant was fully booked and then closed half the week, so we missed out on that one...
Great fun - quite fast with the wind and fresh air so good if youre not great at sea.
Julio was very informative so you learnt quite a bit about the island, it's history and inhabitants.
Only criticism is the 2 boats stopped behind one of the smaller islands just in the water - to have a sip of Madeira wine - the other side of this island was a tiny piece of beach big enough for the boats to pull up. I would have prefered to stop there (unless there was a reason why we couldnt...?) So when stopped I could smell the petrol and felt a little queasy.
Otherwise - a great way to see and learn a bit about the island and it's history.
As a seasoned traveller I should know better - I put plenty of SPF 30 on and it was touching only 20 degrees,but still got burnt. Even if overcast, the strength of the sun and the wind factor means you have to be very careful.
I would cover kids up TOTALLY in cotton and use factor 50 - not worth the risk! and remember areas like tops of feet.
The town has plenty of shops selling beachwear - 100s and 100s of bikinis and flip flops - Banana Moon, Havianas, Billabong etc...It was nice to wander down the back street and find a typical portuguese bar to sit out. About 3.50 euros for 2 beers.
It is also worth visiting the Pe na Agua restaurant along the beach - If Carlsberg did Tuna... It is probably the best tuna we have ever had...
Overall - really relaxing and we were very very lucky with the weather - if you cant take too much heat or too many people, this is a good destination for you - and as yet still relatively unspoilt by tourism. I hope it stays this way...More
Fantastic Anniversary !!! xxx
Have just returned from a wonderful anniversary break at this fantastic hotel!!
Can't fault it in any way!! Food excellent for an all- inclusive hotel! Superb selection and quality in the restaurant and the added bonus of 4 Speciality restaurants!! Staff super-attentive, working relentlessly to make this an unforgettable experience!
We had a lovely 1st floor room overlooking the pool, just a short stroll to the restaurant / sunset bar! Spent many a 'boozy' night there after some delicious cocktails!!
Can highly recommend this stunning hotel, with its sister hotel, the Colombus next door, set right on the beach!!