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.
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Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Three visits included per stay to the theme restaurants. Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Including ice-cream.
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2 outdoor pools
Towels and sunbeds are provided at this large outdoor pool.
Hours of fun for your little ones including a mini-disco. It's hotel-run for kids aged 4 to 12 years.
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.
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double room with balcony
These spacious, modern double rooms come with an extra bed. And you'll also find air-conditioning and a balcony.
twin room with balcony
You can expect to find air-conditioning, Wi-Fi*, a mini-fridge, and a flatscreen TV with a DVD player in the twin rooms. And they also feature a balcony. They'll sleep 3 with an extra bed.
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14 days too long!
Great facility well laid out, super pool, but usual issues around sun beds (lets not go There).. also a private beach location, plus access to the sister hotel more of a boring design but very modern.. entertainment was interesting as the Greece story line got a little muddled but fun.. However the island is small and once you've see it, you've seen it all.. we hired a small car and went on a tour of the island with very scenic views on all sides.. once around the back of the airport though the tarmac roads becomes dirt tracks, great fun navigating away around it all.. stopped several times to ensure the road continued and the car wouldn't ground.. also too a boat trip around the island saw dolphins too.. be aware that you WILL get wet ! In my opinion 14 days is too long.. 7-10 is ideal.. great for the family as safe for the kids..More
The Pestana is a lovely hotel, just a few steps to the beach that runs almost the full length of the island, easy walk into the quaint town with a few shops, bars and restaurants. The buffet restaurant served a good variety of foods with themed nights, try the white sangria it's delicious. The staff were extremely helpful, we swapped rooms as the extra bed was not big enough for our son, ended up with a suite for a small extra fee, everyone was happy. Personally I wouldn't be that bothered with the speciality restaurants they were just ok. Overall was a relaxing quiet holiday in October.More
Amazing facilities, but the rooms are a bit disapointing
We stayed at Pestana in late September '16, the staff were really friendly and the food was what you would expect from an all inclusive with lots of variety. The room however was quite disappointing in terms of the sound isolation. Between rooms there is a door which is ridiculously thin.. we could literally hear everything the guests next door were doing... for a 5 star hotel this is kind of unacceptable.. apart from that the hotel is literally on the beach and the beach is superb as there is tons of free space for you to chill out and listen to the sea.More
Great Family Holiday, Hotel and Island
We visited the Pestana Porto Santo 24th October to 31st October as a couple and a 9 year old girl. The pools are impressive with one huge one with a portion covered by a conservatory and then smaller children's and salt water ones. There's plenty of sun loungers around the pools and into the garden areas. It's well kept, tidy and the pools were clean. The entertainment staff were on hand to check if anyone wanted to participate in activities during the day and dancing at lunchtime. We didn't expect a separate bedroom area but our room was a good size with a king size bed. Both the bathroom and room were very clean and kept that way during our stay. Food was good and plentiful, where you'd be hard pushed not to find something at each meal. We visited the Maderian and Italian restaurants during our stay which were also nice. All staff were attentive and friendly. Drinks service was also good. The beach was lovely to walk along. We went on the jeep trip to see the island which was worth the money and the guide was very knowledgeable. Evening entertainment was good with local singers and musicians until the main show at 9.30pm. I liked the library in the games room for swapping holiday reading. Minor negatives were the Pestana Columbus next door had shut so you coudn;t use their facilities and the island is very small if you're looking to venture out and enjoy different activities. I would recommend this for couples and families. I'd love to go back.More
Great overall but a few hiccups
First the overriding impression is of a place where the staff work hard but take pride in their work. A good proportion seem to enjoy it too but many are matter of fact. The layout and facilities are spot on for families although it is a shame to fork out for a two bedroom apartment that can sleep up to six but still only has one toilet which is in the bathroom. Garden view sounded nice but in Villa 3 this meant overlooking the road into the hotel and the turning point. Past this was barren land that looked like a future building site with a digger - therefore didn't use the balcony which was a decent size. The beach was far nicer and more accessible than we thought looking at the website - pretty much the best sandy beach I have been on. The beach bar close enough albeit the world's smallest plastic cups for all drinks inc beers. Have to say the bar service generally was really disappointing. Bus shuttle worked well and we have a nice time in Porto Santo on the Sunday near the church (nice choir singing) including nice stop at the cafe including tea gin. As others have said, end of season (apart from free late check out, which was nice) means the odd hiccup and some staff that are tired and/or concerned about their next posting or prospects in close season. Beach towels from the spa were plentiful but the indoor pool was not quite warm enough. The standard of food was consistent and decent for all inclusive. You get to book a few meals in the various restaurants but you need to get in quick and guest services were only open 10:30-14:30 - most were fully booked all week by day two. The Med restaurant was outstanding. Would go back again but keep an eye on next year's reviews first. More
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