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We chose the Tahiti after a lot of Internet research and the fact that it was the only hotel in the brochure that had been awarded 3 x 100% ratings - we couldn't have made a better choice!
Everything about the holiday was fantastic - hats off to Thomsons. All the transfers and the ferry to and from Formentera went smoothly and were efficiently organised by Paul at the port and Lesley on the island.
We were returning to Formentera after an eighteen year gap and were glad to see that the island hadn't really changed much at all - even the bar and restaurant prices seemed reasonable (if compared, say, with the south of France).
The Tahiti was everything we had wished for. It was on the beach and with a marvellous swimming pool that never became crowded at any time. The staff were a delight, helpfull and friendly and all the rooms and public areas were kept spotlessly clean. Perhaps the best part was the breakfast / brunch served 'till noon. There was always a great selection of hot and cold food available which left us, some days, not wanting to eat 'till later in the evening.
Es Pujols centre was only a five minute stroll along the boardwalk, passing all the bars and restaurants and the nightly market stalls.
Best, but most expensive restaurant was Sa Varadero, 60-100 Euros for a good meal and wine.
Other restaurants worth a mention were Sa Punta (next door) pizzas and pastas and wine for 20 - 30 Euros and Sa Palmera.
Unless you need one, don't bother to hire a car or a scooter, they are so expensive. The bus service around the island is well organised and will take you to all the beaches. Definately visit Illetes and Llevant beaches, although the beach outside the hotel is very pretty, but can get a little crowded in the afternoon.
If you are visiting the beaches then budget for the hire of sunbeds and a parasol which cost around 18 Euros, a fairly standard charge on all the beaches.
La Sabina (the port) is worth a visit there are plenty of bars etc.. If you do have some time, visit Bar L'Alhambra (opposite Hostal La Sabina on the main road) Lynda and Joaquin will give you a warm welcome and the prices are cheap.
Finally, don't come to Formentera if you need to visit museums and art galleries. There is nothing to do other than soak up the sun - which is reason enough to visit this little known island.
Above all, stay in the Tahiti, it's a fantastic place - but keep it quiet or the prices will rocket !!
We have been going to formentera for twenty years and stayed at the Tahiti for the last 5 years, and can quite honestly say this is the best hotel in Formentera. We will be booking again to stay again next year. Cleanliness and location was stunning!!!!!!!!!! Staff were courtious and Simone was outstanding as usual. Would recommend to every age group.
Thomson holidays have got this one right.
A beautiful island , with lovely beaches. Hotel Tahiti was a little gem.with friendly staff. Probably the nicest hotel we have ever stayed in.Thomson have got the travel arrangments to Formentera off to a fine art. We did not have any trouble finding any thing or any one. Next year is our 25th wedding anniversary and we will be looking to travel with Thomsons again.
Very stylish, welcoming and comfortable hotel right on the beach. The buffet breakfast was second to none. Free soft drinks mini bar was topped up every day. Fantastic beaches within 20 minute walk of the hotel. Fresh room and swimming pool towels every day. Loved Chez Fred with good reasonably priced food. Highly recommended. First hotel we would go back to again.
This was our 2nd visit to the Tahiti Hotel in Formentera (previously 2007). If possible, it has got even better! The hotel give you towels for the swimming pool that they allow you to take to the beach, so we needn't have packed ours. The minibar in the room used to be empty, for you to fill, but now it is stocked with complimentary soft drinks and water every day. We used it to store our snacks as well!
Breakfast is from 8 till 12, and is a buffet style with fruit, cereals, cheeses, cold meats, as well as bacon eggs. You can even have cooked chicken and prawns!
All the staff are very friendly and helpful. Simone Hoffmann at reception is outstanding in her efficiency and helpfulness.
We have been visiting Formentera on and off over the last 20 years, and there is no denying it is getting busier, especially with young motor scooter riders! But it is possible to see most places by walking (we are in our 50's) or by local bus. We walked to San Ferran (nearest village to resort) in half an hour by using a traffic free route. An hour, or 10 mins by bus will get you to San Francisco (Island capital). The local beach is outside the hotel, but again a traffic free walk up the coast will take you to the best beaches in 35 mins.
The beaches are becoming more formalised with parasols and sunbeds to hire, but we took out our own lightweight beach tent, so we could get away from the crowded areas.
Eating out is expensive. We ate at several places which worked out at 60+ Euros for a two course meal with wine for two people. The Tahiti does not do evening meals, but they didn't seem to mind us getting a pizza or food from the supermarket and eating it on the balcony, watching the sun go down.
One restaurant we can recommend is the Tortuga, which is a short bus or taxi ride away.
We didn't find the airplane seats comfortable, even for the short 2 hours. In hindsight we wouldn't have booked the in-flight meal, which was not worth the money.
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