We arrived at the hotel on Thursday 31 July at about 11.30 am . We had hired a private taxi to drive us direct to the hotel after last years experience of spending about an hour and half on the coach driving to every hotel on the island! The taxi was waiting for us at the airport and took a little over twenty minuets to arrive at our hotel. This is the Sentido Punta Del Mar Hotel in Santa Ponsa which is located on the south west coast of Mallorca. We had booked a week in this hotel in one of their thirty seven Junior Suites.
On arrival at the hotel we walked into reception and while waiting at the desk we were approached by a member of staff who welcomed us to the hotel hoped we had a nice stay with them and offered us fruit juice as a complimentary welcome. The check in process was very quick and when complete our bags were taken and we were shown to the lift and taken to our room which was on the seventh floor. This was only one floor up as reception is located on the sixth floor. This is due to the hotel being built right on the cliff top and most of the rooms are below what would be pavement level. We were allocated room 714.
When we booked the suite we found it very very difficult to find a image of what to expect. Sadly i think we were looking at the executive suite when we booked. After staying at the hotel we realized that there is only one executive suite which is the only room on the eighth floor Room 801. The lift will take you to the seventh floor and you have to walk to the eighth. I hope that at least someone finds this image useful in knowing exactly what to expect. The suite itself was pretty spacious had a fully tiled WC with a walk in sower and no bath. We had a wall mounted flat screen tv with satellite freeview giving us access to some English channels such as BBC , ITV E4 and a few others. We had what was a mini bar with nothing in and would be stocked upon request. The plus side of this is if you don't request it stocked you can use it as a mini fridge for milk and cold drinks etc, which is what we done. You also get a kettle with cups and basic tea making facilities. There is also a seating area and coffee table to relax and watch the tv.
The balcony was the largest we have ever had with room for two chairs and a small table and two sun loungers! The balcony was overlooking a bay and the sunset directly in front of the balcony every night. This was not only a great view but a great photographic opportunity.
The room had adequate wardrobe space and a safe that could be rented from reception. This was at a cost of fifteen euros refundable deposit and three euros per day. So for a one week stay you pay thirty six euros upfront and you get the fifteen euros back when you return the key.The safe was large enough for us to house a large dslr camera , flash second lens , passports and various other possessions.
When we had unpacked and got ourselves settled in we went back down to reception to sort out the safe and also the WiFi.
The WiFi is free to use and everyday you have to pick up a ticket from reception that has a user name and password. You need one for each device. The wifi is very hit and miss and i am nit sure if it can be accessed from every room although we seemed to have a better connection on our balcony. From here we decided to have a look around the hotel which seemed to have some great vantage points to see the views.
The hotel has two bars the one on the first floor which is on the same level as the pool area and the second is on floor five, The Blue Bar. The bar is small but the area itself is very well laid out with a choice of table and chairs, stools or double bed loungers. The whole area has a glass wall so the view is maintained as much as possible, and as the bar is situated on a corner of the hotel the view is spectacular, especially at sunset.
This post is not meant to be a review of the hotel but as i have stayed here i will say that the Breakfast was very good with a large selection. The dinner however is a little different. I did read reviews before we went that complained about the main meal but i just assumed that most people would only ever write a review to complain so i disregarded these comments. Sadly i find myself agreeing that the main meal was not really what you would expect of a hotel, especially as they have a dress code for males. You have to wear long trousers and a sleeved shirt. We found ourselves eating out more than we wanted. We also found after a week that the location of the hotel was a little far from the main beach. It took us about twenty to thirty minuets to walk down. Some days we found ourselves walking down in the morning back to the hotel after and back down again in the evening so there was a lot of walking involved. This may not bother some but its something to bear in mind.
There is a nice area at the back of the hotel which is accessible via the pool area and leads down to the sea. You walk down some man made steps with a rope baniste. At the bottom is a steel ladder straight into the sea. You can not touch the bottom and has a little cave, this is a great location for swimming and snorkeling.
If you have never been to Santa Ponsa and are thinking of a trip, i find it hard to believe anyone would regret a holiday here. Its a beautiful island and Santa Ponsa doesn't disappoint.