Friday, 13 June 2014

The Fiesta Hotel Cala Nova, Ibiza review

On our recent holiday to Ibiza we stayed for a week at the Fiesta Hotel Cala Nova in Es Canar. I thought I'd blog a quick review of the hotel in case anyone is looking to book a holiday there!

Review of the Fiesta Hotel Cala Nova, Ibiza

The Fiesta Hotel Cala Nova hotel is situated on Cala Nova beach in Ibiza, and within a short walking distance of Es Canar beach. The town of Es Canar is quite small, but has plenty of small shops and bars and a good sized beach.

Es Canar beach, Ibiza

You can also easily take a bus from Es Canar bus station to Santa Eulalia, about fifteen minutes drive away. Santa Eulalia is a lovely town in itself - lots going on and a large, clean beach - and from here you can transfer to buses which will take you all over the island.

Overall the Fiesta Hotel Cala Nova was a good hotel, and certainly suitable for us as a family. The location was excellent, Cala Nova beach is literally right there and Es Canar beach with supermarket, small shops and places to eat and drink a very short and pleasant walk away. It wasn't too crowded when we visited, even though it was May half-term. We always found somewhere to sit by the pool, and there was plenty of space to play on the beaches.

We were half-board, so breakfast and dinner were included. Food is served via a buffet, which was spacious and well arranged so there was never really a queue. However we are vegetarians and we did find that the dinner selection wasn't that great. Although there were vegetables cooked to accompany the main meals and there were always several cold salads, there wasn't always a specifically vegetarian main dish. There were always chips, and plenty of fruit and bread, but a bit more choice would have been nice.

We had rooms on the first floor at the front of the hotel. We booked two inter-connecting rooms, and we felt quite happy to have the children sleeping in one room while we slept in the other, keeping the door wide open at night. Each room had a balcony too, and so we had plenty of space. We did find that our room was quite noisy. There was a steady stream of buses outside our window dropping off and collecting guests, as well as daily early morning rubbish collection and deliveries day and night. A room at the back of the hotel might have been a bit quieter.

Fiesta Hotel Cala Nova, Ibiza

We didn't pay for wi-fi in the hotel, but we found that all the bars and cafes along the beachfront in Es Canar offered an hour's free wi-fi if you bought something there, so we made use of this a couple of times.

The hotel has a small children's pool with a few little slides. It's very shallow and children can play there quite happily. There is a larger pool too which we didn't use but it seemed to have plenty of room for swimming and there were quite often activities taking place there, like a huge inflatable slide or other organised games.

Fiesta Hotel Cala Nova, Ibiza

By the pool there are also a few mini golf holes (you can borrow clubs and balls for a small deposit), a couple of swings and some see-saws. It's not a huge playground, but nice to have it right there in the pool area and in easy view of the sun loungers. There is also a games room with various arcade machines, air hockey and pool (all for an extra charge).

Children on swings in Ibiza

There wasn't a dedicated children's club as such, but there was a children's entertainer by the pool every afternoon and she was doing a brilliant job. There were a few organised activities for a couple of hours, and then every evening at 8.30pm was the Mini Disco which our children absolutely loved. It was pretty much the same every night, a selection of action songs in various languages with the entertainer on stage leading the dancing and all the children joining in. A couple of times Goofy even made an appearance! We generally took the children to bed after the disco, which was followed by Bingo and then a show or music act. The only evening entertainment that we stayed up for was a bird show with trained parrots, perhaps not the most professional show to a grown up's eye but the children loved it!

We had a really lovely holiday, which you can read more about here - Our family holiday in Ibiza.

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