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Our Holiday To The Sensatori Resort In Ibiza

Sensatori Ibiza

When I started looking for our Summer holiday a few months ago as Archie is two and a half and won’t sit still we thought it was a better option to pick somewhere with a shorter flight like we did last year. I went onto the Thomson website and as we have stayed at two of their 5* Sensatori resorts before in Crete and Tenerife I thought the Sensatori Ibiza one would be great location wise and the only thing that worried me was the size of the rooms in the photos. The rooms/suites we had before at the Tenerife and Crete hotels were lovely, spacious and what a proper 5* room should be like. I rang the Thomson help line and they reassured me that a double/family room would be big enough.

So on Saturday the 8th of July, the day after Oscar broke up from school we flew from Luton to Ibiza. Prior to our flights I had booked the Luton Priority Lane which I couldn’t recommended higher especially if you are travelling with children. For only £3 per person you can use the Priority Lane dedicated to getting you to Security and into Departures faster. It literally took us five minutes to go through with no queues at all. I will be using this every time we fly from Luton from now on without a doubt! You don’t have to pre book you can pay £5 per person on the day to use the priority lane.

Our flight was at 7am so we arrived at the Sensatori Ibiza resort at about midday. The transfer from the airport was only 20 minutes which was great! Our rooms weren’t ready until 3pm so I grabbed the swimming stuff out of one of the cases and we headed to the main buffet restaurant for lunch. As it is an all-inclusive resort you can eat and drink as much as you want and there are a couple of extra payable restaurants on the resort if you wanted to book. There are also …. other restaurants that are included in your package which you can book at the kiosk in reception. We went to the main pool and had a swim and some drinks and then walked down to the beach to see what it was like.


One thing we picked up on immediately is that there are hills everywhere! Anywhere you want to walk to on the resort involves walking up a hill. When we got to the beach it is beautiful, the sea is crystal clear, you can hire jet skis and book water sports and there are some lovely restaurants in the cliffs and on the beach.


Once our room was ready we headed to our room which was in block 9 furthest from everything except the retreat which was only up the hill which we used for the whole holiday instead of the main pool anyway. More about that in a minute. There are also no lifts in the blocks, luckily we had a ground floor room so everyone with rooms upstairs had to leave their pushchairs outside the blocks.

So we got to our room and I was genuinely shocked at how small it was and then on further inspection how filthy it was. I complained at reception and asked to change rooms but as it is peak season they had no rooms to move us too. A few days into the holiday we were offered a family room with a sliding door for an extra 800 euros, we went to look at the room at it was no bigger just configured differently with a sliding door so the boys would be separate. How they can justify asking 800 euros for literally a sliding partition door is a joke and we turned it down. To be honest after a few days we got used to it but as Oscar is at private school we can get our holidays cheaper as its outside of state school holidays and when I did a comparison and it would have been almost £6000 for the identical holiday in August I would not have been happy with the room at all if we had paid that sort of money. Even for us paying a bit less than that is too much in my opinion for the standard of the hotel compared to Tenerife and Crete!

Now on a positive note just up the hill is the retreat. You can also get a free shuttle bus from reception if you don’t want to walk anymore hills. The retreat is fantastic! It has two normal swimming pools, a children’s splash pool, tennis courts, archery, football pitch, kids playgrounds and a spa. Also at the retreat is a buffet restaurant so if your there all day you can get lunch there too. The lunch is the same most days so if you want to change it up a bit you can go to the main buffet which has loads of choice. Also by the children’s splash pool is a big freezer full of ice creams and the kids can just help themselves (obviously after asking us first) to an ice cream. The retreat also do water orb sessions that you can book on to and we also booked the tennis courts for an hour as well which is all included. The prestige spa is amazing and I had a Swedish massage and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. Massages are around 90 euros.


They have a nursery and kids club on site but I can’t give you a review as we didn’t use them. There is also a kids sleepover club once a week and a movie club in the evenings. If you children like kids club then there were a lot of activities on offer.


Opposite the retreat is a supermarket that sells inflatable toys, gifts, clothes, snacks and drinks which is great and about half a mile down the road is a pharmacy if you need it. There is also a doctor on site that is 90 euros a visit, I got an ear infection after diving in the pool and you can claim the money back once your home on your travel insurance.

In the evenings there is a play house live show which is indoors for the younger children but Oscar who is 7 didn’t want to go as it was a bit young for him. The evening show then didn’t start until 9.45pm and really they could do with putting on a little show/disco for children aged 5 upwards to enjoy as there is nothing really to entertain that age group in the evening without putting them into a club. The main shows in the evening are hit and miss, when they bring in tribute acts; we had Robbie Williams and Jesse J they were great but the Sensatori shows weren’t great. We often left half way through. ​


We booked one of the extra restaurants included in our package, the Trattoria La Torre restaurant which is an Italian, the food was lovely. The food in the main buffet and the retreat was always good and tons of choice in the main restaurant as well. Other restaurants on the resort are the Sunset Mediterranean restaurant, the Pan-American restaurant which in total are the four restaurants included in the all-inclusive package and at an extra cost you can book the T-Beach restaurant and the Le Souk restaurant. You can look on the Thomson website as to what restaurant serves what type of food.


On one evening we booked the Cotton Club restaurant which is on the cliff by the beach. It is a beautiful restaurant and is famous for having the best sunset on the Island. The food was amazing and the sunset was fantastic. If you go to the reception in the hotel they will book it for you. It is a bit on the expensive side for a family of four with no alcohol it was around 200 euros. It was a lovely treat!

On three occasions after dinner we got a taxi from reception to Ibiza town which is 80 euros there and back and takes 25 minutes to get to, but well worth the trip. There is a beautiful port with some fantastic super yachts docked in it. There is also a beautiful square in the town with lovely shops and places to get a coffee. On all three occasions we went and sat outside of the Cafe Montesol Ibiza where we had ice cream and coffees. It’s a beautiful hotel! On the way back the taxi driver showed us a few of the gigantic night clubs that we drove past. We couldn’t get over the size of the club called privilege that can hold over 10,000 people at any one time! Crazy!


Overall we had a lovely holiday and the boys loved the water slides at the retreat and spent all day long in the pool. The hotel rooms in my opinion were not up to scratch and I am surprised that they claim they are a 5* hotel. The food was great, the staff were lovely especially in the restaurants, they were so friendly. The cleanliness of the rooms is awful, in fact after a few days we only let the maid change the sheets and towels and we cleaned the floor with floor wipes (the floors were black with dirt) and cleaned the rest of the room ourselves. Location wise it was good and the beach is beautiful. I would defiantly go back to Ibiza as the island is beautiful and we loved the town but I wouldn’t stay at the Sensatori resort again unfortunately. Next time when I book a Sensatori holiday I will do more research on the rooms etc as after going to the other resorts in Crete and Tenerife we expected the same level of luxury and room size which Ibiza doesn’t offer.

Our Holiday At The Sensatori Resort In Tenerife

A couple of weeks ago we got back from two weeks in Tenerife. We stayed at the Sensatori Resort which is part of Thomson, they are a group of 5* luxury hotels and they have them all over the World. We stayed in the one in Crete two years ago so knew they were great and booked with them again as the service and hotel last time was great! 

When we arrived the hotel looked amazing, it is much bigger than the Crete one. We checked in and went to our room, where our bags were already waiting for us. Our room was lovely and big with a balcony with a view of Mount Teidi. We had a single bed for Oscar and a proper wooden cot for Archie. We unpacked and then went straight down stairs for a swim. There are five pools within the hotel, a huge infinity pool, a family pool, adults only pool, children’s pirate pool and a indoor pool in the spa. The infinity is a salt water pool but we spent most of our time around the family pool. The pirate pool has slides, inflatables and a big pirate ship, the children loved it but there wasn’t many sun beds around the pool. For the first week it was really quiet around the pool as as Oscar is at private school he finishes two weeks before state schools so it was really quiet and he had the pool pretty much to himself, on the second week it got a bit busier.

There is a children’s club and nursery but I didn’t use them as I like having the children with us when we are on holiday as the whole point is to spend family time together. Both of the boy’s were so good, Oscar spent literally all day in the pool and Archie laid in the shade and enjoyed swimming in the pool. Even on the flight Archie hardly made a noise, he is such a chilled out baby.

The main restaurant is a buffet with a huge range of food, all amazing and the staff are so helpful and friendly. There are then three other restaurants you can eat it, The market grill, club ocean restaurant and the beach grill. You have to book for these on the machines around the hotel which is easy to do and we always got the bookings we wanted. There are two other restaurants which you can pay to eat in too. Our favourite was the Club Ocean which is an Italian restaurant.

Every night but Friday at 7.45pm PlayHouse Live was on in the Atlas Theatre for the children with a fun live show that Oscar absolutely loved which we went to before dinner. Also from 7pm there is a bouncy castle in one of the meeting rooms and a film playing at 9.15pm for the children too. After dinner we would sit in the main square and have a coffee outside the piano bar and watch the fountain show to music at 10pm which was lovely.


We booked three excursions with Sensatori to go to Siam Park which is a water park which was great, although Oscar was to short to go on a lot of the slides but the children’s lost city is amazing with slides and water jets. Greg enjoyed the slides and we had a great day out there. We went on a catamaran trip to view the whales and dolphins. We saw some whales but to be honest I didn’t enjoy it as I felt sea sick the whole time and couldn’t wait to get off the boat. The third trip was the best, we went to Loro Parque which was over an hours transfer but well worth it as we got to see all sorts of animals and a dolphin, sea lion and a killer whale show. The killer whales were brought over from Sea World and they are such clever animals. This park is not to be missed if you ever go to Tenerife.


We had an amazing holiday and I would recommend the Sensatori Tenerife for families and couples on their own. We had an amazing holiday, in an amazing hotel and would definitely go back again!

Review: Venosa Beach Resort and Spa, First Choice

On Thursday we got home from our two week Summer holiday in Didim, Turkey. At least we landed back into Gatwick with some sunshine instead of the usual rain! It was so hot in Turkey ranging from 30 to 35 degrees but as soon as it got to hot at least we could jump in the pool. I booked our holiday back in March through Thomson/First Choice and made a big saving as Oscar finished school on the 2nd July we could go away out of the state school holidays. We stayed at the Venosa Beach Resort and Spa and the hotel is only over a year old so is really modern and clean. We were upgraded to a duplex room so we had two bathrooms and Oscar had his own room off ours. The rooms were lovely and cleaned well every day. Our holiday was all inclusive which was great as we could drink and eat as much as we wanted. At breakfast, lunch and dinner there was a huge selection of food, something for everyone, you defiantly wouldn’t go hungry. There are also four A la carte restaurants within the hotel, Turkish, Italian, Fish and Mexican and you can go to one of these once per week. We went to the Fish and Italian restaurants.

        

There are four pools and a private beach that you can use and on the beach there are various water sports you can do. We went on a Pedalo and Greg and Oscar went on a Jet Ski. The hotel location wasn’t great and most excursions were between 1 and 3.5 hours away. We booked the First Choice dolphin show and it was cancelled due to not enough interest. Personally I think this should of been stated to me when I booked it with the rep that there could be a possibility of cancellation if not enough people booked it as then we wouldn’t of told Oscar that we were going as he was so disappointed when we told him we couldn’t go anymore. The is also an amazing spa in the hotel I had an aromatherapy massage and Greg had two traditional Bali massages and they were out of this world and really cheap too.



The Venosa hotel despite being advertised as one of First Choice family hotels isn’t really geared towards children. There is one small children’s pool and 3 large water slides that are only open 4 hours a day. Luckily Oscar is confident in the water so he played in the large pool. If you wanted to put your child into the mini club available there are no English reps and the children’s reps didn’t speak great English either. There is a mini disco at 9pm for twenty minutes and then the evening shows were straight after that. The evening shows were awful and there sense of humour is a bit warped. In the comedy show the sketches were very odd, one had a man being killed and another one was a woman being beaten by her husband. The Turkish guests found this hilarious, needless to say we did not and we left. The evening shows are defiantly not for children! So other than the above that is all there is for children to do.

You can jump on a little bus outside of the hotel and go into the town where there is lots of shops and cafés which were nice and a large beach with beautiful clear water. We also got a cab to the Didim yacht club which was lovely and the only place Greg managed to get a nice cappuccino! The shops are full of toys and replica clothes and handbags. We went to an evening market and Oscar got four superhero toys for only £8! Everything is so cheap to buy.

The one thing I would recommend if staying in this hotel with children is do not stay in a room on a high floor as the balcony doors are so easy to open and not secure enough at all. Luckily we were on the ground floor but last Sunday evening we were sitting on the terrace and there was a loud bang and a little six year old girl had fallen off the balcony on the 11th floor and landed on the 3rd floor. She was taken to hospital with injuries but it was a miracle that she survived. We noticed a lot of children on their balconies pushing the plastic tables up to the glass and standing on them to look over when their parents weren’t watching them, madness!!

Overall we had a lovely holiday together but felt there wasn’t enough to do and two weeks at this hotel was a few days to long. Also if you are looking for somewhere for children to go into the mini club and have loads to do, this hotel isn’t for you. I think it’s more for couples and families with teenagers.

Our Holiday At The Venosa Beach Hotel And Spa, Didim ☀️

As I am writing this I am sitting by the pool in Turkey and it’s very hot, 37 degrees today! Oscar is loving it and has been playing in the pool all day long and eating his body weight in Ice cream! (so have I).

We booked our holiday back in March through Thompson/First Choice as we used them to book our holiday to Crete last year and were really pleased with it. We also got a great deal as Oscar finishes school earlier than the state schools we manage to save a whopping £1200!! 

We are staying at the Venosa beach hotel and spa in Didim and it’s beautiful. Right on the beach and has several pools for Oscar to play in. We are on a all inclusive deal which is great as you can drink and eat as much as you like. This deal is especially great round the pool during the day as you can have unlimited bottles of water and in this heat you will need a lot.

For children there is also a mini club for ages 4-12 if you wanted to put your little ones in for a bit (I haven’t used it myself, I personally wouldn’t leave Oscar). There is also a childrens play ground put we have had more fun together in the pool. Oscar wears his Zoggs float discs that he uses at his swimming lessons and has so much confidence in the water, jumping in and out. Lot’s of people have commented on how great he is in the water. I am so glad I took him to lessons from such an early age!


In the evening there is a mini disco that Oscar loves except he keeps saying he doesn’t understand the songs as they are in Turkish, bless him so he trys to copy the other children as best as he can.

There will be more on our holiday and plenty of photos to follow when we get back! Hope the weather back home is good! Xxx

How stressful is booking the right holiday!

I cannot believe how stressful it can be trying to book the right holiday! This week most evenings have been taken up by me and the other half searching different travel websites for the right holiday. So many times we found the right hotel and then it was either an hour plus from the airport or ridiculous flight times.

We have been lucky as Oscar goes to private school he breaks up so early for the Summer holidays that we can take advantage of booking a holiday outside of the state school holidays which made about £1000 difference!! 
Finally after hours of searching we found a great package holiday on Thomson.co.uk. We booked our holiday to Crete with them last year and had a great time and you get customer service. We went to one of their Sensatori Resorts , they are great for children as they have so much to do and being 5* the food and rooms were amazing! Our family room was huge. 

Sensatori Resort, Crete
This year we have chosen to go to Turkey as the flight times were great and the hotel has had great reviews. The hotel looks great and is a 5 *all inclusive. Were all booked so role on Turkey! Not forgetting we have Haven and our new forest break before that too! 

Venosa beach resort and spa, Turkey 
You can also save £60 on the Thomson website using the voucher code 42648.