After speaking to a few people who had visited Santa Ponsa and gone back year after year I felt it was about time I saw for myself what the big deal was about.
Santa Ponsa is located in the south west of Majorca, it is about half an hour away from Palma Mallorca airport. Cheap flights go to Palma Mallorca regularly from the UK and the flight time is around 2 and a half hours. The currency is the euro and although it is a Spanish country, English is widely spoken so you won't need to brush up on your Spanish to go here.
When we arrived in Santa Ponsa in the early morning in the middle of summer we had everything we thought we would need bars, restaurants, a beautiful beach and fantastic weather. After a couple of days we were bored to tears.
There is very little to do during the day, there are more bars than shops, the pedalos were the only activities available on the beach. There was a glass bottom boat which we didn't really fancy and that was where the daytime activities ended.
It was peak season in August when we went but you would think the season was ending and everything was closing down.
There were very few people around during the day, maybe due to the fact that there was nothing going on. Magaluf and Palma Nova were not too far on a bus for something more lively but due to the fact that one of the people with us hadn't been too well we wanted to stay near the apartments as much as possible in case they needed a rest.
Halfway through the week we decided to book a shopping excursion to Palma market just to get out of the place for a couple of hours. The market wasn't very good but there were a lot of decent shops we found around Palma.
Food and drink
We were in self catering apartments and there was a small supermarket which sold fruit and drinks but you couldn't buy anything to cook for breakfast if you wanted to,we normally wouldn't but after a couple of awful breakfasts we thought it may be a safer option.
We did find two lovely restaurants for evening meals, one had a beautiful view and was located on the edge of the water, this was called Dionis but got very busy and we had to wait quite a while for food.
The other we didn't visit until the last night was The Duke of York which served really nice food. Decent roasts and a good value set menu. If we had visited earlier we would have gone their every night.
A lot of bars were empty until midnight when the crowds seem to come out and stay out until the following morning, we often were round the pool watching everyone going home at 8 or 9 in the morning. A lot of drinks offers were available in the bars but there wasn't much entertainment. The best place for entertainment was the square where there was childrens entertainment from around 6pm til 8. We didn't really want to see Disney characters running around the place but by the time the other entertainment would start at about 9pm it would be very busy with families so you had to get there early. There is a different act on each night, when we were there we saw the chinese acrobats one night and a Westlife tribute band another. These were both very entertaining and the square was the best place for families.
The only other family entertainment seemed to be in the hotels, but a lot of self catering apartments had no entertainment at all. Some of the hotels have kids clubs so it is worth checking things like this out before booking as I would advise any families travelling ti make sure there is entertainment and things to do within the hotel complex.
We saw a lot of youngsters getting thrown into the back of police vans nearly every single night, another young lad was being put into the back of an ambulance unconscious in handcuffs and we were harassed by people trying to sell sunglasses and the usual tat, who just wouldn't leave unless a police van was driving past and then they'd run a mile.
The beach is one of the cleanest I have seen and the water is clean and crystal clear, the weather is good in the summer and if you just want to lie around the beach or pool all day there is not much wrong with the place. I enjoy a bit of a wander around though, something to look at and something to do.
I think Santa Ponsa is a place for young people looking to drink all night and sleep all day, there is not enough to see or do during the day without having to travel or pay quite a bit for excursions. It wasn't my idea of fun and it isn't somewhere I would want to go back again.
I have had the pleasure of visiting Santa Ponsa on no less than 6 occassions over a 15 year period, and it has to be one of my favourite places in Mallorca. Only about 40 mins from the airport, it is to the South of the Island, about 15 mins from Magalluf, but far enough away from the rowdiness.
Santa Ponsa nestles around the beautiful beach in a horse shoe shape and is wonderful for families and couples. The left side of the bay is quieter than the right, with scatterings of restaurants and a few good british pubs and the right side has an Irish theme to it, with lots of bars, a club or two and plenty of shops and restaurants. Take a 10 minute walk up to the Square and you will find a very large open square surrounded by bars where entertainment is on in the open air every night. Tribute acts such as Queen, Tina Turner, Take That tributes etc are a great place for all the family to sit and relax and unwind after a lazy day at the beach.
If you don't want the bright lights of the Irish quarter of Santa Ponsa, then i would recommend the Rey Don Jamie Hotel, just off the main beach road. Santa Ponsa is not a huge place so it has a lovely quaint feeling about it but parts of it come to life in the evening and cater for all tastes.
The beach, with its golden sands and beautiful bay, has a relaxing and calming feel to it and all the locals go there on a Sunday with their families. The bus service is excellent and there are lots of lovely places around Santa Ponsa to visit.
Santa Ponsa is one of the quiter town in Majorca, it is located about 45 minute journey from Palma (PMI) airport and cost about Euro45. I personally have been visting Santa Ponsa from a very young age and love going there every ear as we havea time share. There is quite a lot of night life in the main quarter for those are out there withut children, these night clubs are located near the beach and inlcude places like : cheekos: younish kind of bar, strings:mixed crowd with an excellent group, 3 girls and 3 boys who alternate each night, they sing a range of music, music for 80's right through, FAMA's:is more of a night club which has regular foam parties, although there has been a drop in attendance in last few years and is mainly attended by the spanish instead of the tourist, kitty o'she's: another night club which plays a selection of cheesy music.
FGor those who have children The Square is the place to go, they have nightly entertainment for the children and some sort of act on at night time, the rod stewart tribute act is one of my faves!!there are pubs which surround the square so you are able to go inside if it gets too chilly or you want to watch football rugby etc.
There is a very wide variety of restaurants in Santa Ponsa ranging from Italian, to mexican to Thai there is guranteed to be something for everyone.
There is the usual sunbathing and pool activites with aqua parks only a short taxi ride away and the marine land in close by magaluf.
Santa Ponsa is one of the nicer regions of the Island is not as busy as say Magaluf, it is certainly worth a visit.
Santa Ponsa and its neighbouring resorts of Palma Nova and Magaluf are part of the district of Calvia, and lies on the south west coast of Majorca/Mallorca. The resort is just 12 miles from the airport so its a nice easy transfer to your hotel.
Santa Ponsa has a fantatic public transport link - with plenty of buses running through the town all day every day and you can get pretty much anywhere for a small charge.
Santa Ponsa has as more celtic theme to many of the pubs, bars and restaurants - and the british tourism are more than welcomed here also. If you like comediens and karoke etc then this is a great resort for you, and more Irish & Scottish bars are opening all the time.
The beach is quite large, with a climbing area for children to play on - it is however very popular with locals also.
There is a small secondary beach about 15 minutes walk away from the main beach. Both beaches have great facilities of shops, bars and restaurants and plenty of watersports on offer too. Shallow waters are ideal for swimming, but take note of the flag systems in operation here - there is hardly any strong currents but just be aware and follow the flag system for your own safety...
There are regular boat trips the operate from the main beach of Santa Ponsa - usually costs about £10 but is fantastic value for money. There is a bar on board with toilet facilties, and the captain usually pulls up whilst out in the sea, to allow you to jump off and have a cool down and swim.
Santa Ponsa has quite a wide range of cafe bars and restaurants - which makes it the ideal self catering resort. With the strong british, irish and scottish tourism here, the supermarkets and shops do stock alot of well known british products - perfect for the picky eaters among you!
It is a lively resort, although nothing like its neighbouring resorts of Palma Nova and Magaluf - the action starts early evening and there is quite a lot of live entertainment here to suit everyones taste. There are many karoke bars and you can usually here a moaning rendition of Elvis as you walk down the road - this is not ideal for those that are wanting a chic resort with posh restaurants and hotels, its a down to earth and friendly resort with many scottish & irish tourists.
There are 3full size golf courses in Santa Ponsa - however tourists are only allowed to actually play on one of the courses - which is Santa Ponsa I.
Santa Ponsa also has 2 very large fiestas (carnivals/street parties) too - which if you are in resort when its their fiesta - you must join in, you'll have a fantastic time!
Markets are available in nearby resort of Andratx every wednesday morning - taxis and buses will take you to the resort. Remember to haggle with the traders, you'll get the products at a fraction of the cost if you can barter with them!
There is a Aquapark - AQUALAND MAGALUF - in neighbouring resort of Magaluf and also a racing track too just outside the aquapark.
And another 'MUST' is Marineland in Palma Nova, with performing dolphin & sealion shows with parrot shows too. Entry prices change here dependant on the time of year and sometimes if you haggle with your holiday rep they can get it a little cheaper!
One other thing also - jump on the number 50 bus and it will take you through the history, culture and other sightseeing available. Its the easiest way to explore Palma through the day and if your into sight seeing you really wont be disappointed with what the district has to offer. The ticket to the bus is valid for 24 hours, so you can even hop on and off the bus anytime to allow time to stop off have some lunch, a drink and do a little exploring too.
If I think of anything else, I will be sure to update my review....