Address: Playa d'en Bossa
It's always difficult when reviewing a hotel as everyone has their own individual needs on holiday. However, after spending a fortnight at this hotel I feel that I experienced enough to be able to give a general overview of most areas of the hotel.
Club Don Toni is situated in Playa d'en Bossa, an up and coming area of Ibiza that is also a favourite with the locals. When turning right out of the hotel you are greeted by a long stretch of bars, restaurants and shops, as well as the world famous Space nightclub which is a handy 5 minutes walk from the hotel. The resort is advertised as being good for families, however the majority of people in the bars and walking around the area appeared to be under the age of about 30, resulting in my 43 year old mum complaining that she felt like 'the oldest one there'.
A great thing about the location of this hotel is that it is only 15 minutes from the airport which means a very short transfer. I hear some people moaning about the planes that fly overhead constantly due to the nearby airport, however this really didn't bother me and I actually quite liked watching them!
The Hotel itself was much more geared up for families and people of all ages. There are two parts to the complex the 'Hotel Don Toni' and the 'Club Don toni'. Each section has it's own reception and rooms but the pool and dining areas are shared between both the club and the hotel.
There are two swimming pools,although only one is surrounded by sunbeds as the other is seen as a 'Tranquil pool', where people can take their towels and lie on the grass around it. We stayed in the main pool most of the time as I like to have a sunbed to crash out on, however if you wanted a quieter swim the tranquil pool would be perfect.
Inflatables are not allowed in the main pool and this was an advantage in my opinion as I hate not being able to swim for fear of being attacked by a lilo! There are also two small, shallow pools for young children allowing them to play more safely.
The complex boasts two pool bars which are conveniently situated right next to the pools so if you get thirsty you don't have to venture too far for a drink. You can also purchase small snacks such as hotdogs and icecreams here although we only bought these once as the toasted sandwiches that we ordered were a bit plastic tasting for my liking!
We stayed in the hotel area and although the rooms weren't particularly fancy they were very clean and had everything that we needed including comfy beds, bathroom with toilet, bath and shower and a balcony overlooking both the pool and the beach. Although not huge, the rooms were big enough not to feel like you couldn't spread out and as we spent most of our days in the complex they provided an adequate base for sleeping and getting ready. The maid service was also very good and we never had any problems with having our rooms cleaned daily.
Often when holidaying abroad food can be a bit hit and miss, however I can honestly say that the meals that I ate in this hotel were some of the best I've ever eaten while on holiday! We were on a half board package and both the breakfasts and dinners were outstanding. The dining area contained lots of tables and although it could get pretty full at times, we never had to wait more than a few minutes for a table. The food was set out in a buffet style and you could eat as much or as little as you wanted. The selection was very impressive and although there was always fresh bread, salad, cold meats and fruit, the main meals and desserts varied every night. During the fortnight we sampled typical Ibizan foods and meats as well as many types of exotic fish and rice dishes.
There was a bar in the dining area where you had to purchase all drinks at night which I heard some people complaining about as not even water was included with the meal, however in my opinion the food itself was worth the money that we had paid to stay half-board.
The staff were all very friendly and prompt with clearing tables and providing clean cutlery.
There was so much to do at night in the complex that we rarely ventured out into the resort. Every night the entertainment would start at around 8 and there would be a kids entertainer before the main entertainment started at about 9 o'clock. The entertainment team were fantastic and very versatile switching between about 5 different languages and being able to sing dance and act. Although some of the shows were a bit cheesy, some of them were really professional and while we were at the hotel we were treated to productions of musicals such as Mamma Mia, Moulin Rouge and We Will Rock You. We were expecting Sunday nights to be boring as this was the entertainment team's day off, however the Thomson Reps in the hotel organised a quiz so there was still something happening.
Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel to families as there is something for everyone. the resort itself isn't so family orientated and is perhaps more suited to young singles however there is plenty to do within the hotel to keep everyone occupied.