Holiday Village Ibiza , anyone been this year?

(36 Posts)
clottedcreamteaplease Thu 29-Aug-13 08:53:13

Thinking of booking, just wondered if anyone's been, called the Sea View, port torrant

lambanana Thu 29-Aug-13 09:05:53

Don't think it opens till next year.

It only becomes a Holiday Village for next year but the hotel as it is now was nice when I went a few years ago. I'm looking at it too for next year, but peering towards the Rhodes one instead.

lambanana Thu 29-Aug-13 09:15:47

Rhodes looks lovely, we went to Majorca HV this year and it was fabulous.

clottedcreamteaplease Thu 29-Aug-13 14:11:55

How is a HV different from a normal hotel, never done one before

indyandlara Fri 30-Aug-13 20:54:17

We went to the one in Spain a few years ago and didn't enjoy it. Does anyone know how the others compare? Have seen a good deal for hv Turkey next year.

AryaUnderfoot Sat 31-Aug-13 22:36:55

Holiday Villages are a brand that First Choice run. They are all-inclusive hotel complexes that can be found in short and mid-haul destinations from the Canaries to Egypt. They all feature the same things - kids clubs that run from 10am until 11pm, swimming and football lessons, similar entertainment programmes. There are activities going on all day, and the hotels are flooded with UK staff that work bl**dy hard to keep everyone happy. In particular, there are family activities going on all the time. The hotels are largely booked out through FC so 98% of guests are British. You can expect orderly queues at the bar, no smoking in restaurants but lots of 5:30am sunbed reservation.

They are a bit like marmite - you either love or hate them. Many people describe them as 'Butlins in the sun' and that's exactly what they are (but better food). My kids absolutely love them, and that's what makes them an ideal holiday for us. If it was just me and hubby, I wouldn't go near one with a barge pole.

We have been to the HVs in Rhodes and Turkey. To be very frankly honest, I cannot see why Rhodes commands such high prices and TA ratings. There are aspects of both hotels that are better than the other, but I think Turkey offers a better package in general - plus the opportunity to 'escape' to a quiet bar or pool if it all gets too much.

HV Ibiza hasn't opened yet - it is currently operating as a Sirenis Club hotel. It won't be an HV until next year.

cazza2878 Wed 15-Jan-14 23:13:17

Has anyone booked this for 2014?

It looks fab and very tempted but struggling to find it at a reas

cazza2878 Wed 15-Jan-14 23:13:49

.....reasonable price (sorry!).

Thanks

cazza2878 Sat 25-Jan-14 07:16:51

I've booked for August, looks fab - excited!

LoreleisSecret Sat 25-Jan-14 08:05:25

We are going in May! Can't wait smile

salvadory Sat 25-Jan-14 08:51:17

Can I ask what you paid, or is that too cheeky? Looking online the cheapest I can find is over 4k.

Waggamamma Sat 25-Jan-14 10:07:17

We're going in May too. It was around £1100 for me and dp (£550 each) and ds got a free child place.

Can't wait for a bit of sun!

we have been to a few of them - twice to the one in Tunisia. We are trying out the Tenerife one this year as friends had been there 2 years in a row and enjoyed it. Cost us just over £3K as we got a free child place. Rhodes is expensive so we never considered that one.

cazza2878 Sun 26-Jan-14 07:14:48

We are going last week in August and cost us £2160 for 2 adults and a 6 year old (think price drops right at end of school hols, we fly back day before dd goes back to school).

Nomorepeppapig Sun 26-Jan-14 07:35:36

Nothing wrong with the food at butlins! smile

Theonlyoneiknow Mon 27-Jan-14 22:02:13

What's the weather like in May?

Waggamamma Tue 28-Jan-14 07:34:34

It's slightly cooler in May which is partly why we chose to go then 18-24. But mostly sits around 21 I think.

Theonlyoneiknow Tue 28-Jan-14 09:11:56

Are the Thom

Theonlyoneiknow Tue 28-Jan-14 09:12:33

Is the Thomson and First Choice hôtel there the same place? It looks like the same hôtel?

Thomson and First Choice are the same company

Theonlyoneiknow Tue 28-Jan-14 12:39:40

Am very tempted by this in May, swither swither.

Is there much to do in Ibiza? Not sure if I could stay in the resort for 2 weeks!

Waggamamma Tue 28-Jan-14 12:43:15

beautiful scenery, walks and boat trips to nearby islands. old town is supposed to be wonderful too. we will stay away from party town.

wobytide Wed 29-Jan-14 10:23:48

The Thomson hotel is the Sirenis Aura, the First Choice HV was the Sirenis Seaview. Different hotels but next to each other and share the waterpark. Last year they were still treated as separate and you couldn't use the facilities at the other for example. Imagine that will still be the same as they run them as different brands.

hulahoopsilove Thu 30-Jan-14 11:17:23

people who are going in May which airport did you book Im struggling to get one at a decent price

Theonlyoneiknow Thu 30-Jan-14 11:25:37

I am looking at the Scotland airports

thats funny because we live in Scotland but always fly from Manchester as it cost hundreds of £'s less than flying from Scotland

Theonlyoneiknow Thu 30-Jan-14 12:05:13

We are a 6+hr drive from Manchester, so add that to an overnight stay probably equals it out.

Am still undecided, this holiday village looks great but have never been on a package holiday like this one (pre kids would never have considered it!). But will the parents enjoy it too, can't decide!!!

LoreleisSecret Thu 30-Jan-14 12:14:05

We are going from Gatwick

Waggamamma Thu 30-Jan-14 12:42:57

We're flying from Edinburgh.

Theonlyoneiknow Thu 30-Jan-14 12:56:55

Ah so is the First Choice Sirenis Seaview now called the Holiday Village Seaview? Both the Thomson and First Choice Sirensis ones are available when I want to go in May for about £1800 for four of us for a fortnight. Which one should I go for, is that a good price? (it's early may so concerned a bit about weather)

Truffkin Thu 13-Feb-14 22:38:26

We stayed at the Aura in September and it was great for DCs. Loads to do, the Thomson staff were brilliant, waterpark on site was fun and rooms were big, modern and clean. Lots of food choice and walking distance to the beach and the small town centre. Bus rides easy enough to other parts of Ibiza and far, far cheaper than the Thomson organised tours.

We got a decent deal as we booked last minute on a whim.

DottyDot Sat 31-May-14 20:04:36

reviving this thread as am very close to booking a holiday here in the next October half term - our first family hotel/sun/beach holiday away..!

Does anyone know what the weather's like in October (end of)? Have googled and am just a bit worried about the possibility of rain? Don't mind lower temperatures so much, but lots of rain would be a bit of a bummer...

apple85 Fri 13-Jun-14 21:40:04

I wouldn't go to ibiza on October. I've been the end of September in the past and it has been quite chilly with quite a bit of rain

apple85 Fri 13-Jun-14 21:41:00

Sorry that should read in October...auto correct on phone!

DottyDot Fri 13-Jun-14 22:14:29

Thanks - in the meantime I've booked a holiday in Turkey for the October half term - can't wait..! grin

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