Hotel Cala Saona Hotel 4 star
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The location of the Cala Saona hotel is absolutely ideal; overlooking the sea and the Cala from which it takes its name (you'll see that originality isn't exactly the owners' forte!). This is a basic, peaceful establishment chosen primarily for its panoramic views.

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    Location 5.45 /10

    The hotel is located right on top of Cala Saona, with the port of La Savina around half an hour's drive away and Sant Francesc Xavier a quarter of an hour away by car.

    Accommodation 6.20 /10

    The hotel boasts 116 rather spacious (with a floor area of around 30m2) double and family rooms, though these are so sparsely decorated and furnished that they feel rather empty and bare. They come in one of two colours, namely salmon pink (yes, you did read it correctly: salmon pink) or pastel yellow and have either of two views; either a sea view or a view of the pine forest to the rear of the hotel.

    Undoubtedly the hotel's strong point, when it comes to the latter, there really is no doubt that the sea view is the best option, particularly as it will help you forget the depressing tiles and white ceramics in the bathroom, not to mention the clean but very sparse bedroom. When you're standing on your balcony overlooking the bay, feeling the gentle breeze on your cheeks, you'll definitely be happy with your choice, although admittedly, this would also depend on how much you appreciate wonderful natural landscapes such as this!

    The bathrooms here are far from brilliant, which is an impression only reinforced by details such as the bin and the plastic stool which have turned yellow with age. It's a real shame as it certainly wouldn't take much to put such negative details right, and it's always rather disappointing to find that the hotel management doesn't seem to think of these things.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    You might be interested to know that the hotel opened its doors in 1955 when the grandfather of the current manager (we did warn you that hotels in Formentera are mostly family-run establishments!) returned with a head full of ideas from travelling in the Côte d'Azur, which, at the time, was already very developed. At the time, the Cala was just a beach used by local fishermen and so local residents thought he'd gone mad. Of course, the hotel has since become one of the island's primary establishments (and indeed one of the largest).

    The hotel is housed across several storeys with the entrance being via the reception area, where shades of blue dominate the decor and pretty much empty communal areas lead through to the terrace overlooking the sea, one of the most pleasant parts of the hotel. Alongside the terrace you'll find the rather good-sized swimming pool which provides a great alternative for those who don't fancy venturing down to the sand.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    Breakfast (8:30am to 10:30am), lunch and dinner (7:30pm to 9:30pm) are served in the hotel's one and only restaurant, where breakfast and dinner consist of a buffet and lunch is served à la carte. You'll find a selection of Mediterranean dishes on offer, with 'pescado' (fish) specialities featuring heavily, alongside pasta dishes, salads and other fresh products.

    The only indoor part of the restaurant can seat up to 200 diners and you certainly won't get lonely here, not with the tables as closely-packed as they are, so you'd best be prepared to share a table with your neighbour!

    In this fight for space we would recommend you try and get a table close to the window overlooking the Cala, as the views from here will provide some form of solace.

    The ambience is entirely different outside on the terrace, and with all eyes fixed on the sea, meal times are accompanied by a wonderful natural spectacle, leaving your taste buds free to concentrate on what's on your plate! There is even a pergola which provides a little shade even when the sun is at its peak. Last but not least, the hotel also has a bar which is open from 8:00am to 2:00am.

    Beach 8.70 /10

    The wonderful beach here is a typical little Mediterranean cove, tucked away in the natural Saona cove and surrounded on each side by pine forest, with crystal-clear waters and naturally sheltered from the wind. We particularly liked the wooden walkways above the rocks that lead up to the hotel, which take nothing away from the natural appearance of this part of the island.

    To know

    It might be set slightly apart from the other hotels in the area, but the peace and quiet that this creates is one of the hotel's major assets.

    Like almost all of the hotels on the island, this one, too, is open seasonally, generally from May until mid-October.

    Equipment

    • Restaurant
    • Swimming pool

    advantage

    • The beach, the beach and the beach!!

    disadvantages

    • The decor in the guest rooms
    • The dining room

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