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Hotel Roca Bella Hotel 1 star
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C/. Es Pujols S/N Formentera, Spain -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Roca Bella Hotel is at the point on Es Pujols Beach, and is certainly not the place to go if you are looking for luxury. It is a little family-run establishment decorated in vaguely Spartan shades, but it does have the advantage of a good beachside location and peaceful surroundings.

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    Location 9.23 /10

    The hotel is located on Es Pujols Beach, and can be reached by taking the main road, then turning onto the smaller side road, that then turns into a dirt track. The hotel is at the very end! Es Pujols shopping centre is about a 10 minute walk down the beach, and the hotel is also abount a quarter of an hour away from Port de la Savina, this time by car.

    Accommodation 5.95 /10

    The hotel has a total of 75 rooms that are spread over 2 small one-storey buildings with no lift access. Two types of accommodation are offered: standard or superior rooms. The size of the guest rooms, and unfortunately the bathrooms, varies greatly due to unique elongated shape of the buildings. They are not very roomy, and are decorated in the same rather sorry shades as the rest of the hotel. The only positive point about the rooms in the first building is their small terrace. As they differ in size, some of the balconies are actually big enough to be used as private little solariums. Rooms 104, 105 and 106, for example, have splendid balconies overlooking the sea and enjoying uninterrupted views over the blue water. Unsurprisingly, the bathrooms are white. However, despite their sometimes very small size, they are clean and functional, which is all you really need at the end of the day. Somewhat randomly, the slightly larger rooms have the smaller bathrooms; you really can't have everything!

    The superior rooms are more recent and are housed in the second building. The decor is modern but the colour schemes are in keeping with the basic style of the rest of the hotel. Once again, the views out the back are fantastic, directly overlooking the sea.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    The Roca Bella Hotel is named after the rocky point on which it stands on the Es Pujols coast and is seemingly surrounded by the sea. Indeed, its fine location is the only really interesting thing about this hotel; in all honesty, the rest of the establishment is decorated in a rather drab manner.

    There are a few armchairs in the reception area that you will pass to reach the back of the hotel and then the pool, which has an amazing view over the surrounding sea. Unfortunately the plastic furniture could do with being replaced, and the terrace space is rather sparsely decorated.

    It is painfully clear that the hotel has been around for quite some time, but at it does have to be said that it bases its appeal on the honest simplicity of a family-run establishment. Guests return here year after year, and friendships are formed.

    We were impressed by the location, even if a hotel cannot base its appeal solely on a beautiful view.

    Food and drink 5.95 /10

    The hotel serves up a buffet in the main dining room, but the choice is limited and the dishes not very enticing. So-called Mediterranean cuisine consisting of the usual meat and fish dishes is served, with the occasional addition of specialities like paella and overcooked pasta. Still, the family managing the establishment is looking to make changes to the kind of food on offer, placing greater emphasis on dishes and ingredients more typical to the island. The idea was still under consideration when we visited, but this could be the way to make the buffet more interesting than it is at present. For now, you would be unlikely to choose the restaurant for its food. Its decor is not much of a draw either, and really needs to be changed, especially the curtains in the dining room!

    The hotel buffet serves breakfast and dinner only (8:00am-10:00am and 7:30pm-21:30pm), but there is an independent cafe outside the hotel with a pleasant little terrace directly overlooking the beach.

    Beach 7.20 /10

    The hotel is located on the point at the magnificent Es Pujols Beach, with its white sand and a small type of creek. The bar is just behind the beach and there are a few boats on the other side. The whole place could not be more peaceful, although whether the same is true come the August crowds remains to be seen.

    To know

    If you are driving here, bear in mind that the Roca Bella is found at the end of a dirt track. At first, you might well think you have taken a wrong turn, but if you keep on going you'll eventually reach the hotel! Spare a thought for the suspension of your car, unless you have a Jeep!

    advantage

    • The hotel appears to be completely surrounded by the sea
    • The beach is a stone's throw away
    • Some of the rooms have a small terrace

    disadvantages

    • The decor is completely depressing
    • The restaurant buffet

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