There can be long lines for a la carte restaurant reservations
Colombos Premium Club is an upscale, all-inclusive resort characterized by
chic, minimalist design set on the south coast of Porto Santo island. Rooms are fresh
and contemporary, with romantic couples-friendly touches as well as larger
suites and villas for families and groups. Indoor and outdoor pools provide
plenty of water-based relaxation, as does the adjacent sandy beach (though
beach beds are pricey). Facilities are shared with the sister Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort,
which has better evening entertainment and is home to the kids' club, but rooms are arguably a bit more stylish here.
all-inclusive resort set in contemporary, low-rise property
While its rows of
low-rise blocks may first appear a little lacking in charm, it's hard not to be
seduced by Pestana Colombos Premium Club's chic contemporary vibe and cheerful,
canary-colored architecture. This sprawling all-inclusive resort is set amid extensive grounds characterized by dry shrubs and colorful flowers, cut through
with meandering, paved paths that connect rooms with spacious terra-cotta
sun terraces, various eateries, and a wooden footbridge that links directly
to a fine stretch of golden sand beach. The hotel also shares facilities
with its sister hotel Pestana
Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa nearby, which is more Mediterranean in
flavor and has livelier nightlife. Couples tend to prefer the Colombos, thanks to its more stylish rooms (most with terrazzo tubs open to the bedroom), and families tend to prefer staying at the slightly less expensive Porto Santo, where the kids' club is located. Because the resorts feel like part of one big complex, though, it's hard to go wrong either way.
Overlooking the sweeping sandy south coast of Porto Santo Island
The hotel is
located on the south coast of the small Portuguese island of Porto Santo, about
27 miles northeast of the main island of Madeira. Unlike its big brother, the
main feature here is a long, sweeping beach stretching almost the whole length
of the island -- the resort is exactly in the middle. There's virtually nothing
around the hotel, except a few houses, though the pretty nearby town of Vila
Baleira is a five-minute drive away -- a free shuttle runs several times a day.
Sister hotel Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa is adjacent and the
Porto Santo Airport is about 10 minutes away by car.
features romantic terrazzo tubs and sea-view balconies
The hotel has 185
rooms, duplexes, suites, and villas, all of which are decorated in fresh,
contemporary style with breezy light tones (mostly beige and cream) and streamlined furnishings. Standard amenities include well-stocked (and free)
minibars, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels;
there are no tea/coffee facilities (kettles can be requested for a steep fee) but
room service is available. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors slide open to furnished
balconies, some with sea views. Bathrooms in the couples-friendly rooms feature terrazzo tubs separated from the bed area only by drapes, as well as separate showers and sleek
gray-stone basins. Suites and duplexes add extra bedrooms, bathrooms, and
living/dining rooms, while villas feature fully equipped kitchens and private
Two buffets and
two themed eateries but little on-site evening entertainment
All meals in the hotel's two
buffet restaurants, local (alcoholic and non-alcohol) drinks, and three
visits to the hotel's themed restaurants come included in the standard rate. Buffet eateries include kids' sections and the themed options offer Portuguese
and Italian fare -- food is decent enough, though buffet dining came get repetitive and specialty restaurants can book up quickly (expect morning waits in line to make reservations).
The main focus of the resort is
the expansive outdoor pool terrace, which features three pools, sun loungers
and a few daybeds. Reports suggest seating can be in short supply during busy
times, though guests can also use the larger pools at the Pestana Porto Santo, where there are also some organized games.
Sunbeds are also available on the beach, though incur a hefty daily rate. Entertainment -- including kids' club activities and adult-oriented evening shows -- is at the sister
hotel. The kids' club is geared toward younger children, and there is a teens' club as well -- though it is underused.
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