Hotel in Playa D’en Bossa
The Grand Palladium White Island is a five star hotel in Playa D’en Bossa, Ibiza with two complexes available for guests. It offers an all-inclusive retreat to paradise located just 10 minutes from the airport and 10-15 minutes from the main strip of Playa D’en Bossa. Ibiza Town is easily reachable by bus number 14 just outside the hotel. It takes 30 minutes and costs €2 or a taxi costs around €15 and takes 20 minutes.
If you fancy some nightlife outside Playa D’en Bossa then San Antonio is a 30 minute taxi ride away but costs between €35-40. Unfortunately, there is no option for a direct bus – you have to go into Ibiza town to catch a connecting bus to San Antonio. There are disco buses that run after midnight to various clubs which is worth checking out.
This lovely hotel in Playa D’en Bossa is designed in bungalow style rooms spread across 3-4 floors. Decorated in white with the lower bungalows displaying beautiful flowers, it reminded me of a lovely Mediterranean villa.
We had a double room with a twin bed, large TV, dresser, mini bar fridge, safe and coffee making facilities. They also added decorations for our honeymoon which was so sweet! The bathroom had a large shower and was equipped with toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. We were impressed that the minibar had complimentary bottles of water, beers and soft drinks which were replenished every day.
The balcony had two sun loungers if you don’t fancy sitting by the pool and we had a room facing the main outside area.
The Pools and Entertainment
There are five pools over the two hotels including a children’s pool. We stayed at our large pool area at the Grand Palladium White Island as we absolutely loved the sunbeds that were actually in the pool! We had not seen anything like this before and definitely made it a unique experience. Reading a book on a sunbed in the pool was a delight although did get a little uncomfortable after a while!
There is entertainment around the pool some days, but it is not in your face like some other hotels. We witnessed aqua gym, water Zumba, live singers and a foam party! There is music playing around the pool throughout the day but it is not too loud, so you can easily listen to your own music or read a book.
There are plenty of sunbeds but, as usual, there are always sunbed wars where people save beds and don’t use them for most of the day. However, there were always a few free – when we arrived back from Ibiza town in the afternoon we still managed to find a couple spare. There was a pool bar where there was a huge selection of drinks (more below) which certainly kept us entertained.
Entertainment and Facilities
The hotel also has a spa on the complex open from 10-6, available for an additional cost and you can purchase massages around the pool area. They also have minigolf, pool tables and football tables dotted around.
We were really impressed by the large outdoor amphitheater which has children’s entertainment earlier in the evening and live shows later in the evening. It was so nice to have the theatre outside compared to other hotels where the entertainment has been in an auditorium. The live singers were really great, and it wasn’t cheesy like entertainment can be!
Lastly, if you fancy the beach rather than the swimming pool, you can access it through the back door of the hotel in 2 minutes.
The All Inclusive Drinks
There are so many great drinks on offer at Grand Palladium resort. The cocktail selection was absolutely brilliant – the best I have seen at an all-inclusive. To whet your appetite here is the list of cocktails:
- Pina Colada (frozen)
- Love on the Beach
- Tequila Sunrise
- Guacamayo (frozen)
- Mojito – standard or with fruit
- Aperol Spritz
These were all freshly made in front of you – no pre mixed business! We loved the Mojitos (they were very popular) the Aperol and the Guacamayo the most.
If cocktails aren’t your bag, there was a selection of wines, including brut, local lager, sprits (including some premium options) and loads of soft drinks.
The All Inclusive Food
There are three a la carte restaurants in the complex – a Mediterranean restaurant (Portofino) an Italian (La Palazzo) and a Mexican (La Dona). There is also a buffet restaurant and a 24 hour sports bar. All the a la carte restaurants are in the other complex but are literally a 5 minute walk over a bridge.
We had breakfast every day at the buffet restaurant, which is served between 8-11am. They had such a great selection of options including fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereal, cold meats and cheeses, a whole host of bread options, freshly made omelettes, smoked salmon and pancakes. There were also hot breakfast items including English sausages, potato rosti’s, bacon tomatoes and beans. If that wasn’t enough there are also an assortment of pastries! They literally had everything!
The lunch options are available from 1-3 at the buffet restaurant or the Mediterranean restaurant from 12-5 (more limited selection). It did feel that some of these options were repeated but there was still a good selection. Every day there is a choice of vegetarian or seafood paella, freshly cooked meat and fish and the standard burgers and hot dogs. We also noticed a great selection of sushi a couple of times, various pasta dishes, cold meats and cheeses and so much more.
Dinner at the buffet restaurant was plentiful and followed the same sort of meals as lunch time but with a slightly larger selection.
The A La Carte restaurants
Our favourite a la carte restaurant was the Italian, La Palazzo. We were greeted with Prosecco on arrival and then you could then choose from a selection of starters, pizzas, pasta, and meat and fish dishes.
We shared an absolutely delightful Pumpkin Ravioli with butter and sage and a Calabrese pizza (tomato, mozzarella, spicy salami and red chilli). Lastly, we also tried the Honey and Vanilla glazed duck confit with pear compote fried bread and green pepper mousse, which was outstanding. The meal is served with your choice of red, white or rose wine, soft drinks or beers. There is also a premium selection if you want to upgrade at an extra cost.
The Mexican Restaurant
We also rated the Mexican restaurant, La Dona. The menu had four sections – Starters, Mexican Street Food, Tacos Mexican Fusion and Fusion Toast. We could not resist the Tex-Mex nachos and the Mexican quesadilla with chicken and pico de gallo salsa. From the larger dishes we tried the chicken fajitas which were flavoursome. Our favourites however were the suckling pig tacos with crackling, tartar of parmesan cheese, coriander, pickled gherkins, caramelised onion and toasted sesame and the Cochinita pibil pork on toast with refried beans.
Overall, there is an amazing selection of food on offer at this fab hotel in Playa D’en Bossa!
Going the extra mile
Before we arrived, we informed the hotel that it was our minimoon. The Smile Services team (led by Beatriz) really went the extra mile to make our stay special. Upon arrival she had booked our à la carte restaurants to save us the time, sent us flowers, a room heart shaped cake and arranged for a singer to serenade at dinner! It really was so thoughtful and appreciated. The smile team are so keen to make you have a lovely experience if you are celebrating!
We had an amazing stay at Grand Palladium White Island hotel in Playa D’en Bossa. The choice of all – inclusive food and drinks was excellent and with prices start from €124 per person per night, it was worth the money. As mentioned above, the sunbeds IN the pool were amazing!
The only constructive feedback we had was you could hear the children’s entertainment while eating outside in the a la carte restaurants which was a bit much! We were also disappointed post visit with their lack of response with a jacket that had been left in our room and we were unable to retrieve before we left the country.
East London Girl: Grand Palladium White Island
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