A Few Days in Ibiza

We recently spent a few days on the Party Isle, but we weren't there for partying. Instead we found rest and relaxation in the harbour resort of Santa Eulalia


Let Down By The Food

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by dkm1981 on August 31, 2012

The Restaurante New Shanghai is a Chinese restaurant on the harbour front in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza. We ate here during our holiday and to be honest we rather wish we hadn’t because although it was in a nice place and it was cheap enough, the food wasn’t that great.

The thing that drew us in was the fact that they do a set menu for around 8 euros per person, which includes a starter, a main course and a side dish. To be honest, even though it does sound too good to be true, it isn’t the cheapest we have ever had so we weren’t too worried about the quality. This was our first mistake. We had chicken and sweet corn soup to start which was tasty enough although it was clearer than usual. For main course we had sweet and sour chicken (the old favourite) and a sizzling beef dish accompanied by egg fried rice and noodles. The noodles were delicious and the rice was good, but the main courses were just far too gloopy for us. The sauces were so thick and really not particularly pleasant. In fact the sweet and sour sauce looked a bit green to be honest and we ended up leaving most of the food because it just wasn’t nice. My husband actually had a dodgy stomach immediately after the meal. I’m not one for apportioning blame, but it was a bit too coincidental to be honest.

The service was pretty good although it was the usual abruptness that comes with a language barrier. The food was brought quickly although there were no heaters on the table to keep the food warm, which we could have done with.

The restaurant is right on the harbour so we got good views over that which is always nice. The majority of the tables are outside although it is plastic garden type furniture. There are a few inside but the views and atmosphere are obviously much better outside.

The total bill came to 40 euros, which included a couple of beers, a bottle of wine and the two courses for both of us and a tip. Even though it was reasonably cheap I wouldn’t recommend it for obvious reasons. The food just wasn’t good enough to warrant a recommendation from me.
New Shanghai
Puerto Santa Eulalia
Ibiza, Spain

Salty - And We Didn't Even Have Fish!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by dkm1981 on August 31, 2012

When we were in Santa Eulalia, we wanted to take full advantage of the views over the harbour, which is how we found ourselves at the Es Mirador Des Port restaurant. The restaurant offers a selection of grilled meats in the traditional Asturian style.

We took a table at the edge of the restaurant so that we could get the best views. The restaurant was quite popular and I think it was luck that meant we got a table at the edge rather than anything else, so if you want to do this, it might be worth booking in advance.

We were brought bread to the table straight away which was served with olives and an absolutely delicious garlic mayonnaise. To be honest, whilst we enjoyed the bread, it is one of those things that is a bugbear of mine because they bring it to you without asking then charge you for it (2 euros a portion). I think if they are going to charge you for something, they should at least give you the option to refuse it.

We opted for starters and main courses and a bottle of wine, which cost us about 65 euros, which to be honest, wasn’t really the best value for money. You see the food was only mediocre and the service patchy. I had an onion soup for starter, which was good but my husband was a little disappointed with his ham and melon. The ham was good but there was only one slice of it alongside what looked like a full quarter of a fairly hefty melon. At 12 euros, it was far too expensive for what he got. For main course we had one of their mixed grills between us which was quite reasonably priced at 30 euros, especially considering that we got chicken, steak, two kinds of sausages and a pork chop each. It was well cooked and quite tasty but the problem was that it was far too salty, even for my husband who likes salt on his food. There were huge amounts of rock salt on the stone that it was served on and the food itself which was a little too overpowering.

The service was, like I said, patchy. The people who brought things to our table clearly didn’t speak much English, but were very smiley and pleasant. The people who took our orders however were curt to the point of being rude which kind of annoyed us and made us feel a bit unwelcome.

Overall I probably wouldn’t recommend the restaurant because it just wasn’t worth the money we paid, even though the views were good and the food was OK.
Es Mirador Des Port
Puerto Deportivo
Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

Fish on the Harbour

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by dkm1981 on August 31, 2012

When staying in a harbour town in Spain, it is only right that you should have some fish at some point, which is how we ended up at the Restaurante Kuma on our recent visit to Santa Eulalia. The restaurant was nice and the food was good and overall I would recommend it.

The restaurant is right on the harbour which makes for wonderful views across the harbour whilst you are eating. There are tables inside and outside of the restaurant although i'd recommend eating outside to get the full atmosphere. The weather is almost always lovely enough to eat outside. I'd have thought that you would pay a premium for the fact that it is on the harbour, but that didn't seem to be the case - we paid 65 euros for three courses (for two of us) and that included a couple of beers, a bottle of wine and a tip, which we thought was exceptional value for money.

The food was good. I had prawn cocktail to start, which was advertised as a big portion and indeed it was. The marie rose sauce was served on the side which was odd, but was delicious. My husband had prawns pil pil which was also delicious and was a very generous sized portion. We had to order extra bread to soak up all the garlic and chili infused oil that it was served in. For main course I had salmon and prawn linguine which was served in a creamy sauce and was packed full of flavour. I absolutely loved it, to the point that I would have to say that it was the best dish I ate in the whole holiday. My husband had grilled squid, which was a huge portion and he enjoyed it, although he said he thought it was a little bit overcooked.

The service was good, but a little slow. To be honest, it wasn’t the poor girls who were working’s fault – they certainly earned their money. The problem was that there were only two of them and the restaurant was completely full. I can’t help but think that they should have employed more staff to cope with the demand. There were long gaps between courses and it took absolutely ages to get the bill at the end. It was a shame really because everything else had been so good.

Overall I would recommend the restaurant because the food was good and the meal was excellent value for money. I think the only thing that they need to work on is the staffing levels.
Restaurante Skuma
Puerto Deportivo
Santa Eulalia del Rio, Balearic Islands, 07840

Exceptional Service

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by dkm1981 on August 30, 2012

The Restaurant Street is a little street in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza, that is lined with restaurants (would you believe it?!) and it is here that we found the Palardi Tex-Mex restaurant. It’s a nice little place that offers great service and decent food and is worth a visit.

Like I said, they offer great service and this is apparent from the minute that you walk in the door of the place when you are given a big warm welcome. The staff are English expats although they speak fluent Spanish and a few other languages in the basic form too. We were offered a choice of tables both inside and outside the restaurant. We opted for one inside, where the fans are because it was marginally cooler and also because we weren’t too keen on the idea of sitting in the middle of the fairly busy thoroughfare. We were seated next to a fish tank, which I loved because it was kind of cosy and very mesmerising watching the fish inside. The whole of the restaurant is kitted out in Mexican memorabilia and the colour scheme is very atmospheric with warm coloured tables and chairs and squashy cushions on the seats – very comfortable indeed.

Anyway, back to the service. Our drinks orders were taken straight away and I had a rather potent tequila sunrise cocktail, which was pricey at eight euros, but lasted me all night so not too bad. My husband had a couple of what he called the best beers of the holidays – mainly due to the fact they were served in much welcomed frozen glasses. After this, the waiter (who is one of the owners I believe) gave us menus and explained them to us, which was a nice touch.

The menu is a sort of set menu affair where you can choose a starter and a main course for around 16 euros and then you can add a dessert for two euros. There are some also premium options on the main course selection that you can choose for an extra 4 euros. We went for the fried chicken wings and onion rings, both of which came with a choice of dips. They were both nice enough and well cooked but a little bland and we very much needed the BBQ and sweet chilli dips that came with them and were delicious. For main course I had a beef burger with bacon and cheese which was absolutely fabulous – the burger was home made and quite clearly with the best ingredients; it was cooked to perfection and delicious. My husband opted for the chicken fajitas which, strangely enough were ready rolled. They were tasty enough but I think they somewhat take the fun out of it by serving them ready made. You can choose how spicy hey are too and he opted for medium and was pleased not to have chosen anything spicier.

The total bill came to around 65 euros including tip, which we thought was pretty good value for money even though the food didn’t blow either of us away (beef burger aside of course!). That included the tip and the service was definitely worth every penny of that. It didn’t include dessert though because we were far too full for that thanks to pretty healthy portions sizes.

Overall I would recommend it because it is a lovely restaurant with great service although the food is pretty basic.
Restaurante Palardi
San Vicente 26, The Restaurant Street
Santa Eulalia Del Rio, Ibiza, 07840
971 336 039

Comfort and a Great Location

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by dkm1981 on August 28, 2012

We stayed at Playa Duquesa Appartments in Santa Eulalia for six days last week and it was fabulous. It had everything we wanted from a short break – great location, comfortable rooms and good amenities.

===Booking and First Impressions===

We booked it through a hotel search engine and got a good deal on it at £450 for five nights. It’s not the cheapest place on the planet, but hotels in Ibiza aren’t cheap in general so it we were happy with the price in comparison.

We arrived quite late at night (as is the case with flights into the Party Isle) and after a thirty minute taxi drive we were pretty tired but the welcome we got from the night staff was brilliant. The guy who greeted us spoke perfect English and was unbelievably happy and friendly considering that he was on duty and two in the morning. In fact this was a bit of a theme throughout our stay – the staff were all brilliant, from the front desk staff to the owner who we saw enjoying the pool with his family.

The entrance to the hotel is very welcoming too, bright and warm colours and comfy chairs all around. It is very modern, mainly thanks to the fact that the hotel is only about four years old. It has been very well thought out and the results are good.

===The Rooms===

I’m not sure if we were upgraded or whether we had paid for the room that we got but it was absolutely huge! It had two bedrooms, a lounge, a dining room and two bathrooms as well as a fully equipped kitchen. The rooms were all big too – easily as big as the apartment my husband and I lived in when we first lived together and more than enough for a couple of days’ rest and relaxation.

The rooms were all tastefully decorated and very comfortable. The bedrooms had plenty of wardrobe space and the beds were very comfortable. There were extra pillows in the wardrobes as well which were much appreciated. The two bathrooms both had baths and showers. The showers were nice and powerful and the bathrooms didn’t get covered in water as is often the case in hotels abroad. The lounge had a huge corner sofa in it as well as a large flat screen TV. There were only Spanish channels available, which wasn’t a problem for us although it is sometimes nice to have BBC News or the equivalent. The kitchen was great and had everything we needed – cooker, microwave and more utensils than you can shake a stick at.

The thing we liked most about the room was the little extras that were included. The bathroom had a little basket that had razors, shaving foam, shampoo, shower gel, shower cap and soap and the kitchen had a pack that included washing up liquid, dish cloth and sponges. All of these things when you are self-catering are expenses that you don’t consider before you go, so they saved us quite a bit and were very welcome and a nice touch.

===Location===

The location is one of the best things in a long list of good things about the hotel. It is just 50 yards in one direction from the amazing harbour and promenade beyond that, and 50 yards in the other direction from restaurant row, which is a lovely little open street with outdoor tables and a community feel that is lined with a variety of restaurants. There is also a Spar right across the road which is especially good if you are self-catering.

If you want to explore the island, there is a bus station about ten minutes’ walk from the hotel that connects directly to Ibiza Town and to many of the island’s other resorts as well as offering a through the night bus to the main night clubs in San Antonio Bay.

===Other Facilities===

Our favourite facility by far was the heated roof top pool. It isn’t the biggest in the world but is big enough to do laps in. There is also a small pool for children. The area around the pool has a few sun loungers – about 15 in total. It doesn’t sound like many, but we were there in the height of August and always found somewhere to sit. In fact on some of the days we were the only people there, which was great.

Another great thing about the pool, and in fact the hotel in general, was the fact that it is totally accessible. There are stair lifts and ramps everywhere and there is even a motorised chair that can lower you into the pool. It is certainly something I have never seen in a hotel before – that much attention to accessibility, but absolutely everything has been thought of.

There is a restaurant attached to the hotel. We didn’t eat there but there are details in the rooms about the menu and the special daily deal which seems to include three courses for around ten Euros. There is also a bar on the rooftop which is an honesty bar during the day and a cocktail bar in the evening. There are lots of comfy seats scattered around that make for a lovely evening looking out over the harbour below.

There is an internet lounge down stairs as well as free wi-fi on receipt of the password from reception.


Overall I would totally recommend the hotel – it had everything we needed and more and would be suitable for short and long term stays alike.
Duquesa Playa Apartment Hotel
San Lorenzo 16-18
Santa Eulalia, Ibiza, 07840
34-971-319337

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