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Room Report: Garbi Hotel and Resort Ibiza, Spain

Pool at Hotel Garbi, Ibiza
Pool at Hotel Garbi, IbizaHotel Garbi

Arrival Experience: Ibiza is one of Spain's top tourist destinations, and as such, the tourism experience revolves around foreign travelers. The Garbi Resort and Spa hotel is located on a popular beach front within close proximity to the airport making it a favorite of travelers. While planes are often taking off or landing just above the hotel's pool and beach, it is almost charming and rarely disturbing. Reception is friendly and speaks English well. A separate baggage storage area is a great option for those with late-night flights and needing to check out of their rooms (many flights depart and arrive on the island).

Dining: One main restaurant serves three meals a day including a large breakfast buffet, which for many rates is included. Spanish favorites are included as well as numerous international favorites. During the day though, most guests flock to the beachfront café and restaurant just steps from the sand. Guests can source drinks and munchies from the bar, and are often seen enjoying them on lounge chairs ringing the pool. Dinnertime is another buffet affair served in the breakfast room overlooking the lobby and lounge area. Cushioned chaise longue chairs and bar seating often get busy during big sporting events shown on the flat-screen TVs.

Accommodations: Guest rooms are modern and housed in buildings that wrap around central pool area. They are spacious and fresh with hardwood floors, cushioned headboards atop king or queen beds, separate sofas and work desks, and living areas coffee tables. Furnished balconies are popular spots to relax, and all rooms feature refrigerators that can be stocked at nearby grocery and convenience stores. Bathrooms are large with spacious vanities, hairdryers, generic toiletries, and combination baths. Suites are popular with families or honeymooners. Free wireless Internet is available throughout the property, including by the pool. Rooms facing the pool and beach are undoubtedly the most popular.

Conclusion: The swimming pool stays busy all day, and day beds are wrapped with swaying linens although they come with a separate surcharge. Fronting the beach café is the hotel's own stretch of sand with lounge chairs and an active scene of people strolling by; watersports are readily available from local vendors and prove popular with guests. A business center with printers sits just off the lobby for those that want to check in for flights or check email. Meeting and reception facilities are available, but are not the hotel's main bread and butter. Unlike other hotels, this resort attracts a wide range of travelers including families and vacationing couples providing a relaxing, yet active, atmosphere. Massages are often an option poolside as is live DJ music. Ibiza is a party island, and this resort puts nightclubs (including its own) with close proximity, but those that want to lie low and relax will be equally happy.