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In 1970, when hippie fashion was in full swing, a group of friends started out on the adventure of giving life to a hotel where they would be able to show off one of their main qualities; hospitality. So it was that Juan Guasch Marí, José Marí Ribas, José Marí, Francisco Marí Ribas, José Marí Prats, Vicente Riera Mayans and Josep Mingot Mir joined forces to open the doors of the Hotel Victoria, a resort that has kept faithful over more than 40 years to the philosophy with which it was founded; that people who arrive as customers, say goodbye as friends. For that reason, professionalism, experience and quality come together in an establishment that set out on its path one May 30th before the attentive gaze of its director, Vicente Marí Torres, who is today still at the helm of this flagship of the Pitiusas with the same enthusiasm as then. “Just out of military service at the age of 23, I didn’t question putting myself in charge of 40 persons for one second”, states Marí, who warmly remembers how “when I did not know how to go about taking care of the requirements of providing a service to the 270 customers that we had that first year, I got advice and looked for solutions”. “In this respect, things have not changed so much”, he says “the new generations are stepping hard on our heels and orienting us about a new model of tourism that has arrived to stay, which is Internet. Deep down, even if we are always learning, our essence is the same; offering good service, experience, quality, competitiveness and a family atmosphere regardless of the fact that we are using new tools to do it”, he sums up.
- Hotel Victoria’s location
HOTEL VICTORIA; IN THE HEART OF TALAMANCA YESTERDAY AND TODAY
Talamanca had five hotels at that time and lacked the promenade along which thousands of tourists and locals walk today. Access to it was, what is more, much more difficult than today since you had to go through Jesús to arrive at the Hotel Victoria. Pachá discotheque was beginning its solo journey and for something as routine as making a telephone call to another point of the island such as San Antonio you had to be place a conference call. There were only a few houses around at the time of the construction of the Hotel Victoria which found its guests thanks to the work of a handful of tour-operators or by letter. In those days, the holidays of the tourists who came to Ibiza lasted between two and three weeks and full board went beyond breakfast, lunch and dinner; good company, entertainment and a family atmosphere were the keys to the job thanks to which some of those young people keep coming back today.
In 1970 the main forms of entertainment of the Hotel Victoria’s guests were enjoying the large swimming pool, its mini-golf and the barbecues that were held in a festive atmosphere, toasted with a drink that became very popular among tourists, the sangría there was passed from hand to hand in the traditional drinking vessels. “The guests came with the idea that Spain, being under a dictatorship, was a very safe country and for that reason, once tourism took off, it became a very well-known destination”, says its director. If those tourists came to the Pitiusas to enjoy their beaches at that time, this appeal remains valid today in an area such as Talamanca. “At that time they were expecting to find guitars, dancers performing sevillanas and bulls and we offered them flamenco with dancers and artists”, Vicente Marí recalls. The in places at that time were Ses guitarres, Sa Tanca, Isla Blanca – all of them with orchestra and dancing – while the most crowded beaches were Talamanca, Portinatx, Cala Bassa, Cala Conta or Cala Tarida.
In 2006 and 2007 the latest large scale renovation of the Hotel Victoria was carried out. Like this, its installations were reformed whole-scale and the Hotel Victoria added one more star to an environment that offer its guests all manner of comforts, immersed in some of the most authentic surroundings on the island. Nowadays Hotel Victoria has already reached four stars.
Over the four decades, the aroma of the Hotel Victoria has not varied, going from the sabina, fig and pine trees to the soft smell of the sea. Very close to the historic centre of Ibiza and to the Paseo Marítimo, the Hotel Victoria has enabled thousands of young people to dance in Pachá – so close in origin and location to this establishment – and has exhibited the wealth of its flora and fauna in the wetlands of las Feixes which flank its entrance. Other attractions such as the Phoenician cemetery at S´Illa Plana, the sanctuary of Ses Torres and the beach of S´Estañol may be found only a few minutes away from the 139 rooms which make up this consolidated hotel.
“We work every day to turn our guests’ dreams into reality from getting hold of a bike to rent to hiring a luxury yacht, starting out from the premise that we are one of the best priced hotels”, its director continues. And the fact is the Hotel Victoria has been classed by web-users as one of the best hotels in terms of price-quality ratio in the whole of the area of Talamanca and Paseo Marítimo.
The restaurants that adorn the beach, situated next to the Paseo Marítimo de Ibiza, and which possess all kinds of services (sunbeds, parasols, showers, services, changing rooms, lifeguards, car parks and access for the physically handicapped), allow its visitors to enjoy the very best of Pitiusan cuisine. Practicing sporting activities such as pedal boats along its 900 metres of beach is possible thanks to a special formation that turns Talamanca into a long, sandy beach with a great number of curves and even coves and one where the water is not very deep.
The Hotel Victoria stands 50 metres from Talamanca meaning you get a fantastic view of the old town, ‘Dalt Vila’, from every one of its rooms. By day it is caressed by the waves of the Mediterranean while, at night, it wears its finest jewels in order to show off in the lights that magnify its attractions – if that is possible – ever further. The beautiful Ibizan hills complete a unique appearance. To have lunch or dinner in this scenario means savouring typical dishes from Ibizan cuisine known all over the world such as sofrit pages, graixonera or paella or characteristic of the Mediterranean diet such as salads, vegetables and local fruit. Cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan, Mojitos or highly elaborate hamburgers complete a gastronomic choice that will suit all tastes.