San Antonio Ibiza Survey Results
Over the last 2 weeks we have been collecting people’s opinions on San Antonio through a survey featured on our Blog. The results have now been collated and are as follows.
We received a fantastic 123 responses to the survey. Two were spoilt (multiple boxes picked where one was required) and one person failed to complete the survey in full.
The following is, therefore, based on 120 responses. We have tried to keep the data as simple as possible adding comments we received under each set of results.
It was nice to see the different types of people who use San Antonio whether to live there, work there or simply to visit. Although we felt day visitors seemed exceptionally low, and I wonder if those visiting other areas of Ibiza rarely visit San Antonio due to its perceived reputation.
The results show that visitors are not as expected and is not purely made up of younger clubbers but in fact there is a much wider mix of age groups enjoying San Antonio. The results backs up my own personal opinion.
The results show that 50% of people feel that San Antonio had a slight image problem however, interestingly all of the 13% of people who felt that it did not have an image problem were from the 18 – 24 age group.
Only 20% of people felt that the transport links to and from San Antonio were excellent. However, comments which were regularly repeated included the lack of information about buses, timetables and costs, etc and where to find any of this information.
There were also several comments about the cost of taxi’s to and from the resort which people felt were too high.
A fantastic 80% felt that there was either a good or excellent choice of bars and restaurants within San Antonio – this is a great selling point.
Whilst 34% felt that the accommodation was good, we received a lot of comments about the accommodation focused on the fact that many said it was “old, tired and out of date”. However with the major refits that many hotels have already done or are planning to undertake would improve the results for this question over the next few years.
With 37% of people noting that they felt the range of shops on offer was poor, this was one of the highest commented on questions. When people visit San Antonio it appears that they expect a wider range of shops, more boutique style outlets and overall expected a wider range of goods to be on offer in the town. Not just the standard tourist range of t-shirts and novelty items.
37% stated that they felt the cleanliness of San Antonio was poor this was almost expected. It is an area many people are aware of and has been discussed as one of the let downs of San Antonio in recent weeks. But with these ongoing discussions I believe it will be one thing everyone can agree on and will improve over time.
Surprisingly 47% rated the beaches as only average. I know that the state of the beaches has been widely discussed in Ibiza recently and I think that this survey mirrors everyone’s thoughts. The beaches are “OK” but could be better.
With 48% of people remarking that they felt the selection of activities on offer were good, sadly they also felt that there was so much going on it was hard to find out what. Lack of information comments varied from San Antonio as a whole or was targeted at the individual operators. Several comments asked if we knew what had happened to the folder / book of leaflets the hotels used to give to visitors too.
This chart speaks for itself. The town as we all know is very friendly and the people living and working here are welcoming and helpful.
43% of people felt that the policing of San Antonio was good. This result may surprise a few, but it seems that the majority of people visiting feel that the policing and safety is good or average.
This is probably the most enlightening set of responses we received and possibly worse than we all would like to admit. This will need a long term plan to resolve with many aspects such as, education of youngsters, more robust policing, boots on the ground and intelligence led policing.
Over 50% would recommend San Antonio to others, which is a great starting point for the future of a town whose future is looking brighter than ever.
Although this is not a comprehensive survey of all aspects of the town, and with a limited response rate compared to resident, worker and visitor numbers, it has been worthwhile and enlightening.
I hope that those that have the power to change the town will see the good and the bad from it and take steps accordingly.
For me personally, I would love to see the following:
- A town guide / leaflet produced highlighting all aspects of the town from the west end, sunset strip, to activities like ocean mania, parasailing, aquarium etc which is then distributed across Ibiza. This would hopefully bring more day visitors into the area be it older couples, families or singles.
- The return of the book / leaflet guide for hotels, villas etc so visitors can see what the town has to offer.
- More information about the buses showing they are clean, reliable and are a great way to get around the island for a fair price.
Above all I believe everyone should work together for a better San Antonio to help change its image and support this well loved but slightly misunderstood gem of Ibiza.