Gecko Hotel & Beach Club – Formentera
Hotel Type: A 5* beach retreat.
Location: On the beach of the most southerly island in the Balearics, the protected island of Formentera. You’ll need to fly to Ibiza, then it’s a 30 minute ferry ride
Style: Relaxed beach boho chic
Rooms: 30 luxuriously simple rooms where the outside is brought in.
Favourite Room: The Gecko Loft is pretty spectacular. It has spacious interiors, private terrace, a plunge pool and wonderful sea views.
Ideal For: Feeling the sand between your toes and doing very little.
Swimming: In the sea or the hotels pool. Some of the rooms also come with their own private plunge pools.
Dining: Dine on the beachfront with a menu that is feast of fresh, local and delicious Mediterranean flavours.
Children: Although a small number of children are welcome, this hotel has a much more adult only feel.
Activities: Yoga is high on the agenda here and included when you stay, so are paddle boards, snorkel equipment and the hotel bikes. Head to one of the many beaches on the island. Walk the Camí de sa Pujada, a beautiful path where you will find the nicest views on the island. Head to Illa de s’Espalmador a little island that can be accessed when the tide is low, here the beaches are heavenly and its famous for its mud! Try water sports in La Savina, here you can kayak, sail or wind surf to name a few! Head to the Flea Market in Sant Francesc. Snorkle the natural swimming pools in Can Marroig. Chill out and enjoy the magical sunsets.
Spa: There are two treatment rooms to enjoy exclusive massages and Ayurvedic treatments with natural products.
Accessibility: There are bedrooms located on the ground floor with wheelchair access.
Low season Price From: €260 per night in a Double Gecko room, including breakfast.
High Season Price From: €560 per night in a Double Gecko room, including breakfast.
Open From: Mid April – November
If laid back beach living is your style, head straight here. Right on one of Formentera’s finest beaches, Gecko Beach Club nestles languidly between the palms and bougainvillea, with just the sound of the sea on the shore to break the peace. The island’s quieter way of life and understated charms are mirrored at the club – the pace is slower and your batteries are revived. Breezy cabanas line the pool, where you can lie all day just looking out to sea. You’ll be surprised just how easy it is to spend an entire week here, with only walking the few short steps to the beach and back, to your room, to the restaurant, and not much else!
Cool and airy rooms, with fabulously enormous and comfortable beds, marble floors and invigorating rainforest showers, the Gecko Beach Club rooms are beautiful in their simplicity. You know you’re by the sea with the whitewashed walls, calming neutral tones and notes of blue. And with floor to ceiling room length windows and glass partitions, the light makes them fresh and relaxing.
Some have plunge pools, others have large terraces, and each one comes with flip flops and a beach bag – all you need really. On the first floor, looking out over the gardens or the glittering sea, the Gecko Double rooms are bright and inviting and all come with a balcony. You can lie in bed and lose yourself in the blue of the sea in the Gecko Sunset. With two balconies and mesmerizing views, this is one for romantics. The wonderfully spacious Pool Patio Rooms all have a private plunge pool and outdoor lounge area under a shady pergola. The Pool Garden rooms have a split level terrace, with a private plunge pool on one, and a cushioned lounge area on the other. We love the layout, inside and out, of the Pool Corner rooms – with lounging sofas and hammocks on a large terrace, an outside shower and a private plunge pool. The first floor Sunrise Rooms are definitely for sun worshippers. These have a private plunge pool and sun beds on their own sun trap roof terraces. The largest room of all is the Gecko Loft. With a spacious living area inside, and a bed that looks out over the Med, it also has a large private terrace with a plunge pool and cushioned lounge area.
This is beachfront dining at its very best. The restaurant’s location on the edge of Migjorm beach along with its beach club vibe, make for lingering lunches, memorable dinners and there’s no better place to start the day with an al fresco breakfast. All the flavours of the Mediterranean are brought together, with a little bit of Asian fusion mixed in. The menu is deliciously varied, prepared with locally sourced and ecologically grown and sustainable ingredients and with a few twists on some classic dishes. In the months of high summer, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the restaurant turns into an “espetada” where freshly caught seafood is grilled on an open fire, to the sounds of live music. Down on the beach, amongst the trees, there’s a perfect spot for private dining – eat by candlelight, with just the sound of the waves and your feet in the sand. And as the sun sets, sit back on the deck by the bar with a cocktails and some tunes.
Children are welcome and cots are available in all the rooms. However, Gecko Beach Club has much more of an adult feel and the main pool is for grown ups only.
Start the day with a morning yoga session with the resident yogi, or if that’s a bit too early, you can have a private lesson later! There’s a range of Eastern influenced treatments and therapies – especially relaxing when experienced under a swaying palm. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, or you’ve finished your book, then hug the shoreline on a paddleboard or a kayak, or cycle to Saint Francesc Xavier for an explore. We recommend a visit to the salt flats at Ses Salines Natural Park, or chartering a boat to circumnavigate the island.
Sustainability is built into their way of life. Firmly committed to outlawing all plastics to be replaced by biodegradable materials, the Gecko Hotel is deeply conscientious. Staff are also encouraged to use electric vehicles wherever possible. They support the Save Posidonia Project, which conserves regenerating sea-beds, by matching and then doubling guest donations. They have also joined Whole World Water, ensuring 10% of all profits on water sold on site are donated to help provide water to refugee camps. Their delicious food is also sustainably sourced. The Gecko’s Restaurant adheres to a 0km rule when finding ingredients and have gone to great lengths to work with ecologically proficient farms and fisheries. These measures help preserve the natural beauty of Formentera.