The Best Hotels in Formentera for Every Traveller

Gecko Hotel & Beach Club is a great spot overlooking the Mediterranean
Gecko Hotel & Beach Club is a great spot overlooking the Mediterranean | Courtesy of Gecko Hotel & Beach Club / Expedia
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12 February 2021

The smallest island of the Balearics, in Spain, Formentera lies at the southernmost point of the archipelago, and provides a mellower vibe than its lively neighbour. It takes about half an hour by ferry to get here from Ibiza – and when the tall pines, jewel-toned waters and rocky coves such as Cala Saona come into view, it feels instantly worth it.

Gecko Hotel & Beach Club

Independent Hotel, Boutique Hotel
Gecko Hotel & Beach Club
Gecko Hotel & Beach Club | Courtesy of Gecko Hotel & Beach Club / Expedia
Gecko Hotel & Beach Club blends luxury with free-wheeling bohemianism in the way only Spain’s Balearics know how. The lounger-lined pool overlooks the shimmering Mediterranean Ocean, which you can saunter down to – over the grass and past shaded massage beds – in a matter of seconds. There’s also a tented deck where you can stretch it out to a complimentary 90-minute morning yoga class led by guru Yiannis Mukta Om. Later, cocktails are served in the breezy Beach Club where you can mingle with other guests.
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Cala Saona Hotel & Spa

Independent Hotel, Luxury
Cala Saona Hotel & Spa
Cala Saona Hotel & Spa | Courtesy of Cala Saona Hotel & Spa / Expedia
In contrast to the boutique hotels and sun-drenched villas that pepper this white isle, Cala Saona Hotel & Spa offers a larger base with access to first-rate luxury facilities. The Cala Saona beach sweeps right in front of many of the 98 rooms giving you a priceless view to wake up to each morning. A range of water therapies – including steam rooms, indoor and outdoor plunge pools and a sauna – add to the ambience and make for a great pre-breakfast buffet refresh. Days are best spent by the dazzling outdoor pool or down on the sugar-white sands of Cala Saona.
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Five Flowers Hotel & Spa Formentera

Independent Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel
Five Flowers Hotel & Spa Formentera
Five Flowers Hotel & Spa Formentera | Courtesy of Five Flowers Hotel & Spa Formentera / Expedia
In keeping with the Balearic Islands’ heady bohemianism, this hotel takes a page from the Swinging ’60s playbook with psychedelic art murals and hanging bubble chairs. And in keeping with the name, flower motifs bloom in the unlikeliest of places – the restaurant ceiling, bedside tables and the dresses of female staff. If you’re here to unwind and detox, you’ll be glad to know there are plenty of spots to roll out your yoga mat, plus there’s a focus on Alkimia products, Hawaiian-style massages and hydrotherapy in the spa. The ’60s theme extends to the in-house shop, which is stocked with flippy kaftans, floppy sun hats and oversized sunglasses for wearing around the pool or when you’re out and about.
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Es Marès Hotel & Spa

Independent Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel
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Es Marès Hotel & Spa
Es Marès Hotel & Spa | Courtesy of Es Marès Hotel & Spa / Booking.com
Exposed sandstone walls speak to the rustic charm of Formentera and feel only fitting given the hotel owes its name to the marès sandstone dug from the quarries that for centuries was used to build the island’s architecture. The beachy minimalist vibes of the hotel create a mellow atmosphere that ties in nicely with the plush spa, which is fitted with a sauna, a steam room, a plunge pool and soothing heated lounge beds. The daily breakfast buffet is worth getting up early for – think fresh fruit, yoghurt, flaky pastries, cold cuts of meat and scrambled eggs, washed down with orange juice and maybe even a flute or two of Champagne.

Las Dunas Playa

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This low-key beachfront retreat hits the sweet spot between a self-catering apartment and a chic hotel. Rooms are modern and spacious but uncluttered, keeping the focus firmly on the coastal scenery outside. Migjorn Beach and its sloping sand dune provide the perfect backdrop for humble brag selfies and wanderlust-inducing Instagram posts. There’s a supermarket on site so you’ll have all the supplies needed to make your own meals, but if you’re not into home cooking then the hotel restaurant – which specialises in Mediterranean food plus a few local favourites – will ensure you never go to bed hungry.

Can Aisha

Boutique Hotel
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Can Aisha
Can Aisha | Courtesy of Can Aisha / Expedia

This small, stylish, boutique hotel is adults-only, and makes for the perfect secluded romantic getaway. The five apartments all have full self-catering facilities and furnished terraces, and are decorated in a modern but attractively rustic style. Breakfast is served on a shady terrace in the stunning garden, next to the wood-decked pool area. White-cushioned sun loungers and Bali beds around the pool are surrounded by colourful foliage and cacti, and throughout the garden there are discreet seating areas where you can enjoy a quiet drink. The beauty in this place is its simplistic charm, and the feeling of seclusion, but if you can tear yourself away, Es Pujols Beach is a mere 10-minute walk.

Blanco Hotel Formentera

Hotel
Blanco Hotel Formentera
Blanco Hotel Formentera | Courtesy of Blanco Hotel Formentera / Hotels.com

It’s all in the name, with this sleek, all-white, family-run hotel, near to Es Pujols Beach. The large pool is the hub of the Blanco, with a laid-back vibe during the day and nicely lit bar area serving excellent cocktails at night. Although fairly basic in terms of luxuries, the whole hotel is bright and modern, and has everything you need for a relaxed pool or beach-side holiday, with a pretty decent restaurant to boot. Rooms are on the small side (but do have king-size beds), and there are no baths in the ensuites, but as with the rest of the hotel, everything is pleasingly white and contemporary, and superior rooms have their own sun terraces.

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Paraíso De Los Pinos

Hotel
Paraíso De Los Pinos
Paraíso De Los Pinos | Courtesy of Paraíso De Los Pinos / Expedia

This very family-friendly aparthotel is a 10-minute drive from San Francisco Javier, Formentera’s main town, and a stroll to the beach. Classic rustic-chic in style, with whitewashed walls and slatted shutters, there are 29 apartments all set around lush gardens. There is a decent sized pool and hot tub, as well as six more luxury bungalows, with private outdoor spa tubs. Bali beds are spread out through the hotel’s gardens, and there are outdoor tennis courts and an excellent restaurant if you tire of self-catering facilities.

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  • Hotel Riu La Mola

    Chain Hotel
    Hotel Riu La Mola
    Hotel Riu La Mola | Courtesy of Hotel Riu La Mola / Expedia

    With over 300 guest rooms, the Hotel Riu La Mola is one of just a few big chain hotels on the island. This whitewashed complex tiers down a pine-covered hillside overlooking the picturesque eastern end of Migjorn Beach. It features everything you’d expect from a resort-style property, with two swimming pools, kids’ club and spa facilities, plus a choice of on-site dining. Splash out a little more for a sea-view room and you won’t be disappointed.

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    Hotel Casbah Formentera

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    Hotel Casbah Formentera
    Hotel Casbah Formentera | Courtesy of Hotel Casbah Formentera / Expedia

    The Hotel Casbah is set in a lovely secluded pine-scented forest and is only a 10-minute walk from the wilder west end of gorgeous Migjorn Beach. The hotel comprises a charming collection of whitewashed cuboid blocks, with interior design following a tasteful Moroccan theme. The 29 rooms are rustic-chic in style, all air conditioned and with terraces overlooking the pretty surrounds. There’s also a peaceful outdoor swimming pool, and the hotel is known to have one of the best restaurants in the area. A poolside bar and cosy indoor bar complete a superb boutique property.

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    Hotel Bahía Formentera

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    Hotel Bahía Formentera
    Hotel Bahía Formentera | Courtesy of Hotel Bahía Formentera / Expedia

    The marina-side Hotel Bahía is only a five-minute walk from the ferry terminal, so ideal if you’re hoping to catch an early ferry. In terms of facilities, it’s a little on the basic side, but is comfortable and clean, with bright modern rooms, many of which have views of Ibiza. On the ground floor, the restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine out on a large terrace overlooking the marina. The lack of pool is a downside, but the hotel’s location makes it easy to take boat trips around the island, and the famous Ses Illetes beach is only a short drive away.

    Insotel Hotel Formentera Playa

    Hotel
    Insotel Hotel Formentera Playa
    Insotel Hotel Formentera Playa | Courtesy of Insotel Hotel Formentera Playa / Expedia

    This large hotel has 333 rooms, and puts you in a fantastic location overlooking the beautiful Migjorn Beach. The guest rooms and studio apartments are all airy and modern, with balconies or terraces boasting spectacular sea views. With three pools (two outdoor, one indoor), a spa, sports facilities and a kids’ play area, there’s no shortage of things to do for all age groups. The beach club attached to the hotel has a great restaurant and beach bar to make the most of in the evenings.

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    This is an updated version of an article by Leon Beckenham.

    These recommendations were updated on February 12, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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