Ok, not technically Ibiza, but just 6km to the south, the UNESCO-protected treasure island of Formentera has long lured day trippers and holidaymakers to its crystal clear waters and pristine sands. Since 2010, it boasts another jewel in its treasure chest, Gecko Beach Club.
Once a shabby hostel, but now the result of a three-year seven-figure top-to-toe renovation, Gecko Beach Club is the premier spot for discerning visitors with its quality boutique hotel, deep blue swimming pool, restaurant and chill-out bar. Located on Mitjorn Beach on Formentera’s southern coast, Gecko has direct access to 150 metres of stunning beachfront and is the ideal spot for a drink, bite to eat, a massage with the sounds of the sea in your ears, and a relaxing sunbed on the sand.
Daytimes at Gecko Beach Club are all about relaxation, laying on one of the wooden sunbeds in the garden, inhaling the calming sea breeze, sipping on a delicious Bellini cocktail at the chiringuito bar and, when you fancy a refreshing swim, sidestepping into the pool or walking down the green lawn to dive into the deep blue sea just in front of the hotel.
By evening the luxury beach living continues and you can take your pick from an extensive cocktail list inside the minimalistic white bar. Alternatively, guests can enjoy the beautiful sunset skies at the chiringuito in the peaceful garden before heading to dinner in Gecko Beach Club’s MediterrAsian cuisine restaurant. With mouthwatering offerings such as Thai salad, carpaccio of fresh prawns, crispy ‘Hunan’ duck or the arroz negro with shellfish, you will be spoilt for choice.
And, when it’s time to retire, no need to hail a cab, just sneak into one of Gecko’s 27 all-ensuite beach chic hotel bedrooms. This is a brand of barefoot luxury that you’ll want to return to time and time again. www.geckobeachclub.com