Need to know
30, including one suite.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Early arrivals and checked-out guests are welcome to use the facilities.
The hotel’s Beach Club is free to enter and lets you experience Migjorn Beach in style. There are cabanas and hammocks, a lengthy menu of Mediterranean snacks and potent cocktails, plus dressing rooms and showers. Entry is €55 a guest, but you can also upgrade to the VIP experience (€200 a couple in July and August, €950 a couple throughout the rest of the year) for a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, private yoga class, three-course meal, kayaking or paddle-boarding session and 60-minute massage.
The hotel will be closed from 1 November to mid-April, but dates can change annually.
At the hotel
Public beach, beach club, gardens, concierge, e-bikes to hire (from €25 a day), laundry service, free WiFi. In rooms: satellite TV, minibar, desk, beach bag and towel, flip-flops, bathrobe and slippers, free bottled water, plug adaptor, air-conditioning, all-natural Per Purr bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The Pool Garden rooms have a harmonious balance of earth and water elements, say a greenery-framed split-level terrace with a private pool, perfect for sundowners. And, wherever you go in the Gecko Loft, you’ll have the soothing sight of the sea, from the bath tub, bed and living room.
The unheated pool (open from 9am to 8pm) is adults-only. The resident DJs will set a beat for you to swim along to, there are parasol-shaded sunloungers laid out around all sides, and Balinese-style private cabanas can be booked too.
The hotel was instrumental in popularising yoga and wellness practices on Formentera, so it’s embedded in their DNA – they even have a resident guru, Yiannis Mukta Om (a former pupil of master Sri Dharma Mittra). Free classes are held on the dedicated deck every morning from Monday to Saturday (private lessons available on request), and in low season, renowned teachers are invited to host yoga retreats. To complement your stretches, a range of Eastern-inspired massages, reflexology and facials can be carried out in the two treatment rooms.
Bring Euros aplenty – the good life may be on the simpler side of things here, but it doesn’t come cheap. And, embrace the haute hippie style with wide-brimmed hats, flowy dresses and fringe, plus floral shirts for the men.
The hotel’s ground-floor Pool Patio and Pool Garden rooms are accessible for guests with mobility issues and most public areas too.
Mums on the ‘yummier’ scale may wish to start their offspring on the Med lifestyle young, but – while kids are welcome in the restaurant, where there are highchairs and staff will heat up milk and tweak menu items – this is more of a grown-up spot.
Gecko Hotel is a conscientious sort. They’re committed to replacing all plastics used with biodegradable materials; support the Save Posidonia Project, which conserves regenerating sea-beds, by matching guest donations and then doubling it; and staff try to use electric cars as much as possible. The restaurant adheres to a 0km rule for sourcing ingredients, and work with eco-sound farms and fisheries; and the hotel has joined Whole World Water (in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees), so 10 per cent of all profits of water sold onsite help provide water to refugee camps.