Few spots in the Mediterranean whisper toes-in-the-sand luxury quite as seductively as Formentera, and boutique hotel Teranka truly embodies the Balearic island’s blissed-out essence. Its pine-forest home is tucked back from the long white sliver of Es Migjorn beach, but with a strip of cerulean sea twinkling on the horizon. Joining its dreamy setting is an emphasis on wellness, with outdoor yoga and meditation woven into the hotel’s daily rituals. Michelin-star-earning culinary talent and a gallery-worthy art collection combine with pitch-perfect Balearic-luxe design to amp up the swoon-factor and give this hotel plenty to (quietly) shout about.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £386.20 (€450), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.40 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include a breakfast buffet with à la carte options that range from gourmet granola to a full English.
One of the guest rooms (303) has been adapted for the mobility impaired, plus there’s a lift in the main building and no stairs connecting the three buildings.
Teranka opens from April or May until October or November.
At the hotel
Open-air gym, yoga deck, free valet parking, free WiFi, concierge. In rooms: TV, Bluetooth speaker, free digital newspaper, beach towels and bags, steamer.
Our favourite rooms
Rooms and suites are spread around the three buildings, Mar, Tierra and Cielo. Mar is the main part of the hotel and, as you’ll guess from the name, houses most of the sea-view accommodation. As well as being closer to the pool and beach here, we loved its Double Deluxe Front Sea View room where you can gaze over the emerald water without the trouble of getting out of bed. Alternatively, it’s just a few steps from your private sea-view terrace with loungers, all set for sundowners.
The hotel’s inviting saltwater pool is surrounded by a mix of siesta-ready double-loungers and day-beds. An attentive pool bar service runs throughout the day, plus waitstaff proffer free shot-sized samples of freshly blended juices and slices of chilled fruit.
There’s no spa at Teranka, but it has two treatment rooms for massages and other body therapies. In-room and couples’ treatments are also available.
Bring all your emotional baggage, as you’ll be leaving it behind after a week or two of daily yoga and meditation sessions.
Room card sleeves are also impregnated with seedlings that can be planted anywhere in the world.
Furry friends under eight kilogrammes are welcome for a charge of €40 a night. This includes a bed, feeder and water bowl for your pooch, as well as water refills and a can of pet food daily. See more pet-friendly hotels in Formentera.
Sorry kids, this sun-kissed beauty is just for the grown-ups.
Laudable eco-forward practices include water purifying and reuse systems, use of biodegradable plastic alternatives, and a strict recycling policy. Bathrooms also have environmentally friendly products.
At rooftop Nobu every table is a winner, but if you had to choose you can’t beat the cushioned banquette – though your dining companion will have to forgo the sunset view. At Vert Mer, we love the sunlight-dappled tables under the bamboo covered terrace.
Sarong and sandals is acceptable daytime attire, but dinner here demands something a tad dressier.
Teranka Garden is an all-day restaurant, which opens each morning for buffet or à la carte breakfasts brimming with healthy energy-boosting options like açaí bowls and zingy ginger shots. For lunch it’s mostly about regional produce with an emphasis on super-fresh seafood, best enjoyed on the al-fresco porch or on a communal table, feet in the sand. Dinner really dials things up – try Wagyu beef cecina and mezzi paccheri with squid – with a menu inspired by the travels of Chef Sergio Martínez and Chef José Doblas.
For sundowners, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better spot than the L-shaped bar three floors up, with a 360-degree panorama stretching from the azure blues of the ocean, across the canopy of pine forest and out to the highest point on the island – La Mola peninsula. Try the signature Terankini, or choose from the dizzingly long cocktail menu. You can order tapas and crudos to your sky-high perch, too. Post-dinner drinks are best enjoyed at the ground-floor bar, with a pool table on one side and lounge with comfy sofas to cosy into on the other.
You can order food and drink to your door around the clock, with three different room service menus depending on the time of day. It’s mostly a paired-down version of the Vert Mer offering, so quality is top-notch.
Teranka is located on the south side of the bijou Balearic Island of Formentera, a boat ride from neighbouring Ibiza.
With no airport on the island, you have to fly into Ibiza’s, which has direct connections with hubs throughout much of Europe – including year-round flights from London. From Ibiza Airport, it’s a 10-minute cab trip to the passenger ferry terminal, and boats leave around every half an hour. Depending on the type of vessel, crossings can take between 25 minutes to an hour.
If you’re planning on your own set of wheels, please note that cars aren't permitted on the ferry between Ibiza and Formentera unless you're a resident. There are a few rental agencies around the ferry port once you're on the island. You’ll want to book ahead in peak season, however, and narrow roads and limited parking means a smaller model is a good idea.
If you’re thinking of some island hopping, there’s also a daily ferry that connects to Balearic big brother Mallorca and takes around four hours. The hotel concierge is on hand to arrange any crossings, port transfers or boat charters.
Worth getting out of bed for
Being generally too hot to use during much of the day, the hotel’s open yoga deck encourages you to roll out of bed for energising sun salutations on the first rays. Bed too comfy? You can also wait until sunset to join guided yoga, meditation, and pilates sessions. Surrounded by scented juniper and pine woods and soundtracked by the gentle swoosh of the nearby sea, the setting could hardly be more conducive to finding (or indeed losing) yourself. If working out is more your bag, the hotel’s open-air jungle-style gym has been built to blend into its natural surroundings.
Of course you’re also just a flip-flop shuffle from Es Migjorn, almost six kilometres of blissfully unspoilt white-powder beach. You’ll find scenic dunescape trails to explore, dotted by regular beachfront chiringuitos and plenty of bathers taking full advantage of the beach’s swimsuit-optional status. On cooler days, a hike up into the nearby La Mola plateau is rewarded with spectacular 360-degree panoramas and the pretty village of El Pilar de la Mola. The best way to see Formentera, however, is from the water, so ask at reception about chartering a boat and cove-hop around the island.
As sunset approaches, many guests find themselves gravitating towards the 10punto7 beach club. It’s just on the right when you hit the sand, and a typically chilled-out affair with views that sweep around the coast. The menu mixes up Mediterranean (such as Catalan lobster) and Asian (among the island’s best sashimi), but it’s the vista most drop in for. You can also find a cluster of decent restaurants just on the north coast in Es Caló, a matter of minutes away by road. What Can Pasqual lacks in sea views it makes up for with some of the best seafood on Formentera – their black paella is particularly worthy of mention. If you insist on eyeballing the water while you eat, neighbouring Restaurant Es Caló is a top beachfront eatery where the traditional island dish of lobster with fried eggs is a strong favourite.
The island’s famously low-key nightlife is usually centred around its chiringuito scene, and Piratabus is the quintessential beach shack bar. A short sandy stroll from Teranka, it’s an unpretentious hippie-tinged spot serving up cold beer and spirituous mojitos accompanied by nachos and sunsets. Once frequented by Dylan, Hendrix and other Sixties’ A-listers, the Blue Bar’s aura of old-school cool mixes with live music and borderline-bonkers alien-themed shows.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this supremely serene hotel steps from Es Migjorn beach and unpacked their bottle of Terramoll wine and jar of ‘peix sec’, a full account of their Balearic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Teranka in Formentera…
At Teranka, a boutique hotel in bijou and bouji isle Formentera, a heavy studded Catalonian door creaks lazily open to reveal the sun-drenched courtyard behind. Two long sofas stretch out towards new arrivals, ‘as if to give you a welcome hug’, the manager beams. An ebony head sculpture stands nearby, its face rapt in meditation. Altogether this feels like a fitting introduction to this hideaway of upscale serenity, where a pervasive sense of remoteness is amplified by the virgin pine forest and dunescape surroundings.
It was the French owner and art lover who transformed the bones of the modest hostel that used to inhabit the space into these polished luxury lodgings. Today much of the hotel mirrors the elevated calm of an art gallery, carefully curated by the founder’s partner, an art lawyer and art historian. Daily rhythms centre around wellness, but paired with a dedication to the more epicurean pleasures of fine dining, which rival anywhere on the island. It’s a quintessential slice of Formentera – where introspection meets indulgence – and there are few better places on the island to immerse yourself in both.