Hotel Es Mares, Spain
Off the coast of Ibiza, you’ll find the Mediterranean best kept secret. The Balearic island of Formentera is Ibiza‘s chilled-out little sister, beloved for its hippie spirit, villages with whitewashed houses, Insta-perfect beaches and turquoise waters.
Not sure where to stay? One of the best boutique-luxe hotels on the island to lay your head is Hotel Es Mares in the small & charming capital, Sant Francesc Xavier. Perfectly located in the town’s old part, this family-run affair inaugurated in August 2011 is the ideal base for exploring the wonders of Formentera. The island’s heavenly beaches can all be reached within 10 minutes by car.
For a weekend break, Hotel Es Mares with its pool, good-looking accommodation, Mediterranean restaurant and small yet sublime spa is just hard to beat. Nice to know: the hotel offers free on-site parking and bicycles are available to take in the Formentera surroundings on a bike.
While the exterior ticks the authenticity box, inside is a picture of modern simplicity – think sandy hues, fine woods and pure materials -, loved by the style-savvy. Named after the sandstone that gives Formentera’s coastline its rugged contour, Hotel Es Mares captures the island’s natural essence.
Your room? The less-is-more approach to decoration continues in the simple yet stylish rooms. Bedrooms are as cool as ice with comfort in mind. Hotel Es Mares’ 18 rooms face either the pool or have village views. Try to book a restful room with balcony. The pillow-menus and beach towels are nice touches.
For dinner, the restaurant serves up Mediterranean food with a modern twist, using the best fresh seasonal products. A chilled Balearic white wine on the poolside terrace, anyone? Hotel Es Mares’ adjoining café is much-loved locally, thanks to its first-rate location on the town square. Breakfast is either à la carte or buffet-style with mainly products from Formentera.
After soaking up the Formentera village vibes on the terrace, head to the serene spa for top-to-toe relaxation. Featuring a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, ice fountain and much more, the hotel’s spa is run via a booking system to avoid overcrowding so make sure you reserve your 90-minute blissful block. There’s a wealth of treatments – such as the Citrus essence facial or Bamboo scrub – to revive and regenerate you. The gym is a welcome bonus.
Embodying Formentera’s laidback lifestyle, Hotel Es Mares is the place to be for boutique-hotel bliss. Good times guaranteed!