Ibiza and Formentera

Gay Ibiza Ibiza and Formentera City Guide

Seductive wild child of the Balearic Islands where neon-painted debauchery plays out nightly to the tunes of the world’s most famous DJs – Ibiza’s reputation indisputably precedes it. And while ‘nightlife capital of the Mediterranean’ is not a moniker to be sniffed at, this spirited little island can also appeal to the more sophisticated side of you. Just wait until off-season (or any time before noon when the revellers with their fishbowl hangovers reawaken) to discover enchanting pine-tree dappled beaches strewn with secluded coves, protected hiking and nature spots just moments from the intriguing history of the UNESCO-prized Old Town. When the temptation of booze-fuelled boat cruises subsides, catch a boat to Formentera, Ibiza’s chilled out little sister, for off-grid hippy vibes amid turquoise blue waters and pristine natural surroundings. Dealing an impressive one-two punch, these contrasting lands have risen to near-mythic status as the perfect joint gaycation destination. Wondering what to see in Ibiza and Formentera? Read Mr Hudson’s Ibiza travel guide to find out more.

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The best hotels in Ibiza and Formentera

The mesmerising sea views from the rooftop terrace (or in select suites) of the eco-friendly Aguas de Ibiza set the tone for an invigorating stay at this spa hotel located in the marina of sleepy Santa Eulàlia. The laid-back vibe throughout the hotel is unusual for party-centric Ibiza but most welcome for visitors who appreciate exquisite modern design, upscale dining and select spa services away from the dance clubs. And as an added bonus, Aguas uses up to 35 percent less energy than neighbouring hotels – making it the fashionable choice for conscientious travellers.

Also in Santa Eulàlia, albeit situated next to the infamous Nikki Beach, ME Ibiza is a sprawling, white-hued haven of chic ultra-modernity. The space consists of 205 rooms, three pool areas and indulgent spa treatments. Convenient extras include Range Rovers (white ones, of course) for shopping excursions, daily yoga sessions and a boat for visits to neighbouring Formentera. Catering to both the retreat-seeking discerning set as well as to spirited merrymakers on vacation, this sleek hotel provides an excellent port of call.

The Rooftop

ME Ibiza The Rooftop

If an intimate boutique setting (just 24 rooms) in a decidedly rural setting is more your speed, Agrotourismo Atzaró, a luxurious converted farmhouse with a focus on holistic sustainability, is the haven for you. The décor reflects Ibiza through and through: white-walled, woods and plush furnishing, with head to toe windows for viewing spectacular sunsets from all angles. Spa services abound, but the star attraction is the sizable pool surrounded by a comfy lounge area and Jacuzzi. Zen-sational to the core, you just might never want to leave.

Meanwhile in Formentera, usually known for eschewing the exclusive accommodation options found in extravagant Ibiza, you’ll find the exclusive Hotel Es Marès, an elegant 4-star establishment designed with natural woods and stone, which are characteristic to the area. All rooms are minimalist and tasteful with individual eclectic touches (Wow! Look at that bathtub!), which makes each one unique. The spa, featuring aromatic full-body pampering and an invigorating circuit, is tiled with tiny stones that reflect a golden hue, giving the sensation of warmth and serenity.

Hotel es Marès Formentera | Photo: Hotel es Marès

Hotel es Marès Formentera | Photo: Hotel es Marès

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