Review: Hotel Casbah, Formentera | Daily Telegraph
Published by telegraph.co.uk, October 2017
"From its fabulous location amid lush pine forest, to its proximity to a picture perfect beach, Hotel Casbah is an idyllic spot for both lovers and families, or anyone hoping to explore all the captivating island of Formentera has to offer."
Casbah is just a sandy, five-minute stroll away from Playa Migjorn, Formentera’s largest and most rugged stretch of sand, where gently crashing waves make a welcome change to the millpond affect of more famous island beaches. The lively town (in Formentera terms) of San Francisco Javier is just 2.5 miles away, while reaching the port of La Savina takes around 10 minutes by scooter (the island’s favoured means of transport). The ferry to Ibiza docks here, and this journey takes a further 35 minutes.
Style & character
More of a guesthouse than a hotel, Casbah’s appeal lies with its individual, finca-style apartments – each boasting lots of outdoor space and privacy – and its blissful rural setting. The apartments themselves are modest – slightly old fashioned, even – but take a wander through the lush Mediterranean gardens bursting with bougainvillea and hibiscus and that’s soon forgotten. At its core, Casbah is an excellent base for discovering the many delights of Formentera – a dusty, diminutive paradise with enough to entice you beyond the walls of any hotel.
Service & facilties
Plenty to keep you occupied here. In among the botanical-esque gardens there’s an enticing pool lined by sunbeds, and an enclosed tepee for relaxing massages (a full menu is available), both joined by stepping stones and lit by strings of bulb lighting, which adds a palpable air of romanticism. Elsewhere, there’s a snack bar, an excellent restaurant and a fully stocked bar in a newly designed, modern building. Some staff members during my stay were a touch impatient when asked basic questions, which was disappointing. Parking is available.
Set in standalone, farmhouse-style buildings, in essence the apartments are basic but functional, though there are still few charming touches. Old beams of juniper wood form makeshift headboards for the bed, while pretty blue and white tiles are dotted here and there. Again, bathrooms are simple but efficient, with walk-in showers. The best part is the substantial balcony, which is almost as large as the apartment itself, and the fact that it feels like you’re staying in a miniature village – great if you’re travelling in a group.
Food & drink
A buffet breakfast consists of fresh fruit, ham and cheese, though unfortunately that freshness doesn’t extend to the scrambled eggs and coffee, which were both slightly on the cold side. Lunch and dinner can be served at extra cost, and fares a little better, with lots of traditional Spanish cuisine on offer.