Review: Cas Gasi, Ibiza | Daily Telegraph
Published by telegraph.co.uk, May 2018
"A peaceful little spot located in the lush heartland of Ibiza, Cas Gasi is about as romantic as it gets. Come with a partner and spend sun-soaked days lounging by the pristine pool, and balmy nights being treated like royalty."
Cas Gasi is smack bang in the centre of Ibiza, resting in the bosom of a picturesque, terracotta-soiled valley. It's an ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside (should you find the resolve to actually leave, it's difficult), not to mention the nearest town of Santa Gertrudis, dubbed 'Ibiza's Notting Hill'. It's roughly a 20-minute drive to Ibiza town, and a further five-10 minutes to the airport, so a car is recommended. You'll need one of these to get to the nearest beaches, too.
Style & character
A cosy, 19th-century farmhouse lovingly restored by the husband and wife who still live on the premises, Cas Gasi exudes a real lived-in appeal. In part that's because of the friendly welcome extended to guests, but it's also because communal areas are home to charming mismatched furniture and a huge, flickering log fire. On walls you find paintings by local Ibicenco painters and leaning grandfather clocks, and on ceilings, traditional beams and grandiose chandeliers. Outside the grounds are home to a whopping 450 olive trees, plus almond, fig and orange groves and thriving organic veg plots. It's all very beautiful, and perfect for loved-up strolls. There are also two excellent hotel dogs who not only rule the roost, but also your hearts by the end of the stay.
Service & facilities
The service here really is exceptional, and seemingly effortless, which makes it all the more impressive. Likewise the facilities are great, with a very tempting outdoor pool, a spa, whirlpool, gym, yoga deck, and a separate private children's pool to keep babble to a minimum. Beauty treatments, massage and one-on-one sessions are available at the spa, and there are plans to build a Hammam. Electric bikes are available to hire.
There are 10 rooms and two suites in total, each is entirely unique. Some are in the main finca and have a balcony, excellently curated private library, or hot tub, while others are in separate buildings and boast more space and superb light come sunset. They are all decorated individually, with flashes of floral, the occasional stripe and lashings of old school charm.
Food & drink
Again, food is exceptional. Many of the ingredients used at the on-site restaurant are grown organically in the hotel's grounds (they even make their own cold-pressed olive oil), and the rest is sourced locally. The chef is from Valencia so his speciality is paella and other rice dishes, but to be honest, most of the Mediterranean-inspired menu is worth a taste – the red tuna tiradito comes highly recommended. The buffet breakfast is also delicious – try the homemade coconut yoghurt and the chia pudding, and there's a separate menu for ordering eggs and other sides. It's all served with a smile, naturally.