A Formentera favourite reinvented

1950s cool at the seriously dressed-up Gecko Hotel & Beach Club

The beachfront at Gecko Hotel & Beach Club on the Spanish island of Formentera
The beachfront at Gecko Hotel & Beach Club on the Spanish island of Formentera | Image: Gecko Hotel & Beach Club

Out in the Mediterranean on the minuscule island of Formentera, a reinvention is generating summer buzz: Gecko Beach Club, for years a fixture on the Balearic drinks-and-revelry scene, has come under the aegis of Pablo Carrington – creator of Mallorca’s Cap Rocat and Madrid’s sumptuous Urso.

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Carrington brings five-star ministrations and accoutrements to the new Gecko Hotel & Beach Club (geckobeachclub.com; from €235); designer Antonio Obrador casts a joyous and ineffably cool 1950s spell over Gecko’s 30 rooms and “loft” suites, with glass-paned doors and iroko-wood details, layered around sea-blue accents and midcentury-style furnishings. The beach club too has a seriously dressed-up new look, complete with cabanas, DJs and craft cocktails.

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