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Review of Gecko Beach Club

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Gecko Beach Club
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Migjorn
Certificate of Excellence
Montreal, France
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35 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Mixed review”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

We spent our last day on Formentera at the Gecko Club before catching an evening ferry. Reception and staff were very nice and efficient, and we appreciated the policy of sunbeds and umbrella being provided with the purchase of lunch. Unfortunately, the lunch turned out to be a disappointment, partly because there was a group discussing wedding plans seated right next to us in a nearly empty restaurant. Although the design is very attractive, there just seemd to be something missing in the general ambiance. The Gecko Club doesn't have rights to the beach, so you're umbrella and sunbed-less once you leave the pool area. The beach is not the best stretch of Migjorn. All in all the negatives outweighed the positives.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

Very often you look at a hotel website and the reality disappoints - not the case here! This is a laid back place with excellent service. Our room ('The Gecko Suite') was marvellous with great views all round and loads of space. From what I saw of other rooms they were not as spacious but many looked like they had very nice aspects with sea and garden views. Our room was very well serviced every day by the maids, we did have to chase the comp. water a couple of times but I can live with that when everything else works so well.

The breakfast buffet is very good, not a ridiculous amount of choice but perfectly adequate for all tastes. Lovely fresh baked pastries were a particular favourite. The restaurant where that is served is covered but open to the air with lovely sea and garden views.

A very chilled and relaxed air pervades the place, but the service is generally excellent with bar, waiter and reception staff all extremely friendly and efficient. We 'fine dined' a couple of nights and the quality was great, but they do cater for a burger or something simple at all times if you prefer. You never have to dress up if you dont fancy it

Drinks are not cheap but we got very generous measures and the bar staff would pour according to our wishes for strength etc. There is waiter servcie right through the establishment and the staff soon got to know what we liked and were very pleasant to deal with.

The beach is literally right outside and is beautiful. It runs for miles each way and is dotted with other bars and restaurants of every type and price bracket. Be prepared to walk a fair way and you will be rewarded with some really good alternatives. Everything is strung out with a great sense of space. Take a torch if going in the evening as there is no lighting along the beach paths but they are very safe and clean.

We looked all around the island and would say this place is in a very good spot and definately at the top end of quality. Most of the other accomodation we saw was much more basic and the restrictions on development on the island mean there isnt much scope to improve other places.

I would advise to book rooms that are either on the first floor or overlooking the garden at the back of the property. A small row of rooms on the ground floor between car park and reception didnt look too well placed and are to be avoided.

There were some weddings at the hotel while we were there, but the staff worked really hard to make sure they didnt impact on our level of service, which in a small place they could. Infact they were a pleasure to watch, being held on the beach front or garden. We noticed how hard all the staff worked at these events to make them go well.

We would not hesitate in recommending this place as a little slice of the Carribean in the Med. It is certainly not the cheapest option on Formentera, but the quality for the style and price of the place is quite appropriate.

Room Tip: Avoid the rooms nearest the car park on the pool side
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank martinwilliams10
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52 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012 via mobile

as always it is in the details. this hotel is just not 4-star quality. not enough bang for your buck. we paid EUR 260 per night and we simply did not get the full value back. the profit margins of this place must be huge. relatively small rooms. phone broken. safe didnt work. thin walls so you hear everything in other rooms and on the floor. service is friendly though. location is great. breakfast: forget about freshly pressed orange juice and so is the rest of it. overall not to be recommended but then i also dont know about the alternatives in formentera...

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cosmopolitoswiss
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27 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

We do not have kids but we still loved it here. keep in mind children outnumber adults 2 to 1 so the pool is busy.If you have a family it is ideal chic hotel. For couples or singles it can be a bit much. But still loved it. Make sure you rent a scooter. They do not push it as hard as they should. It is all about exploring the beaches of the island. Service is slow but with a smile.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank UKUSTRIPS
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Switzerland
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215 reviews
126 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

On a day trip from Ibiza to Formentera, we decided to spend some time at gecko beach club. We rented a chair for 20 euros (drink and towels included) and spent the day around the pool area. Gecko is a small boutique hotel with lovely hotel grounds. It is a relaxing vibe, if you do not count the many screaming babies. Suprisingly many young families in this hotel, although this hotel is not designed for young families.
We had lunch at their restaurant, lovely setting with beach view, good snack menu. The beach looks terrifice from distance but from a closer look the algae from the sea made it less attractive. Over all, we loved to spend one day here, but prefer Ibiza for the vibe.

Room Tip: top floor, those with a huge terrasse with loungers and full sea view.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank luxuryvoyage
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

Staff tremendously attentive.
Great food. Great atmosphere. Great mojitos by Mateo.
Massage with Claudia is a must try.
Rooms & restrooms small but very clean.
Popular with families so it can get a bit loud with crying babies at times.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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london, uk
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96 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

Visited here for cocktails one evening to discover an over-hyped, beautiful but dour place. Migjorn beach is full of little finds, including some seaside kiosk bar gems not even listed on tripadvisor which makes this place all the more depressing. I had a bland and poorly mixed vodka / limoncello frozen margherita type thing and my partner had a slightly better G+T. The ice dissapated rapidly and there was neither a straw or stirrer to mix it up again - which I would expect with a €12 drink.
What struck me most about this place is how I was so pleased we weren't hotel guests here. Although it looks great, and I have no doubt the rooms are fantastic, it's totally soul-less. We were offered a food menu, which consisted of a few barbeque options and not much else, for €50 a head. We were sat near the chef's BBQ station, and it lacked any fanfare at all, with the chef and waiters just hanging around and chatting. Nothing special here at all, and so we chose not to eat. Prices like this in a venue like Gecko, should come with a memorable experience. All we had was the Sting back catalogue for music accompaniament - with some songs repeated (perhaps the staff favs?). Not recommended, in my opinion this place is for unimaginative types who have money but no real taste.

Room Tip: Rooms are perpendicular to the sea, except for 2 rooms on the end. Terraces look fantastic.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Gecko Beach Club

Property: Gecko Beach Club
Address: Ca Mari, 07860 Migjorn, Formentera, Spain (Formerly Costa Azul Hostal)
Location: Spain > Balearic Islands > Formentera > Migjorn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Migjorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gecko Beach Club 2.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gecko Hotel & Beach Club is a boutique hotel situated on the magical island of Formentera, just meters away from the turquoise waters of Migjorn beach in the peaceful area of Ca-Marí. Its chic and modern design coupled with its idyllic ambience make Formentera's Gecko Hotel & Beach Club the perfect paradise to spend your vacation, sample the cuisine and enjoy a cocktail or to celebrate any type of special event such as weddings, parties, conferences or exhibitions. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Gecko Beach Club Hotel Migjorn
Gecko Beach Hotel
Gecko Beach Club Formentera/Migjorn

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