Review: Teranka, Formentera, Spain
Looking for the best hotel on Formentera? Teranka on the Balearic island of Formentera is quite possibly one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed at (aside from Amangalla or Resplendent Ceylon’s Cape Weligama in Sri Lanka). When you want to escape from the madness of Ibiza, head to this stunning beachside sanctuary for some peace and relaxation, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.
The last time I visited Formentera was around 20 years ago on one of my annual trips to Ibiza. I’d had a late night, it was boiling hot and the ferry from Ibiza Town took ages. My friend and I had an argument and proceeded to ignore each other for the rest of the day, resulting in a rather awkward lunch situation. Revisiting with the same friend 20 years on, thankfully the mood was much lighter.
If travelling from Ibiza, take the ferry from Ibiza Town. In the peak summer months ferries depart from other parts of the island as well. Balearia operates a fast ferry for cars and foot passengers – there’s also the option of taking a cheaper, slower ferry service from Ibiza to Formentera, check this at the port. Once you arrive in La Savina port there are plenty of ways to travel around Formentera including buses, taxis, motorbike and car hire.
Hotel of dreams
Teranka is the type of hotel you dream of year-round. It’s an oasis of calm, a place to rest and recharge whilst surrounded by nature, boasting high end, earthy interiors, excellent food and discreet service. Arriving via a sandy track, tucked away on the remote south eastern side of the island, you know you’re in for a treat staying here.
A stone’s throw from the wild, craggy shores of Es Migjorn beach guests can enjoy sunrise yoga, meditation, massages, star gazing and an eco ethos running throughout the property – think saltwater swimming pool, biodegradable plastics and eco friendly toiletries in guest bathrooms. There’s no spa but you don’t need one as it’s like you’re staying in your own natural spa, surrounded by sand dunes, nature and the lush pine forests of Formentera.
Bedrooms are furnished in earthy tones, with soft linens, comfortable beds and fluffy towels. There’s a beach bag and beach towels to use alongside more planet friendly bamboo slippers. Our double room was in the main building, Mar, with direct access to the library, bar, restaurants, swimming pool and gardens. It was on the small side but the balcony overlooking the pool gave it a sense of light and space. For guests wanting a bigger room, the Tierra or Cielo suites offer more space.
Food is served in the stunning Teranka Garden, offering indoor and outdoor dining from a menu with strong Balearic influences. Long tables and comfy seating are set amongst the olive groves and sand dunes, creating the perfect backdrop for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Natural materials are used to great effect with reclaimed wood tables, organic linens, low-slung stone walls and twisted tree trunks that emerge from the sand to create natural design pieces. Stuffed full of contemporary art and interesting object d’art, this Formentera hotel is an interior designers dream. On certain days, the gorgeous Gypsy Truck arrives with vintage bohemian finds sourced by the lovely Natalia.
Head up to the panoramic rooftop terrace for sundowners and dinner under the stars. Teranka’s resident DJ spins Balearic beats as you gaze out across the La Mola peninsula and the verdant green vegetation of Formentera. The Pool Bar is the perfect spot for lunch if you can tear yourself away from the luxurious sun loungers that line the gorgeous swimming pool. Cool down with a complimentary ice cream delivered by friendly staff.
When you feel like moving, which probably won’t be very often, a ten minute walk along the wild shores of Es Migjorn beach brings you to the Piratabus Bar, one of the best bars on Formentera. Or find a sandy cove in amongst the craggy rocks and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. There are plenty of things to do in Formentera, including dining on paella at Beso Beach, taking a trip to the lighthouse that sits at the edge of Sa Talaïassa or shopping at the boho markets. But all you’ll really want to do when you reach Teranka is absolutely nothing.
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Teranka, Carrer Sant Agustí KM 10.7, Playa des Arenals, 07872 Es Calo de Sant Agusti, Formentera, Spain. Rates start at £380 per double room.