Cas Gasi – A bucolic hideaway in a family farmhouse where being eco-friendly doesn’t mean foregoing luxury.
This hotel started life as a place for Ibiza-born Luis and Barcelona-born Margaret to raise their family and start an organic farm. Luckily for the world, they didn’t keep their slice of heaven to themselves. They converted their home into a boutique B&B that encompasses the couple’s passion for sustainable living in a way that manages to avoid feeling worthy or rustic. Thanks to Margaret’s exquisite taste in interiors, the house is sophisticated and the hotel’s eco-friendly aspects are integrated rather than showy: food is a real farm-to-table affair and there’s comprehensive waste recycling going on behind the scenes as well as solar heating panels and a sewage filtration system that recycles wastewater to use in the garden. All this, and the pools (yes, there are two) and jacuzzi are chemical-free. Guilt-free extravagance and supreme relaxation in one idyllic package.
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Cas Gasi – Location
- Address: Camino Viejo de Sant Mateu s/n, Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera.
- Area: Picturesque location in the central Ibizan countryside, a short drive to either chic Santa Gertrudis (4 miles) and Sant Rafel de sa Creu (4 miles), the location of two of the island’s superclubs (Amnesia and Privilege) as well as a clutch of good restaurants. Thanks to its central location, the hotel’s not more than a 20-minute drive to any of the 3 major towns – Ibiza Town (Eivissa), Sant Antoni de Portmany, and Santa Eulària des Rio. In fact, it won’t take you more than 40 minutes to drive pretty much anywhere on the island.
- How to Get There: It’s a 45-minute walk (2 miles) to Santa Gertrudis, from where there are a few buses each day to Ibiza Town, but realistically, you’ll need a car. It’s a 25-minute drive (12 miles) to the airport.
- Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €145 from Ibiza International Airport – but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.
- Handy to: Everywhere.
Cas Gasi – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be couples but the hotel happily accommodates families, groups of friends, and solo travelers.
- Beach: The hotel has a handy guide to the nearest beaches and other nearby recommendations.
- View: Views of palm trees, orchards, vineyards, and gently rolling hills.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools. The 4 suites have bathtubs.
- Laundry: Hotel laundry service available (extra charge).
- Parking: The hotel has a parking lot from where it’s a 2-minute walk to the house through the gardens.
- Extras: Cas Gasi’s homemade olive oil products are gifted to guests. Complimentary use of bicycles, with electric bikes available to rent. Small boutique selling specially chosen products from La Galería Elefante store (see shops below). Car rental and electric car charging. Pool/beach towels, fresh fruit, and flowers in the rooms, free newspapers, turn-down service, and guest computer.
- When to Book: Book by January at the latest for the summer period, when a minimum stay is imposed. Out of season, there is often last-minute availability.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +34 971 197 700
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: casgasi.com
Cas Gasi – Amenities
- Pool: Two pools, both open-air: one 18m swimming pool and the other, an 8m endless exercise pool. Both are saltwater.
- Spa: There is a spa with a jacuzzi (also saltwater), Finnish sauna, and bookable treatments, including massages and facials.
- Fitness Center: Excellent indoor gym with views over the countryside; personal training sessions can be arranged. Yoga deck with daily complimentary classes (high season only).
- For Disabled Guests: The hotel is in the process of converting one of their rooms to be fully wheelchair accessible. There is no elevator to the upper floors but a number of rooms and suites are on the ground floor. The path from the parking lot is step-free.
- For Families: There is a Family Room that allows families to have their own living space within the hotel. Some rooms and suites can be interconnected or have beds added. Babysitting services can be arranged (extra charge), as can children’s menus.
- Activities: Daily yoga class (high season). Concierge can help arrange several local activities including tours, horseback riding, diving, etc.
Cas Gasi – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: The restaurant serves seasonal Mediterranean cuisine using as many ingredients as possible from the hotel’s organic gardens, picked on the day. It is for the exclusive use of guests and can cater to special requests. Kitchen open 1pm-10pm.
- Lounge/Bar: Small but well-stocked bar for guests.
- Breakfast: Complementary, varied buffet served 8:30-11am in the restaurant.
- Room Service: Available during kitchen hours.
Cas Gasi – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Double (high season only) • Classic Double (Queen/Twin) • Superior Double (King/Twin) • Family Room • Junior Suite • Deluxe Suite • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: The hotel buildings are smoke-free but smoking is permitted on the balconies and grounds.
- Best Room: The Deluxe Suites feature over 850 sq ft of floor space, king-size feather beds, luxurious sofas and armchairs, work desks, and separate living areas. One has a cozy sitting room, while the other sports its own library. Both feature open fireplaces and either a private terrace or balcony. Bathrooms feature double vanities, hydro-massage baths, and separate rain showers. This, on top of the features available for all rooms: Penhaligon toiletries, minibars, audio systems, ACs, flat-screen TVs, and robes.
- For Families: The Family Room features one room with a king bed and a second room with twin single beds, joined with a living room. There is also the option of connecting a Deluxe Suite to a Superior Double or adding extra beds into suites and some other rooms.
Cas Gasi – Local Transport
- Walking: 45-minute walk/15 minutes by cycle (2 miles) to Santa Gertrudis.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: There are no international taxi firms on the island. Look out for taxi ranks or call one of the various numbers (all part of the same radio taxi co-operative with bilingual operators): +34 971 333 333/+34 971 398 483/+34 971 800 080/+34 971 343 764. The co-op launched an Uber-esque app, Taxi Ibiza (iOS, Android), in summer 2019 (mixed reviews so far).
Cas Gasi – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Sir Explore – The Sir hotel chain handpicks various local experiences. Though their line-up sometimes changes, expect things like snorkeling, yoga, cooking classes, boating, and ceramics from native experts. Various locations.
- Ducks United – Offering classic car rentals as well as tours in old Citroen 2CVs or Defenders, Ducks United offers the most characterful transportation on the island. Various locations.
- Ibiza Food Tours – Excellent tours of Ibiza Town’s food and wine scenes with an emphasis on local specialties and the island’s gastronomic history. Tours start by the port-side sailors’ statue. (8 miles).
The title for the island’s best bullit de peix (bu-yeet di pesh) is hotly contested and you’ll be in for a treat if you try this regional specialty in any great fish restaurant. Originally concocted by fishers who would have to cook everything in one pan, various fish pieces are cooked in a broth, sieved out, and eaten, followed with sticky rice cooked with cuttlefish in the same broth and drizzled with aioli. If you like seafood, you must not leave without trying this flavor explosion.
- La Mesa Escondida – Arguably the best Italian food on the island in Sant Rafel, specializing in great fresh pasta served in a delightful garden. Open for lunch and dinner; closed on Tuesdays. $$-$$$. (4 miles).
- Finca La Plaza – Gorgeous restaurant serving rustic-chic seasonal Mediterranean in a romantic setting, with lights strung up between the palm trees. From the same team as Beachouse in Platja d’en Bossa and Mikasa hotel-restaurant in Talamanca. $$-$$$. (4 miles).
- Wild Beets – Self-proclaimed ‘botanical restaurant’ in Santa Gertrudis serving sophisticated vegan food, a large portion of it raw, that meat-eaters should not fear; everything is delicious. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and there’s a kids’ menu. $$-$$$. (4 miles).
- Es Jardins de Fruitera – The popularity of this place is justified. Yes, it’s a whole complex of buildings, popular for weddings and events, but it does outstanding food. Try the crispy confit suckling pig or the fideuá (noodle paella). $$-$$$. (6 miles).
- Edén – Five-star Hotel Na Xamena’s newly reopened restaurant from Michelin 2-starred chef Fran López, offering fine dining with what may be the best view on the island. Its ethos focuses on simplicity, seasonality, and freshness. Just off the road to Port Sant Miquel. $$$$. (7 miles).
- El Chiringuito des Port – This modest little shack by the port serves up surprisingly great Argentinian-style seafood and grilled meats and becomes a convivial place to drink in the evening. $-$$. (7 miles).
- 45 Millas – Truly outstanding food coming from this small kitchen in an unlikely San An backstreet. World-fusion tapas with an amazing liquor selection. $$-$$$. (7 miles).
- La Dispensa – Describing itself as a ‘creative gastronomic workshop’, La Dispensa has 4 distinctly themed salons along Carrer de la Santa Creu in Dalt Vila. It serves fusion Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$. (9 miles).
- Ca’s Pagès – Delicious traditional Ibizan food (specializing in grilled meats) in a rustic restaurant with a delightful garden. Open lunch and dinner. Closed on Tuesdays. Cash only. $$. (11 miles).
- Giri Cafe – Contemporary Mediterranean drinking and dining in a cozy restaurant that opens into a magical garden with sun loungers. $$-$$$. (14 miles).
- Fish Shack – Rustic shack serving simple but excellent fresh fish and seafood for lunch, right on the water. Cash only. Open daily noon-5pm or when food runs out. $-$$. (9 miles).
- Port Balansat/Chiringuito Pascual – Aside from the gorgeous family-friendly beach and great cliff-side hikes, part of Port de Sant Miquel’s charm is great food, thanks to these neighboring restaurants. Both are fabulous picks for fish and seafood. $$-$$$. (14 miles).
- Es Boldadó – Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Es Vedrà rock formation, this place not only has one of the best views on the island, but it also serves truly excellent seafood. Michelin recommended. $$$-$$$$. (17 miles).
- Musset Cafe – Some say this place does the best breakfasts: great, fresh, wholesome food, with an emphasis on vegetarian/vegan. (4 miles).
- S’Escalinata – Lounge on the steps of Dalt Vila, literally, at this cafe-bar where seating is on bean bags sprawled on the cobbled steps; expect cocktails and light bites. (8 miles).
- Bar Costa – A great all-rounder right in the center of town. Does just about everything you could want from a classic, casual Spanish bar/cafe: bocadillos, tapas, coffee, beer, wine, a cozy fire in winter, and hams hanging from the ceiling. (4 miles).
- Ibiza Rocks Bar – This youthful, often rowdy bar has gorgeous views over San An Bay. The food is good, hearty stuff (designed to replenish salts and soak up alcohol) and the cocktails are potent. Open 10am-4am daily (high season). (7 miles).
- La Torre – From the Cafe Mambo stable, this hotel’s bar-restaurant on a cliffside deck has one of the best sunset scenes, bar none. (8 miles).
- Cafe del Mar & Cafe Mambo – San An’s Sunset Strip has a range of bars to sample, but Cafe del Mar and Cafe Mambo are so well-established they are brands in themselves. DJs play epic tunes as the sun slips beneath the sea. Book to secure the coveted seaside tables. The action on the strip starts in the early evening and fizzles out shortly after midnight when the crowds move onto the clubs. (7 miles).
- TiraPallá – A vertiginous terrace bar (steep staircase to the top) with gorgeous views up to Dalt Vila. Open most of the night into the early hours for cocktails and music. (8 miles).
- Kumharas – A relaxed trippy-hippy sunset hangout with good food in Port d’es Torrent and glorious views back over San An, open 11am-3am daily. (9 miles).
- Sunset Ashram – Book a sun lounger or booth and listen to chill-out beats from live DJs as the sun goes down over the stunning Cala Conta. Reservations necessary if you want a good spot. Open 10am-midnight. (14 miles).
Entertainment Restaurants/Smaller Clubs
- Pike’s – Reading about Pike’s heyday is a bit like reciting the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, with a guest list that has included Grace Jones, Spandau Ballet, Bon Jovi, and Freddie Mercury among others. Its pool was also the location of Wham’s Club Tropicana video. Nowadays, the hotel-bar, run by the Ibiza Rocks group, does theme brunches, afternoon teas, and poolside dinner events. The bar’s open to the public but reservations are necessary for many events and for the restaurant. (6 miles).
- Lío – From the Pacha team comes a dinner show ‘extravaganza’ with cabaret, gourmet cuisine, and club nights right on the water. (8 miles).
- STK (Botafoch) – Part swanky lounge, part steakhouse, the Ibizan outpost of this US chain has entertainment every night of the week, from dancers to cabaret acts and live music. (8 miles).
- Sluiz Entertainment Restaurant – Intimate Sant Josep dinner-show with surrealist fine dining, theater, cabaret, music, and bar, run by the creators of the extravagant Sluiz megastore. Open Wednesday-Sunday (low season: Friday-Sunday) 8pm-midnight. (11 miles).
- Racó Verd – Unpretentious Mexican-inspired al fresco dining in a lovely Sant Josep courtyard with local acts. Everything from live jazz, flamenco, or folk, to DJs spinning chill-out tunes. In the daytime, this place has a boutique gift store and does brunch, lunch, and smoothies. (12 miles).
Day clubs throw parties – usually around a pool – that start in the late afternoon and go on until the other clubs begin around midnight. Most are also hotels.
- O Beach – San An’s answer to Ushuaïa, O Beach has an enormous pool (almost 6,500 sq ft) and is famous for the Hed Kandi, Kisstory, and HotBed parties. (7 miles).
- Benimussa Park – Benimussa Park really used to be a zoo, so it’s apt that its most famous night has come to be The Zoo Project. There are several different arenas (e.g. the Seal Pit and the Rabbit Hole) and a roller disco, as well as stalls, makeup artists, and performers in abundance. The party starts around 5pm. (7 miles).
- Ibiza Rocks – Drawing a younger Instagram-friendly crowd, the renovated Ibiza Rocks Hotel throws epic daytime pool parties with acts like Craig David, Stormzy, as well as the BBC Radio 1 and 1XTRA crews. (7 miles).
- Ushuaïa – Ushuaïa has become a huge brand and now has a hotel, spa, many restaurants (sushi, steak, oysters, and caviar), a shop, and more in its name. Look out for its famous ANTS party and residencies from massive DJs like Calvin Harris. (12 miles).
Ibiza’s superclubs generally run from May-October, with spectacular opening and closing parties. Not only do you have to choose which club to go to (see below as well as websites like Ibiza Spotlight), but also which particular night/event to go for. Once that’s decided, all that’s left is to plan which Discobus to get (or order your taxi), dress up, and get your credit card ready; this much fun does not come cheap.
- Amnesia – Throwing great parties to help you forget life’s sorrows since the 1980s with all the biggest DJs, immersive jamborees, as well as live performances from international artists. Famous nights include the outrageous and creative elrow as well as the La Espuma foam party and the ever-popular Pyramid. (5 miles).
- Privilege – With a capacity of 10,000 (nearly 70,000 sq ft), Privilege holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest club. In its former incarnations, this was KU club as well as the site of the Manumission night, and it still draws a large gay crowd, especially to its SuperMartXé night. (5 miles).
- Es Paradis – Es Paradis does fun, pure and simple. Water parties, neon paint parties, R&B, and reggaeton nights are on the calendar, and the inside is a dazzling maze with a garden, soaring Grecian columns, and a pyramid roof. (7 miles).
- Eden – Opposite Es Paradis, Eden and its newer sound system pump out amazing underground electronica and dazzling light shows. Former incarnations of the same club, Star and Kaos, were infamous. (7 miles).
- Heart – From the creators of Cirque du Soleil and the Adrià brothers, both Michelin-starred chefs, Heart presents guests with a 5-act dinner-club experience. Expect superlative cuisine amid avant-garde acts and music. The club’s La Troya night is LGBT+ friendly. (7 miles).
- Pacha – Legendary club that started small in 1973 but has since burst out of the island to become an international mega brand (those cherries…). Still going strong thanks to its program of resident DJs and long-running nights like the ‘authentic hippie party’ Flower Power and Monday night’s The Masquerade. Warm up at the club’s intimate and glamorous sushi restaurant (with live DJ on the decks, of course). (8 miles).
- Hï – Located right opposite its sister club, Ushuaïa, Hï keeps the party going all night with DJ residencies. Its nights are varied and imaginative (F*** Me I’m Famous!/Glitterbox/Black Coffee), as is the quirky decor. (13 miles).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
Thanks to the thousands of creatives who’ve been drawn here over the years, Ibiza is an eminently stylish place that has spawned its very own fashion styles. Look out for the terms ‘Adlib’ and ‘boho chic,’ which bring together traditional Balearic fabrics with whimsical, freewheeling flourishes. The best places to shop on the island are the port area in Ibiza Town and the gentrified town of Santa Gertrudis, a veritable treasure trove. Do not, under any circumstances, miss the concept stores Gallería Elefante and Sluiz. While many shops are ditching the traditional siesta between 2-5pm, you’ll still find it harder to shop in the afternoon. On the upside, shops stay open until 9pm or later.
- Cerámica Can Kinoto – Carme Corominas and colleagues have produced high-quality artisanal pottery here since 1978. Worth a visit. Open 10:30am-1pm & 3-6pm. (4 miles).
- Es Cuçons La Tienda – Gorgeous homeware from the stylish hotel of the same name. (4 miles).
- Aurobelle – Light, bright, whimsical, and ethically-sourced clothes in cotton and silk. Flagship store in Santa Gertrudis (4 miles), with outposts in Sant Josep and Las Dalias.
- Somm – Excellent wine shop focusing on hard-to-find small-batch stuff. Good tastings and events. Just behind Wild Beets. Closed on Sundays and other days during siesta. (4 miles).
- La Galería Elefante – More of a sensory experience than a shop, you can drench yourself in everything you need for the complete boho-chic lifestyle, including clothes, jewelry, kids’ toys, gifts, and homeware. (5 miles).
- Sluiz – From the cows hanging in the trees and outrageous parking lot signs to the cafe dripping in kitsch, Sluiz has to be experienced to be believed. An enormous warehouse, full of fantastical, fun, and fabulous clothing and homeware. There’s a cafe too. (5 miles).
- Sombrerería Bonet – Selling Ibiza’s finest selection of hats for over 100 years, this island institution is still run by the Bonet family. (8 miles).
- Charo Ruiz – Visit the flagship store of one of the founders of Ibiza’s ‘Adlib’ fashion. Ruiz’s gypsy/boho couture made with fine fabrics started on a market stall in the 1980s and has since become a worldwide brand and a byword for Ibiza-chic. (8 miles).
- Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí – This street is bursting with great stores. If you’re looking for boho chic, try Jeffrey’s or Isla Ibiza Bonita, complemented with beaded jewelry from Piedras. Meanwhile, Can Gourmet/Gourmet Bocadillos does budget-friendly, mouthwatering sandwiches with local and international delicacies such as jamón serrano, caviar, or wagyu beef. (8 miles).
- Boutique Papillon – Unassuming store that features a huge array of locally designed cotton clothing for men and women, in the island’s famous bright whites and unique block prints. Open Monday-Saturday 10:30am-2pm and 5-9:30pm, Sunday 10:30am-2pm. (13 miles).
For an overview and pictures of all the beaches, go to the official Balearic Island tourist site. Ibiza’s international reputation for being a party island does not disappoint. The island has everything from the biggest club in the world to wild costume party nights, grubby underground hedonism, and everything in between. There’s music for all tastes and the clubs are multigenerational affairs that tend to be tolerant and diverse: it’s all about having fun. For those who want to have a good time without the raving, try one of the entertainment restaurants or chill-out bars at sunset.
- Sant Antoni de Portmany & Around – ‘San An’ gets a bad rap for being flooded with young, drunk Brits, but if you can navigate your way around them (avoid the blocks around Carrer Santa Agnes), you’ll find a delightful, diverse town with excellent restaurants and a glorious bay full of little villages and coves to explore. It has some of the island’s most famous and enduring superclubs like Es Paradis and bars like the ever-popular Sunset Strip. (7 miles).
- Dalt Vila – 16th-century walled city within Ibiza Town’s old quarter with a warren of steep, pedestrianized, and cobbled streets (wear flat shoes with grip). There’s a cathedral, castle, the ancient Unesco-protected Puig des Molins necropolis and attached archeological museum, churches and little chapels, a monastery, a contemporary art museum, lookout points, and medieval bulwarks. There are a few ways into Dalt Vila but the magnificent Portal de ses Taules on the Plaça de la Constitució is by far the most dramatic. Every Friday night, you can enjoy traditional Ibizan dancing and costumes at the Baluarde de Sant Pere. (8 miles).
- Puig de Missa & Santa Eulària des Riu – Santa Eulària is a delightful city to explore with a pleasant beach and great indoor food market, but if you only have time for one thing in this area, do not miss the majestic 16th-century Puig de Missa (pweesh deh meesa). It is possible to drive up but make sure to wander around the characterful cluster of streets up there and marvel at the views. (9 miles).
- Sant Josep & Sa Talaia (hiking) – The tourist board has produced a good guide to some of the best hikes on the island, but for view-hunters, head for Sa Talaia, Ibiza’s highest peak at 1,550ft above sea level. The walk starts in the delightful town of Sant Josep, which somehow manages to fuse the best of sleepy inland Ibiza with stylish stores and eateries. 25-minute drive (12 miles) to Sant Josep.
- Las Dalias – Ibiza has long attracted people seeking an alternative lifestyle and nowhere is a more enduring symbol of their legacy than Las Dalias hippy market just outside Sant Carles de Peralta. As the market grew in popularity (it draws up to 20,000 people on Saturdays), it inevitably became more corporate: many stallholders accept credit cards and there’s even an online store. Nevertheless, it’s well worth exploring the market’s heady mix of clothes, jewelry, souvenirs, handicrafts, artwork, and more. It’s a fun place to hang out, with lots of food stalls and club/live music nights. (13 miles). There’s a much smaller version that’s slightly more authentic in Sant Joan de Labritja on Saturdays (14 miles).
- Ses Salines – Spectacular salt flats and protected woodlands. Excellent birding opportunities; you can sometimes spot flamingos. There’s an interpretation center if you want to learn more about the area. The beach of the same name is one of the island’s best. For one of the most fabulous bar-restaurants on the whole island, take the dirt path to Experimental Beach on Cap des Falcó, where you can eat and drink from the comfort of your sun lounger. 25-minute drive to Platja de ses Salines (14 miles) or to Experimental Beach (15 miles).
- Es Vedrà & Southern Beaches – The south-westerly section of the island is most famous for the stunning Es Vedrà rock formation in the sea, and it is also home to some fantastic beaches. Standouts include: Cala d’Hort – for the best views of Es Vedrà, you can go out on boat trips from here to see it up close; Es Cubells – for its magnificently situated cliffside church and off-the-beaten-track cove; and Cala Vadella – one of the most perfect little beach villages, with a crescent of sand and a pretty plaza right on the beach with all the amenities you’d need for a day out. All are a 30-40 minute drive (18 miles).
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Central Can Escandell – On the outskirts of Santa Gertrudis, this supermarket has a great selection of organic local fruits and vegetables, as well as gourmet products. Open Monday-Saturday 7:30am-9pm, Sunday 8am-2pm. If they don’t have what you need, there’s a Suma supermarket opposite. (6 miles).
Cas Gasi – The Hotel
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