Cas Gasi review
Boutique wellbeing hotel on Ibiza
The Quick Read: People come back each year and sometimes stay for months at this family-run, very private 12-roomed hotel, where owner Margaret is a gracious and easy going host. A large shuttered stone house with pretty, flower-filled gardens and terraces near Santa Gertrudis, it has a decent sized pool (plus a smaller one for kids) and a little Moroccan-themed spa, where everything from a facial to a full blown private wellbeing escape can be arranged with the resident spa manager and yoga teacher. There’s also a free morning yoga class every day during summer on the open air yoga deck. Come to paint, read, finish your novel, get some head space or relax and do absolutely nothing.
More on the spa: The terracotta-coloured, Moroccan-themed spa has showers, a sauna and a large, olive-green tiled jacuzzi with a colourful glass chandelier hanging in the space above it. You have private use of it – they’ll even put on some opera if you want. There’s also a separate gym.
More on the treatments: Cas Gasi’s resident therapist offers a range of pampering and holistic treatments. Massages take place in an open air curtained off shala across one of the lawns, or if you prefer, and on chillier days, in the spa. Read a word from the queen on our stay.
More on the wellbeing breaks and activities: There are week-long retreats happening throughout the year, including a juice detox, a yoga and healthy eating retreat or a holiday to kick-start your exercise regime. They also work with a team of local professionals to help you plan a private wellbeing escape, which can include specialized massages and beauty treatments, personal training, yoga and Pilates. If you want to get out, everywhere is within 20 minutes or so. The lovely long Sallines beach is great for power walks and sunbathing (at one end of it you can swim naked if you so choose), while nearby Santa Gertrudis is good for other restaurants and a spot of boutique retail therapy.
More on the yoga and detox retreats: From a one-day retreat to a 10-day package, Cas Gasi can devise an individual yoga and detox holiday programme for you, based on a meeting with the team when you arrive. They then build your experience around two private yoga classes per day (which include meditation and breathing techniques) and a daily therapeutic massage. Resident yoga teacher is Marie Laure Lasry, who teaches Anusara-inspired Hatha Vinyasa yoga, and has 15 years teaching experience. Cas Gasi’s chef will work with a nutritionist to create a delicious vegetarian meal plan for you, using produce grown on site in the Cas Gasi organic gardens wherever possible.
More on the outside: The spacious gardens have hideaways where you can chat, read or sleep, including hammocks, wooden lounger chairs painted in a lime green and a large day bed clothed in pretty muslin. Sunbathe by the large and lovely pool and enjoy views across to the countryside – there’s also a small children’s pool in a separate area. Flowers and plants are everywhere, from the fragrant night groom growing in the bushes to rows of cactuses and giant pots of flowers on the terraces.
More on the inside: In the central, homely sitting room you’ll hear classical music during the day, and more funkier tunes in the evening – there’s a white piano piled high with glossy magazines and plenty of sofas to sink into with a good book. The roses are marvellous – there are vases of them everywhere, soft and colourful and with a real roses scent. Decor is cossetting, with nothing showy – you can expect good solid furniture, objets d’art, juniper wood ceilings and hand crafted terracotta floors.
More on the bedrooms: There are just 12 individually decorated ensuite bedrooms inside the main house or in little converted outhouses with soft white bed linen and Penhaligons toiletries. We particularly love the green suite inside the main house for its Moroccan-style blue and white bathroom, its large spacious dressing area, its window opening onto a balcony, its wooden desk ( a family heirloom) and its little reading room packed with books – a lovely option if you want time to paint, write or just ponder the meaning of life.
More on the food and drink: There’s one dining area with an inside-outside terrace though you can eat wherever you choose. Breakfast is a buffet with various Ronnefeldt teas, good coffee, cereals, fruits from their own orchard, salmon, cheeses, hams and their home made breads. They can also cook you eggs (fresh from their own hens) any way you like them, as well as bacon, spinach and porridge on request.
Lunches and dinners are super – dine off the likes of mediterranean lamb, avocado and tomato salad in a coriander and Tabasco dressing or salad leaves from their garden drizzled with their own home-pressed olive oil. Their gazpacho is the tastiest we’ve tried – they make their own tortillas too.
Ask ahead if you’d like Cas Gasi’s ayurveda-trained chef to prepare a cleansing menu. If you’d like to detox, the chef will work with a nutritionist to create a delicious vegetarian meal plan for you, using produce grown on site in the Cas Gasi organic gardens wherever possible.
Fellow guests: Well-heeled travellers from around the world seeking rest and tranquility.
What’s queenly: The privacy – you won’t get bothered by visitors dropping in for tea or drinks only guests have a key to the main gate, and for all you celebrities (or normal people) out there who want to hide away, there’s deliberately no guest book.
What’s lowly: There isn’t a snack menu, so if you want something quick or lighter than what’s on offer on the gourmet menu, just ask.
Costs: B&B costs from €320 (approx £245) per room per night. A 3-night retreat costs from around €1500 (approx £1050) and a 7-night retreat from €2150 (approx £1650) per person sharing.
Getting there: As it’s so centrally located, Cas Gasi is about 20 minutes from just about anywhere you might like to go on the island, including the airport.
Reviewed by Caroline Sylger Jones
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