Casa Pacha Makes a Splash in Formentera

Welcome to Casa Pacha: the new hotel brings a haven of bliss and a legacy of footloose glamour to the Balearic island of Formentera


“Ibiza has a concentration of the best clubs in the world, each with different characteristics and all within a couple of miles of each other. Pacha was kind of the first one and has always had this unique juxtaposition of glamour and club kids all in one place,” says the big daddy of dance music, Pete Tong, who took up a five-year residency at Pacha in 2000 creating the Pure Pacha nights. His extraordinary experience as superstar DJ, radio host and music producer is being tapped by Pacha at bliss haloed hotel, Casa Pacha, on Ibiza’s sleepy sister island, Formentera. 

Here, guests might find themselves waving at the ravers on Ibiza from a rattan lounger, sundowners in hand, reminiscing about epic nights out and foam parties, and ready to immerse themselves in nightlife once more - albeit in a more luxurious way. Tong, now 60 and a multimillionaire, was invited to this bricks-and-mortar venture by Pacha Group’s CEO, Nick McCabe, a hospitality entrepreneur who oversaw the international expansion of the Hakkasan group of dining, nightlife and hotel brands as CEO (2017-19). “The wealth of insight he could offer was massive,” says McCabe alongside Tong’s sonic branding, of course.

A bedroom terrace at Casa Pacha

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@casapachaofficial // Instagram

Casa Pacha

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The result is Casa Pacha – just 16 rooms each fitted with vast beds, polished concrete floors, top notch AV systems, natural wood and soothing sage and pale grey hues. The inhouse design team collaborated with local artisans to create a ‘home from home,’ with a bar, resto area and beach club that looks out over Migjorn beach dotted with natural wood chairs and ceramic planters. The music curation and entertainment programming is where Tong comes in with his subtle selection. “Guests might want a pre-cursor before a night out at Pacha or they might stay with their feet in the sand eating grilled fish,” says McCabe. “We have been careful to plan everything with respect to the natural environment and the hotel does feel like a product of its surroundings. It’s about being a good citizen on the island,” says McCabe.

Pacha’s roots date back to 1967, when nightlife entrepreneur Urgell first opened the namesake club on the mainland in Stiges, Barcelona. In Ibiza, Urgell invested in an old finca on the outskirts of the old-town and opened Pacha in 1973. It was a risk, but people soon got a taste for the footloose glamour. Guests, jet-set and hippies side by side, danced like wild-fire spirits in the labyrinth of white rooms that range from the intimate to the capacious, with roped off enclaves for VIPs, a sunken dancefloor and open-air terraces. Like Annabel’s in London, or Chez Castel in Paris, there was a delicious sense of decadence and tip-top service. 

Casa Pacha represents a timely gloss-up of the famous cherries and, with Tong’s thoughtful immersive music, it will become a haven for us all as we seek out newtopia this summer.


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