At a glance

  • You'll love

    Island location

    Your own apartment

    Impressive cuisine

  • Kids will love

    Two swimming pools

    Nearby beach

    Bikes to borrow

  • Don’t expect

    A bath tub

    A bar

    Laid-on entertainment


Perched on the tiny Spanish island of Formentera, family-friendly Paraíso de los Pinos – a cluster of whitewashed buildings with sea-blue shutters – has everything you need for a first-class family vacation: lounger-flanked swimming pool, ultra-relaxed restaurant, stylish self-contained apartments… and a sandy beach just a short walk away.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Paraíso de los Pinos with us:

A bottle of wine in your apartment on arrival, and free bike hire throughout your stay


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Paraíso de los Pinos – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Need To Know


29 apartments.


Noon. Earliest check-in, 4pm.


Double rooms from $142.86 (€115), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €2.20 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast. Children can stay in cribs and extra beds in all apartments.


Sustainable materials are used everywhere possible, the air-conditioning turns off automatically when you open a window, and recycling bins are provided in every apartment’s kitchen.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed each year from 1 November to 30 April.

At the hotel

Swimming pools, Jacuzzi, tennis court, bikes to borrow, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

TV, air-conditioning, free WiFi, iron and ironing board, hairdryer; kitchenettes have fridge-freezers, hobs, microwaves, blenders, sinks, kettles, coffee machines and toasters.

Our favourite rooms

There’s no bad room in the house, though Premium apartment 4 has a particularly lovely view from the balcony. For extra space, opt for two-bedroom apartment 35; if you’re travelling with older children, interconnecting rooms 33 and 34 might be just right.


Keep an eye on the little ‘uns as they splash about in little wading pool (or swim lengths in the substantial swimming pool) from one of the bright white umbrella-shaded loungers… or your hot seat in the Jacuzzi. (There are no dedicated lifeguards on full-time duty, but several staffers have lifeguard qualifications.)


There’s no spa on-site, but in-room treatments can be arranged.


Don't forget to pack everyone’s goggles: the waters are fantastically clear, so mini swimmers can get a good view of their fishy friends.

Book ahead

Request your babysitter at least 48 hours in advance to make sure you don't miss out on kid-free time.

Food and drink

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The restaurant’s laid-back looks are deceiving: Marlaca, headed by chefs David Herrero Rico and Mattia Turchet, serves up food considerably finer than you might expect in such a casual setting.  

Family fare

Children are welcome anywhere, any time. Highchairs are at hand, and the kids menu has simpler Spanish dishes.

Hotel Bar

There’s no bar as such, so join your fellow guests in the restaurant to sip your rioja.

Last orders

The restaurant opens for lunch noon–4pm and dinner 8.30pm–11.30pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Each table’s as good as every other, so there’s no need to hurry to get there first.

  • Room service

    Order anything you’d like from the restaurant menu during opening hours and they’ll bring it up to you room.


    Stock your apartment’s kitchenette at the local supermarket and you’ll be free to eat whatever and whenever you like. Plus, water, juice, wine, teas, biscuits and savory snacks are already in your minibar.


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Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Paraíso de los Pinos – has been selected and approved by parents.


Available for €15 an hour; book your sitter at least 12 days in advance. Let staff know your preferred language and they’ll do their best to match you with the ideal multi-linguist.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Baby baths • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen

For older children

• Bikes to borrow


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Things to do

Los Pinos has its own tennis court – reserve it for a family match, or call in the coach.

Hotel activities

For outdoor quiet time, head to the hotel’s ‘chill garden’, where you’ll find four chic white four-poster beds among the trees. If you’re feeling more active, hit the pools or the beach, or perhaps borrow the hotel’s bikes (free when you book through Smith) and head out exploring the island on two wheels. Come prepared if there’s the chance of a rare rainy day – there’s not much in the way of indoor entertainment laid on, so BYO Peppa Pig.

And there's more…

The emphasis in this part of the world, for grown ups and children alike, is on enjoying the good life of sun and sea. Los Pinos is no exception: this isn’t the sort of place with an all-singing, all-craft-doing kids club and a dvd library to keep you entertained 24 hours a day. This is a choose-your-own-adventure sort of holiday, so pack any particular kit you might need to keep the kids busy. Plus, with a car, you can get anywhere on the island within 15 minutes or so: compare-and-contrast beach adventures are order of the day.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

One of the island’s loveliest beaches is just a 10-minute walk from Los Pinos. The local supermarket’s on the way, perfect for picking up snacks and supplies for your beach day.

Don't miss…

Hit the waters at La Savina with the Vellmarí diving school team; if you don’t need lessons, you can just rent gear. The dive centre is open from early February to late November and junior courses and equipment are available.

What’s the best thing about an island? It’s surrounded by beaches. You’ll find sandy stretches a few minutes’ walk away, and others just a short hop away by car, along with all Formentera’s historic highlights.

Feeling active? Try trekking across the island, windsurfing or kayaking with Centro Nautico Formentera, or sailing with Navegar en Formentera.

The small village of El Pilar de la Mola is the highest point on Formentera, and as such has spectacular views to make your Instagram followers jealous… and it’s also home to a great artisan market after 4pm each Wednesday and Sunday (some of the sellers might be holdouts from Formentera's hippie heyday in the Sixties). Nearby, family-run restaurant Pequeña Isla is beloved among locals for its hams (a serious business in Spain). 

Exploring Formentera’s main town, Sant Francesc? Stop for smoothies and simple snacks at Big Store on Calle Isidor Macabich. In San Ferran, for relaxed meals of simple local dishes, try Pivi. The service is speedy and friendly, the crowd is peppered with locals, and families won’t feel out of place. Also, there's plenty of fresh seafood on offer at Capri near Es Pujols. 

For dinner with a view, visit Es Molí de Sal, right on the sand and overlooking Illetes and Cavall d’En Borràs beaches from it’s spectacular terrace. The menu’s packed with classic Mediterranean dishes elegantly served, and it’s possibly the best place on the island for a cocktail. Well-behaved children are welcome and could in theory play right on the sand below your table if you’re visiting for lunch… but you’re much better off booking a babysitter and going for date night. If you’re after the jet set, they’ll be at Juan y Andrea, strolling ashore from their yachts. It's an institution of a lunch spot that draws the glittering and glamorous from Ibiza just for the meal, so book your table (and your babysitter) in advance.

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Paraíso de los Pinos
Es Mal Pas, Sant Francesc Xavier, Formentera, 07860
Hotel setting

Balearic island paradise

Getting There

You’ll find Paraíso de los Pinos just off the north coast of the island, just over 10 minutes’ drive from the town of San Francesc Xavier.


Touch down at Ibiza Airport, the main point of arrival for the islands. From there, hop on a ferry to Formentera. There are year-round flights from London Heathrow and City airports, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and major Spanish cities, and seasonal services from almost every European destination you can name.


If you decide to rent a car (handy for exploring the island) you’ll find free on-site parking at the hotel. Pick up your ride in Ibiza and drive it on to the ferry, or have Paraíso staff pick you up on arrival on Formentera and have your hire car waiting at the hotel.


Ferries leave Ibiza from various spots: the main port is in Ibiza Town, and boats leave every half hour in high season.

Parent travel tip

You don’t technically need to book your place on the ferry from Ibiza in advance, but at busier times of year it might save you a wait (especially if you’re in a car).


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Paraíso de los Pinos – has been selected and approved by parents.

For a great-value family holiday under the almost-guaranteed Balearic sun, it’s hard to beat Paraíso de los Pinos: you’re essentially on your own for entertainment, sure, but with the pools, the beach, and an entire island at your disposal you’re off to a pretty good head start. Borrow the hotel’s bikes and explore, if you like, or just lounge by the pool sipping cocktails while the little ones splash.… or, why not hit the tennis court? (Book the coach if you fancy your kiddo following in the footsteps of local hero Rafa Nadal, who hails from just an island or two over). And when you’re hungry, the choice is yours: far finer dining than you’d expect from such a family-friendly setting is on offer at hotel restaurant Marlaca, and back in your serenely minimalist apartment you can cook up a Spanish storm in your handy kitchen.

Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Paraíso de los Pinos in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The staff were so helpful. The apartment was already equipped with black out blinds, a high chair, cot and baby bath on our arrival. There is a beautiful air of tranquility and is very well main yes. The whole island is just beautiful. Hire a car and explore.

Don’t expect

Much choice in the menu or daytime snacks. The food is quite elaborate and not great for children food wise.

Rating: 9/10 stars