Life Is Good At Beso Beach

Posted on July 9, 2019

Words: Jason Eybe

We reached the last day of our three-day mini trip to Formentera, courtesy of the stunning Five Flowers Hotel and Spa and couldn’t leave the island without dropping back into one of our favourites, Beso Beach. It was the first time, in all the years visiting the island that we had ever actually stayed overnight and taken the opportunity to explore, giving us a completely different perspective of Fomenter and this was the first time at Beso we had arrived by land, having been fortunate enough to visit by private boat previously.

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Sunday is a great day to visit Beso Beach, although, to be honest, there’s never a bad time. As we walked into the restaurant, we get a completely different feeling than normal, we usually have that spectacular view behind us as we walk up to the venue. Brilliant blue sky and a sandy beach makes for quite the backdrop. The restaurant is busy and there are two or three groups celebrating birthdays so the atmosphere is livelier than we have encountered in the past. Juan is in charge of a huge serrano ham and the music is louder than usual, possibly down to the multiple celebrations, but it works, it feels just right.

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The Beso philosophy strikes a chord; the simplicity of creating a paradise where hearts and friends come together to enjoy the purest flavours, in an entertaining atmosphere in front of the sunset! Beso has created such paradises in Formentera, Ibiza, Tulum and Sitges, where people come from all over the world to enjoy this truly unique experience. The menu is a fusion of Mediterranean and Basque, which combines perfectly to deliver an authentic, mouth-watering gastronomic adventure. In Formentera, you can find Beso in the natural park of Ses Salines, a biological reserve and a place that boasts crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and more than a good chance of bumping into a genuine pirate!

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In its own words, “at Beso the palate is the protagonist”. The kitchen is where a lot of the magic happens, using raw materials of the highest quality, with recipes that come from the heart, creating a menu packed with flavour and love. Every dish is a potential headliner; we are big meat lovers and have to admit, choosing to overlook the roast shoulder of suckling lamb with garnish, served with confit potatoes was a big decision but when the charcoal grilled ‘Bilboa Berria’ T-Bone steak with potatoes and confit piquillo peppers lands, we feel fully justified. Before that however we enjoyed the serrano ham and watermelon, a fantastic combination that set the scene perfectly for the rest of our feast.

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For lovers of seafood, Beso Beach also has you covered, with a wide selection to tempt you, from the Formentera fresh spiny lobster (langouste) with garlic, eggs, potatoes and truffle, with sherry brandy oil, salt and flour, to the fresh striped pink shrimp from San Antonio cape, with charcoal coarse salt and fresh lemon or the special grilled carabinero shrimps, with coarse salt and natural lemon and finally the king crab claws cooked in sea salt and fresh lemon with tartar sauce and fresh lemon. We balanced the monster plate of succulent meat with the wild fish of the day, cooked to perfection Bilbaina style. No matter what your preference – from a range of hot and cold starters that feature black angus carpaccio with truffles, mushrooms, parmesan and basil pesto as well as seabass and shrimp ceviche marinated in lime and coriander with sweetcorn, red spring onion and mango, to the wide variety of salads, there really is something for everyone.

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If we are being honest, we had a slight case of food envy as a special paella with scarlet shrimps was delivered to the table next to us but, on reflection, we wouldn’t have swapped our choice for anything. We finished our gastronomic adventure with two desserts from different ends of the spectrum, a lavish chocolate cake and a refreshing fruit salad bowl that had to be seen to be believed. Beso Beach once again surpassed all expectations. It was the perfect end to our Formentera trip, three days that completely changed our perspective of this amazing island. It won’t be long before we return to rekindle this love affair, but, luckily for us, we don’t have to wait too long to get back to Beso Beach, as the Las Salinas destination is already a firm favourite.

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w: www.besobeach.com

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