Away from the megayachts and superclubs, the big Ibizan trend of the past few years has been the growth in popularity of “agroturismos”, rural hotels created from old farmhouses or set on still-working farms. Dominique Lacroix, one of the island’s best-known guides, picks five of her favourites.
Can Gall, near Sant Joan
A working farm growing lemons, oranges and vegetables, this is a great place for those with children. Owner Santi Mare has two boisterous boys, aged eight and four, who join in the fun and the whole place has a very relaxed atmosphere.
The 200-year-old farmhouse is near some of the island’s most challenging cycling routes so it is also a good option for active types looking to explore. But if a more relaxed tempo is required, you can simply linger over one of Mare’s lunches featuring jamón Ibérico, manchego cheese, local bread and wine all served on the terrace overlooking the green rolling hills.
Doubles from €243 including breakfast (all rates quoted in this piece are valid for the summer season); www.agrocangall.com
Can Curreu, near Sant Carlos
This agroturismo, in the verdant north-east of the island, is one of the originals and still the best. Known for its immaculate grounds and well kept buildings, the traditional white cubic rooms are peaceful, cool and private. The restaurant, which is open to non-residents, is renowned island-wide and offers fine dining using Ibicencan produce. The hotel overlooks the popular weekly hippy market at Las Dalias, which sells handicrafts and traditional “adlib” fashion (the flowing white dresses and so on that have become the Ibizan look).
The hotel also has its own stables, and guests can take guided rides exploring the countryside or along the beach, just a 15-minute ride away. Or for those just looking to relax, the intimate spa offers soothing treatments using Ibicencan salt and a hydrotherapy suite overlooking the orange groves.
Doubles from €297 including breakfast; www.cancurreu.com
Atzaró, near Sant Llorenç
With just 10 rooms, this is arguably the most spacious hotel on the island, with many a secluded corner to retreat to. The rooms all have their own private terrace with day beds and loungers and are decorated with handpicked south Asian pieces.
The Balinese-influenced spa is popular with residents and non-guests alike, as are the yoga classes that take place overlooking the almost Olympic-sized pool.
The restaurant and cocktail bar are buzzing throughout the summer months with a very glamorous but grown-up crowd that enjoys the fine dining served on site.
Can Lluc, near Sant Rafael
Lucas Prats and his family inherited this farm and vineyards in the centre of the island, and they have painstakingly restored it. Guests have the option of staying in rustic rooms in the original building complete with juniper-beamed ceilings and small windows to keep out the summer heat, or they can try out the new ultra-modern, larger villa-style rooms that opened last year and have private gardens and kitchen facilities.
Prats treats guests to his homemade country wine, which can be enjoyed on the terrace under the bougainvillea, while his chef serves perfect local rice dishes and fresh fish.
The farm is ideally located for those wanting to enjoy Ibiza Town, which is just a 15-minute cab ride away. The agroturismo is quiet and secluded but also just up the road from the popular hangout El Ayoun, which serves good cocktails and food.
Doubles from €324 including breakfast; www.canlluc.com
Can Martí, near Sant Joan
Can Martí is a 400-year-old finca which has been beautifully restored as an agroturismo, and sits amid 17 hectares of farmland. The family-run property offers four individually designed apartments, each sleeping between two and four people.
The farm, which is run on ecological principles, has an orchard, aromatic herb garden and farm shop where guests can buy homegrown produce, jams and wine.
Two-person apartments from €1,330 per week; www.canmarti.com
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