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An evergreen paradise in the heartlands of Ibiza – Can Lluc

The perfect place for families and couples to escape to this summer.

A haven of intimacy found at the end of a long and winding camino near San Rafael, Can Lluc is the perfect place to escape this summer.

Words: Abby Lowe | Photos: Sayana Cairo

The world is so connected these days that sometimes it can feel impossible to switch off. But if you know where to look – especially in Ibiza – pockets of tranquility remain, making them all the more special when you eventually find them. One such place exists among the heartland of Ibiza’s lush countryside, a sanctuary surrounded by fragrant pine forests and gently rolling hills. Completely off the beaten track, Can Lluc lies at the end of a long and winding camino near San Rafael. As they make their way through its seemingly endless dusty twists and turns, guests often wonder where on earth their driver is headed, only to joyfully discover the remote, evergreen paradise on the other side of the oversized gates slide when they reach their destination.

A haven of intimacy, Can Lluc is beloved by couples and families alike. Suites at the unique Agroturismo have cleverly been built with privacy in mind, so while they each boast spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, they’re also sheltered by beautifully designed gardens and high walls that conceal terraces and entrances from other guests, providing access to roam in relative solitude. Evening strolls are soundtracked by birdsong and characterised by the scent of jasmine or rosemary floating on the warm summer breeze — there’s a feeling of total calm that descends here thanks to the stunning natural setting and totally laid-back atmosphere.

When the oversized gates slide open to Can Lluc, most guests are filled with wonder at how vast, green and tranquil the sprawling grounds are.

A traditional Ibicencan finca is at the heart of Can Lluc – housing rooms and suites that have witnessed Ibiza life unfold for over three centuries. Past the pool area however, you’ll discover the set of contemporary villas that brought new life to the sprawling grounds in recent years. Hidden among the swaying almond trees and designed with minimalistic lines and floods of natural light, the villas are the ideal escape from the humdrum of modern life. New sets of conjoined villas are also available, so multiple families can holiday together and kids can run wild and free while still respecting the peaceful ambience of the hotel. What’s elemental at Can Lluc is a constant sense of grounding — the villas are an extension of what already existed: a deep feeling of connectivity to the earth.

That association between person and place only deepens during guest stays. Wandering among the remarkable grounds and magical gardens that overflow with carob, olive and fig trees that dangle low with ripe, hanging fruits, there’s a sense that time stands still and in its place comes peacefulness. Pluck a lemon from a branch or pinch a fresh sprig of herbs — at Can Lluc, it’s about appreciating the simple, authentic things in life. Lovers of nature will enjoy the 20-minute amble that loops the Agroturismo’s grounds – whether for a morning jog or a romantic stroll, hand-in-hand – or a saunter to the private hilltop cabana at sunset, the perfect spot for savouring a cold glass of champagne with some of the most incredible views in Ibiza stretched out before you.

Wake up to the sound of nothing but birdsong at Can Lluc, complemented by the fragrance of jasmine and rosemary floating through the air.

This kind of considerate detail is palpable at Can Lluc. It’s a local family business at heart and that feeling of care and attention has been passed down through generations, who’ve all welcomed guests to this stunning slice of Ibiza with open arms. Service is bespoke and completely tailored to every guest’s unique needs, which means that no request is too big or small. Call ahead if it’s a special occasion or chat to the team on arrival — at this one-of-a-kind Agroturismo, exceeding guest expectations is what they do best.

The same ethos is applied at the in-house restaurant at Can Lluc, a haven within the hotel’s grounds reserved primarily for guests. Spend time luxuriating over a long, leisurely breakfast that comes included with each stay. Made onsite with fresh produce and a big dollop of love, it’s the best way to start the day. Head there at lunch to shelter from the midday Mediterranean sun and cool down with a jug of fresh sangria or make a reservation for dinner beneath the stars that puts local, seasonal Mediterranean produce at the forefront. Or perhaps, if you’ve been out to enjoy one of Ibiza’s best restaurants for dinner, pass by for a nightcap on your way back to your villa or suite.

The luxurious grounds of the Agroturismo can also be booked exclusively for private events, activations, corporate retreats and weddings.

Now that life post-pandemic has resumed without restrictions, there’s acres of beautiful gardens and surroundings for large groups to make the most of at Can Lluc. The hotel can even be reserved exclusively, making it an ideal location for corporate events, incentives, activations and especially for destination weddings. In keeping with the hotel’s bespoke approach, the team at Can Lluc work in partnership with two of the very best caterers to create menus for such affairs. One is local, specialising in all things Ibiza, while the second is a high-level chef and catering company based in Mallorca who travel to our neighbouring Balearic island on request.

Weddings at Can Lluc are simply idyllic. Encompassed by bougainvillea and grapevines in the distance, vows are exchanged beneath the boughs of ancient trees. Not a million miles away from a fairytale, guests gather on the lawn for refreshments and nibbles, and then any space can be transformed for purpose. Lunches take place on the perfectly kept lawn, for instance, with the gnarled boughs and beautiful flowers nearby, and a fairy-lit garden bar can be set up especially for cocktails after dark. Complete wedding packages are available, and in addition to the best caterers, the hotel also works closely with a range of recommended wedding planners so that every piece of the puzzle is taken care of on guests’ behalf.

Once the wedding is over, guests have the added bonus of relaxing and unwinding in the stunning Can Lluc grounds. From the recently refurbished pool to massage and beauty treatments and yoga sessions in the wellness area, there are plenty of options for slowing down the tempo once the official ceremony is over. The happy couple and their guests have all-important space to both revel in each other’s company and explore the unique charms of Ibiza — offering an opportunity to reconnect and disconnect at the same time.

At Can Lluc, families with children are welcome to settle in, groups of friends can find peace beneath the Balearic skies, work colleagues can bond over nature in all its glory, and couples can relax in total privacy. What each type of stay has in common at Can Lluc is the deep sense of authenticity. This is real Ibiza life, hosted by true Ibiza locals, amongst the most beautiful scenery the island can offer. Breathe in the fresh country air, ground yourself in the rich red earth, soak up the glorious Ibiza sunshine and take in the stunning views that surround you. A holiday spent at Can Lluc is so much more than a luxury, it’s a feeling – one that must be experienced to be believed.