It’s official. As of July 1, 2020, Spain, and therefore Ibiza, is finally open to foreigners once again! After what seems like an eternity, our airports and marinas are welcoming holidaymakers and to those who’ve been cooped up in a grey city for the duration of the global lockdowns, the allure of the verdant countryside of Ibiza is hard to resist. What could be better than waking up every day to the sounds of birds singing and treetops rustling; to the smell of home-baked bread and freshly brewed coffee wafting through the air; to the sight of the sun casting its glow over lush, green mountains and valleys? This is what you’ll get when you stay in one of Ibiza’s best Agroturismos – rural hotels that are quite often family run, places that grow and harvest their own produce and spaces that retain the authentic charm of Ibiza’s heritage. Coinciding with the opening of the borders, the Agroturismos below have also opened their doors for the season – let the ‘new normality’ commence!
Enshrouded by the fragrant zing created by 13 hectares of the stunning orange groves, Atzaró Agroturismo Ibiza has long been a luxurious Ibiza institution. The main building – an authentic, centuries old farmhouse – has been meticulously maintained by seven generations of the same family, who grew up here before expanding into the realms of hoteliers. Each of the bedrooms are painted in crisp, contemporary white, mirroring traditional Ibiza homes across the island, while colour comes in the form of bespoke paintings and of course, the vibrant surrounding scenery. With four private swimming pools, the wholesome, farm-to-fork in-house restaurant La Veranda and , the indulgent Atzaró Spa, a stay here is a masterclass in laid-back luxe.
It’s hard to imagine that the stunning Agroturismo Xereca was once a dairy farm – wandering through its pristine gardens, reclining by its contemporary pool or practicing yoga in the Balinese-style studio on the expansive grounds is a nothing less than a five-star experience. It was brother and sister architectural duo, Maria and Jordi Carreño, who transformed their family’s ancient farm into their shared vision of a high-end boutique hotel that retained touches of its island heritage, and payed homage to its roots. The interior design is truly exquisite, offering guests a restful ambience and plenty of space to call their home away from home. The in-house restaurant fuses Mediterrranean and local dishes with an Asian touch, made with love using produce from the surrounding farmland. Just ten minutes from the buzz of Ibiza town, it’s the perfect tranquil getaway for those who want to stay close to the action.
An absolutely stunning and authentic Ibiza Agrotusimo, that was once the family home of owner Lucas Prats’ grandparents, the 300-year-old traditional farmhouse at Can Lluc has been lovingly restored by the family to include 20 sumptuous rooms, all finished to the highest possible standards. Run alongside Lucas’ wife, Tina Soriano, the warm and welcoming service is what keeps people coming back year on year to Can Lluc – with some even going on to get married on the beautiful grounds. Considerate design means the private terrace of each room in the Ibiza Agroturismo boasts unspoilt mountain or sea views, plus privacy and space – essential as we adjust to the new normailty – while the sparking swimming pool at the front of the finca is the gem in Can Lluc’s crown.
As we move into this new era of travelling, holidaymakers are increasingly seeking out hotels that put sustainability and a conscious approach to business at the forefront of their brands. Can Martí, a beautiful Agroturismo tucked away in a hidden valley in San Juan, in the island’s north, is one such venue – with just eight rooms, a 100% certified organic permaculture garden, an eco-friendly freshwater swimming pool, plus a yoga platform and much more, it truly is a place for disconnection with the world, and reconnection with oneself. Set in a 400-year old finca and casitas that have been lovingly transformed into a cluster of mini-suites, it’s easy to feel at home from the minute you step through the doors here – totally immersed in nature, clean oxygen and natural beauty, it feels as though time stands still here.
If Ibiza has an oasis at its heart, Can Sastre is where you’ll find it. This stylish and chic Agroturismo, set in the rural heartland of San Rafael, is completely unassuming from the outside – drive past farms with goats, sheep and chickens, a retro hippodrome and its horses, down a tree-lined track and through a sliding gate to reach your destination. Then once you’ve gotten out of the car and walked through a huge rustic wooden door, it’s like stepping into technicolour Oz. Tropical gardens, with tall palms swaying in the breeze, lush green lawns strung with hammocks, a fragrant citrus orchard, a sparkling aqua swimming hole surrounded by plush chill-out spaces and just four spacious and beautifully decked-out suites, spread across the grounds to give you ample personal space and plenty of privacy. While it would be easy to hole up in Can Sastre for weeks without leaving, its convenient, central location makes it easy to quickly access all corners of the island for exploration.
Agroturismos are generally associated with countryside – and indeed, this can be said about Can Talaias – but there are a few very special hotels that boast a campo setting with sea views. This hilltop haven in San Carlos is one such place – a place that was declared ‘heaven on earth’ by its founder, the late British actor Terry-Thomas, when he discovered the location back in the late 60s while riding through the countryside on horseback. Over the years, the finca has been lovingly renovated multiple times, and today it offers holidaymakers a place to stay where highly personable service (the hotel remains in Terry-Thomas’ family) complements authentic Ibiza style, healthy organic food and truly breath-taking sea views. If it’s authentic Ibiza living you seek, a stay at Can Talaias is the answer.
Cas Gasi is synonymous with Mediterranean luxury here in Ibiza, and the uniquely charming Agroturismo, set in the countryside just outside of Santa Gertrudis, has been attracting an eclectic mix of guests since the owners transformed what was once their family home into a hotel over 20 years ago. Margaret von Korff, the Cas Gasi matriarch, is the creative mind behind the hotel’s romantic-chic style fused with high end luxuries. Beautiful gardens, stunning art collections, an organic vegetable garden, plush suites, an intimate spa and an all-new restaurant due to be opened to the public soon all add to the Cas Gasi charm – here, once you check in, you feel as if you are part of the family, and will be welcomed back each year with open arms.
There’s something so familiar about Es Cucons, the one-of-a-kind Agroturismo set in the famous Corona valley in Santa Agnes. Even if you’re a first timer, it’s the warm and welcoming atmosphere created by the family behind the hotel that makes it seem like a home away from home from the minute you first arrive. The ancient finca has been stunningly transformed into a chic haven of style thanks to the well-travelled owners’ impeccable eye for details – it’s got that authentic ‘money can’t buy’ cool factor that other hotels around the world try to replicate. With comfortable suites, a gorgeous swimming pool with countryside views, a unique wellness area built into a log cabin and a Bedouin tent for yoga, there’s something for everyone at Es Cucons – even if you’re not a guest of the hotel, the in-house restaurant welcomes visitors with prior reservations and on Saturday July 04, 2020, the hotel hosts a barbecue with live music to celebrate the dawn of the new season.