Ibiza hotels: Can Talaias – Come one, come all…
Sitting high on a hill above the charming village of San Carlos in Ibiza’s rustic north is Can Talaias, an intimate, family-run Agroturismo hotel that holds appeal for families, fitness lovers, honeymooners and solo travellers alike. With just eight rooms in total, the space has an authentic home away from home feel. Think Goldilocks and the three bears – once you’ve checked in, everything is j-u-u-s-t right.
You won’t hear the sound of cars within this heavenly getaway, though surprisingly, it’s conveniently located to some impressive beaches and popular, bustling villages. Nothing but love and laughter echoes through the shared spaces at Can Talaias – in fact, you’d be hard-pressed to hear anything aside from the rustle of trees and tweets of the birds.
Can Talaias was originally the home of famed British actor Terry-Thomas in the late 60s, however in recent years, the property has been successfully run by his son Cushan and wife Laetitia, who carried the family legacy on in true Ibiza style. With two young children of their own, the couple possesses an intuitive understanding for the needs of families when staying in their hotel.
At Can Talaias, kids are surrounded by lifetime memories in the making – fun times by the pool with family and newfound friends, days spent frolicking in the countryside with the friendly pet dogs and cat (who also happens to go on walks with her canine pals!), or admiring the flock or peacocks in pens, and feeding gorgeous pot-bellied pigs in the paddock. A special kids’ corner filled with games, books and toys awaits, alongside an all-new cubby house and trampoline outdoors.
There are two suites and a superior room ideal for families who want a little extra space between mum, dad and the kids. Cots and highchairs are available on request and of course, grandma and grandpa are also welcome to stay in the rooms next door. A live-in babysitter – who also happens to be a qualified masseur – is on hand to take care of the little ones when parents need a break, be it for a beach day, romantic date or party night.
Kids are well catered to on the hotel menu – going above and beyond the standard options of chips and rice for your mini-me. Laetitia and Cushan understand the need for nutrition, particularly difficult when on holiday, and so their organic kitchen is on hand to heat up veggies for bubs or whip up a healthy kids’ meal when needed.
For families with toddlers or babies, the location is ideal as a trip to the beach is just a few minutes drive down the road, taking away any stress about packing up the car, travelling, finding parking and then the drama if you need to return home quickly. Cala Boix and Pou des Lleo are at the end of Can Talaias’s road, boasting soft golden sand and shallow waters perfect for children. The beautiful crystalline waters of Aguas Blancas, and the gentle waves of Cala Nova (the home of Atzaró Beach restaurant and beach club) are also nearby. Alternatively, kids can play in the children’s section of the hotel pool – separated from the deeper section by a giant stone for safety.
The beauty of Can Talaias is that it offers something for everyone. Lovers of health and fitness can check into the beautiful Agroturismo and enjoy yoga or personal training sessions on the lush green lawn, long hikes into the hills to take in some simply breathtaking views at all times of the day or extensive walks to beaches and nearby villages. Sunrise, early mornings, afternoons, the colourful sunset hours or magical moonrise – no matter how often you take the trails, it is impossible to get bored.
Massages are also available – amongst nature or in the comfort of your suite – when you need to sooth sore muscles, and the experienced chef plucks fresh and organic produce from his own garden, and sources other local ingredients, in order to create healthy and nutritious meals.
Can Talaias has also long been popular with creatives – harking back to its heritage, perhaps – with writers, painters and other artists often checking in to use the space to finish their masterpieces. There’s almost an unwritten rule among guests – live and let live. While there are no communal tables, many guests often end up socialising by choice and becoming friends, and for the more solitary types, there are many comfortable chilled corners to indulge in that much needed ‘me-time’.
And for those seeking some authentic Ibiza retail therapy, the iconic Las Dalias hippy market is in close vicinity – just a few minutes drive, or an enjoyable 45-minute walk through a secret back route directly from the hotel.
There’s also no denying Can Talaias is an incredibly romantic setting, which makes it popular with holidaying couples and honeymooners alike. Whether it’s taking in an amazing sunrise, magical sunset or mystical moonrise, the views are almost heaven sent. Candlelit dinners for two on the terrace, couples’ massages and the perfect central location to explore the romantic terrain of the north, it is a lovers’ paradise.
Speaking of love, weddings can also be accommodated at Can Talaias if guests secure the eight suites for a minimum stay to ensure exclusivity. Imagine, making this your home base as you prepare for your big day with your nearest and dearest. Think close-knit dinners, pre-wedding cocktails, post-wedding brunches and farewell sunset cocktails – not to mention the wedding of your dreams, of course!
Life simply flows at Can Talaias. For every different type of guest, there is a different daily itinerary. By the time families have finished their breakfast and are moving onto the pool area, newlyweds are arising late and can enjoy the terrace to themselves, or alongside tranquil health fanatics, who are enjoying a healthy brunch after morning yoga and a swim.
Later on, as the families pack up and head out for a day of adventures, couples and singles can soak up the sun by the pool. There’s something about the laidback, effortless chic of Can Talaias that means everything just falls into place, from morning until night.
There’s no greater time to experience Ibiza than the gorgeous springtime, when Can Talaias really comes into its own, in living colour with lush green grass, colourful flowers and majestic skies. Opening on April 6, 2017, early bird guests receive a special discount of 10-percent for three-day stays in April or 15-percent off five-day bookings. In May, reservations for five nights or more will be given a 10-percent discount and for extended stays, even bigger discounts can be applied – contact the hotel directly for more information and be sure to reserve soon to guarantee your space.