Ibiza hotels: Es Cucons – Pre-season magic

As the island awakens from its new year slumber, all eyes turn to the Corona Valley in Santa Agnes. It’s during this period that orchards boasting thousands of almond trees blossom into a spectacular blanket of white flowers, casting a sense of mystery and magic over the area. Nestled within the same valley is Es Cucons, the luxury boutique Agroturismo known for its warm and attentive service, beautiful gardens and country-chic interiors plus a clued-up clientele comprised of creatives, jetsetters and Ibiza lovers.

For over 17 years, the hotel – run by owner María Rodríguez Castán and Pasi Kulju with much passion and pride – has provided sanctuary in the north to those who seek to escape the hustle of island life, offering an authentic style of living combined with all the luxuries a discerning modern traveller would expect. In 2018, as the almond blossom comes into full bloom, Es Cucons is opening its doors early, for a series of unique pre-season experiences, inviting intrepid holidaymakers to discover the pleasures of Ibiza in winter and early spring.

There is no greater destination for a late winter or early spring getaway than the stunning Corona Valley in Ibiza, where the almond blossoms blanket the fields in white and Es Cucons provides a home away from home.

For the long weekend between Thursday February 15 and Monday February 19, 2018, Es Cucons has designed an exclusive event with options for two and four-night stays – also ideal for romantic Valentine’s getaways. Guests receive accommodation in a gorgeous double superior room and daily breakfast with homemade specialties from Ibiza, and a cocktail prepared by beloved bartender Angelo before dinner. In addition, local outdoor experts Rockid take you on a guided nature walk through the stunning valley while the almond blossom is at its peak, and bicycles are available should you prefer to explore at your own leisure.

Sunday lunch complete with entertainment by a live Flamenco band is included in the package – a truly unique experience that should not be missed. In keeping with the Es Cucons family’s Catalonian heritage, a traditional ‘Calçotada’ is prepared using time-honoured recipes that have been handed down through the generations. Taking place in the outdoor barbecue area, hundreds upon hundreds of sweet calçots (a type of spring onion) are char-grilled on the open fire before being served on terracotta tiles with a rich Romescu dipping sauce. And finally, to ensure you really relax into the slower pace of winter life, a relaxing 45-minute massage for two people is also included, with access to the panoramic sauna circuit.

If spring is your thing, then mark March 8 to 11, 2018 in your diary as Es Cucons is set to host an all-new healthy retreat. The experience has been designed to offer guests a healthy holiday under the guidance of chef and nutritional coach Adriana Molina alongside wellness experts and professional therapists Melanie Jane and Alba Castán. You’ll be served fresh and tasty cuisine designed to nourish the body and soul, and take part in two cooking classes with Adriana so you can take tips, techniques and nutritional advice back to your own kitchen.

Daily yoga sessions are held within the beautiful grounds of Es Cucons – with stunning views over the valley, it is the most peaceful way to start the day. A highly effective lymphatic drainage treatment plus additional therapies continue to care for your body, and guests also receive access to the panoramic sauna circuit. As opposed to super strict health and fitness retreats, there are no rules or regulations at Es Cucons – if you feel like a glass of wine at the end of the day, you’re encourage to enjoy! It’s all about making the most of your precious holiday time.

Es Cucons have a relaxed approach to healthy retreats. By day, practice yoga, eat healthily and try cutting-edge wellness and body treatments. By night, relax by the fire with a glass of wine. It is a holiday after all…

As Easter appears on the horizon, Es Cucons officially opens its doors for the season on March 22, 2018. To celebrate the Easter week – known in Spain as Semana Santa and a truly wonderful time to visit the white isle – a special Easter Getaway pack is on offer, including (minimum) four nights’ accommodation, buffet breakfast, a candlelit dinner for two and access to the sauna, plus the invitation to celebrate alongside the Es Cucons family for the fun, family-friendly Easter Sunday event.

The day begins with egg hunting for the little ones, with a babysitting service available so mums and dads can kick back and enjoy their day. Brunch and appetisers are served up in the gardens, followed by a sizzling barbecue and typical Ibicenco fideua (similar to a paella but made using noodles) with plenty of fresh salads plus a dessert buffet for those with a sweet tooth. A fabulous live band keeps you entertained for the event, and as the stunning spring weather sees the Es Cucons gardens bathed in glorious sunlight, you may even be tempted to have a pre-season dip in the pool!

As the season progresses, the in-house restaurant will introduce a regular tapas night, based on the popularity of special themed events last year and as the season starts to wind down in November, the hotel focuses again on hosting wellness retreats. As with every year, Maria and her team continue to organically improve on the authentic Ibiza style of Es Cucons and 2018 is no exception. A room renovation here, a chic decoration upgrade there, fresh decking, elegant new furnishings, eclectic art, a table tennis table – the hotel is constantly evolving like a beautiful work in progress, however to those who call it their home away from home, it will always be a masterpiece.