First impressions: A hectic schedule meant Miss W and her BF checked in quite late for their romantic rendezvous at Ibiza Agroturismo Can Lluc on Friday evening. Not a creature was stirring outside… but amber lights beckoned from the terrace and tantalising smells wafted from the kitchen, so we followed our noses to find a warm and cosy restaurant space, plus two very friendly faces expecting our arrival. All in all, it was a lovely, rustic and welcoming place to arrive at.
Location: In the heart of the countryside in a San Rafael valley, we navigated the dark bumpy road to the hotel via iPhone and Google Maps, but for the record, it was very clearly signposted and easy to find – we’re just tech-nerds that way! The location is in the centre of the island, meaning it’s about a (maximum) 15-minute drive from anywhere, be it beaches, bars, restaurants, shops or clubs.
The room: A very private, double superior suite called ‘Paller’, featuring rustic stone walls, dark wooden beam ceilings and a huge four poster queen size bed, that looked so inviting we were tempted to jump straight into bed. A door led out onto our own private terrace, with sweeping views of the countryside. Extra features included a huge cupboard with plenty of hangers (a welcome surprise!), television, tea and coffee making facilities, a stereo, television and minibar but the icing on the cake was the enormous bathroom, equipped with a double Jacuzzi! We’ll leave the details up to your imagination on that one… (or not!).
Price: Our room was 400€ per night (the off-season rate between October 16 and April 20), which also includes breakfast. As a guide, smaller rooms (without Jacuzzi!) start at 180€ per night and the luxury villas are 550€.
Food and drink: A continental breakfast was included, served between 9am and 10.30am and as part of a special winter offer, we indulged in the Degusta! Ibiza tasting menu for dinner, a winter weekend special comprising of a five course feast and a bottle of wine for 35€ per person (also open to the public). The meal itself was fit for a Mediterranean king (and queen!), with picture perfect presentation, superior service and the taste! To. Die. For. With local specialties to start, including sobrasada drizzled with honey, and then a modern take on fish pie (light, fluffy and with the crispiest, savoury base), but the crowning glory was a main of mouthwatering succulent pork cheek in homemade sauce, topped off by traditional Ibicenco dessert, Graixonera Flao with sorbet.
Extras: There’s a small spa where massages can be arranged, plus a steam room and Jacuzzi. The beautiful swimming pool is equipped for wheelchair access and has beautiful decking with views across the entire countryside and the complex also includes a series of snazzy villas for those who prefer a more modern approach. We were lucky enough to be given the grand tour by lovely owner Lucas, who showed us a hidden Can Lluc secret – the premier sunset watching spot up on the hill, where you can see all the way to San Antonio Bay and watch as the sun sinks into the sea. With a bottle of wine from the hotel’s very own vineyard of course!
The verdict: With just you, the countryside, peace and tranquility (plus the Jacuzzi!) Can Lluc sets the perfect scene for a loved up weekend. I think it’s a particularly great change of scenery for those who want to get away from the city, stress and totally disconnect from reality – rural Ibiza at its best. If you’re a busy type worried about having nothing to do (what a luxury!), Can Lluc’s owner Lucas is a wealth of information and can help you plan extra activities throughout your stay, suggest other places to eat, shop and give you the lowdown on island happenings.
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