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Hidden holidays in the heart of Ibiza

One of the most amazing things about Ibiza is just how close everything on the island really is. At 45 kilometres in length, to drive from the most northern to the most southern point of the island is extremely fast – faster than most people’s daily city commutes – and even to a seasoned local, it’s still quite surprising how much secluded countryside and how many hidden valleys are tucked away within the landscape along the way. When you hit the centre of the island, just a few minutes’ drive from the highway that connects all routes together, follow the signs down a winding camino and up over an olive grove hill to discover the magical family estate, Can Lluc – an Ibiza Agroturismo that welcomes guests from all over the world to experience authentic, Ibicenco hospitality and style.

The hotel – once the family’s farmhouse – was transformed into its current incarnation by a husband and wife team whose backgrounds couldn’t be further from hospitality back when they started, but whose love for life as hoteliers can no longer be surpassed. Owner Lucas Prats (the grandson of the property’s original owners) is actually a lawyer by trade, and for him, Can Lluc has been a 20-year labour of love. Over those two decades, the Agroturismo has expanded from the rooms within the finca, into a splendid 20-room boutique rural hotel. With a genuine passion for the island and its natural environment, coupled with the desire to share that combination with guests, the Can Lluc family project has delivered much satisfaction and success to Lucas and his wife Tina. Most recently, the hotel received recognition from the renowned boutique rural hotel website guide, Rusticae, in the Best International Product category for 2019.

Back in 2000, when Lucas and Tina made the decision to renovate the finca, there was no running water or electricity on the property. Armed with just a vision of its future potential, the couple set out to develop the family farmhouse step-by-step, firstly converting the two bedrooms in the main house, followed by the stables and storehouses, and with the later addition of six independent deluxe suites across the grounds, “In the beginning I resisted,’ admits Tina, looking back on the Can Lluc project. ‘We had young children at the time and it was a lot of work to take on, but then… I fell in love with the project too. The truth is, it’s very gratifying to be here, and so satisfying, because you meet lots of people, and you see that you are making them happy. You are sharing something that is yours and you want your guests to love it as much as you do.”

The personal touches throughout Can Lluc, in addition to its welcoming family atmosphere is certainly what attracts so many satisfied customers to return year after year. Aside from the all the luxurious elements you’d expect of a high-end hotel – think high quality bed linens, deluxe minibars, deep soal bathtubs with massage features, coffee machines and Smart TVs in every room – there is also a more relaxed and laid-back feel to the Agroturismo that truly allows clients to make themselves feel at home. Guests are encouraged to set their own schedules, in line with whatever their personal vision of a dream holiday encompasses – for example, if you’re a night owl and/or a late sleeper, there’s always somebody on hand to find you a breakfast if you find you’ve slept in past midday at Can Lluc.

Sleeping, resting and relaxing is almost always the order of the day for anyone staying at Can Lluc. Many of the hotel’s guests first discovered Ibiza in their partying 20s, and now return to the island looking for peace and tranquility – often with children on board too. Even pets are welcomed at Can Lluc – after all, man’s best friend is an important member of your family and deserves a holiday too! The careful and very clever configuration of rooms means that none of the guests are overlooking anyone else, and all of the premier suites even come with their own private gardens, complete with daybeds and outdoor showers for the ultimate in discretion and privacy. Set amongst the olives trees and palms a little further away from the older buildings, there is an expansive feel to the entire property, where gardens provide solitude and isolation when needed, with little walkways created leading to rooms or out into the campo.

Covering over ten hectares of land, the olive groves of the estate are continually being restored, and Can Lluc now produces its own olive oil – served in the restaurant, and occasionally given away as gifts to a lucky guest or two. A gently sloping footpath to the rear of the buildings leads up to a perfect spot for viewing the entire valley and beyond at dusk (or any time of the day, really!). After Tina discovered guests were heading up that way to watch sunset on their own accord, she added a Balinese bed to the top of the hill, creating a romantic viewpoint which looks out to sea over the bay of Cala Conta, just right for catching that uniquely Balearic experience, preferably over a bottle of chilled bubbly for two, which the restaurant is only too happy to supply.

Guests at Can Lluc can choose between the poolside chiringuito, or the breakfast terrace, or room service for private dining during their stay, but the in-house restaurant is a destination in itself when it comes to finding the freshest and natural ingredients, lovingly prepared using locally sourced produce as far as possible. With an indoor and outdoor terrace space, it’s a great choice for weddings, events or special occasions too. An ever evolving menu makes the most of the local seasonal harvests and dining beneath the stars is the kind of relaxed and welcoming ambience that Can Lluc has built its reputation on.

Set even further back from the stables, Can Lluc also offers a private family villa that sleeps up to five people, with its own kitchen, living and dining room and the same hotel facilities as the rooms or suites. A guest-only wellness spa with sauna, Jacuzzi and massage area is also tucked amongst the trees below the swimming pool. With so many great facilities, and so much space to accommodate guests without ever feeling crowded, it’s no wonder Can Lluc is so popular with holidaymakers, families, corporate retreats, and wedding parties alike. The authentic magic of Ibiza, tucked into a valley only moments away from its most popular beaches, villages and towns, this Agroturismo exactly sums up why so many of people from around the world are in love with this island: pure and simple perfection.

Escape to an Ibiza Agroturismo

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!

Atzaró Agroturismo Ibiza, San Lorenzo, North East

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.

Agroturismo Xereca, Puig d’en Valls, Ibiza town

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.

Can Lluc, San Rafael, Centre

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.

Can Martí, San Juan, North West

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.

Can Sastre, San Rafael, Centre

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.

Can Talaias, San Carlos, North East

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, Santa Gertrudis, Centre

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.  

Es Cucons, Santa Agnes, Centre

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.

Where to stay in Ibiza in winter

The parties are all over, and the tourists have gone home, but contrary to popular belief, life in Ibiza goes on. While the major clubs have packed away their VIP tables, and beach clubs have downed their umbrellas, many of the local towns and charming villages spring into life in winter, with seasonal festivals, saints’ days and festive markets held under glorious sunny skies in mild temperatures. Add to that a bustling foodie scene, plentiful wellness and healing events plus the odd party on the weekends, and you’ve got plenty of reasons to visit the white isle in the off-season. Finding the perfect place to stay for your winter visit can be a little tricky however, so our team of island insiders have compiled a list of the island’s best off-season hotels and Agroturísmos to make your planning a breeze.

Atzaró Agroturismo, San Lorenzo, North East

Escaping the chill of winter couldn’t be easier at luxurious rustic bolthole, Atzaró Agroturismo, in the rural north of Ibiza. Set on 13 hectares of fragrant orange groves, gardens and farmland, the centuries-old restored finca makes an idyllic and authentic retreat off-season. Thick-walled bedrooms feature secluded terraces for soaking up the morning sun, and traditional fireplaces for snuggling up in the evenings, plus luxe four-poster beds and deep soak tubs for indulgent nights. Days are whiled away at the Atzaró Spa, where the saunas, hammam, yoga and wellness classes warm the body in preparation for afternoons of massages and treatments with organic estate-grown products. In-house restaurant La Veranda offers a healthy farm-to-fork menu, full of fresh produce grown on the estate. The more energetic can enjoy guided walks and bike rides in the surrounding countryside, but with so much to explore onsite, leaving Atzaró Agroturismo probably won’t even cross your mind. Atzaró Agroturismo photography by Ana Lui Photography

Casa Maca, Ibiza, South East

Social jetsetters love the handy hilltop location of boutique hotel Casa Maca, overlooking the iconic Dalt Vila skyline. Fields of wildflowers surround the boutique hotel, creating a haven of peace and quiet just moments away from the hustle of Ibiza town. Make the most of the island’s off-season shopping sales, winter nightlife and seasonal markets, before retreating to your juniper roof beamed room and luxurious four-poster bed for rest and recovery. The hotel’s hip Airstream cocktail bar, plus its buzzing outdoor restaurant and grill are THE hangout spots for island locals, with popular Sunday Roasts, live DJs, interactive craft workshops, wellness classes and a bustling Christmas market keeping the diaries busy all winter. Best of all, readers of White Ibiza receive a 10% discount and a welcome drink on all direct reservations made before March 1, 2020 – valid for stays between now and May 1, 2020. All the more reason to stay at Casa Maca

Visit the White Ibiza hotels guide to request a room at Casa Maca

Can Sastre, San Rafael, Centre

For an intimate winter hideaway, look no further than magical Agroturismo Can Sastre. With just four spacious and stylish suites, it’s an ideal base for a group of friends or multiple families to explore the island off-season, or alternatively for couples seeking an intimate escape. Surrounded by farmland in the centre of Ibiza, close to the rural village of San Rafael, all the colours of autumn come to life in this tropical paradise, complete with citrus orchard and charming cobbled pathways leading to sun-drenched chill-outs. Scandi chic suites and spa-style bathrooms delight the travel connoisseurs, while a daily gastronomic breakfast satisfies the foodies. From Can Sastre’s central location, the breathtaking countryside walks of the north and the stunning winter sunsets of the west are within a short drive, along with the buzz of Ibiza town and historic Dalt Vila. That’s if you can drag yourself away from this oasis in the first place.

Gran Hotel Montesol, Ibiza town, South East

For an urban getaway in winter, head straight for the historic landmark Gran Hotel Montesol, presiding proudly over Vara De Rey, the pedestrianised main square of Ibiza town. Spacious and sophisticated suites with nautical overtones provide the plush setting for your stay, but with the island’s thriving bar and cafe culture right on your doorstep, you’ll want to get amongst the action quickly! The five-star hotel is in the heart of Ibiza’s main shopping district, both high street and high-end, where the winter sales are worth the cost of a flight alone. In December, the lively Christmas markets pop up in the square and you can join in the much-loved tradition of oysters and champagne after shopping. Downstairs, the hotel’s elegant Art Deco-inspired bar is a hive of activity – particularly with the local after-work crowd – and its popular contemporary restaurant is the perfect spot for evening tapas or a stylish late night dinner.

Can Lluc, San Rafael, Centre

In the heart of the island – between the sleepy villages of San Rafael and Santa Gertrudis – rural hotel Can Lluc offers luxury, comfort and peace within the grounds of a 300-year-old farmhouse, lovingly restored in an authentic Ibiza style. Lush nature including vineyards and pine forests are begging to be explored on foot in the temperate off-season months, and there’s always something new to discover in the cosy village restaurants close-by. In the hotel itself – which is also pet-friendly – the traditionally decorated rooms are fully equipped with all the latest amenities, some with traditional fireplaces for extra winter snugness, and the hotel’s spa, with sauna, Jacuzzi and massage area offers pure relaxation for your precious downtime, and there’s also a gym if you prefer to keep up the pace. The hotel restaurant is a well-kept secret amongst the locals, with international twists on Ibicenco cuisine being a speciality, ideal for sipping cocktails on the terrace in the winter sunshine.

El Hotel Pacha, Marina Botafoch, South East

Long leisurely lunches in the Marina district are a highlight of the sunny winter season in Ibiza, and a stay at the hip El Hotel Pacha puts discerning travellers in the heart of the gastronomic action. Along the front of the glistening harbour, the sun-drenched, south-facing restaurants of Marina Botafoch and Marina Ibiza draw in the crowds with special set menus or a sunset aperitivo. Boat lovers can still charter a sleek vessel – the bright clear days of winter are perfect for a trip to Formentera. Back at the hotel, suites are spacious, calm and white – perfect for relaxing after a long day of socialising. As darkness falls, the bright lights of Lío Ibiza and HEART Ibiza are within walking distance, meaning there’s no better place to base yourself if you want to experience off-season nightlife. Guests of El Hotel Pacha also receive free entry to all events at Lío Ibiza – party heels at the ready!

Can Curreu, San Carlos, North East

The popular Saturday hippie market, Las Dalias, is within walking distance of cosy and romantic rural hotel Can Curreu – set just outside the sleepy village of San Carlos. Deep in the heart of the Ibiza countryside, the beautiful hotel boasts stables for laid-back horse-rides through the campo, as well as a thermal circuit spa, with sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi and plunge pool for relaxing afterwards. The fully equipped gym and treatment rooms are perfect for indulging body and mind, while the renowned restaurant offers traditional Ibicenco cuisine served next to the hotel’s lush vegetable garden and orange groves. Rooms are typically Ibicencan in style, with plenty of space, private terraces and relaxing countryside views. With winter promotions including massages and dinner packages, plus a special Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve menu in the restaurant, there is all the more reason to check in to Can Curreu for a special time away this festive season.

Can Pujolet, Santa Ines, North West

In the rugged north-west of Ibiza, rural and rustic boutique hotel Can Pujolet is sure to appeal to those who love nature and invigorating walks in the countryside. Meandering footpaths lead directly from the stylish country hotel to spectacular clifftops with views across the island and its breathtaking coastline. The 18th century farmhouse itself is set amongst terraces of its own fertile land, with stunning vistas of the pine forest and almond tree filled valleys, which are overflowing with gorgeous white blossom between late Jan and early March, making it an inspiring time of year to visit the area. The nearby village of San Mateu hosts an unmissable local wine festival in December, while the picturesque village of Santa Ines offers cosy fireside dining all winter long – not to mention the best tortilla (Spanish omelette) on the island. From your winter base at Can Pujolet, the north of the island is wide open for exploration.

Visit the Can Pujolet website to read more and enquire
The true taste of Ibiza

From summer 2015, Tina Soriano and Lucas Prats, owners of the idyllic boutique hotel Can Lluc in the heart of the San Rafael countryside, welcome guests to the newly opened Can Lluc Restaurant; a stylish and sophisticated eatery enabling more visitors to experience the true spirit – and tastes – of Ibiza, in a haven of tranquillity. Set on the Can Lluc estate, just outside the tiny village of San Rafael and surrounded by pine forest, almond and olive trees, Can Lluc feels a million miles away from anywhere, without actually being far away at all. Tina Soriano explains, “Can Lluc is a special place; somewhere people breathe deeply, relax, feel at peace, and connect with nature. We wanted more people to experience this, so, two years ago, we started making plans to create a restaurant and event space, which hotel and non-hotel guests alike could experience and enjoy.”

The result is an elegant, and lovingly creating restaurant under the stars, which serves diners the ultimate Ibiza dining experience. A magnetic atmosphere is created with the warmth of maitre d’restaurant Julian and the sights, scents and sounds of the magical setting. Can Lluc is a place to sip cocktails as the sun sets over the campo, and ease into an evening of sumptuous Ibicenco fare. The menu includes an array of grilled meats, fresh seafood and vegetarian dishes, all made with quality, locally sourced, Ibizan ingredients, or homegrown produce such as the Can Lluc figs, almonds and wine. The new cuisine offering at Can Lluc has been heavily shaped by new head chef, Manuel Anton, appointed six months ago. As the godson of the legendary Doña Margarita (a once-famous Ibiza restaurant in the 70s, 80s and 90s), he was born to be a chef, and sent off to the mainland be trained accordingly as a youngster. Following his work at Doña Margarita, Manuel worked at the immensely successful El Naranja, Santa Eulalia and Sa Punta.

Today at Can Lluc restaurant, the Ibiza born and bred Manuel combines his love and knowledge of local cuisine with his global culinary experience. Aligned with Tina and Lucas’s desire to share the best of Ibiza, Manuel has developed a close bond of trust with Can Lluc’s owners, and together they have worked to produce “a new feeling.”  Tina fondly remarks, “Manuel sends me Whatsapps with pictures of the big fish he buys at the market each day. He is always taking care of sourcing the best produce.” The menu is based on traditional Ibicenco cuisine, with some fabulous international twists. Starters include Avocado with Mexican Salsa, where the ripe creamy avocado contrasts perfectly with the heat of chilli salsa, and Can Lluc’s own Gazpacho – a dish no Ibiza menu would be complete without! For mains, there are a selection of paellas to share, including the meaty Ibiza crab and octopus medley, simple meat dishes such as Grilled Sirloin with Mushrooms and Home Grown Vegetables (served crunchy and fresher than fresh) and an array of fish dishes, including the succulent and aromatic, Cod Confit in Vanilla Oil. An intelligently paired wine menu is available, or guests can order to suit their own tastes.

A culture’s food says so much about its personality, at Can Lluc guests can sample dishes grown in Ibiza’s soil, created by its people and in a beautiful Ibiza setting; it’s a cyclical sensory journey of the island through sight, smell, touch, sound and taste. Everything at Can Lluc is about connections, here guests connect with the island and each other through the food, and create beautiful memories.