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The most romantic hotels in Ibiza

For most of us finding love can be a big enough chore in itself, let alone trying to keep that love alive for any length of time. Thankfully that’s when Ibiza can safely come to the rescue and do what it does best. Even the hardest of hearts cannot fail to be touched by a shared romantic sunset shared or a lazy leisurely day together by the side of a shimmering swimming pool. Away from the bustle and stress of everyday life, lovers can find their private world again, and reconnect over cocktails, a secluded dinner, or a walk in the countryside – alone and yet together at last. Some of the best hotels in Ibiza have offer the perfect couples’ escapes, with attention to the smallest of details and care in providing discretion and privacy so that your holiday for two can be a fairy-tale all of your own.

Es Cucons, Santa Ines, North West

With its white-washed walls and traditionally built-in shelves and beds, the rooms at Es Cucons, in the charming Santa Ines valley in north west of Ibiza are straight from a whimsical fairy-tale. Painted wooden shutters, or half-stable doors all add to the romanticism of this gorgeous and tranquil Agroturismo, which is truly nestled in nature settled amongst acres of almond trees and pine forest. Around the green lawn surrounding the swimming pool, discretely curtained daybeds shelter lovers from prying eyes, whilst the intimate spa to the rear of the hotel is a dreamy place for a couple’s massage, a sauna or a dip in the plunge pool to admire the valley together at sunset. The garden restaurant provides countless candlelit corners for a dinner for two, so there’ll be little reason to leave your love bubble once you arrive.

Cas Gasi, Santa Gertrudis, Centre

Described by one magazine reviewer as feeling like a friend’s stylish hacienda, luxurious boutique hotel Can Gasi remains one of Ibiza’s best kept secrets despite its 20-year history on the island. Wonderfully discreet and private, the 12 unique rooms and suites – set in the heart of the countryside near Santa Gertrudis – feature living areas, Moroccan themed lounges or their own libraries, adding to the overall sense of staying in a secluded – and extremely decadent – family home. Owner Margaret Von Korff personally oversees every little detail, from the interior design and imported Italian linens on the feather-topped beds, to the hydro-massage baths in the Deluxe Suite, and the creative seasonal menu served in the intimate restaurant. For a romantic escape for two, cocooned in nature and divine indulgence, Can Gasi is the perfect place to create your holiday love nest. Truly the hotel for lovers.

Can Martí, San Juan, North East

Eco-conscious lovers head into the wilderness for a romantic retreat at sustainable Agroturismo Can Martí. Nestled in its own magical valley not far from the bohemian village of San Juan in Ibiza’s north, the family-run finca has an agricultural history dating back over 400 years and has been loving renovated in a traditional and environmentally friendly way. A natural and chemical-free swimming pool is kept clean with lava stone filters and an oxygenating waterfall, while fresh organic produce is available from the farm for you eat under the stars or to prepare in your own kitchen if you prefer. From yoga in nature, to a massage under a pergola, if your vision of romance involves the soothing flutter of dragonflies and the sweet chirping of birds, then Can Marti is your dream come true.

Ca Na Xica, San Miguel, North West

Sleek and stylish, rural hotel and spa Ca Na Xica is a spot for lovers to be wooed by luxury. The countryside estate, on the outskirts of San Miguel, boasts 14 recently built premier suites, with private terraces, unspoilt views across the campo, plush two-metre wide beds, and every little luxe mod con that could be considered, from bluetooth soundbars to LED mood lighting. Your romantic escape might be rural, but with award-winning restaurant Salvia right on site, and a choice of professional therapists on offer for massages and more, there’s nothing rustic about a stay at this stunning location. Surrounded by carefully tended gardens of fragrant lavender and colourful flowers, the peace and tranquility of this oasis for lovers is a luxury everyone deserves to be spoilt with.

Can Talaias, San Carlos, North East

To truly escape into a romantic bubble for two, mountain-top finca and Agroturismo Can Talaias feels like it’s on top of the world, with breath-taking panoramic views stretching far out to sea, and overlooking the village of San Carlos in the far north of the island. Originally the island bolthole of iconic British actor Terry Thomas and his wife Belinda, the hotel is now owned and managed by his son Cushan and partner Laetitia, who have created a relaxed and friendly home-away-from-home for guests in any of their eight individually styled rooms or suites. Carefully and lovingly restored over the years into a spacious and spread-out estate, the old farmhouse trademarks of terracotta tiles and exposed stone walls evoke a calming sense of history, whilst the epic vistas from your own private terrace cannot fail to impress and awe. Love at first sight indeed.

Agroturismo Xereca, Puig d’en Valls, Ibiza town

A firm favourite for island nuptials, Agroturismo Xereca, tucked into a valley close to Ibiza town, is also home to one of the island’s last surviving windmills. Now converted into a very romantic and private poolside luxury shower, the intimate boutique hotel is packed full of charming original features like this, making it a joy to discover for adventurous lovers. The close proximity to the island’s main city makes this a great choice for those who love both worlds; find romance over dinner or wandering the old streets of Dalt Vila, before returning to your countryside retreat just a few minutes away. Brother and sister architectural team Maria and Jordi Carreño have created a calming blend of traditional features mixed with minimalist design, sure to guarantee a restful stay with the sweet dreams all round.

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
Following a dream

In life, it’s often said that when making decisions we rely on subconscious hints from one of two things – our heads or our hearts. One provides the logical reasons for an action, while the other takes into consideration the surrounding emotions, and somewhere in between we negotiate a decision. But this theory overlooks perhaps the most powerful instinct of all – that of our gut feelings. For Dutch/French couple Sophie and Jerry, this internal intuition kicked into gear when they first stumbled upon the 18th century farmhouse (that was also an iconic gay hotel in the 70s), that would ultimately become their luxury Ibiza hotel, Ibizazen, and it’s this that draws their guests back time and time again, for seven successful years now.

Set among the lush Santa Eulalia countryside and yet just a short 200-metre walk from the nearest stretch of sand, Ibizazen is an Ibiza boutique hotel with difference. Completely lacking pretension and dedicated to seamless, first class service, here guests are encouraged to make themselves completely at home. With only a handful of rooms, it’s an intimate space – somewhere to switch off from the outside world and revel in the surrounding beauty; a place to collect moments, thoughts and ideas without ever having to leave the comfort of a sun lounger. It offers sanctuary away from the pace of modern life, and that was always very much part of Sophie and Jerry’s plan.

“We wanted to create an oasis of peace,” explains Sophie. “The most important thing is that people feel comfortable. The idea is that guests can come and escape their hectic lives.” While this sense of freedom is now palpable at Ibizazen, their first impressions of the space were different. “As soon as I saw the place I fell for it immediately – all I could think was wow, it’s going to be great,” smiles Sophie. “But Jerry was very practical about it – it’s only after we walked down to the boulevard and the beach, and he realised this was the perfect location, when he actually said yes.”

Jerry’s reticence is understandable when you consider that owning a boutique hotel was initially his dream, and therefore he had avery clear vision. He met Sophie, who originates from France, in Amsterdam, where they both lived, but made it clear early in their relationship that he didn’t want to stay there forever. “At first I thought: whatever, we’ll see!” she laughs. “But then as events in our lives transpired, his dream became mine. Life can be so unpredictable so you really do have to go after your dreams. In the end we both thought what’s the worst that could happen?” It’s a thought process that put a chain of events in motion and after a period spent travelling the world, from Nicaragua to Curacao and back to Portugal and finally Spain, Ibizazen popped up on the horizon.

“We had a very strong vision of what we wanted in terms of a boutique hotel concept,” explains Sophie. “We are diehard travellers, so we were travelling, we’d write down all of the things we encountered that we liked, and there was always something new in every country we went to.” This little book was always consulted when drawing up plans for their own hotel, and it went on to form the foundations for what Ibizazen stands for. “We wanted to create a place that we would have chosen as holiday accommodation ourselves,” Sophie says. “It had to be somewhere serene with a holistic touch, where you could feel at home.”

This is partly achieved through the setting of Ibizazen alone. Surrounded by impressive landscaped gardens, various lounge areas, yoga and workout decks, and with a stunning pool at its centre, the space oozes relaxation. But there’s something else about it – thanks to brightly-coloured statues and one-of-a-kind furniture, it sings of foreign lands, transporting guests to a new space both physically and mentally. “The decoration is inspired by Asian and African countries,” Sophie explains. “We also use a lot of recycled materials. The boats that you see were sourced in Indonesia – we bought them from local fishermen.”

It’s no accident that Asian style was a big influence on the Ibizazen concept –both Sophie and Jerry are huge admirers of that part of the world, its culture and religion. “In Asia, meditation and yoga are naturally part of daily life,” says Sophie. “Besides that, people naturally understand hospitality. They truly know how to make people feel at home.” This approach is mirrored at Ibizazen, where Sophie and Jerry extend warm welcomes to everyone. “We try to listen to our guests and ask them what they expect from their stay,” she says. “We even know many of them by name.” In fact, such is the importance of this aspect to Ibizazen that Sophie and Jerry try to impart their ethos to every staff member, hoping that their innate sense of hospitality trickles down to each member of the team.

Inspired by this feeling, Ibizazen is relaunching its weekly table d’hote soirees for guests to enjoy this summer. “We know there are so many restaurants nearby,” says Sophie. “But we’re doing it to enance guests’ experience with us – everyone shares amazing food and stories while sitting around the same table. It’s another special moment to remember from their time with us.” This dedication to the guest experience makes Ibizazen a truly exceptional holiday destination. More like staying at a private villa than a hotel – though with all the luxuries accompanied by the latter – its authenticity really resonates. “The biggest compliment we ever have is when people arrive exhausted and stressed, then after they spend a short time relaxing here, they say they never want to leave,” concludes Sophie. “Our ultimate goal is to create a home away from home for our guests, or even better, a hotel for people that don’t like hotels.” And the best way to achieve that? “Do everything from your heart,” she smiles.

A soul soothing escape

Nestled within the blissfully quiet Corona valley on the way to the north-west enclave of Santa Ines, Es Cucons is a stylish Ibiza Agroturismo that has been welcoming guests from all over the world since its inception in the year 2000. This is the part of the island you should head to if your idea of heaven is the sound of silence, with only sonic interjections from Mother Nature herself, (birds, frogs, cicadas, and rustling trees) as opposed to the four-to-the-floor beats that take over much of the island in summer.

Es Cucons soothes the soul, from the very first minute you step onto the stone path leading you towards the authentic finca and its charming ground – a feeling that once experienced, will never be forgotten. Inside thick, cool walls of the ancient finca, guests find themselves enveloped in a comforting pashmina of calmness. Stop, breathe, feel and reboot as the enchanting ambience of Es Cucons washes the stress from your bones; slowly, you will feel your soul start to sing again. The outside world falls gently away, as must-do lists and pre-ingrained behaviours give way to a feeling of deep, still presence and effortless relaxation. Everything about this enchanting space tells you to stop trying so hard. Just stop. Just be here. Just be.

The owners of Es Cucons experienced that same sense of life-changing calm when they discovered the 16th century finca in 1997. At the time, it was nothing more than a ruin, neglected over the course of a few lifetimes, but the family – who hail from mainland Spain but spent summer holidays in Ibiza for decades – could see its potential to fulfil their dream of opening a boutique hotel on their beloved island. It was love at first sight, and the family set to work restoring the property, breathing new life into the bones of the building and transforming the grounds and gardens into the heavenly Agroturismo it is today.

Fast-forward 19 years and Es Cucons is both world-renowned yet somehow still considered an insiders’ secret, due to the word-of-mouth nature of recommendations and the discreet nature of its clientele. With only a handful of double rooms and exclusive suites, the hotel is quick to book up each summer, with most loyal guests returning year on year, considering the hotel their Ibiza home away from home. No two rooms are alike, with details such as chill-out areas, claw-foot bathtubs, private sun terraces and even outdoor showers giving each space a sense of unique character. Warm, personal service is all part of the package – many of the team members at Es Cucons have been in the hotel’s employ for years.

On the cusp of the summer season every year, when the weather is blissfully warm but never too hot, Es Cucons is also the chosen venue for a selection of inspirational and transformative retreats. Leading wellness practitioners, nutritionists and yoga teachers from all over the world bring groups of like-minded people to Es Cucons to be immersed in the hotel’s deeply restorative ambience. The yoga deck and the private log cabin with sauna, spa and plunge pool is set a short distance away from the main building of the hotel, guaranteeing blissful ‘me-time’ in the middle of nature, while the hotel kitchen can accommodate nurturing meal programs to suit the style of retreat.

Speaking of the hotel restaurant, it’s here that Ibiza residents also get the opportunity to enjoy some of the Es Cucons magic – the space is open to the public (via reservation only) for lunch, dinner and special events such as barbecue evenings and tapas nights. Head chef Cristian González Expósito is at the helm of the kitchen, serving up a creative menu, plus daily specials, inspired by his love of fresh, seasonal and local Mediterranean organic produce. Whether it’s a luxe lunch, a romantic date night or a fun celebration with a group of friends, the magical garden dining space is an unforgettable setting.

The true attraction of Es Cucons is its feeling of authenticity. It takes you back to the Ibiza of old, where a laid-back ambience is fused with luxurious home comforts to create a heavenly haven unlike anywhere else in Ibiza, or indeed, the world. It’s a place where well-travelled families holiday side-by-side with supermodels, business people and creatives from all over the world; a place where everyone is equal, everyone is welcome, and everyone is treated like family.

Visit the White Ibiza hotels guide to read more and enquire with Es Cucons
Where worlds collide

Just a few steps away from the glossy, bustling hub-bub of Marina Botafoch is Mikasa Ibiza – an intimate boutique hotel offering distinctly urban vibes in a central yet beachside location. The ultimate city bolthole, Mikasa Ibiza has won the hearts of many an Ibiza traveller since its inception just last season thanks to its beautifully appointed rooms, breath-taking views, friendly and warm service, plus impressive culinary offerings that have also become a favourite of clued-up island foodies.

Located on a tiny side street with valet parking to make your visit a breeze, Mikasa Ibiza was created by the dream team from Ibiza My Love – who are also behind perennial beach club favourite Beachouse Ibiza and the enchanting Finca La Plaza restaurant in Santa Gertrudis. Drawing on the group’s exceptional understanding of island hospitality and the discerning demands of global travellers and island residents alike, Mikasa Ibiza is a welcoming and relaxed space that ticks all the right boxes.

Just a few steps away from the glossy, bustling hub-bub of Marina Botafoch is Mikasa Ibiza – an intimate boutique hotel offering distinctly urban vibes in a central yet beachside location. The ultimate city bolthole, Mikasa Ibiza has won the hearts of many an Ibiza traveller since its inception just last season thanks to its beautifully appointed rooms, breath-taking views, friendly and warm service, plus impressive culinary offerings that have also become a favourite of clued-up island foodies.

Located on a tiny side street with valet parking to make your visit a breeze, Mikasa Ibiza was created by the dream team from Ibiza My Love – who are also behind perennial beach club favourite Beachouse Ibiza and the enchanting Finca La Plaza restaurant in Santa Gertrudis. Drawing on the group’s exceptional understanding of island hospitality and the discerning demands of global travellers and island residents alike, Mikasa Ibiza is a welcoming and relaxed space that ticks all the right boxes.

While Lebanese food has been seen in a few Ibiza eateries in recent years, the Levantine food concept at Mikasa Ibiza is an exciting elevation of this type of fayre, drawing on Lebanon’s neighbours from the part of the world coined as the ancient birthplace of modern civilisation. Each country has its own take on these traditional dishes and Mikasa Ibiza has taken these versions and spun them together in a menu that is creative and mouth-wateringly tempting. This style of cuisine invites guests to break bread together, with most dishes designed to share amongst friends. It’s almost impossible not to pick from every plate on the table, while meandering on a culinary journey through the incredible flavours and textures of this fascinating region.

The Mikasa Ibiza Levantine experience commences with small dishes of mezze for tasting and sharing as you familiarise your taste buds with the flavours of the east. Piquant tabbouleh with fresh mint, parsley, onion, lemon juice and olive oil leads you towards a smoky moutabal of aubergine and tahini. Falafel and hummus are Middle Eastern staples, while marinated prawns with garlic and coriander are the perfect introduction to the starters and mains. The spinach fattoush with pickled onions, dates and complex layers of spices is reminiscent of the type of street food you might taste while wandering through a souk, while the refreshing Greek salad with cucumber, red onion, feta, walnuts and citrus dressing is the perfect palate-cleanser.

An array of delicious fish and meat courses continue your journey through the Levant region, with so many highlights it is hard to pick just one, and so once again, Mikasa Ibiza encourages sharing amongst friends. The pan-roasted sea bass is a stand out dish, with chickpeas, pistachio, garlic and lemon enhancing but not obscuring the freshness of the fish. The spatchcock is infused with preserved lemons and served with the freshest Jerusalem artichokes, and marinated skewers of rib-eye beef are buoyed up with mango relish and a spiky jalapeño and sour cream dressing.

As you gaze out across the port and across to the sparkling lights of Dalt Vila, you can feel the shifting energy as the Ibiza night begins to come alive. When your meal is over, there’s no need to call it a night – simply ascend the stairs to the stunning rooftop terrace where you can round off your dining experience with some of the most divine handmade cocktails in Ibiza. Mikasa Ibiza’s expert mixologist, Jose Manuel Perez Virve has drawn on his travels and worldwide influences to curate a cocktail menu that is simply sublime. Whether it’s a nightcap you seek before retreating to your room at Mikasa Ibiza, or if you’re looking for a boost before you head out into the night, Jose can recommend the perfect libation to suit your tastes and mood. The perfect end, to the perfect evening…

Visit the White Ibiza hotels guide to read more and enquire with Mikasa Ibiza
A San Juan state of mind

Set in the heart of San Juan, a peaceful village in the north of Ibiza where there’s little rush to do anything and days slip past in a sun-kissed haze, The Giri Residence is an intimate, five-suite luxury hotel that ushers in a state of blissed-out relaxation for all those who choose to spend their valuable holiday time there. A sanctuary where guests’ needs are anticipated before they’re even aware of them, it makes for a remarkable ambience and memorable stays – with many guests returning year on year.

A unique approach to hospitality – one that swirls around the hotel’s small size and highly intuitive staff – means The Giri Residence can bend and mould to the needs of all guests. In fact, such is the power of this hotel’s amenability that holidays are completely tailor-made according to the client’s taste. If guests arrive in search of total serenity, they’re left to their own devices (with the addition of a courteous nod or spot-on suggestion now and again), or if they come seeking that cosmopolitan buzz Ibiza is famous for, they’re equally indulged. At The Giri Residence, it’s your holiday, your way.

Such a refreshing approach has meant that in the decade The Giri Residence has been open, it’s welcomed a diverse range of clients through its rustic wooden doors. From couples on romantic getaways and families on summer holidays to businesspeople passing through for work and travellers with a penchant for luxury – every guest has their own story to tell. What’s worth noting here is that at The Giri Residence, the reason you’ve been drawn to Ibiza doesn’t matter – what’s important is that while you’re on the white isle, all of your wishes are met, and quite possibly exceeded. For couples, the team might propose spending time at the wonderfully deluxe spa, which can be reserved in its entirety.

Personal training or yoga sessions can also be arranged before spending the afternoon hopping in and out of the whirlpool, relaxing in side by side baths, and then embarking on an Ayurvedic massage ritual from the hotel’s personal therapist. Revived and refreshed, they can retire to their suite, a luxurious but pared-back space designed with requiescence in mind, or head straight to dinner, where The Giri Residence in-house chef rustles up fresh, delicious fare according to mood and delivers it anywhere you may like: in a candlelit cabana in the garden, on the upper terrace with views of the countryside, by the pool or even in your suite.

Families too, feel perfectly at home at The Giri Residence, particularly in The Bourgainville Suite which commands the hotel’s top floor and features ample amounts of space, an airy terrace and stunning views of the surrounding area. In those restless moments, when the kids won’t sit still (which means mum and dad simply can’t relax), The Giri Residence team can recommend a list of the closest, most beautiful family-friendly beaches and restaurants to explore. Tick them off one salty stop at a time, and eventually all that swimming in the Med and soaking up that sunshine results in a fuzzy state of happiness for all.

When you arrive back at the hotel, the chef can quickly prep the kids’ favourite meals so you can send them off to snooze-town, before enjoying your own dinner in peace. If it’s luxury travel you seek, you’ve come to the right place. It’s all about the finer details at The Giri Residence – from spa-like stone bathtubs to sink into (with REN skincare products, and a glass of champagne, naturally) after a long day at the beach and freshly pressed high quality cotton sheets to sink into afterwards, to high speed WiFi, Smart TVs and design details that wouldn’t look out of place in AD. At The Giri Residence, everyone is happy, whether it’s the kids watching cartoons in the mornings, health-conscious holidaymakers enjoying meals made to order or those who need a quiet place to make a conference call to the other side of the world at 3am.

Step outside into the tranquil tropical garden and a feeling of paradise awaits, thanks to private Balinese cabanas, a chill-out terrace with views of San Juan and of course, that heavenly pool. Outside, the charmingly authentic village of San Juan remains as chilled as it was in the 1960s, even when the rest of the island is running on a high summer buzz, and many of the island’s best beaches are within a ten-minute drive. The Giri Residence is conveniently located and yet secluded; traditional yet contemporary; high-end yet relaxed – the resulting combination is what makes the hotel so special. With just five suites, and a loyal base of returning clientele, summer reservations are in high demand so be sure to request your holiday dates soon to ensure you don’t miss out on experiencing the magic.

Rest and recharge at Es Cucons

Perhaps we notice that after months of sun-drenched, jam-packed schedules our minds feel a little frazzled, our bodies are a little achey, or our souls feel a little tired. And if we recognise these things in ourselves, we know it’s time to hit the reset button – that’s why stunning Ibiza Agroturismo Es Cucons is the perfect escape. A place to rest, relax and recharge, it provides sanctuary and motivation for those looking for fresh new energy this autumn. Located amid the rolling valleys of Ibiza’s lush countryside, Es Cucons is nestled among delicately branched almond trees that pepper the fertile hillside. The main building is a stunning 17th century farmhouse, and surrounding it are all manner of brightly-coloured, native flora, the twisted boughs of olive trees and ivy that weaves its way up walls. It’s a space with a strong connection to nature that remains luxurious at the core, making it the ideal venue for soothing body, mind, and soul, and for hosting regenerative retreats, of which there are many upcoming.

Es Cucons has been consummately homing retreats for the past few years, and with a range of events hosted by highly-trained external teachers and gurus, there’s ample opportunity to source one that’s right for you. For a week from September 30, 2018, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Inga Johannsen’s dynamic world of yoga, practising Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow or relaxing Yin yoga – set to be seven days of peaceful, blissed out heaven. Another week-long yoga retreat begins on October 7, 2018, this time hosted by Jen Warakomski who instils guests with the importance of self-care, self-empowerment and self acceptance. From October 13 to 20, 2018, Swiss yoga teacher Christine Rüegg guides a group in search of their inner light – an experience she says is made infinitely more simple thanks to the beautiful surroundings at Es Cucons. And from October 20 to 27, 2018, Annette Lengersdorf leads a retreat (taught in German), guiding guests step by step through a personal transformation process. Naturally, more retreat programs will be added to the schedule as the new year commences, but it’s worth remembering that at Es Cucons, you can also organise your very own carefully curated, private retreat, overseen by the hotel’s in-house yoga teacher and masseuse, Melanie Jane.

A therapist who’s trained over many years, Melanie Jane brings an undeniably calming, reassuring presence to the grounds of Es Cucons. An expert teacher of yoga and Pilates, she also specialises in a range of massage – each individually adapted to suit each client, and designed to instigate ultimate wellbeing. Relax with a lavish essential oil massage, for example, or for something more dynamic try the Thai Yoga massage, which incorporates Hatha yoga, acupressure and Shiatsu, in the process increasing energy and releasing stress. However long you decide to stay, Melanie Jane creates a special wellness package that meets all your needs. In fact, the idea is to view your unique retreat as a holiday of sorts, so come alone, come with your partner, or come with friends, and allow Melanie Jane to bring together all the elements that make this particular trip extra special – from cuisine, juices, treatments and classes, to hikes, meditation and sound baths, it’s all planned into a daily schedule that allows you to switch off, enjoy the setting, and most importantly, recharge those batteries, as and when you want to. The hotel also highly values its guests’ privacy and discretion – once you’ve checked in, you can expect peace, quiet and solitude.

When you’re not occupied with restorative treatments or sessions, toddle along to the Es Cucons wellness area soak up the tranquility of the sauna and whirlpool circuit, recline on a chill-out bed overlooking the beautiful valley, or hop on an electric bike and go in search of some of Ibiza’s most spectacular scenery.  Every experience at Es Cucons is simply magic, but here, there’s an emphasis on not restricting yourself – if you fancy a glass of wine at the end of your bike ride, do it! There’s no judgement here, and that really adds to the beauty of it. The good news is that once you’ve soaked up all the enchantment Es Cucons has to offer – setting yourself up for the impending cold months in the process – you can start to look towards spring, when the picture perfect almond blossom begins to bloom. Around this time of year, the hotel plans to host a conscious health weekender, which under the supervision of chef and nutritional host Adriana Molina, will include cooking lessons and fresh, tasty cuisine served every day, as well as additional Ayurvedic treatments from wellness expert Alba Castán, and daily yoga sessions overlooking the valley below courtesy of Melanie Jane.

Contact the hotel directly to find out more on potential dates – whether you’re treating yourself at the end of the 2018 season or giving yourself the gift of relaxation before the start of the 2019 season, Es Cucons and their team of wellness experts are there to guide you through the process.

Pre-season magic

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.

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Natural authentic Ibiza luxury

From the very first moment you step across the threshold at Agroturismo Atzaró, you are enveloped in the delicate fragrance of orange blossom, and this scent remains with you for the duration of your stay. It’s not surprising, given the iconic island hotel is situated on 10 hectares of beautiful orange groves in Ibiza’s north – a location that has been fittingly paid tribute to as part of the stunning 2018 Atzaró relaunch. Drawing heavily on the authentic nature of the rural location, respecting the traditional Ibicenco style of the main building (the finca) and inspired by the generations of heritage behind the successful, family-run business, the conceptual redesign and refurbishment – based around the concept of pure, natural luxury – has been a long-term project presided over by Atzaró Design. Returning the hotel to a place of pure Ibiza authenticity with a luxurious twist, the results are nothing short of magic.

Evoking the true spirit of authentic Ibiza, Agroturismo Atzaró simultaneously honours its past while celebrating its future with a stunning redesign and refurbishment.

Typical Ibicenco architecture and interiors take centre stage in the gorgeous and spacious new reception space at the finca’s entrance, which opens into a plush, comfortable sitting area filled with deluxe sofas covered in organic white cotton and an open fireplace. Striking Sabina wood beam ceilings complement the terracotta tiled floors and white plaster walls, with touches of gold playing homage to the island’s North African and Moroccan history. Lining the walls of this area are beautiful black and white photos of three generations of the Guasch family, still proudly presiding over the space that was once their cherished family home – transformed into a luxury hotel in 2004. This traditional styling theme and earthy, rustic colour palette continues throughout the hotel’s 24 bedrooms, where emperor sized teak four-poster beds dressed in luxe white linen immediately command attention – begging to be sunk into – alongside beautiful bespoke furnishings designed with loving intention by Atzaró and handmade by artisans from around the world. Each bedroom evokes a feeling of calm; of purity; of total relaxation while boasting all the mod cons a discerning modern guest could ever require.

The finca and surrounding buildings’ exteriors have been given a fresh lease on life, repainted in the signature all-white hue of a traditional Ibiza home – living harmoniously alongside the vibrant colours of nature outside. Pops of colour within each bedroom come courtesy of a series of bespoke paintings created for the hotel, each telling a tale of the finca, the farm and orange groves. And speaking of those oranges again, each room is subtly scented with a room essence custom created from a blend of orange blossoms plucked from the gardens and onsite botanicals. If the main finca is set in the heart of the orange groves, one could say the groves, and indeed the entire Atzaró hotel, are situated in the heart of authentic Ibiza. Surrounded by lush, green mountains and fully functioning farmlands, drenched in the island’s famous golden sunlight and with endless bright blue skies above, a stay at Agroturismo Atzaró is an escape to paradise. Two sparkling swimming pools, blissfully quiet corners, decadent day beds and tranquil chill outs are found peppered throughout the fragrant orange groves and an expansive organic vegetable garden supplies the daily bounty for the hotel’s in-house restaurants.

Natural luxury is evident in every space, every bedroom, every corner, every terrace and even every flower and tree within the meticulously maintained gardens and grounds.

Agroturismo Atzaró boasts two divine dining spaces – both of which are open to non-hotel guests all year round. Each of the restaurants have been lovingly refurbished in keeping with the hotel’s feeling of authenticity and luxury, from La Veranda – the gorgeous open-air dining space and terrace adjacent to the finca – to The Orange Tree, an elegant after-dark alfresco dining space surrounded by palm trees, vines, orange blossom, rosemary, hibiscus and jasmine. In addition to its style revamp, the Atzaró menu concept has also been redesigned to reflect a new level of culinary flair. Think high-quality yet rustic Mediterranean dishes with Ibizan influences, plus a strong focus on healthy, organic produce grown onsite or locally sourced ingredients. New Atzaró head chef Sachsa Tarruella Meyer draws his inspiration for the new menu from authentic and historical island culinary traditions, including the farming history of Atzaró. Expect rustic flavours combined with sophisticated tastes in dishes such as the slow-cooked Balearic rack of lamb infused with rosemary and honey, served alongside aubergine fries, Lionesa potatoes and Mantekia butter with local herbs; or the vegetarian green beans and Ibicenco potato salad chock-full of Kalamata olives, feta, radish, cherry tomatoes and oregano. After meals, guests can sip on homemade ‘Orangello’ – yet another nod to the beautiful and bountiful surrounds.

Already renowned around the world as a luxury spa hotel, Atzaró has elevated its expansive spa to the next level in 2018 to fit with the hotel’s relaunch. Flowing all-white curtains create a sense of tranquillity in the teak treatment cabins, each of which offers beautiful views over the orange groves, and world-class therapists are on hand to deliver an array of health, wellness and beauty treatments to guests of the hotel and day visitors. The sauna and Hamman have been equipped with elegant new marble flooring and given a heavenly all-white makeover that elicits an all new energy within the healing space. An in-house fitness centre offers a weekly programme of classes while yoga sessions are hosted in the beautiful nearby yoga pavilion. Luxurious white day beds are scattered throughout the orange groves, providing spa guests the perfect place to find their zen alongside the famous fresh water swimming pool. With the Atzaró Group ticking all the right boxes when it comes to accommodation, cuisine, relaxation, fitness, pampering and wellness, there’s no greater destination when it comes to pure and natural luxury.

Mediterranean magic

Launching in spring – and now taking reservations for its debut season – is the spectacular 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza, an all-new luxury resort set to bring new levels of style, service and sophistication to the west coast of Ibiza. Within the five-star resort are an array of restaurants, bars and wellness areas also open to the public, making it one of the most highly anticipated venue openings in many years. The resort itself is set on a striking clifftop in Cala Codolar, with breathtaking views over the sparkling Mediterranean and across to Ibiza’s legendary limestone rock formation Es Vedra. Surrounded by fragrant pine forests and abundant nature, 7Pines Kempinski Ibizais just minutes (and walking distance) from some of the island’s best beaches and secret coves, although once you settle into its completely private and discreet way of life, it’s easy to imagine not leaving the complex for the duration of your stay. The choices are endless.

A stylish, purpose built luxury resort complex designed with pure relaxation, discretion and indulgence in mind.

With 186 suites – one and two bedroom suites spaced out over the resort grounds – 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza is a stylish restoration and redevelopment of a small coastal village, that respects the local architectural heritage with which it was originally built. Views vary from stunning clifftop vistas or contemporary poolside views to suites presiding over the pool, garden or bay – each one as beautiful as the next. Every room is equipped with all the creature comforts you could wish for and fitted with modern décor echoing the hues of nature to create a calming, harmonious environment. Beautifully maintained mature Mediterranean gardens complement the rocky, rugged coastline on which 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza is built. Two outdoor swimming pools – one of which is a sleek infinity pool – set the ideal scene to relax, sunbathe and cool off in the high summer heat, while outdoor Jacuzzis, a sauna and steam room are on hand when you want to amp it up. Health, wellness and fitness are prevalent, with personal trainers, private yoga instructors and a variety of outdoor fitness activities availble, while those who prefer to kick back and soak it all in will enjoy a day out on the resort’s very own Pershing yacht.

The gastronomic offerings at 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza promise to be second to none. Mornings begin at The View – an innovative fine dining space overlooking Es Vedra, with the feeling of floating above the clifftop thanks to floor to ceiling glass windows that open out onto a stunning terrace. And if you think The View is spectacular by day, just wait until you experience it after dark. Opening once again for dinner, the menu fuses European and Korean traditions, techniques, flavours and spices, resulting in an experience like no other on the island. Take it up a notch by booking the chef’s table, where you can interact with the culinary team as they take you on an unforgettable dining journey and be sure to ask the professional sommelier to guide you through the world-class wine list. With a laidback ambience and buzzing social scene, Cone Club restaurant and bar is the place to be at 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza, from lunchtime through sunset – when the space truly shines, as the sun casting its golden glow over Es Vedra in the foreground – and dinner. Communal tables and cocktails create a casual vibe, while those looking for a more VIP experience can escape to private cabanas. An a la carte menu with a hint Asian and Arabic flavours and sharing plates are also available, meaning no matter what your appetite or dietary requirement and whatever time of the day, there’s something to suit everyone in your group at Cone Club.

Designed in conjunction with world renowned yacht makers of the same name, Pershing Terrace at 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza is the very first high-end bar of its kind on the west coast of the island. Think only the very finest top shelf spirits and liquors – served straight up, on the rocks or poured into carefully crafted cocktails of the highest calibre – and an exceptional wine list, plus an expertly curated cigar menu and you’ll start to envision the luxury and decadence on offer here. Style-wise, the space fuses the chic Italian design principles Pershing is known for with the spectacular clifftop setting, creating drama, glamour and elegance all in one setting. Add jazz-inspired lounge music and those iconic Ibiza sunset views and it’s easy to see why Pershing Terrace is set to become the place to be seen next summer. Wellness is also at the heart of the 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza offering, with Pure Seven Spa envisioned as a destination within the destination. This health and wellbeing hub is all about encouraging a holistic lifestyle, set in a space designed to elicit feelings of purity and serenity. Saunas, a steam bath and indoor relaxation areas with incredible views help you ease into holiday mode, before indulging in a personalised treatment to suit your needs. Drawing on organic, local and aromatic ingredients, and using cutting edge cosmetology techniques and technology, the menu ranges from medical grade aesthetics under the watchful eye of a doctor to classic beauty treatments and relaxing face and body works.

If love is in the air and it’s an unforgettable Ibiza wedding venue you’re seeking, 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza is the picture-perfect location. With so many different spaces that can be configured to suit the size of your wedding party – from an intimate celebration on one of the restaurant terraces to a magical formal gala in a ballroom resplendent with flowers – the scope is endless. A professional wedding and events planning team are on hand to guide you through all stages of the planning process, from the paperwork required to get married in a foreign country to the little extras like styling, catering, entertainment, flowers, transport and more. Just imagine the backdrop of your wedding photos… not to mention the memories that will be talked about for years to come. Beyond the impressive suites and stylish décor, amazing gardens and perfectly manicured grounds; beyond the incredible gastronomic offerings by day, at sunset and by night; beyond the buzzing cosmopolitan social ambience; beyond the magical Mediterranean views and beyond the all-encompassing wellness philosophy, service and professionalism are at the heart of 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza. Warm and welcoming staff, attention to detail and the highest level of hospitality found on the island complete the package – an all-new luxury destination set to win the hearts of island locals and travellers alike in 2018.