Ibiza wellness: Sir Joan – Urban chic retreats

Stunning luxury five-star hotel Sir Joan arrived on the Ibiza scene to much well-deserved fanfare last summer, fast becoming the place to stay for visiting A-listers and influencers and the place to be seen for local movers and shakers. When the summer social buzz slowed down and the off-season started to settle in, Sir Joan earned a must-visit reputation for hosting unique events, workshops, talks and soirees designed with the local community in mind. And now – as the island already starts to show its first signs of springtime – the team behind the venue have turned their focus to the wellness and creative community, with a series of retreats set to take place at Sir Joan in March and April.

You couldn’t ask for a more perfect setting to escape the trappings of day to day life really. A cosmopolitan, urban chic setting juxtaposed against the backdrop of Ibiza’s old town in the distance, walking distance to both the daily buzz of the Marina and Ibiza town, plus the recently revamped beach of Talamanca. Rooms are the very epitome of contemporary style, with private terraces, luxe bathrooms and views over the water while communal areas include a sparkling swimming pool and deck downstairs plus a rooftop space ideal for yoga sessions in the glorious Ibiza sunshine.

The first retreat at Sir Joan takes place from March 8 to 11, 2018 with systematic and transformation coach Nina Fischer at the helm. Freeing Your (Full) Potential is designed (as the name suggests!) to guide guests towards self-realisation and higher awareness while unlocking their full potential to be successful on a mind, body and soul level. Fusing a mix of exercises, lectures, tools, experiences and self-learning, Nina – also a trained yoga teacher – works with participants to take responsibility for their own bodies, feelings and behaviours. Ideal for professionals and leaders, or anyone seeking clarity or looking to reconnect with themselves in order to shine. Cost: 950€ per person or 750€ for double occupancy.

Just a few days later, renowned Berlin-based yogi Steph Jaksch steps up to the retreat plate at Sir Joan, hosting a three-day Sir Yoga Retreat from March 15 to 18, 2018. When spring is in the air, there’s no greater place to practice yoga than Ibiza, surrounded by the incredible beauty and abundance of nature. Starting with an intimate welcome dinner and intention setting session on the night of your arrival, Steph takes her students through a series of yoga and meditation workshops designed to teach you new techniques and deepen your practice, with an intensive level of personalized attention. The perfect opportunity to unplug, before returning to ‘real life’ recharged and happy. Cost: 950€ per person or 600€ for double occupancy.

Continuing with the theme of transformations is Millana Snow, who holds the retreat space in Sir Joan from April 5 to 8, 2018. Meditation + Energy Healing is designed for meditation practitioners of all levels – from beginner through to advanced. It’s all about empowering yourself to look deep within, where you find your most powerful teacher when it comes to self-healing: you. Millana guides participants in one-to-one and group sessions, ranging from intention setting and guided silent meditations to journaling, energy healing, movement and energy release classes and more. Once you’ve tapped into your higher state of consciousness, you’ll begin to reach deeper and more profound life experiences. Cost: 950€ per person or 750€ for double occupancy.

The Other Face of Ibiza with Ivo Von Renner is a retreat with a difference. The internationally acclaimed photographer steps out from behind his lens from April 12 to 15, 2018 at Sir Joan, taking participants through a highly creative and yet also skills-based series of portraiture workshops supported by Leica. Working on location, Von Renner teaches students how to work with the existing light after covering the technical basics, followed by image selection and retouching tips. At the end of the retreat, participants will take home printed versions of their portrait works, plus take part in a Q&A with Von Renner. Cost: 1450€ per person or 1200€ for double occupancy.

Michael Standor of Balearic Sportfishing knows a thing or two about the abundance of the Mediterranean Sea and he isn’t afraid to share his knowledge. From April 19 to 22, 2018 he leads the Hook & Cook Fishing Retreat at Sir Joan, imparting his seafaring wisdom on keen future fishermen or women. Guests will learn all about the process of fishing first-hand on the beautiful Balearic waters, while being educated on the origin of marine life in the Med. After returning to shore, it’s all about learning to prepare your fresh catch of the day, with a local chef joining guests in the expansive Sir Joan kitchen to guide them through filleting techniques in addition to advising on all the right flavours to pair with it – including, of course, an icy cold beer or wine to wash it down! Cost: 950€ per person or 750€ for double occupancy.

The final retreat of the series takes place from April 16 to 29, 2018 with experienced yoga instructor Chantal Soeters. Based around the ideal that yoga is all about opening up to the present moment, the Sir Yoga Retreat helps guests pause, slow down and appreciate the fullness of life around them. Chantal leads students through a welcome dinner and intention setting session, plus yoga and meditation sessions that are de-stressing, detoxing and energising, in addition to a beautiful silent guided walk within nature. Afterwards, fresh from experiencing the joy of yoga, you’ll feel more attuned with the joy of life. Cost: 850€ per person or 650€ for double occupancy.

Whether it’s quiet reflection, creative inspiration, personal reconnection, healing or good old fashioned fun you’re seeking this spring, Sir Joan has a retreat to suit. All retreats include breakfast daily, allowing guests the opportunity to explore Ibiza’s rich gastronomic scene at meal times. Set just five minutes from Ibiza town and the busy Marina district, there’s no shortage of places to go and things to do, and then when you’ve had your fill of island life, you can retreat to your world-class room at Sir Joan and drift off into the land of dreams, ready to do it all again the next day.