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.
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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.