Bigger certainly isn’t always better when you’re booking a hotel. Who wants to share their week away with hundreds of strangers, not to mention their hordes of screaming kids, in a giant chain hotel? A boutique hotel can offer that serene and totally individual bijou experience that is far more likely to leave you rested and relaxed after your trip. Here are the best small, one-off hotels the island of Ibiza has to offer.
Hotel Ses Pitreras, Sant Josep de sa Talaia
Hotel Ses Pitreras, Sant Josep de sa Talaia | Courtesy of Ses Pitreras Boutique Hotel
If swish minimalism is your thing, the clean lines and muted tones of Ses Pitreras will really appeal. The 70s-era property has been given a super-chic transformation by celebrated Barcelona designer Joan Lao, and his signature understated styling can be seen throughout, from the seven guest rooms to the achingly cool pool area. There is also a luxury suite with a private rooftop terrace for soaking up those famous Ibizan sunsets.
Dating back to 1904, the boutique Hotel Mirador de Dalt Vila oozes period charm and is surrounded by the city’s ancient historic walls. Numerous original artworks and genuine antique furnishings are scattered throughout what was once a family townhouse, creating a sophisticated and timeless feel that combines with top-notch service for a five-star experience. For a seriously upscale stay, the Grand Suite features a bathroom sauna, gym, and Jacuzzi tub, and elevated views over the Mediterranean.
The centrepiece of this serene rural retreat is a beautifully restored mid-17th-century farmhouse, but it’s the surrounding grounds, brimming with scented lavender, fig, olive and almond trees that really set the scene at this family-owned boutique hotel. Each of the 15 individually styled and themed rooms opens onto its own balcony, terrace or small piece of garden. They all feature rustic-chic bathrooms with claw-footed tubs, and for alfresco soaking the honeymoon suite has an outdoor hot tub.
Surrounded by sun-soaked fields, ancient olive trees and pine forests in the centre of the island, Ca Na Xica boasts one of the more bucolic and secluded settings on the island. Minimalist Balearic chic meets rustic charming in this adults-only boutique retreat, which offers such luxury features as a gorgeous chlorine-free swimming pool, an inside-outside spa and even a small artificial beach. Nature lovers will particularly adore the 14 premium suites, whitewashed cubes that imitate a small Ibiza town, with open terraces with daybeds to take full advantage of the gorgeous surroundings and perhaps even stargaze with your loved one.
Those looking for a peaceful haven to rest, relax and rejuvenate need look no further than Cas Gasi Boutique Hotel. It offers low-key luxury set amid almond, olive and fig trees, together with vegetable gardens that grow ingredients for the hotel’s organic restaurant. Guests’ wellbeing can also be nourished by bespoke programs of yoga, complementary therapies and nutrition consultations. Luxury bedding in individually designed rooms also ensures a restful night’s sleep.
Based around a two-centuries-old finca, the Can Curreu has managed to maintain a genuine rustic charm, and nowhere more so that in its 17 rooms and suites, combining original features such as terracotta tiling and exposed wood beams with private terraces and plenty of modern amenities. While the spa facilities and pool area certainly impress, it’s the hotel’s restaurant that really shines, with a truly gourmet menu of expertly cooked dishes sourced from island ingredients.
With stripped wooden yacht flooring, polished stainless steel panels and a scattering of handpicked local sculptures and vintage photographs, every room at this high-end boutique hotel is pretty damn sexy, but check into one of their suites for a real treat for two, with luxury toiletries, Bluetooth speakers and even saucy goodie bags to spice things up. If you want to go the whole hog, request one of the suites with a circular bed.