There’s more to Ibiza than clubber-oriented resorts – the Spanish island also hosts a growing number of agroturismo hotels in old farmhouses. Here are five that combine a farm-to-fork ethos with contemporary design.
German interior-design studio Dreimeta converted a 200-year-old farmhouse and a neighbouring cottage to create La Granja , a members-only retreat boasting rooms furnished with a palette of charred wood, oiled ash, stone and slate.
As well as a pool, the hotel includes a restaurant where dishes are made from the 30 varieties of fruit, vegetables and nuts grown on the farm, including beetroot, melon, carrot, fig and almond.
Guests are also offered a range of communal ritualistic activities, from farming to meditation.
Dutch entrepreneurs Raymond and Bibi van der Hout combine Scandinavian minimalism with Ibiza’s rustic Bohemian style in this restored finca, or country estate, surrounded by orange trees, olives trees and farmland.
Can Sastre features just five suites, each featuring simple wooden furniture, patterned textiles, spa-like bathrooms and objects that the owners have collected on their travels.
The kitchen serves up a range of dishes, and exclusively uses produce grown on the island.
This simple finca is over 400 years old, but has been recently refurbished with a focus on sustainable materials and methods. The white-washed villa features eight clean and airy rooms, along with a traditional hammam and a freshwater swimming pool.
Can Martí is surrounded by strawberry fields, olive groves, vineyards and orchards. It grows a range of produce in its organic, permaculture garden, which are served up at breakfast and sold in a small shop onsite.
Atzaró was one of Ibiza’s first agroturismo hotels, designed to offer “natural luxury”.
Although it used to feature Asian-themed interiors, the hotel’s in-house design studio recently gave it an overhaul that is more in keeping with Ibiza style. Terracotta tiled floors and olive wood ceilings are accompanied by locally handmade furniture and commissioned artworks.
To mark the hotel’s 15th anniversary this month, it is opening a new eight-acre vegetable garden, featuring walkways lined by hanging squashes and courgettes, fruit trees bearing everything from pomegranates to avocados, and over 50 vegetable and herb varieties. This garden will be entirely organic, maintained using water from a well and electricity from onsite solar panels.
Not actually on Ibiza, this simple villa retreat is located a short ferry ride away on small neighbouring island of Formentera.
Etosoto ‘s Parisian owners Grégory and Julien Labrousse worked with interior designer Elsa Kikoïne to create the clean and bright interiors, where white surfaces and wooden furniture and complemented by basket lamps and colourful ceramics.
High walls border the property, but arched openings offer framed views out to the wild landscape, which includes olive and fig groves, vineyards and wheat fields. The gardens are planted with fruits and vegetables, and the owners practice sustainable farming to minimise their use of water and energy.
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