In addition to the music scene, the backbone of the Ibiza’s economy is rural tourism, known as ‘agroturismo’ – hospitality in classic island properties, from old granaries to ancient farmhouses. Boho chic is defined here; where rustic properties are restored and convereted with an extraordinary flair for design and comfort. One often sees the word ‘Can’ prefixing property names; a sort of Ibizan version of of the French ‘Chez’.
Can Domo is typical of the new generation of agroturism on the island. It’s a classic seventeenth century farmhouse with one of the island’s oldest granary stores, known as a Domo. These domed shaped structures were designed to store grain, and are reminiscent of north African architecture or maybe something from a Star Wars movie. Now though here the Domo is a luxury guest suite, in glorious, peaceful isolation amongst pine trees and Mediterranean shrubs. The property is an oasis of calm and style; attention to detail is everywhere, yet the overall ambiance is truly Ibizan; relaxed, friendly and in harmony with the environment.
The rooms are individual and well appointed, yet offer a simplicity and rustic charm that is the perfect complement to Ibiza. The owner, Alexandra hails from Belgium and has brought over a wonderful homely selection of vintage cabinets, wardrobes and chairs that add immense personality and style to each space.
Breakfast is served on the terrace from an open air kitchen: here from spring to autumn it’s hard to believe the island has a winter. Brilliant sunlight energises and illuminates everything, whilst birds dart from the trees in the hope of capturing a crumb of freshly made wholemeal breakfast toast.
A prolific rose garden runs to a peaceful courtyard, shaded by an aged palm: whilst the pool looks out over rolling countryside towards the hills and the sea beyond. It is hard to muster the motivation to leave this sanctuary, but close by lies a magical cove, and cliff top restaurant with views across to Formentera. In Ibiza, eating out is an experience: since the tourism market here is catering to a discerning client, so whether you just want a simple sandwich or select caviar, either way you’re sure to enjoy impressive quality with a breathtaking view.
So, if you are tempted to be bathed in the light of Europe’s most sought after setting sun and feel the beat of one of the Mediterranean most exclusive escapes, then head to the White Island and discover yourself in true boho-chic, hippy, yet unadulterated luxury!
Can Domo – Chic guest house, Ibiza
This corner of the Mediterranean is truly unique and it’s probably no surprise then that the property and hotel sectors are doing well in the Balearics. An intelligent local government that understands the value of limited building permissions and protection of the environment means that demand usually outstrips supply for homes and hotel rooms, maintaining prices and quality.
My enchanting suite was evocatively called ‘Java’; just one of the magical guest rooms at Can Xuxu, a luxury, boutique property that provides a highly personalised experience for its privileged guests. The 19th century finca is described as ‘a boutique villa, combining the atmosphere of a private residence with the service of a luxury hotel’.
The owner and host, Alexandre a former fashion designer, has brought his French flair to the island with the creation of Can Xuxu. Here he has successfully pulled together the Ibiza laid back chic style with modern, ethnic and Mediterranean touches.
‘Java’ is one of the antique wooden pavilions that Alexandre has brought back from his regular trips to Indonesia, adding to the unique flavour and ambiance of this island hideaway. Each of the wooden guest houses features one-off furniture, accessories and a king size bed, dressed with cool white linens, and crowned with a mosquito net.
Outside one discovers the completely private, open air bathrooms, with exquisite river stone floors, hardwood furniture and wash basins hewn from stone. Details include miniature amenities from luxury island perfumery, ‘Hierbas de Ibiza’.
Each guest suite in this intimate hotel is unique in construction and decoration; there is a stand alone luxury suite with its own private plunge pool; south east Asian teak pavilions, as well as additional guest rooms in the former farmhouse: together with relaxing indoor and outdoor guest areas and chill out corners.
The heart of the property is the dining pavilion and its adjacent open air kitchen, terrace and seductive swimming pool, lined with Asian day beds, sofas and sun loungers, covered in pristine white cushions with batik accents, and flowing linen curtains.
Alexandre’s small multi lingual team offer breakfast, lunch, as well as weekly brunch and dinner. Although it is hard to resist the temptation to stay cocooned in this lush, sub tropical paradise, Ibiza is celebrated for its restaurants and music, so it’s worth heading out.
In addition to the clubs in San Antonio or Ibiza town, try ‘KM5’, a restaurant close by, that combines dining with a boutique, art gallery and chill out garden lounge for music. It has quickly captured the imagination of locals and visitors alike and regularly hosts some of the coolest DJs.
Alternatively, for an even more laid back style, try the local tapas bars in the nearby town of San Jose, including the popular ‘Destino’.
Relaxation comes quickly here at CanXuxu in the Mediterranean sun, with the scents of orange blossom, rosemary and lavender and views of the island’s rugged landscape. There is also a stunning terrace with expansive views down to crystal clear Cala Tarida and the island of Coneje beyond – a perfect spot to enjoy a sundowner cocktail.
Simplicity, luxury and originality– that’s the style of the isla blanca, Ibiza.
Can XuXu – boutique Hotel, Ibiza