The va-va-voom Vedra viewpoint
Petunia’s savvy owners got it bang on when they bought and redeveloped a clutch of 1970s coastal apartments whose saving grace was having arguably the best views on the island. Now unrecognisably overhauled (and recently ushered into the Beaumier stable), Petunia is the ultimate Ibiza escapist’s fantasy. In the far southwest of the island, the road snakes and curves through the whitewashed pueblo of San José, past Sa Talaïa, the island’s tallest mountain, and around vertiginous clifftops until suddenly, magically, shearing out of the water with all her 400 metres of granite might is Es Vedra, Ibiza’s mystical, magnetic, offshore monolith. No matter how many times you see it, Es Vedra makes your heart skip a beat, and it is the view of the rock that dominates Petunia from every poolside daybed, every bougainvillaea-clad walkway and every shimmering rooftop. But look away you must, because Petunia itself is so extraordinarily pretty, with rustic, casita-style bedrooms and suites scattered through sprawling, lavender-scented grounds and a stately central finca where a cosy boutique, bar and restaurant thrum with doe-eyed lovers (Petunia is adults-only and couples make up the majority of guests). The vibe here is unapologetically relaxed and guests wear bikinis and bedroom slippers to float from suites to the pool, where they’ll spend endless hours reading novels and sipping rosé beneath the shade of a Panama hat. Bedrooms themselves are supremely comfortable, with creamy linens, tribal artefacts and earthy-hued raffia baskets on the walls. Tiled bathrooms, some with sunken tubs, are capacious. Given the hotel’s far-flung location there’s a real focus on great food here and the three restaurants – one upscale with a tasting menu, one relaxed with a pizzeria and a panoramic rooftop crudo bar – leave guests with few excuses to leave. If cabin fever does set in, however, it’s a short walk down the hill to pretty Cala Carbó, where a low-slung beach shack – Balneário - serves the juiciest red prawns on the sand and where Petunia’s own dayboat can whisk you away for an afternoon’s swimming and snorkelling around Es Vedra itself.
Price: from about £295 per night
Address: Carrer de Sa Pala Marina, 07830, Illes Balears, Spain
The contemporary campo retreat
Xereca is that rare thing, a truly contemporary rural hotel set in rolling, flower-filled grounds just a stone’s throw from the hustle of Ibiza Town. Conceived by hands-on owners – the Ibicenco architect Jordi Carreño and his yoga-instructor wife Awa – the clutch of low-slung, crisp-edged garden suites cluster around a historic (still working) windmill and an elevated, duck-egg blue swimming pool. Rooms are voluminous and light-flooded, an ode to the owner’s modernist architectural style (Carreño was one of the key architects of Sabina Estates, Anton Bilton’s hyper-luxurious eco-resort in the south of the island), yet with enough rustic touches to remind guests they’re in the rural heart of the Ibiza. As befits Awa’s reputation as one of Ibiza’s most sought-after teachers, the yoga classes (in the on-site temple) can be as restorative or as deep as you like, as can the massages and soothing spa treatments. The hub of this elegant and grown-up five-star hotel is the original whitewashed finca - in Carreño’s family for generations – where an upscale restaurant serves grown-up Mediterranean dishes – red prawns, spring lamb - with vegetables and fruit plucked from the hotel’s own organic kitchen garden. While the essence of Xereca itself is very much about relaxation and quiet contemplation, the hotel’s central location means that in under five minutes, guests can be sipping cocktails in Ibiza’s glossy marina, exploring the cobbled streets of Dalt Vila or – if the mood takes – dancing the night away at nearby Pacha or Club Chinois.
Price: from about £308 per night
Address: 07813,, Carrer Torrent s/n, 07813 Puig d'en Valls, Balearic Islands, Spain