Stay & Play – Can Lluc Hotel
Ibiza boutique, so very sheik!
by Michael Morcos
A hop, skip and jump away from the busy city of Mallorca lies a small island paradise where quiet solitude can be found, even at night, depending where you go. Our stopover here was a treat, as we stayed at a wonderful hotel – the Can Lluc boutique hotel.
Located in the center of the island and away from the hustle and bustle of the town, this family run property is built on a lush plot of farm land that owner Lucas has developed into a country sanctuary for travellers. The transformation he has ushered in has created an area perfect for relaxing and reflecting, yet close to everything due to the small size of the island of Ibiza.
The Can Lluc boutique hotel can be found tucked away on a large piece of farmland, which offers space and privacy for guests, as the rooms are available quite a ways apart. The hotel rents semi-detached and independent villas, which are both spacious and modern. They have an open concept with large beds and include sofa beds and a kitchenette for those who want them.
My room was in an old two-room farm house, very rustic and decorated with an old-world charm. The patio was a real treat, with over-hanging trees and grape vines surrounding it, creating a cozy nook where we enjoyed drinks and breakfasts as the days would start, lazy afternoon siestas and quiet evening nightcaps. Although this was an old structure, it still had all the modern amenities including a fabulous shower, Wi-Fi, cable TV and luxurious furnishings befitting the fussiest guests.
Afternoon naps in the warmth and shade were wonderful experiences for me, and it was all so relaxing that I at times I did not feel like venturing out to see the island of Ibiza!
The owners have worked hard to bring the natural beauty of the island to this small oasis just a few kilometers from Ibiza’s lovely coves and beaches. There is a small trail around the property to wonder around the nooks and secluded woods, immersing visitors in the calm, quiet Ibiza countryside. Flowers, plants and life are teeming and the sounds of nature add to the charm of the land.
On the property itself, guests are treated to many facilities and services catering to their every whim.
For after a walk, the outdoor Jacuzzi is just one of the many features guests have access too, as are peaceful spaces with Balinese beds, lush gardens, shaded gazebos and wooded areas. A gymnasium, spa and wellness centre are open for those wishing to work out or be pampered with extra care. Guests can also enjoy a dip into the pool and have a nap beneath a carob tree. Relaxation is the name of the game!
Photographers and sightseers will enjoy the landscaping and location, as the hotel is located in the heart of the island and is home to many local flora and fauna. There is a spectacular viewpoint where they can enjoy the sun setting over San Antonio Bay and magnificent views of the island.
The owner has recently added a modern restaurant and bar that fits in well with the old structures. Traditional local fare, made with products supplied by local organic vegetable gardens and markets, include fried farmhouse eggs with Can Caus “sobrasada” (a local sausage) and Ibizan potato. For something a little more international, Tartare of red tuna with Szechuan pepper and fresh lime is a restaurant specialty! Needless to say it was as fresh as can be. The restaurant includes a large, fabulous outdoor terrace and dining area where the delicious meal can be enjoyed under a star-filled sky or a buffet breakfast in the morning.
All our meals were coupled with wines to please any palate, including a mix of many top brands, many Spanish wines and even a few from Ibiza’s own wineries, which allow visitors to discover the best of the current local wine industry.
Getting away from it all does not have to be adventurous nor have to be depriving, and this was a perfect fit to stay on Ibiza, in harmony with nature and close to all the action. You can tell the owner and his family love what they do, evidenced by the service, attention to detail and pride that goes into everything.
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