Ca Na Xica – A serene and palatial boutique hotel with superb service and amenities.
Ca Na Xica is so beautiful, it looks like a movie set. Not only does the old farmhouse shine from its tasteful renovation, but the grounds are also breathtaking, as are the standalone suites and the majestic T-shaped pool. The staff seems to glide around celestially, attending to guests’ every need. There are just twenty spacious, stylish rooms spread between the main house, annexed farm buildings, and modern independent suites, allowing guests to really take advantage of the large grounds and comfy seating nooks dotted around the place. If you are looking for sophisticated adult luxury, peace, and privacy, look no further.
Ca Na Xica – Location
(The hotel also has luxury holiday homes in Ibiza and Formentera.)
- Address: Km 10.2 Carretera de Sant Miquel, Sant Miquel de Balansat.
- Area: Located in the north-central Ibizan countryside, Ca Na Xica is a 2-minute drive (0.8 mile) to the picturesque village of Sant Miquel de Balansat, a 9-minute drive (3 miles) to the nearest beach (Port de Sant Miquel), or a 7-minute drive (3.5 miles) to the chic Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera with its fabulous shopping and dining options. While the hotel’s not more than a 30-minute drive to any of the 3 major towns – Ibiza Town (Eivissa, 11 miles), Sant Antoni de Portmany (14 miles), and Santa Eulària des Rio (9 miles) – it’s especially well placed to explore the north of the island, an area often ignored by tourists.
- How to Get There: It’s a 15-minute walk (0.8 mile) to Sant Miquel, from where there are a few buses each day to Ibiza Town, but realistically, you’ll need a car. It’s a 25-minute drive (14 miles) to the airport.
- Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €145 from Ibiza International Airport – but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.
- Handy to: Shopping in Santa Gertrudis, remote beaches, hippy hangouts.
Ca Na Xica – The Basics
- Ages: Adults and older teens (15+). Guests tend to be couples on romantic getaways.
- Beaches: Port de Sant Miquel, a family-friendly beach with great restaurants, is a 9-minute drive (3 miles), from where it’s an easy scramble round the rocks to more secluded coves; Cala Benirràs, known for its Sunday sunset drumming session, is a 12-minute drive (5 miles); Cala Xarraca, a snorkeling heaven, is a 15-minute drive (7 miles).
- View: Rural views of the immaculately maintained grounds and nearby farms.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: Hotel laundry service available (extra charge).
- Parking: The hotel has a parking lot in front of the main entrance.
- Extras: Ca Na Xica offers complimentary use of bicycles and the staff can arrange cars, mopeds, and boat hires. Guests booking directly get a welcome drink on arrival and those staying for 7+ days get a complimentary massage. Barbecue area.
- When to Book: At least 4 months ahead for the high season (June-September).
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +34 971 334 697
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: canaxica.com
Ca Na Xica – Amenities
- Pool: Majestic T-shaped outdoor pool and spacious square jacuzzi.
- Spa: There is a spa with a steam room, sauna, and plunge pool, as well as a suite of treatment rooms where services such as massages, facials, and beauty treatments can be booked.
- Fitness Center: Large indoor gym with several machines: elliptical, treadmill, spinning bike, a weight bench, and a strength machine.
- For Disabled Guests: The hotel recommends contacting them directly for accessibility needs as the property has multiple buildings. There is one room with a wheelchair-accessible bathroom.
- Activities: No organized activities but the concierge can arrange any tours, rentals, or other activities that guests might want.
Ca Na Xica – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Salvia serves modern ‘authentic’ Mediterranean food with international touches, making good use of its charcoal grill. There’s live music on Saturday nights. Restaurant timings are 8:30am-midnight daily. $$$-$$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: As well as the bar in Salvia, there is a pool-side bar with its own “beach” area exclusively for guests, open 11:30am-8pm, offering a more casual selection of food such as burgers and sandwiches.
- Breakfast: A buffet-style breakfast is included and served 8:30-11am in Salvia.
- Room Service: Available 8am-midnight.
Ca Na Xica – Rooms
- Room Types: Double • Superior Double (junior suite) • Premiere Suite • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: The hotel buildings are smoke-free but smoking is permitted on the balconies/terraces.
- Best Room: The Premiere Suites are standalone spacious box structures with glass walls that open onto private furnished terraces with views over the countryside. To add to the outside-in feel, their bathrooms feature open-to-the-sky private patios. In addition to the regular hotel facilities that all the rooms enjoy (minibar, robes and slippers, minibar), the suites have Nespresso coffee machines and kettles.
Ca Na Xica – Local Transport
- Walking: 15-minute walk (0.8 mile) to Sant Miquel.
- Subway and Bus: From Sant Miquel, there are 8 buses per day to Ibiza Town during the high season, but only 2 per week to Sant Antoni. No buses on Sunday.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: There are no international taxi firms on the island. Look out for taxi ranks or call one of the various numbers (all part of the same radio taxi co-operative with bilingual operators): +34 971 333 333/+34 971 398 483/+34 971 800 080/+34 971 343 764. The co-op launched an Uber-esque app, Taxi Ibiza (iOS, Android), in summer 2019 (mixed reviews so far).
Ca Na Xica – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Sir Explore – The Sir hotel chain handpicks various local experiences. Though their line-up sometimes changes, expect things like snorkeling, yoga, cooking classes, boating, and ceramics from native experts. Various locations.
- Ducks United – Offering classic car rentals as well as tours in old Citroen 2CVs or Defenders, Ducks United offers the most characterful transportation on the island. Various locations.
- Ibiza Food Tours – Excellent tours of Ibiza Town’s food and wine scenes with an emphasis on local specialties and the island’s gastronomic history. Tours start by the port-side sailors’ statue (10 miles).
The title for the island’s best bullit de peix (bu-yeet di pesh) is hotly contested and you’ll be in for a treat if you try this regional specialty in any great fish restaurant. Originally concocted by fishers who would have to cook everything in one pan, various fish pieces are cooked in a broth, sieved out, and eaten, followed with sticky rice cooked with cuttlefish in the same broth and drizzled with aioli. If you like seafood, you must not leave without trying this flavor explosion.
- La Luna Nell’Orto – Set in and around a colorful old house and its magical garden, this local favorite does wonderful homemade pasta and other Mediterranean classics with a twist. $$-$$$. (1 mile).
- Wild Beets – Self-proclaimed ‘botanical restaurant’ in Santa Gertrudis serving sophisticated vegan food, a large portion of it raw, that meat-eaters should not fear; everything is delicious. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and there’s a kids’ menu. $$-$$$. (3.5 miles).
- Finca La Plaza – Gorgeous restaurant serving rustic-chic seasonal Mediterranean in a romantic setting, with lights strung up between the palm trees. From the same team as Beachouse in Platja d’en Bossa and Mikasa hotel-restaurant in Talamanca. $$-$$$. (3.5 miles).
- Es Jardins de Fruitera – The popularity of this place is justified. Yes, it’s a whole complex of buildings, popular for weddings and events, but it does outstanding food. Try the crispy confit suckling pig or the fideuá (noodle paella). $$-$$$. (4 miles).
- Edén – Five-star Hotel Na Xamena’s newly reopened restaurant from Michelin 2-starred chef Fran López, offering fine dining with what may be the best view on the island. Its ethos focuses on simplicity, seasonality, and freshness. Just off the road to Port Sant Miquel. $$$$. (4 miles).
- Giri Cafe – Contemporary Mediterranean drinking and dining in a cozy restaurant that opens into a magical garden with sun loungers. $$-$$$. (6 miles).
- La Mesa Escondida – Arguably the best Italian food on the island in Sant Rafel, specializing in great fresh pasta served in a delightful garden. Open for lunch and dinner; closed on Tuesdays. $$-$$$. (9 miles).
- Port Balansat/Chiringuito Pascual – Aside from the gorgeous family-friendly beach and great cliff-side hikes, part of Port de Sant Miquel’s charm is great food, thanks to these neighboring restaurants. Both are fabulous picks for fish and seafood. $$-$$$. (4.5 miles).
- La Dispensa – Describing itself as a ‘creative gastronomic workshop’, La Dispensa has 4 distinctly themed salons along Carrer de la Santa Creu in Dalt Vila. It serves fusion Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$. (10 miles).
- Ca’s Pagès – Delicious traditional Ibizan food (specializing in grilled meats) in a rustic restaurant with a delightful garden. Open lunch and dinner. Closed on Tuesdays. Cash only. $$. (11 miles).
- Fish Shack – Rustic shack serving simple but excellent fresh fish and seafood for lunch, right on the water. Cash only. Open daily noon-5pm or when food runs out. $-$$. (11 miles).
- 45 Millas – Truly outstanding food coming from this small kitchen in an unlikely San An backstreet. World-fusion tapas with an amazing liquor selection. $$-$$$. (12 miles).
- El Chiringuito des Port – This modest little shack by the port serves up surprisingly great Argentinian-style seafood and grilled meats and becomes a convivial place to drink in the evening. $-$$. (12 miles).
- Es Boldadó – Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Es Vedrà rock formation, this place not only has one of the best views on the island, but it also serves truly excellent seafood. Michelin recommended. $$$-$$$$. (24 miles).
- Musset Cafe – Some say this place does the best breakfasts: great, fresh, wholesome food, with an emphasis on vegetarian/vegan. (3 miles).
- Sejuiced – Visit the beachside juice bar that originated the excellent Wild Beets restaurant. Amazing and creative fresh juices, smoothies, and breakfasts. Pink caravan on Benirras Beach. (5 miles)
- S’Escalinata – Lounge on the steps of Dalt Vila, literally, at this cafe-bar where seating is on bean bags sprawled on the cobbled steps; expect cocktails and light bites. (10 miles).
- Bar Costa – A great all-rounder right in the center of town. Does just about everything you could want from a classic, casual Spanish bar/cafe: bocadillos, tapas, coffee, beer, wine, a cozy fire in winter, and hams hanging from the ceiling. (3.5 miles).
- TiraPallá – A vertiginous terrace bar (steep staircase to the top) with gorgeous views up to Dalt Vila. Open most of the night into the early hours for cocktails and music. (10 miles).
- Ibiza Rocks Bar – This youthful, often rowdy bar has gorgeous views over San An Bay. The food is good, hearty stuff (designed to replenish salts and soak up alcohol) and the cocktails are potent. Open 10am-4am daily (high season). (12 miles).
- La Torre – From the Cafe Mambo stable, this hotel’s bar-restaurant on a cliffside deck has one of the best sunset scenes, bar none. (13 miles).
- Cafe del Mar & Cafe Mambo – San An’s Sunset Strip has a range of bars to sample, but Cafe del Mar and Cafe Mambo are so well-established they are brands in themselves. DJs play epic tunes as the sun slips beneath the sea. Book to secure the coveted seaside tables. The action on the strip starts in the early evening and fizzles out shortly after midnight when the crowds move onto the clubs. (13 miles).
- Kumharas – A relaxed trippy-hippy sunset hangout with good food in Port d’es Torrent and glorious views back over San An, open 11am-3am daily. (16 miles).
Entertainment Restaurants/Smaller Clubs
- Lío – From the Pacha team comes a dinner show ‘extravaganza’ with cabaret, gourmet cuisine, and club nights right on the water. (10 miles).
- STK (Botafoch) – Part swanky lounge, part steakhouse, the Ibizan outpost of this US chain has entertainment every night of the week, from dancers to cabaret acts and live music. (11 miles).
- Pike’s – Reading about Pike’s heyday is a bit like reciting the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, with a guest list that has included Grace Jones, Spandau Ballet, Bon Jovi, and Freddie Mercury among others. Its pool was also the location of Wham’s Club Tropicana video. Nowadays, the hotel-bar, run by the Ibiza Rocks group, does theme brunches, afternoon teas, and poolside dinner events. The bar’s open to the public but reservations are necessary for many events and for the restaurant. (11 miles).
- Sluiz Entertainment Restaurant – Intimate Sant Josep dinner-show with surrealist fine dining, theater, cabaret, music, and bar, run by the creators of the extravagant Sluiz megastore. Open Wednesday-Sunday (low season: Friday-Sunday) 8pm-midnight. (18 miles).
- Racó Verd – Unpretentious Mexican-inspired al fresco dining in a lovely Sant Josep courtyard with local acts. Everything from live jazz, flamenco, or folk, to DJs spinning chill-out tunes. In the daytime, this place has a boutique gift store and does brunch, lunch, and smoothies. (18 miles).
Best Day Clubs
Day clubs throw parties – usually around a pool – that start in the late afternoon and go on until the other clubs begin around midnight. Most are also hotels.
- Ushuaïa – Ushuaïa has become a huge brand and now has a hotel, spa, many restaurants (sushi, steak, oysters, and caviar), a shop, and more in its name. Look out for its famous ANTS party and residencies from massive DJs like Calvin Harris. (14 miles).
- Benimussa Park – Benimussa Park really used to be a zoo, so it’s apt that its most famous night has come to be The Zoo Project. There are several different arenas (e.g. the Seal Pit and the Rabbit Hole) and a roller disco, as well as stalls, makeup artists, and performers in abundance. The party starts around 5pm. (14 miles).
- Ibiza Rocks – Drawing a younger Instagram-friendly crowd, the renovated Ibiza Rocks Hotel throws epic daytime pool parties with acts like Craig David, Stormzy, as well as the BBC Radio 1 and 1XTRA crews. (12 miles).
- O Beach – San An’s answer to Ushuaïa, O Beach has an enormous pool (almost 6,500 sq ft) and is famous for the Hed Kandi, Kisstory, and HotBed parties. (13 miles).
Ibiza’s superclubs generally run from May-October, with spectacular opening and closing parties. Not only do you have to choose which club to go to (see below as well as websites like Ibiza Spotlight), but also which particular night/event to go for. Once that’s decided, all that’s left is to plan which Discobus to get (or order your taxi), dress up, and get your credit card ready; this much fun does not come cheap.
- Privilege – With a capacity of 10,000 (nearly 70,000 sq ft), Privilege holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest club. In its former incarnations, this was KU club as well as the site of the Manumission night, and it still draws a large gay crowd, especially to its SuperMartXé night. (9 miles).
- Pacha – Legendary club that started small in 1973 but has since burst out of the island to become an international mega brand (those cherries…). Still going strong thanks to its program of resident DJs and long-running nights like the ‘authentic hippie party’ Flower Power and Monday night’s The Masquerade. Warm up at the club’s intimate and glamorous sushi restaurant (with live DJ on the decks, of course). (10 miles).
- Heart – From the creators of Cirque du Soleil and the Adrià brothers, both Michelin-starred chefs, Heart presents guests with a 5-act dinner-club experience. Expect superlative cuisine amid avant-garde acts and music. The club’s La Troya night is LGBT+ friendly. (10 miles).
- Amnesia – Throwing great parties to help you forget life’s sorrows since the 1980s with all the biggest DJs, immersive jamborees, as well as live performances from international artists. Famous nights include the outrageous and creative elrow as well as the La Espuma foam party and the ever-popular Pyramid. (10 miles).
- Hï – Located right opposite its sister club, Ushuaïa, Hï keeps the party going all night with DJ residencies. Its nights are varied and imaginative (F*** Me I’m Famous!/Glitterbox/Black Coffee), as is the quirky decor. (14 miles).
- Es Paradis – Es Paradis does fun, pure and simple. Water parties, neon paint parties, R&B, and reggaeton nights are on the calendar, and the inside is a dazzling maze with a garden, soaring Grecian columns, and a pyramid roof. (12 miles).
- Eden – Opposite Es Paradis, Eden and its newer sound system pump out amazing underground electronica and dazzling light shows. Former incarnations of the same club, Star and Kaos, were infamous. (12 miles).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
Thanks to the thousands of creatives who’ve been drawn here over the years, Ibiza is an eminently stylish place that has spawned its very own fashion styles. Look out for the terms ‘Adlib’ and ‘boho chic,’ which bring together traditional Balearic fabrics with whimsical, freewheeling flourishes. The best places to shop on the island are the port area in Ibiza Town and the gentrified town of Santa Gertrudis, a veritable treasure trove. Do not, under any circumstances, miss the concept stores Gallería Elefante and Sluiz. While many shops are ditching the traditional siesta between 2-5pm, you’ll still find it harder to shop in the afternoon. On the upside, shops stay open until 9pm or later.
- Aurobelle – Light, bright, whimsical, and ethically-sourced clothes in cotton and silk. Flagship store in Santa Gertrudis (3.5 miles), with outposts in Sant Josep and Las Dalias.
- Es Cuçons La Tienda – Gorgeous homeware from the stylish hotel of the same name. (3.5 miles).
- Somm – Excellent wine shop focusing on hard-to-find small-batch stuff. Good tastings and events. Just behind Wild Beets. Closed on Sundays and other days during siesta. (3.5 miles).
- Sluiz – From the cows hanging in the trees and outrageous parking lot signs to the cafe dripping in kitsch, Sluiz has to be experienced to be believed. An enormous warehouse, full of fantastical, fun, and fabulous clothing and homeware. There’s a cafe too. (4 miles).
- La Galería Elefante – More of a sensory experience than a shop, you can drench yourself in everything you need for the complete boho-chic lifestyle, including clothes, jewelry, kids’ toys, gifts, and homeware. (4.5 miles).
- Cerámica Can Kinoto – Carme Corominas and colleagues have produced high-quality artisanal pottery here since 1978. Worth a visit. Open 10:30am-1pm & 3-6pm. (9 miles).
- Los Enamorados – Outlandish 70s-inspired clothing, art, and interior pieces as part of a funky hotel-restaurant-bar overlooking Cala Portinatx. (10 miles).
- Boutique Papillon – Unassuming store that features a huge array of locally designed cotton clothing for men and women, in the island’s famous bright whites and unique block prints. Open Monday-Saturday 10:30am-2pm and 5-9:30pm, Sunday 10:30am-2pm. (10 miles).
- Sombrerería Bonet – Selling Ibiza’s finest selection of hats for over 100 years, this island institution is still run by the Bonet family. (10 miles).
- Charo Ruiz – Visit the flagship store of one of the founders of Ibiza’s ‘Adlib’ fashion. Ruiz’s gypsy/boho couture made with fine fabrics started on a market stall in the 1980s and has since become a worldwide brand and a byword for Ibiza-chic. (10 miles).
- Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí – This street is bursting with great stores. If you’re looking for boho chic, try Jeffrey’s or Isla Ibiza Bonita, complemented with beaded jewelry from Piedras. Meanwhile, Can Gourmet/Gourmet Bocadillos does budget-friendly, mouthwatering sandwiches with local and international delicacies such as jamón serrano, caviar, or wagyu beef. (10 miles).
For an overview and pictures of all the beaches, go to the official Balearic Island tourist site. Ibiza’s international reputation for being a party island does not disappoint. The island has everything from the biggest club in the world to wild costume party nights, grubby underground hedonism, and everything in between. There’s music for all tastes and the clubs are multigenerational affairs that tend to be tolerant and diverse: it’s all about having fun. For those who want to have a good time without the raving, try one of the entertainment restaurants or chill-out bars at sunset.
- Las Dalias – Ibiza has long attracted people seeking an alternative lifestyle and nowhere is a more enduring symbol of their legacy than Las Dalias hippy market just outside Sant Carles de Peralta. As the market grew in popularity (it draws up to 20,000 people on Saturdays), it inevitably became more corporate: many stallholders accept credit cards and there’s even an online store. Nevertheless, it’s well worth exploring the market’s heady mix of clothes, jewelry, souvenirs, handicrafts, artwork, and more. It’s a fun place to hang out, with lots of food stalls and club/live music nights. (10 miles). There’s a much smaller version that’s slightly more authentic in Sant Joan de Labritja on Saturdays (6 miles).
- Portinatx – A little town with a dramatic cliffside lighthouse and 3 beaches. S’Arenal Gros and S’Arenal Petit are more touristy and have a good selection of shops, restaurants, and even a water park. On the other end of town, Port de Portinatx is a natural cove that’s great for snorkeling and paddle boarding. If you come here, do not leave without having a drink on Los Enamorados’ terrace or a poke around their store: beautiful and fascinating. It’s a short walk from here to the town’s iconic lighthouse. (9 miles).
- Puig de Missa & Santa Eulària des Riu – Santa Eulària is a delightful city to explore with a pleasant beach and great indoor food market, but if you only have time for one thing in this area, do not miss the majestic 16th-century Puig de Missa (pweesh deh meesa). It is possible to drive up but make sure to wander around the characterful cluster of streets up there and marvel at the views. (10 miles).
- Dalt Vila – 16th-century walled city within Ibiza Town’s old quarter with a warren of steep, pedestrianized, and cobbled streets (wear flat shoes with grip). There’s a cathedral, castle, the ancient UNESCO-protected Puig des Molins necropolis and attached archeological museum, churches and little chapels, a monastery, a contemporary art museum, lookout points, and medieval bulwarks. There are a few ways into Dalt Vila but the magnificent Portal de ses Taules on the Plaça de la Constitució is by far the most dramatic. Every Friday night, you can enjoy traditional Ibizan dancing and costumes at the Baluarde de Sant Pere. (11 miles).
- Sant Antoni de Portmany & Around – ‘San An’ gets a bad rap for being flooded with young, drunk Brits, but if you can navigate your way around them (avoid the blocks around Carrer Santa Agnes), you’ll find a delightful, diverse town with excellent restaurants and a glorious bay full of little villages and coves to explore. It has some of the island’s most famous and enduring superclubs like Es Paradis and bars like the ever-popular Sunset Strip. (12 miles).
- Ses Salines – Spectacular salt flats and protected woodlands. Excellent birding opportunities; you can sometimes spot flamingos. There’s an interpretation center if you want to learn more about the area. The beach of the same name is one of the island’s best. For one of the most fabulous bar-restaurants on the whole island, take the dirt path to Experimental Beach on Cap des Falcó, where you can eat and drink from the comfort of your sun lounger. 25-minute drive to Platja de ses Salines (16 miles) or to Experimental Beach (16 miles).
- Sant Josep & Sa Talaia (hiking) – The tourist board has produced a good guide to some of the best hikes on the island, but for view-hunters, head for Sa Talaia, Ibiza’s highest peak at 1,550ft above sea level. The walk starts in the delightful town of Sant Josep, which somehow manages to fuse the best of sleepy inland Ibiza with stylish stores and eateries. 30-minute drive (18 miles) to Sant Josep.
- Es Vedrà & Southern Beaches – The south-westerly section of the island is most famous for the stunning Es Vedrà rock formation in the sea, and it is also home to some fantastic beaches. Standouts include: Cala d’Hort – for the best views of Es Vedrà, you can go out on boat trips from here to see it up close; Es Cubells – for its magnificently situated cliffside church and off-the-beaten-track cove; and Cala Vadella – one of the most perfect little beach villages, with a crescent of sand and a pretty plaza right on the beach with all the amenities you’d need for a day out. All are a 30-40 minute drive (23 miles).
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Central Can Escandell – On the outskirts of Santa Gertrudis, this supermarket has a great selection of organic local fruits and vegetables, as well as gourmet products. Open Monday-Saturday 7:30am-9pm, Sunday 8am-2pm. If they don’t have what you need, there’s a Suma supermarket opposite. (3 miles).
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