Ca Na Xica Hotel in Ibiza, Spain

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Updated: August 6, 2020

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Review of Ca Na Xica Hotel in Ibiza, Spain.

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, 18-minute drive), Sant Antoni de Portmany (14 miles, 25 minutes), and Santa Eulària des Rio (9 miles, 14-minute drive) – 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 16-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.
  • 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 14-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.
  • Wi-Fi: There is free Wi-Fi but it only reaches some of the Premiere Suites on their terraces.
  • 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
  • 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: 16-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. 20-minute drive (10 miles).

Best Restaurants

    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. $$-$$$. 3-minute drive (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. $$-$$$. 6-minute drive (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. $$-$$$. 7-minute drive (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). $$-$$$. 8-minute drive (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. $$$$. 11-minute drive (4 miles).
  • Giri Cafe – Contemporary Mediterranean drinking and dining in a cozy restaurant that opens into a magical garden with sun loungers. $$-$$$. 11-minute drive (6 miles).
  • La Mesa Escondida – Arguably the best Italian food on the island in Sant Rafel, specializing in great fresh pasta served in a delightful garden. Open for lunch and dinner; closed on Tuesdays. $$-$$$. 13-minute drive (9 miles).
  • Port Balansat/Chiringuito Pascual – Aside from the gorgeous family-friendly beach and great cliff-side hikes, part of Port de Sant Miquel’s charm is great food, thanks to these neighboring restaurants. Both are fabulous picks for fish and seafood. $$-$$$. 15-minute drive (4.5 miles).
  • La Dispensa – Describing itself as a ‘creative gastronomic workshop’, La Dispensa has 4 distinctly themed salons along Carrer de la Santa Creu in Dalt Vila. It serves fusion Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$. 20-minute drive (10 miles).
  • Ca’s Pagès – Delicious traditional Ibizan food (specializing in grilled meats) in a rustic restaurant with a delightful garden. Open lunch and dinner. Closed on Tuesdays. Cash only. $$. 20-minute drive (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. $-$$. 22-minute drive (11 miles).
  • 45 Millas – Truly outstanding food coming from this small kitchen in an unlikely San An backstreet. World-fusion tapas with an amazing liquor selection. $$-$$$. 24-minute drive (12 miles).
  • El Chiringuito des Port – This modest little shack by the port serves up surprisingly great Argentinian-style seafood and grilled meats and becomes a convivial place to drink in the evening. $-$$. 25-minute drive (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. $$$-$$$$. 45-minute drive (24 miles).

Best Cafes

  • Musset Cafe – Some say this place does the best breakfasts: great, fresh, wholesome food, with an emphasis on vegetarian/vegan. 6-minute drive (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. 11-minute drive (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. 20-minute drive (10 miles).

Best Bars

  • 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. 7-minute drive (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. 20-minute drive (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). 23-minute drive (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. 26-minute drive (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. 27-minute drive (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. 28-minute drive (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. 20-minute drive (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. 20-minute drive (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. 24-minute drive (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. 30-minute drive (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. 30-minute drive (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. 21-minute drive (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. 23-minute drive (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. 25-minute drive (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. 25-minute drive (13 miles).

Best Superclubs

    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. 16-minute drive (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). 17-minute drive (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. 17-minute drive (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. 18-minute drive (10 miles).
  • – 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. 21-minute drive (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. 24-minute drive (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. 24-minute drive (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, 7-minute drive), with outposts in Sant Josep and Las Dalias.
  • Es Cuçons La Tienda – Gorgeous homeware from the stylish hotel of the same name. 7-minute drive (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. 7-minute drive (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. 7-minute drive (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. 7-minute drive (4.5 miles).
  • Los Otros – Concept shop selling on-trend toiletries, interior pieces, clothing, jewelry, and more, with a restaurant and cafe/bar featuring a great terrace. Perfect after Las Dalias. 11-minute drive (6 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. 14-minute drive (9 miles).
  • Los Enamorados – Outlandish 70s-inspired clothing, art, and interior pieces as part of a funky hotel-restaurant-bar overlooking Cala Portinatx. 20-minute drive (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. 20-minute drive (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. 20-minute drive (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. 20-minute drive (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. 20-minute drive (10 miles).

Nearby Attractions

    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. 20-minute drive (10 miles). There’s a much smaller version that’s slightly more authentic in Sant Joan de Labritja on Saturdays (6 miles, 12-minute drive).
  • 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. 18-minute drive (10 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. 19-minute drive (9 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. 25-minute drive (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. 25-minute drive (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. 23-minute drive (16 miles) to Platja de ses Salines/28-minute drive (16 miles) to Experimental Beach.
  • 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 30-40 minute drives (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. 5-minute drive (3 miles).

Ca Na Xica – The Hotel

The hotel looks unassuming from the entrance.

The walk from the car park to the entrance does not adequately reflect the grandeur within.

The main building is in an old farmhouse.

The main building is an old farmhouse with tons of character and tastefully refurbished original features.

The lobby is very welcoming.

The lobby’s decor reflects that of the hotel at large: comfy with calming blues and creams. Opposite this sitting area is a computer and a little library for guests.

The pool is extraordinary.

The way out of the main building gives a glimpse of the most striking feature of the hotel: it’s tree-lined pool.

The pool is huge and surrounded by cabanas.

This side of the farmhouse looks fit for royalty, with the huge pool surrounded by loungers and cabanas.

All rooms are spacious and have balconies.

Inside the main house are Doubles and Superior Doubles. All rooms are spacious and every room has a balcony.

Rooms in old building have modern bathrooms as well.

The rooms in the old buildings may be slightly more rustic than the newer Premier suites, but they have modern bathrooms with dual vanities.

Superior Doubles have large living areas and terraces.

The Superior Doubles have more living space and larger outdoor space. This one is in the main building, but most are in charming outbuildings.

Most Superior Doubles are located in traditional buildings.

Most of the Superior Doubles are in typical Ibizan-style buildings, each with its own outdoor space.

Superior Doubles have separate living rooms.

The Superior Doubles are more like junior suites, with separate spacious living and sleeping areas.

The Premiere Suites are in a different part of the property.

The Premiere Suites were added in 2015. They are set apart from the main building in their own area.

Each suite has a private terrace.

Each has a very private terrace with views of the countryside.

Each suite is different in layout and decor.

Each suite differs slightly, both due to the layout and the decor. All are in neutral tones but there are pieces of local artwork in each as well as unique pieces of furniture that set them apart from each other.

Each suite comes with an open-air patio.

In addition to the terrace, each suite has its own private patio area, open to the sky, so that you could wash in the ‘open air’ as in this suite.

One of the suites has a patio with cacti.

In this suite, the patio, filled with cacti, is in the bedroom.

Suites have huge sofas.

This suite has ample seating and a massive sofa, perfect for a siesta.

Suites come with Nespresso machines.

Each suite has a Nespresso machine as well as tea-making facilities.

The restaurant is separate from the hotel.

The restaurant is separate from the hotel, with its own road for the general public.

The restaurant offers outdoor seating.

There are tables inside and out. The views are lush.

The hotel has a small sandy area with a pool bar.

Shaded from the house and the restaurant is the hotel’s ‘beach’ and pool bar, with comfy loungers all around it.

There is a large outdoor hot tub.

The outdoor hot tub has plenty of space.

The gym and sauna are huge.

The sizeable gym and sauna are just next to the pool bar.

The spa's treatment rooms offer good views.

The treatment cubicles have serene views. It’s also possible to get massages outside.

Can Escandell supermarket is very handy.

If Can Escandell doesn’t have what you need, there’s a Suma supermarket opposite, but it doesn’t have the character of this place. From here, everywhere in Santa Gertrudis is walkable. The road to the right of Can Escandell leads to the delightful restaurant Es Jardins de Fruitera.

Aurobelle has a boho-chic collection.

Just up Carrer Vénda de Parada is Aurobelle where you can boost your boho-chic wardrobe.

Musset Cafe offers great food and views.

A few doors along from Aurobelle you’ll come to Musset Cafe. Sit on its terrace for an hour and you’ll get a good feeling of Santa Gertrudis and its inhabitants. Along with good people-watching, there’s also awesome food.

Es Cuçons La Tienda sells interesting stuff.

On the corner before you turn left towards the church, you’ll find Es Cuçons La Tienda, the store of the Es Cuçons hotel. If you like shabby-chic interior goods, you won’t be able to resist. Next door is the glorious Finca La Plaza restaurant.

Bar Costa is an authentic and popular bar.

As you hit the church, turn right onto the pedestrianized Carrer de la Vénda des Poble. There are tons of cafes and bars here, most of them wonderful. But none are as authentic (or popular) as Bar Costa.

Wild Beets is a nice vegan restaurant.

If you walk back to the main road, the PM-804, you’ll reach Wild Beets vegan restaurant on the corner.

Somm specializes in locally made wine.

Behind Wild Beets is Somm, whose owners are experts in locally made wine.

Sluiz is a fantastic shopping destination.

Head south on the PM-804 and you’ll reach Sluiz. There are no words to adequately describe this extravagant temple of fabulousness; just go. La Galería Elefante is not far away on the opposite side of the road.

Sant Miquel de Balansat's church offers great views.

Almost directly north of the hotel is Sant Miquel de Balansat, a quaint little village with a picturesque hilltop church from where you get this magnificent view.

Port de Sant Miquel beach has 2 fantastic seafood restaurants.

From there, a quick drive down a stunning road brings you to the hotel’s nearest beach, Port de Sant Miquel (look out for the turnoff to Hacienda Na Xamena, with its excellent Edén restaurant). It’s fairly touristy, but nevertheless pretty, and there are 2 excellent seafood restaurants, Chiringuito Pascual and Port Balansat right on the beach.

Portinatx is a sight to behold.

The iconic Portinatx lighthouse at Punta Moscarter marks the northernmost tip of the island.

Port de Portinatx offers water activities.

The Port de Portinatx has a small beach and some good water activities on offer.

Los Enamorados has a nice cafe and shop.

Los Enamorados overlooks the Port and offers an experience in itself, whether you want a drink on its lovely deck or wander around the extraordinary shop.

Las Dalias is an enormous hippy market.

In the north of the island, don’t miss the enormous hippy market, Las Dalias. Despite its success, it still has an air of authenticity about it thanks to its artisan stalls and freewheelers who come for the socializing.

Puig de Missa offers superb views.

The views from Puig de Missa in Santa Eularia des Riu make the journey uphill worthwhile. Explore the complex neighborhood which has a church, cloisters, a cemetery, and very cute little homes.

Ibiza Town is best explored on foot.

In Ibiza Town (Eivissa), the old port area (the white buildings) and Dalt Vila (the medieval town on the hill) are the parts of the city you must not miss. It’s a good idea to park somewhere near the Formentera ferry (pictured) and explore the old town on foot as a lot of it is pedestrianized.

Sombrería Bonet sells authentic hats.

The port area itself is a warren of crumbling houses, characterful narrow alleys, and charming shops. Ever fancied a genuine Ecuadorian Montecristi Panama hat? The century-old hat shop Sombrería Bonet has several.

Portal de ses Taules is pretty steep.

One of the best ways into Dalt Vila is the Portal de ses Taules. Do not attempt to enter without shoes with decent grip as it’s very slippery and very steep.

TiraPallá rooftop bar offers great views.

Around the Portal de ses Taules, there are tons of great restaurants and drinking holes, including TiraPallá, a convivial rooftop bar so high up you can almost peek into Dalt Vila. Not for anyone afraid of heights.

S’Escalinata in Dalt Vila offers outdoor seating.

Inside Dalt Vila, there are some very good restaurants like La Dispensa as well as S’Escalinata, pictured, with its unique seating and excellent view of the city.

Fish Shack serves fresh catch of the day.

On the other side of Talamanca Bay from Marina Botafoch is Fish Shack, a picturesque outdoor canteen where they serve up whatever’s been caught that day with a salad and potatoes – wonderful stuff.

Heart club also offers acrobatics and fine dining.

The clubs of Botafoch are famous worldwide. This place is a relative newcomer but it has stolen many hearts (wink) thanks to the incredible combination of acrobatics, fine dining, and clubbing. Botafoch is a short drive from downtown.

Platja d’en Bossa beach has great clubs.

On the southern side of Ibiza Town is the island’s most famous beach, Platja d’en Bossa with its gorgeous long strip of sand and huge club scene (Ushuaïa and Hï are both here).

Ses Salines has a great beach and lots of birds.

Just south of Bossa Beach is an area of extraordinary natural beauty, Ses Salines (the salt flats). Especially good for birding, it also has a stunning beach of the same name.

Es Boldadó offers a good view of the Es Vedrà rock formation.

If you can see only one place in the south, make it the Es Vedrà rock formation. There’s nowhere better to gaze at it than Cala d’Hort or the nearby restaurant Es Boldadó.

Sant Antoni's Sunset Strip is world famous.

Sant Antoni itself gets some of the best sunsets on the island, so much so that its Sunset Strip (which includes the famous bars Cafe Mambo and Cafe del Mar) is world-famous.

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