Set amid some of the most ambitiously extravagant planting in Ibiza, Atzaró defies all the stereotypes of the Mediterranean’s most notorious party island. A refuge from the decadence of Ibiza’s South, this idyllic sanctuary overflows with flora and fauna and a true sense of “agricultural tourism”. The estate is built around a traditional Spanish finca, from which overflows an endless warren of relaxation spaces, pools, pavilions, lawns, and gardens. It’s almost overwhelming upon first inspection, but guests soon settle into the tranquillity of Atzaró’s slowed down pace.
The 300 year old finca (traditional Spanish farmhouse) was once the home of a Spanish matriarch, who left it to her family. Not wanting their beloved childhood home to be sold, the idea of converting it into a luxury hotel was proposed and Atzaró was born. Today the property is amongst the best on the Island, and exists as the original Ibizan retreat hotel.
The hotel aims to pay homage to a traditional Ibizan way of life. This comes through in both the service and the aesthetics. Expect handmade wooden furniture, endless shades of white, and natural, earthy materials. There is a real outside-in approach to living, with the restaurants spilling onto outdoor terraces, and a spa built around an ornamental pond. The hotel’s rooms and suites are accessed by outdoor walkways, and there are multiple open air lounge spaces for wiling away the hours.
There are just 24 rooms and suites, which helps to keep Atzaró’s peaceful vibe in check. Dotted around the estate are several gorgeously landscaped pools, a restaurant, a bar,a full service spa, extensive gardens, and a well-equipped gym. Atzaró truly set the standard for laid back luxury in Ibiza, but it doesn’t rest on its laurels and continues to grow. There’s the stupendously popular Atzaró Beach Club at Cala Nova, the equally loved farm-to-table destination restaurant Aubergine and Chiringuito, a casual beach bar. However you want to spend time on the White Isle, Atzaró has you covered.
Bedrooms are an exercise in paired back, but deeply sumptuous luxury. Think fabulous four poster beds, plush handmade sofas, and wide open terraces with cabana beds and loungers. We loved the bespoke Ibizan toiletries, the homemade signature orangello liqueur made from oranges from the estate, and the gorgeous traditional Spanish furniture.
Atzaró is nothing short of a foodie’s paradise. Nowhere else on Ibiza have we tasted food so fresh, or dishes so pitch perfect in their execution and flavour. The La Veranda restaurant serves the same menu at dinner and lunch, offering a fairly wide variety of dishes. We fell in love with a tomato and burratina salad, which consisted of beautifully ripe red tomatoes and tangy green ones, with melting burrata, a spiced tomato jam, basil pesto, and olive oil pearls. A revelation of texture and taste.
Other excellent dishes included the house patatas bravas, reimagined as feather-light fingers of fried herby mashed potato with smoky tomato sauce and aioli, an indulgent cheese risotto with vegetables from the gardens, and a superb dish of Chinese-spiced pork with nuts and pickled vegetables.
In the hot summer months there are few spots in Ibiza more idyllic for an evening meal than a table overlooking Atzaró’s grounds, candlelight flickering, glass of wine in hand. Even if you don’t stay at the hotel, dinner here is essential.
The hotel has the ability to lull you into a sense of total spaced-out serenity. There are so many outdoor spaces to sunbathe, or even cool off in the shade with a jug of sangria, that one could never possibly make use of them all. Everywhere you turn is another comfy cabana or picture-perfect pavilion. As previously mentioned there are several pools, the most impressive of which is the long landing strip freshwater pool, without chemicals and thus kind to sun-exposed summer skin.
The hotel’s Balinese inspired spa is built around an outdoor ccourtyard with an ornamental pond. There are several airy, light-filled treatment rooms complete with carved wooden ceilings offer a wide variety of expert body and face treatments. The spa’s relaxation spaces are all outdoor, serviced by an extensive pool menu.
Down by Cala Nova, a popular pale sand beach run by the family who operate Atzaró is the group’s beach club. A chic space of white furniture and turquoise cushions and glassware, this spot is the go to address for lunch, day drinking, and sunbathing on the north-east of the Island.
Food is from a similar menu to Atzaró, but with a few more casual sharing dishes. We suggest going for a traditional Spanish paella – get the lobster option for a wicked lunch time indulgence. Once done with lunch, grab yourself one of their comfortable day beds, order a round of banana daiquiris, and settle into an afternoon of sunbathing.
Through all our Ibizan travels we have yet to find a restaurant more hopelessly romantic than Aubergine. Built around a series of traditional Ibizan one story buildings that house a bar and gift shop, the main restaurant occupies a platform surrounded by vegetable and flower gardens and covered by a huge pergola. The design is stunning, and reflects the farm-to-table ethos perfectly.
Dishes here celebrate local produce, and one you simply cannot miss is the restaurant’s namesake aubergine parmigiana. A beautiful iteration of a classic dish. We also ate a tangy vegetable lasagne, and an aubergine dish stuffed with north-African spiced beef and yoghurt.
Rates at Atzaró for a Double Superior start from around 230€ in low season and go up to 495€ in high season. The hotel is about half an hour from Ibiza Airport, with regular direct flights from most London airports available.