London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies
Where to stay in Ibiza ? Here’s our verdict and highlights over the last 15 years for best of finca hotels: Can Toni Xumeu, inland from Cala Llonga and 12 km away from Ibiza old town, a rural luxurious paradise and authentic Ibiza. We reckon it’s one of the best places to stay in Ibiza away from the party, ideal for couples or families who’d like to chill.
Where else to stay in Ibiza? (i) 2021 treated us with the most glorious girls only week-end at Destino Pacha, celebrating 20 years (?!?) from our Masters in Oxford & Paris. The breakfasts were divine, the pool afternoons fun, the views spectacular.
(ii) Ibiza old city for history, pretty cobbled streets, the walled citadel of Dalt Vila, teeming with art galleries, wine bars and restaurants. It’s perfect for girls week-end getaway given proximity to the lively port, Lio and Pacha, but less for Ibiza with kids!
(iii) Around Calla Tarida we reckon is also great for Ibiza for families, stunning sandy beaches – we wrote about the area and our blast with the kids and friends in here.
(iv) Hacienda Na Xamena in the North for dramatic shore, spa with hanging pools and thermal waters, luxury, chill out and fine dining.
So many great options, but in 2019 Can Toni Xumeu won our hearts: barely open that year, this gorgeous finca fis, a place where luxury whispers, rather than shouts; Ibizan countryside meets impeccable aesthetic and therapeutic colour schemes.
The white of the villas and warm beige tones are punctuated by the evergreens and the crisp turquoise of the pool, tying everything together with tones of zen.
For us it’s been the perfect pied a terre between the mad parties and the fun gatherings with our friends. And in 4 days we had a proper marathon at Pacha, Amante, Nassau Beach Club, Lio, Ushuaia, Hard Rock and Blue Marlin.
And as amazing and joyous it gets, we loved the resting moments and peaceful retreat in the nature at Can Toni Xumeu. A rural pampering oasis with warm staff – much appreciated and needed to recharge batteries.
A finca dated from 1859 and recently refurbished to perfection : wooden beams above are authentic, the cupboards and discrete decorations with the local pottery charming, Bulgari products in the bathroom complementing glamorously the nature smells.
There’s so much peace and silence interrupted just by the birds tweets, occasionally a donkey in the far distance and the sweet sound of the water.
Having just 16 rooms and villas, Can Toni Xumeu feels private, discreet and wonderful. The breakfast is prepared fresh once you are at the table: warm croissants and freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh local fruit, Ibizan bread and tomatoes with olive oil.
We went for a junior suite with a large private terrace; but all villas and rooms look impeccable. There are few large common spaces around to be used for drinks with friends; large white meditation beds overlooking the woods or simply observing the stars.
The sky at night blew our expectations – our 2nd night we’ve been particularly blessed with a small moon and clear skies, so we got views that rivalled Maldives skies and Oman desert at night. The milky way and few falling stars have been the highlight – oh, what a treat.
The closest beaches are Calla Llonga and the nearest beach bar & restaurante is Amante. We couldn’t help ourselves a sunrise trip, it’s right on the cliffs over a private bay.
We found Can Toni Xumeu also conveniently close to everything in terms of driving distance: 30 minutes to Pacha – still be best place on island for Thursday nights; 30 minutes from Lio – our choice for Friday dinner & clubbing; 30 minutes to Hacienda Na Xamena for drinks; 30 minutes to Ushuaia– the place to be on Saturdays for Ants party; 30 minutes to Blue Marlin, where Sundays are happiest and funkiest.
Do you like to escape crowds and find little gems or rather stay mainstream and close to the parties? Whilst it’s difficult to tick off all the best places to stay in Ibiza in one single article, we’d love to hear about your finds ! One hedonistic island that has it all! For more party islands, check our fantastic week in Mykonos with kids and grandma, summer 2021 spoilt us in there!
Travelling to Ibiza during the pandemic (September 2021). Being fully vaccinated and travelling from UK to Ibiza was easy, just a couple of extra forms and tests. For coming back to London, one had just to have a negative test prior to flying and the Locator form. The travelling guidance has been fluid though, always best to check the latest UK Foreign travel advice. Dissapointingly though, whilst London, Madrid , Barcelona and Mykonos were back to partying on beach clubs and outside area, in Ibiza dancing was still not allowed, so we are counting down to our trip in 2022 and hopefully getting our party island back!