Agro Can Gall

Sant Joan, Ibiza, Spain Book from Book from £132 per night

A relaxed 11-room finca set in beautiful grounds, with a pool, fab food and a wonderful welcome
“Hola!”, beams Santi, springing up from behind his desk. “Come in, come in, como esta?” Talking a mile to the dozen in excellent English, he leads us to the dining room and makes coffee, whilst chatting to other guests in French and Spanish, and tickling his daughter. This is life at Can Gall; bustling, personal and incredibly friendly.

The 200-year-old finca is set far back from the main road amongst breathtakingly beautiful grounds: neat lines of olive and almond trees interspersed by pretty white flowers; a 25m pool with loungers dotted around it; flowerbeds filled with fragrant lavender and pink geraniums, and a scattering of oversized ceramic pots. Inside, the rooms are a blend of restored wood and pure white: linen curtains, kingsize beds and plump goose-feather pillows. Overall the effect is tranquil - so much so that within an hour we were fast asleep and almost missed our dinner reservation. But this is what’s so attractive about Can Gall: the warm welcome makes you feel like you’re visiting an old friend and you instantly relax.

Highs

  • Fab, spacious bedrooms with loads of charm and all the mod cons
  • A chance to see ‘the other side’ of Ibiza - rural, tranquil and stunning
  • Santi and wife Anna go above and beyond, happily driving guests around, dishing out free drinks and making you feel super welcome
  • Family friendly, with big grounds for kids to play in, two Family Suites and a beautiful pool

Lows

  • Some rooms are quite dark; others have an uncurtained skylight above the bed, which takes its toll in the morning...
  • There are no baths, but the pay off is a decadent walk-in hydro massage shower. Note that most bathrooms are open-plan to the bedroom so there's not much privacy
  • Some might hear the cockerels on the nearby farm (800m away) in the morning
  • In-room WiFi was pretty patchy when we revisited in 2013

Best time to go

The most popular time to go to Ibiza is during the summer months, when it's warm enough to spend all day at the beach or by the pool. Hotels book up months in advance from May-Sept, so if you plan to come then, make your plans well in advance. However, there are definite advantages to visiting in the off-season months when things are quieter. In autumn the island is beautifully green and the days are often warm enough to go to the beach; in March, the almond trees are all in blossom and the countryside is stunning. The hotel is closed during November and December.

Our top tips

Visit the various pottery shops in trendy San Rafael, or call in at one of the many outlet stores and pick up beautiful ceramics to take home.

Great for...

Eco
Family
Wedding
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 11
  • Breakfast + other meals on request (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

The 11 rooms are traditional and tranquil, with sabina wood beamed ceilings and furniture, stone floors, exposed stone walls and shuttered windows. The emphasis is very much on white - the walls, bedspread, armchair, soft towels - in fact, the only splash of colour in our large Double Deluxe with Terrace came from a large painted wooden duck and a vase of fresh lavender. The only real difference between rooms is the size, though the Small Double (obviously being the smallest) lacks a terrace.

To fit with the hotel's eco-friendly ethos, there are no bathtubs - instead, each room has a hydro massage shower, which we found fantastic. In fact, we probably used up more water than a bath would have done, because it was so nice. The bathrooms are ensuite, separated from the bedrooms by a curtain, and have a small room with the toilet and bidet in. Damana toiletries add to the luxury element - orange blossom body lotion, juniper shampoo and white nettle conditioner.

You'll find a CD player, free WiFi access, a flatscreen TV and a coffee machine (ask in the kitchen for freshly ground coffee beans and milk). The beds are comfy and warm and there are armchairs or sofas to snuggle up in. They are a bit dark by day, but the small windows are traditional finca style, and keep the room cool in the summer heat. And the upside is that tiny windows plus thick walls keeps out noise.

Outside, all rooms (except the Small Double) have a small private terrace and flowerbed, with a wrought iron table and chairs. The majority of these overlook the garden, and it's a great place to have an early evening glass of wine and watch the sun set.

There are 2 newer Family Suites set in the garden, which offer additional space in the form of a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a little terrace with tables and chairs. Families may also like to stay in the Double Deluxe with Terrace rooms to the right of the dining room, which have their own private corridor and a shared courtyard.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

Although the hotel has a great little kitchen, it only operates full-time in high season. In spring and autumn, the chef can provide picnic spreads (cold meats, cheeses, bruschetta and olives) or whip you up whatever you fancy, but we felt a bit embarrassed to put a chef to all that trouble and opted to go out. Santi booked a table for us at Es Pins 3km down the road. This was a charming place - fairly simple but popular with families - and the vast platters of roasted halibut with chips and salad were fantastic.

When the kitchen is open, much of the produce comes from the neighbouring farm - chickens, vegetables, fruits etc. There's a large terrace and gnarled wood pergola with fantastic views if you want to dine alfresco, and in the winter months, guests all eat together around a big sabine pine table in the dining room. We did this for breakfast, chatting to the other guests and Santi and Anna in a warm, family atmosphere.

It's also common for Santi to throw a BBQ when the weather's good, and he'll invite all the guests to take part and mix a sociable punch to bond people.

The breakfast itself was good: a spread of Spanish cheeses and hams, homemade bread and croissants, home-grown OJ, fruit platters and yoghurts. There was also a choice of hot meals, ranging from scrambled eggs with jamon to crepes.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Communal dining
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Laze around the pool, helping yourself to drinks from the honesty bar, or borrow a bike and explore the countryside
  • Hit the beach: family friendly Es Figueral is a short drive away and this has a large flat area that's great for building sandcastles and playing in the tide pools. The sea itself is pretty rough though, so if you want to swim, head to the beautiful calm inlet Calla Mastrella
  • Drive to the west of the island and visit Cova de ses Llegostes, a natural cave aquarium that's filled with sealife
  • Play golf and tennis, go sailing, diving or riding, or take a yoga class then have an in-room massage - Santi can organise various excursions and activities
  • Spend a day in Eivissa, Ibiza's beautiful capital (17km away). Stroll through the narrow streets of the Old Town up to the Cathedral, which has stunning panoramic views of the island
  • Head to the south of the island and visit the Ses Salines salt plains, then chill out on the beach with the same name
  • Get shopping: the hippy markets at Es Canar (Wednesdays) and Sant Carlos (Saturdays) are great: handmade jewellery, fab leather goods, lovely clothes and various forms of art
  • Stroll around the the orange, olive and almond groves
  • Arrange a visit to the nearby farm to see the chickens!

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Yoga

Kids

Children are welcome here and Santi and Anna like having kids around (they have a child of their own). The grounds are spacious and perfect for hide and seek, there's a cat to play with, and the heated pool will keep children entertained. At night the finca has a security guard and the front door is locked. Note that only 2-3 families are generally permitted at a time in consideration for other guests and the tranquil ambiance

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

The ideal accommodation for guests with children are the two Family Suites in the garden, which consist of a double bedroom, twin bedroom and a large terrace, to which a baby cot can be added. A baby cot in the Small Doubles is also possible. One extra bed or baby cot can be added to all Double Rooms (with terraces) - of these the Double Deluxe rooms to the right of the dining room have their own private corridor and a shared courtyard as well.

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement with local childcare agency

Baby listening:

Baby listening/monitors available on request. They work throughout the finca

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • Baby bedding
  • High chair
  • Night light
  • Bottle warming

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Although the kitchen is seasonal, they assure us that families can be fed at all times of the day here, with special mealtimes and menus for tots. There's a café within walking distance and you can use the hotel's blender and microwave if necessary

Kids Activities on site:

  • 25m heated pool with shallow end
  • Toys
  • A huge garden to run around and play in

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Farm animals nearby (farm 800m away)
  • Plenty of beaches, including Es Figueral for sandcastles and tide pools and Calla Mastrella for swimming
  • Hire bicycles to explore locally
  • Go karting
  • Tennis, swimming, horse riding
  • Cova de ses Llegostes, a natural cave aquarium

Families Should Know:

The pool isn't fenced so keep an eye on toddlers.

Distances:

  • Airport: 30 minutes
  • Hospital: 20 minutes
  • Doctor: Can be called out if needed
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 9 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
8/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

We arrived with two small children, one of whom had been violently sick the whole way from the airport to the hotel. Santi was unbelievably kind, accommodating and welcoming right from the word go, whisking our piles of sicky clothes and a vomit-covered carseat away to be cleaned without a word of complaint. Nothing was too much trouble and we were looked after beautifully our entire stay. We used the babysitting service once, which was excellent and the monitors stretched all over the property, allowing us to escape our cottage a bit over naps and bedtime. We would definitely recommend Can Gall to any family.

9/10,

We stayed for a week in August in room 10 which was ideal for us (2 adults and 2 children age 14 and 12), with 2 bedrooms, a shower room and lovely shady verandah. Our accommodation, communal areas and grounds were very clean and well maintained and the outdoor pool area was wonderful. There was a good selection of hot and cold foods at breakfast and although dinner was freshly cooked to order, the menu was quiet limited. The Agro Can Gall is beautifully situated 4 minutes up a bumpy track (which adds to the fun!), surrounded by olives and fruit trees. There is a good mix of different nationalities and Santi is such a kind host making you feel like an old friend, we were sad to leave!

10/10,

We thought Agro Can Gall was better than average but not quite excellent, although the rooms were excellent. For the price I was surprised there weren't more toiletries. The food was delicious but the menu very limited. Everything came with salad and chips. We were told the food is generally frozen, which was surprising and once we ordered pizzas only to be told some time later that they didnt have what we ordered. There was no bottled water offered complimentary to guests so it becomes very costly. The breakfast was good but not not much fruit variety. All these things are small things but important. We loved Can Gall and Santi was fantastic. We will recommend the hotel and would love to go back. But didn't feel it was 100% value for money. But as I said they are small things. The place is amazing and we met some lovely people.

8/10,

Santi was such a good host, we loved our stay at Can Gall. We definitely stay again. Thank you so much for such a great stay.

10/10,

This is the 5th time I have stayed at Can Gall and it is always a joy to stay there. The owners are so welcoming and attentive. It's very relaxing and the quality of the rooms, food and surroundings are excellent. I would always recommend staying here and hope to return in the future.

10/10,

We spent an outstanding week at Can Gall, the rooms and service can't be faulted. Beautiful grounds and pool, we loved the feel of a home away from home and the relaxing atmosphere. We would recommend a visit if you just want to get away and have a quite time together as a family or couple.

10/10,

They washed and sterilised six baby bottles every morning while I was having breakfast, which was such a great help. The hotel and eating area inside and outside was lovely as were the bedrooms and pool area. Santi did everything to make our stay enjoyable. Unfortunately the food was a disappointment. They don’t offer restaurant type food or quality which was a shame, but Santi recommended some lovely places to eat.
We loved the Pura Vida restaurant on Niu Blau beach, just north of Santa Euralia – the beach was quiet and pretty, the restaurant served delicious food with an Asian fusion. (My husband said it was one of his best meals ever). Also the Pizzeria del Puerto in the Marina of Santa Euralia was excellent offering very high quality food (not just pizzas) – a local had recommended it. We did a boat trip on the Porto Pedro boat to a nearby island and was the highlight of our trip. The beaches they took us to were nicer than the Maldives!

7/10,

Beautiful place. Gorgeous rooms. Tranquil. The pool is great. Husband especially liked the draught beer at the honesty bar! Perfect for the kids. Very family orientated. Santi made us feel very welcome, as did all the staff who were all so friendly. The kids loved it. Close to beaches and lovely restaurants. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect holiday. It's a little patch of paradise. We are already planning our return to Can Gall!!

9/10,

This is the fourth year we have stayed at Agro Can Gall and we can never fault the hotel and owners. They go above and beyond to look after their guests, we can't recommend it enough.

10/10,

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