Agro Can Gall

Sant Joan, Ibiza, Spain Book from Book from £135 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
World Favourite Family Hideaway

    Best rooms for families

    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.

    Parents should know...

    The pool isn't fenced so keep an eye on toddlers.
  • Baby cots
  • Baby bedding
  • High chair
  • Night light
  • Bottle warming

Some equipment may need to be requested in advance

Babysitting is available by arrangement with local childcare agency

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

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

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

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
  • Babysitting
  • Creche / Kids Club
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • 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's 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

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.
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
7/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
9/10
Overall

We spend every summer in Ibiza and this is the first place we have stayed that we would love to come back to. The location is fantastic for those who want to enjoy the wild side of the island and its most beautiful beaches. The rooms we stayed in were spacious, cool and super clean. All of the staff were incredibly friendly and made a real effort to help us feel at home. The pool is fabulous – particularly in the early morning! What makes this place exceptional is Santi, the owner. Hugely welcoming, enthusiastic and able to achieve miracles in case of emergency – the perfect host. A four wheel drive is a must if you want to make the most of secret places on Ibiza, away from the crowds.

8/10,

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 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,

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,

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,

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