Boutique Villas Ibiza

Cala Carbo, Ibiza, Spain Book from

Reviewed by Liz Simpson
Handpicked funky finca and stylish supervilla (sleeping 6-15) for weekly rental, each with a private pool
When Alberto and Yvonne married back in 2004, Ibiza also benefited. They moved here - she from Amsterdam, he from living in India - to set up a business creating stylish self-catering villas for the rental market. Yvonne is an interior designer and architect, Alberto a former fashion designer, and these houses offer a great combo of 5-star service and funky Bali-meets-Med decor. Ranging from 3 to 8 bedrooms, and from mid-budget to ultra-top-dollar, they cater mainly for groups of friends (plus the occasional family) seeking total privacy along with a big dollop of style.

Off-white colour schemes are offset by bright flashes of fabric, ceramics and art. Expect walk-in rain showers and freestanding stone baths; skylights and sleek four-posters; natural stone worktops and limestone washed walls; gorgeous gardens and private pools; a charming setting in Cala Carbo on the island's western tip.


  • We loved the Oriental furnishings and designer touches: teak four-posters, egg-shaped tubs and bright artworks
  • Natural materials soften the sleek lines: pebbled floors, wood ceilings, bamboo clothes ladders, salvaged stone urns
  • Each has a private pool and lots of sumptuous lounge areas
  • You get all mod cons, from plasma TVs to rain-head showers
  • Alberto and Yvonne live close to Cala Carbo, and in their shop, Ksar, you can buy the handmade furniture that beautifies the villas


  • The flagship Villa Vedra is eye-wateringly expensive - you'll want to fill all the beds to make it worth it
  • Bookings are Saturday-Saturday only, and the villas are only open from April or May until October
  • We haven't visited Villa Vedra yet - but hope to just as soon as we can persuade a dozen friends (and our bank manager) to join us

Best time to go

The villas get booked early, so make your plans well in advance. The most popular time to go to Ibiza is during the summer months (mid June-September), when the sun is shining; and the party atmosphere really kicks in for July and August. However, there are definite advantages to visiting in the quieter months (May, early June, October): the island is beautifully green and the days are often warm enough to go to the beach; in spring, the almond trees are all in blossom.

Our top tips

Wander around Ibiza (Eivissa) - the labyrinth of cobbled streets in the Old Town is lovely, and there’s a host of boutiques should you want to flex your Amex. A steep climb up to the hill-top cathedral is a must, and the drawbridge entrance to Dalt Villa is magnificent

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Villas
  • 2 villas for 6-15
  • Self-catering (chef on request)
  • 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
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Laundry Service
  • Cleaning 3-6 times/week
Room: Villa Vedra


DAR MORO (sleeps 6)

This ochre-walled, Moorish-styled house is perfect for 2 or 3 couples travelling together, or for a (large) family. It has 2 double rooms and 1 twin, plus a sitting room, kitchen and lots of outdoor spaces where most of your day will be spent. Choose between the covered dining area, wooden and microcement pool decks, roof terrace, even a heated jacuzzi in case the 14m pool is too cold for your liking. Its huge patio is set within dry stone walls, above which pokes the rocky crest of Es Vedra islet; from the garden, a stepped path leads to the beach of Cala Carbo.

VILLA VEDRA (sleeps 15)

This is the flagship supervilla, a venue for film stars and fashion shoots. Perched on a hill 300m above Cala Carbo, it boasts spectacular 180-degree views of sea, pine woods and the mythical rock isle of Es Vedra, as well as the nature reserve of Cala d'Hort. The house was designed by Rolph Blakstad who built some of Ibiza's most prestigious villas, and incorporates a 100sqm loft-style living area, 8 bedrooms (5 doubles, 2 twins, 1 single), plus freestanding baths or washbasins made of solid river stone in some of the 8 bathrooms.

The owners divide their time between Ibiza, Marrakech and Bali, and you'll see furnishings from all 3, as well as Italian designer touches. Enormous glass windows let light flood in; sliding doors let you out onto several roofed and open terraces, most of which feature lounge sofas, sun loungers and those amazing views.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbeque
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Ipod dock
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


DAR MORO (sleeps 6)

Separated by a screen of twisted, sun-bleached branches, the kitchen and dining room have cool tiled floors, white-arched walls and a round table for up to 6. But most of the year you'll dine outside at the bamboo-shaded patio, then recline to one of the double-sized daybeds by the pool, or to the amazingly carved Balinese bench nearby.

If you want to eat out, there are 2 beach restaurants with great fish at Cala Carbo, as well as a tapas bar (La Sardina) and a supermarket.

VILLA VEDRA (sleeps 15)

The vast indoor living space boasts a 5-metre-long dining table hewn from a single timber block, as well as a huge sitting room and a well equipped kitchen.

Most guests who are splashing out on a stay here will go the whole hog and prebook a chef for most of the dinners, at least. The concierge can arrange this in advance (at any of the villas); choose from various Mediterranean, Italian, Spanish or macrobiotic menus.

Features include:

  • Chef on request
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
Activity: Villa Vedra


  • Hit the beach: both villas are within walking distance of the small, sandy and very sheltered Cala Carbo, and a short drive from trendy Cala Jondal
  • Chill by your private pool, or sleep off your hangover in the vast daybeds
  • Visit the active salt pans at Ses Salinas, an extraordinary watery grid of sparkling crystals backed by a mountain of salt
  • Get shopping: the hippy markets at Es Canar (Wednesdays) and Sant Carlos (Saturdays) are great: handmade jewellery, fab leather goods, clothes and various forms of art
  • Play golf, go riding or cycling, learn to dive or have a massage; they can organise a range of activities for you (with a driver to take you there), or point you in the right direction should you wish to go independently

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Yoga


Children are very welcome and beaches are close by.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available


Babysitting available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

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

Families Should Know:

None of the houses are toddler-proof (ungated pools, unfenced drops).

Kid Friendly:

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