Boutique Villas Ibiza

Cala Carbo, Ibiza, Spain Book from Book from £412 per night

Gorgeous handpicked house rentals, including 3 funky fincas (for 4-11) and a stylish supervilla (for up to 15), each with its own 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 perfectly for groups of friends and sun-seeking families wanting total privacy along with a big dollop of style.

Some houses are delightfully rustic, others contemporary-chic, but all have been decorated with impeccable flair. 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; and a charming setting around Cala Carbo on the island's western tip.

Highs

  • Fabulous sea views from all 4 villas, many of them over pine woods to the iconic rock of Es Vedra
  • 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 outdoor lounging areas; Dar Moro also has a path to the beach
  • You get all mod cons, from plasma TVs to rain-head showers

Lows

  • 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
  • Bear in mind that the 2 fincas are quite rustic (in a nice way), with simpler, darker interiors than the snazzy Vedra and boutique Moro
  • 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.

Back at Cala Carbo, pop into Alberto and Yvonne's shop Ksar, where you can buy some of the handmade furniture and artefacts that beautify the villas.

Great for...

Beach
Family
  • Boutique Villas
  • 4 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: Finca es Pasadis (Finca Carbo)

Rooms

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.

FINCA CUBELL (sleeps 8-11)

As the name suggests, this house overlooks the lovely beach and of Es Cubells, a few km east from the Cala Carbo trio towards Eivissa town. Newly redecorated in 2016, and with a pool arriving in 2017, it sits in an elevated position, looking over pine woods to the sea and Formentera. The trump card is the wonderful arched sitting/dining area out front, with a separate pergola below - perfect for al fresco living.

Thick walls (no A/C), small windows and pristine white walls give the bedrooms an almost monastically chic ambiance, with pebbled wetrooms or solid stone tubs for ablutions (3 bathrooms between the 4 bedrooms). Two bedrooms can sleep 3-4, one using a mezzanine level, the other a cosier bunk arrangement. This, along with its excellent value and its boules pitch, make it perhaps the best option for kids, though - as with all their houses - it has not been safety-checked into bland conformity; so expect a few unprotected drops, sharp edges and prickly plants.

FINCA ES PASADIS (sleeps 10)

A gorgeously secluded old casa de campo, hunkering low at the edge of dense juniper woods between Cala Carbo and the rocky spit opposite Es Vedra, this is a great option for an extended family or 2, or a group of friends wanting a quiet escape. The main house has 4 bedrooms (3 doubles, 1 twin), all with their own bathroom; the 5th bedroom is in a separate annex 50m away - great for grandparents. There's a spacious living room, indoor and outdoor dining/sitting areas, and a simple kitchen.

The look is engagingly rustic, with super thick stone walls and small windows (to keep it cool, though there are ceiling fans or A/C too), as well as traditional juniper ceiling beams, tiled or pebbled floors, and vintage wrought iron or wooden beds. Fittingly decorative touches include arty twig lamps, Moroccan brass-tray tables, salvaged chairs and teddies smiling in a wall niche. Very sweet.

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
  • Barbecue
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Ipod dock
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

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.

FINCA CUBELL (sleeps 8-11)

The kitchen here is very well equipped, with a wide (5-ring) gas hob and oven (plus extractor), a dishwasher, excellent pots and pans, pretty blue and white glassware and crockery, stacks of ceramic bowls and a good array of implements. The square dining table seats 8, while outside in the portico is a second table for 8 as well as lower seating for drinks and games.

It's 3 mins' drive to Es Cubells (or you can walk down in 15, back in 20), where you'll find a few fish and BBQ restaurants (including the fantastic Es Torrent), a tapas bar and a supermarket. It's 15-20 mins' drive into Eivissa; on the way you pass the magical cocktail and sushi garden, KM5.

FINCA ES PASADIS (sleeps 10)

This kitchen is simpler than the others, but has all you need for family dinners inside or out: gas hob, oven, a decent range of crockery and pans and gadgets - but no microwave or juicer, for example.

It's 5-10 mins' walk to Cala Carbo - see above.

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
Eating:
Activity: Villa Vedra

Activities

  • 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

Kids

Children are very welcome and beaches are close by. All houses have their own (unheated) pool; most have some games or books for kids; Finca Cubell also has a boules pitch.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

We think Finca Cubell is the most child friendly, by virtue of its 2 family rooms (one for 3, one for 4) - which allow parents to sleep in the same space as their child(ren).

Babysitting:

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 is toddler-proof (ungated pools, unfenced drops, some sharp edges).

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
6/10
Service
8/10
Value
8/10
Overall

Very beautiful spacious villa.

8/10,

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