Can Curreu

nr San Carlos, Ibiza, Spain Book from

Reviewed by Liz Simpson
A tranquil and decadent finca with beautiful gardens and an excellent restaurant, perfect for chilling out with your partner
The northeast of Ibiza is so much more civilised than the rest of the island, and this hotel is the epitome of rustic style. Rather than lager and foam parties, you get Moët in your minibar and aromatherapy oils for your Jacuzzi. With a glass of one and a soak in the other, you can (so long as you get it the right way round) enjoy a wonderfully decadent experience that's straight out of Dynasty.

But that's just the aperitif. Stay awhile and there's a feast of pleasures: stone pathways lined with fruit trees, roses and cacti; a field of sunflowers amid glorious pine hills; sublime dinners of foie gras, lamb and fine wines; a serene pool surrounded by hot-pink bougainvillea; speedboats at your disposal; and warm, friendly staff. It's very easy on the eye and, despite being first-class, is delightfully relaxed and unpretentious. The rooms are spacious and stylish, with comfy kingsize beds, private sun terraces and quirky details - ours had brass bellows for the wood fire, a picture frame filled with sea knots, and an old-fashioned telephone. We loved it.

Highs

  • Stylish rooms that are gorgeous to relax in, each with a private terrace and a TV/DVD player, and most with comfy sofas
  • Excellent restaurant: think scallops with Iberico ham and seaweed, suckling pig, then mint and matcha green tea parfait
  • Lovely views of the finca's orange and lime groves, plus panoramas of the countryside
  • Shuttered windows in rooms - cocoons of darkness at night; light flooding in during the day
  • Close to some of the island's best beaches

Lows

  • Weddings are often held here at weekends, but the music winds down at midnight
  • Double beds are 2 singles pushed together, though they are decked out with double bedlinens
  • The restaurant is expensive and the menu isn't changed very frequently, although you can request something off-menu
  • You need a car to get around, especially in high season when taxis are thin on the ground
  • The music in the restaurant isn't to everyone's taste, either: Indian chill-out and pan pipes

Best time to go

The most popular time to go to Ibiza is during the summer months, when the sun is shining. Hotels book up months in advance from May to September, 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.

Our top tips

A stay of 3-4 days would give you enough time to relax and explore the immediate vicinity, but we'd recommend a week so that you can drive around the rest of the island and really unwind. You'd be wise to bring a few books as this is the sort of environment where you can spend whole afternoons sitting on your sun terrace reading.

Great for...

Beach
Foodie
Honeymoon
Spa
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 17
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pools
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Superior Suite - Buganvilia

Rooms

The 17 bedrooms all have their own entrance and private terrace, and are cleverly angled so that each feels completely private and separate from its neighbour. Inside they're very spacious and wonderfully relaxing. Chill-out music plays as you enter the room, and a jar of bright sunflowers immediately catches the eye.

When we first reviewed the hotel, we stayed in a Suite and it was very pretty. Our sun terrace, with loungers, a table and chairs, was set in a rockery of cacti and bird of paradise flowers, overlooking the valley; the banisters leading up to our door were entwined with small purple flowers. Inside, there was a large seating area, with an L-shaped red sofa strewn with yellow and red cushions.

The room was full of objets d'art: brass tools and bellows for stoking the wood fire; an old-fashioned dial telephone; and ceramic urns snuggled into an alcove. There was a small kitchenette, and a plasma TV and DVD player. The bedroom and bathroom were set slightly higher, both decorated in duck-egg blue and clean white. The kingsize bed was super comfortable (I had my best night's sleep here) and 2 large wardrobes provided storage space.

The bathroom was separated from the bedroom by a curtain, but the toilet and bidet were in their own room. Towelling robes, piles of soft white towels, Aromatherapy Tea Tree products and a Jacuzzi-style bath made the small space seem sumptuous and inviting. Strangely though, the full-length mirrors were on the back of the toilet door, so you had to go in to see your reflection...

The other bedrooms we saw were as impressive. While smaller, the double rooms still had terraces with loungers, tables and chairs, plus kettles with tea and coffee (though no kitchenette), and our favourite suite, Es Niu, had a rooftop space with a comfy daybed and fabulous views.

When we revisited in 2013, we stayed in a Superior Suite. These are generally bigger, and well suited to families or for a longer stay. We loved the high-standard bathrooms, although we found the Jacuzzi a little hi-tech!

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fireplace
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

Can Curreu's restaurant is well-known on the island and popular with locals so it's advisable to book ahead in the summer months. It has a lovely terrace for alfresco dining, and inside, a romantic candlelit setting. A large fireplace was piled with logs and candles; gourds stood on the mantelpiece and sunflowers decorated each table.

The food is sublime: contemporary Mediterreanean using many home-grown ingredients. Imaginative starters included foie gras with caramelised apples and apricot compote, fennel marinated salmon, and sautéed scallops topped with a porcini mushroom risotto. For mains, we had rack of lamb with red wine sauce and duchess potatoes (delicious), and duck magret with a raspberry and candied fruit sauce (beautifully rich). Excellent desserts followed with a snifter of sweet wine, recommended by the waiter - Corte Dulce. My banana flambé with cointreau and freshly squeezed orange juice served with vanilla ice cream was very good, as was the mint and matcha green tea parfait with braised pineapple ice cream. There's also an impressive cellar of fine Spanish wines.

When we revisited in 2013, we loved our amuse bouche of chicken tempura, the starter of scallops with Iberico ham and seaweed, and our main of suckling pig. Portions were huge! The atmosphere is rather staid so if you want something more relaxed, ask them to deliver your meal to your room (no extra charge) and eat on your private terrace.

Breakfasts are equally good: fresh pineapple juice, homemade breads and jams, croissants and a choice of cooked dishes. I loved the ham, mushroom and cheese omelette, rounded off by freshly brewed coffee.

The restaurant is open for lunch every day, too. The suites and some Superior Suites have a kitchenette, which comes in handy if you just want an easy sandwich. Another option is to visit the bar/restaurant at the end of the road, which does excellent tapas - calamares, spinach tortilla, patatas bravas etc.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
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Activity:

Activities

  • Soak up the sun on your private terrace or by the pool
  • Wind down with a thermal circuit or massage in the spa, then snooze by its small outdoor pool
  • Hit the beach: you're near the beaches of the north coast. The picturesque Cala Mastella is a 15-minute drive, and from there you can walk round to the next cove and have lunch at the wonderful Don Bigote restaurant. Aiguas Blancas is a short drive away and well worth a visit
  • Explore the wider landscape by going walking, cycling or horse riding - the hotel can arrange bike hire and has 4 horses
  • Charter a Can Curreu speedboat and explore the island, or zoom across to Formentera: you can decide exactly where you'd like to stop, and your driver will point out secluded coves where you can have your picnic lunch (best to book ahead)
  • Wander round the grounds and admire the beautiful gardens and farm: we saw bananas, oranges, limes, lemons, olives, avocados and pomegranates growing
  • On Saturdays, there's a great hippy market at the end of the road, selling leather goods, clothes, handmade jewellery and local art
  • Spend a day in Eivissa, Ibiza's capital, and wander through narrow streets in the stunning Old Town up to the hilltop cathedral, with fantastic views of the island
  • Have a round of golf at Roca Llisa - a 15-minute drive away

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Well being

Kids

Children are very welcome and will love the pool and horse riding, as well as playing in the gardens. However, the majority of guests are couples seeking peace, so you might feel self-conscious if your kids are lively. Extra beds, cots and babysitting can be arranged.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

The Superior Suites have the most space. All Suites and some Superior Suites have kitchenettes, which families will find useful.

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots can be provided on request.

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

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
9/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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