“Laidback and romantic finca in the heart of rural Ibiza, with 15 shabby-chic bedrooms and a great restaurant”
Scattered around the grounds, the 15 rooms are all beautifully decorated with their own specific theme. There are various categories and all have outdoor space: a terrace, private garden or balcony. Colour schemes are gorgeous (reds, bright blues and greens) and furnishings are decadent (squashy sofas, antique wooden furniture, chandelier lights and all the mod cons).
Our Junior Suite was Moroccan themed, with terracotta tiled floors, apricot tadelakt walls, floaty rose curtains, hand-painted lampshades, heavy wooden shutters over tiny windows and fringed burnt-orange cushions. The bed was comfy, made up with Egyptian cotton bedlinen and a heavy traditional bedspread. However, the most charming element of the room was its claw-footed bathtub, separated from the bed by a beautiful '40s handpainted screen. With bath oil, salts or petals to bathe in, and candles sitting on the windowsill, it was wonderfully romantic. We also loved the waffle bathrobes and aromatic Campos Ibiza toiletries.
French doors led out to our private terrace, which had fabulous views over the valley; perfectly aligned stone walls, rows of almond and olive trees and hulking hills in the background. Closer by we were overlooking the pool and beautiful gardens, teeming with violet and pink geraniums and leafy trees. The balcony itself was lined with pot plants, and wicker sunloungers; a perfect spot to bask in the afternoon sun.
The other rooms we saw were lovely too - a 3-room Superior Suite with its own kitchenette and a Jacuzzi bath; Garden Suites with spacious private gardens. But standout was the Honeymoon Suite set up the hill, which felt totally private and had amazing views from its terrace. Outside, there were tables and chairs, a hot tub and an outdoor shower; inside, a kingsize bed and ensuite bathroom with a walk-in rain shower. The colour scheme was soothing: clean white walls and bedlinen offset by violet and indigo curtains and cushions. Best of all, were vast windows covering 2 walls, so the entire space was light and airy.
When we revisited in 2013, we stayed in a Double Standard with terrace and were comfortable. We loved the pretty blue bathroom and slept very well in the low-slung bed, but it felt a little small overall and there was a musty smell, so it's worth upgrading if you can.
It's a good job there's great walking in the area because the food at Es Cucons is delicious - and there's lots of it. Meals are served in the wine-red dining room or outside on pretty terraces. We ate inside and it was wonderfully atmospheric - small tables, flickering candles, a heavy chandelier and a round table covered in liqueurs acting as the centrepiece to the room.
The food was excellent. We started with cod, drizzled with lemon oil, peppers and berries, followed by sunblushed roasted tomatoes with soft cheese, Iberian ham and roasted pine nuts - deliciously smoky and creamy. We assumed this was the main course but were then presented with a heavenly salt-encrusted seabass served with aioli and green beans. After a pause we managed to find room for the lovely apple gratin with vanilla-pod ice cream. When we revisited in 2013, we adored the prawn starter, melt-in-the-mouth fillet steaks, and gooey indulgent chocolate fondant. The wine list has some very affordable options, there's an amazing cheese trolley, and on Saturday nights a sommelier comes in, offering a wine flight with your meal.
Buffet-style breakfasts include Spanish meats and cheeses, fruit platters, pastries, fresh OJ and smoked sausages, plus cooked options to order - eggs, pancakes, that sort of thing. The hotel also offers lunch, which can be brought to you by the pool: sandwiches, pastas, salads and wraps (we loved the curried chicken wraps and juicy burgers), along with excellent fruit smoothies and ice-cream milkshakes. If you still have space, there's afternoon tea, too: try the 'Forte' brew, served in old-fashioned steel teapots with freshly made cakes and pastries. If you want to go out for lunch or dinner, try Can Cosmi in the village, which does lovely tapas (a 10-minute walk away).
Although Es Cucons will allow well-behaved children occasionally (4 max in high season), it is a romantic retreat so you'd probably feel self conscious if you brought livewire kids along.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
Cots are available and older children can be accommodated in either El Patio Suite which has an extra single bed or the Superior Suite which has a kitchenette, living room and sofabed.
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking