There’s a new wave of people heading for Ibiza – those that are drawn to its rural charm and year-round appeal.
Those in the know book a stay at Casa Maca, the converted hilltop farmhouse overlooking the Old Town. It’s most famous for its exclusive open-air grill restaurant but checking in to one of the newly renovated suites is the best way to experience the impact of its remote location. By day, it’s tranquil,; by night it’s enveloped in natural darkness and the song of its only neighbours: crickets. What better way to experience the raw beauty of the Balearic’s most famous island than this?
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Every element of Casa Maca is influenced by its surroundings. Buildings are made from stone and natural wood, immersed in lush greenery that’s peppered with an impressive cactus collection. On the grounds there grows a vegetable and herb garden alive with produce that informs the restaurant menu. Naturally, it changes with the seasons.
‘People come for an authentic Ibizan experience’, says Elodie Wright, MD of the Mambo Group, who own the hotel. Looking out across the grounds and onto the picturesque Old Town in the distance, it feels like a mission accomplished. There’s no mistaking exactly where you are, but this is the quieter side of Ibiza – one that feels less like a wild (albeit memorable) fling, and more like a relationship you see holding a place in your heart forever. As the sun starts to sink beneath the horizon and the resident DJ fills the courtyard with atmospheric world music, Casa Maca starts to buzz. Now, the Spanish way of life shines: rest in the afternoon, socialise by candlelight, and forget about watching the time.
Ten newly renovated suites, each with a combination of dark wooden beams, white-washed walls, and layers of crisp linen, comprise the hotel. It’s a look that blends heritage influence and modern luxury. Beds are expansive, bathrooms are bright and airy, and sliding doors lead to private terraces where guests can enjoy a morning coffee or pre-dinner G&T wrapped in a fluffy white robe.
‘We wanted to create cool, calm spaces to relax in’, says Wright. ‘Design touches include polished concrete floors and bespoke carpentry.’ It’s a seemingly simple, but carefully executed aesthetic and one that feels serene without being remotely spa-like.
The Little Extras
In every room sits a well-stocked mini bar complete with limes and cucumbers to garnish that first aperitif. There’s also a state of the art coffee machine and earthy-hued ceramic mugs that prove every detail is chosen with style and comfort in mind.
Roberts radios and chic guide books decorate coffee tables and branded glass water bottles, refilled daily, nod to the property’s efforts to use minimal plastic. By the pool, it’s waited service throughout the day.
CF Top Tip: try every option on the smoothie menu, bar none.
The Food + Drink
Perhaps it goes without saying that the famous Casa Maca restaurant champions Mediterranean cuisine and, where possible, ingredients are sourced on site. Vegetables dressed in creative flavours accompany fresh seafood, perfectly cooked meat, and warm breads. All dishes are designed to share. The piece de resistance is the open fire in the courtyard which brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘open kitchen’.
‘It’s about celebrating simple cooking using high quality ingredients. People want to try what we grow,’ says Wright. There are plans to keep the restaurant open throughout the winter, and to continue extending the farm over the coming years.
Drinks-wise, the wine list features rare finds and special pairing options, and the tempting cocktail list makes it easy to while away the hours under Edison lights until last orders.
The To-Do List
As with all remote hotel locations, everything is a drive away from Casa Maca and hiring a car will save on taxis in peak season. If you’re keen to see more undisturbed beauty, book a private experience with Manuel from Ibiza Hike Station whose routes span everything from ancient fishermen trails to secret, picture-perfect views of Es Vedra. All avoid tourist hotspots and feel like you’re discovering something no one else knows about.
Ibiza Old Town is just a 15-minute drive away, and a browse through some of the boutiques is time well spent. Head to Annie’s Ibiza for out-there fashion, Oliver’s boutique for homewares you’d be tempted to ship home, and independent stores full to the brim of basket bags in every shape and size.
For sunset views, try the restaurant at Hostal La Torre for tapas on the rocks, Sunset Ashram for a beachy setting with good music, or El Silencico for party vibes and a taste of Ibiza’s weird and wonderful side.