A Stylist's Guide To IBIZA
Belle Magazine Australia|December 2018/January 2019

ON AN IBERIAN ADVENTURE, A STYLE-SEEKING ISLAND HOPPER LANDS ON HER FEET IN SUBLIME, OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH IBIZA STAYS.

Sibella Court
On my recent trip to Ibiza, all notion of its beach rave archetype was dissipated with several incredible stays that instead revealed a side to the island that was all sophistication, holistic approach and design sensibility. While the places where I stayed showcased different viewpoints of the island, they each embodied a more relaxed hippie-esque vibe rather than party destination, with beautiful experiences that spoke of uninhibited relaxation for the informed traveller and elevated stays with no sense of pretension or exclusivity – every guest was a VIP.

I had a week planned to explore what the island had to offer and after flying in from London we headed straight to the mountainous area and pastoral inlands that surround La Granja, a century-old farmhouse estate turned exemplary hotel with kitchen gardens, 10 acres of farmland, outdoor dining, communal spaces and pool.

The hill and forest surrounds aren’t typically what Ibiza conjures up, but throughout the stay I never felt the urge to leave and head beachside. Scents of sun-baked stone, pine, tomatoes, green leaves and ripe figs pervade the air, with rich, red clay soil underfoot and large pine and carob trees flanking the main farmhouse. The building, made from local stone in caramel, creams and soft peach tones, anchors the estate and houses nine rooms that are scattered around somewhat casually. It’s all sophisticated rustic, with a great stone replace and lounge room at its heart where guests will find a beautiful pairing of integrated stone furniture and soft furnishings of heavy linen, in a palette of muted hues, dusty creams, soft and rich greys.

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