There are arguably two White Isles, both locked in a constant jostle for supremacy: the hedonistic and the hushed. The former need no introduction, all mega clubs and mega hangovers. The latter, however, is a much quieter place – rugged, cactus-pepper landscapes; dragonflies dancing above ebb pools; and long afternoons in hammocks with good reads.
Set in the countryside near the village of Sant Llorenç de Baláfia, onefinestay’s Villa Los Amigos is right in the ‘sleeping Ibiza’ box – although close enough to town that a night on the tiles isn’t out of the question. A sprawling stack of six beds on one floor, it wraps around a manicured pool with tumble trees, shaded verandas, and a family-sized table for alfresco dining and languorous breakfasts.
Why come here?
Part of the collection of properties curated by onefinestay, Villa Los Amigos offers guests sanctuary and seclusion; the comfort and personality of a smart home with the bespoke service of an ultra-luxury hotel. It’s also lovely to look at, built in a Cali-inspired style that sees swathes of exposed concrete sit tooth-by-jowl with banks of polished contemporary woodwork and art. Gaping sofas are dressed in eye-catching throws and oversized throw pillows, while floor-to-ceiling windows overlook unobstructed views of the monotony of others.
So it’s awfully tasteful, yes, but it’s also remarkably well-equipped — everything from a built-in Sonos sound system to a basement movie theatre. There’s also the grown-up kind of brute of a barbecue that should, at the very least, require a driver’s license to operate, plus a gym for those who prefer pounding a treadmill to the network of country lanes. surrounding.
But while the property itself is the draw, as a onefinestay villa it comes with a host of service options that enhance the experience – including the use of an efficient concierge team that can create itineraries, manage reservations and meet all insignificant needs by call or whatsapp. It’s a bonus that pays dividends long before registration. Tired of airport pressure? The team can board future residents on a semi-private jet with Aero and glide them around Ibiza in lavish style – bypassing queues and without the risk of leaving luggage on the UK tarmac.
Eat and drink
A dedicated villa chef is available, upon request, throughout the day, conjuring up bountiful salads, exquisite seafood and traditional desserts. It is a rare pleasure then not only to benefit from the skills of a professional cook, but also to have the possibility of directing the menu.
On occasions when guests may wish to go from “doing nothing” to DIY, a fridge is always fully stocked and pre-ordered wines and spirits are lined up in anticipation of dressed up poolside sunsets; the sound of a champagne cork marks the punctuation of a busy afternoon.
Outside the satisfying substantial walls of the Villa Los Amigos compound, Ibiza holds a range of culinary highlights. The Casa Jondal restaurant in the south of the island is farmhouse country ‘of big shades and expensive linens’, with fantastic fish and top-notch people watching; Nobu’s Miso Black Cod must be as raunchy as ever; and the rooftop of ME Ibiza serves up locally inspired plates with a side of stunning views. All are easily accessible from the property by driver or taxi.
Out and about
Putting aside late-night Ibiza and instead focusing on quieter exploits, the hills around Villa Los Amigos are ripe for exploration. Beyond that, there is admittedly not much to do in the vicinity of the villa that is walkable. Scenic coastal walking trails are a short drive away and a guide can be arranged through onefinestay. Meanwhile, a day at sea, drifting to deserted sandbanks and having lunch at the beachside Juan y Andrea restaurant in Formentera is arguably a must. Yachts depart from Ibiza Town and again let onefinestay take care of the planning.
Villa Los Amigos is available from £4,964 per night on an exclusive use basis; onefinestay.com