Perfectly (and intentionally) positioned between the sea and the sky on a clifftop in San Miguel, Hacienda Na Xamena is an escape from the summer crowds – in fact, it’s an escape from reality. As you drive up the winding roads towards the gates of the northern Na Xamena community – about 40 minutes from the airport - you’ll instantly feel peace and quiet descend. However, it’s good to note that quaint country villages and popular beaches like Benirras are just a ten-minute drive from your new haven.
In keeping with the rest of the hotel, rooms are decorated in a combination of olde-worlde luxe – think dark mahogany floorboards, rustic wooden tables and Moroccan style bedding and lamps – with a splash of modernity. But my favourite thing is that the majority of the 65 rooms all have a sea view (for those on a budget but desperate to stay here, you can request a small room without) and a Jacuzzi; let’s just say the bigger you get, the better they get. A room with a view indeed – that world-famous Ibiza sunset is visible from your private balcony Jacuzzi, AKA, your front row seat. And if it’s good enough for Madonna, it’s good enough for me!
Don’t let the bland-looking gates at the base of the hill fool you, nor the slightly-dated looking reception desk – once you go beyond the closed doors, it’s like you’ve entered a mansion built by a well-traveLled millionaire – perhaps, because you have. Common areas filled with exotic artefacts are large, however seating is kept to a minimum, so it’s never overcrowded and the restaurant boasts three different settings so you'll never get bored. It’s a bit of a maze to find your way around at first and the lifts are tiny.
You’ll find spending time by the pool sheer heaven, with custom-designed day beds, individual cabanas and plenty of intimate corners to escape to, making it ultra private, no matter where you decide to spend your time.
Eating and drinking
In 2010, Hacienda decided to combine its three gastronomic restaurants into one, now officially called Eden Restaurant and open to the public for lunch and dinner, plus serving breakfast for guests. With one extensive menu – a foodie’s delight – designed to impress well-travelled taste buds, dishes are inspired by destinations around the globe, and local fare is given a look-in too. Poolside cocktails are practically mandatory and the bartenders boast experience shaking and stirring all over the world.
My second highlight in this hotel (after the view) comes courtesy of a custom-designed water circuit in the five-star La Posidonia Spa dubbed ‘Cascadas Suspendidas’ which basically translates to suspended waterfalls – did I mention you can watch the sunset while being massaged by the water jets? The main swimming pool is something else to write home about, complete with swim-up cocktail bar, however there’s also a huge indoor fresh water pool if you fancy doing laps.
Subtle yet impeccable. You won’t notice the staff presence even though they occasionally out-number the guests, and they’ll never, ever encroach on your privacy.
Who stays there
Clued-up travellers who did their raving in the 1980s and can now afford the five-star luxury they once heard tales of in Ibiza’s early days. A broad spectrum of European couples, honeymooners and intimate wedding groups.
Special out of season packages (May and October) make for a great long weekend escape with use of the spa and restaurant meals included. Breakfast is an additional 22 euros.
- Fitness Centre
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- All you need in one stunning location
- Ultra private and very discreet
- Secluded location is nowhere near the clubbing action
- Own transport essential