Hotel Rural Astarte

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Address: Valley of San Mateo, Ibiza, 07800, Spain

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4

An affordable rural escape in the north, with a castle-like feel in a country setting.

Hotel Rural Astarte is relatively new, but it’s been designed in a typically Ibicenco villa style so it has a rustic charm that borders on medieval thanks to the regal-like finishings and crests. I discovered it by attending a friend’s wedding and was pretty struck with how picturesque the whole property is – every bit as tranquil and beautiful as the more famous agroturismos, but without the hefty price tag.

Location
4
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Eating/drinking
4.3
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Leisure facilities
4.3
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Service
4.3
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Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
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Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

Set in the valley of San Mateo in the island’s north – famous as local wine country I discovered on further exploration. You’ll need a car to get around the island, as it’s quite a trek from all the action, though I fell in love with the quaint local village and authentic Spanish restaurants.

Bedrooms

All rooms are doubles, with satellite TV and air conditioning throughout. Though the hotel is relatively new, they’ve chosen to decorate in a rustic style throughout, with stark white décor contrasting with the dark wooden beam ceilings and stone walls. Despite the rustic appearance, I couldn’t help but feel it was a little contrived. There are stereos in each room, however you'll need to pay an additional fee to use them and there's no music permitted after midnight - it's all about tranquility you see...

Public areas

There are lounge areas inside and out, carrying on with the regal-meets-Ibiza theme, with leather sofas and exposed stone walls. There's WiFi here, but due to the hotel's location the reception isn't always up to scratch so don't rely on it!

Eating and drinking

There’s a great chef on-site cooking Mediterranean meals, plus a huge barbecue, where I ate a feast truly fit for a king (or queen) and impressive wine cellar filled with local and international tipples.

Leisure facilities

A truly gorgeous pool, totally essential in the middle of the sweltering countryside, with a cool Balinese-style chill out hut beside it where I took a lot of refuge from the sun’s rays. There’s also an outdoor gym, Jacuzzi and bicycles available to tackle the local trails.

Service

Excellent, although a little over-attentive for my liking – I like my privacy on holidays, and felt I was often being disturbed.

Who stays there

Families, couples and wedding groups.

Price advice

Breakfast is included in the very affordable room rate, but watch out for hidden costs for things that are usually included, such as use of the stereo. On the plus side, airport transfers are included.

Amenities

  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

  • A real retreat from crowds
  • Unreliable internet
  • No music after midnight
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