Hacienda Na Xamena was the first five-star hotel in Ibiza, earning this designation in 1988. Today, it’s still one of the island’s most romantic hotels, with unbeatable views of the Med and a buzzing restaurant now helmed by Michelin-starred Spanish chef Fran López.
The hotel is built into the side of a cliff, surrounded by pine forests and a natural park, with incredible, unobstructed views of the Mediterranean – a wonderful morning treat if you happen to arrive at night. It’s in the northwest of the island, 10 minutes from the pretty little village of Sant Miquel and its nearby beaches. The airport is a 30-minute drive away.
Hacienda Na Xamena was built from 1969 to 1971 by Belgian architect Daniel Lipszyc, who worked painstakingly to integrate the hotel into the surrounding cliffs and ensure it had that authentic, hippie Ibiza feel while offering impeccable service. Nearly 50 years on, the hotel is still gorgeous and family-run, with gradual refurbishments taking place over the years. Overall, you might expect it to look a bit spiffier, but it definitely has plenty of eclectic, shabby chic character to offer.
Stylistic references are a bit hard to place – there’s a flock of sheep statues by the main entrance, a gorgeous traditional tiled Spanish courtyard behind reception, historic, framed photos from the 1970s in one nook and several Buddhas in another – and some are slightly surprising, but ultimately, it all just works.
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