Rural Ibiza Hotel: Las Brisas De Ibiza
Veer off the well-trodden tourist trail to Hotel Las Brisas de Ibiza, a destination of stunning views and ultimate seclusion.
FAR from Ibiza’s wayward party scene and into the wooded hills is a private clifftop paradise with picturesque views and pastoral charm. Hotel Las Brisas de Ibiza is a rural idyll set amid ravishing natural beauty; the ultimate island escape in virtually unspoilt terrain. Here a dozen or so neighbouring villas dot Porroig’s serene peninsular – a sparsely populated cape on Ibiza’s south coast, just 15 minutes from Ibiza Town.
“A lot of people don’t know this place because there are not many beaches nearby,” says hotel manager Fabio Del Rizzo. “But it’s close to Cala Jondal and at the same time very private. It’s very nice, it’s very wild.”
Breathtaking views are the hotel’s most striking feature. The garden – which has a swimming pool surrounded by palm trees with deluxe daybeds and all-day sun – overlooks the rugged, pine-forested coastline and rocky coves of Es Cubells, while Es Torrent’s picturesque beach is tucked in a sheltered bay nearby. The hotel cleverly unites the rustic and modern, the laidback and action packed, with a courtyard gym, a private tennis court and mountain bikes
for guests with numerous cycle routes and maps provided on request.
While the hotel’s exterior steals the aweinspiring show, inside a myriad of corridors connect assorted communal areas with colourful decor. Wood features and rich colours enhance the Eastern, African and Ibizenco themes with Buddha statues, hanging Moroccan lamps, cacti, mosaics, arched doorways and art works all bringing the interiors to life. “Room number one is classic while number four is more ethnic,” Del Rizzo adds. “The family suite is more modern. It’s very mixed.” All ten rooms have an outdoor terrace and many afford sea views while the eclectic decor is in part due to the creative flair of the French former owner who built the hotel 16 years ago and owned it until 2008.
Priding itself on privacy, Hotel Las Brisas de Ibiza operates without a reception or street signs. It is the perfect romantic bolthole, the ideal rock-star retreat. “Sometimes a VIP wishes to stay in a place where nobody can see them. So they’ll take a junior room here and stay on their terrace. It’s very discreet. We have entry gates and you have to ring the phone to come in or out. This is a very private place. For guests it’s like staying at home but with four-star service. There’s no one at reception checking them in or out – they’re very free.”
Despite its relative seclusion, Hotel Las Brisas de Ibiza is incredibly popular throughout the summer period (Easter to October) so a minimum reservation of five nights in peak season is required. The poolside bar and restaurant serves simple Mediterranean and oriental inspired fare using fresh local produce. Managed by Del Rizzo’s wife, Susana Camacho, it is open from 1pm to midnight, with breakfast served from 8am until late. Relaxing and reinvigorating, serene and self-contained, Hotel Las Brisas de Ibiza is a real find.
First published in Pacha Magazine, Ibiza, September 2011.
© Abbey Stirling