09 April, 2012

Idyllic Ibiza

When Condé Naste Traveller and Tatler both feature a place in their lists of the world's best hotels for 2011, you have a feeling it's going to be worth checking out - it seems they've got it right! The Giri Residence is in the rural north side of Ibiza, just thirty minutes drive from the airport on the outskirts of the village of San Juan. Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearic Islands, and lies just 79km off the coast of Valencia. It is well known for summer club parties which attract a large numbers of tourists; but the northern side of the island is beautiful; much quieter, and deserves to be discovered.

The website describes this getaway as 'tradition meets fashion at this intimate and hip home away from home', and I couldn't have put it better myself. There are just five unique suites at this hideaway, which is a 150-year old finca. The former farmhouse has been superbly restored, and decorated with outstanding interior design.  The suites have different styles, but all feature a flat-screen TV with DVD player, and an iPod docking station.

So what about the dining options? The Living Room is the hotel's in-house kitchen which serves snacks by day, and gourmet meals by night. The Giri Cafe is a modern eatery and bar situated in the main square of San Juan that uses organic and seasonal ingredients to ensure high quality.

There is plenty to discover in the surrounding area - you're seven minutes from stunning north coast beaches, and Ibiza town is a mere 25 minutes away. Having said that, there are also many reasons to stay at the Residence and enjoy the great views across the hills of San Juan; the fabulous pool, and day beds in which to relax. There is also a spa suite where you can enjoy a jacuzzi, plunge pool or various treatments.

If you'd like more information on this Ibiza gem, click here to visit the hotel website.

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