Ibiza is of course hugely popular for package holidays, choose a package though and chances are you will find yourself in a Franco era resort hotel, practical but often uninspiring and not always even great value.
Ibiza is a big enough island to have more than just the clubbing it is most famous for: from Ibiza Town itself to the fishing villages and interior villages there are some great places to stay on the island whatever your budget.
Ibiza is home to an increasing number of rural Agroturismos, these small hotels, usually in converted farmhouses, fill in the previous gap in the market where there were few smaller hotels outside of the main resorts and are ideal if you want to get away from it all, or at least have the option.
Where to Stay in Ibiza
El Palacio, Ibiza Town – The lack of any beaches nearby has probably saved the charm of Ibiza’s old town with its harbour and old city walls, within which lie narrow streets with great shops and restaurants; the El Palacio is one of the town’s small hotels but does also has a bar. In an old mansion house with a traditional Spanish style courtyard the building is also a paradise for film fans with movie memorabilia in the bar and each room, mainly from the post war golden age of hollywood.
Hostal La Marina, Ibiza Town – In the harbour area of Ibiza Town the Hostal La Marina is good for the bars and restaurants in the town but also well placed for a walking tour of the town, working up the steep hill first you having coming back down to look forward to at the end.
The hostel itself is good value and you can spend less here with separate flights than you would with even a really cheap package deal. 26 rooms are located across three buildings that make up the hostel and include three person rooms that are great value and include a fridge. Most rooms have air conditioning too making the prices even more impressive; the only thing to bare in mind is that it can be noisy here at night: but then if you are sleeping during the morning having been out you should be fine.
Can pere, Central hills – In the central hills of Ibiza, though with a view across to the east coast, this is a place to relax and enjoy some quiet. The hotel does have a swimming pool and large sun terrace meaning you don’t have to head down to the beach unless you want to and meals are available at the hotel too. There are nine smaller but well decorated rooms but also suites with a lot more space including a private sun terrace, sitting room and a really luxurious and large bathroom. Ibiza Town is 8km away
Can Xuxu, nr Sant Josep – 3km from the village of Sant Jossep and a similar distance from small, and therefore quiet, cove beaches at Moli and Tarida Xuxu is a luxurious guesthouse; breakfast is provided but no evening meal. Sant Jossep has some very nice cafes and restaurants though. There are nine rooms of varying sizes and prices, the yellow room being great value while the beige room has the most space and best views down to the sea. Outside there is a swimming pool and a garden with a range of rare tropical plants
Hotel Village, San Jose – A slightly larger hotel than some mentioned so far with 16 rooms and 9 suites it still feels relaxed and tranquil despite being in a great location and close to the sea: a large part of this is the fact the hotel is set back in good sized grounds that include a pool and a pool bar from which the sunset can be viewed over the sea framed perfectly by the surrounding pine trees.
Can Sastre, Santa Gertrudis – With only five rooms expect a great personal service from the owners and to find lots of little personal touches around the Can Sastre hotel that make it feel very homely. Despite the size there are a lot of facilities including a bar, pool and small dining room come restaurant where you can enjoy home cooked meals.
Ibiza Gran Hotel, nr. Ibiza Town – A large luxurious five star hotel, as well as standard rooms you can choose a suite or a room with a kitchenette, though there is a great restaurant and room service available. The complex of pools is fantastic but the beach is only ten minutes walk away, with Ibiza town ten minute walk in the other direction making this a perfect location.
Invisa Hotel Club Cala Verde, Santa Eulalia del Rio – A great family friendly hotel, only a three star but with plenty to do and a really great location. A few metres from the sea and some great beaches the Hotel Club Cala Verde also has fantastic swimming pools and two restaurants, a grill and a buffet.
Hotel Rural Can Pujolet, Camino de Talaia – A four star rural hotel with a full restaurant and large pool, gardens, jacuzzi and solarium, plus a well stocked bar of course, the rural Can Pujolet is a real paradise and is located on a cliff top overlooking the sea.
Club Hotel Portinatx, Portinatx – Club Hotel Portinax is a great family friendly hotel on the beautiful Portinax harbour. There are great beaches right by the hotel and the hotel itself has a number of swimming pools, the town is also only 5 minutes away and is small and relaxed; if you want more nightlife you can always head to nearby San Antonio.
Hostal Valencia, Sant Antoni de Portmany – Hostal Valencia is smart for a hostel but still good value, especially when you consider you get a pool and a nice terrace outside and you are in a great town for a night out, with the main bars and clubs a short walk away.
Hotel Riu La Mola, Formentera – Actually located on the small island of Formentera just south of Ibiza you get the great beaches without the noise and partygoers that you do on Ibiza’s best beaches. Playa Migjorn where the hotel is located is the island’s best and as good as any beach on the main island. The four star hotel itself has a good restaurant and pool and good sized modern rooms. Ibiza itself is a short boat ride away and many people split their holiday between the two islands.
Ibiza is a great island for anyone who loves Spanish food and culture and great beaches, not to mention great weather: its reputation as a party island puts many off wrongly but many of these hotels feel like being a million miles from anywhere and with others you can enjoy the nightlife if you want but still come back to a quiet and luxurious hotel.