April 28, 2019
Atzaro Hotel in Ibiza, dubbed the heart of Ibiza
Arriving at Atzaro Hotel a 7th generation, converted Orange Farm, dubbed the heart of Ibiza, late at night the scent of jasmine and orange filled the air and a chorus of frogs welcomed us from the lily pads on our way to reception.
An authentic Ibizan style room awaited us with a luxurious superking bed and bathroom with huge walk in shower, complete with locally made shampoo and shower gels. Washing the day off with these felt amazing and a perfect night’s sleep in the unbelievably comfortable bed ensued.
The hotel liaison met us at reception in the morning, where she began by talking us through all of the original family photographs taken over the generations that covered the lobby walls, and gave us a tour of the extensive 13 acre beautiful, natural estate including the two pool areas (one of which is infamous and 43 meters long), outdoor terrace areas which are perfect for weddings, specials occasions or chilling in the cabanas and the new Vegetable Garden where a wide range of Mediterranean vegetables, fruits and herbs will be grown and harvested seasonally providing the produce for the new farm to fork food concept. This will ready in June complete with an open air cinema. The staff at Atzaro showed a passion and love for the hotel and grounds, it was truly infectious and already had us discussing booking again in September before the tour was over. It’s amazing how such vast grounds could at the same time be so intimate and homely as well as feel luxurious and chic, but in stripped back way.
We built up our appetite looking around and breakfast was a delicious assortment of fresh fruits, juices, pastries, meats and cheeses and healthy options such as poached eggs, avocado and smoked salmon on the menu, which I opted for and was indeed delicious.
After breakfast some much needed relaxation time by the main pool, an exquisite area surrounded by orange trees and cabanas donned with beautiful linen and cushions was just the tonic and the temperature was perfect, teetering on 20 degrees, which allowed for bikini wearing. The guests were all quite hip but very low key and there was no ostentatiousness or the need to feel like you had to dress up, which is exactly what I love when I’m on holiday.
We had a delicious lunch at La Veranda restaurant where we sat outside on the beautiful terrace, which has spectacular views and serves Mediterranean inspired dishes created with ingredients freshly plucked from the garden, farm or locally sourced and provides seasonal quality farm to fork food. We started with the Calamari, which tasted so fresh and tender that it melted in the mouth and the Burrata which was as rich and as creamy as you’d expect from a good Burrata. I opted for the cod for my main dish, which was cooked to perfection and an ideal choice as it was not too heavy to ingest before my massage, which was booked soon after lunch.
Stepping into the Spa which is surrounded by beautiful lily ponds and palm trees I felt transported into an oasis of calm and couldn’t help but marvel at the luxurious new holistic Atzaro Spa product range. The products are based on Atzaro’s own orange essential oil and other plants and herbs grown on the estate. I was encouraged by the lovely receptionist to try a few out to decide what oil I wished my therapist to use during my massage and I chose the organic jasmine and ylang ylang oil, which smelt divine and calming. My therapist met me in reception and led me to natural and beautiful open air treatment room where I felt totally connected with nature whilst enjoying a deep tissue massage. I left floating and gloriously relaxed and spent the rest of the afternoon chilling by the Spa’s idyllic 43 meter pool. When the sun had gone down and the temperature had dropped I took full advantage of the steam room and sauna, which were part of the spa’s facilities and relaxed my body even further, if that was possible!
A short time in the room to shower before having dinner in the cosy Ibizan interiors of La Veranda restaurant and I’d built up quite an appetite from all that relaxing ! I ordered the hearty sounding Papardelle with mushrooms and poached egg and it did not disappoint-what a delicious dish-but I saved room for what turned out to be one of THE best desserts I had ever tasted. A mouth watering French toast with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries and blueberries. After dinner it was wonderful to sip cocktails on the terrace outside and listen to the sound of nature and the frogs and breathe in the scent of the orange trees, a far cry from hectic London life.
The next day Leane kindly drove us 15 minutes or so away from the hotel to lunch at the infamous Aubergine restaurant owned by Atzaro, and is well known and loved on the island.
The natural setting with upcycled tables and chairs made by local artisans and beautiful plants give Aubergine a very relaxed and carefree vibe that took me back to holidays in my childhood. There were lots of charming “pockets” and corners outside and inside the restaurant, which were given a very authentic and homely feel with charming interior touches.
Aubergine is a beautiful Mediterranean ‘Farm to Table’ country restaurant offering healthy dishes and wholesome food made with fresh produce from the garden, in the heart of Ibiza’s countryside.
Starting with an ice cold glass of champagne followed possibly the most delicious lunch I’ve had in a long time . The Aubergine Carpaccio starter with cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta, pesto, pomegranate and pistachios served with delicious, warm naan bread straight out of the oven, was mouth wateringly good and I had my husband jotting down the recipe before we’d even finished the dish.
The Buddha Bowl as a main was a healthy nutritious option with green leaves, quinoa, broccoli, red onion, pumpkin, avocado, sauteed tomatoes, sautéed banana with coconut oil, tofu, chickpeas, nuts, sesame, dried blueberries and a peanut and chili sauce with or without chicken.
After lunch we watched children and the restaurant’s golden retriever laugh and frolic around in the sun and the latter, bask in the shade and I truly did feel sad that we were leaving a short few hours later after, but deciding that we definitely be returning to the idyllic setting of Atzaro with friends in September made the journey back to London less melancholy.
Atzaro Beach club was due to relaunch just three days after we left and which sounds like a dream. Set on the sparkling beach of Cala Nova in Ibiza’s North-East the concept is paired back and low key with a super relaxed authentic look reminiscent of 70s Balearic style. The food concept at Atzaro Beach has been revamped too, with the emphasis on paired back, simple natural dishes. The new menus are healthy with plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes.
If I was to some up Atzaro I’d describe it as a peaceful sanctuary, where you can connect with nature in pared down luxury and eat fresh food, grown on the estate, that will nourish and revive you. For those who need to recharge and escape city life, Atzaro my friends should definitely be on your list.
A: Diseminado P 12, Sta Eulalia, 153, 07849, Illes Balears, Spain
T: +34 971 33 88 38
Written by Jo Freeman for Luxuria Lifestyle International