Last week Design Hotels introduced their members to the first of a kind experiment : La Granja Ibiza – A members-only retreat.
Among the honey-hued fields and moody pine forests of Ibiza’s pastoral inlands sits La Granja, an enclave of pared-down relaxation and rural simplicity. La Granja Ibiza serves as the clubhouse of Friends of a Farmer, an international organization forged around the cultivation of art, music, and crops. In designing the property, which includes the 10-guestroom farmhouse, a freestanding, two-bedroom guesthouse, a pool, and kitchen, Armin Fischer of Dreimeta design studio embraced both the heritage of the farmhouse and its inherent connection to the land, while honoring rustic simplicity, growth and decay, modesty and intransigence. Marked by classical Iberian architecture and traces of Moorish influences, the public spaces and 10 guestrooms feature arched walls and dark-wood beamed ceilings and doors, accented by hammered iron doorknobs and fixtures. Communal spaces, including the kitchen and pool, encourage the kinship of community, while ample cozy nooks for moments of simple solitude are found both inside and out.
Wildly enveloped by the pastoral verdure of Ibiza’s heartland, 20 tiered acres of pine and citrus forests give way to fertile gardens, overseen by a master farmer and an all-knowing pig. Here, among the heady scents of ficus, figs and lemon trees, is the real Ibiza. The one untouched by time and tourism, the one of rambling roads, brooding mountains, and peerless ocean vistas.
La Granja embraces the Mediterranean diet not just as a culinary mode but as a lifestyle. It’s the food. It’s the social interaction. It’s the rituals. It’s getting the right kind of exercise, being outside in the fresh air and sunshine. It’s the whole approach—beginning, of course, with the soil. Composting, mulching, and an earth-friendly approach to water management have returned vital nutrients to the multiple garden plots spread across the property. Old, ridged terraces have been reborn, now revealing a seeded curation of the land with 30 assorted fruit and vegetable varieties surrounded by trees of citrus, apple, nectarine, fig and almond. This bounty is then brought to the Kitchen, where chef José Catrimán prepares a delicious menu of healthy, fresh slow food for the communal table. A pervading sense of community governs at La Granja Ibiza , from communal farming and slow-food workshops to yoga, sunset rituals, meditation, and lectures on the future of mobile societies. Daily music sets, and a cultural concept tuned to the avant-garde foster an environment of organic togetherness.
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