Farm-to-Fork Stays In The Balearic Isles To Book Now

Farm-to-Fork Stays In The Balearic Isles To Book Now

From the forested foothills of Mallorca to Ibiza’s sun-kissed pastoral stretches, we’re switching dawn-till-dusk dancing for farm-to-fork feasting at the most beautiful fincas in the Balearic Islands

year, it looks like Ibiza’s idyllic, pastoral edges are set to hold the
same mystical pull over us as its hedonistic excesses thanks to a
raft of new accomodation openings in its hazy, rural wilds.

The island has been digging around in the dirt for a while,
thanks to a younger generation of Ibicencos returning to their
family fincas in search of the good life. But it’s not just the
White Isle ploughing new pathways in the soil. Across the Balearic
Islands, bleary-eyed night owls in search of a slower pace of life
are heading into the bucolic interiors of these beautiful isles to
find farm stays and rural escapes for the summer season. When
you’re done with the dancing, and prepped to laze and feast in an
idyllic farmstead, here’s where to head.

Our favourite farm stays in Ibiza and beyond



Casa Maca

Ibiza Town

The effusive scent of lavender swirls around Casa Maca, making
this finca a true feast for the senses. Set in the Can Palau
hilltops, the low-fi farmhouse has been lovingly refurbished into a
verdant White Isle stay brimming with country charm. Suites nod to
the classic Ibicencan style, being airy, rustic and infused with
Balearic spirit. Beamed ceilings, wood furnishings and warm, auburn
accents pop against whitewashed walls. The surrounding gardens are
planted with native flora, creating a botanical backdrop for the
in-house restaurant’s evening service. Take a seat at the al fresco
grill house to sip flora-infused cocktails and dine on farm-grown
dishes such as grilled aubergine doused in a white miso emulsion,
and grilled native prawns. Dusk arrives with a chilled-out
soundtrack of live music and DJ sets, offering a nugget of
old-school Ibiza spirit.


Can Palau De Dalt, 07800 Ibiza

Can Martí, in Sant Joan de Labritja, Ibiza
Image credit: Maria Dos Santos


Can Martí

Sant Joan de Labritja

Away from the shimmering exuberance of Ibiza’s discotecas,
whitewashed finca Can Martí offers a jute-clad escape into the
pine-filled valleys of Ibiza’s northern interior. The atmosphere is
Elysian at this six-key stay surrounded by 42 acres of groves and
farmland, the only aural interference coming from the soothing
crackle of the ever-present cicadas. Add a natural, freshwater pool
(frogs included), weekly communal farm dinners and evening meals
pulled fresh from the ochre soils of the permacultura garden, plus
a visit to the onsite hammam, and we’re ready to log-off and join
the staff permanently. A few rooms come with their own kitchen, so
stock up at the finca’s shop on eggs, local cheeses and organic
wine – or take it easy and head out to explore the White Isle’s
eclectic restaurant offering.


Venda de Ca’s Ripolls 29, 07810 Sant Joan de Labritja


Villa Serena, a farm-to-fork stay in Mallorca


Finca Serena


Lying in the verdant foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana
mountains, this laid-back finca distils the essence of the
Mallorcan countryside into a tranquil stay. The centuries-old
farmstead has been transformed into a bucolic getaway of 25
light-filled suites, all scattered across the honey-hued main house
and a handful of stand-alone buildings within 40 hectares of citrus
groves. The property retains its agricultural character, offering a
kitchen garden-fuelled menu at the in-house Jacaranda;
green-thumbed guests should talk to chef Oscar Velasco and his team
to request a cooking demonstration of their farm-to-fork style,
taking you from their verdant veg patch to the sun-drenched
restaurant terrace. When not feasting, the focus is on wellness (of
the Lululemon-wearing sort). Pack your high-rise pants for yoga and
Tai Chi under the olive trees, then while away the hours in the cow


Ma-3,200 KM 3, Montuïri, 07230

LJs Raxtó, a farm-to-fork stay in Mallorca


LJs Ratxó


Tucked between the forested folds of the Serra de Tramuntana
mountains, the 25-key LJs Ratxó promises a fugu-inspired stay just west of Palma. You’ll need
your Free People linen co-ord for this eco-focused finca; it’s a
poetic pastoral vision of clean living, complete with collected
rainwater and reclaimed wood furnishings. After a breakfast of
homemade jams, honey collected from the on-site hives, and locally
sourced cheese and charcuterie, you’ll be recharging inner energies
using ancestral practices, and slinking between golden-stone
medieval architecture and sylvan surrounds to find the all-natural
spa, ready for a muscle-calming neck rub using essential oils
infused with mountain flora. The kitchen has a “zero-kilometre”
approach to food sourcing, with ingredients plucked from the
kitchen garden. Sip a Mallorcan mojito at the Ginebró bar, then
feast on the fruits of the earth, seated at the sun-drenched
terrace restaurant.


Cami de Son Net s/n, 07194 Puigpunyent



Alcaufar Vell Hotel Rural

San Lluís

Picking our favourite farm-to-fork stays in Menorca is a tricky
business: plenty of the bougainvillea-ruffed farmhouses and bucolic
country palaces on the tranquil Balearic isle have won our hearts
with their first-class feasting. If we had to pick a favourite, it
would be this green-shuttered mansion tucked behind an ancient
olive grove in the southeastern corner of the island. Owned by the
Mercadal family since the 14th century, food has always been at the
heart of this sprawling, neoclassical property – and the restaurant
continues to plate up recipes from the family cookbook, made with
locally sourced produce. Wander the lightly trodden footpaths
through rambunctious gardens populated by nodding wild flowers and
emerald pines, dip into the lawn-flanked pool, then bed down in one
of 22 stone-spined rooms and suites. Our favourite is the cosy
Joana Caules Pons – a dinky, warmly lit, whitewashed space in the
palace proper that once housed the estate’s kitchen.


Carretera de Cala Alcaufar km 8
07710 Sant Lluis


Hotel Rural Biniarroca

Sant Lluís

One of Menorca’s original rural hotels, Biniarroca is run
by two English expats – a painter and a former fashion designer.
The bougainvillea-draped stay lived a previous life as a
cattle-raising farm, before it was transformed into its current
iteration as an Arcadian summer retreat. The owners have retained
the property’s agricultural origins with a restaurant dedicated to
field-to-plate fare, and with a slow, seasonally paced cadence
evident in the day-to-day living. Individually designed bedrooms
are reached via a cool, pale, warren-like corridor; outside,
there’s a colonnaded swimming pool and lush, rambling gardens, all
inspired by the fragrant romance of the Italian Riviera. You’ll
find the whitewashed fisherman’s hamlet of Binibeca a stone’s throw
from your pastoral refuge, and, a little further afield, a handful
of quiet beaches.


Camí Vell 57, 07710 Sant Lluís

Hotel Torralbenc in Menorca, Spain


Hotel Torralbenc


Calling the buffed, toned and tanned: overlooking the sea,
is a former farm reimagined as a chic agritourism getaway by
villa-visionary Antonio Esteva. Gone is the rustic agricultural
outpost; in its place, an airy, elegant Eden, with aesthetically
enticing rooms (think cream curves and soft, billowing linens) that
all have private plunge pools. It’s a favourite choice for athletic
folk hankering after days of horse riding along the shore, diving
into the waves and enjoying the gentle kiss of Menorcan rays on
sun-creamed backs. Perched atop a hillock overlooking contoured
vineyards and with views across to the Med, the restaurant’s menu
has been developed in collaboration with Michelin-starred chef
Gorka Txapartegi, blending Basque flavours with produce and wine
fresh from the property. Linger over dishes of prawn, Iberian pork
and artichoke rice, and charcoal-grilled octopus over kale in the
golden evening light.


Ctra. Maó, Cala’n Porter Km.10
07730 Alaior

This article was first published 12 May 2022 and has been


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