On our recent trip to Ibiza we were lucky enough to be invited to stay at the Haçienda Na Xamena, a property that we heard had a not-to-be-missed sunset view, an exceptional pool, and a “spa circuit” – a mysterious and nonetheless enticing concept. We were thrilled when Victor from the hotel invited us to join them for a night in June.
The Haçienda is in the north western part of Ibiza, not far from the super-chilled beach of Benirrás (also famed for its sunsets). Having stayed at the gorgeous agriturismo Can Pujolet the night before, it seemed we had an easy drive north. Or so we thought.
I love to get off the beaten track, and rather than take the route that went a decent way inland before bending back towards the coast, opted to go the much more direct route, which was maybe half the distance despite it being the same length of time.
There was good reason for the time vs distance situation, as we soon found ourselves on an unsealed, rocky road that wound its way through the forest and suddenly alongside a soaring cliff, without barriers, which fell away on our left maybe 50 or 60 metres to the ocean (see our pic of the Can Pujolet cliffs for an idea of how big these were!). Luckily, having unwittingly hired a 4WD, which was not ideal for zipping around the rest of the island, we suddenly had the best vehicle for the conditions, and eventually got to Haçienda Na Xamena in one piece – I would advise to take the inland sealed road to the hotel unless you are looking for an adrenalin hit.
We checked in and were shown to our room, which had an incredible view of the cliffs that fall away to the small bay that Haçienda Na Xamena has all to itself. This view was available from any part of the room, including the bath which was just inside the balcony, and the bathroom, which was set behind the bed behind glass. The room is pretty much completely white aside from typical Ibizan decor – splashes of blue and silver.
The hotel is basically built into the cliff. It’s an oasis of calm, and completely relaxing to quietly walk through the building. As you enter the pool area, you can see the private pools and gardens of the suites.
We went for a swim in the main pool, which was a refreshingly cool relief from the afternoon sun and enjoyed the most delicious white sangria of our trip while laying down to read a book on one of the many secluded lounges surrounded by olive trees and large bushes of rosemary.
A couple of hours later we decided to try out the “spa circuit”, which is a series of about seven or connected jacuzzis with varying temperatures and water jet strengths. It was a fun novelty while watching the sun start to dip, especially with the fresh juice we were served afterwards.
While the hotel’s restaurant is well reputed, we had been recommended the food at Benirrás, so we caught the first part of the sunset from the pool and the sun’s final dip into the ocean to the tune of djembes from the regulars down on the beach. We met friends for a beautiful evening meal at Elements and highly recommend it.
The next morning, we opened the curtains to the blues of the sky and ocean, greens of the pines, olives and rosemary bushes and the fresh sea air of Ibiza. It’s truly a beautiful spot to be.
To top it all off, the breakfast featured a spread of local produce – yoghurts, cheeses, honeys, hams, breads, fresh juices – that couldn’t have suited the moment, surroundings and weather any better. Eating by the pool, looking out at the ocean, we struggled to think of a better way to end our first trip to Ibiza.
How to get in touch with Haçienda Na Xamena
How to get to Haçienda Na Xamena
It’s probably easier if you use a GPS or our map below, but here is the basic route:
- It’s 30 minutes from the airport
- Exit the airport and follow the main road for about 4kms towards Ibiza town.
- Continue along the main road towards Santa Eulalia for about 7kms
- Turn left towards San Miguel/St Gertrudis and continue for about 11kms
- Stop at St Gertrudis for a gelato or a caña in the square
- When you get to San Miguel, take the second right turn towards Puerto de San Miguel
- Before you get to the port, turn left at the sign to Na Xamena and drive up the hill for about 3kms to your destination