There is a place that lets you dream with your eyes wide open. A farmstead set among the pastoral islands of Ibiza, the Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea, where you can soak in the sun and polish up your feathers. That unusual place, surrounded by secluded farmland and olive groves, is called La Granja.
This home away from home is a project of Designhotels.com in collaboration with Friends of a Farmer, an association that believes in the “cultivation of art, crops and inner gardens”. The classical Iberian architecture, with hints of Moorish influences, makes for an otherworldly experience. The delicate aesthetics of La Granja will reinvigorate your senses.
German design studio Dreimata did a marvelous job highlighting the estate’s ancient elegance. Its buildings are adorned with arched walls, dark-wood beamed ceilings and hammered iron doorknobs and fixtures. As rebellious character and designer Armin Fischer says: “The art of imperfect beauty is accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay.” No wonder materials of burned wood, oiled ash, stone and slate found their way into the public spaces, five bedrooms and freestanding guesthouse.
Truth be told, I can see myself standing in the pool, one leg tucked under my body, overlooking the lush garden plots. Here, La Granja’s master farmer Andy Szymanowicz grows a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables for you to enjoy while learning a thing or two about biodynamic agriculture. Prepare yourself a Sir Apple while you are at it, will you?