DURING Ibiza’s off-season, you can almost feel the island exhaling. It’s during these months, when the soft sun illuminates sleepy plazas, that you can really feel the White Isle’s much-celebrated spirit.
Today’s sky is stormy but at Atzaró, the 24-room agroturismo hotel in the north-east of the island, my day-bed doze among the orange trees is barely broken by the heavy raindrops hitting the wooden canopy. I idly watch as staff swiftly remove the spa’s towels and cushions but there’s no need — the persistent Mediterranean sun is already fighting back.
During deep winter, a lap of the spa’s epic 43m, outdoor freshwater pool might require serious Wim Hof breathing techniques, but March brings temperatures of around 17C, which will revive the island’s thriving countryside scene. This year is Atzaró’s 15th birthday and it’s celebrating with great value winter and spring packages. One to three nights’ accommodation, breakfast (it’s all about the roasted vegetable toasts and rich romesco sauce), a choice of yoga classes, spa access and a bike ride or a hike with guides start at just £210.
Because of the hotel and farm’s commitment to celebrating the real star of the party island — mother nature, not a techno DJ — it leads Ibiza’s natural luxury charge and this year is launching a line of luxurious Atzaró orange-infused spa products.
And, finally, joining the secret sauna pod and beautiful vine-swathed courtyard restaurant — where tables sit among twinkling lanterns — will be a magnificent seven-acre vegetable and herb garden. Guests will be free to explore the edible wonderland, where arches and passages will be strewn with hanging courgettes and squashes.
The best bit? Tasting it all. The burratina salad with sticky homemade jam and Atzaró’s Orangello liqueur are both divine.
The room: Last year’s revamp did away with the hotel’s Balinese touches and my suite channels pure Balearic charm. It’s one of ten on the main grounds — the 14 larger villas sit across the country road — and is a serene space of white plaster walls, Sabina wood beams, a teak four-poster emperor bed and a cosy fireplace.
The tribe: Rihanna and Michael Fassbender have stayed here, enticed by the remoteness of the agroturismo and the privacy of the secluded villas. Atzaró’s deep connection with the island means the two restaurants and three bars are often frequented by local residents.
The local vibe: Atzaró has a beach club (atzaro.com/beach) at Cala Nova, which reopens on April 1 after a revamp, and the north’s empty coves and mountainsides are yours to explore.
■ Doubles from £198, including breakfast, atzaro.com