Art & Culture Design Travel Guide

La Granja Ibiza

A farmstead set among Ibiza’s pastoral inlands, La Granja is a members-only retreat—the first such experiment by Design Hotels™—launched in collaboration with Friends of a Farmer, an international association devoted to the cultivation of art, crops and inner gardens. 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.

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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. Thanks to its return-to-the-land concept, La Granja features an on-site master farmer who oversees communal farming projects and workshops. Signed and labeled garden plots encourage open access and self-guided tours, and guests can learn about biodynamic agriculture through a series of workshops, classes and community-based projects. The property serves as the clubhouse of Friends of a Farmer, an international organization that operates from a core mandate to grow, nourish, and give back. An enlightened program of rituals, from communal farming and slow-food workshops to yoga, daily music sets and lectures on diverse topics, such as the future of mobile societies, fosters a spirit of organic togetherness.

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In designing the property, which includes the nine-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.

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Architecturally speaking, Armin Fischer drew inspiration from the Japanese principles of wabi-sabi when converting the centuries-old stone farmhouse that anchors the property. In such, the transformation of La Granja is as much a “conservation” as a “renovation”.

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Converting the once-private residence, which bears Iberian and Moorish influences, was more of an act of preservation than one of transformation—one that highlights the untamed beauty of time and weatherworn imperfections, imbuing the space with an aching elegance. At its design core, La Granja presents an undying loyalty to craftsmanship and artisanship.

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For guests, the most appealing aspect of the design of La Granja is the simplicity of the layout, finishes, and furnishings—reflecting its comfort and its ease of use. The concept focuses on the idea of “back to basics,” eliminating the non-essential and concentrating on natural elements and the beauty of imperfections.

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For + info, please visit the Hotel’s website here
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