Can Amonita review
Vibrant villa on Ibiza for B&B, house parties, art & yoga
The Quick Read: This six bedroomed white-washed modern villa set above the San Lorenzo valley in the quiet north of Ibiza has a sense of peace and serenity that would calm and cure anyone. It’s modern in feel, but cleverly crafted by the designer Blakstad in the style of a traditional Ibicencan finca. Swim in the glorious pool, take a life drawing or pottery class in the garden art studio or do group or private yoga on the sail-shaded wooden deck. The villa is owned by Bowen therapist Lizzy Webster and her husband Dominic, who offer B&B here between September and May or, during the season, you can hire the villa in its entirety for a healthy (or not so healthy) house party for you and your family or friends. Yoga, wellbeing & meditation weeks run by visiting teachers sometimes take place here in season, and Lizzy and Dominic also host CARE retreats to help recovering addicts ‘fill the hole in the soul’.
More on the art classes: Weekly life drawing and pottery workshops will help you unleash your creative spirit – private classes can also be arranged for whenever you want. They’re held in the garden art studio or outdoors – owner Lizzy teaches the ceramics, while the life drawing workshops are taught by easy going American artist Joel Rice, who’s a master at making beginners feel confident in their strokes – read a word from the queen on her experience. Before the class you’ll be treated to home made cake, and after a home-cooked healthy lunch such as a goats cheese soufflé with pear chutney and salad or a butternut squash Thai curry is served on the terrace.
More on the yoga: Infront of the art studio there’s a wooden yoga deck shaded by a large buff-coloured sail. Do your own practice, ask Lizzy to hire you a private local teacher or join one of the group classes on offer four times a week (15 euros). These are run by local teacher Arun Eden-Lewis, who trained with Goddrey Deveraux and teaches a slow flow yoga class focusing on alignment and integrity of posture, and by Susie Howell and Larah Davis of Ibiza Retreats, who teach a cosseting class just for women and also run yoga and wellbeing retreats here in season.
More on the wellbeing activities: Whether you stay here as a B&B guest or hire the whole house for a weekend or longer, various optional wellbeing activities can be arranged, including guided walks, horse riding, meditation, private yoga, cooking, counselling, in-room treatments with local therapists, or Bowen treatments with owner Lizzy.
More on the Bowen treatments: Owner Lizzy is a talented Bowen therapist, so you can also book sessions with her. Invented by Tom Bowen, a chiropractitioner in Australia who treated a lot of injured rugby players using the technique, Bowen is a remedial, hands-on therapy that uses very gentle pressure to stimulate the muscles and soft tissue of the body, prompting it to reset, repair and balance itself.
More on the outside: All is peaceful, white and light here, with splashes of purples and pinks in umbrellas, lamps and throw cushions and the signature design of the ammonite dotted here and there – the owners live off season in Dorset, which is famous for its amonite fossils. The spacious 18m swimming pool is surrounded by comfy purple-clad loungers, and at one end there’s a Balinese pacoda to chill out on. There’s a white stone statue of Tanit, the feminine goddess of Ibiza, in a peaceful interior courtyard with a pond with an ammonite fountain, and a statue of a buddha near the yoga platform.
More on the inside: The villa has a shared sitting room-cum-dining room flooded with natural light, and there are sofas to lounge on made out of water hyacinth. The six clean, serene bedrooms have custom-made Balinese furniture and carved stone friezes. There are two rooms sharing a bathroom with a rather wonderful giant Balinese wooden bath inside it – one of these rooms is the largest bedroom, Tanit, which looks out over the courtyard and has its own covered balcony and daybed.
There are also four ensuite rooms, two of them with their own entrance from the interior courtyard through simple french windows – one of these, Almendra, has its own small terrace with table and chairs.
Food and Drink: Breakfast is a simple affair with juice, granola, good breads, spreads and yoghurt. If you want something especially healthy or tailored to a diet, bring it yourself or ask in advance if it can be provided. The art workshops include a healthy lunch and evening meals can be provided with notice (from 10 euros) – expect simple, tasty dishes such as spicy malaysian udon noodles, goats cheese soufflé with pear chutney or butternut squash thai curry. Water comes from their own well. If you’re staying as a B&B guest you can have a microwave and a fridge in your room.
What’s lowly: If it’s chilly and you don’t want to be outside, there isn’t anywhere totally private to cosy up and read other than your bedroom.
Costs: From €30 per person for an art workshop, £45 per person per night B&B (£70 sole occupancy), from £795 pp for a week’s retreat, house hire prices on request (the house sleeps 12).
Getting there: You’ll need a hire car on the island – Can Amonita is about an hour’s drive from the airport.
Reviewed by Caroline Sylger Jones
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