The Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza, is considered by many as the best hotel on the island. Perched on a magical cliff, it offers unique emotions and experiences. There is a lot of boho-shabby-chic gorgeousness going on in this traditional Ibizan structure and there is no doubt that it is dead romantic, but at the same time it was nothing like as smart as I expected and felt a bit old-fashioned. To be fair, it has been open for more than 40 years and was the first five-star hotel on the island. Built by Belgian architect Daniel Lipszyc, it is now run by his son, Alvar, who is gradually refurbishing the property. There is a curving outdoor pool, a smaller one and a good-sized indoor pool too. The loungers are a bit crammed together but there is more privacy on an upper sun terrace. The showpiece of the hotel is the Cascades, a series of heated outdoor thalassotherapy pools linked by waterfalls on different levels, seeming to tumble down the hillside. Gazing at that view while your body is gently pummelled by jets of seawater is a blissful experience – but you do have to fork out an extra £30 for the strictly-timed, 45-minute privilege.
Na Xamena, s/n, 07815 Sant Miquel de Balansat, Islas Baleares, Spain