Attached to Ibiza by a narrow isthmus, Isla Sa Ferradura is a 3.5-hectare island of rocky cliffs and forested hills. A weeklong stay starts at $250,000 in low season, making it very exclusive. But is it worth it?
If you think Ibiza’s just for the party people, think again. The island is large and varied – it’s ten times the size of Manhattan – so there’s enough space for all sorts. There are ashrams, artists’ colonies, bumping nightclubs and some of the most luxurious villas in the Balearic Islands. If that still sounds like a crowd, there is more exclusive option. So exclusive, in fact, that it has its very own island.
Attached to Ibiza by a narrow isthmus, Isla Sa Ferradura is a 3.5-hectare island of rocky cliffs and forested hills. At the apex is a glorious six-bedroom villa, with Mediterranean on all sides. Of course, a locale like this commands a hefty price tag. A weeklong stay starts at $250,000 in low season. Yes, Isla Sa Ferradura is exclusive. But is it worth it?
And it’s true – they really don’t make them like this anymore. Isla Sa Ferradura was built as a private home in the 1970s, before the island banned new construction within 500 meters of the coast. While the bones date back to the disco days, the villa is all fresh. After the new owner purchased the home in 2006, they brought in a local architecture and design team to oversee the renovations. The house reopened in 2017 and set the jetsetter set buzzing.
The villa is a whitewashed wonder with clean, contemporary lines and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. The style is sleek and minimalist, with Ibizan warmth coming from natural textiles, breezy linens and artwork by local artists. As comfortable as the interiors are, the Mediterranean blues have a way of drawing you outside.
The grounds and terraces are the highlight of Isla Sa Ferradura. There are hammocks, ponds, gardens and greenery to explore. The main terrace surrounds a sparkling 23-meter pool. (That’s just under Olympic length, for those keeping count.) A second pool, more natural in style, is a lush oasis surrounded by gardens. There’s a fully-equipped gym, a yoga studio and a spa with a sauna, steam bath and Jacuzzi. With all this space, Ibiza feels very far away, indeed.
Of course, you can always bring Ibiza to you. Serene as it may be, Isla Sa Ferradura is a James Bond-worthy party house with the infrastructure to prove it. The rooftop features an 8,000 square-foot terrace with two bars, a DJ booth and a stage. With some of the world’s top DJs just a yacht ride away, you’ll have no trouble finding someone to spin. One has to wonder what sort of parties this house has seen, but the staff would never tell.
The team of more than 25 staff is there to bring your Mediterranean fantasy to life. There are massage therapists, personal trainers, yoga instructors, a water sports team, bartenders and more. A team of chefs is always on hand to make whatever meals you wish. Whether you’re craving Spanish paella or your favorite recipe from home, they’ll make it happen. In fact, they can make almost anything happen.
It’s possible to arrive by car, but this is no place to skimp on style. Start with a splash and arrive by yacht. Take a tour around the island before you disembark so you can see your new playground from every angle. ■
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