Leading interior designers and owners with a sharp eye have lent their vision to island retreats that are anything but ordinary.
Ibiza isn’t called the white isle for nothing. The source of the nickname – its gleaming, limewashed villas and fincas – speaks to an architectural vernacular that’s still going strong. Traditionally designed from the outside in, Ibicencan homes embrace their surroundings through simplicity – think white walls, gentle curves and cubist shapes that don’t compete with nature but celebrate it.
Given the focus on the landscape, you’d be forgiven for thinking the interiors are typically an afterthought. Not so, as these rental villas prove. Awash with organic materials, earthy tones and footprints that flow effortlessly between inside and out, these homes for rent offer inspiring backdrops. Some take a contemporary approach – with straight lines and smooth concrete – while others accentuate their rustic roots with softer finishes and sensitive interventions. All make it easy to embrace the flow of island life.
Less is more – that’s the design mantra at this modernist Jaime Romano-conceived villa hugged by rolling hills. An elevated take on Ibiza’s famously laid-back aesthetic plays out across a single-storey footprint, where vast expanses of poured concrete create a striking canvas for the real star of the show: the views. Framed by wall-to-wall windows, barely-there boundaries invite the lush greenery of the Atzaro Valley inside. With such a vivid backdrop, finishing touches are minimal – a wicker lamp here, a floating fireplace there – all in a muted colour palette of white, black and dusty plaster pink.
Can Amigo is available to rent from €56,000 per week
A contemporary villa that’s at home in its surroundings. Circled by pine trees and set on a 65,000-square-metre plot, complete escapism comes with the territory at Casa Chumbera. Al fresco living receives its fair share of attention – a covered terrace wraps its way around the entire villa, bringing the outside in from all angles. Then there’s the landscaped garden, not to mention the 26-metre pool. Inside, living spaces echo the simplicity and comfort of their outdoor counterparts. White walls and wooden floors unite the open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas imbued with a quiet luxury and filled with classic furniture and artwork sourced by the villa’s owners.
Casa Chumbera is available for longer-term rentals from €50,000 per week
Saltwater infinity pool? Tick. Multiple terraces? Tick. An enclosed courtyard. Tick, tick, tick. So far, so Ibicencan. But step inside Villa Estilo and an unexpected departure from that familiar, white-walled minimalism awaits. A colour injection of moody blues and rich ochre acts as a foil to the greenery of the surrounding farmland. With a cosmopolitan character that belies its rural location, the open-plan kitchen and living space is a lesson in light and shade. Denim-toned walls filled with art and photography bring a soothing atmosphere, while minimalistic matte cabinetry, banquet seating and steel-framed windows lend a more urban feel. When you want to embrace the great outdoors, dine al fresco or take a dip in the pool.
Villa Estilo is available to rent from €18,000 per week
There’s a globetrotting spirit to Hacienda Nomad, a 300-year-old finca that takes design inspiration from the Balearics and beyond. Ornate Andalusian-style arches and geometric tiles enliven the quintessential farmhouse aesthetic, making this ancient residence something of a rarity. Travel the continent through the interiors, too. French antiques sit alongside modern Italian furniture and mid-century Danish design classics. Shunning tradition, owner Jasmien Hamed and her husband Kourosh Shah have put a “global bohemian” stamp on the main house and guest casita. A retreat for all seasons, unwind in art-filled surroundings, from the circular entrance hall to the palatial living room.
Hacienda Nomad is available for longer-term rentals from €13,000 per week
Casa del Arbol
“People are increasingly drawn to the essence of Ibiza rather than making something wild that doesn’t belong here,” muses Jurjen van Hulzen, the founder and creative director of Ibiza Interiors, the studio behind Casa del Arbol. For Jurjen, this means bringing island style back to its roots. The result is a villa that takes its cues from the surrounding pine forest and a catalogue of natural materials – from wooden furniture to textural linens sourced from local artisans. Among its most striking features, a solarium invites sunshine inside; gaze out at the lemon trees as you dine. There’s a hint of mid-century style, too, with inspiration channelled from the likes of Pierre Paulin and Mies van der Rohe.
Casa del Arbol is available for longer-term rentals from €11,500 per week
A rustic-luxe finca rooted in Ibiza’s architectural heritage. Newer finishes accentuate the old at Finca Arcos where micro cement floors, brushed bronze and onyx accent time-worn terracotta. Sensitively revived by its owners to honour its history, the aesthetic favours the understated – all knotted Sabina beams and thick, whitewashed walls that keep the finca cosy in winter and cool in summer. Much like its easy-going location, nothing shouts here – except the views. From the covered first-floor terrace, take in the sweeping Morna Valley scenes and a far-reaching glimpse of the sea.
Celebrated island studio Blakstad has brought contemporary functionality to this ancient finca. All the hallmarks of traditional Ibicencan architecture remain – lime render walls and rustic stone flooring – but tempered with a 21st-century sensibility. A Vipp kitchen pairs dark cabinetry with stainless steel surfaces, creating a culinary domain fit for the keenest of chefs. Elsewhere, a skylight floods light over the living room where arrow-slit windows offer an alternative perspective on the landscape beyond. Then there are the eco credentials. An air-source heat pump, solar panels and a reverse osmosis water filtration system mean Can Lluna doesn’t just score highly on style but on sustainability, too.
Can Lluna is available for longer-term rentals from €10,000 per week
Running like a spine through the main living space of Can Bikini, a hefty Sabina beam crisscrosses the voluminous four-metre-high ceiling. The villa’s framework might be old, but the finish by TG Studio is decidedly contemporary. A skylit Doca kitchen and retractable glazing exist alongside relics – note the reading nook carved into an old stone wall. All bedrooms are free from distractions and come with private terraces, where eyes are on the magnificent panoramas. The best room in the house though, is the Balinese guest cabin. Set away from the main house, its wooden structure has a treehouse feel, with floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the forest. The ultimate reviver, there’s also an indulgent outdoor bathroom, screened by bamboo.
Another masterstroke of soothing design by Ibiza Interiors, this time moments from Ibiza Town. As is the norm for the studio, the landscape provided the starting point. Cue natural materials, understated backdrops and a smattering of mid-century Nordic furnishings. An open-plan layout turns the harmonious feel up a notch, together with an expanse of floor-to-ceiling glazing. Embellishments are kept to a minimal inside; outside however, Mother Nature takes the reins. The surrounding pine forests bring peace – and privacy – to the sleek al fresco kitchen and chillout area.
Can California is available for longer-term rentals from €15,000 per week
Moredesign has revived this rustic finca with an old-meets-new aesthetic. Think soaring double-height living spaces crowned with characterful Sabina beams and filled with contemporary furniture. A winning island formula of stone floors and white walls means the vibe veers towards the open and inviting – although there’s a space for every mood. Curl up on the banquette seating in the cosy, cossetted snug, or host a crowd in the grand dining hall. Outside, terraces act as an extension of the interiors, perfumed by an abundance of bougainvillea.
Finca Amanecer is available for longer-term rentals from €18,000 per week
Set in four acres of pristine woodland, Finca Alma’s surroundings are hard to beat – as are its interiors. Sensitively reimagined to unite Ibiza’s architectural past and present, there’s a sense of timelessness here. Turn a corner and you’ll go from cosy reading nook (complete with 600-year-old Sabina beams) to a cathdrale-like main reception room. “The low ceilings and thick walls feel warm with a sense of history,” notes owner India Douce. “Then you head into the six-metre-tall living room and it’s like travelling between worlds”. To add to the escapism, there’s also a meditation deck, thermal spa and tennis court, plus a tree house for good measure.
Finca Alma is available for rent from €31,050 per week