As you turn down the dusty country road that leads to the doors of Cas Gasi, watch out for fluffy bunny tails bouncing off into the woods. This is where your Ibiza fairy tale starts, just beyond the pines, behind the vegetable gardens groaning with goodness, through the wooden doors and up the winding paved pathway to a white house on the hill dripping in pink bougainvillaea. Set amongst fertile farmlands between Santa Gertrudis and San Rafael, this 19th century farmhouse is where owners Maga von Korff and Luis Trigueros raised their children before opening their doors to select guests two decades ago.
The whole property is imbued with the memories of family and the comforts of home. The path leading from the front gates to the main house and Cas Gasi reception weaves past a lushly green arbour, whose shade creates a lovely rest spot in the summer months. Glass-paned wood doors open to a lounge furnished with plush sofas and a coffee table full of art and photography books. In the winter months, the enormous fireplace is stacked with olive and almond wood, keeping the space cosy and warm – perfect for a glass of wine and a good book.
Maga herself is responsible for the interior design and the whole hotel is filled with art, family heirlooms and antiques. The ambience is unique and eclectic yet uncluttered – each and every object has a place and a story to tell. The 18 suites situated within the house and elsewhere on the property are luxuriously understated. With quality fixtures, high-end bedding, Design Guild fabrics and unique antiques, no two rooms are alike. New at Cas Gasi for 2020 are two Ibizan Palaces – luxury villas set apart from the main building, inspired by typical Ibicencan architecture and sleeping up to six guests – ideal for families, or groups of friends looking for discretion, space and privacy.
Beyond the Cas Gasi reception area is a secondary lounge where wooden French doors open to dense lawns. Along with the vast organic vegetable gardens, the grounds are brimming with native plants and trees. The pinks and purples of bougainvillaea drip over balconies, a circle of trees planted an aeon ago form a green sanctuary – look up towards the sky and their branches form the shape of a heart. The pristine swimming pool is chemical-free and has a garland of sunbeds that overlook the views across the valley. Golden rays of reds and pinks dance across the sky at sunset.
A second pool is dedicated to children, giving them the freedom to splash and play to their heart’s content. For grown-ups, the spa is the place to find Zen with its whirlpool, dry sauna, fully equipped gym and relaxation area. Personalised services are available, ranging from beauty treatments and massages to detox programs and fitness training. Yoga is also an important part of daily life at Cas Gasi, where guests are welcome to join the complimentary daily morning class or request private sessions with trusted professionals.
Every morning, the scent of baking bread, pastries and freshly brewed coffee fill the house. Breakfast is a cornucopia of seasonal fruits, much of it plucked directly from the gardens along with Spanish hams, homemade jams and local honey. Maga has long been a supporter of local farmers and organic practices and she strives to ensure every guest’s dietary needs are met. Fresh juices are available all day long, combining all your favourite flavours with health-boosting nutrients. Since Cas Gasi’s inception as a boutique hotel, the in-house restaurant has always been open to guests for lunch and dinner, and in 2020 – after decades of dreaming – another of Maga’s ambitions comes to fruition as she has expanded the restaurant concept and launched it to the public.
The winter months saw the hotel team transform what was once Cas Gasi Suite 115 – adjacent to the garden – into a dedicated restaurant, complete with an open kitchen and wood-burning oven to give guests an insight into what goes on behind the scenes when creating their meals. In high summer, dine alfresco on romantic tables scattered throughout the garden and expansive communal tables beneath the olive trees. In the cooler months, the stylish dining room features spacious arched windows that look out into the garden, so you still feel immersed within nature no matter what time of year you visit.
In keeping with the hotel’s ethos, all produce is locally sourced, with much of it coming directly from the onsite, certified organic garden. Just like the ingredients used, the focus of the new Cas Gasi restaurant is local cuisine, with renowned head chef David Reartes taking diners on a trip through Ibiza’s history, with influences from the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and Catalans across the menu, not to mention some international flavours in keeping with the sophisticated crowds than began arriving in Ibiza in the hippie heyday. Think line-caught local fish, homely chicken casserole, Ibizan lamb (said to be among the best in the world) and plenty of vegan options that make the most of the garden’s plentiful bounty, plus carefully curated tasting menus that showcase the very best of the menu. Having only opened a few weeks ago, it’s currently one of the hidden culinary gems of Ibiza, but when word gets out among island foodies, there’s no doubt this stylish and secluded restaurant will be one of the most in-demand on the island.
With its position within the green heart of Ibiza, Cas Gasi is perfectly placed to be a launchpad for island adventures. The picturesque village of Santa Gertrudis is within walking distance or guests can opt for one of the hotel’s electric bikes to get them there. Filled with boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants, the area is a cosmopolitan hotspot. A short drive leads to the glamour of Ibiza town and the romance of Dalt Vila, the UNESCO World Heritage listed old town. Guests can also hop into Cas Gasi’s electric car and head out to any number of nearby beaches and coves. Ibiza’s coastline is one of the most striking in the Mediterranean, with towering red cliffs, secluded bays, sandy beaches and crystal waters.