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Conde Nast Traveller “Ibiza: The hottest spots for summer Ibiza 2016”
Just five suites make up this renovated farmhouse in the northern hippy haven of San Juan, the August hangout for an arty international crowd – the boho types who Christmas in José Ignacio and Easter in Tulum. The rich design is a refreshing break from the usual whitewash: carved Balinese doors, mid-century cane lamps and pebbled floors. And there’s a small but chic slate-tiled pool and deliciously steamy spa. Slip through the hidden alleyway that links the hotel’s courtyard to sleepy San Juan, whose main street comes to life on Sundays with a craft market. On the way back, grab a slice of walnut, mushroom and courgette pizza at Sabores Naturales, saving supper for the hotel’s standalone restaurant, the Giri Café. This jewel-hued space in an ancient townhouse gives organic Ibicenco superfoods a decadent twist: try the braised mackerel with cauliflower purée and caviar or spicy corvina and octopus ceviche with avocado and sweet potato.
Handluggageonly.co.uk, 2016: The most indulgent place to stay in Ibiza
“The Giri Residence is an oasis of calm on the island, all you hear are the birds, an odd sheep bleating in the distance and pretty much nothing else! There are only 5 suites here… hence why it’s you might find it hard to get into but this is also why the service here is absolutely tailored to you – which is one of my favourite things about The Giri. For instance, you have your own dedicated on-site chef who will make you literally anything you want just tell him in advance and he’ll pop down to the market to get all the stuff you need. He also has a decent selection of chef specials so you don’t have to worry too much about making a choice….”
Few of the island’s boutique hotels have managed to marry the traditional with the contemporary with such effortless style as The Giri Residence, located well away from the hordes yet a short walk from San Juan, one of Ibiza’s most unspoilt villages. With only five suites, guests receive an attentive yet discreet level of service, perfectly in keeping with the chic surrounds.
Conde Nast Traveler, October 2014
The Giri is tucked discreetly away in the white-roofed village of San Juan in the quiet north end of Ibiza. It’s popular with couples, including those with babies, as well as the rich and famous who want to hide away. There are just five suites, designed with lots of wood, stone and glass and inspiring furniture and artefacts from Ibiza, Bali and Morocco. Lounge around the pool pondering the word ‘LOVE’ spelt out in giant wooden letters at one end, or sip a watermelon juice on a giant lavender-coloured cushion in one of the garden gazebos. Meals at the hotel’s restaurant are as good as you might expect, but you also mustn’t miss the stylish, child-friendly Giri Café in the heart of the village.
Harper’s Bazaar Guide to Ibiza, July 2013
Best Spa Retreat:
Blink and you’ll miss the entrance to the Giri Residence in the sleepy town of San Juan. A thick, wooden door leads you into the cool surroundings of this 5-bedroom former farmhouse where time stands still – no one at the hotel will bat an eyelid should you want to take breakfast at 4pm. Head to their spa and let Estefania Madrid induce you into a euphoric trance with a Goddess Tansit Treatment (inspired by the Phoenician protector of Ibiza) where all your toxins are pummelled out of you with a local sea salt scrub, followed by a soothing Aloe Vera bath where you are left to sip on an Aloe Vera juice. This is the best place in Ibiza to detox and retox.
Daisy London, July 2013
That a hotel of such staggering design aesthetics lies at the centre of sleepy San Joan is almost miraculous. Voted Best Hotel Design in the world in 2011, the Scandinavian/Moorish juxtaposition of The Giri is inspired. The dark and sensous spa and the phenomenal bar are both perfectly executed, catering to the seasoned style-traveller, while a stand-alone restaurant in the village completes the look.
Luxurydoor.com, July 2013
In the north of Ibiza, surrounded by the San Juan countryside, a restored 150-year-old farmhouse is the setting for one of the best designed boutique hotels we’ve seen: The Giri Residence. Winner for Best Design in 2011 at the Boutique Hotel Awards, and listed on the 100 Best Hotels of the World, The Giri is unassuming at first, but then it’s completely enchanting. Just steps away from charming villages and lush north coast beaches, The Giri has just five suites, each with its own unique space and flair. The indoor and outdoor basement spa is the site of various massage treatments. Outside, a pool is surrounded by open loungers as well as thatched Balinese huts, so you can stretch out in the sun or shade, given your fancy. Drinks and snacks are served by the pool and in The Living Room restaurant, which adds healthy, home-style, organic cuisine to your stay. Sleep in – a full breakfast is available until noon daily. And stay up late – the dinner menu changes according to the Chef’s whimsy, with vegetarian dishes as well as the catch of the day appearing often.
Gayot.com, US, April 2012
Top 10 Hotels in Spain:
Sometimes getting away from it all means more than just hiding out in a hotel – especially since hotels are generally filled with other guests. But that’s not the case at The Giri Residence. With only five suites, this intimate property just north of Ibiza promises a tranquil stay. A private alleyway leads from the village of San Juan to this 150-year-old farmhouse, where ethnic chic defines the style of the suites. Depending on which one you choose, you might find a polished stone bathtub, cozy fireplace, split-level terrace and/or scenic views onto the Ibiza countryside. The Living Room serves dishes made with ingredients sourced around the island, and the grounds are filled with small treasures – a spa suite with a treatment room and heated plunge pool, a designer swimming pool and Balinese huts tucked into a bamboo garden.
Vogue, UK, August 2011
100 best holidays – The most fashionable places to stay in the world:
Both Tatler and Condé Nast Traveller included the Giri Residence in their lists of the world’s best hotels for 2011, so it seemed only appropriate we check that it meets our style credentials. Happily, the hotel’s aesthetic is as polished as the service – and we’re reminded that big does not always equal better. The petite boutique hotel offers just five exclusive suites within a 150-year-old Finca (farmhouse) but boasts two restaurants, a pool and a spa within its manicured surroundings. Rural but not isolated, the hotel is less than 30 mins from Ibiza Town and the airport, making day trips easy to do, if not entirely easy to justify.
Conde Nast Traveller, UK, July 2011
…there are only 5 guest rooms at The Giri, each slightly different but all decorated within what could be described as an Asian-boho-meets-Scandi-modernist aesthetic. Ours had a statue of Ganesh on a wooden plinth and Moorish arches rendered in tadelakt (traditional Moroccan plasterwork). Gigantic , reclaimed carved wooden doors have been lugged here from Bali, and polished pebbles massage your feet on the floor of the walk-in showers. The Asian influence prevails in the dinky spa, with both Ayurvedic and Thai treatments on offer. It’s a seductive look prompting plenty of ‘could be we do this at home?’ discussions with my husband, but it was the atmosphere that really won us over. The bedrooms all lead off a central dinning and reception area, so a little socializing is to be expected – which is admittedly not great when making a greasy-faced dash from spa to room, but fantastic for instilling a homely feel you don’t often find in such stylish surroundings. It seems totally natural to wander into the kitchen in your dressing gown for a cup of lemon-and-ginger tea, or to chat with the chef about what he will pick up from the market for dinner
Tatler, UK, January 2011
Most of the countryside places in Ibiza are more rustic, full of old stonework and creaking doors. But this is an entirely more polished and handsome event – contemporary, artsy and original. Its full of textures, wooden walls, pebbles set in floors and lots of concrete – a little bit Bali, a little bit Moorish, but entirely rich and warm. The old building, which has only five rooms, is attached to the local police station (but relax, people, its vacant) and this too will soon become part of the hotel. Most people seem to do one big night in Pacha or Amnesia, then chill out here for four days. No one gets up before 10am, when there are excitable breakfasts with Bloody Marys and platters of pineapple and strawberries. The pool is quiet and sleek and lovely, with views over the olive and almonds trees. Wander into the kitchen and ask for coffee and pancakes, and if you want supper at the house, the staff will get you something fresh from the marked and cook it up for you that night. There is a treatment room that houses a therapist – somewhat hippie-dippy and full of ayurvedic and Thai know-how, he will give you quite possible the best massage ever.
Harpers Bazaar, Spain, November 2010
There are two ways of visiting Ibiza. To be seen or to disappear. In Sant Joan, north of the island (where it still smells like pine trees and even the small lively rabbits can be seen crossing roads) a small hotel-refuge with five suites (yes, five!) has opened. Here, being invisible is the most excellent caprice. The furniture and exquisite decoration with inspiration from Bali, Morocco and Scandinavia do not fall into the clichéd invasion of Buddhas that the Pitiusos find so boring. The Giri Residence – located in a 150 years old finca – has been renovated with an exquisite taste that favors the most intimate luxury. In the hotel’s restaurant, The Living Room, the guests can enjoy the typical local dishes made with fresh and organic produce from the island.
The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, UK, November 2010
Newly opened this summer, the Giri is perfectly positioned: it’s in the quiet north of the island, yet near enough to the buzzing Hollywood Mile to make nights out a breeze. The decor is Bali-beautiful: ancient carved doors complement walls crafted from slices of recycled timber and pebble-studded floors. There are just five rooms, so you’ll soon feel as if you own the place, and with made-to-order dinners (the staff will go shopping just for you) nibbled in gazebos in the garden, returning to your real home will be a wrench.
Conde Nast Traveller, UK. August 2010
…in the rural north of Ibiza, away from the crowds, is the new Giri Residence. A stunning conversion of a 150-year-old finca, the intimate retreat has just five suites, the best of which is the airy Bourgainville Suite with its own secluded terrace.
The Sunday Times, Travel Blog by Poul Croughton, UK. June 4, 2010
Going to Ibiza? You want to stay here…
You get a lot of gush written by travel writers about fancy hotels in fancy places, because we’re fortunate enough to stay in a fair few nice spots and occasionally get carried away by an infinity pool and a glass of bubbly, just like anybody else. But The Giri was something else: a five-room boutique hotel in the pin-drop peace and quiet of the outskirts of San Juan, in the north of the island, it was absolutely spot-on. It’s immaculately designed, but, importantly, not overdesigned. It wasn’t trying to say, “Cooey, look at me”, it was just sat there looking stylish, like the best-dressed person at a party who is so used to being the best-dressed person at any party, they’ve quite forgotten that they are.
It had sexy sofas, reclaimed wood furniture matched with angled Verner Panton chairs, vast wetroom showers with two shower heads (so whoever’s doing your back can wash their hair, too), an occasional sculpture, a bit of art, a bar and kitchen area, which you’re encouraged to stroll around – you’re supposed to feel you’re in someone’s home, rather than a hotel – and a beautiful pool and garden, with cool little sunhouses and a stylish marble patio and… I’m gushing, aren’t I?
Joel, the manager, was like a Mediterranean Jeeves, all in white and entirely unflappable. The food was excellent: there’s no restaurant, per se, but there’s a menu that includes a selection of meats and cheeses, deli-style sarnies and a few salads, and Joel will rustle up whatever he can if you have requests. Breakfast was croissants the size of Frisbees.
Ibiza has an increasing number of high-quality places to stay, but the Giri has leapfrogged all I’ve seen to become my new favourite. It’s only been open a month and already it’s getting a reputation. It’s not cheap – I suppose it doesn’t need to be. But if I can’t get a room in a few months’ time because you’re sat round the pool, I’ll never forgive you.
Nuevo Estilo, Spain. June 2010
…The Giri Residence is a favorite hiding place. The hotel boasts super design and invites you to relaxing sessions in their gardens or in the spa. It is an exclusive and intimate corner. A Mediterranean caprice.