Designer Armin Fischer has converted an old stone farmhouse in the Ibizan countryside into a rustic members-only retreat offering guests ritual activities like community farming and meditation (+ slideshow).
Fischer’s interior design studio Dreimeta de Fischer, based in Germany, created La Granja Ibiza for Design Hotels, a reservation company representing more than 270 boutique design hotels worldwide.
The resort offers 10-bedroom suites in the 200-year-old farmhouse, as well as a separate twin-bed garden property surrounded by citrus, fig and almond trees. It also has a swimming pool and a restaurant serving products from the estate.
The clean design of the hotel, combined with the emphasis on outdoor living, is intended to offer an alternative to the resorts of Ibiza. Instead, it fits more with the hippie scene that dominated the Spanish island in the 1950s.
“In a world where travel and hotels are surrounded by technology, extravagant comfort and unnecessary distractions, La Granja encourages guests to go back to basics: modesty, rustic simplicity and the beauty of imperfection”, Fischer said.
âThe design of the space honors rustic simplicity, growth and decadence, modesty and intransigence,â he added.
Each room is finished with a palette of dark burnt wood, brushed and oiled ash wood, stone, and slate – an antithesis to the traditional whitewashed cuisine of the Ibiza coast.
Black painted walls, distressed wood furniture and freestanding tubs are also used to give the rooms a ‘homecoming’ look, Fischer explained.
âThe aim was to translate the basic concepts – focusing on the essential, the beauty of natural materials and imperfections – into a design approach,â said the designer.
âWhile eliminating the non-essential, the hotel still offers its guests all the comforts they need – less is more, as they say.
“La Granja Ibiza caters to a growing population of upscale travelers who seek meaningful and authentic experiences and a sense of connection with local communities, rather than typical resort-type accommodations with little organic connection to the environment. local, “he added.
La Granja is the first company reserved for Design Hotel members. It is a collaboration with Friends of a Farmer, an organization that promotes sustainable culture, as well as artistic and musical projects.
Hotel members have access to a âritual programâ during their stay. These include slow food, meditation and yoga workshops, musical experiences and community farming.
“La Granja Ibiza is a study of holistic hospitality born out of the growing desire to connect in real time to shared experiences – an antidote to the increasingly online nature of our time,” founder of Dezeen told Dezeen. Design Hotel, Claus Sendlinger.
“La Granja is based on an experimental model only for members, with membership providing access to room reservations, as well as the full program of holistic, gastronomic and cultural events,” he added.
The profits from La Granja Ibiza will be fed back into a number of sustainable development projects in the community.
The photograph is by Steve Herud.