Forget WWOOFING. This farmhouse retreat goes beyond the rustic basics
Turning a green leaf
Think well-appointed rooms, farming projects, and daily music sets
It isn't uncommon for college kids to seek out WWOOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) stints, trading free labour on organic farms the world over in exchange for food, accomodation, and the excuse to live out summer in the most authentic way possible. I've had friends waking up at the crack of dawn to clear hog pens in Norway and subsist on nothing but bread, milk, and potatoes for weeks. WWOOOFing certainly isn't for everyone, but for those seeking a farming experience backed with all the creature comforts you would expect of a luxury hotel, La Granja Ibiza is where you'll want to check into for the summer.
Set among Ibiza's pastoral inlands, this farmstead welcomes guests with rooms and suites decked with Le Labo amenities, no less. Here, you'll find master farmer Andy Szymanowicz helming a series of workshops and community-based farming projects. With over 30 seasonal fruit and vegetable varieties ranging from figs to beetroot, it's the perfect sparring ground to learn the ropes of biodynamic agriculture.
La Grandja Ibiza also serves as the stage for Friends of a Farmer — a creative community dedicated to the cultivation of art, crops, andinner gardens — who'll stage daily music sets, yoga sessions, and gather thought leaders to speak on an esoteric range of topics.
The only catch? This Design Hotels initiative is a members-only retreat, where a seasonal membership pass rings to the tune of 200 Euros.