Which is the best location to stay in Ibiza?

WE ARE A  COUPLE IN OUR LATE 50S PLANNING A FOUR-WEEK TRIP TO SPAIN IN SEPTEMBER. WE WOULD LIKE TO SPEND A COUPLE OF NIGHTS ON IBIZA. WE'RE LOOKING FOR GOOD 3-4 STAR ACCOMMODATION NOT NEAR THE NOISY NIGHTCLUB AREA BUT STILL CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE MAIN TOWN FACILITIES. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

P. HARRINGTON, ILLAWONG

Ibiza, like Bali, suffers from its reputation as a party island where anything goes.

That's true, but it only applies to a very small part of the island.

All-night rave parties in megaclubs and the Discobus are no more representative of the totality of Ibiza than Kuta defines what Bali is all about.

If you're not right staying in one of the towns where the action happens in Ibiza, you're in the countryside, and that requires a hire car.

Agrituismo Can Gall (agrocangall.com) is an 11-room,  200 year old country house estate set among almond and olive trees and surrounded by hills not too far from the town of Saint Joan, in the island's north.

Closer to the airport, which is in the south-east of the island, Les Terrasses (lesterrasses.net) is simple but totally gorgeous, a funky, shabby-chic Frenchified bolthole with a great reputation for its food, in a quiet country location inland from Santa Eularia.

If you really want to get away from it all, Hotel Can Talais (hotelcantalaias.com) is a small and very private hideaway set on a hilltop above the northern village of San Carlos, which has lovely beaches and sea coves.

There is generally a minimum stay but this is waived in quieter times.

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