A kind of quiet optimism…

‘Strange times’ has got to be one of the most used phrases of 2020, but it pretty much sums up what it’s been like. However there seems to be a palpable shift happening and a gradually increasing optimism that perhaps 2021 is going to look a lot more like a ‘normal’ summer season in Ibiza.

It’s too early to tell if the clubs are going to open; there are a lot of discussions underway on the island right now, but it certainly looks like visitor numbers are going to be heading back in the direction of pre-Covid summers, probably buoyed up by the amount of very positive press Ibiza received in its most quiet of seasons.

With much of the late night hedonism off the table in 2020, more visitors were enjoying the simpler pleasures of the island; the stunning beaches, the exquisite fresh, local gastronomy, small outdoor music and cultural expositions and an increased focus on wellness such as yoga, pilates, & hiking in nature.

This gently evolving shift in optimism as we look forward to 2021 has definitely shown up in the Can Verru email inbox! Enquiries are significantly up and potential guests are getting closer to making solid plans for their Ibiza paradise escape. With much of Spring already booked with clients who had to move their dates from last year, the peak summer months of July and August are going to be filling soon.

If you are feeling that imperceptible shift of optimism and are dreaming of celebrating in Ibiza next Summer, get in touch with us for our remaining availability and rates.

Off-season Ibiza

The quieter months have arrived a little earlier than usual, after a very short season (yeah, thanks Covid..)

“These are very strange times” has probably been one of the most heavily-used phrases of 2020 – and with very good reason. It has been a season of unknowns; of cautious optimism, measured excitement followed by crushing disappointment for some, while for others the season has delivered with one hand, but taken away with the other.

We have seen so many groups – both retreats and family holiday groups – who have held out until the last minute then had to cancel, along with others who didn’t think their plans would come to fruition but were finally able to arrive in Ibiza. Some of our UK guests had to quarantine on their return but everyone one of them said it was a relatively small price to pay for their time on the island. It has been challenging all round, full of highs and lows.

Yet, still enquiries are arriving – not only to us, but to other accommodation providers we’ve been talking to, and people are asking us about the possibility of coming to Ibiza for some late Summer / early Autumn sunshine. Perhaps it is the fear of imminent lockdowns in some European countries that are making people think “Well, I might as well get away while I can!” The temperature on the island is in the balmy mid-20’s, with plenty of sunshine but none of the humidity of the high summer months.

Autumn in Ibiza is a very special time of year, much-loved by island residents and visitors alike. What was once an insider’s secret is now well and truly ‘out of the bag!’ October and November can be a glorious time to come. Empty beaches skirting the sea, which although a little fresh is still welcoming to swim in. Many of the tourist venues have shut up shop for the season, due to challenging and restrictive nature of this very unique season, but the stalwart all-year-round cafes, restaurants and bars are still open as usual.

This time of year is a gift for nature-lovers, as the easier temperatures are more suited for hiking in the stunning countryside and seeing the often talked about ‘other side’ of Ibiza. While there are a few windy days here and there in October, the joy of being on a small island is that there is never too far to travel to find a sun-drenched cove for a beach picnic, or an area of still water for paddle-boarding or kayaking.

And of course, with relatively few people around, it’s very easy to observe social distancing – in fact, out in the countryside or out on the water, you may not come across anyone at all! 

Contact us for full details of your options for an off-season visit to Can Verru in Ibiza, and we’ll make sure you get the very best from the island at this wonderful time of year.

(SUP photo credits @sarahandthesea and Luke Percy @paddleibiza)

 

 

An unusual ‘Season Review’ at Can Verru…

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It has been an unusual, challenging and very short season here in Ibiza…

As the world went into Lockdown back in March, we knew we were going to be in for a bumpy ride this season, and after a couple of weeks of what felt like a kind of stunned silence, as we all absorbed the enormity of the situation, the deluge of emails, messages and phone calls began to pour in from worried clients.

As the situation was developing & changing day by day, we were careful not to have a knee-jerk reaction and panic too early, but it quickly became apparent that we would not be welcoming our early season groups of guests and retreats that we had booked in from mid-April.

We have felt very grateful for the patience and understanding of the vast majority of our clients, as we navigated together those early, destabilising days when none of us knew for sure when we would be able to open our doors and welcome guests – or even if we would be able to open at all!

In normal years, throughout the pre-season preparations, we have fairly straightforward communications with our incoming guests; planning how they want the bedrooms set up, whether they require any shopping on arrival – that sort of thing. This year, we were talking to all of our booked guests on an almost daily basis, as we all tried to anticipate the constantly changing travel restrictions and to jointly make the decisions as to when to ‘pull the plug’ on the booked dates and move groups (somewhat optimistically) into dates later in the season.

fitness retreat

At Can Verru, our early season clients are almost all retreat bookings; fitness, yoga, Pilates etc. It was very challenging and often heartbreaking as we guided our Retreat Leaders through the process of rescheduling their planned business ventures and helped them manage the communications with all of their individual clients that had booked with them. The upside of this disruption was that we got to know our clients very well throughout this process!

Finally, we saw light at the end of the tunnel in the second half of June and we looked forward to welcoming our first guests on July 4th – a lovely family from Germany who have stayed at Can Verru before and were coming back to stay for three weeks. After the stress of the preceding months, it felt quite emotional welcoming them back to Can Verru, but of course we couldn’t give them a welcoming hug as we were all being extra careful to observe social distancing!

As the children jumped in the pool with squeals of laughter, it almost felt like things were back to normal and the previous few months had just been a bad dream! After their stay, we welcomed another wonderful family – this time from France – and again for a three week stay. It was their first visit to Can Verru and in typically French style they made the most of the shaded alfresco dining area for long, lazy meals by the pool. We felt very lucky to finally have the season underway with such lovely family groups in residence!

Then, lo and behold, soon after the arrival of the second family another curve-ball was served, with the UK government introducing quarantine restrictions for all British Citizens returning from Spain. Again, the remainder of the season was looking uncertain, especially as the next few bookings we were expecting were coming from Britain, so would be affected by the quarantine restrictions on their return. As this latest disruption was initiated by the UK, and we were still open, with flights still arriving in Ibiza, it simply wasn’t feasible to offer date changes for something that was totally beyond our control. We braced ourselves for cancellations, but we were delighted when our guests continued to arrive, determined to enjoy their well-deserved holiday in paradise!

Despite the challenges, the disappointments of such a short season and the consequential loss of revenue to our business, we still feel we have a lot to be thankful for. We have built incredible relationships with our clients throughout this tough process, we have welcomed fantastic groups to Can Verru – some new guests and some loyal returning visitors – and we have really enjoyed the mutually supportive vibe of ‘the world is a bit crazy at the moment, but we’re all in it together!’

The island itself has been simply magical… without the usual crowds and congestion, Ibiza has thrived. It has truly been a (hopefully) once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the island in a slower, more natural and authentic state. Most interestingly, it has shown that Ibiza has a lot more to offer than just clubbing and nightlife. Many of our friends who teach yoga, Pilates and fitness have been busier than ever. Stand-Up Paddle board & Kayak suppliers have done a roaring trade, as visitors have flocked to the crystal clear waters to experience the island from a different perspective.

Walking tours, local artisan markets and more sedate evening entertainment offerings of live music, flamenco performances & acoustic singers along with socially-distanced alfresco dining have been taken up with enthusiasm.

We have certainly noticed this year at Can Verru, our guests have leaned towards staying at the villa and enjoying the extensive grounds, booking private chefs for at-home catering, and making use of our extra housekeeping services to enjoy five star luxury without having to lift a finger! This is certainly not an extravagance when compared to going out to eat every night. This year, more than ever, Can Verru has felt like a retreat – a sanctuary – from the maelstrom of chaos and uncertainty unfolding elsewhere.

So, it has been a very strange season; it has been incredibly challenging, unexpected, uncertain and continually ‘shape-shifting’ but we would like to say a huge Thank You to all of our clients – those who came and stayed with us and also those who have had to change or postpone their visit.

We look forward to all being together again soon!

Do get in touch soon if you would like to join us in 2021. The early season is already sold out, but we still have some availability in July and August.

For Retreat Leaders thinking of bringing a group to Can Verru next year, check out our ‘low-risk’ Turn Up & Teach retreat concept; you bring the group and we handle the rest of it! Download the brochure here

A very unexpected start to the season…

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It has been a very unexpected and challenging start to the season and we felt it was the right time to give you an update on the corona virus situation in Ibiza.

Usually at this time of year, we are putting the finishing touches to the villa; floors are being polished, bedrooms are being prepared and we are plumping cushions and adding the final touches to the space in anticipation of our first guests of April. Sadly, this Corona virus (Covid 19) pandemic has stopped us in our tracks as flights have been cancelled and Ibiza, along with much of the rest of the world, is now on an enforced lockdown.

When this first happened, two weeks ago today (at the date of writing this post) we decided to take a step back from our usual regular posts on Social Media – partly because the situation has been changing by the day and also because we believed that it didn’t ‘feel right’ to continually post promotional content while so many people in the world are feeling scared and uncertain about the future, their income, their businesses and their loved ones.

Also, we are not experts on the current pandemic (in fact, we have had to Google the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic!) so we didn’t think it was right to talk about something that we don’t fully have a grasp on and risk saying the wrong thing or posting incorrect information. There are plenty of credible sources, of which we will post the links to below, which we advise our guests, friends and online followers to take their information from.

That said, we have been in close daily contact via Whatsapp, email and voice calls, with all of our early season guests – most of whom are international retreat leaders and teachers, who have their own small businesses and their own retreat clients to look after. They have had their carefully and lovingly curated plans disrupted by the far-reaching travel restrictions and the lockdown / social distancing circumstances of their own home countries and we are working with them and supporting them to find solutions. We have not, as yet, directly contacted other guests coming later in the season as we feel very strongly that we need to continually monitor what is happening – again, only from very credible, authoritative sources – and we are re-visiting this strategy on a weekly (and often daily) basis. We remain hopeful that long-term disruption further into the season may be contained and minimalised, but we will adjust our position on this accordingly and on an ongoing basis.

Without wanting to get too deeply into the statistics – as this is not our area of expertise – the current situation, at the time of writing, is that Ibiza has approximately 77 confirmed cases of Covid 19, which is very low compared to the situation in Spain. Of course, as a Balearic Island we are ultimately governed by the laws of Spain, so we are of course adhering to the laws of our governing country. We are supportive of the decisive action taken by the Spanish Prime Minister in enforcing this very strict lockdown and we are optimistic that this decisive and far-reaching ‘lockdown’ will mean a return to normality sooner rather than later.

It goes without saying that we are in awe of the doctors, nurses and all other support workers, including supermarket staff and public service operatives – in EVERY country – who are selflessly continuing to work and offer their massive contribution to society throughout this time.

#wewillnotforgetyou

It is a worrying and uncertain time for all, and in many ways it feels like a very big ‘re-set’ for the future of how we all live and go about our daily lives, but we hold close to our hearts the ideology that respect for our environment, respect for each other and all living things, along with a shared and renewed sense of community in these unprecedented times will only bring a clearer and kinder sense of perspective to our ongoing lives.

Meanwhile, we will return to posting some images of Can Verru for those of you who we hope to be seeing this Summer and for those of you who may be considering a visit to the beautiful While Isle later this year, next year or in the future.

We are sending you our love and a huge bundle of positive vibes from Ibiza.

Stay safe, stay well, stay positive and – for the time being – stay indoors!

Love from all of us at Can Verru x

If you would like to talk to us about your current booking, or a potential future booking, please feel free to call / message or email us – we are here for you!

Sarah – Can Verru Director and Retreat Coordinator

Whatsapp / Call – 0034 648 793 633 Email canverruibiza@gmail.com

Our recommended resources for updates on the current situation in Spain and Ibiza.

https://english.elpais.com/. National Spanish newspaper in English

https://www.diariodeibiza.es/. In Spanish but can be translated when viewed on a web browser

https://maninsanan.com/. A concise and informative daily Blog written by a long-standing English member of the Ibiza community who has strong links to the island government.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain UK Government guidelines on travel to Spain

Sweet September!

September is the month when the island starts to breathe again….

It’s the same every year here on Ibiza; we get through the heady, hot and humid months of July and August and suddenly we find ourselves in the sweet month of September, with a sudden burst of new energy as the island begins to soften and slow and the crowds subside a little, leading us into the heavenly late summer.

Don’t get us wrong, there is still wall-to-wall sunshine and blue skies, but there is a lighter feeling in the air, along with a rejuvenating breeze that comes off the back of the late August downfall that turns up right on time every year.

We really needed that burst of rain this year, as the island has been dry for many months now – and just when we were wondering if the regular August downpour would come at all, then it thankfully arrived with a spectacular show of lightening and crashes of thunder. Then within 24 hours, normal service was resumed and the sunshine was back but this time without the heavy edge of humidity weighing in alongside it.

September – what’s so great about it?

So what is it that we love so much about September? Well, on top of the gentler temperatures and clearer, fresher air, it’s the fact that it feels… well, just less ‘full on.’ The roads are not as busy, the beaches are less crowded and you can probably grab a table at a beach front chiringuito without having to book a week in advance.

But everything else about the island is still in holiday mode; Ibiza is still a long way from settling down into the slow Autumnal vibe and the parties, the nightlife and the fun-time vibes are still there to be had – just with a little less perspiration and fewer crowds and queues to negotiate!

Why not come and see for yourself?

So, in this timely spirit of being chilled out and laid back in the Golden month of September, we’re offering super flexible stays for this month that can range from short weekend breaks to full 7 night stays.

So, if you like the idea of a quick hop over to the island to enjoy the glorious September sunshine, check out these special weekend breaks we have on offer – or talk to us about your preferred dates or length of stay and let’s make it happen! Remember – we’re in chillout mode now, so you might just grab yourself a steal of a stay!

THURSDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER FOR 4 NIGHTS

THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER FOR 4 NIGHTS

These September breaks are now only €7500 – which is only €625 per person based on 12 guests.

 

Looking forward to a sweet September in Ibiza…

As we head into the hot and balmy month of August, when the island is full and the vibe is HIGH, we are already looking forward to the beautiful month of September when everything starts to calm down a little, the pace slows, the temperatures ease and the island starts to breathe again… phew! We have some incredible last minute deals for September – and we’d love you to come and stay at Can Verru!

September is one of our favourite months in Ibiza, as the high voltage months of July and August give way to a gentler pace, milder temperatures and lower humidity. September is when we fall in love with the island all over again, and we venture out from the coolness of our air-conditioned spaces and re-join island life, feeling calmer, softer and more relaxed…

September is the month when we can start to take advantage of the best things to do in Ibiza – those things that feel like too much effort in the heat of July and August. Kayaking, paddle-boarding, SUP Yoga, morning or evening hikes in nature; we can help bring all of this to your September holiday with family or friends. Come and see Ibiza at her beautiful best!

Special September Offers to make your Ibiza holiday even sweeter…..

We have some amazing offers to extend to our lovely Can Verru friends (and if you’re reading this Blog, then that means YOU!)

AUGUST 31ST / SEPTEMBER 7TH / SEPTEMBER 14TH – FOR 7 NIGHT STAYS – was €12,250 – now €10,000. That’s just €102 per person, per night based on 14 sharing – that’s about 50% less than a boutique hotel price!

OR come for a short break of 3 or 4 nights between any of these dates for only €8000 – that is only €570 per person (based on 14 sharing) for a short luxury break in the September sunshine of Ibiza.

Get in touch to discuss your dream Ibiza holiday this September at Can Verru.

Have a happy, healthy holiday at Can Verru

 

The International Wellness industry continues to grow at an incredible rate with  more and more people looking to incorporate health and wellness activities into their holidays. A recent survey by Travelzoo showed that 90% of respondents stated that a holiday had a positive effect on their physical and mental health. In fact, there has been a 20% increase in Brits taking specific wellness trips since 2015 and 79% of the survey participants were interested in taking a wellness break or healthy holiday in 2019. A further 41% of respondents said they would be looking for a holiday that has time dedicated allocated to wellness activities.

At Can Verru we can make it really easy for you to incorporate wellness and healthy activities into your summer holiday – and to include the whole family!

Our roof top gym offers training with fantastic views across the countryside and out to sea to enjoy from the exercise bikes or rowing machine. We have a comprehensive range of fitness equipment, from free weights and kettle bells, Kickboxing equipment, TRX, battle ropes to yoga and pilates mats, bricks and props in our dedicated yoga and pilates studio. If you are a dedicated fitness junkie – or maybe you are a trainer or teacher looking for a venue to run a fitness retreat – get in touch and we can send you a detailed list of our entire range of equipment.

We can arrange for fitness instructors, personal trainers, yoga and pilates teachers to come and teach you during your stay so you can keep your fitness regime going while on holiday.

If you fancy getting out and enjoying the countryside, we have a selection of bikes for both adults and kids to use or the whole family can get involved with a game of football on on the astro turf 5 aside pitch. Or just take it easy and layback and enjoy a range of massage treatments or other holistic wellness therapies – we work with some of the best practitioners on the island!

And of course, if you’re into health and wellness, you’ll be wanting to eat well too. Ibiza has a fantastic choice of clean-eating, plant-based, vegan or keto restaurants to suit any diet and we’ll happily fill you in on our island favourites. One of the best and a real clean-eating foodie heaven is Wild Beets in the pretty village of Santa Gertrudis. 

Or why not think about having your own dedicated chef for some or all of your stay. We work with some incredible chefs who serve up menus of the most deliciously satisfying and inspiring healthy food for both private groups of friends and family on holiday, or retreat groups running their wellness events at Can Verru.

If you’re including some health and wellness elements into your holiday it means you can enjoy plenty of guilt-free cocktails by the pool too – after all, you can’t be too good all of the time!

 

Add a day of Wellness to your holiday at Can Verru

Can Verru Wellness Packages

Your first full day in Ibiza is your ‘landing’ day! Let’s get you grounded, relaxed and ready for your Ibiza holiday…

10am start – or later if required! –

POWER JUICE! Ok, so many mojitos may be part of the ongoing plan for your week at Can Verru – and why not? But let’s get you off onto a good foot and feeling totally great, with our purifying detox juices – packed full of all the right stuff to get you feeling fabulous and ready to get the most out of your holiday. You’ll thank us for it!

10.30am MEDITATION – Many of you may have come from high-pressure work or home situations and normally this would mean it takes a bit of time for you to unwind. Not at Can Verru! Let our highly qualified Meditation practitioners guide you into a state of bliss, allowing you to be totally ready to relax and unwind and to calm your chattering ‘monkey mind.’ And breathe…..

11.00am YOGA / PILATES SESSION

Ease away those aches and pains and allow your body to realise that it is on holiday! Shift those tight knots and stiff joints to get yourself in the very best physical shape for your Ibiza holiday.

12.30 HEALTHY BRUNCH

Forget about making food after this body and mind re-set; we will present you with a gorgeous, healthy, purifying brunch to feed your appetite – and your soul!

From 1.30pm AFTERNOON MASSAGE

Like the cream on the cake…a full body holistic and diagnostic massage is the perfect way to ease your body and mind into true holiday mode. You’re welcome!

Have this whole experience again on the day before you depart, so you go home glowing – no matter how many late nights you had!

 If you would like to add this Wellness package to your holiday again on the day before your departure  – or at any point during your stay – we can offer you a special discounted rates on your second package.

*All inclusive price of €150 per person for a minimum of 4 people. Discounts for larger groups or additional packages.

Would you like to add to your Wellness Experience while on your holiday with Can Verru?

Our Client Care Manager, Sarah, has spent many years curating and coordinating wellness retreats on the island, guiding visitors to Ibiza towards the most transformational therapists and teachers to enhance and uplift their lives. Sarah can connect you with the very best healing practitioners and wellness therapists on the island for whatever your mind and body desires!

 

 

 

 

 

The sweetness of doing nothing…

The other day I was wandering around Can Verru as the final preparations were being made for our first guests of the season.
The sun was starting to set and our brilliant team were putting the finishing touches to the villa and the Moroccan Cottage.
The four-poster day beds were all laid out with fresh linen, with the evening sunshine filtering through the white muslin curtains. the new cushions and sun loungers were in place, the hammocks were hung from the palm trees and all of the outside seating and dining areas were set up in their comfortable and inviting positions.
At this point it occurred to me….
We are always talking to our potential  guests about how much there is on offer to do, both at Can Verru and on the island in general.
But sometimes, the most beautiful thing on offer is the opportunity to do nothing at all.
The Italians have a wonderful saying, which is “Il dolce far niente” which means ‘The sweetness of doing nothing.’
Any fans of the film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ will remember this part of the movie, where Julia Roberts sits on the floor of her apartment in Rome, eating poached eggs and asparagus, reading the paper and totally indulging in the moments of quietness and peace.
As I wandered around the grounds of Can Verru that evening, with the sun dipping down behind the trees, this is the exact thought that came to me.
Can Verru is the perfect place in which to do absolutely nothing…
We all live such fast-paced lives these days. We are constantly on ‘high alert’ for the next email, the next Social Media prompt, the next digital interaction. We forget how to turn inwards, to our family and friends, to embrace the fact that it doesn’t matter if we are not immediately available.
Even when you take the whole ‘digital’ element away, we seem to be finding it ever more difficult in modern life to just switch off. We feel like we have to always be doing something, achieving something, experiencing something – even on holiday!
Maybe we have forgotten how to just ‘Be.’
A worrying trend, along with all the other pressures of life, is that there seems to be a new ‘competitiveness’ about holidays. “Oh, you’re going to Ibiza? You must go here, you must go there, you must try this restaurant, you must go to this night at that club..”
Doesn’t that sound exhausting? I would be on the floor if I had to go on holiday only to tick off loads of boxes of what I ‘should’ be doing to have the ultimate experience.
When was the last time you lay in a hammock and did absolutely, unashamedly nothing?
When did you last make the time to read that book you bought months ago?
When did you last say “No, I’m not going to do anything today.”?
Let’s get back to doing nothing very much! “Il dolce far niente!”
If you are ready to explore the art of doing absolutely nothing, we are here for you!
Plus we can also coordinate the best chefs, babysitters, massage and wellness therapists, drivers – and any other support you need – to make your holiday at Can Verru a peaceful sanctuary from the outside world.
Come and find your Happy Place…
N.B; High speed Wifi, kids activities and all-round entertainment concierge are available for those who want it! The Can Verru team are here to help you find your own happy balance and make the most of your wishes for YOUR own ideal holiday x
I hope we will be welcoming you soon!
Contact us for Summer 2019 availability x

 

Spectacular offers for 2019!

JUNE WEEKS REDUCED BY 25%

Imagine spending a week at Can Verru this summer.

A secluded high-lux villa oozing Ibiza chic and just a stone’s throw away from world-class beaches, restaurants and bars

This all could be yours!

Just contact us to book your trip…