Situated off the east coast of mainland Spain is the beautiful Balearic island of Ibiza; a small, magical island nestled in the Mediterranean sea. For decades Ibiza has been the home to a growing international party-scene, attracting famous DJs from all over the world. In recent years, Ibiza has had over 3 million tourists visiting its tropical shores each year. From its rugged coastline composed of rocky cliff tops and glistening white sandy beaches, to its picturesque countryside escapes and suave beach bars, Ibiza is an island of splendour.
What to do: beaches & hidden gems to explore
Benirrás Beach // @BenirrasBeachIbiza
A hidden gem located in the north of Ibiza, Cala Benirrás is a popular spot for spectacular sunsets and hippie drumming Sundays. If you want somewhere to chill away from the busy bars and international crowds, Cala Benirrás offers something completely unmatched on the island; from steel drums and hippie vibes to glistening sunsets, Cala Benirrás is a sweet escape for those wanting to have a more relaxing and serene end to the week.
Formentera // @FormenteraIsland
The island of Formentera is an absolute must if you are ever visiting Ibiza. If you are from the UK (like I am) and want to travel to somewhere that feels like paradise, then visit Formentera. We are so lucky to be able to visit Ibiza & Formentera which are only a two hour flight away from the UK. Forget the Caribbean islands and the thousands of tropical islands in Asia. Formentera is Europe’s Mediterranean paradise. Boats frequently run throughout the day from Ibiza to Formentera (it only takes 30 mins to 1 hour). Hire scooters or a car for the day and enjoy exploring all of the white sandy beaches on the island. Finish the day dining al fresco at one of Formentera’s beautiful restaurants, two amazing spots are Bocasalina and Quimera restaurante.
Cala Bassa Beach // @Calabassabeachclub
Located to the west of the island, Cala Bassa beach is a hidden gem. Conveniently, there is also a beach club named Cala Bassa Beach Club (CBBC) on the beach that serves an exciting mix of cuisine ranging from Ibizan, creative fusion, oriental and gourmet. Visit CBBC for a splendid escape in the shade where you can lounge on their white-linen lounge beds, whilst feasting on a delicious array of seafood from traditional Spanish paellas, Octopus, Prawns and Squid – perfect for those sultry Spanish lunches in the shade with the fresh sea breeze.
Cala Tarida // Chirinibiza
West of the island, Cala Tarida is another popular spot in the summer time. Chiringuito Cala Tarida is a great chill out spot for casual cuisine and cocktails on the beach. From sandwiches, pasta and typical Spanish fried ‘boquerones’, spending the day at Cala Tarida will not disappoint.
Time & Space (Ibiza-henge) // @time&spaceibiza
If you really want to do Ibiza off the beaten track, visit the monument Time & Space, locally known as Ibiza-Henge which is an art piece by a famous Australian artist, Andrew Rogers. The 13 stone columns are placed above the cliffs on the west coast of Ibiza above the tiny beach of Cala Llentia. The columns are positioned in a circular shape with a direct view to Es Vedrà rock. The tallest column was built in the middle of the circle and is topped with 24 carat gold leaf. A popular spot for locals and for more adventurous souls, this place is easily accessible by heading to Cala Codolar, where you can park at the beach and take a short walk up the hills. This is an idyllic spot for a mid afternoon picnic with breath-taking views of the turquoise Mediterranean sea.
Cala d’Hort & Atlantis // @caladhort&atlantis
If you like a good hike and fancy a day of exploring Ibiza’s more secluded spots, Atlantis (Pedrera de Cala d’Hort) made of old sandstone which has been extracted and cut out of the cliff in a shape forming stairs and platforms will give you just that. The different levels of platforms has created seas of crystalline water, surrounded by the beige sandstone rocks. It’s a steep walk down but the enchanting coves at the bottom, are well worth the walk and the climb. Opposite is Es Vedrà rock – the views at the bottom will be sure to take your breath away.
Es Vedrà // @esvedra
The mystical island of Es Vedrà is located south west of Ibiza, opposite the beach of Cala d’Hort. The uninhabited rock made of limestone is a popular view point where many tourists come to visit at the peak of the summer months. If you’re into your photography or want to capture that shot for Instagram then this is a superb spot; watch the sunrise and the sunset with shimmering golden skies and glistening cascades of sea.
Where to stay
7 Pines Kempinski // @7pineskempinski_ibiza
7Pines Kempinski Ibiza opened in the summer of 2018 and is a phenomenal luxury getaway, nestled among the cliffs of the west coast of Ibiza. The white-washed complex boasts sublime views of the sea, as well as a clear vantage points of the famous, Es Vedrà rock. 7Pines is wonderful place to take in Ibiza’s natural beauty, relax and reenergise. They offer yoga classes (with an incredible view) and have a gorgeous glass swimming pool which will make you feel like you are floating in heaven.
Hacienda Na Xamena // @haciendanaxamena
Hacienda Na Xamena is one of Ibiza’s most luxurious (and dreeamiest) stays. Suspended 180m high over the sea level, the white-washed rooms and suites have spectacular views of Ibiza’s coastline. The resort has activities for all ages, from yoga and tennis to volley ball and ping pong, if you are spending a day on the resort there’s plenty to keep you entertained. The resort also boasts 3 fresh-water swimming pools, as well as many unforgettable trips across the island which can be arranged from the hotel reception. For an unparalleled, magical experience with amazing views of the Mediterranean sea to breath-taking sunsets, stay at Hacienda Na Xamena.
Farmer La Granja // @farmerlagranja
La Granja is a hidden gem, tucked away in Ibiza’s pastoral lands near a village called Buscastell. The property offers a nine-bedroom farmhouse, a freestanding, a two-bedroom guesthouse, a pool and a kitchen, which all embrace the heritage of the farmhouse and its inherent connection with the earth. Simplistic, ritualistic and organic, if you are looking for an off-the-beaten-track place to stay, with stylish and simplistic rooms, to a Riviera-chic outdoor pool and picturesque freshly growing rows of vegetables, La Granja is the one. But it doesn’t stop there, La Granja also offers activities from communal farming, to slow-food workshops and lectures which is great if you want to a quiet, rural and enlightening escape on the island.
Atzaró // @atzaro_hotel
Atzaró is a magical estate in the heart of Ibiza, combining luxury style with Ibiza’s most-loved agroturismo. From beautifully maintained gardens to a refreshing outdoor pool, courtyards, terraces and vegetable gardens, this is another holiday heaven. At the heart of Atzaró is the concept of natural luxury, the resort is sophisticatedly designed with many simple and chic touches, paired with Ibiza-style glamour. The spa at Atzaró and their daily programmes of yoga and wellbeing classes makes this hotel the ultimate getaway to chill outdoors with gorgeous and calming surroundings.
Can Domo // @candomo
Like Atzaró, Can Domo is another hotel that combines accommodation with agroturismo. The beautiful Can Domo is located east of the island in Santa Eulària and is set in the rural countryside of Ibiza. Can Domo’s uniquely shaped, white-washed dome bedrooms makes this hotel an exciting, yet tranquil escape. All of the bedrooms are uniquely decorated by a Belgian decorator who has carefully designed the rooms in pastel tones, each with a unique ambience. But the excitement of Can Domo doesn’t stop there, they even have their own restaurant onsite which is open every evening. They serve Mediterranean cuisine, seasonal fruit and vegetables (from their own garden) and a selection of wild fish, seafood and meat. On top of this gastronomic banquet, they even serve and sell their own homemade extra virgin olive oil, named Oli d´Eivissa (Oil from Ibiza) which can be purchased from the hotel!
Es Cucons // @escucons_ibiza
Located to the west of Ibiza in Santa Agnès de Corona, Es Cucons is a brilliant, modern, family-run hotel. The owners of the hotel who have Spanish, Nordic and Mediterranean heritage dreamt of making a retreat for the modern-day dreamers, which is what they have exactly done. This hotel is a great place to get immersed in the rustic beauty of Ibiza’s natural landscape and will feel like a home away from home. The hotel has a restaurant, a spa, as well as seasonal yoga retreats (there are a few on in English & German this autumn 2020) which take place in their Bedouin tent and gardens. Es Cucons encapsulates the best of nourishing and healing Ibiza. There will be plenty of opportunity to move, eat good food and relax whilst you soak up the blissful sounds of nature.
Where to eat & drink
Vivi’s Creamery // @vivis_creamery_ibiza
Since its opening in 2014, Vivi’s Creamery has become known as the best spot for ice cream on the island. Vivian Rosberg, wife of Nico Rosberg (from Formula 1) is the owner of the quaint, ice cream parlour which is nestled by the marina in Ibiza’s old town. You will be spoiled for choice when visiting here, from mouth-watering ice cream to freshly pressed juices, this is a perfect spot to stop off at to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Natural Pau // @naturalpau
Natural Pau, situated in the west of ibiza by Sant Antoni de Portmany is a flexitarian restaurant which serves the most incredible healthy and refreshing European and Mediterranean cuisine, whilst catering for all food types (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free). Whether you want a healthy brunch or cocktails at sunset their gorgeous al fresco dining setting filled with trees and hanging swings at the bar makes this the perfect spot for casual catch ups with your friends.
Cotton Beach Club // @cottonbeachclub
Cotton Beach Club is located in Cala Tarida to the west of Ibiza. Since its opening in 2014, Cotton Beach Club has become one of the prime spots to visit in Ibiza, with an amazing restaurant and jaw-dropping views of the sea and the sandy beach below. The beach club has a fresh and stylish feel, with all white chic furnishings and a simply divine Mediterranean fusion menu that will make your taste buds tingle. Both the view and ambiance are out of this world, from its magnificent beach to its mesmerising sunsets you are guaranteed to have a blissful day if you visit here.
Destinos Ibiza // @destinoibiza
Destino Ibiza is located on the secluded cliff top of Cap Martinet in Talamanca Bay, overlooking the town of Ibiza, the island of Formentera and the Mediterranean sea. With sophisticated interiors, yet integrated with the rural surroundings, Destino’s exciting island vibe makes it a great place to chill all day with exclusive wellness treatments and open-air yoga classes and amazing food and cocktails by the pool. In the evening, their open-air venue is an amazing place to dance the night away under the moonlight surrounded by unforgettable settings and extraordinary DJs.
Blue Marlin Ibiza // @bluemarlinibiza
Situated on Ibiza’s south coast at Cala Jondal, Blue Marlin Ibiza, now reopened for the summer is another glamorous escape to paradise with day-to-night dining, breath taking beach views, stylish surroundings and amazing live music. If you fancy a boozy brunch with your friends or want a place to party before sundown Blue Marlin Ibiza offers an exciting and energising island vibe.
Lío Ibiza // @lioibizaofficial
Overlooking the picturesque old town of Ibiza, Lío Ibiza is the ultimate place to dine, with stunning dinner scenes to the most extravagant cabaret shows, if you want a delightful and dazzling night watching world-class performers visit Lío Ibiza. Note, Lío Ibiza attracts many of the rich and famous (including Russian billionaires and Hollywood stars) and isn’t the place to go if you want an affordable night watching cabaret!
STK Ibiza // @stkibiza
STK Ibiza is a chic and glamorous restaurant that serves scrumptious steaks and world-class service as you dine. Most evenings they have special DJs and performers in-house to give you the liveliest and most entertaining ambiance as you dine, from dancers to magicians, every moment is enjoyable inside STK Ibiza.
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