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In summer, it’s a hotspot for rhapsodic hedonists; in winter, an enchanting wonderland where the sweet sound of silence replaces the heady beat of a chaotic kick drum. Known the world over for its electronic music scene, Ibiza has long been a destination for those who dance to a different beat, and while clubbers still flock to its unspoilt, sandy shores, it remains an island of many faces. Here, you find secluded coves and isolated beaches, sleepy villages and gastronomic greatness. Magic lies in wait beyond every dancefloor – the trick is knowing where to find it.
With an enviable location overlooking Vara de Rey, Ibiza town’s famous central square, the Gran Hotel Montesol has been a meeting point among the island’s movers and shakers since it first opened back in 1933. Its former grandeur has been restored thanks to Spanish designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, who remained true to the hotel’s authentic style while incorporating some obvious nods to decadence. Rooms are cruise ship-inspired with neutral walls, lacquered wooden floors and gold-rimmed circular mirrors, while public areas echo the vibes of 1930s New York and all its accompanying mischief – the cocktail bar is a must-visit on Friday nights.
Surrounded by the evergreen hills of Ibiza’s rural north, the Giri Residence is the definition of a luxury boutique hotel. Diminutive in size but immense in every other way, it’s found in the sleepy village of San Juan where the busiest day comes on a Sunday when market stalls line the streets. There are only five suites in total, each of varying sizes and housed within a restored farmhouse. Decor is relaxed and peppered with Asian-inspired influences – pebbled floors and bamboo features abound. One of the standout features here is the onsite spa, which can be booked entirely for you and a partner, and includes a whirlpool, heated plunge pool and side-by-side baths. The kitchen cook up dishes on demand, so let your culinary imagination run wild.
Long-time favourite of the Primrose Hill set – Kate Moss and her clan are regulars – Can Xuxu is a botanical oasis home to a 150-year old finca and 12 Balinese-inspired casitas. Set atop a hill near Cala Tarida on the west coast of Ibiza, the hotel is exquisitely positioned for admiring that quintessential Ibiza sunset, while the onsite bar provides the sparkling drinks to complement and towering palm trees, the necessary shade. Eccentric former fashion designer and owner, Alexandre, is your go-to man for beguiling storytelling (particularly after a shot of his home-brewed liqueur, Fincaxu), not to mention local advice on where to see, be seen and get lost, should you desire.
This hidden Dalt Vila gem transports you back in time. Set on a cobbled street atop Ibiza Town’s ancient walls, it’s a five-star affair centring around the city’s first defensive wall, a monument standing at over 1000 years old. In homage, the decor is medieval-inspired with hints of gothic – exposed beams and brickwork add to the Wuthering Heights appeal, while luxe lampshades and plush sofas add softness to the decadence. There’s a pool with incredible views over the town and busy port below and a restaurant, Kyüppido, which serves Japanese fusion cuisine. The suite with a balcony has its own hot tub – rightly so for royalty.
One for the party animals hell bent on going hard, Ushuaïa is the beachside behemoth at the heart of Playa d’en Bossa that not only offers somewhere to lay your head, but somewhere to stomp your feet to a dance music beat every day of the week. It’s a mammoth resort with all kinds of room and suite options, some of which open out directly onto the pool / dance floor. There are myriad restaurants, a beach club and, of course, a spa, so you’re well placed to recover from sins committed the night before.
Cas Gasi is tucked away in the San Rafael valley with views across Sa Talaia. This old finca from the 1880s was once a family home and has been converted into a small countryside hotel with 10 rooms that come in all different shapes and sizes. Some rooms have beautiful Moroccan bathrooms and others exposed beam ceilings, handmade terracotta floors and the sweetest terraces to enjoy a mid-afternoon glass of wine or a cocktail. Everything is intimate and welcoming at Cas Gasi, what boutique dreams are made of.
A luxurious five-star hotel and spa set in the beautiful town of Santa Eulalia on the East coast of the island. Aguas de Ibiza has beautiful gardens, plus three outdoor pools (one on the rooftop) and breathtaking views overlooking the island of Formentera and the Mediterranean. The hotel’s revival spa offers specialised treatments and wellness programmes including yoga, pilates and aqua-spinning, while each of the 112 rooms has been designed with feng shui philosophy. This modern boutique hotel is all about relaxation, relaxation, relaxation.
This hotel on the outskirts of Ibiza town looks like a mashup between a whitewashed villa and a Wes Anderson set. Keep your sunglasses on as you walk through the gates – the white courtyard with pastel-blue accents is blindingly bright. Rooms are spacious and reasonably priced, making Es Vive an ideal choice for IMS Ibiza with attendees eager to escape the more hectic Hard Rock Hotel or those wanting to stay close to Ibiza town. Don’t party so hard that you miss breakfast the next day.
A rustic hotel located 15 minutes outside of Ibiza Town – the perfect place to spend a romantic weekend away. The hotel has 12 spacious rooms, which are all decorated with a gorgeous sense of simplicity. We love the beautiful gardens and romantic French restaurant.
Restored from a 16th-century typical Ibicencan villa, Can Pardal is the epitome of Mediterranean living. Made up of only five rooms, the interior is cute and homely. Sit on your terrace surrounded by a sunny courtyard garden, bougainvillea, olive and fruit trees and enjoy sweeping views of the countryside.
This hotel/spa/restaurant/bar (basically everything you could ever want, and all within a radius of a hundred feet) is located in a peaceful area of central Ibiza. You’d be hard-pressed to think of a good reason for venturing outside the property. Originally an old finca, the people at Atzaró have restored the buildings into a modern luxury boutique hotel while maintaining that traditional rustic charm. Enjoy an early evening cocktail overlooking the splendid tropical gardens, or if you’re feeling extravagant, sample some of chef Marta Luquin’s exquisite culinary concoctions.
This design-led hotel from the OD group (they also have art deco-style Ocean Drive in the Botafoch marina) offers contemporary-cool accommodation whether you’re on the island to kick back and relax or crank it up in the clubs. Situated just a stone’s throw from the beach in sought-after Talamanca, the hotel is a short drive from Dalta Vila and ideally located for making the best of Ibiza’s restaurant and bar scene – though there’s more than enough to satisfy onsite, thanks to two bars, an à la carte restaurant and ceviche bar. Close enough to the action that it’s still vibey but not so close that you have constant bass thumping in your ears, this is a solid bet for a Balearic break.
Everything about this fabulous boutique hotel is a surprise, from its high-walled location in the middle of suburbia in San Antonio Bay to its sleekly designed two-floored suite (complete with a hot tub and your own private rooftop terrace) – stumbling across this place is cause for celebration. Begin by launching yourself into the excellent on-site spa with a Turkish bath, waterfalls, cascades and a sauna, then wash it all down with a glass of champagne on the roof while watching that famous Ibiza sunset. The nearest beach is only 200m away too, so at some point you’ll have to drag yourself outside.
The Ibiza Gran Hotel really lives up to its reputation as a five-star resort. Located amid the glitz and glamour of Marina Botafoch (just a stone’s throw from all the glistening super-yachts) it’s home to 185 suites, a trailblazing, Michelin-starred chef, and a spectacular spa so serene that you’ll never want to leave. No surprise then, that it’s the hotel of choice for an endless list of the world’s best DJs, who come here not only to sink under the radar but also to devour in what’s frequently touted as the best breakfast on the island. Qualified praise indeed.
A true island gem, Los Enamorados is tucked up at the very northern tip of Ibiza in Portinatx. Every room has sea views – with sunset to the left and the iconic black and white lighthouse to the right. It’s owned by a married Dutch magazine editor and Parisian former basketball player and between them they’ve got style by the bucketload, which is evident in every curio-draped corner of the hotel. Despite the chic, quirky decor, everything here happens at a relaxed pace, so saunter down for a late breakfast and spend the day soaking up the utterly divine, sun-kissed vibes.
Nuzzled in the bosom of Ibiza’s deepest, dustiest countryside, Can Jaume consists of a series of cute-as-a-button rooms and suites all kitted out in typical Ibicenco style. Surrounded by acres and acres of orange groves, not to mention oodles of drooping bougainvillea, this is the place to come if you want to leave your stresses at the door and totally switch off from outside noise, replacing it instead with the chatter of chirruping cicadas. After breakfast, little snacks are left out to tide you over – excellent for refuelling after a lazy day at the pool.
With a prime coastal position on the beautiful shores of Talamanca near Ibiza town, naturally there was a buzz when Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay opened in the summer of 2017. It’s lived up to the hype, not only by bringing Robert De Niro to the Balearics, but also by delivering a range of blissful rooms, all decorated in soft shades of turquoise, gold and grey, not to mention a world-famous Nobu restaurant (serving that miso black cod), a John Frieda salon and a Six Senses Spa. You can even summon a cocktail maker to mix up bespoke sundowners to start your night.
One for the eco-conscious traveller, Can Martí is managed using entirely organic and permaculture principles. Surrounded by leafy foliage in Ibiza’s rustic north, and just a short stroll from the sleepy village of San Juan, despite the luxe, boutique rooms, this place has all the feels of a living, breathing project. A family of donkeys lives here too, for instance, and the swimming pool is entirely natural – meaning no chlorine or chemicals, and lots of frogs. There’s lots of land to explore, a treehouse to climb up to and plenty of peace to be found if you’re hoping to ease a frazzled mind.
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