Spa lovers will be glad to hear that you enter the spa via a sunken staircase that snakes around and under a pool. As well as the usual Hamman, steam room and gym (complete with boxing ring), Six Senses offers ‘longevity programmes’ which combine diagnostics, biohacking, nutrition and beauty treatments.
But for all the focus on wellness, this hotel also knows how to have fun. Sip cocktails in the Pharmacy Bar and dine on delicious fresh fish and an Israeli-inspired veg-heavy menu courtesy of celebrity chef Eyal Shani. For visiting musicians there’s an onsite recording studio attached to one of the suites, while style lovers will enjoy browsing the Six Senses Concept store curated by fashion editors Daniela Agnelli and Tiffanie Darke.
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On the east coast of the island, this hotel offers the best of both Ibizas – the chilled out, natural beauty, authentic wellness vibes side, and the dancing til dawn, haute hedonism side. Party hotspot Nikki Beach is adjacent to the property and there’s a great bar called Radio on the rooftop. But if that’s not your thing you can dive into the sea from a direct-access pier, recline on a Balinese bed by the pool or escape the heat with a bone-cracking Thai massage in the spa.
ME Ibiza has got to be one of the best value luxury hotels on Ibiza, especially off season. It’s bursting with character from the outré artwork in the reception to the Groucho Marks silent movie projected on the walls of the restaurant. As the sun sets you can’t escape the beautiful views. Dine at Bianco Mare for the kind of fresh, Italian-inspired food you crave after a sun-drenched day. The service here is second to none.
After the enforced closures over Covid lockdowns there’s a sense that all the staff are happy to be back and they will go out of their way to make sure you’re enjoying yourself, from supplying endless cocktails to booking you on to one of Ibiza’s only eco-conscious and sustainable charter boats SAY Carbon Yachts.
Cala Bonita is in a secluded bay and offers an ever-changing menu of fresh fish and paella which is hand written on a giant blackboard that’s passed from table to table. Be sure to book ahead as despite its out-of-the-way location down a steep dusty tail it’s on every fashionable visitor’s wish list. Top tip: Pack your swimsuit for a post lunch dip – the water here is irresistible.
A short walk from the lively Eivissa port in Ibiza Town, Japanese restaurant Izakaya has potentially the best sushi on the island – which is saying something as it’s everywhere. But it also has the most incredible cocktails. Try their twists on classics like the watermelon martini or the Japanese mule as you dine around their emerald pool. Make sure to pair your drink with their melt-in-your-mouth wagyu and foie gras gyoza. As for the crowd – if there was ever a night for heels, it’s this one. On Saturdays there’s dancing at the tables, but on weekdays prepare for more of a relaxed vibe.
With a menu created in collaboration with Pharrell Williams (yes, really), El Silencio brings you dinner with an epic coastal view. Located in a serene cove in the lesser-known area of Cali Moli (a big hitter in the 1970s), El Silencio is the new beach house brought to you by iconic Paris club Silencio. Marketed as the ‘hangout for global creatives’ you can expect to see the Soho House lot here tanning by the pool, co-working in the chill out area or attending one of the many pop-ups in their ever-changing cultural programmes. For the art-lovers, there’s an immersive large-scale octopus art installation by Ibiza based artist, Miranda Makaroff that you cannot miss. (No, seriously, it’s ginormous.)
If you’re willing to splash the cash, Cotton Beach Club brings Mykonos-style luxury with it’s all-white furnishings and famous champagne lunch. The tuna tartare and grilled octopus is a must-eat and for drinks, it offers one of the most extensive wine and cocktail lists on the island. A live band will be blaring so it’s best to come with a party attitude.
For a post lunch snooze with the sound of the ocean lapping at the shore, head down to the beach where you can lounge on the double sunbeds with your own bar metres away. Book beforehand to make sure you don’t miss out.
If you’re looking for a more bohemian experience, Aiyanna is laid-back luxury, brought to you by the team behind Amante. It’s a little more playful and rustic than its sister beach club, situated in a tranquil location overlooking Cala Nova bay.
Aiyanna’s restaurant won the White Ibiza Best New Restaurant award back in 2017 and serves the best of Eastern Mediterranean. Expect organic, seasonal produce grown on the site’s garden in dishes like mezze sharing platters and superfood salads. Vegans and vegetarians are well-catered for, but there’s plenty for the meat eaters with a conscious – think ethically-reared and sourced seafood and meat like Spanish black rice with cuttlefish and fried squid. Make sure to look up their daily wellness programme which includes morning yoga, too.
Definitely at a villa after party. Nothing quite beats those spontaneous hedonistic atmospheres – that’s where things get extra weird and wonderful.
Head to world-famous Pikes – the club where Freddie Mercury had his infamous birthday party and the location of the ‘Club Tropicana’ music video – to meet people in the know.
Think San Antonio is all Irish pubs and English boozers? Amare Beach Hotel proves otherwise, providing some serene adults-only glamour to the clubbing mecca. Relax by the pool and press a buzzer for your drinks service – no moving required – and enjoy live saxophone performances daily.
For sunset cocktails, the panoramic views on the rooftop are second to none. Restaurant Hayaca serves the best Latin American cuisine, from Colombia style chipá with suero and hogao (cheesy bread with a traditional sauce) to fried plantain with prawn mayonnaise.
The solar clock ’time & space’ sculpture at the cliffs of Cala Llentia. Guy Laliberte (the Cirque du Soleil founder) commissioned the brilliant Australian artist Andrew Rogers to build this incredible piece of art back in 2014. It’s a great spot to watch the sun go down.
The village of Santa Gertrudis is a more chilled out place for a potter than the old town. There are beautiful interiors shops you can while away an afternoon browsing in. Meanwhile, No. 74 L’atelier is a concept store-slash-restaurant that offers you a canvas to paint while you wait for your food. It also runs craft classes and is the perfect place to shelter from a rainy day.
Atlantis is the island’s secret ‘mythical’ cove. You have to work to get there, but once you’ve arrived, it’s totally worth it. The place offers you a glimpse back in time, before the clubbing scene developed. If you want a truly authentic look into the hippy lifestyle, and what Ibiza used to be like, definitely head here.
The obvious choice is Formentera, a small island a short ferry trip away from most ports. Expect a different pace: lots of cycling, the clearest waters. But if you’d rather not bother with the hassle, Can Sastre is the rural boutique hotel in the centre of the island that will transport you away from the madness.
Though only a 20-minute drive from Ibiza Town, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, in the best way. There’s a stylish, homely feel in this gated complex, surrounded by orchards where they grow their own oranges and lemons. The rooms themselves feel like your own private villa, with a rustic, beach house feel. For off-the-grid relaxation, there’s no better place.
Double rooms start from £154 in low season; and from £385 in high.