Mini Ibiza Guide: Our Hit List
It’s summer, we have to talk about Ibiza. Once a destination for all-night dancing and severe hangovers, the island has had quite the rebrand in recent years with an influx of wellness businesses and British expats looking for sun-trapped laptop spots. It’s not all about the nightlife – these days the chill does tend to outweigh the clubbing.
We asked those in the know for a quick list of their favourites. It’s not too late to get booking – Ibiza in fall is divine.
Where to stay
Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel – this hotel was simply made for Instagram – check out that millennial pink. Each of the rooms at the PARADISO has Marshall speakers, a Smeg fridge and colorful furniture characteristic of the 70’s. The hotel also has its own gallery that hosts three exhibitions per peak season.
Cas Gasi Boutique Hotel – surrounded by orchards, 450 olive trees and fragrant fruit trees. The romantic 19th century farmhouse is whitewashed in classic Ibiza style and offers just 10 rooms. An excellent base for exploring the countryside and the pool is gigantic. The head chef is from Valencia so expect lots of paella. Did we mention they have two hotel dogs?
Los Enamorados – the owners of this 9 room hotel were certainly not afraid of taking risks – just look at the outlandish decor. Based in North Ibiza, Los Enamorados is full of quirky antiques and one-off pieces. Don’t miss the on-site concept store and the Peruvian chef is masterful with fresh fish. Massages are also available.
Where to eat
Restaurante Cala Bonita – here a Spanish chef produces simple yet sophisticated dishes showcasing local produce and seafood. It’s also adjacent to the beach. Try the ‘Arroz con Bogavante.’
The Boat House Ibiza – a tiny jungle in the heart of Ibiza. The relaxed atmosphere hits you as soon as you arrive with huge hammocks on the beachfront. Food is served in tapas form and coconut water makes the perfect accompaniment.
Casa Colonial Ibiza – this restaurant and bar distill their own gin (LAW) on the premises. The Thai and Mediterranean-French fusion food will convince you to stay for dinner – served on the large colonial-style terrace.
Cala Comte – pedalos to hire, sand dunes, 15 minute drive from San Antonio.
Cala Saladeta – quiet, snorkelling available, accessed by walking.
Agua Blancas – nudist-friendly, favourite among residents, 10 minute drive from San Carlos.