The Summer Guide: Ibiza
The Mediterranean island of Ibiza has gone through many stages in its time. From bohemian hangout in the early 60’s to the heart of the bursting house scene in the late 80’s and then a low key gathering for ravers in the 90’s. Now, the island combines aspects of all its predecessors to create something truly unique and magical. Although the Spanish island has maintained its exclusive, party goer persona, a visit to Ibiza doesn't necessarily mean incessant nights dancing to EDM. The subtler, more stylish side to the island includes all hidden beaches, innovative craft cocktails and small-scale fashion designers. Read our Summer Guide to Ibiza below:
Playa d’en Bossa is the most popular area in Ibiza. Home to the longest beach on the island, Playa d’en Bossa offers everything from budget to 5 star luxuries. By day, the focus is chilling out on the beach; sun beds and parasols surrounded by beach bars offering excellent foods, home-made cocktails and laid back music. By night the clubbing culture comes alive. Hot destinations such as Ushuaia and Hi Ibiza attract the most daring ravers and the most sought after A-List DJ’s every night; if you’re looking for a more intimate vibe, go to Sankeys.
No matter how easy it may be to plant yourself in the centre of Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza rewards those that are willing to travel. In the south west of the island lies Cala D’Hort; a broad arch covered by a bed of glistening white sand. A must visit is El Carmen but be sure to book ahead for one of the best terrace tables you’ll ever sit at. Renowned for its fresh lobster paella and mesmerising view of Es Vedra rock, there is truly something mystical about Cala D’Hort.
Of the 80 beaches located on the coast of Ibiza, Cala Jondal is the most relaxed. Home to The Blue Marlin, a definitive destination to the island, boasting snow white day beds, refreshing water sprinklers and the perfect ambiance; Cala Jondal feels serene, sophisticated and magical all at the same time. Housed in a conservation area and overlooked by pine-clad hills, it offers a 20-yard deep slab of sand and pebbles, which slopes gently into the clear waters. For fresh fish and classic Ibizian dishes, head to Yemanja. We recommend the house special, Sangria de Cava, whilst enjoying a massage by the sea.
Not exactly famed for its shopping, Ibiza proposes beautiful home-made ensembles matching the tranquillity and relaxed nature of the island. Taking a gentle stroll through Ibiza Town will reveal the eye catching fashion the island has to offer. Make sure you explore the gems located within Kurru Kurru, a hub where local designers gather for weekly fashion salons. Keep your eye out for jewellery by Petra Hauser: think insect wings and precious metals. Pop into Emonk Ibiza for embroidered suede boots, perfect for a party. If you’re looking for that perfect ‘dinner by the sea’ outfit head to Mirage beachwear; colourful jumpsuits and boho dresses made from high quality, lightweight fabrics, perfect for a hot Ibizian night. In the geographical heart of the island, Santa Gertrudis, you will find Salon Europa, a small shop showcasing designs and summerwear by Ibizian born Linda Kaehne.
New to the party town but boosting the dining scene massively is the pleasant bistro of La Belle. The courtyard, surrounded by pine trees and fairy lights, is pretty enough to lure a crowd on looks alone. Giles Escaffre, a veteran of Joel Robuchon’s kitchen, based the menu loosely around French culinary, however still brining elements of Ibizian culture into his dishes. The slow cooked cod with Iberian chorizo and sangria de cava overflowing with exotic fruit and berries cannot be missed.
All the usual sushi suspects gather on top of a cliff at the Cotton Beach Club - FAY. Prime spot for a magical sunset, expect maki rolls bulging with soft shell crab tempura and austere nigiri. Re-inventing Asian cooking under the Mediterranean sky, FAY boasts pan-style tapas, too. Welcoming guests from 12:30pm, indulge in one for their innovative cocktails from one of Ibiza’s most extensive wine and cocktail lists. Prices start around €23 for sushi rolls and €15 for a small dish.
If you’re up for a party, Hotel Es Vive may be the hotel for you. Fresh from a €2.5m overhaul this year, this art deco boutique hotel between Ibiza Town and Playa d’en Bossa offers a quiet place to rest with easy access to the island’s nightlife. The rooftop terrace facing Formentera is the spot for an aperitif, while the soundproofed, subterranean Experience Bar caters for the post-clubbing crowd without disturbing other guests. Swing by for espresso martinis long after other watering holes shut. Double rooms start from €120 with breakfast included.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, with just five individually decorated suites, Can Pardal in San Miguel is as intimate as it gets. The 16th century hotel brags rustic interiors and white washed walls dripping in bougainvillea. Visitors seeking seclusion will be very happy with their stay; the town’s historic church lays steps away from the hotel, only adding to its mystical ambiance. Slightly pricier than other options with doubles starting at €153, breakfast included, it’s definitely worth a snoop.
If you’re travelling with a large group it could be an idea to think of renting a villa. Visit Owners Direct to browse reviews of previous occupants and there is even a concierge service to help meet your specific needs.