The latest Balearic hot spots are custom-made for chilling under the sun.
Long known as a place to reinvent oneself – witness the hippie draft-dodgers who fled to Ibiza to escape service in Vietnam, or the London soul boys who started rave culture by recreating Balearic nightlife back in Blighty – leisure resorts on the White Isle have also undergone a renaissance with a range of beautiful boutique hotels.
Sant Josep de sa Talaia
The lowdown An all-suite hotel with villas scattered beside twisting paths that give a cosy village feel.
Best for Foodies who like a soupcon of seclusion
Views are everything at 7Pines. Placed on a clifftop between pine woods and the sea, this new uber resort gazes out over miles of pristine Mediterranean water.
Only Es Vedrà, a mystical rocky island with its own strange magnetic force, found by many to be soothing for the soul, interrupts the vista.
The outcrop’s majestic silhouette is a feature in many of the skyline photos taken by guests sipping sundowners at Cone Club – one of several island-chic restaurants and bars on-site.
The villas are a vision of familiar Balearic style: white walls, stone-tiled floors, and flashes of aquamarine and sea-foam green in the textiles and decorative touches.
Most of your time will inevitably be spent by the infinity pool, serviced by its own chiringuito dishing up tropical cocktails and tapas-style small plates.
PURE HOUSE IBIZA
The lowdown A reimagined farmstead with a cosmopolitan touch.
Best for Romantic getaways for child-free couples.
‘More of a home than a hotel’ is how owners Caroline Foraz and Rushan Muca describe the lovingly created retreat they’ve established just a short drive from some of Ibiza’s most buzzin’ beaches. Yet, with its acres of olive groves and orange orchards, Pure House Ibiza is an oasis of calm set in the heart of the party island.
Having travelled extensively themselves, the pair have pulled together an astonishing collection of Asian artefacts, unusual objects and eclectic artwork to dress the four suites, giving each a sensual, bohemian look.
Enjoy massages and facials inside a pavilion set within the tropical gardens, stretch your limbs in private on the yoga deck, or linger by the pool, uninterrupted by the sound of dive-bombing kids (there’s a strict over-18s-only policy here). There’s no in-house restaurant as such, but homemade dishes and tapas created by Rushan using fresh produce from Pure House Ibiza’s garden are available (a complimentary breakfast is also served).
As a chill-out spot, this place is hard to beat, but its location also makes it the perfect base for exploring the island – from nearby Las Salinas beach and the bars and restaurants of Ibiza Town to the vineyards and scenery to the north and northwest. Or you can just make the most of the privacy and indulge yourselves…
Book it Double rooms from £310.
CA NA XICA HOTEL & SPA
SANT MIQUEL DE BALANSAT
The lowdown A finca-style retreat in the leafy north of the isle.
Best for Exploring a part of Ibiza well away from the beaten track.
Even though it’s a modern build, this boutique hotel exudes old-style elegance, from the canopied balconies to the timber-roofed terraces. Bathrooms open out to their own courtyards, suites feature lavishly appointed seating areas and the main villa’s stucco-white arches reflect the shimmering light from the pool.
Of the 20 suites, four are located in the main house and the rest in adjacent low-lying buildings. Ca Na Xica’s restaurant is slightly set apart from the residencies, making strolling over there a part of the experience, as your senses are tickled by the fragrant Ibizan air, filled with the scents of olive groves and orange trees.
As well as the fruit from its own orchards, the food here is only sourced from local suppliers, so specialties such as burrata salads, fresh langoustines and chicken marinated in herbs and lemon feature on the menu. The hotel’s spa offers massages, detox procedures, facials, manicures and pedicures.
But the main attraction is the sense of tranquillity, with unobtrusive staff on hand to cater to your every need. They’re also adept at pointing out some of the hard-to-discover attractions, such as the smugglers’ coves and picture-perfect fishing villages along the coast. This is your own private Ibiza…
Book it Double rooms from £240.
SIR JOAN HOTEL
The lowdown An ultra-modern waterfront resort with a transglobal feel.
Best for Hedonists whose raving days aren’t quite behind them.
The latest venture from Amsterdam-based Sir group, the Sir Joan is on a mission: specifically, to offer its guests a unique insight into the Ibizan spirit with a series of unusual excursions called Sir Explore.
So, as well as relaxing in one of the hotel’s 38 rooms – luxurious, light-filled, and, thanks to Israeli designers Baranowitz + Kronenberg, brimming with an offbeat nautical vibe – you should take the opportunity to partake in one of the many trips and workshops that are available.
From ‘hook ’em and cook ’em’ fishing expeditions to ceramic courses and culinary classes, local experts are on hand to feed your need for an authentic Balearic experience. Nightlife is catered for as well, of course, with a party night at Pacha, one of Ibiza’s most famous venues, complete with a pre-club crash course in throwing shapes on the dancefloor.
If all this sounds too much like hard work, then why not just send the kids while you partake of Sir Joan’s tasteful choice in dining – the Izakaya Asian Kitchen & Bar (the sibling of an established Amsterdam eatery) serves up inspired Japanese-Peruvian dishes such as sea bass with yuzu soy and truffle infusion – or, for when the teenagers get back from their exertions, check out The Butcher, another Amsterdam offshoot serving top-notch burgers. Oh, and do pack a few glad rags, as it’s kind of fun to strike a pose around the bar!
Book it Double rooms from £510.
SANTA EULALIA DES RIU
The lowdown A purpose-built resort on a gorgeous beach.
Best for Families who like a cool soundtrack to listen to by the pool.
Located on a secluded bay on the east coast of the island, this sleek establishment offers five-star contemporary comforts in a laid-back environment. The hotel’s rooms and suites exude the White Isle’s signature vibe through airy, clean lines and calming colours and all include luxurious amenities, such as mood lighting, deluxe bedding, in-room bars and spa-style rain showers.
You can while away the time beside ME Ibiza’s three pools, work out in the 24-hour gym or indulge yourself with facials and massages at the SkinC spa.
There are also free yoga sessions three times a day, or try synchronised swimming and DJ sessions. A breakfast buffet is available by one of the pools, while evening meals are catered for on the roof-top restaurant, where fish-focused recipes are served up alongside the Mediterranean views.
There’s even a pets’ menu for any travelling pooches. Toddlers and pre-teens will find plenty to keep them occupied, with activities at the Kids’ Club including fashion shows and photo-calls (how very Ibiza!).
For hassle-free day trips over to the nearby island of Formentera, the ME’s boat is moored right in front of the hotel. Guests can also enjoy exclusive access to neighbouring Nikki Beach, which hosts a range of events at its Beach Club throughout the summer. Fun for all the family!
Book it Double rooms from £390.
THE GIRI RESIDENCE HOTEL & SPA
The lowdown A remodelled Ibizan farmhouse goes boho-chic.
Best for Recharging your batteries at a slow-paced, high-class retreat.
With just the sounds of birdsong (and the odd bleating sheep) to serenade you, The Giri Residence is the perfect place to relax – and with only five beautifully furnished suites to choose from, guaranteed privacy and personalised service come as standard.
Situated in the picturesque village of San Juan – a short drive north of Ibiza Town – The Giri is off the beaten track, but not too remote (you can get to the nearest beach in minutes). That’s if you can rouse yourself from this sumptuous setting…
Each of the suites is dressed in eclectic fashion, with Balinese-style wall hangings, bamboo and teak furniture, modern stone tubs and a mix of tactile surface treatments, ranging from reclaimed wood-panelled walls to inset strips of inlaid pebbles.
The spa includes a plunge pool, whirlpool and baths, with facials, massages, yoga and Pilates all on offer. Food can be served pretty much anywhere and the chef is happy to pop out to the local market to satisfy any particular requirements.
The Giri also has a sister establishment – The Giri Café – which is a renowned dining spot in the village square. It’s
the ideal way to meet some of Ibiza’s resident creatives.
Book it Suites from £415.