balearic bliss: your guide to a mellower ibiza

Updated: Nov 15, 2018


Since I have now been to Ibiza, Spain three times in the past ten months, I thought I’d impart all of the knowledge I’ve gained on you folks.

Ibiza is a Balearic Island in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s best known for its all-night raving, at enormous nightclubs, where famous DJ’s spin Balearic tunes during the summer months. What most people don’t know is that there is also a surprisingly peaceful side to Ibiza – including excellent restaurants, yoga retreats, quiet villages and sandy coves.

All three of my trips have been on the mellower/more luxurious side. I’m afraid I cannot provide recommendations for clubs and parties, but if you’re looking for a list of suggestions for what to see/do/eat and where to stay, here’s a list of all my favorites so far:

Stay

As long as you avoid Ibiza Town and San Antonio (between May and early October), you should be all set.

  • The first time I visited, I stayed at a lovely hotel in Santa Eulali called Hotel Aquas de Ibiza. The hotel was beautiful, the service impeccable and the spa was tranquil. The only odd part is that the bathrooms are basically in the hotel rooms, separated only by a glass wall. So if you’re going with a new partner or a friend, it could be awkward.

  • If you’ve got a big group, I’d recommend renting a villa. I recently stayed at this one in Talamanca.

Do

  • If you’re looking for a typical beach day, I’d suggest heading to Las Salinas. If you decide to upgrade and pay for sunbeds you could lounge at The Jockey Club.

  • If you'd prefer to spend the day at a proper beach club, I’d highly recommend Amante Beach Club. You have to book far in advance though, as they are often hired out for private parties or fully booked up.

  • Another daytime option is go to Formentera, which is another Balearic Island about an hour and half away from Ibiza by boat. You can ferry there or you can hire a boat and go on your own. If you decide to go private, I’d recommend this company. They were professional, on time and incredibly accommodating.

  • Walk around the ramparts of the Old Town – which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage City in 1999. Be sure to wear sensible shoes as the streets are narrow, winding, steep and cobbled.

Eat

  • Quite possibly my favorite restaurant on the island is La Brasa. It’s in the Old Town, so you can easily walk around afterward and find a bar or two to frequent. I have been there twice now and would definitely go back. Make a reservation in advance and sit in the garden. It’s absolutely stunning complete with crystal chandeliers, hanging from trees. Be sure to order the cava sangria!

  • Sa Punta in Talamanca was excellent as well! You’re right on the sea and the servers were most helpful.

  • If you make it over to Formentera, you must eat lunch at Juan y Andrea. It’s a beautiful restaurant right on the beach. No footwear required. The seafood is freshly caught. Be careful though, the rosé goes down far too easily!

  • Ibiza Rocks at Pikes Hotel is a very unique place. It’s an eccentric venue that resembles a mix of rock ‘n’ roll, Beetlejuice and hedonism. It was made famous as the set for Wham’s ‘Club Tropicana’ video. It's a boutique hotel, but I only ate and partied. It’s worth checking out, even if you decide not to eat or stay there.


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