A trip to the White Isle may be off the cards for now but that is not to say we can’t dream up an escape for next season. From the relaxed glamour of Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay to a day at sea with Boats Ibiza, here is a guide to a long and luxurious weekend…
Where to stay
The lowdown: this chic lifestyle property comprises a seafront outdoor space, two pools and fabulous restaurants including the signature Nobu.
Location: On the secluded, sandy shores of Talamanca Bay. Close to the port and the old town, it is also well positioned for exploring Ibiza’s pretty villages by car.
Design details: All rooms have terraces with sea views and there is a selection of uniquely designed suites. Our personal favourite is the Deluxe Junior Suite Sea View. These rooms are styled with a natural colour palette of whites, golds, aqua and blues. Hand-blown pendant lights and local artwork add bohemian touches. The Persian marble bathroom has a soaking bathtub and a separate rain-fall shower.
The show-stopper is the floor-to-ceiling window which opens onto the terrace and overlooks the ocean. Waking up to that view is a joy.
What’s on the menu? Chambao restaurant is the perfect chillout spot for a long lunch on the private beach. Rock up barefoot, dip your toes in the sand and tuck into the delicious Italian menu with a glass of Rosé.
The Nobu Restaurant is a fabulous dinner haunt with fusion flavours, including bento boxes colourful plates of sushi and sashimi. Dishes inspired by Ibiza include scallop zamburinia, black cod pilpil, gambas al ajillo, lamb rosemary miso and gratinaed oyster with ajo blanco.
Is there a spa? Yes, the refurbished Ibiza Bay Spa by Six Senses is a tranquil space for a treatment. Unwind over a facial or a massage. Bespoke holistic, healing therapies are available to request. The hotel has fitness offerings such as pilates and yoga on a complimentary basis. There is a high-tech gym open 24/7 as well as functional outdoor training facilities and a rooftop space for mindful yoga and meditation sessions whilst taking in panoramic island views.
Who is it best for? A wellness getaway with a friend or partner. The hotel has a fun ambience and gets lively in the evenings but balances this with lots of relaxing spaces.
How to book: visit nobuhotelibizabay.com for the latest rates and availability.
When in town
Set sail with Boats Ibiza
A trip to the White Isle isn’t complete without a taste of the yacht life. Boats Ibiza tailor trips for all group sizes. Whether you are seeking a romantic excursion, a party atmosphere or a sightseeing expedition, the friendly and knowledgable team will do their best to accommodate.
We took a trip on the super stylish Sunseeker Portofino. Slick in design, it is the ultimate sunbathing yacht. A trip to the crystal blue waters of Formantera, Champagne in hand, makes for a dreamy day. Soak up the rays and let the Captain glide you around the most picturesque spots, stopping off for swims along the way. We would recommend at least a half day on board as time flies when you are having this much fun.
For more details or to book visit boatsibiza.com.
Enjoy a sunset supper at Amante
The epitome of laid-back luxury, Amante is perched on a cliff edge overlooking the Sol den Serra bay. The setting could not be more beautiful and it is the ideal spot for watching the sunset over dinner.
Modern Mediterranean dishes are given a healthy twist with highlights including beetroot and avocado tartar served with marinated turnip and aji dressing or roasted aubergine served with Middle Easter bulgur crisped corn and smooth Greek Yoghurt mousse. Fresh produce is sourced every day from the restaurant’s very own organic vegetable garden.
Split over three levels, we would recommend booking a table on the lower floor, perched in between the rocks and just above the sea. With such a magical backdrop and delicious menu, it is little wonder this buzzing beach club attracts an A-List crowd. Lionel Messi was on the neighbouring table during our visit.
Live the cabaret life at Lio
Glamorous cabaret restaurant Lio enjoyed a very brief 2020 season but has since closed its doors. Fingers crossed that, COVID-19 regulations permitting, it will be back up and running in 2021 with its usual mischief and magic.
With the backdrop of the sea and Ibiza’s old town twinkling in the distance, this is usually the place to go for fabulous, glamorous performances. Under the artistic direction of Joan Gracia, you can expect everything from a pop star performance to a Flamenco number. Let the champagne flow and indulge in a decadent dinner. All the fun.
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