Our White Isle guide dives headfirst into remote turquoise waters, dines with feet in the sand, and encourages partying as much or as little as desired
When you think of an Ibiza beach club there’s almost always a plethora of white leather lounges, pumping house music and the possibility of being drowned by champagne spray. This could not be farther from the truth at Amante. If you are after a quiet day on perhaps the island’s most beautiful, untouched cove this restaurant/beach club is for you. That said, given that they only have a handful of sun-loungers by Ibiza beach club standards (bean bags are the next bet), book well in advance during the summer months. The pace here is slow and idyllic: cue a light lunch followed by an outdoor massage, swim and rosé on repeat.
TRAVEL TRUFFLE: This beach is seriously rocky, so you’ll need rubber sandals if you want to explore this private cove. Next stop: Experimental Beach (from the ECC people) for a similarly chilled sun-downer with more of a dinner, DJ and drinks feel. Also worth booking in advance is restaurant Cala Bonita, helmed by Australian chef Karen Martini, which is also located on its own secluded cove.
La Paloma unites the island’s bohemian underbelly with a Mediterranean sophistication. Located in San Lorenzo in the centre of the island, it serves locally sourced, modern Italian fare with an Iberian twist. Dine amongst the garden’s fragrant citrus trees, and as the sun goes down the entwined fairy lights illuminate like fireflies. La Paloma is perfect for a romantic night for two or whole villa groups, and in the colder winter months the charming farmhouse is warmed by a large open fire.
TRAVEL TRUFFLE: The garden also hosts a beach shack-style bar that makes delicious cocktails if you’re waiting for the rest of your group to arrive. Just make sure you reserve your booking weeks in advance as the super-yacht crowd dock for dinner and tend to take over most of the larger tables.
Whether you’ve come to the White Isle to relax or party, one night at Ushuaïa can’t hurt. It’s outdoor, set around the hotel’s pool, has an incredible laser and pyrotechnics showcase (at Ants especially), and finishes at 12am. How sensible. Which also means there’s plenty of time to table hop to burlesque late night restaurant Lio or our other VIP favourite Pacha.
TRAVEL TRUFFLE: Gotta go VIP. These elevated, roped off areas come with bottle service, security and a private entrance. And after a fun-filled night, the best way to welcome in the new day and get back on track is Elements on Cala Benirras. They serve delicious juices and healthy plates and if it’s a Sunday, watch the sun go down with the bongo players on the headland.
Hotel accommodation is tricky in Ibiza. Most people rent villas; it’s more cost effective and suits the island’s group mentality, but if you are only holidaying for a couple of nights or you are a party of two, we’d suggest boutique property Can Xuxu. Designer and owner Alexandre Narakas has transformed his 100-year old holiday home into a luxury hilltop getaway that fuses the best of Ibiza and Bali into a stylish agroturismo property. The rooms are traditional in their terracotta-tiled Balearic style, but the pool and plush day beds are where you’ll be spending your time entertained by Jackie, the hotel pup, who likes to play go-fetch with the fruits of the resort’s lime trees.
If there is one thing that you must-do while visiting Ibiza it’s a day trip to Formentera by boat. Head towards the turquoise sand spit and come lunch time await the complimentary tender ride from celeb hotspot restaurant Juan y Andrea. This is the Club 55 of Spain. Sitting with your feet in the sand on Playa Illetes, enjoy a rosé-fuelled lunch of salt baked fish, seafood paella or fresh lobster linguine, which is all on par with the people watching. Note: you are once again fighting the super yacht crowd for a table, so call up well in advance as they don’t take email bookings.
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