Booked your summer holiday yet? It’s not too late. Whilst thousands of partygoers are planning to head to the white isle, Ibiza remains one of Europe’s most popular destinations for a reason – and partying isn’t the only one. Crystal waters, endless almond trees and irresistible Mediterranean food as well as great boutique hotels make Ibiza a whole lot more than somewhere to party. Here are 8 places to stay whether you are looking to be near the clubs, want to escape the rush of the world or just want to soak up the sun; get booking flights…
What: Unspoilt Romance
Why: Es Cucons farmhouse was built in 1652 and turned in to a family run hotel in 1997. Today it is a relaxing escape from the island’s party scene – set amongst a valley of almond trees you can relax by the pool under dappled shade of palm trees, take part in yoga, sit in the sauna or enjoy a hydromassage if you still want it to be 40 degrees when you’re out of the sun. If you prefer a little more activity, bikes, boat rental and babysitting are all available.
Set amongst fruit trees and fields this hidden boutique hotel is a firm favourite, and is also suitable for small kids (although quite frankly, Ibiza is probably a lot more fun when it’s a kid free zone). If you are going to Ibiza to party, then add in a couple of nights here at the end, so you can fully recharge before you return to London. Think of it as a holiday from a holiday!
Where: C/ Cami des Pla de Corona 110, 07828 Santa Agnés de Corona, Ibiza
What: New Hotel with Stunning Views
Why: OD Talamanca (there are several OD Hotels in Ibiza) is the hotel that The Handbook checked into last year when we took on the white isle for 48 hours. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay with Instagram-worthy views, a pool so blue that all you want to do is drop your suitcases and dive straight in to it, and beds that are simply huge, then this is the hotel for you.
Situated just steps from the beach, each one of the 117 rooms and suites face the sea, giving you views of Talamanca Bay and Ibiza Old Town. It’s also a convenient taxi ride from the beach clubs so you can retreat when the sun comes up, away from the other revellers. Designed by architect Victor Rahola and interior designer Mayte Matutes, the hotel is light, spacious and sleek. Big on sustainability, you’ll find floor to ceiling windows, Canadian cedar, bamboo and stone walls. We stayed in the Delux Room with a sea view and it was the extra touches that really elevated the hotel for us. Of course we couldn’t say no to the bottle of Champagne on our bed but it was the extensive selection of products in the bathroom, the spacious showers, the balcony with the stunning views and the courtesy room so you could shower once you’ve checked out that really won us over. Make sure you get up in time for breakfast, you won’t be disappointed. We feasted on fresh fruit, pancakes and more Cava but the choice is endless. And when you’re sunbathing by the pool soaking up the rays, make sure you order from the pool side bar, we highly recommend the Wagyu beef burger. Add this hotel to your Ibiza itinerary.
Where: Calle de Jesús, 28, Playa Talamanca, 07800 Ibiza, Spain
Ocean Beach Ibiza
What: Day Time Partying
Why: Whilst Ocean Beach Ibiza does have a hotel (THB Ocean Beach), we want to tell you about the Ocean Beach Club. Set around a shimmering 600m² swimming pool and situated on the seafront, it’s your go to place for day time partying. You’ll want to dress down into your most glamourous bikini to dress up here – it’s just as much about being seen here as it is partying. White day beds both surrounding and in the pool are begging to be reclined on, drink in hand and legs in the water, so grab a group of your friends and make sure you reserve one well in advance, they are, unsurprisingly, very popular.
International and local DJs play throughout the day but it isn’t just the dancing that draws the crowds in, they’re known for their entertainment, whether that’s the dancers, the acrobatics performing above the pool or the Champagne spray sessions where you guessed it, Champagne guns douse everyone. If you’re looking to chill out then head to the roof garden which will give you views of San Antonio and a more relaxed vibe with beds and hot tubs or if you don’t want the evening to end, then head to their club Pearl afterwards. If you’re heading to the restaurant then favourites for us included the Chef’s sushi platter, super food salad with smoked tofu and quinoa, the Asian seabass and for pudding you have to order the Choco Dream – the name doesn’t lie, it is a chocolate lover’s heaven. With a fun, relaxed atmosphere we recommend it, if you want to party but don’t want to hit the super clubs at night.
Where: 12 - 14 Carrer Des Moli, San Antonio, 07820 Ibiza, Isles Balears
What: Stylish Rural Simplicity
Why: Another hotel on the rustic – luxury scale of things, is La Granja; it’s supposedly ‘members only’ which adds to the feel of exclusivity – you can imagine celebrities hiding out here.
The 9 bedrooms and one guest house are dramatic, yet simple, think burnt wood, slate, stone and dark moody colours mixed with lighter, sandy tones. For groups reserve the guest house which features two bathrooms, two bedrooms and your own private garden with a daybed. Speaking of beds, all the bedrooms have luxury beds so you can truly feel restored.
A daily ritual takes place consisting of mindfulness and gastronomy bringing guests together, because whilst it might be exclusive it is all about sharing spaces with like-minded people, you’ll also find communal farming, live music on Sunday and yoga.
Where: Carretera Forada a Sant Mateu, Km 1, 07820, Ibiza
Pop-Up Fitness Retreats
What: Luxury Fitness Retreat
Why: Pop-Up Fitness aims to add an element of luxury to the new trend of exotic boot camps. Set up by former PR executive Olivia Cooney, the now-personal trainer allows guests time to relax and sunbathe – after all, what’s the point in being in such a beautiful place if you’re in the gym all day?
Complimentary acupuncture sessions, anxiety-healing and massages are dotted in between beach runs boxing classes and Pilates, with moonlight meditation taking place post-black cod and spiced mung bean dinner. If it’s good enough for Millie Mackintosh… The pop-up fitness retreats are taking place soon – 15th-22nd or 22nd-29th April 2017 – but look on their website for other locations including the South of France and Somerset’s Ston Easton Park.
Agroturismo Can Jaume
What: Laid Back Luxury Within Party Distance
Why: You’d think that Can Jaume would be pretty rowdy considering it’s only 1.5 miles from Ibiza Town but you couldn’t be more wrong. The hotel is set in the picturesque village of Puig den Valls amongst an orange estate in rural farmland, the first thing that you’ll notice is the striking blue swimming pool, shining out against the dusty land. Try to resist the urge of jumping right in as soon as you arrive.
Another offering from OD Hotels, the rooms are bright and airy with their own porches so come the evening you can soak up the surroundings with a glass of chilled wine. Or since you’re so close to Ibiza Town you can jump in a taxi and be partying in no time.
Where: Calle torrente S/n Pol 22 Puig den Valls, 07819 Puig d'en Valls, Ibiza
Ca Na Xica
What: Ultra Modern Living
Why: Ca Na Xica feels like a living photo shoot set. Make it the backdrop to all your holiday photos; the 20 bedrooms and 14 Premier Suites have private terraces, overlooking the orchards with the fragrant smell of lavender and each room is individually decorated. The hotel spa looks out across the landscape but for the ultimate in holiday indulgence, enjoy breakfast in bed or the Mediterranean restaurant menu. Good luck trying to pronounce Ca Na Xica after a few glasses of Champagne…
Where: Carretera de Sant Miquel, Km. 10,2, 07815, Sant Miquel de Balansat, Ibiza
What: Epic Views
Why: If you’re a fan of the Golden Hour then Baix Forada is for you. Seemingly endless views out across pine forests, fig/olive/carob/pomegranate trees, the sea and the hills on the horizon make for the perfect sundowner spot, drink in hand.
The farm house, outbuildings and annexes are connected by porches, paths, pools and ponds, which you can have all to yourself, so it’s ideal for large groups. We think Baix Forada could be the perfect hen do destination especially as there are plenty of sun loungers dotted around the impressive pool.
Where: Diseminado Buscastell, 102, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza