Undoubtedly the most illustrious of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Ibiza is really the stuff that legends are made of. While the famous island may be well-known for its electrifying nightlife that regularly features the world’s top DJs once the sun goes down, Ibiza also offers visitors pure tranquility and serenity with its quiet villages, luxury retreats and golden beaches.
This sun-kissed island is home to powder-soft sand and shallow turquoise waters that are ideal for relaxing afternoons but explore a little more and you’ll find gentle slopes, hidden coves and breathtaking vistas that make for unforgettable Mediterranean views. From the fashionable beaches and rooftop restaurants to secluded coastlines and authentic local culture, Ibiza is the spot where the creme-of-the-creme come to indulge, relax and enjoy under the Spanish sun.
Where to Stay
Built into the side of a cliff and surrounded by pine forests, Hacienda Na Xamena is the magical hotel that’s immersed in the breathtaking nature of Ibiza. The first and only 5-star hotel in Ibiza for nearly two decades, this haven of serenity is the perfect place to recharge your batteries from any and all adventures from the day. The 77 rooms and suites are all airy and spacious, offering unobstructed views of the Mediterranean from the private balconies and terraces. Standard and Superior rooms boast modern furnishings, smart design and hot tubs, whereas the coveted suites in the Eden category have private gardens with loungers, mini pools and personal hammams.
Around the property, you’ll find an indoor pool, two outdoor pools, tennis court, soccer court and cinema room. The extraordinary La Posidonia spa is a serene sanctuary that offers everything from traditional therapies and outdoor treatments to yoga classes and meditation. Elsewhere, the two Michelin Star chef Fran López has curated an exquisite restaurant that puts forth local cuisine that’s directly sourced from the sea and mountains. The property stays true to its hippie character, while also infusing its luxurious spirit and top-notch service. The result is one of the most romantic settings imaginable.
Be sure to check out our Luxury Hotel Guide for a complete list of recommendations.
Where to Dine
Sitting on top of a hill on the outskirts of San Antonio lies the famed Sa Capella restaurant, which is housed within a 500-year-old converted chapel that was never consecrated. After passing through the beautiful garden and gorgeous stone arches, you’ll find yourself charmed by the romantic setting and elegant ambiance, taken to new heights by the high ceilings and flickering candles. The rustic walls feature exposed brickwork and showcase paintings from local artists, which only add to the atmospheric feel of one of Ibiza’s most popular restaurants. Led by Head Chef Agostine Royal, the selective menu puts forth several traditional Mediterranean specialties such as roast suckling pig, beef carpaccio and grilled Ibiza prawns, as well as an equally impressive wine list.
Take a peek through our Restaurant Guide to Ibiza for the top culinary experiences throughout the entire island.
What to Do
While Ibiza is no stranger to partying with venues such as Ushuaia Tower and Nikki Beach drawing ultra-glamorous clientele in droves, this magical island offers so much more. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the rich history and heritage of the island, head into Ibiza Town’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dalt Vila, the fortified Old Town on top of a hill. Featuring wonderful panoramic views, the city walls, squares and narrow lanes is a treasure trove of discovery and old-world charm.
Whether you’re looking for cliff jumping or snorkeling, Ibiza caters well to adventure seekers at beaches such as Cala Llenya or Punta Galera, which both offer visitors tons of water sports. Cala Bassa is closer to the resort towns and provides all the amenities you could ever need to stay entertained for the entire day, including sunbeds, restrooms, shops and restaurants.
There are plenty of over-water adventures to be had too. Off Ibiza’s mountainous southwest tip, the rocky island of Es Vedrà is one of the hidden gems of the Mediterranean. Part of the Cala d’Hort nature reserve, this uninhabited island is said to be the gateway to Atlantis, dramatically emerging from the waters like an offshore volcano.
The final touch on a marvelous Mediterranean getaway can be had at the Ibiza Bay Spa. Framed to the island’s tranquil natural beauty, warm colors and indulgent personality, the spa offers a wide range of restorative massages, high-performance facials and nourishing body treatments designed to stimulate and re-energized. The regimens take place in a cabana overlooking the sea or in stunning wooden-paneled treatment rooms, while the nail bar and John Frieda blow-dry salon provide the perfect end to a day’s pampering.
What to Wear
Few places boast such a contrasting blend of top-notch nightlife, extraordinary scenery and deep-rooted local tradition. If you plan on soaking up everything that this magical island offers, be sure to make sure your wardrobe is up to date ahead of your stay. Featuring slender metal frames and oversized round lenses, these Barton Perreira Princeton Round Sunglasses put forth a charming vintage style that can be paired with just about anything.
Elsewhere, these lightweight Thom Browne Striped Seersucker Swim Shorts ensure top-notch freedom and mobility in and out of the water. When exploring the charming area of Dalt Vila, it’s worthwhile preparing with a stylish pair of flats such as these Tory Burch Ines Slides. Featured in a tan leather finish with subtle design, these sandals are the perfect for everything from uphill city escapes and beach getaways.