The SLMan Guide To Ibiza

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Ibiza’s summer season is under way, so we’ve rounded up the best places to stay, eat and party at. From new openings and pop-ups to iconic institutions, this is the SLMan guide to the White Isle.
Author SHERRI ANDREW

Where To Stay

Can Sastre

If you’re going to Ibiza to explore the hiking routes and more laidback side of the island, Can Sastre is a small boutique hotel in the rural village of San Rafael, a 20-minute drive from Old Town. Here, it’s all about relaxing and connecting with nature through outdoor yoga classes, bike rides and snorkelling. There are three rooms and two villas spread across white-washed buildings which feel more like a private holiday home – the deluxe suite is ideal for couples while the villa suite sleeps four across two bedrooms. Guests can enjoy brunch poolside, though you’ll need to make reservations for lunch and dinner.

Rooms from £220 per night.

Visit CanSastre.com

Cubanito

A top choice for festivalgoers during high season, you’ll probably recognise Cubanito’s Insta-worthy Havana-inspired interiors. It’s right in the middle of San Antonio, with some of the island’s best nightlife and restaurants on its doorstep. Rooms are bright and spacious with quirky retro furniture and outdoor terraces, while the rest of the hotel has art-deco interiors reminiscent of fun Cuban paladars. There’s a slick rooftop bar where guests can enjoy an array of mojitos, listen to DJ sets and take salsa lessons, as well as Little Havana, which serves Cuban food at the restaurant and pool. Non-residents can buy a day pass to use the facilities and take part in activities throughout the day. 

Rooms from £90 per night.

Visit CubanitoIbiza.com

El Hotel Pacha

Pacha’s hotel has been closed for the last few years, but it’s set to reopen at the beginning of July following an extensive renovation. The property is across the street from the brand’s iconic nightclub (guests get free entry) and a ten-minute walk from Ibiza Town. The interiors celebrate the best of Spanish design with earthy tones, neutral textures and a modern Balearic aesthetic – all 56 rooms have terraces and spacious marble en-suites. A new bakery, La Boulangerie, will serve fresh pastries day and night, and host bread-making workshops.

Rooms from £80 per night.

Visit ElHotelPacha.com

Can Sastre
Atzaro

Atzaró

A longstanding favourite of those in the know, Atzaró lets you dip in and out of the party scene thanks to its secluded location in Santa Eulalia, surrounded by orange groves in the Mediterranean garden. The hotel has 24 light and bright suites, with further rooms in the works. There are also nine pools, a private beach with daybeds, and a spa tucked away in the orange groves. Atzaró’s destination restaurant La Veranda serves Mediterranean dishes made with healthy and natural ingredients grown in the estate’s vegetable garden, while Aubergine By Atzaró – its farm-to-table concept – is just ten minutes down the road. Read our full review here

Rooms from £200 per night.

Visit Atzaro.com

Hostal La Torre

Considered one of Ibiza’s best sunset spots – and affordable properties – Hostal La Torre is a hidden gem in San Antonio. On a clifftop overlooking Cala Gracio beach, the hostel was made for meeting likeminded travellers on the terrace bar, exploring beaches along the west coast and soaking up chilled vibes reminiscent of the island’s 90s heyday. Guests can stay in one of 17 rooms with whitewashed walls, wooden furniture and nautical accessories, and dine at destination restaurant La Torre which serves seafood and tapas. There isn’t a pool, but you can sit in the hostel’s lush gardens or enjoy Cala Gracio’s calm waters nearby. 

From £75 per night.

Visit LaTorreIbiza.com

Hotel Riomar

Easily one of the top hotels in Santa Eulalia, on the quieter side of the island, Hotel Riomar attracts guests who want to lounge on the beach, eat excellent seafood and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Ibiza’s eastern coast. With fresh interiors (the team who designed Nobu in Shoreditch were behind the 2021 refurbishment), mid-century style is mixed with neutral colours for a modern look. Guests can take part in complimentary activities like yoga in the morning, before tucking into generous breakfasts on the terrace. The food is particularly good – expect calamari, truffle pasta and king prawns served with cocktails – and spicy palomas and margaritas with beats from the DJ at Tribe. 

Rooms from £180 per night.

Visit HotelRiomar.com

Grand Paradiso

A deluxe, suites-only addition to the Paradiso Art Hotel, Grand Paradiso is set to open in August. In San Antonio Bay, its selling point is its faithfully recreated 1950s Americana style. A first for the island, the theme incorporates art-deco touches, jukeboxes in the lobby, a 50s-style cinema and a jacuzzi inside a Cadillac Eldorado (the ‘Caduzzi’). Film is a huge inspiration here – suites are called ‘Almódovar’, ‘David Lynch’ and ‘Wes Anderson’ – and there will be an art gallery celebrating works by audio-visual artists. In the pool area, look out for a DJ booth in the shape of a classic Miami beach hut, complete with backstage VIP space for 20 guests.

Rooms from £210 per night.

Visit GrandParadisoIbiza.com

Nativo Hotel

Nativo Hotel Ibiza

Four-star Nativo Hotel Ibiza opened late last summer – and is perfect if you’re looking for something fun, relaxed and a little bit boho. It’s in Siesta, a tranquil residential area of Santa Eulalia del Río, on the northern coast of Ibiza. Close to the beach, there are also three pool areas – we like the look of the adults-only one, which is on the rooftop next to a restaurant and cocktail bar. The two ground-floor pools are enclosed by natural sand zones so guests can walk barefoot, alongside palm trees, sunbeds and hammocks. For accommodation, we like the look of the rattan-swathed swim-up pool suite. 

Rooms from £285 per night.

Visit NativoHotelIbiza.com

W Ibiza

For round-the-clock partying, W Ibiza offers a high-octane experience. Set right beside Santa Eulalia Bay, there are six restaurants and bars, each with a different vibe. The rooftop bar is ideal for pre-drinks with the girls, Chiringuito Blue serves seafood and sangria on the beach, and La Llama offers an immersive dining experience where chefs cook your food on the grill table-side. New this summer is Below, a basement nightclub which hosts international DJs every night of the week, while the main atrium has big-name musicians like The Martinez Brothers. Ideal for a fun girls’ trip, rooms are modern and spacious, and the infinity pool has Insta-worthy in-water loungers. 

Rooms from £280 per night.

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Montesol Experimental

Set to open next year, this boutique hotel originally opened in 1933. Now it’s been taken over by Experimental Group, which already owns the island’s ever-popular Experimental Beach Ibiza at Playa des Codolar Salinas. The team has spent the last few months renovating the hotel’s 33 bedrooms and its restaurant and lounge bar Sabbaba Montesol (currently open), which brings together the flavours of Jerusalem and Spain. Following the transformation by French designer Dorothée Meilichzon, the restaurant has spaces inside, on a large terrace and on a striking rooftop overlooking Ibiza Old Town and the port.

Rooms from £270 per night.

Visit GranHotelMontesolIbiza.com

OKU

OKU Ibiza is back for its second season. With a relaxed, rustic vibe, this hotel has the feel of a Six Senses property – just at a more accessible price. Offering understated five-star luxury in a beautiful location, it’s a few minutes’ walk from beautiful Cala Gració bay. Accommodation includes rooftop suites with sea views, rooms with swim-up pools and a private four-bedroom villa – perfect for anyone heading to the island with friends. The group – which also has a hotel on Kos – offers an alternative way to experience island life, encouraging guests to disconnect and focus on themselves. Healing rituals include gong baths, reiki sessions and crystal healings. Best of all, the OKU Spa is the first European outpost to offer OTO CBD massages and facials, and its OKU Retreats series is a selection of wellness breaks hosted by some of the best-known names in the fitness and wellness world.

Rooms from £230 per night.

Visit OkuHotels.com

Six Senses
Beachouse

Six Senses

One of the biggest openings on the island last year, Six Senses has already cemented itself as a go-to spot for those in the know. With excellent service and all the facilities you’d expect from a Six Senses property, it’s perched over beautiful Xarraca Bay. The hotel has already received a string of awards for its eco-friendly design (think solar panels, renewable energy and geothermal cooling systems in the infinity pool). There’s a variety of rooms on offer, a spa with an extensive treatment list, and bars and restaurants for various occasions, including HaSalon headed up by Israeli chef Eyal Shani, and the new Beach Caves inspired by Latin America. A top choice for a blow-the-budget trip. 

Rooms from £455 per night. 

Visit SixSenses.com

The Standard

The Standard has finally landed in Ibiza. Fronting the Vara de Rey plaza in Old Town, the hotel is set in a stark white building that forms the backdrop for the bright, eclectic décor and landscaping throughout the property. The design celebrates the 1960s energy that originally attracted so many to Ibiza. A street-level restaurant spills onto the plaza during the day, before transforming into a nightlife hub after hours. The Standard also has a separate building – Casa Privada – available for groups. With its own private pool, bar, gym, lounge and 14 bedrooms, the hideaway is just a block away from all the amenities of the hotel, but with the privacy of a villa, including two suites with outdoor terraces and tubs. 

Rooms from £285 per night.

Visit StandardHotels.com

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay

For total luxury, Nobu is set on the shore of Talamanca Bay – one the quieter beaches on the island. Rooms and suites are sleek and have been designed to blend in with the scenic settings – think rattan furniture, natural colours and light wooden furniture – and some have private pools overlooking the beach. There are two outdoor pools (waiters will bring jugs of sangria to your sun lounger) plus a spa for indulgent treatments, but the main draw is the food. Diners can eat at Nobu’s destination Japanese restaurant or BiBo by Michelin-starred Dani Garcia for Mediterranean dishes.

Rooms from £490 per night. 

Visit NobuHotelIbizaBay.com

La Paloma

Where To Eat & Drink

La Paloma

Best For Family Dining

This relaxed restaurant in the small village of Sant Llorenç has long dinner tables surrounded by lemon groves, ideal for family meals in the sunshine. The family run restaurant serves simple Sicilian food and the menu rotates weekly – there’s always a new variation on risotto, pasta, seafood and steak on offer. Most of the produce comes from the family’s garden, and there’s different fresh bread every day. 

Visit PalomaIbiza.com 

Zuma 

Best Pop-Up

Co-founded and created by Rainer Becker in London, Zuma is bringing its award-winning contemporary Japanese cuisine to the Balearics for a pop-up. On the rooftop of the Ibiza Gran Hotel, the Zuma sushi bar and open kitchen will take centre stage, with chefs cooking up signature dishes such as spicy beef tenderloin with sesame; black cod marinated in miso; tiger prawns with yuzu; and grilled seabass with chilli and ginger. Part of the restaurant will be a dedicated drinking space with a resident DJ.

Visit ZumaRestaurant.com

Amante Table

Best For Romance

Set in a Balinese hut on its own stretch of beach in Santa Eulalia, Amante Table is one of the most romantic spots on the island. Eat at the main restaurant or book the couple’s table under a pergola for a private dining experience by candlelight. Couples will be treated to a five-course Mediterranean menu showcasing the best produce of the day, paired with Bollinger champagne. Expect dishes like monkfish and prawn croquettes, squid ink risotto, and pork loin with potatoes and sautéed green beans. 

Visit AmanteIbiza.com

El Chiringuito

Best For Long Lunches

El Chiringuito has a loyal clientele of diners who return each season to enjoy relaxed lunches on Es Cavallet beach. The menu changes regularly so there’s always something new to try – either from a day bed on the sand or in the shaded boho-inspired restaurant. Mediterranean dishes are designed to be shared, from seafood platters and whole grilled fish served at the table to tapas-style starters like smoked aubergine, calamari and tuna tartare. There’s also a separate menu for little ones.

Visit ElChiringuitoIbiza.com

El Chiringuito
Jul's

Jul’s

Best For Greek Food

Jul’s only opened a few years ago but has already established itself as one of Ibiza’s best fine dining restaurants. Choose from modern Greek dishes made with local and seasonal ingredients, like truffle risotto with lobster claws, grilled octopus and vegetables, smoked seafood with squid ink linguine, and lamb with herby potatoes. 

Visit JulsRestaurant.com

Beso Beach Formentera 

Best For A Day Trip

Formentera is a 30-minute ferry or boat ride from Ibiza, making it an ideal spot for a day trip. If you don’t make it to Beso Beach Ibiza, head to its sister site on Formentera. The beach club is in Ses Salines natural park, a biological reserve surrounded by crystal-clear waters and a pristine beach. You can eat Catalan dishes in the restaurant until 6pm, then try Yango Urban Foods (a popular Spanish takeaway) on the beach. 

Visit BesoBeach.com

El Silencio

Best Under-The-Radar Spot

El Silencio overlooks the secluded cove of Cala Moli, a hidden gem on the island. This year, guests can eat at the new restaurant by three-Michelin starred chef Mauro Colagreco, take part in wellness workshops, shop at pop-ups, and party on the beach. Mauro’s menu is inspired by his Argentinean heritage – imagine dishes like shrimp aguachile with lime and chilli, baked beetroots with manchego cheese, and grilled crayfish with gremolacha sauce. El Silencio has also opened a second pop-up restaurant for a series of rotating chefs who will each host a week-long residency – confirmed chefs include Yannick Alleno and Thibault Sombardier. Guest can also see an immersive art installation by Brazilian artist Samuel de Saboia, as well as a collaborative pop-up with Nanushka where you can shop its summer collections, take part in wellness activities and book special dinners.

Visit ElSilencioIbiza.com

Experimental Beach Ibiza

Best For Sunset Cocktails

In Ses Salines salt reserve, Experimental Beach Ibiza is the perfect spot for sundowner drinks and champagne with friends. Be wowed by the beautiful sunsets over the Med while soft house music and jazz plays in the background. The restaurant serves classic Spanish fare like tapas and simple seafood dishes, while the cocktail menu is, of course, more experimental. 

Visit ExperimentalBeachIbiza.com

Pershing Yacht Terrace

El Olivo Mio

Best In Old Town

Ibiza’s Old Town is lined with family run restaurants and cafés, but El Olivo Mio serves some of the best Mediterranean food. In true Spanish fashion, dinner is served late, but it’s worth getting there early to secure a colourful table outside on the cobbled street. Current menu highlights include burratina with tomatoes and homemade fig jam; seabass ceviche with mango and avocado; grilled scallops and fennel salad; and tagliatelle with clams. Don’t forget to order carafes of sangria for the table.

Visit ElOlivoIbiza.com

La Cava

Best For Tapas

La Cava is part of Ibiza’s Mambo Group (Café Mambo, Sunset Strip) in Ibiza Town’s historic square. Inside, there are rattan lampshades and an open bar where you can watch the chefs at work, while the outdoor terrace is surrounded by cacti pots and has a cool boho vibe. Expect classic tapas dishes like patatas bravas, padrón peppers and Spanish omelettes, plus more experimental plates such as mini oxtail burgers and home-smoked salmon with burrata.

Visit LaCavaIbiza.com 

El Restaurante 

Best For Dinner & DJs

Pacha has opened a restaurant next door to its famous nightclub. El Restaurante serves modern Mediterranean dishes like lobster tempura, marinated scallops with basil, courgette carpaccio with parmiggiano, and Iberian pork sautéed with capers. Diners can listen to Balearic beats until the early hours as DJs play in a booth illuminated by Pacha’s iconic neon cherries. Cocktail wise, house signatures are tequila and mezcal-based, including margaritas and a ‘Tiki Punch’ made with Casamigos Mezcal, Aperol, pineapple juice and banana syrup. For a minimum spend you can skip the queue and head straight into the club after dinner.

Visit Pacha.com

The View at 7Pines

Best For Chef Residencies

7Pines hotel is built into the cliffs on the island’s Es Vedrà-facing edge. Its restaurant The View offers a suitably panoramic outlook onto the Med and regularly hosts celebrity chefs for kitchen takeovers. This summer, chef Andrés Fernández has created a menu with Nordic influences featuring dishes like turbot and caviar, cuttlefish and apple salad, and chocolate torte with pine nuts and chilli. Later in the summer, expect menus from other top chefs, plus the return of the hotel’s Mexican food truck. 

Visit 7Pines.com

Gran Montesol
Hotel Riomar
Hotel Riomar

La Gaia 

Best For All-Day Dining

Ibiza Gran Hotel has launched a series of foodie events to celebrate winning a Michelin star at the start of 2022. La Gaia’s win means it can now claim to be the only hotel on the island to achieve the accolade. Head chef Óscar Molina’s celebratory series will vary from high-end, full-day experiences to offering diners the chance to try new recipes and established favourites across two tasting menus. There’s also a cooking class, ‘Flavours of Ibiza with Chef Molina’, that focuses on cooking with local produce and the farm-to-table ingredients used at La Gaia.

Visit IbizaGranHotel.com

Beachouse

Best Kids Club

A favourite of the SL team, you could easily spend a whole day at Beachouse relaxing by the water, listening to the DJs, and trying dishes at its Mediterranean restaurant. There’s also a great kids’ club where little ones are entertained with arts and crafts, yoga, face painting and games. This summer, guests can take part in morning yoga on the beach or book onto the ‘Moonlit Series’ on Thursdays and Sundays for entertainment and immersive dining.  

Visit BeachouseIbiza.com

Cotton Beach

Best For Lunch With A View

Cotton Beach overlooks Cala Tarida on Ibiza's southwest coast, which is renowned for its sunsets. All the fabric is made from cotton – hence the name – and the restaurant has striking white interiors that reflect against the sea. A fusion of Mediterranean and Japanese food, diners can choose from sushi and sashimi, as well as dishes like scallops with apple and coconut, fried rice with lobster, and beef sirloin with a miso glaze. 

Visit CottonLifestyle.com
 

Where To Party

Ushuaia

Ushuaïa

Best For Big-Name DJs

Want to party day and night to tunes spun by world-class DJs? Head for outdoor club Ushuaïa, one of the most successful openings over the past decade. David Guetta and Calvin Harris currently have summer residencies, while Joel Corry, Camelphat, MK and Martin Garrix are due to perform over the coming months. There’s also ANTS, the regular Saturday night slot, with a high-octane playlist featuring Groove Armada, Hot Since 82 and Pete Tong. 

Visit TheUshuaiaExperience.com

Club Chinois

Best Newcomer

Island Hospitality – the team behind Mayfair’s Park Chinois and Beachouse, Mikasa and Zuma in Ibiza – opens a new club tomorrow. Housed in the former Heart Ibiza site and inspired by Shanghai’s 1930s jazz clubs, Club Chinois has bold and lavish interiors with plush velvet seating, dark drapery and a huge DJ booth. This summer, guests will be able to dine at the neighbouring pop-up restaurant Zuma before heading into the club to listen to DJs on the decks until late.

Visit ClubChinoisIbiza.com

Amnesia

Best For Rotating Parties

Amnesia first opened its doors back in the 1970s and is still one of the island’s best clubs. The main room plays techno all night, while the room next door has a cool atrium window so you can see the daylight seeping in at 6am. This season, Sonny Fodera and Gorgon City have a residency on Mondays, Steve Aoki will take to the deck on Tuesdays, and the weekend slots will be filled by Amnesia’s regular nights Elrow and Pyramid.

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Nikki Beach

Best For Relaxed Partying

Located on a beachfront in Santa Eulària, Nikki Beach was made for relaxed partying in the sun with friends. Ideal for a girls' trip, book a day bed or table around the pool to soak up the chilled atmosphere and party with the resident DJ, saxophonist and bongo player. Order drinks like spicy frozen margaritas and champagne to your table, and dine under the shaded restaurant to enjoy sushi and dishes from the raw bar, plus seafood, pasta and sharing salads.

Visit Ibiza.NikkiBeach.com

Destino at Pacha

Best For All Nighters

Destino at Pacha is perched on a cliff in the stylish Cap Martinet area. Parties take place around the pool surrounded by day beds and palm trees, then move to its underground nightclub Tox Prive Club at midnight. Confirmed acts playing this summer include Solomun, Marco Carola and Ben Gold.

Visit DestinoPacha.com

DC10

Best Under-The-Radar Club

Once an underground nightclub, DC10 has earned a reputation for being a place for hardcore partygoers. Close to Ses Salines salt flats and Ibiza airport, it’s now split into three spaces: a garden for day parties, the main room for late-night sets, and the terrace. It doesn’t advertise events publicly, but it regularly attracts big DJs like Honey Dijon, Carl Cox and Dennis Cruz. 

Visit CircolocoIbiza.com

Hï Ibiza

Best Immersive Nightclub

Ushuaïa’s sister property Hï Ibiza takes immersive clubbing to the next level with world-class light shows and installations. Set along Playa d’en Bossa’s strip, there are two main spaces: the Club Room for late-night residencies and The Theatre for big productions. As well as house, techno and dance music, Hï Ibiza showcases talent from reggaeton and tribal house. This summer, David Guetta, Arielle Free, the Martinez Brothers and Glitterbox will all take to the decks.  

Visit HiIbiza.com

Pikes

Best Old-School Institution

A favourite of the fashion set and mega-celebs over the decades (picture Kate Moss, Freddie Mercury and George Michael) Pikes is one of the oldest and most famous Ibizan institutions. While the hotel offers wellness retreats for those seeking some R&R, its party side continues to draw in the crowds. There’s a small nightclub with connecting rooms which hosts international DJs, plus a spacious outdoor terrace for dancing and drinks. This summer, big-name acts taking to the stage include Faithless, Fatboy Slim and Goldie.

Visit PikesIbiza.com

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