Ibiza from Sunrise to Sunrise | SUITCASE
Published by suitcasemag.com, July 2016
A blissful Balearic island boasting sensational landscapes, cerulean waters and skies so blue it’s blinding, Ibiza is a land of plenty. It’s a place where you can relax by day, party all night and realise every desire in between. Here, we take a look at some of the White Isle’s 2016 additions alongside some revived favourites, from beachside beauty spots and towering clifftops to bustling bars and rustic restaurants. This is your need-to-know guide to what’s hot on La Isla this summer.
Adding to the slew of sophisticated new openings in San Antonio, Kvida is fast becoming the town’s go-to for mouthwatering menu choices. This deli-cum-restaurant is all about fresh, local fare and inspired healthy choices. Head down early to sample its range of bountiful breakfastswhile listening to the waves lapping against boats in the distance.
The Skinny Kitchen
From its new location in San Antonio’s recently renovated marina, The Skinny Kitchen is continuing to change the food landscape. Think hangover-busting smoothies, detoxing juices and the kind of healthy, hearty fare that will see you right come 7AM when you’re wondering why you’ve only just left the club.
Hugging the coast in up-and-coming island hotspot, Figueretas, Little Ibizais all brightly-coloured umbrellas and big, comfy cushions. Make a beeline there in the morning for awesome sunrise views or come later in the day for freshly-made mojitos and the kind of relaxed holiday vibes that you’ll still be thinking about weeks later.
Cotton Beach Lounge
Another chic new offering for Figueretas, Cotton Beach Lounge is a swanky new addition to the area’s array of exclusive restaurants. Think stylish white décor, stunning sea views and the kind of cocktails that’ll leave you weak at the knees. Set aside a few hours and head here for a long, lazy lunch – the menu is as impressive as the cocktail list.
Set among the Santa Gertrudis countryside, Aubergine has quickly become an island favourite since it opened last year. The menu is an entirely organic affair, with most of the produce coming from the lush surrounding land. Though there are too many standout options to mention, the luxurious desserts pack a particularly poetic punch.
This Ibiza Old Town gem opened last year, but it’s this summer that its penchant for food perfection is set to make waves. Climb the cobbled streets of Dalt Vila, pull up a pew and dine al fresco as the sun begins to dip beneath the city’s historic walls. This restaurant is a great bet for romance or for watching the world go by with a crisp glass of vino rosado in hand.
Billed as an ‘experience for the soul’, Lamuella has made its home in San Lorenzo, a charming village in Ibiza’s rural north. Rustic surroundings and a focus on fine dining make this the place to stop if you’re looking for a luxury experience to remember. Reserve a space at the chef’s table, where you’ll be wined and dined like a fully-fledged A-lister.
Cas Costas Grill & Market
A new project from the team behind Nassau – one of the island’s oldest and most loved beach clubs – Cas Costas Grill & Market is the embodiment of Ibicenco charm. With a large, open-air terrace, oodles of rustic character and an impressive outdoor grill, come here to sample a taste of Ibiza from a bygone age. There’s also an on-site market selling local produce from the island.
Hostal La Torre
Set among soaring cliffs near Cap Negret, Hostal La Torre boasts the kind of scintillating sunset views for which the island is famed. Sit atop the craggy rocks, breathe in the salty sea air and marvel at one of nature’s most beautiful shows with a celebratory glass of bubbly. It’s the quintessential Ibiza experience.
Found among the chaotic, winding streets of Dalt Vila, Paradise Lost opened this year to much fanfare. Specialising in rum-related bevvies and captivating cocktails, it unashamedly promises to transport you to a world where time slips away. Head here post dinner and immerse yourself in the temptation of forbidden fruits.
Yet another new venue that’s popped up in Figueretas, Bar Baboon has been lauded by those with an affinity for cocktails. Specialising in world-class mixology, and pouring every ounce of passion into its show-stopping creations, this vintage-inspired speakeasy will keep you hooked. Make use of the team behind the bar – they really know their stuff.
Hidden among acres of zesty citrus trees is La Granja, a brand new agroturismo in Ibiza’s heartland that promotes sustainable living and restorative relaxation. Part of the Friends of a Farmer organisation, the emphasis is on communal living: lunching together and sharing stories incorporating design, poetry and art. There’s daily music from an international array of musicians and DJs.
A boutique hotel boasting sweeping views of Ibiza’s longest shoreline, Santos Dorado is the picture-perfect spot for blissed-out daytime vibes. Keep an eye out for the Flamingo poolside parties where palm trees, piña coladas and brunch are the order of the day. As darkness descends, stick around for Cinerama Dorado, an outdoor cinema spectacle to be held on four Sundays throughout summer.
Nestled in San Rafael, at the heart of the White Isle, Raco has been entertaining in-the-know locals for years. But it’s the Sunday sessions that have been gaining momentum of late – drawing people into the dusty, secluded campo with the promise of a culinary feast, a chilled-out soundtrack and the chance to cool off in its enticing pool.
Sundays at Space
In case you missed it, the iconic Space Ibiza will open its doors for the final time this summer. The island will be in mourning. Yet for a fittingly spectacular last hurrah, its legendary Sundays at Space parties are set to return. Get there before 10PM and you’ll be able to shake your stuff on the club’s famous sunset terrace for just 20 euros.
Mosaic by Maceo
This year, American titan of techno, Maceo Plex, finally begins his long-awaited residency at Ibiza’s oldest club. The party’s music policy is more reminiscent of a dark and cavernous Berlin warehouse than the plush surroundings of Pacha, but make the time to revel in the juxtaposition of unashamed glamour and innovative line-ups and you’ll have a musical experience to remember.
Boogie in Wonderland
Harking back to the disco glory years of Studio 54, Boogie in Wonderland is a party that’s landed at one of Marina Botafoch’s standout clubs, HEART. It’s the brainchild of Spain’s Adrià brothers and Cirque du Soleil’s Guy Laliberté. An explosion of art, fashion and music, it’s an excuse to dust off the heels and pile on the sequins for a night inspired by seventies icon Andy Warhol and his cohort of pin-up pals.