Review: Los Enamorados, Ibiza | Daily Telegraph
Published by telegraph.co.uk, April 2017
"With a luxe but quirky vibe, romantic seaside location and unexpected surprises around every corner, there’s nowhere like Los Enamorados anywhere else on Ibiza. Come here to experience a Balearic original in the making, before everyone else does."
Los Enamorados is set in the idyllic cove of Portinatx on Ibiza’s northernmost point. At around 30km (18 miles) from Ibiza Town and 35km (20 miles) from the airport it’s a fair distance to the island’s main hubs, but it’s all the better for switching off. The hotel leads onto a small but charming sandy bay, with views out to the sea in one direction and towards the lighthouse in the other. If seclusion gets the better of you, give the local village of San Juan a look.
Style & character
The entire hotel is testament to the innate vision of its founders, Pierre Traversier, a former basketball player, and Rozemarijn de Witte, a journalist and editor. The couple’s personality is etched onto every corner of the space against a backdrop of vivid, earthy tones. The palate is accentuated by treasures collected from around the globe, each with accompanying stories about when and where they were discovered. The result is a mish-mash of world styles – think modernist armchairs in one corner and striking Balinese statues in another – that collide to create a psychedelic feast for the eyes. Nevertheless, there’s widespread encouragement to make yourself at home; style isn’t compromised by pretension and relaxation is paramount, which goes someway to explaining why techno music is strictly off limits.
Service & facilities
The good news is that pretty much everything in the hotel is for sale, but that doesn’t take any of the charm away from the on-site boutique, where you can still spend hours mulling over eclectic knick-knacks, furniture and fashion. The restaurant and bar lead out onto an alfresco terrace overlooking the sea that’s ideal for sun worshipping by day and romantic twilight dining by night. There’s no spa but a massage service is available, and who needs a pool when you’ve got the Med on your doorstep? Staff members are achingly breezy in the most attentive of ways.
The personal touch of Pierre and Roze seeps into the walls here too, with each of the nine rooms displaying its own individual style. Nevertheless, sea-view balconies, Coco-mat mattresses and silky Italian sheets are commonplace, as are beach towels and snorkels. Rooms are situated overlooking rustic fishermen’s huts so in moments of peace you can hear the waves gently lapping against them below; their location also means they’re positioned well for both sunrise and sunset. There are no TVs, the assumption being you’ve probably something better to look at.
Food & drink
Food comes under the direction of Peruvian protégé Alberto Pacheco who peppers his menu with freshly caught fish from local fishermen – try the ceviche and the octopus marinated in Amazonic herbs to get a true sense of his flavours. Breakfast is served until 1pm and includes pastries, eggs and orange juice that tastes infinitely better drunk through a bamboo straw.