Review: Destino Pacha Ibiza Resort | Daily Telegraph
Published by telegraph.co.uk, October 2017
"A sprawling complex on craggy clifftops overlooking Ibiza town. Destino is part of the Pacha family, otherwise known as white isle clubbing royalty. Party-goers come to have world-class DJs performing on their doorstep, with spa treatments and spectacular views thrown in for good measure."
A short drive away from several local hotspots – the lovely little town of Jesus; the picturesque beach of Talamanca Bay; the razzmatazz of Marina Botafoch – the hotel is well positioned for sliding straight into island life. That said, it’s also a destination in its own right, thanks to its weekly open-air gigs featuring the crème de la crème of superstar DJs. Ibiza town is 10 minutes away by car; the airport a further five.
Style & character
Designed with jet-setting clubbers in mind, music is played all day long, and while that might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there’s plenty to be distracted by. Some cabanas and sun loungers look out to sea, while others line the genuinely stunning pool; as does the hotel’s restaurant, and several bars, if all else fails. The surrounding gardens are also beautiful.
Guests here tend to be primped, primed and preened, so come with the resolve to posture among the best of them and bring sunglasses to surreptitiously admire the show.
Service & facilities
There’s a lot on offer here – an on-site spa, a restaurant serving excellent food, an underground club, an open-air events space, a pool with adjoining whirlpool, yoga rooms, poolside bars – you get the idea. And of course, it’s all done to satisfy the VIP clientele Ibiza has become synonymous with, so nods to luxury abound. Staff buzz about the place at all hours, and while the majority are helpful, on occasion simple requests are unnecessarily deemed quite difficult.
There are six categories of rooms and suites. Guest rooms are surprisingly basic, with little in the way of distinguishing features, although the beds are comfortable and some balconies have sea views. Presumably, superior suites are a touch more lavish inside – if not, they at least have private pools for splashing around in. The good news is that access to all the hotel’s music events are included in the room price, so the likelihood is you’ll spend more time dancing than sleeping anyway.
Food & drink
Breakfast is a substantial buffet offering all the usual favourites alongside a few more health-conscious options, like chia seed pudding and quinoa salad. At night, the restaurant transforms into Modest, where half-board guests can select from a reduced but still accomplished menu that includes sushi, fresh fish and Wagyu burger.
A chef’s tasting menu is available and, during high season, acrobatic performances throughout the night. There’s also a Japanese Robata bar.