Review: Hotel MiM Ibiza Es Vivé | Daily Telegraph
Published by telegraph.co.uk, June 2018
"Es Vivé, an Art Deco-inspired haven in the midst of urban Ibiza, sits stylishly on a quiet street just one block back from the beach. Once a party hotel but now a more grown up affair, mischief here still sizzles beneath the surface."
Sandwiched between Playa d'en Bossa and Ibiza town, Es Vivé is within sauntering distance of the nearest beaches and clubs. Ibiza town is 25 minutes away on foot, providing easy access to all the island's bus routes and the centre's bustling bars. Figueretes itself has lots of its own restaurants and bars, as well as a lovely sea-hugging promenade. The airport is a 10-minute drive away.
Style & character
The white and turquoise exterior of Es Vivé is a much-loved island landmark. Inside, it's similarly glamorous and could easily jump from the page of an F. Scott Fitzgerland tale, with crystal chandeliers, plush furnishings and marble flooring all featured. It's exceptionally stylish, and attention to detail makes the tiniest elements pop. While it's no longer considered a party hotel, it still attracts a raring-to-go crowd, many of whom having been faithful followers for years.
Service & facilities
An inviting pool shaded by palms and packed with crisp white loungers is a focal point out front, while indoors it's all about the Virtue Wellness Spa. A recently refurbished sanctuary in an otherwise buzzing hotel, book a treatment here and it gives you access to the entire spa, which includes a sauna, steam room and hot tub – it's gloriously relaxing experience. Hair and beauty treatments are also available. The shamelessly decadent Deco restaurant is situated on the ground floor, as is the Experience Bar (open till the early hours), and gym. On the roof you'll find the ODP Sky Bar, which boasts spectacular views of the Med and Ibiza town in the distance. Staff are friendly and attentive.
There are 52 rooms and suites, all elegantly decked out in shades of fawn, grey and mauve. Fabrics play a big part too, with sumptuous velour headboards and soft cotton bed sheets both featuring. Bathrooms are on the smaller side but showers are excellent and there are complementary Hierbas de Ibiza toiletries. Only some rooms have balconies and sea views.
Food & drink
Breakfast is served between 8am and 11am, and often features guests working busily at laptops while simultaneously throwing back a glass of cava. The buffet selection is vast, and includes fresh fruit, meat, cheese, eggs, bacon and fried vegetarian options, as well as juice and coffee. Guests can pay extra for eggs Benedict (€9/£6) or steak and eggs (€12/£8). The lunch menu comes courtesy of Deco (though you can also eat round the pool), and with a new chef, there's a more healthy approach to dining.
The classic tapas dishes, sushi, and Thai prawn salad are a must. For dinner, options are upscaled, with grilled solomillo steak (€30/£26), roast lamb shoulder (€28/£25) and sea bass ceviche (€16/£14) on offer. Drinks should be taken at the ODP Sky Bar, which specialises in Prosecco and excellent sunsets, while the Experience Bar is all about cocktails that will either spur you on or send you swiftly to bed.
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