Known locally as Eivissa, the Spanish island of Ibiza has become known for its elite party atmosphere, which attracts Hollywood stars and those looking to live in luxury while on vacation. Part of the Balearic archipelago near eastern Spain, the island hosts millions of guests every year – and a multitude of DJ residencies – mainly during the high season, which lasts from early spring to late autumn and ends in the last days of October.
This season has already seen visits from Shakira, Rihanna’s stylist Jahleel Weaver, soccer players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and DJ Calvin Harris, who recently bought a 138-acre farm on the island. In recent years, Jared Leto, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry, Oprah Winfrey and Chris Hemsworth have also been guests. And earlier this year, Loewe threw a party at Six Senses Ibiza Resort to celebrate its collaboration with local boho boutique Paula’s Ibiza.
Where to sleep
The island is already home to Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Oku Ibiza, Six Senses Ibiza and 7Pines Ibiza, which has its own yacht.
Late last year, the family-run 5-star Ibiza Gran Hotel received the distinction of being the first hotel restaurant on the island to be awarded a Michelin star. Led by Executive Chef Óscar Molina, the resort’s nightly La Gaia by Óscar Molina restaurant offers locally caught seafood, freshly grown produce and tastefully layered Ibizan cuisine. A multi-course pairing of Ibizan wines, which can be guided by sommelier Vasili Abodzich, can be added to the dining experience. Located in Ibiza Town’s Paseo Marítimo area, next to the marina (and near Talamanca Beach), this hotel is a tranquil sea-view retreat that features 189 suites and villas decorated in a comfortable Mediterranean style. It houses the island’s only casino and its open spa features a hydrotherapy circuit with Finnish saunas, large jetted whirlpools, ice showers, steam rooms and more. Two new restaurants have also opened at the resort, Zuma Ibiza and ASAL, led by award-winning chefs Rainer Becker and Mario Sandoval. In addition, Island Hospitality has just opened Club Chinois, a Shanghai-style late-night retro jazz club that incorporates Asian delights and the beauty of Chinese culture into the entertainment. (Rooms from $950, ibizagranhotel.com)
Ibiza also recently welcomed The Standard to its Old Town, where actresses Florence Pugh and Sheila Atim (bruised, The Woman King) have already stayed. (Rooms from around $240 per night; standardhotels.com).
where should we eat
An original dining experience awaits on a multi-level terrace at Talamanca’s Sa Punta restaurant, which offers tempura, sushi, bok choy, fresh local fish, cured meats and more. The restaurant offers a variety of different cuisines along with an excellent cocktail menu.
What to do
At the southern end of Ibiza, opposite Las Salinas beach, there is an atelier that welcomes visitors by appointment. Ceramicist Maria Sejas Balda creates her jewellery, plates and crafts from clay in her eponymous Spanish-style studio, where she spends hours shaping, baking and perfecting her ceramic pieces. The studio even has some of her earliest work, which she is happy to show guests. Some pieces are available for purchase while items can be made to order based on customer specifications. The Ibiza Gran Hotel’s La Gaia restaurant uses Balda ceramics to serve its Michelin-starred dishes.
Marina Ibiza, which opened two years ago, and its shopping area are just a five-minute walk from the Ibiza Gran Hotel. The hotel’s personal shopper, Anita Moreno, can tell anyone about all the shops along the port, including Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Loewe, Gucci, Dior, Bulgari, and more. At the end of the marina is the Sa Calma waterfront restaurant.
In the central Ibiza countryside, Can Rich Vineyard is open to discovery. The largest winery in Ibiza was founded in 1999 and has also developed into one of the most sought-after wine producers in the Balearic Islands. With a collection of hand-harvested wines, the organic winery practices organic farming, rooting its entrepreneurial viticulture in sustainable practices. Open weekdays only, the winery also sells locally produced extra virgin olive oil and various flavored salts sourced from Ibiza’s natural salt pans. Below the winery, grapes are fermented and prepared for bottling. A gorgeous squid ink paella was prepared by the family owners of the vineyard for guests on a recent visit.