Ibiza - June
So when you think of Ibiza, do you think of Kevin & Perry Go Large? Yes, most people do. They think - club life and drunk 18 year olds. But you’re oh so wrong, that’s just one portion of the island!
I have been to Ibiza a handful of times now, and each time I have been I have experienced new and different parts of the Island. I know next summer I really want to make it to the North of the island, and try to experience Halloween there - apparently they go WAY out for this!
This summer I was fortunate enough to stay at 2 different accommodations on the island. Firstly I stayed at the beautiful Ibiza Royal Beach apartments for the first 5 nights, followed by Nobu hotel for the last 5 nights. If you’re looking to stay in Ibiza and not have a hotel but still want wonderful luxury accommodation I highly recommend Ibiza Royal Beach, the apartment I stayed in was immaculate, incredibly spacious with beach front views, and a giant swimming pool for all guests to use! However they could do with more sun loungers! The apartments are located in Playa Den Bossa, but the end heading towards Old Town, it was a 10 minute water taxi ride, or 5 minute taxi ride into old town.
Sadly I don’t have many photos from this stay, it was a bit of a hectic trip for a friends wedding, but it had very similar decor and vibes to Nobu hotel. Here’s a couple of photos of the apartment!
Now unfortunately my stay at Nobu got off to a rocky start, well the service was pretty shoddy the entire stay! I won’t bore you with the details, but just know if you want to order a drink - for example Lemonade - you’ll think they’ve gone to Sicily to squeeze the lemons! Everything takes…f….o..rr…ee..vvvvv.er there in terms of pool side service, and house keeping. Despite the service being terrible it wouldn’t deter you from returning because the rooms are absolutely fantastic, and as with most European hotels you have to race down early doors to get your sun beds!
The hotel put on a fantastic breakfast display, and if you were watching my Instagram then you’d have seen the spread every morning! A few mornings we walked into the port and ate at a restaurant called Cappuccino which is next door to Lio. The restaurant is situated right in the port with views of the old town castle, and we got to watch the yachts leaving port for the day!
As you can imagine at Nobu hotel they have their classic Nobu brand restaurant, which is where most of the poolside food is from. The sushi was divine! However they also had a Mexican restaurant called Peyote which was delicious, however it lacked atmosphere! It was very quiet but suited us as we wanted a quick meal before wandering into Old Town! If I’m not mistaken there’s a Peyote in London!
Other notable restaurants during my stay:
Amante, I follow a blogger who had posted amazing shots from the restaurant and spontaneously decided to call them and managed to get a reservation! This restaurant turned out to be one of the most amazing meals of the holiday. It is also only a 20minute cab ride from Nobu hotel. Highly recommend the salt baked fish!
Cotton Club, however this is a trek from the hotel, almost 45minute journey to the other side of the island near San Antonio, in Cala Tarida. The menu was heavily Asian inspired and was my dads favourite meal of the holiday, he raved about the curry! I had the spicey prawn fried rice, which was DELICIOUS! Due to the location of the restaurant and the time of year, we got to experience sunset as we were eating, sunset was around 9.30pm.
El Chiringuito, this is down past the club DC10 and just past the airport, so it’s another 30minute or so drive from Nobu hotel. The food here was OK, lacked atmosphere - we had an 8pm table, but of course in Spain everyone eats late so this might have been the issue. If you don’t fancy dinner here then they also rent day beds out.
Juan y Andrea, the famous Formentera restaurant! However, service was quite bad, and the meal was also pretty terrible. The restaurant is full of people who have stepped off their yacht, in large groups. I was only with my parents and we were a small table squished among many others. They forgot one main, and rushed it to bring it up. Had we of been in a large group maybe we would have been okay! The year previous I was with a group of 6 and had a wonderful meal. Maybe a bad day! But next year I think we’ll skip lunch, and try a different restaurant on the island and go for drinks there. It is a must see!
Vivi’s Creamery, this is owned by Nico Rosberg’s wife Vivian. The ice cream here is Instagram worthy! Worth a visit, locals had mentioned this place to us a few times and we managed to stumble across it in town!
Lio, now now now, Lio. Dig deep in your pockets because this is VERY expensive, expect to pay about 250€ per head. Tickets aren’t included in your table booking, the food price is what compensates for not charging you for tickets. If you’re into a Vegas style show, cabaret and entertainment looking out onto Old Town and yachts passing by as the sun goes down, this is your place! The food is good, but nothing to write home about, but the entertainment most definitely is! Book ahead early because it’s luck of the draw for seating arrangements, and whether you’ll even get a booking!
Of course if you have time a great outting idea would be to rent a boat to take you from Ibiza over to Formentera, there’s also a ferry that you can take from several points on the island. I think the ferry is about 30€ and pricing on boat rentals varies per company and how many on board. The bonus with renting a boat is that they take you around all the hot spots on the island, like past Es Vedra, the most magnetic powerful rock, and show you certain notable houses, and beach clubs and stop for snorkelling etc.
I’d also recommend avoiding San Antonio if you are not into the Magaluf style holidays and stick to Old Town and above, the Talamanca area. Playa Den Bossa does boast some amazing hotels though, like Hard Rock Hotel (I’d like to stay there for a few nights next time) and Ushuaia but they’re more catered towards a party vibe.
Overall, was Ibiza anything like Kevin & Perry, absolutely not. Did I go to the giant clubs, yes of course! But there’s a completely other side to the island, chic restaurants, beautiful hotels and beaches, boat trips and the Old Town is just wonderful!