Think you know Ibiza? Think again.
If the word “Ibiza” conjures images of raucous clubbing, inescapable soundtracks of deep-house mash-ups spun by international DJs, and dance parties that last through dawn, you’re missing the half of Spain’s “white island” that remains a tranquil slice of summer paradise. Need some help? Imagine secluded beaches, chilled-out resorts, and free-spirited vibes, which now draw the likes of everyone from Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King to parents with little ones in tow. Here’s how to do Ibiza a little differently.
In the quiet, bayside town of Santa Eulalia, the beautiful, beachfront ME Ibiza is every bit a beautiful escape. The brand’s trademark pared-down style is everywhere, from the modern decor to its suites, some with their own private infinity pools. Up on the rooftop, smartly dressed waiters serve inventive cocktails and fresh seafood amidst 360 views of the Mediterranean, dreamy at sunset. Also on offer: complimentary yoga classes, a full-service spa, and access to the hotel’s private boat for day trips to Formentera, an idyllic island 11 miles off Ibiza’s southeastern coast.
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Those seeking a bit more energy can head to Nikki Beach Ibiza next door—a chic beach club à la Miami whose stark-white cabanas and day beds are the ideal spot to observe its hot poolside scene. Traveling in a larger group? Consider booking a villa. AirBnB can be great for vacation DIYers, but using a concierge service makes planning seamless. Imperial Ibiza books villas of all sizes, from three to 10 bedrooms, as well as family-friendly properties—and they go above and beyond in chartering boats or yachts, arranging ground transportation, and even securing restaurant reservations.
Sample signature cocktails like the Cocolito or a freshly squeezed juice while soaking up the gorgeous views at Experimental Beach Club. Sunset is prime time to enjoy this waterfront spot, situated on the southern tip of the island through the salt flats of Salinas, but there are also daily yoga classes on the beach. Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit for an impromptu dip (there’s even an outdoor shower for rinsing off post-swim).
Located in a hidden cliff-side cove in Santa Eulalia, Amante Beach Club is the perfect place for lunch, dinner, or just lounging—all with jaw-dropping views of the glittering Sol D’en Serra bay below. Here, the menu specializes in Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine, like fish croquettes, grilled Cantábrico hake, and traditional squid ink risotto. Serious foodies can (and should) book the private Amante Table for a five-course chef’s tasting menu by candlelight.
You haven’t truly seen Ibiza until you’ve paddled into its secret caves and explored secluded beaches by kayak. WalkingIbiza offers guided sunset kayak tours for groups of up to six people, with stops to snorkel and even cliff jump (if you’re feeling brave). You can also explore the island’s north side by horseback: Ibiza Horse Valley offers half-day and full-day tours with their rescue horses.