Private retreats and restaurants on the white island
The White Isle is officially back in business. After two years of unnerving silence on the magical island of Ibiza, Europe’s party capital, the roar of conversations and the pulse of Balearic rhythms can once again be heard drifting through the hot summer winds. And what welcome sounds they are.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-timer or a regular weekender, the best way to do Ibiza is to extravagant. Embrace the all-day lunches, sun-kissed boat cruises, nightclubs, see-and-be-seen parties and eye-watering prizes in all their glory and you’ll have the time of your life, as good as guaranteed. And to help you do just that, here’s everything you need to know to make your next visit one to remember.
Fly in style with Aero
There’s a lot to be said for arriving at your destination relaxed, refreshed and ready to face whatever comes your way, especially when you’re flying to Ibiza. The best way to do this is to skip commercial flights, packed with people as often as not already in party mode, and reserve a seat on an Aero jet instead.
Describing its service as “semi-private” (whose grammatical implications I can’t begin to justify), Aero flies meticulously designed sixteen-seater jets between private terminals on targeted routes across Europe, from London to Nice in France and in Ibiza. in Spain, as well as from Ibiza to Mykonos in Greece. (They also operate in North America between San Francisco, Los Angeles, Aspen, and Los Cabos, among others). queue-free terminals, a concierge to handle the hassle of check-in and passport control, personalized in-flight service with open bar, and airplane food you’ll be happy to eat.
Perhaps best of all is to relax, champagne in hand and stare out the window as the jet dips its wings, sways to make its approach and Ibiza spreads out below you, revealing a promise of pleasure to come. One-way flights from London Farnborough to Ibiza start from £1,400 (around $1,750) with the option to change or cancel your flight up to 48 hours before the flight.
Book a private retreat with onefinestay
We can say categorically that there’s no shortage of amazing hotels spread across the island of Ibiza, from glitzy big-brand resorts to low-key boutique hotels that dot the interior. But as luxurious as these places are undeniably, they all come with the same problem: the others. And when you’ve eaten breakfast all day and partied all night, there are few things more valuable to your recovery than a long slice of peace and quiet – without sacrificing anything to that five-star luxury, sure.
Book a onefinestay villa instead – the kind of perfect megapad you see lovingly photographed in overpriced coffee table books in the foyers of five-star hotels around the world. A hosted service of bells and whistles, onefinestay is like a turbocharged Airbnb. Managing only the most extraordinary private villas in the world, onefinestay makes them available to guests with every conceivable add-on you could want, from private drivers to chefs, butlers and in-villa spa experiences.
Also included is the dedicated onefinestay concierge service, ready to customize all or part of your trip, from booking unobtainable tables at the best restaurants and clubs to arranging clifftop walks to explore hidden natural wonders. from the island or private motorboat excursions to nearby Formentera.
Among its Ibiza portfolio, my pick is Los Amigos – a six-bedroom, one-story ode to the best of Californian architecture nestled in nature near the village of Sant Llorenc de Balafia but close enough to the action to walk on the perfect line between refuge and hotspot. A canvas of polished cast concrete, floor-to-ceiling windows and a sleek, streamlined design, Los Amigos is huge without being imposing and offers up to 12 guests more than enough space to relax or spread out, to inside and out, in decadence and style.
In truth, Ibiza summer you won’t spend much time indoors, which is why the French designer-owner of Los Amigos has put so much attention and love into the outdoor space. Uncluttered and unassuming yet stylish and comfortable, a lush green lawn envelops the property and houses a simple, elegant swimming pool (cleverly finished to look almost natural rather than man-made), a large lounging area with huge sofas and lounge chairs , and an outdoor dining table specially designed for the most bacchanal of parties.
Dine and drink, day and night
One thing is always true when it comes to dining in Ibiza: book well in advance (or ask your onefinestay concierge to do it for you!).
Just because you’re not staying at a hotel doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of its best deal (especially when your villa comes with a dedicated private driver around the clock). Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, located on the shores of Talamanca Bay, is a flashy five-star residence with the brand’s new Japanese cuisine at the heart of its dining offering.
Reserve for a long evening of fine wines, super fresh sashimi and, of course, Nobu’s classic: black cod miso (still second to none in this writer’s humble opinion). Dressed up or dressed down, Nobu is proof that good food, drink and service can be relaxed and unpretentious without compromising on quality.
In the heart of Ibiza’s south coast, the Blue Marlin restaurant and club has long made headlines with its hedonistic sunset sessions and great food. But right next door and enjoying the same extraordinary setting, Jondal is the choice of the two to eat with your feet in the sand all day long with a festive side mixed in for good measure.
A simple “sea” and “land” menu belies the quality of the food on offer, from the freshest oysters and razor clams to the terrifying-looking but utterly delicious scorpion fish served whole, teeth and all, dissected and reconstructed, and ready to bite into corn tortillas with fresh tartare and pico de gallo. Sit back, gorge yourself, take your time and watch Ibiza’s rich and beautiful do the same all around you.
Nestled in Santa Eulalia del Río on the east coast, ME Ibiza is an oasis of calm and peace that fuses five-star style with an understated aesthetic – something of a rarity for the white island (and despite the fact that it’s right next door to the legendary Nikki Beach party hotspot).
Located high on the hotel’s rooftop (arrive early and bring your swimwear for a pre-dinner dip in the to-die-for infinity pool), its low-key restaurant offers an airy and tasty respite from the masses. Sup a cocktail or two, order a storm from the Mediterranean menu focused on fish and meat, and drink while admiring the stunning views of the coast and Santa Eulalia Bay beyond. Happiness.