Ibiza has been something of a home away from home for me since my first visit in 2006 led me to work out there as a writer. But aside from all of the super clubs and underground parties, the island is host to some of the most beautiful surroundings and hidden gems. Here are just a few of my favourites.
KAT PERRIAM: MY SECRET IBIZA27.07.14
In My Secret: Ibiza, join our Social Media Specialist Kat Perriam as she reveals all of the Ibiza hotspots where you can see, eat, do, drink and shop.
Hacienda Na Xamena
One of my absolute favourite places to unwind in Ibiza, Hacienda Na Xamena is a stunning clifftop hotel and it has one of the most breathtaking spas I’ve ever been to. With sweeping views over the Mediterranean that make my heart melt, their tiered stack of suspended saltwater lagoons cascade down the cliff side, offering a perfect thalasso therapy circuit – so ideal for when you’re feeling a little fragile.
Aside from the all the crazy parties, Ibiza is also one of my favourite places to go when I just need to relax. Es Vedra is one of Ibiza’s most famous landmarks and it can be viewed perfectly from Cala D’Hort beach on the south-west coast of the island. The rock contains a high concentration of metals and minerals making it a highly magnetic field and there are plenty of myths and legends surrounding the ‘magical rock island of Es Vedra’.
Ibiza’s hippy markets are always a treasure-trove of amazing buys, and the hippy markets in San Jordi (every Saturday) or Las Dalias (every Wednesday) have always been a must-visit for me. The best tip is to head there right at the end of the summer season, as Ibiza locals sell off whatever they can before relocating elsewhere for the winter.
When vintage and pre-loved just won’t do, Ibiza Town’s reVOLVER will always come to the rescue. One of the island’s most renowned boutiques, it has the perfect mix of well-known and emerging designers as well as their own collaborations and exclusive stock.
This is one of my more recent finds set in the Ibiza countryside, Nagai is an open-air Japanese fusion restaurant and is perfect if you’re looking for something a little more intimate. With two menus – either sushi and sashimi or fusion – there’s a lot to choose from. Their crispy red seared tuna dish won it for me, and their zucchini spaghetti was also a massive hit. It’s also worth noting they have a programme of live music throughout the season as well as beautiful geisha artwork by artist Fin DAC covering the front outside wall of the restaurant that make it well worth the drive.
Ibiza’s late night culture means that it can sometimes be hard to find a good morning spot, but El Chiringuito’s breakfast menu is probably my favourite on the island – especially when teamed with their menu of freshly made juices. They switch their menu at lunch time to a more extensive offering of fresh Mediterranean dishes, and once their day beds are set up, it’s the perfect place to pitch up and sunbathe all day.
Urban Spaces only opened last year, but it very easily won me over with its true Ibizencan look and feel. Situated just close to Dalt Villa in Ibiza’s Old Town, this boutique hotel has been designed by 20 different artists with each room having a completely unique look and feel. Their enclosed garden terrace and newly opened roof terrace are both great places to unwind in the day, and their very reasonably priced and delicious street food menu means that you often have no need (or want) to eat elsewhere.
Nestled away on a hilltop, Sa Talaia is an oasis of calm and is my number one stop to unwind without being too far from everything. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and with just 12 rooms, you get a very discreet and personal service here and, as it’s owned by the same company as Ushuaia in Playa D’en Bossa, you still get full access to the Ushuaia facilities around the clock – although their freshwater pool and Jacuzzi make it hard to leave.