For a long time, Ibiza (Eivissa in Catalan) had a worldwide reputation as a hippie stronghold. Then Ibiza became synonymous with 24/7 clubbing. Both are still there, and well there. But for me, nightclubs and hippie markets are the world before. Especially since the pandemic has emptied the island of its clubbers. Maybe they will come back, but in the meantime, we keep the best. The island has changed: chic, trendy, eco-responsible. There are few other places in the world that attract so many people who are spiritual and connected to the environment. But in Ibiza, people are joyful, they still love to party.
The island is small, 20 km from east to west, 40 km from north to south, you can go from one end to the other in 1H30. The roads are easy, and to get around, I usually opt for a cab. Option scooter, ideal for those who know how to handle it.
Dress code: long dress, necklaces, hat, an easy going side, but worked. Anti-bling bling, anti-St Bart. Oh yes, the basket is a must in Ibiza.
Blue Marlin Ibiza: during the day or evening, located on the famous beach of
Cala Jondal, a top-notch fish restaurant. Cooler vibes, the terrace offers tapas and excellent music. There is everything that makes Ibiza: people from all over the world, but all united by this incredible energy energy that comes from the setting, the sea, the sunset, and the DJ.
El Chiringuito: located in the middle of the sand dunes of Es Cavallet, a
beach club with raffia roofs, wooden tables, cushions and cream-colored throws: bobo atmosphere, but very chic. We spend days with Formentera in our sights from our beach bed and evenings with a glass of champagne and sand between our toes, enjoying the sunset.
600m further on, find El Chiringay for a change of atmosphere.
Casa Maca: with panoramic view from this hotel on the old town of Ibiza,
the terrace is ideal for lunch with DJs on Sundays and a crowd of regulars and local from the island.
La Paloma: this restaurant is an institution in Ibiza, in the lead of the good
food addresses on the island. Enjoy a salad with ingredients picked directly from the
next door organic garden. It’s like being at home, especially out of season. You can go there for the food or just to feel the vibes of Ibiza.
Fish Shack : in Talamanca, a local address, some wooden tables facing the coastline, no menu, ultra fresh fish, served with the vegetables of the day.
Laylah: Perfect destination with friends: explosive cocktail and tapas
menu inspired by Israeli cuisine. Located near two of the most popular nightclubs in Ibiza, Pacha and Heart, Laylah is the ideal restaurant to start a night out.
1°Dalt Vila, a UNESCO heritage site, is the historical center of Ibiza. Perched very high in the hills facing the deep blue sea, Ibiza’s center abounds with small local
stores as well as international brands, restaurants and bars. The sporty ones will walk the steepy Calle de Carrossa, which leads to the Balluarte de Santa Lucia,
to enjoy the most beautiful and scenic view overlooking the lower town and port of Ibiza.
Restaurant in Dalt Vila
La Oliva: here again a must, (in Ibiza you can trust the unavoidable), so much so that a few years ago, we spotted Vanessa Paradis and Matthieu Chedid at the same time in the restaurant.
2°Formentera: Take the ferry from Ibiza to discover 20 km of beaches
that rival those of the Caribbean islands, to which they are often compared to. Very few houses, no concrete at all, because the key word is preservation of nature.
My favorite beaches : (bike or scooter to get there)
-Es Pujols: a dream comes true. White sand contrasting with the blue of the sea.
Chic stores and a popular market, open until midnight in summer.
-Ses Illetes: the beach for celebrities. And probably because it is the most beautiful
My coves :
Calo Des Mort: from the top of the cliffs, hop a dive
Cala Saona: a 150-meter long cove with a breathtaking panoramic view
Restaurant in Formentera
Beso Beach: Unavoidable because it is almost a postcard view with palm trees in front of crystal clear water, rustic furniture with a breathtaking view of Ses Illetes beach. Exquisite organic Mediterranean and Basque cuisines.
My Ibiza beaches
Sas Salines: one of the most famous. Young crowd and families filling-in the exclusive bars of the Jockey Club and Malibu Beach.
Cala d’Hort: also an emblematic beach of Ibiza. Sprinkled with fishermen’s houses
the beach faces the rocks of Es Vedra and Es Vedranella.
Cala Jondal: it can be reached by car. Pebbles, sand at the water’s edge
high cliffs where seagulls live.
Cala Comte: charming in winter, too crowded in summer.
Cala Bassa: with a pine forest to enjoy the shade
Cala Xarraca: in the north of the island, sheltered from the wind and the waves.
Six senses spa: the spa of the 3rd millennium, even more futuristic. It just opened a year ago, and there was a lot of talk in town about what the only Six Senses hotel in Spain would concoct. We were not disappointed: within 1,200 square meters, a longevity lounge, the Rose Bar (yes!), a hammam, an holistic anti-aging program. I would try The Alchemist’s body treatment, a massage with herbal poultices & medicinal plants!
Ca na Xica: The hotel is an old country house transformed into a luxury hotel. It is sublime with absolute chic. Book a facial at the spa, then enjoy the pine trees and garden.
Hiking: From the pirate tower down to Atlantis. Ideal for the
view and to recharge your batteries.
Yoga at the Atzaros agroturismo: An agroturismo is a farm converted into a hotel with the obligation to preserve the old-fashioned lifestyle of the island. In Ibiza, these hotels have organic vegetable gardens that provide the kitchen with vegetables and fruits, but some have herds of cattle, flocks of chickens. Atzaros is an agroturismo and the headquarters of yogis, and there are the best instructors for Hatha,
Vinyasa, Kundalini yoga classes, and Pilates classes for all levels.
If you can afford it
Fincadelica: just opened in the San Lorenzo Valley, this 300 year old traditional finca, completely renovated, with a hippie chic charm, offers 9 luxurious suites, a salt water pool, a private beach and a cellar for clubbing with friends, it is one of the most spectacular places on the island.