This summer Kim and I are headed to Ibiza (as well as Mykonos). Thanks to many friends (in all the right paces), we’ve put together our “Ibiza Pre-Trip List”.
This is literally the list that Kim and I will use while in Ibiza. This list may be amazing and it may suck. We never know until we get there. The sources that we got this list from are super reliable and it will likely be amazing.
You should also note that this is a very “cut and paste” kind of a thing. Don’t read this as an actual blog post. It’s more of snippets on different things to do in Ibiza.
Hope it helps!
Jockey Club A big hotspot is the Jockey Club restaurant at Ses Salines (Las Salinas) beach, which is actually a National Park. Most of your a-list euro celebs, athletes, etc., will be hanging out here.
La Casita For the best seafood I’d probably recommend La Casita. Yes, it is frequented by lots of Germans, but then again, so is the whole island. It’s almost an institution, been there for over 30 years. Food is fresh and quality is good.
Riax Baixas Maybe if you’re near San Antonio you can stop there.
Villa Mercedez Or if you want something more cozy, romantic, soft music atmosphere check out Villa Mercedes. It’s really one of the more “cuter” establishments in the area.
Alfredo’s If you want local food go to Alfredo’s. Alfredo’s is probably one of the oldest on the island. It’s where you’d go to try Balearic and Ibizan food/wine. If you’ve never tried Balearic wine, try some (if you can try any from Mallorca’s Binissalem DO), but if you don’t like local food, then don’t go here! =) Doesn’t it bug you when people go to try local cuisine, then afterwards complain like it’s weird or disgusting or not like what they’re used to? They do have some regular Spanish dishes like paella, too, and other local stuff like salted cod and other seafood dishes.
S’Ametller If you’re in Ibiza town one day eat at Restaurant s’Ametller. It’s inexpensive, but good. All around good value for what you get.
La Brasa Very nice private, garden setting, good food, semi-traditional, semi modern-Mediterranean.
El Ayoun (It’s Moroccan).Very trendy, but also very Mediterranean/North African chic. It’s definatly a who’s who. Off one of those random interior highways that seclude many a great Ibiza restaurant, El Ayoun come after a short drive from the main town and to a grand entrance flanked by a tropical garden and double-wide hand carved doors that rise 10-feet. Inside, a grand illusion of arched doorways with ceiling relief leads to a series of grand drawing rooms that contain a champagne lounge, formal dining room and expansive terrace that’s one of the most formal in Ibiza. Like a Moroccan version of KM5, but with far better food, the space at times feels a bit over the top with its elaborate tabletops, ornate chandeliers with crystal bedazzling and gold-stripped fireplaces that do happen come in handy during colder shoulder month. But on a hot summer night or perfect full moon, few Ibiza restaurants offer as much wow-factor even after all these years as El Ayoun.
El Lio Pascha’s outdoor restaurant cabaret that’s on the water and designed after a Japanese Robata grill. Book the second seating.
KM5 One of Ibiza’s most unique and glamorous party destinations. Located along a rural path off the road to Saint Josef, you’ll likely get lost the first time, you’ll arrive to a bohemian party compound of sprawling tents, canopies containing Moroccan-theme lounges and central courtyard strewn with poufs and pillowed daybeds.
Originally a local art gallery with rotating exhibitions, KM5 eventually morphed into a fashionable lounge and bar for hip locals and in-the-know visitors. Every year unveils a new upgrade including a gourmet restaurant with organic and sustainable cuisine and small nightclub that roars with private parties and events from April to October. In the middle of it all in an open-air pavilion elaborately decorated in hammocks and cushions where casual conversations often end in cuddling and smooching by 4am. Boho supper club and dance lounge in middle Ibiza offers a hip summertime alternative to the sweaty boom and bass of Ibiza’s well-known nightclubs.
Las Dos Lunas Las Dos Lunas or two moons is a lush oasis of sweet scented bourgenvilla and vines and has long been a no go zone for photographers hoping to snap Leonardo DiCaprio or Julia Roberts. The attraction is the magic of the place and charismatic Italian fashion guru owner, Massimo Lucarini, who charms the clients with flattery. Secluded, romantic and fantastic service and cuisine from the homemade bread and foccacia to the chocolate mousse covered in fresh berries and home-made ice cream.
El Olivo Located within the confines of the Ibiza fortressed walls, El Olivo is an exception to the Ibiza rule of never eating in the Dalt. One of the island’s more stylish dining rooms offers a crisp white awning and elegant terrace eatery that’s one of the toughest reservations of the summer season. The L-shaped outdoor space occupies one of the walled town’s most prized pieces of real estate arranged in stylish rattan chairs and always-sexy crowd of dressy visitors and locals. Inside, a far more intimate dining experience offers candlelight and romance in lieu of people watching as a flirty staff works the early evening cocktail crowd and late dinner seating as if visiting with long-time friends.
Owners, Frédéric and Pierrick, over see a Balearic menu of warm vegetable salads with wasabi dressing, charcuterie plate with warm bread and terrine of foie gras that are appetizer standouts. Main course include pastas with a traditional Spanish spin like black rice with squid or salmon tagliatelle or meat rabbit stew with lemon and seafood selection like fresh cod or Ibiza-sourced skate with butter caper sauce. Stylish Dalt eatery offers one of the walled cities rare foodie finds with a fashionable following that’s perfect for a night in town.
Plaza Del Sol ASW Highly recommending.
Bambuddah Groove This is one of the dinner hotspots for the Ibiza scene: chic guests, a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful location in the interior of the island. There is good quality Asian cuisine. Even though El Ayoun is a bit cooler, we always like to head to Bambuddha Grove – preferably on a Tuesday or Friday, when you can head to the nearby Aura after dinner (see the bars section).
LUNCH BEACH CLUBS
Blue Marlin Along a gravel rural road a motorcade of well-primped socialites and inked hot guys make their summertime pilgrimage to Jondal Beach’s Blue Marlin Beach Club. An equally hot valet points and waves you into a long parking lot facing a single-story all-white beach club. Inside, a massive open-air lounge is arranged in chic tufted-leather sofas and armchairs with a Soho-meets-Bali vibe that envelops an on-site beach shop and massive outdoor terrace overlooking the bay.
By day, Blue Marlin is all about the beach, opening at around 10am for a late breakfast crowd that make their way to several rows of reservation-only sun loungers where they disrobe to reveal perfectly chiseled, perfectly tan bodies. The restaurant shouldn’t be overlooked, equally convenient and delicious, the menu impresses with seafood and super model delicacies. At night the space comes to life as an open-air lounge and nightclub with shirtless DJ’s spinning funky tunes and mashed mixes till 6am during high-season.
One of the best beach clubs on the Mediterranean, Blue Marlin offers an all-day destination for lounging, swimming, eating and dancing by the sea from 10am till sunrise. Be fit or at least dressed to impress (casual, stylish beachwear), especially if you don’t have a reservation for a lounger.
Malibu At the far end of Salinas Beach where a crystal clear Mediterranean yields to hilly trails, Ibiza’s Malibu beach club is situated on a pristine white sand beach with rows of be-seen sun loungers. A crowd of athletic 20-somethings throwing ball carouses with fashionable chicks in frilly sundresses and ridiculously large hats along an oceanfront promenade of gays in speedos and topless sunbathers. The beach club is arranged in a tiki-style pavilion of thatch-roofed patios and open-air terraces overlooking the sea.
An all-day menu of seafood and sandwich specialties is a coveted summer tradion for those types who have long since given up the pleasure of the sun. An on-site DJ mixes subdued house music that gets progressively more electronic through the day as the beach crowd retreats from the waves and sets into the bar around 5pm for late afternoon cocktails and flirtatious mingling.
Not a chic as Blue Marlin, Malibu is often regarded as Ibiza’s next-best beach club for sun-lovers looking to be seen and singles looking to land a guy that isn’t obsessed with Blackcards and Supermodels.
Sands Beach Restaurant Sands Beach Restaurant is the latest addition to the family that includes Base bar and Hotel Es Vive. A super connected, super-stylin’, and all-round wonderful location situated perfectly at the centre of Playa D’en Bossa beach.
Giant white beach beds guarantee long and lazy afternoons, large rustic tables make for bustling lunches or later lounge under the shade of a VIP cabana to beat the afternoon sun. The seductive company of Sands brings most of our clientele back again and again to enjoy the exotic cocktails, inspired musical selection and the best beach food on the island.
Restaurant, cocktail bar, sun bathers paradise, Sands sits at the friendlier, cooler end of the Ibiza beach bar market and most days host another splendid seaside event. Kick back, relax and let the fun come to you; time at Sands leaves nothing to trouble a wonderful day but the thought that it might end. For brunch, lunch, drinks and evening dining or maybe even a little dancing, welcome to Sands, Sands has a wide range of restaurant seating options, please specify when booking if you’d prefer table, sofa, beach or private cabana bed.
Es Torrent As you wind down the dusty road between groves of coastal pines to Es Torrent, it feels as though you could just as easily be in the South of France as a small parking lot marks the spot of one of Ibiza’s most famous seaside eateries. Having already been anointed by the King of Spain as well as numerous fashion icons, a dressy contingent of island elite descend on the beachside eatery with its teak outdoor terrace and collection of thatch umbrellas that host a late-afternoon tanning crowd. Its removed location along a rather popular beach also offers a good landing point for anchored yacht-hopper who arrive to the sandy beach in stilettos and couture sundresses.
Despite its casual location, the chefs of Es Torrent mean serious food business with an all-day menu that begins with tapas portions of grilled octopus, marinated tuna, melon ham and calamari cooked to order. Main course includes a few selections of lamb and chicken but mostly seafood specialties like a mixed fish grill, noodle paella with daily catch, black rice and lobster dishes that include stew and grilled options. A fairly lengthy wine list offers mostly Spanish selections as well as sangria and magnum of champagne and sparkling wines. Ibiza’s top fish restaurant offers swanky seaside location frequented by celebrities and Spanish royalty.
If you want to spend an afternoon on a quiet beach and eat an excellent “pescado a la plancha”, feet in the sand, that’s what you looking for. You’ll need reservation. Top secret place – best seafood ever, no other like this place – marvelous small beach, very quite and private for snorkeling. The best beach restaurant the best paella. Best choice and very low riff raff quotient on the beach. Best paella I ever had in my life! The more relaxed Ibiza-style version of Club 55 in St. Tropez – so cool, but yet so discreet! Address: playa Es torrent. Contact Phone: +34 971 802 160
Amante Beach Club Accessed along a dusty unpaved road at Sol den Serra, Ibiza’s hottest new beach club was formerly named after the secluded swimming cove it’s located. Two-story Amante Beach Club is hidden within a grassy dune and rocky outcropping of one of Ibiza’s most reclusive beaches. By day it’s the sexiest tanning scene on the island, a white sand beach strewn with four-poster loungers with sheer curtains framing an exotic staff dressed in beach creations from Roberto Cavalli that they’re not shy about shedding to reveal 8-pack abs. DJ lounge anthems and icy mojitos carry through the afternoon as patrons frolic between the waves and impromptu sand dance floor. Acquired by owner, Kellie Ragan, in early 2007, the restaurant and beach club have gone through a design exorcism including a renovated dining room with whitewash floors, smooth stucco ceiling and gentile social space popular with Kate Moss and Mario Testino.
In Burberry bathing suits and Chloe sunglasses, a highbrow clientele of mostly Brits and Germans invade most all of the beach loungers by 11am. Waiters arrive with pitchers of white sangria, magnum of Dom and €60 water in Swarovski crystal-emblazed bottles that seem to invite the obvious St. Tropez comparison. The beach is home to a casual sushi bar offering sashimi lunches served at a traditional Japanese counter or along a furnished terrace also home to an evening bistro serving burgers and gourmet pub grub. As evening sets in, a Shangri-la of candlelight sweeps the main dining room as dinner guests arrive to a menu of seafood specialties like pan-fried tuna with grapefruit reduction, grilled fillet with truffles or grilled sea bass with curried ragout.
It’s the hottest destination on Ibiza with exquisite dining room, all-white beach club and evening social scene bringing a bit of bling to Spain’s most celebrated party island. Don’t miss Wednesday morning yoga and brunch every week at 8am from mid-June through October.
Bora Bora Crazy party beach club.
El Chiriinguito Highly recommended.
Cap des Falco Most spectacular sunsets on the island. Listen to live band playing gypsy kings music to the sunset on chill lounges with a cocktail in your hand. Also has a great restaurant.
Cafe Mambo Post Siesta, around 6pm people begin to gravitate once again to the terraces at Café Mambo, like moths to a flame the irresistible allure of the sunset beckons. Accumulating crowds begin to amass on the beach and sunset galleries. The chilled out beats become more up-tempo and as the spectators gather the sunset spectacle begins. Celebrating the demise of the scorching rays for another day the DJ plays homage to the sun, blending chilled out classics with soulful rhythms, and as the sun finally sets the solemnity is eclipsed with raucous applause. An authentic sunset ceremony.
Darkness falls and the decks are surrendered to the DJ elite. The likes of Pete Tong, Roger Sanchez and Paul Oakenfold have regularly graced the Mambo line-up and the busy bar and terrace is at full throttle. Ibiza comes to life as the fashionable elite rub shoulders with local colour and the Balearic circus is in full swing.
The revellers party on til the early hours of the morning, relishing the funky beats and the close proximity of their favorite DJ´s before moving on to one of the superclubs where they can dance til dawn infused with the Mambo Spirit.