Ibiza will never not be on our list of places to go, and every year it brings new discoveries.
This is a round-up of our (current) favourite things to do and places to go on the island.
For Dinner (With A Side Of Romance): Amante
Amante is one of the most reputable dining spots on Ibiza, and for good reason. Nestled in an unassuming rocky cove near Santa Eulalia with tables on the cliff’s edge and a tiki-style bar (complete with comfy sofas) built into the wall, it’s easy to become instantly smitten by your surroundings. The food is equally pleasing: fresh fish, local produce, and home-baked bread combine to create a menu that secures this restaurant’s prestigious status. The best part? It’s a great opportunity to get dressed up for the evening – but in true Ibizan style, you won’t be out of place in beachwear if you end up here after a dip in the sea and end up staying all day.
For THAT View: Petunia
Es Vedra is believed to be one of the most magnetic spots on earth, meaning its picture-perfect views are high on many people’s list of priorities when planning an Ibizan summer. Like something out of a CGI film, the vast rock is best experienced from a height – like the rooftop restaurant and bar at boutique hotel, Petunia. Idyllic, isolated, and incomprehensibly elegant, the space is designed with the wowing view in mind. There’s not a bad seat in the house, so arrive in time for sunset, order one of the mixologist’s unique creations (the spicy mojito is absolutely worth a try), and get ready to experience bliss. Tapas are on offer and, much like the drinks list, dishes are inventive, combining authentic Spanish touches with something more modern.
For Hippie Vibes: Benirrás
There’s only one beach to know about if authentic island life is what you crave: Benirrás. The drive down the mountain is worth the twists and turns, especially on a Sunday when local drummers strike up around 7.30PM and it becomes clear what makes this particular spot so special. They play long into the night, bringing the beach to life and creating a barefoot party like no other. People-watching here is arguably the best part, and you might just leave with plans to mimic the locals and live the rest of your life sans shoes.
CF Top Tip: Arrive early to avoid traffic, browse the market-stall treasure, and book lunch at Elements. Expect fresh, healthy dishes served with outlandish cocktails and ice-cold sangria, alongside a lively, sociable atmosphere that will set the tone for the evening ahead.
For Pool Party Glam: Nikki Beach
If beachside bohemia isn’t your thing – favouring a pool over the sea – then Nikki Beach is the spot for you. It’s famous the world over, with a reputation for throwing quite the party. White décor peppered with washed wooden accents equates to true island luxury and looks especially great as the backdrop to a crisp glass of house rosé. Food-wise, the menu strikes the balance between casual daybed grazing and something more refined. Expect moreish sharing platters and small plates, as well as fresh sushi, salads, and more. Our recommendation? Book a seat in the restaurant overlooking the pool (and try the tuna tartare – it comes in a metal chalice the shape of a fish) before settling in to a daybed to enjoy the live DJ set and prime-time people watching.
For Clifftop Coffee: Atzaró Beach Club
Atzaró Beach Club is a hidden gem, plotted on the cliff tops overlooking the flaxen-hued shores of Cala Nova. Just a stone’s throw from Bless Hotel and Aiyanna restaurant, it joins an alumni of must-visit establishments in Es Cana. Overrun with oversized cacti, the space is cleverly designed so that beach beds, the lounge area, and restaurant flow seamlessly, creating a welcoming stay-all-day atmosphere. Go with friends for dinner, or if you’re visiting solo, hunker down with a coffee (and a brownie, obviously) to recharge after a day on the beach. The atmosphere is super relaxed, and the staff are among the friendliest on the island.
For Morning Yoga: Beachouse
Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or new to the idea, Beachouse in Playa d’en Bossa is a beautiful place to practice. It boasts a roster of experienced teachers who host daily 75-minute morning sessions on the beach. A blissful way to start the day, classes are run on a donations-only basis: a true Ibizan vibe. Follow up with a nourishing brunch at the restaurant and book a beach bed if your agenda involves little more than enjoying the sun. Travelling with children? There’s a kid’s club where your little ones can enjoy creative activities and take part in mini-me yoga sessions while you relax.
For The Sunset: Sunset Ashram Cala Conta
There’s no denying that Saint Antonio is THE place on the island to watch the sunset, but if sangria on the rocks at Café Mambo isn’t your thing, then head to Cala Conta and Sunset Ashram for views you won’t forget. There’s not a lot of information online about this spot but take our advice and give it a try. The cocktails are delicious, the atmosphere is buzzy, and if you get there early enough to secure a table by the open window, you’ll be able to enjoy the vast, rainbow-coloured sky as the sun melts below the horizon without having to move an inch.
For Fashion Inspiration: Annie’s Ibiza
Deep in the heart of the town, brimming with charisma and vibrancy, sits the only designer boutique you need to know: Annie’s Ibiza. Inside, you’ll find an Aladdin’s cave of sequins, silks, and feathers in an array of colours. This is not a collection for fans of a neutral palette, but if you’re looking to embrace your inner peacock, then prepare to go wild. Each and every item is chosen by Founder, Annie Doble to reflect her personal style. Expect one-of-a-kind vintage items as well as top picks from the likes of Ashley Williams, Helmut Lang, and RIXO.
CF Top Tip: If you’re staying in the UK, you can still get your fix of Annie’s eclecticism. There’s a new boutique in Soho that stocks a selection of its most outlandish styles.
For The Best Beach Club Experience: Experimental Beach
If you only venture to one beach club during your trip, make it Experimental Beach at Las Salinas. Striking the balance between bougie and laidback, with a cocktail list to rival some of London’s best bars and a food menu spanning the exact dishes you’ll crave during a day in the sun, EB promises to deliver any day of the week. Team all that with good music and a cooler-than-cool crowd and it’s little wonder this spot has the must-visit reputation that it does.