There is something truly magical about Ibiza’s impossibly crystalline waters and achingly cool bohemian vibe that just lures you back year after year. Well, at least it did in the days when we were allowed to travel freely.
But finally some good news. The Government has added The Balearic Islands - including Ibiza, Mallorca, and Menorca - to the UK’s green travel list, so you’re finally free to jet off to the white isle. The latest announcement means that travellers returning from these destinations no longer need to quarantine, as of 4am on Wednesday, June 30.
And, really, Ibiza is the only antidote to your pandemic-induced burnout.
From the zen oases perfect for spiritual souls to the hedonistic party hotels, and most staggering sea views, here’s where to flop on the island.
Atzaró Agroturismo Hotel and Spa
Showing off its stellar A-list credentials, Atzaró is where Fendi heiress Paola Fendi recently chose to throw her lavish wedding reception - and it’s not hard to see why. Set on 32 acres, the sprawling estate, surrounded by orange groves, gardens and pools, is an absolute must for wellness seekers. Get stuck into the spa, which features a 43-metre freshwater pool, yoga and Pilates pavillion, juice bar, hammam, sauna pod set in a botanical garden and an endless menu of treatments for poolside pampering. Each of the 24 rooms comes with giant four-poster beds and some also feature their own private plunge pools to cool off in after a day of beach hopping.
Price: room rates start from €230 per night for a double bedroom including breakfast (in low season).
Six Senses Ibiza
On the northern tip of the White Isle, the brand new Six Senses Ibiza, spread over 20 acres and boasting 134 rooms, is gearing up to open its doors. Sustainability is at the heart of this finca-style resort which features a 400-year-old olive press that will supply organic produce to the restaurants, café and bars. Head here for the spiritual learning centre and spa offering specialist programmes and retreats, while fitness buffs will love the yoga deck and boxing ring on the roof. That’s not to say there’s no fun to be had. There’s also an all-night DJ down at the beach caves and organic cocktails by the pool. Healthy hedonism at its best.
Price: rates start from €1,080 (approx. £920) per night based on two people sharing including breakfast.
Oku Ibiza has just opened its doors having taken over the former Casa Cook Hotel and transformed it into a boho chic sanctuary with stylish Japanese influences. Situated on the edge of Cala Gració Bay, boasting no less than four tempting pools - including the island’s largest - two restaurants overseen by Mark Vaessen, of Sushisamba fame, 184 rooms and suites, an intimate spa and rooftop for daily yoga, Oku is another of the island’s hottest new openings. Feeling boujie? Book your gang into the four-bedroom villa which comes with its own private pool.
Price: Rates start from €360 (£323) B&B based on two sharing.
Nobu Hotel, Ibiza Bay
Overlooking the shores of Talamanca Bay, on the southern side of the Balearic island’s coast, Nobu Hotel, Ibiza Bay, is a five-star resort with immaculate decor. The whitewashed complex has 152 designer rooms and suites in a cool palette of whites, blues and golds, with marble surfaces and stone embellishments softened with rope features and bamboo accents. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and open terraces allowing you to lap up the sound of the waves, take in the scent of wild jasmine and watch the boats bobbing on the turquoise waters. Of course, sushi’s the biggest draw here, and it doesn’t come much sexier than Nobu - though you can take your pick from the four onsite restaurants and pool deck bar.
Price: room rates start at £323 per night (£644/night in high season).
ME Ibiza is a celebrity hotspot set in a secluded bay near Santa Eulalia on the east coast and neighbouring the famous Nikki Beach club. Offering 360-degree views of the white sandy beaches, minimalist Ibiza-inspired interiors and an adults-only pool surrounded by Bali beds with a DJ, this is a five-star retreat with all of the luxury trimmings. Indulge in some morning aerial yoga, take a trip in style to sister island Formentera on the ME motor boat and tuck into platefuls of Lebanese haute cuisine at Noura washed down with sumptuous cocktails on the Radio Rooftop Bar. Pure bliss.
Price: room rates start from £359 per night for a double.
Come for the party, stay for the good vibes - nestled in the hills, Pikes is hands down Ibiza’s most iconic hotel, steeped in hedonistic history and famed for being the location of Wham’s Club Tropicana video, of course. Kitsch, colourful and home to its own nightclub, Freddie’s, and acid pink tennis court, the 26-bed boutique hotel offers guests a slice of authentic rock’n’roll Ibiza. Pikes’ restaurant, Room 39, draws the local foodie crowd and is renowned for its weekly Sunday roasts followed by pool party.
Price: Room rates start at €149 for a double in low season.
Nestled in the hills in the heart of Ibicencan countryside, surrounded by olive groves, pine forests, almond and fig trees, âCas Gasi is a private and discrete agroturismo hotel set around a converted finca on four acres. Wake to the sound of a rooster on the neighbouring farm before partaking in some gentle yoga on the decking and refuelling over a tasty organic brekkie. With Benirras and Salinas beaches both within a 15-minute drive and the charming village of Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera and its growing gourmet scene within 10 minutes, this is a wonderful place to use as a base to explore the bohemian side of the white isle - but be sure to squeeze in plenty of downtime by the pool.
Price: rates from €325 per night based on two adults sharing.
Bless Hotel, Ibiza
Tucked safely away from the party crowds in Cala Nova, situated on the north of the island, Bless Hotel oozes refined glamour, with its white poolside daybeds and Coco Chanel-inspired interiors. Think monochrome mixed with hints of rustic Ibiza charm, the result is très French Riviera chic. Offering private access to the cove, where you can enjoy sundowners from beachside restaurants Aiyanna or Atzaro, you feel like you’ve stumbled across a real hidden gem. It’s a foodie haven, too, with five gastronomic spaces headed up by Spain’s most Michelin-decorated chef, Martín Berasategui (12 stars and counting).
Price: rooms start from £325 a night on a B&B basis.
7 Pines Resort Ibiza
Perched on a cliff edge on the west coast of the island, 7 Pines is a sprawling five-star resort set over 13 acres with two pools, 186 suites and a huge spa complete with a thermal circuit (including steam bath, sauna, cold mists and water beds). The main sea-facing pool is adults-only and comes with semi-submerged loungers and a glass wall at one end through which you can see the sea. The Laguna Pool, meanwhile, is surrounded by the Laguna Suites, shallower and frequented by families. Arrive in style by booking a private pick-up with the Seven Pines limousine service.
Price: room rates vary depending on the season and occupancy, and start from around £430 per night.
Hotel MIM Es Vive
Just two miles - or a ten minute taxi ride - from Ibiza’s buzzing Old Town, Hotel MIM Es Vive, set in an iconic three-storey art-deco building, is another Ibiza institution. Towering palm trees line the entrance, framing the pool with crisp white sun loungers. Rooms are decadent and feature period furniture with plush silk and velvet fittings, while the rooftop Sky Bar offers king-sized beds perfect for posing on. Back in the day this was a party hotel, but these days wellness takes the focus. Order (wheat grass) shots from the detox juice and smoothie menu and sweat it out in the Virtue Spa, which boasts a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
Price: room rates vary, from £190 per night (high season).