Ah, Ibiza. If you haven't been there, then you've certainly heard about it from at least 9 of your friends. This gorgeous, intriguing Balearic Island is truly something special. Whether you're on the hunt for the very best party or seeking solace in an introspective weekend, there's something for everyone. One of our most well travelled gloobles friends, Athena de Belder, decided it was time she finally saw what all the fuss was about. Are you wondering what it's all about too? Well, get ready for some armchair travel, as Athena takes us along for the ride for a long weekend in Ibiza.
I might have been the very last person on earth to visit Ibiza, but nonetheless I wanted to share some of the spots I visited on my long weekend trip to the island! There are two kind of “parts” to Ibiza: the party-part (South) & the chill-part (North). We stayed at a beautiful hotel in the North, so most of the trip was spent relaxing! I’ll be sharing 6 spots worth visiting on the island.
Although I didn’t visit any other hotels on the island, I’m pretty sure that this is the best hotel in Ibiza! Pierre & Roze, the owners of the hotel, fell in love with a deserted building in a little bay in the North of the island, Portinatx. After years of renovation, Los Enamorados (“the lovers”) was born, a beautiful, unpretentious, hippie-chic boutique hotel. There’s a gorgeous bay by the hotel that is perfect for swimming & watching the sunset, & there’s a secret beach just five minutes away by foot.
The hotel only has nine rooms, so booking well in advance is a must. Breakfast, which is absolutely delicious, is included! There’s also a restaurant at the hotel that is open to everyone. Even if you don’t stay at Los Enamorados, I highly recommend booking a lunch or dinner here!
This restaurant was recommended to me at least 10 times! Understandable, because La Paloma is one of the most romantic restaurants I’ve ever been to. Imagine candle-lit tables under citrus trees, surrounded by fairy lights & colourful flowers! The food is mainly Italian/Mediterranean, & the menu is seasonal. It’s suitable for vegetarians too! Make sure to book in advance.
This tiny beach was a 5-minute drive from our hotel & turned out to have the best lunch restaurants we tried the whole trip. This chiringuito is basically a simple hut, with a couple tables overlooking the beach. You need to put your name down & wait for your table, but it’s worth it. We shared fresh whole grilled fish, crispy salads, garlicky prawns & the mussels in an incredible green cilantro sauce. It’s basically your dream-beach-meal!
The owners of this chiringuito recently opened a restaurant called Brots which I’m sure is incredible too!
We randomly discovered this restaurant when passing through a small village late one evening. It turned out to be one of the best discoveries of the whole trip! I don’t think you’ll be finding this on any Ibiza-hostpot-list because this place only opened a year ago & we were surrounded by locals. The staff is really friendly, & the service is fast, but the best part is the food! It’s a little more refined than classic Spanish dishes, & super fresh. The backyard-terrace is also super romantic! Loved it.
Sa Punta is located only 5 minutes away from Ibiza town, which makes it the perfect spot for a dinner before going out. There are three restaurants within this restaurant (sounds weirder than it really is), & we tried Ginger, the Asian fusion restaurant. The location is super cool, with outdoor seating & colourful parasols for a happy Bali-vibe. The food is delicious, but be mindful that the portions are on the small side, so order enough!
We had our last lunch at this cute farm-to-table restaurant, which feels a bit like it’s in the middle of nowhere. Expect lots of home-grown vegetables, fresh salads & juices! Everything we had here was really tasty, & we could have spent the entire afternoon underneath the lemon & olive trees. Such a cute place, highly recommended.
Overall my Ibiza-highlight was Los Enamorados. And if I can recommend a day-trip, rent a private boat and explore Formentera for a day. It’s incredibly beautiful and there’s nothing cosier than having a lunch-picnic on a boat!