1 June 2022

HUNGER’s Ibiza travel guide

Seaching for this summer's holiday destination? Look no further...

The draw of the white island of Ibiza is well-documented. Holidaymakers have been flocking in their droves since the early 60s, and the island has evolved into an oasis for wellness and pleasure seekers alike. In recent years, however, Ibiza has been on a re-branding mission to shake off the more unsavoury vestiges from its 90s and 00s nightlife culture. Now, in 2022, it is well and truly a mix of both worlds. Once a footnote on travel guides, the island’s golden sands, crystal clear waters, and heady sunsets take centre stage — and of course, you still have San Antonio and its vast array of clubs. 

HUNGER paid a trip to Ibiza to scope out the best spots — and to experience the quieter side of island life. Read on for our recommendations…

Where to stay… Hotel Riomar, Santa Eulalia: 

This stunning beachfront hotel, set on the white sands of Santa Eulalia bay, offers a relaxing odyssey for those who are looking to discover the calmer side of the island. The boutique hotel, which is the oldest in the town, recently had a revamp upon joining Marriot’s Tribute Portfolio and now features 116 rooms — a handful of which boast the best sea-view in the Santa Eulalia. Ideal for couples and small groups of friends, the Riomar will be a sure draw to tastemakers with its elegant decor and nods to mid-century design; think of it as Ibiza’s laid-back aesthetic meets Soho House. Notable amenities include the bar, which serves up a fantastic Negroni, and the bar terrace, which offers an ample sized continental breakfast until 11:30 AM each morning. If you’re tapping into the island’s focus on wellness, make sure you earn your first meal by attending one of their complimentary yoga or Bootcamp classes. 

Of course, no hotel would be complete without a pool, and the Hotel Riomar’s is one to write home about. With attentive waiting staff and a revolving door of resident DJs, park yourself on one of the giant daybeds (or their shaded teepees) with a book and a cocktail. And if you’re after a dip in the sea, then you can be rest assured that there will be no tussle for sunbeds on the Riomar’s private stretch of beach. Finally, wrap up the day with dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Ocean Brasserie, which serves up simple yet delicious, local-sourced fare. Equal parts chic and luxurious, our verdict is that the Hotel Riomar is the perfect base if you’re after a relaxing stay on the Balearic island, away from the height of the revelry. 

Where to eat…

Vé Cafe: In recent years, Ibiza has been shedding some of its partying reputation for a more wellness-based approach. The result is a slew of eateries with a similar ethos to Vé Cafe. The plant-based restaurant is the town’s destination for community lifestyle, what with their focus on sustainable, and seasonal produce-driven food. Perch on their sprawling Mediterranian-inspired patio to mop up the excesses of the night before with meat-free burgers and salad bowls. But don’t leave without sampling their standout hummus and warm pitta — it may just be the best we’ve ever had… 

Chiringuito Blue:

One of the Santa Eulalia’s buzziest offerings, Chiringuito Blue encapsulates the Balearic island’s luxurious side to a tee. Overlooking the bay, there’s a DJ (inevitably playing some variation of tropical house), and a menu that is a “journey of flavours” around the Mediterranean, courtesy of Tel Aviv chef, Haim Cohen. Our highlights included very decadent ‘Joselito’ ham croquettes, Cantabrian anchovy fillets, and for mains: the seabass shawarma, josper roasted aubergine, tomato and radish. 

Cotton Beach Club

For some of the most beautiful views across the island and unbeatable luxury service, you can’t go wrong with Cotton Beach Club. While prices may be steep, it’s most definitely worth it for the chic, white furnishings, and the quality of food and hospitality. Offering one of the best menus on the southwest coast of the island, we were especially impressed with their range of sushi, and each starter (burrata and octopus for us) was stellar. It’s Ibiza, of course, so there’s live music, but this time it’s in the form of a saxophone player, and, if you’re not shy, you can even receive a massage at your table after your meal. Gaze down on the beach-goers below with a crisp glass of Rosé, then jump straight into the sea after. Bliss.

La Llama

If you fancy pushing the boat out, you’re guaranteed to impress with a reservation to the W hotel’s La Llama. The immersive gastronomic experience offers all your fine dining stalwarts with an Israeli twist, thanks to head chef, Eitan Doron, who commands his expert team from the open kitchen. Start with a cocktail (or three) and work your way through the excellent starters and mains. The real standout here is their excellent selection of meat cuts; we recommend the Tomahawk Buey, if you really want to treat your date… Afterwards, if you fancy it, pop down to the W’s club, below, for a late-night boogie. The town’s finest fixers are putting on weekly events at the location in a bid to shake up Santa Eulalia’s sleepy reputation.

La Paloma

La Paloma has rightly earned is title as the island’s most popular restaurant. Based in San Lorenzo, a small village in the middle of the island, diners are invited to feast on locally-sourced food in a lush candlelit garden, surrounded by the scent of citrus trees and Ibizia’s native vegetation. The menu changes weekly, and is brought out to diners on a giant easel. Inspired by the cuisine of Italy, the staples include at least two pasta dishes, one meat-based and the other vegetarian. We loved the pappardelle with a ragu of beef and duck. 

Where to drink… 

El Silencio: This bar and restaurant overlooks the seafront of Cala Moli, which is home to one of the best sunsets on the island. It’s an excellent spot to sip on cocktails all night long.

La Torre: Located in the countryside of Ibiza’s party town, San Antonio, La Torre is perfect for revellers who are looking for an altogether quieter evening to share a bottle or two of wine.

Coricancha: The Sunset Terrace at Coricancha is the place to be. Mixologists create and infuse own tinctures and syrups, making for some very special cocktails — which are inspired by the history and traditions of Peru. 

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