Pearl in the Mediterranean
On one side of the island there are evergreen forests of pine trees, white washed fincas in the mountain hills, abandoned coves, where dolphins dare to jump, an idyllic picture that characterizes Ibiza. On the other side: pulsating nightlife. Ibiza, the island of contrasts. Or maybe not? In reality does not differentiate, it unites. Live and let live, is its unspoken motto. And that is one of the reasons for the popularity of this island ninety kilometres east of the Spanish mainland. Go on a culinary mission with us, follow us to our favourite spots – you won’t regret it …
You can relish your holiday with all your senses at Finca Can Marti. The seventeen hectare farm lies at the foot of a hill and is surrounded by pine trees in the Area Natural de Es Amunts, a protected valley in the north of the island. Dreamy bays are in close proximity, as is the picturesque village of San Juan with its weekly market. The fruit and vegetables from their own organic garden are served for breakfast and can also be purchased from the farm shop. Can Marti also has the very first eco pool on the island and a biotope with frogs, butterflies and dragonflies. Relax in the Hammam or book a yoga class outdoors. There is a selection of suites and two Casitas for your overnight stay.
Finca Can Marti
Venda de Ca’s Ripolls 29
07810 San Joan de Labritia, Ibiza
Finca Can Marti
Discover real Ibiza and follow the narrow paths through wild countryside, past hidden coves to this nature hotel: Atzaró lies far off the beaten tourist path inland. A pearl with an open spa in the middle of orange groves. Drink a detox juice in the 43 metre long pool or treat your palate in La Veranda Restaurant with Ibizan and Mediterranean delicacies.
Crta Sant Joan KM 15
07800 Santa Eularia Des Riu, Ibiza
The NOBU is a top-class luxury resort, situated in the picturesque Talamanca bay, a short walk from Botafoch yacht harbour. In the restaurant of the same name Nobu Matsuhisa conjures up innovative Japanese fusion cuisine. There are also another three restaurants to choose from: Chambao beach restaurant with delicious fish dishes and relaxed parties in the moonlight. Celisioso-Café with its fresh smoothies and gluten free dishes. And Peyotito with its Mexican specialities and excellent tequila cocktails.
NOBU Hotel Ibiza Bay
Cami ses Feixes 52
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A visit to Amante is an absolute must, a pretty beach restaurant, directly on the Sol d’en Serra bay. The menu offers modern Mediterranean dishes with ingredients from their own organic garden. During the week there are outdoor yoga classes in the morning with breakfast afterwards. And in the evening you can get comfortable on the beanbags under a starlit sky with sparkling wine and popcorn and watch classic films. The organised film nights were even selected by the Independent and the Daily Mail as one of the most beautiful cinematic experiences in the world.
Amante’s little sister is called: Ayianna and is situated on the Cala Nava. You can take a yoga class here as well. The cuisine is fresh, seasonal and healthy. A gem of the restaurant is the silver coloured Food Truck, in which delicious Sharing Plates and fresh juices are prepared to name but a few.
In Bambuddha you go on a journey along the spice route in Spain, through Thailand and Vietnam to Japan. All sorts of delicacies are served, predominantly of Asian origin, such as Baos (steamed Chinese buns), Korean beef Tatar, octopus carpaccio, Yuzu Hamichi, Wafu beef, curries and Sushi. And the desserts bear enticing names such as
Coconut Milk Foam, Group Orgasm or Kisetsu. They are of course enjoyed in the presence of Buddhas and bamboo, in the temple or outdoors.
Cas Costas is in the truest sense a rustic, traditional Ibizan restaurant near Sant Josep and Playa d’en Bossa. It specialises in meat – for example Spanish veal loin, a sirloin steak or a premium Galician beef entrecôte – hot from the grill. A nice touch: There is a playground for the little ones, for the adults an organic shop with delicatessen and a wide selection of Spanish wines.
The Giri Café in San Juan follows simple principles: eat in season, eat sustainably, eat in company, plant a garden, buy from the market, cook simply, recycle, set the table carefully, captivate all your senses and: every dish is a present. And if you accept the present in Giri Café, it is a true culinary delight. We recommend that you book a table directly in the garden.
Hidden away behind high stone walls lies Las Dos Lunas, a lushly planted courtyard, the ideal location for a romantic dinner for two. The cuisine is Italian, a lot of the ingredients are from the organic garden and the bread is baked directly on the patio in a wooden oven.
Las Dos Lunas
The best Tapas in Ibiza can be found at El Zaguán. Both locals and tourists agree, there are a few more of the former and a few less of the latter. The owner comes out of the kitchen every ten minutes with fresh Tapas, which he offers directly at the table, reinforcements can be collected at the bar. You should try as many Tapas as possible, it’s worth it, and it won’t break the bank.
The Sa Punta promises fine Dining with five-star service and on top of that a truly spectacular view of the Talamanca bay and Ibiza’s old town. You can enjoy the same view in Patchwork, on the rooftop terrace, Ibiza’s number one for Lebanese delicacies. You can share dishes, nip at your cocktail and relax to the music. The final jewel in the restaurant chain is the Ginger, an Asian Food Bar. The same view, similar colourful decor, but this time with Asian dishes and exotic spices.
Stroll through the Old town, it is a UNESCO world heritage site and harbours numerous restaurants, bars and boutiques. The Santa Maria cathedral crowns the highest point – from where you have a perfect view of Ibiza – and is a magnificent treasure from the 14th century.
Discover the island and its coves from the water and book a catamaran, a sailing boat or a yacht from Chateralia. The sailing trips around Ibiza or over to Formentera are a dream. The boats can be rented by the hour, day or even for by the week. The comfort level corresponds to the price, but is always first-class.
Book your boot camp or Body & Wellness Retreat. Top Hill retreats offers both in pretty villas in the North of the island, all just a few steps away from the beach and furnished with every possible comfort. The concept is a combination of intensive training (power, stamina and movement), the corresponding food and relaxation (yoga and massage). On request you can take part in additional activities organized outside the boot camp such as kayaking, wind surfing, riding or mountain biking.
It is worthwhile hiring a car for your holiday and getting to know the island on your own. There are a number of secluded coves to wile away the hours. Just in case your sense of adventure abandons you, here is a list of our favourite beaches: Playa de Aigües Blanques, Cala d’en Serra, Cala Comte, Cala Xuclar, Cala Saladeta, Cala Salada, Cala Tarida.
Photos Copyrights: Shutterstock, Ginger, Cas Costas, Giri Café, Sa Punta, Las Dos Lunas, Patchwork, Nobu, Amante, Aiyanna, Bambuddha, Finca Can Marti, Atzaró, Amante