White Island is officially back in business. After two years of unnerving silence on the magical island of Ibiza, Europe’s party capital, the murmur of conversation and the pulse of the Balearic beats can be heard floating on the hot summer winds once again. And what welcome sounds they are.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a regular weekender, the best way to experience Ibiza is extravagantly. Embrace all-day lunches, sunny boat cruises, nightclubs, see-and-be-seen parties, and eye-watering prices in all their superior splendor and you’ll have the time of your life, so good. how much guaranteed. And to help you do just that, here’s everything you need to know to make your next visit unforgettable.
Fly in style with Aero
There’s a lot to be said for arriving at your destination relaxed, refreshed and ready to handle whatever is thrown at you – especially when you’re flying to Ibiza. The best way to do this is to skip commercial flights, which are often crowded with people already in party mode, and book a seat on an Aero jet.
Describing its service as ‘semi-private’ (whose grammatical implications I cannot begin to justify), Aero flies meticulously designed sixteen-seat jets between private terminals on specific routes across Europe, from London to Nice in France and Ibiza in Spain as well as from Ibiza to Mykonos in Greece. (They also operate in North America between San Francisco, LA, Aspen and Los Cabos, among others.) Reserve seats and you’ll get most of the benefits of a private flight at a reduced price, in relaxed lounges in the private airport skip-the-line terminals. , a concierge to handle the hassle of check-in and passport control, personalized in-flight service with an open bar, and plane food that you’ll really be happy to eat.
Perhaps best of all is relaxing, champagne in hand and peering out the window as the jet dips its wings, spins closer and Ibiza spreads out below you, revealing a promise of the fun yet to come. One-way flights from London Farnborough to Ibiza start from £1,400 (about US$1,750) with the flexibility to change or cancel your flight up to 48 hours before your flight.
Book a private retreat with onefinestay
We can categorically say that there is no shortage of amazing hotels dotted around the island of Ibiza, from flashy big-brand beachfront resorts to understated boutique hotels that dot the countryside. But as luxurious as these places are, they all come with the same problem – other people. And when you eat lunch all day and party all night, there are few things more valuable to your recovery than a long slice of peace and quiet – without sacrificing any five-star luxury, of course.
Instead, book a onefinestay villa — the kind of photo-perfect megapad you see lovingly photographed in overpriced coffee table books in five-star hotel lobbies around the world. A hosted service of bells and whistles, onefinestay is like a turbocharged Airbnb. Managing only the most extraordinary private villas in the world, onefinestay makes them available to guests with every imaginable add-on you could want, from private chauffeurs to villa chefs, butlers and spa experiences.
Dedicated onefinestay concierge service is also included, ready to customize any or all elements of your trip, from booking hard-to-get tables at the best restaurants and clubs to arranging cliff top walks exploring the hidden natural wonders of the island. island or private motorboat excursions to nearby Formentera.
From the Ibiza portfolio, my pick is Los Amigos – a one-story, six-bedroom ode to the best of Californian architecture tucked away in nature near the village of Sant Llorenc de Balafia, yet close enough to the action to walk the perfect line between hideout and hot spot. A polished concrete screen, floor-to-ceiling windows and clean, uncluttered design, Los Amigos is massive without being imposing and offers up to 12 guests more than enough space to hang out or spread out, inside and out, in decadence and style.
In fact, in the summer of Ibiza, you won’t be spending much time inside, which is why the French designer-owner of Los Amigos has put so much thought and love into the outdoors. Tidy and uncomplicated, yet elegant and comfortable, a lush green lawn wraps around the property and is home to a simple, elegant pool (smartly finished to look almost natural rather than artificial), a large lounge area with oversized sofas and loungers, and a outdoor dining table specially built for the most bacchanalian parties.
Dine and drink, day and night
One thing is always true when it comes to eating out in Ibiza – book ahead (or ask the onefinestay concierge to do it for you!).
Just because you’re not staying at a hotel doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of their best deal (especially when your villa comes with a dedicated 24-hour private driver). Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, situated on the shores of Talamanca Bay, is a flashy five-star residence, with the brand’s new-style Japanese cuisine at the heart of its restaurant offering.
Book it for a long night of fine wines, super fresh sashimi, and of course the classic Nobu: black cod miso (still unparalleled in this writer’s humble palate-oriented opinion). Dress up or disguise, Nobu is proof positive that good food, drink and service can be relaxed and unpretentious without compromising on quality.
In the heart of Ibiza’s south coast, the restaurant-club Blue Marlin has long made headlines with its hedonistic sunset sessions and great food. But right next door and benefiting from the same extraordinary setting, Jondal is the choice of the two for all-day dining with a touch of party mixed in for good measure.
A simple ‘sea’ and ‘land’ menu masks the quality of food on offer, from the freshest oysters and razors to the terrifying looking but absolutely delicious scorpionfish, served whole, teeth and all, dissected and reconstructed, and ready to be chewed on corn tortillas with fresh tartar and pico de gallo. Sit back, parade, take your time and watch the rich and beautiful of Ibiza do the same around you.
Tucked away in Santa Eulalia del Río on the east coast, ME Ibiza is an oasis of calm and peace that blends five-star style with an understated aesthetic – something rare for the White Island (and despite being right next door to the legendary party hotspot). Nikki Beach).
Perched high on the hotel’s rooftop (arrive early and bring your bathing suit for a pre-dinner dip in the to-die-for infinity pool), its low-key restaurant offers a tasty, breezy break from the masses. Grab a cocktail or two, order a storm from the fish and meat-focused Mediterranean menu, and sip on the towering views of the coastline and Santa Eulália Bay beyond. Blessing.