Luxe Holidays to Ibiza, Spain

A Balearic break in Ibiza isn’t all about the nightlife: boutique hotels, crystal-clear waters and white beaches draw a hip crowd in the summer months. Head here for iconic clubs alongside verdant hills, lesser-explored coastlines and seaside restaurants.

The winding, narrow streets of Ibiza Town’s old quarter are lively and full of bright, independent boutiques if you get bored of swimming and sunbathing.

Mirador De Dalt Vila Ibiza, Spain with Smith Hotels (Check Availability)

With privileged views of Ibiza Town from the calming comfort of a Unesco-protected hillside, Mirador De Dalt Vila is a marble-lined marvel that preserves the welcoming warmth of a colonial family home, combining baroque beauty with a trove of intriguing antiques. Es Mirador’s gifted chef Juan Manuel Tur has a creative take on Mediterranean cuisine, serving up an array of meat and fish dishes featuring melt-in-the-mouth suckling lamb, beef tenderloin and ocean-fresh lobster. Plus there’s a cosy art deco cocktail bar beside the restaurant, but you can dawdle with a drink anywhere in (or out of) the hotel.

Ca Na Xica Ibiza, Spain with Smith Hotels (Check Availability)

Surrounded by sun-dappled Ibizan countryside, secluded retreat Ca Na Xica has a bucolic setting: orchards and olive groves shelter its terracotta-clay grounds; towering cacti surround the dazzling saltwater pool; and the open-air restaurant looks out over swaying fields of barley. Pared-back luxury takes root indoors, where flickering lanterns cast warm light on crisp white walls, gleaming copper accents offset dark-wood beams, and breezy private terraces lure guests outdoors for sundowners.    
Pampering is an all-day-long pastime at Ca Na Xica: pick ‘n‘ mix treatments in the spa, summon drinks to your poolside perch, or ‘omm’ away your days with private yoga sessions. Explorers rejoice, the hotel can arrange cycling and walking tours around the enchanting local countryside and along the coast; there’s also choice of beaches in reach: the hotel’s just a 10-minute drive to Puerto de San Miguel, and a 12-minute drive to Cala Benirrás Beach. Ibiza virgins shouldn’t leave without exploring the winding cobbled streets of Dalt Vila, and the Gothic-style Catedral de Ibiza at its precipice.

Sir Joan Ibiza, Spain with Smith Hotels (Check Availability)

A property of gleaming plate glass and stacked white cubes, Ibiza boutique hotel Sir Joan is unashamedly modern – but this design-driven stay is grown-up where it counts, with plenty to impress a discerning crowd. Taking design cues from the nearby marina, the hotel has the dashing looks of a luxury yacht: walnut flooring, stainless-steel ceilings and mirror-like wall-panelling that ripples like waves when you walk by. It’s also right at the island’s glittering heart, within walking distance of waterside restaurants, Ibiza’s Old Town and iconic nightspots.

If you’ve been out all hours, begin your day by taking a turn along the promenade, which runs the full length of the bay. You’ll be able to able to dip into the cafés and bars to get your caffeine hit, and the sea breeze should help right your late-night wrongs. Those feeling a little fresher can take the ferry to nearby Formentera, the smallest of the Balearic islands. The 30-minute journey is well worth it if you’re on the hunt for quieter beaches or snorkeling spots. If you want to get a little closer to the marine life, pay a visit to the Scuba Ibiza diving centre, whose expert instructors cater for all levels of expertise and can arrange private lessons and dives. If you’re looking for a guaranteed way to one-up your friends’ holiday photos, RockId Ibiza have you covered with their two-hour cliff-diving course. At weekends, the hotel has resident DJs spinning, so you can expect the atmosphere in the bar to kick up a notch.

OD Talamanca Ibiza, Spain with Smith Hotels (Check Availability)

Fun-loving boutique hotel OD Talamanca in Ibiza offers myriad reasons to place a pair of dancing shoes in your suitcase and head to the sun-soaked White Isle. With two dazzling split-level pools, a decadent oyster-and-champagne shack and an in-house DJ come summertime (not to mention breakfast served till noon), this Balearic bolthole encourages guests to make the most of their island adventure – be that poolside lazing or party-roof-raising.

During the balmy summer months there’s a regular DJ playing at the hotel, so patrons can practice their moves for the big night ahead; the tempting cocktail offering from the sleek lobby bar helps ease inhibitions. Intrepid visitors can try cliff diving at Rockid Ibiza, who can also arrange snorkelling and kayaking around the island’s craggy coves and bays. Padi-licensed Scuba Ibiza is a short walk from the hotel, and offers a variety of scuba-diving experiences: check out the flora and fauna of the Don Pedro wreck in Ibiza harbour, or explore the coral-covered San Guillem caves on Formentera’s coastline.

Pure House Ibiza, Ibiza, Spain with Smith Hotels (Check Availability)

Cocooned by a 30-acre expanse of exotic plants, orchards and olive groves, Pure House Ibiza is as rooted in its lush tropical garden as its mango trees. Owners Caroline and Rushan have given the interiors a modern update: calm beige and ivory tones offset quirky Balinese detailing and unique sculptures; outdoors, white canopies fringe the glittering saltwater pool, and guests sip sundowners from their gently swaying hammocks under thatched cabanas.

Budding gardeners should take a turn around the hotel’s 30-acre estate; you’ll find exotic plants, mango trees and olive groves – and plenty of postcard-perfect picnic spots. The hotel can also arrange yoga and Pilates classes in the garden, so you can practise your sun salutations to the singing of birds and the gentle hum of crickets. (You could also just sip sangria from your hammock in the chill-out area.) Head to the coast, where you can sink your toes into the butter-soft sand at popular Playa d’en Bossa, or take to the ocean on a private boat trip (which the kind souls at the hotel can organise for you).
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