I’d flown out to the island to spend a weekend at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay. Opened last summer, the hotel, set on the shores of Talamanca Bay, dispenses with the idea that Ibiza is all about partying. Here, the vibe is delightfully chilled: mornings blend into afternoons, afternoons suddenly become evenings, and evenings becomes nights, filled with music, margaritas and the freshest of sushi. Of course, the party life is there – Pacha, where the likes of Calvin Harris and David Guetta regularly DJ, is only a short walk away – but if you just want a classy, relaxing, stylish weekend away, then this is the place to go.
Naturally, the hotel can organise private yacht trips for their clients, which is how I fortuitously ended up on a swanky Princess V58 that was aptly named ‘Make My Day’. The hotel works with Smart Charter Ibiza, Ibiza’s biggest charter company, in partnership with boat rental company Boatsetter, to offer guests a range of yachting options, with prices ranging from €850 to €18,000 a day.
We sailed to Formentera, dipped in the water, soaked up the sun and enjoyed the free-flowing cava. Bliss. And if, for some incomprehensible reason, boat trips aren’t your thing, the hotel can arrange other experiences, such as bike rides, foliage trips and tours through Ibiza Town. Once my yacht experience had come to an end, I was conveniently dropped off just steps from the hotel’s beachfront pool. The white, four-storey hotel might be filled with all the elements you’d expect from a luxury property – a kids’ club, a stylish boutique and plenty of high-end restaurants – but its most impressive feature is its space.
Chic living spaces furnished with elegant natural materials and pristine poolside sunbathing spots merge seamlessly together, with light flooding in at every opportunity. There are no doors or corridors, but a natural sense of light and space. At almost every point, you can see either the main pool or the kids’ pool, both freshwater, made of stone and surrounded by daybeds, and beyond them, the twinkling sea, with yachts bobbing on the surface and beautiful people dipping their toes in the water.
However, when you need privacy, you’ll find it, and nowhere better than in the hotel’s dreamy Six Senses Spa, which offers everything from relaxing messages to detoxifying body wraps. You can opt for an outdoor treatment on massage tables set away from the main pool in the breeze, or visit the compact but stylish spa itself for your choice of luxurious treatment.
The elegant decor carries on in the hotel’s 152 rooms and suites. You’ll immediately want to copy and paste the look straight into your own home: a tasteful palette of white, gold and turquoise makes for a summery colour scheme, while floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of light, and there are also all the modern conveniences you’d expect, from large TVs with Bluetooth capabilities to audio docking stations. Local artwork and hand-blown pendant lights provide the final touch.
The bathrooms are a treat too, with large baths, Persian marble and Nobu-exclusive rosemary and white tea Natura Bissé amenities. It’s worth upgrading to a suite to enjoy your own spacious terrace: mine was enormous and overlooked the pool and sea area, while also offering plenty of privacy.
If you’ve ever visited one of Nobu’s restaurants around the world, one of the highlights you’ll be most looking forward to will be the food. Make your first stop Nobu: it’s got the lively atmosphere, impeccable service, endless cocktail list and signature dishes, such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and miso black cod that sushi lovers adore.
But while I could happily eat at Nobu every day for the rest of my life, it was just as much of a treat to check out the hotel’s other excellent restaurants: there’s Chambao, laidback and set on the beach, serving fresh Mediterranean food, Peyote, the place to share tasty Mexican dishes (and tequila, of course), and the healthy Celicioso, with a delicious selection of gluten-free and sugar-free dishes, perfect for those with dietary requirements.
And then once you’ve happily snoozed in the spa, eaten your fill of yellowtail sashimi at Nobu and sunbathed on a yacht for the day, all there is to do is lie by the pool and soak in the warm island sunshine. After all, even if you do give into temptation and head to Pacha for a party till the sun comes up, this peaceful place will be waiting to nurse you that very same day.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IBIZA
- Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands, and first began its life in 654BC, founded as a port town by the Phoenician settlers.
- There’s no better place for party animals to head: each summer, enormous clubs hold sell-out, decadent nights, with world-famous DJs keeping the crowds dancing till the mornings.
- However, there’s a whole other side to the island than just partying: the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful nature, archaeological sites, high-end restaurants, gorgeous beaches and a plethora of shopping facilities to explore.
- In 2007, the local government passed a law saying that all new hotels in Ibiza must be five star, thereby cementing the island’s status as a truly luxury destination.
Rates at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay start at €630 (approximately £550) per night, based on double occupancy. The hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World – for more information and/or to book visit nobuhotelibizabay.com