Crystal clear waters, quiet beaches, pine forests and exquisite seafood provide the backdrop to this wonderfully multi-faceted Mediterranean island.
Ibiza has always been known as a hotbed of mega clubs, partygoers, fun and sun. But away from the busy resorts and the illicit lure and brashness of San Antonio is an island of hidden corners permeated with atmosphere, culture and history, with a rural interior of valleys, pine forests and olive and almond groves, all springing from red-ochre earth. The growth of agroturismos (boutique countryside hotels), spas and the existence of peaceful inland villas establish Ibiza firmly within the luxury sector, reiterating that Ibiza is on a mission to prove that it can cater, and cater luxuriously well, for the discerning tastes of high-end aficionados in travel.
The history of Ibiza is a rich and plentiful one. The Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals and Moors have all been present on the island at one time or another, as well as pirates who also wanted their share of the island’s wealth that came from the discovery of salt and ore, which made the island highly covetable. Ibiza was also considered holy, as no animal poisonous to man could survive on its soil. Thus, seafarers carried a handful of earth from the island in a pouch around their neck to ward off bad luck.
These days, set amidst a sanctuary of open space, landscaped gardens and countryside hotels, Ibiza is famed as a place of rejuvenation. Yoga, taught at several serene venues, has become the island’s most sought after activity with which to while away leisurely hours. The ultimate destination for escapism, there is no better way to relax than with one of Ibiza’s world-class spas. The Atzaró Spa is an oasis of tranquillity, nestled in a haven of fragrant orange groves. Treatment temples and yoga and meditation temples built by authentic Balinese carpenters transport you to the distant shores of Bali, whilst therapists will leave you feeling nourished in body, soul and mind.
Over the past few years a number of chic beach clubs have appeared, offering upscale cuisine, cocktails, plush loungers and cool DJ mixes. Blue Marlin at Cala Jondal is both stylish and idyllic, offering the very best in comfort and serves the, self-declared, best cocktails on the island. Not to be outdone, though, is the peaceful Amante near Cala Llonga, with exquisite coastal views. Set in one of the most beautiful coves in Ibiza, Amante provides an idyllic backdrop for long daytime lunches and fine dining in the evening breeze. Down to the south coast, Las Salinas is one of the island’s most famous and exclusive stretches of beach, catering to celebrity clientele with exclusive bars and restaurants and all day parties. Ibiza’s restaurants are amongst the very best in the Mediterranean. Indulge at the Gastronomic Restaurant at Atzaró, which boasts world-class cuisine accompanied by a superb wine cellar stocked with the best vintages from Spain, France and Italy as well as a rare selection of the best champagnes in the world. Similarly, Aura focuses on the fresh, local and seasonal ingredients and serves them under the stars in the decadent grounds of their palatial restaurant, providing one of the coolest lounge bars and restaurants in Ibiza.
Best visited before or after the onslaught of summer clubbers, Ibiza is a paradise for walking, riding and swimming in crystal seas, whilst unspoiled, sandy beaches, dozy provincial towns and remote rocky coves provide the island with an unrivalled tranquility. Experience for yourself this untouched, sumptuous side of Ibiza with one of our luxury handpicked residences from Quintessentially Villas selection…. CLICK HERE to find out more!