Forget clubbing – Ibiza makes the perfect wellness escape, says Vogue.
Places of note In Ibiza Town you can people-watch in the Plaza del Parque, stroll through the shops by the marina and visit the ancient walled fortress Dalt Vila, a Unesco World Heritage Site. It’s a treasure trove of cobbled streets, whitewashed houses, a cathedral and museums galore, including two archaeological ones and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Take a day trip by boat to Formentera, then rent a moped and head to one of its pristine beaches – Migjorn, Illetes and Llevant are recommended by those in the know. Back on Ibiza, install yourself on the beach at Cala d’Hort for the best view of magical Es Vedra, a small rocky island off the southwestern coast that is said to be the third most magnetic spot on Earth and believed to emit peace and serenity. Whether that’s the case or not, it’s still a beautiful sight. As for Ibiza’s other beaches, there’s spiritual Benirras, where crowds gather on Sundays for sunset drumming, Cala Carbo for sunloungers beside glittering water, crystal-clear Cala Xarraca for snorkelling and the white-sand cove of Cala Gracioneta. There are also beautiful hikes to be done between coves on the central north coast – try the route between San Antonio and Cala Salada.
Weather Typically Mediterranean. It’s also the most sheltered of the breezy Balearics.
Famous faces Far too many to name.
To eat New kid on the block ToShare is backed by Pharrell Williams and housed in El Silencio, a beach house at Cala Moli. Book a table in La Paloma’s glorious garden and enjoy the small Italian fusion menu. For a long lunch or sunset dinner, try the stylish beach restaurants Amante and Aiyanna. Cala Gracioneta-Chiringuito serves up fresh seafood paella with a view at San Antonio, or soak up Ibiza’s old town from one of the outdoor tables at La Oliva.
1 To stay
You’ll never want to leave luxurious newcomer Six Senses Ibiza. Set atop the cliffs at Cala Xarraca on the White Isle’s northern tip in 20 acres, it has a farm-to-table restaurant, a sustainable fashion boutique and the best spa on the island. Heaven. Doubles from £551 a night.
2 To rent
Get away from it all in this old finca in the Ibizan countryside, surrounded by olive trees, yet only a short distance from the restaurants and beaches of Santa Eulalia. The interiors have been beautifully renovated to show off the original wooden beams and exposed stonework, and there’s an outdoor dining area by a huge pool. Sleeps 12, from £549 a night.
3 To Airbnb
Villa Nena has it all – panoramic sea views, a barbecue and outdoor dining area, a rooftop terrace and a swimming pool. There are gleaming white interiors with three ensuite bedrooms, a sound system and fully equipped kitchen. The closest beach is a five-minute drive away, while it takes just 15 minutes to get to Ibiza Town. Sleeps six, from £395 a night.
4 To buy
This traditional villa near San Miguel, in the north of Ibiza, is tucked away among trees and native plants with glorious sea views. It has terracotta floors, large terraces, a swimming pool, eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The beaches of Benirras and Es Portitxol are both a 10-minute drive away, and Ibiza airport 30 minutes. £4.7m.