In anticipation of a return to normaility in 2021, we round up the best beachfront restaurants for lazy Ibizan days …
Finest for views: Amante
Of all the knockout views in Ibiza, the glittering aquamarine vista that greets you as you descend the actions to Amante has to be one of the most knee-weakening on the island. Personnel are on hand to stir you from your stupor with a glass of the palest-pink increased.
While the beach isn’t the island’s best (it’s shingly to the point of uncomfortable – bring water resistant flip-flops to venture into the water), Amante’s draw is its remote clifftop place, and you’ll require to be fast to protect one of the loungers that line its lowest tier.
Amante’s clifftop loungers are the ideal location for a post-lunch nap
If you don’t, settle in at the elegant bar and restaurant; a masterclass in “refined rustic” decoration, serving a different menu of completely carried out crowd-pleasers (burrata, baked sea bass, its signature passionfruit cheesecake), together with more speculative dishes (tuna and watermelon tartare, lamb and kimchi).
This year, the dining establishment is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and there’s a brand-new concentrate on vegetarian, vegan and healthy alternatives: the roasted aubergine and bulgur dish will transform the most ardent carnivore.
Best for something brand-new: Chiringuito Blue
Santa Eulària has typically been the location of choice for those seeking a calmer version of Ibiza, far from the pounding house music and peacocking tribes discovered even more south. However the imminent opening of a W Hotel (slated for later on this summer) looks set to produce more of a party scene. One part of the development currently open and drawing crowds is Chiringuito Blue, an all-day bar-restaurant straddling the primary seafront promenade and the stretch of white sand out front.
Chiringuito Blue is a brand-new unwinded all-day bar-restaurant in Santa Eularia
Inside, low-slung couches set the unwinded mood: settle in for a long, lazy lunch of sharing plates, cleaned down with a lot of regional red wine. The menu is Med-meets-Middle East: begin with irresistibly fluffy pitta bread slathered with hummus, tahini and tzatziki, followed by sea bream gyros and newly chopped salad or charcoal-grilled chicken and effectively salted summer-holiday chips.
There’s a resident DJ and a feelgood, plain environment. Children are welcome – childminders are on hand for sandcastle structure or face-painting (everyday till September, and at weekends afterwards), while grownups settle back with another round of homemade ‘pinacellos’ for the roadway.
Best for foodies: Sa Punta
One of Ibiza best beach restaurants – Sa Punta has had a makeover: gone are the plain white interiors, in their location a more natural scheme of wicker and bamboo, with mismatching designer chairs and beehive-shaped lampshades.
Looks aside, everything that initially made the dining establishment a must-visit for those in high spirits and greater heels stays: the magnificent area (at the furthest idea of Talamanca bay ignoring the Old Town in one direction, with a stretch of Med in the other); consistently delicious food (the site is home to 3 restaurants) and a hefty dose of mood-enhancing music.
Sa Punta’s great dining restaurant has actually had a remodeling
The original fine dining restaurant dishes up elegant fresh seafood – the Nobu-style black cod is a standout – while upstairs, colourful Lebanese restaurant Patchwork uses sharing meals (hummus, baba ghanoush and sambousek), and even more up the clifftop is kitsch Asian restaurant Ginger.
In between the latter two lies a homeware shop, so that after a night of dancing under the stars you can buy a Balinese-style printed cushion – or perhaps an Indonesian mosaic elephant if you want – to take a few of the magic home with you.
Best for lunching like a local: Cala Bonita
You can’t get much even more from San Antonio’s trance-and-teenagers version of Ibiza than at Cala Bonita, hid down a winding rocky course by itself private beach at S’Estanyol. The resolutely low-key dining establishment opened in 2016 and stays a regional’s trick: it’s occupied by well-to-do households by day and couples by night, who are drawn by its secluded setting and world-class food.
In the kitchen area, Argentinian-born chef Brian Olocco and Spanish executive chef Pau Barba combine the very best of their respective cuisines, with fresh meat and seafood cooked over a charcoal and wood grill. Components are sourced as locally as possible, and mixed drinks are developed to complement the seasonal flavours. A whole sea bass, with a drizzle of lemon and oil, plus a choice of salads are what lazy holiday lunches are made for.
Tuna tartare at Cala Bonita
Interiors are a sophisticated take on rustic stylish: wooden chairs and tables are handmade in Morocco, geometric-print cushion covers were created in Zaire, and the mix of wood, stone and wicker offers a neutral backdrop that complements the craggy rock deals with dropping into the sea. A ban on commercial chart music makes it among the island’s most advanced areas for sundowners: one you’ll wish to tell everyone, and no one, about.
Best for all-day lounging: Cotton Beach Club
With its crystal-clear, shallow waters and white sand, Cala Tarida has always been popular with families; however Norwegian duo Christian and Merete Marstrander’s Cotton Beach Club means the remote cove is securely on the five-star Ibiza map. Get here early to secure a beach bed prior to ascending the stairs to the all-white dining establishment and balcony, where the views over the bay will leave you out of breath as much as the climb.
Best for sundowners: Experimental Beach
Set on the southern idea of the island, past the beautifully bleak salt lakes, Experimental Beach Ibiza is a return to the rustic, boho Ibiza of old – just with killer mixed drinks and a designer-bikini-clad crowd, as befits a vacation station of London’s well-known Experimental Cocktail Club.
Ignoring beach beds and onto the Mediterranean beyond, the al fresco restaurant has an informal, feet-in-the-sand vibe: shabby-chic rattan and wood furnishings and a reggae soundtrack contribute to the blissed-out environment.
Mixed drinks are the selling point; the boat-bar is lined with homemade syrups and casts that make for drinks far superior to your average mojito. A Spanish-influenced menu provides tapas and beach bites (on an island filled with quinoa salads, theirs is the very best), to heartier meals such consisting of steak, pasta and grilled fish.
Unwinded by day, Experimental Beach picks up as the sun dips lower and the sky gets pinker, with DJs dealing with the barefoot and gorgeous up until 1am.