Home to haute hippies, the best hotels in Ibiza aren’t usually just hotels. They are elegant communes, agriturismo farms or hotels that double as house parties. The best addresses are tucked away, where the pace is slower, the interior is more upscale, and the hammock is a mainstay. Table-top dining, yoga retreats, and wellness programs are popular buzzwords. The world’s big players had started to gain a foothold on the islands as well.
Bento boxes bitten on bleached wooden sun loungers on the shores of Nobu Ibiza Bay just behind Botafoch Marina. The sprawling Six Senses recently opened along Cala Xarrac in northern Ibiza, attracting international attention.
Whether you want an infinity pool treatment or want to hide in a whitewashed bungalow, there are plenty of options. To point you in the right direction, we’ve handpicked the best hotels in Ibiza and Formentera – in no particular order – including recent openings and refurbished properties. For private stays, check out our pick of the best Airbnbs in Ibiza.
1. OKU Ibiza
If there is a place where you can find inner peace and connect with yourself, then it is OKU Ibiza. A little haven within paradise, this relaxing luxury retreat is the best place to discover (or rediscover) what the White Isle calls: think wabi-sabi-inspired design, two serene swimming pools, regular yoga sessions, and fusion cuisine. .
The hotel also enjoys a privileged location giving you access to some of the island’s most beautiful beaches, from wide sandy beaches to hidden coves, as well as popular beach clubs and restaurants with ocean views.
2. Hotel Ibiza Gran
This is a new generation of Ibiza hotels. Designed for those who love the hedonistic delights of the island but may be ready for a more relaxed escape, the Ibiza Gran is the relaxed luxury paradigm. Known for its art-hotel aesthetic, its interiors are decorated with bespoke art by internationally renowned creatives, and the spa has earned a reputation as Ibiza’s center of relaxation.
Meanwhile, La Gaia, the hotel’s main restaurant, just earned a Michelin star, making it the first hotel on the island to win the award. For those who are still unsure about booking a stay, check out the corner suites: each has a private infinity pool that stretches out towards the bay with unobstructed views of the Dalt Vila.
3. Can Sastre, Ibiza
Ten minutes from cool Santa Gertrudis, Can Sastre describes itself as an agriturismo. While there aren’t many signs of farm life, this five bedroom hotel feels like you’ve entered the home of the owners Aunt and her husband Ray. Your lovely blonde kids run around (silently) in towel robes underfoot while their parents ask about your evening or help with dinner reservations, but otherwise keep you completely undisturbed.
A Dutch couple bought and renovated the room in the summer of 2018, and the white exterior of the finca is draped in bougainvillea, with a hammock in a shady corner. Simple things in the bedroom, with whitewashed walls and wicker baskets next to a palm-fringed lampshade. In the bathroom you’ll find organic Meraki lotion from Denmark, which you can also buy at the hotel’s boutique to take home.
As the sun goes down, indulge in a large glass of blush rosé at the poolside honesty bar and order freshly cooked edamame sprinkled with salt. Breakfast features chilled acai wood bowls perforated with candied fruit and nuts, and beet juice to enjoy through a bamboo straw. Ask ahead and a plate of fresh bread, Iberico ham and Manchego cheese can be arranged for lunch.
Things here feel homemade and instantly relaxed – it’s a great place to hide completely from the rest of the island as it’s a launching pad for exploring Ibiza’s farm-to-table restaurants, beach clubs or exploring the mega club scene.
4. Atzaro, Ibiza
When it opened in 2004, this 24-room agriturismo launched the island’s farm-to-fork ethos, growing its own fruit and vegetables in the surrounding hills. Now the rural movement is booming. And Atzaró has grown again.
Everyone finally agrees that Asian style is irrelevant. So, in the past four years, the shantung silk and dark gray walls, stone Buddha and black lacquer have disappeared, and there have come pearl inlaid doors, teak four-poster beds, polished terracotta tiles and lime, the traditional colors of seven generations of family finca. . The colors now come from the Bougainvillaea towers that fall outside every window.
The valley is in the heart of Ibiza, and this hotel feels re-rooted and authentic. Amidst 13 acres of citrus groves, the rooms are spread out like a slowly winding village with paths and arches, tiny houses, secret staircases, shady pergolas, pencil-straight fir trees, and immaculate gardens. The soundtrack is the chirping of wood pigeons and the rustle of the wind in the palm trees.
Guests move from pool to pool (there are four plus plunge pools with plenty of rooms as well) and then to the open-air spa for invigorating massages and hypnotic facials in the carved wood treatment rooms, Vinyasa yoga at the temples, or soap scrubs. in the hammam. And later in the year, when the allure of beaches and bars and late-night revelry has faded, there will be more intense and engaged wellness programs to really get in.
5. Gran Hotel Montesol, Ibiza
It’s interesting to see how the hustle and bustle of Ibiza City’s main square, Vara del Rey, has changed since cars were diverted last year. Of course, quieter, quieter, quieter.
However, one corner is livelier than ever. The icy facade of Montesol remains a sunlit beacon. When it opened in the 1930s, it was the first decent hotel on the island and is still going strong. The surprising new owner, Hilton, may have shaken things up by making it part of the Curio brand, but it’s done with skillful sensibility (the building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The 33 rooms retain their original charm. Spanish interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán (Palma’s Hotel Cort, Soho House Barcelona) has opted for a classic-contemporary vibe: polished parquet floors, monogrammed linens, porthole mirrors and dark shutters on French doors overlooking the square or harbor .
The Art Deco cafe on the ground floor features striking Picasso-style ceramic murals and a large central bar that stays busy late into the night. A dinosaur skeleton statue stands in the lobby, and the walls are lined with black-and-white photographs by Toni Riera, portraits of how the island’s hedonistic nightlife developed.
But best of all is the rooftop restaurant that nobody seems to know about, with its tasting menu (scallop ceviche with Santa Gertrudis olive oil, six week old appetizer) and stunning views of the Dalt Vila. For a long fall weekend, this hotel makes Ibiza City a famous rival to Barcelona and Palma.
6. Can Tres, Formentera
The kind of place you always want to meet, down a dusty road on your way to the bluest sea. Here are three corner houses designed by the architects, Can Aire, Can Mar, and Can Terra, each with several rooms. They felt like little apartments in the brightest imagination, with a private shaded terrace for a breakfast of freshly baked bread and gooey jam.
Three Madrid-based owners searched and searched for a property in Formentera after falling in love with it while on vacation, but it took them two years to find something halfway decent.
And then, fortunately, the German owner of this property decided to retire. Orange, lemon and olive trees were planted to soften the surrounding fragrant shrubs, a swimming pool was created and they turned to designer Paty Pombo for her modern vintage island style.
A rattan peacock chair now sat beside a roughly carved wooden swing, railroad ties shaped as a bed platform, and wicker and rope lamps adorned the corners. This is a structural upheaval.
Ferns grown from mini planters and baskets of dry garden lavender sweeten the air. As in Puglia, prickly pear leaves hang like decorations on the outer walls. Migjorn’s off-white sand is a 10-minute walk and the trail leads straight to Kiosko 62, a dilapidated beach shack with sensational sunsets and strong mojitos. No need to explore further.
7. Los Enamorados, Ibiza
This whitewashed former hostel sits atop a row of blue-painted fishermen’s huts, caressed by the softest waves. The expansive waterfront terrace doubles as a bar, restaurant and sundeck for guests of the tourist type in their 30s who have been informed of the tropical aesthetic of this extraordinary medieval hotel. You will mingle with the enlightened locals partying at the long tables.
Portinatx is the center of a fishing village, and the fish taco menu and fried pulpo rely heavily on local catch. In the evening, they sip pia coladas at the bar, which has thatched roofs with faded palm fronds and is lined with sheepskin benches. The interior is a collage of color, texture and artistic precision; every bamboo chair in the right place, every shadow line falls just the same.
Leading off a long, open-sided corridor are nine gem bedrooms, where piles of carpet and raffia wall hangings create a motel atmosphere. The room – on the small side, but with a private balcony with ocean views – was decorated with orange curtains, cornflower blue tiles, and a large three-bed CocoMat bed. The tiny bathroom is a facelift from the original, so don’t expect a colossal shower or fancy sink. But like everything else here, they’re so pretty you can’t look away.