Carrer Major, 8, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain
One thing to note: taxis don’t like this hotel. It’s not that easy to get up to, and most won’t drive right to the hotel. Either arrange a transfer from the hotel (they CAN drive right up to the front), or walk the short distance yourself (like we did), and you’re in for a treat. This hotel is almost at the top of Dalt Vila – Ibiza’s walled UNESCO fortress – and comes complete with 360 views of the marina and bay.
Forget the club flyering and drink offers in town. Here, the neighbours are local, and the atmosphere is understated luxe – this is one chic haunt. After you (literally) enter the fortress via the hotel’s front door, you’ll be welcomed by stone walls and billowing whites. With only a handful of rooms, staying here is more like staying in someone’s home. Have a welcome drink (it’s good, they know their wines), admire the views, and start to embrace the relaxed pace.
Rooms here are simple, but classy and bright. White sheets/curtains, black iron beds, stone walls, walk-in rain showers, thick robes and matching slippers with the hotel’s crest. If you can splurge, get a room with a balcony, as you’ll want to lounge. If it’s a special occasion, there’s a room with a terrace complete with hot tub, sun lounger, banquette and beautiful views. As you’re up high, you definitely feel the wind should it be gusty, so be sure to close the latch on your windows (which helps with the blackout factor too, #UJloves). There are Nespresso machines in rooms, and mini bars have all the usual hits.
The Food and Drink
Do eat here. Breakfast at Adolfo’s Corner may not be included in the room rate, but it’s reasonable, fresh (tomatoes, avocados, eggs from the farmer’s market) and served until at least 1pm, which seems extremely civilised. They have a caviar and oysters with Champagne option too, should you want to splurge. Dinner is at Kyüpiddo, their Japanese fusion restaurant which they bill as ‘the best restaurant on Ibiza.’ Both locations come with great views.
The pool. Walk down the street and find the entrance to the sleek slate pool that’s surrounded by olive trees. At night under the lights, it’s even more atmospheric. The location is a highlight too. Check out some of the renowned restaurants close by (El Portalon, La Oliva), head into town for a drink and by day, take in some of the history and walk the wall. Staff will go out of their way to help out, so if you need anything (transfer, recommendations, boat charters, car rentals), just ask.
As you’re in the heart of Dalt Vila, keep your eyes out for local celebrations: Semana Santa (Easter), Medieval Festival (second weekend in May) and the Patron Saint’s Day (usually late July/early August), to name a few. If you’ve rented a car the hotel will give you a parking permit, but it’s not that easy in high season to find a parking spot, and these roads aren’t the best to wind around. There’s a taxi rank close by, and Ibiza has several driver options, should you want that (approx €70 euros a trip or €300 for 24 hours, which is a great way to make your trip stress-free).