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04.08 2021
After just returning from a whirlwind two weeks on the White Isle, we can report that yes, we miss the clubs, but Ibiza’s feeling great! This summer it’s all about the food: long lunches, dinners that go well into the night… The clubs will be back – and some, like the open-air gastroclub Cova Santa are already open – but for now, it’s a great time to explore other areas of the island. And as for the lights – green to amber to… We can’t control that, but we will say that if you’re double vaxxed, travel was easier than expected. It’s a special summer in Ibiza. If you can, go!

Taryn and Team UJ xx
OKU Restaurant
OKU Restaurant
This is a good one
So, OKU is the new 5-star hotel in San Antonio – Scorpios (MYK) décor vibes, two pools, spa and a good gym. We think the restaurant is a highlight: Chef Mark Vaessen, ex-SUSHISAMBA, has created an excellent menu with Japanese / South American flavours. It’s open only for dinner, book ahead.
Casa Pacha, Formentera
Barefoot luxury
Formentera needed a new good hotel – and Casa Pacha is the right balance of chic and laidback, with Formentera vibes and a Pacha spirit.
In Conversation
Jonathan Downey
JD is our go-to when we need an opinion on Ibiza restaurants. Straight off the back of his recent ‘eat around the White Isle trip’, he’s given us a Top 5 on places to go, with recommended things to order and insider tips. Thanks JD!

1) Restaurant name: Es Xarcu.

What you love eating there: Classic sea bass al horno to share. This is the one dish everyone should eat when they come to Ibiza. Almost every daytime restaurant does it but Es Xarcu does it best.

Top tip: Massive pours of post lunch anejo tequila.
Escape the Expected
Private travel re-imagined
Partner content
Now more than ever, we all want travel to be as stress-free as possible. Enter Aero, the semi-private jet company offering direct service between Ibiza and Mykonos in a matter of hours. Book a seat on their 16-seater bespoke jet and benefit from a generous cancellation policy, crowd-free private terminals, and personalised service; Aero ensures a seamless journey from booking to touchdown. A dedicated concierge team is on hand to take care of the details behind the scenes, too. They can even secure access to exclusive perks and events at partner resorts, restaurants, and beach clubs. Book your seat. New exciting routes coming soon.

All flights are operated by Aero Guernsey Ltd., a registered Guernsey air carrier.
Product Picks
Biggie biggie biggie
Need to bling up your beach look? We say any shade of these would do. Biggie knows!
Ibiza Gran Hotel
Central five-star
If you want a luxe break, the Gran has one of the best spas on the island, a Cipriani, great service, and private pools in some of the suites.
It’s like a jungle sometimes
We haven’t been here, but now in its second year (it’s located in Santa Gertrudis), we hear it’s finding its feet. Think mid-century modern furniture surrounded by plants (inside), with oysters, seafood, a shop and a weekend brunch coming soon.
Casa Maca Full Moon
22 August
Sitting under a full moon, with views of Ibiza town, in one of the best restaurants on the island (the steaks are a highlight here, as are grilled prawns and sides like homemade crisps and mash with truffle)… if you’re in Ibiza on 22 August, book your table at Casa Maca now.
Hotel Riomar
Retro hotel vibes on the boardwalk
An old building with a new, retro design that maintains some of the original elements, this is a good addition to the Santa Eulalia hotel offering.
Casa Jondal
Get organised
The good places in Ibiza are still very very busy this year. We heard recently that Casa Jondal is booked until mid-September. There are ways around this, of course – get lucky or have taster dishes from the bar – but really, if you want to eat somewhere good, book now. Otherwise, call Deliciously Sorted and see if they can help.
Deliciously Sorted
Biking, hiking, boxing
Get yo’ fit on
If you haven’t done so already, ‘tis the summer to explore the active side of Ibiza. For biking, try @ibizamtb; for hiking, @walkingibiza and @balearicoutdooradventures; and for boxing, we’ve seen lessons at OKU and Six Senses. Go go go!
W Ibiza
Beside the seaside
Want some vibes with your stay? Then W is for you. Glow Bar, Wet Deck, beachfront Chiringuito, sultry steak restaurant, DJs, spa; this really is a one stop seafront shop.
Cala Gracioneta, served by Matteo
Fried Scorpion Fish
Dish of the summer
For us, this was magic! On the menu at both Casa Jondal and Cala Gracioneta, both serve it with a spicy style jalapeño/chipotle aioli. Dee-licious.
Cala Gracioneta
9-bed villa for hire
Amit, the co-founder of La Paloma – one of Ibiza’s favourite restaurants – has now co-founded something new; Fincadelica is a beautifully designed nine-bed villa set in a 300-year-old Ibicencan farm, that includes a salt water pool and rave cave.
Ibiza Foodbank
Find out what you can do
Ibiza has been hit hard by Covid (see Kate Spicer’s post for more insight on this), and the food banks are still in overdrive. Follow @ibizafoodbank to see if there’s a ‘Press Play’ fundraising event you can attend, or anything else you can do to support – or donate here.
Cuts and Wines
Watch for dates
If rare meat cuts, locally sourced and paired with organic wines from Argentina and Ibiza sounds good, then Cuts and Wines is for you. Johannes ran Cocoon for 20 years, and now he’s doing this, popping up at various island locations and also catering private villas. And as he has the Cocoon background, expect great DJs at his events, too.
Beach / Chiringuito
Cala Escondida
Less crowded than neighbouring Cala Comte, with crystal clear water and one of the best chiringuitos on the island, we love this spot (thanks R). Look for the rock as your marker for finding this beach. It’s called Escondida for a reason.
2021 Top Tips
In case these help!
For some reason, so few hotels have blackout curtains (or eye masks). Do bring an eye mask – it will make or break your trip. Throw those trainers in too: you’ll want to get a walk or workout in. Taxis are hard to come by this year, so give yourself time. If you can, order your antigen test (*check what test you need) and bring it with you – this is easier than trying to arrange it when you’re there. Bring a phone charger in your hand luggage; if you can’t show your QR codes on arrival, life will be difficult. Book a seat on the left side of the plane (LON-IBZ) if you wan to get that Es Vedrà from the sky shot. And book in for dinner at Cova Santa if you’re missing the clubs.
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