Situated on the east coast, in the tranquil cove of Cala Nova, is BLESS Ibiza, the second hotel in the Palladium Group’s new stylish BLESS Collections Hotel line (the first was BLESS Madrid). The Palladium Group is the 7th largest hotel group in Spain and this new brand with the strapline ‘hedonist luxury’ is clearly a future focus.
This is one all-encompassing operation. Salon, spa, gym, two infinity pools, Michelin restaurant, vermouth bar – we could go on. Stay here and get ready to get comfortable. The décor throughout is Manhattan by the seaside, and it’s a refreshing break from the usual Bali/boho vibes so often seen in Ibiza (yawn).
Families and hipsters – they’re both here. And because it’s Spanish, you’ll see (especially because it’s new), quite a Spanish clientele, which is nice; feels local. The hotel may be five-star, but the cove is rustic, and surrounded by low key chiringuito options. We love the mix.
With 151 rooms, this isn’t a small hotel, but because there’s a lot of space, you never feel crowded. Rooms are chic (monogrammed pillow cases, very Bowery), tubs are standalone or Jacuzzis with views, tech is top notch (touch blinds and USB sockets), and minibars carry local greats (we have a weakness for Sal de Ibiza crisps). There’s a Nespresso in the room – always appreciated– and the washrooms have marble aplenty (UJloves). Products are Le Labo, and rooms seem quite soundproof.
Food and Drink
The signature restaurant ETXEKO is by Martín Berasategui, who holds 10 Michelin stars. Dining here would be worth the stay alone. The restaurant – again – has décor that leans towards big city dining, but being beside the seaside lends a casual, airy approach. This combination again feels very FRESH for Ibiza. There’s also a vermouth bar with tapas, a seafood-focused restaurant called Salao Atlantic, and a global menu by the rooftop pool serving everything from dim sum to pho.
DO check out the spa. The facial we had was more face gym than potion-a-thon, which was welcome, and seemed very 2020 beauty. The relaxation room had waterbeds, and the décor in the spa and throughout is chic, with pastels and a hint of Art Deco. DO book a bed on the roof. The views here are unreal, and due to the way things are laid out, it can’t get too crowded. DO pack your trainers – we loved the TRX space outside, and the gym was thankfully airy, which is not usual for hotel workout rooms.