Travel: Hotel Spy

OKU Ibiza

Lively hotel on the west side of the island

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Mention the words San Antonio and Ibiza frequenters a few years ago might have pulled a face. But things are changing, and many will say it started with the Mambo Group. With their most recent venues, the rustic-chic hotel/sunset spot La Torre, and the beach restaurant/chiringuito, Cala Gracioneta, the island started attracting a more refined crowd. And now, with the launch of OKU, there’s somewhere for them to lay their heads.

The Hotel
Pull into the parking lot, and you’re surrounded by the hotel on both sides. On the right are the rooms, a casual restaurant, and a family pool; to the left is the Olympic-sized pool, spa, suites, and an already-well known Asian signature restaurant. This is a big operation, with 185 rooms.

The Vibe
Rise to the sound of DJ beats by the pool, and end the day with live vocals in the restaurant (not cringe, it somehow works). Monied youth are here, as are new parents finally getting a weekend off. A great choice for both groups and couples.

The Rooms
All rooms have terraces and face the mountains, sea, or pool. They say the design is inspired by wabi-sabi, meaning things are earthy/natural. Tones are muted and materials are stone, wood, clay, and concrete. Opt for a suite if you can; the extra room is welcome, as are the tubs. There are Marshall speakers, USB plugs, Le Labo products, and robes. Bamboo ladders outside make drying swimsuits an ease.

Food and Drink
Mark Vassen, the head chef here, is ex-SUSHISAMBA, and it shows. In the main restaurant, an atmospheric terrace and dining room sets the stage for a Japanese Peruvian menu. Splurge and go for things with Wagyu, caviar, and truffle. The more casual To Kima restaurant has several healthy options (maki rolls, pokes, salads), and the juice bar of course has juice. Breakfasts are great – all the usual Med items, as well as Champagne, pancakes, and smoothies on request (for an additional cost).

Highlights
The spa is small but mighty. With only a few treatment rooms, be sure to book in advance. Your location! You are approx. five minutes to the Cala Gració beach, with its great local chiringuito (ignore the reserved signs and ask to be seated), a local shack (which only serves beers daily and sardines on Fridays), and red rock beach. The sunsets on this side of the island alone are worth staying here for.

Anything Else
Do check out the private villa if you are with a group. With four beds, its own plunge pool and bar, it’s a great alternative to a villa. Oh, and if you forget anything, their boutique definitely will get you through 24 hours.

Originally published on
29th November 2021

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