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Photo: ©Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza

Intimate Ibiza

The world's party capital can also be a peaceful oasis for two. Let us show you another side to this fun-loving island.
pace Ibiza is the best nightclub on the planet – and it has 24 top awards to prove it. Since it opened its doors in 1989, the world’s best DJs have come here to show off their turntable skills during long and sweaty sessions. Small wonder the population of Ibiza trebles during the summer months. But, just 20 kilometres from the deafening decibels of loudspeakers is one of the most peaceful spots on the whole island. Sa Caixota lies at the foot of a red earth cliff, leading down to sparkling, crystal-clear waters, proof that Ibiza really can also be a real paradise island.
Sublimotion is open between 1 June and 30 September.

Peace and love

We weren’t the first to discover the calmer side of Ibiza. In the 60s, the island was a hippie paradise, and the flower power movement lives on today. Hippie hotspots include Berirras beach, where the drums beat out twilight rhythms, and markets such as Las Dalias in San Carlos.

But such seclusion is not always so easily achieved. Loved-up couples looking to escape the summer crowds and find an intimate spot usually have to leave their cars behind and follow hidden paths down to secluded beaches. But it’s well worth the effort, especially if you find a beach like Cala d’en Serra at the end of the path. Surrounded by cliffs and woods, and scarcely 45 metres long, it’s famed for its warm, transparent waters, home to sea urchins and the perfect place to go snorkeling.  If you time it right, you will only have to share this perfect beach with marine life and a solitary Caribbean-style refreshment stand.
Thankfully, you don’t need to forego comfort in order to enjoy a little peace and quiet on Ibiza. The island is a long-standing favourite with Hollywood royalty and other celebrities, who famously guard their privacy tightly. The dining room at Sublimotion, the most expensive restaurant in the word, has just 12 seats, all around a single table. So, only a dozen diners at a time can enjoy the gastro-sensory experience that double Michellin Star-winning chef Paco Roncero prepares every night. As well as culinary delights, diners are treated to a show like no other: several screens cover the dining room walls and, with each course, the scenery is transformed to create the illusion of the seabed or a hippie party. The perfect way to enjoy fine food? Or a meticulously staged illusion with just some food to accompany it? If you want to judge for yourself, then dinner costs €1,500.
The percussion festival in Benirras is held every Sunday during the Summer months.
Photo: Nacho Such / Shutterstock.com
Less futuristic but equally sophisticated is the Amante, a restaurant designed with couples in mind. Perched on the top of a cliff and offering views out over the Mediterranean, it serves traditional and contemporary Spanish and Italian dishes, alongside an unbeatable cocktail menu. It’s also reinvented the concept of the open-air cinema, replacing traditional bucket seats for luxury beanbags and popcorn for fine Jean Leon wine.
The sunset photograph taken from Cala Comte with the Isla del Bosque in the background is a best selling postcard of Ibiza.
Alongside fine dining and romantic cocktails, Ibiza offers a wide range of spas and health resorts, many just as decadent as the island’s most famous nightclubs. One ideal place to kick back and relax can be found inside the Hacienda Na Xamena hotel. The Hanging Cascades are a series of eight warm seawater pools connected by a string of waterfalls, all in the open air. The spa is some 180 metres above sea level, high on top of a cliff, offering not just unforgettable views out across the sea, but also the chance to escape the noise of the bars and clubs far below.

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