Summer is here and for all of us spending time in the lovely Balearic Islands this means sampling the old and the new as its constantly changing here . I have been in Ibiza and Formentera over the last few months so have had the chance to try out a few new places and to check in with a few “old faithfuls”.
There have been massive investments made in the last 5 years and it might seem scary that there are now several beach “bars” which cost more than a good night out in London or Los Angeles and restaurants charging prices that make Paris and Tokyo look reasonable !
In Ibiza lets start by the water:
1. Xucla is my favorite beach shack, hidden away in the north of the island this small hut run by a brother and sister team serves great tasty dishes using fresh produce. Spend the afternoon there , order a cocktail and watch the sunset then wander up to the charming candlelit “shack”. They are open for lunch & dinner and you do need to reserve +34 679 670 599.
2. Babylon Beach Bar is now in its second year and has a swimming platform which makes swimming in the beautiful blue water there much easier. They have stylish and comfortable beach beds and the food is consistently good. This summer they added a more sophisticated restaurant for the evening with a very sexy bar! Babylon Beach +34 971 332 181 http://www.babylonbeachbar.com
3. The legendary waterfront Chiringuito on Tagomago Island ( once run by Roger Middleton and frequented by princesses and local artists alike ) has re opened this week. Thanks to Johnny Beach a well known DJ and entrepreneur in the event and restaurant world the little chiringuito will be open for lunch and dinner all summer from July 25th. The hours are 12.00- 22.00 and they accept cash only. John told me they are serving fresh produce and local sea food accompanied by wine and cocktails- bring your boat or have them pick you up in Pou des Lleo.
4. Aura has been a favorite night time stand by for anyone living in the north of the island so when I heard that it was changing hands I was slightly concerned …I did not need to be. I happened to go there last Monday for the opening night of Sacca as it is now called, the interior design is stylish and contemporary. The cherry blossom canopied bar is now in the center of the terrace, where it always should have been, as it provides a great nucleus, and place meeting point. The sushi and sashimi menu is fabulous as is the ambience. They still have a DJ and dance area and all in all I think its a great addition.
Several new places have opened on Formentera my tips are as follows:
5. Dont go to Juan and Andrea instead book in at Beso Beach also on Illetes and sit with your feet in the sand enjoying their service and great food. http://www.besobeach.com/besobeach.htm
6. Try the new and lovely Chez Gerdi for dinner – great italian dishes
7. Las Banderas on Playa Mitjorn is still serving great food and is a marvelous setting for lunch and swimming. They have also improved the rooms ever so slightly.
8. The police are out in force in Ibiza , sadly not so much to protect as to fine us, so drive responsibly and respect the local laws. There have been a spate of burglaries and hand bag theft so try not to walk around with the family heirlooms, keep it low key and you will avoid being noticed by those with bad intentions.
PS : I heard about a little bar in Cala St Vicent called Hidden – I have not been there yet but its sounds like fun.
- The forgotten Balearic – Formentera (epicatravel.com)
- 218. Ibiza, between work and relax… (robertocavalliblog.com)