The dining establishment with rooms
Incredibly, Mikasa is the very first spot in Ibiza to pitch itself as a dining establishment with spaces. The kitchen area has a strong Lebanese influence (plus coconut chia-seed bowls and grilled peaches on toast for brunch), and meals are served up on a Mint Julep dream of a terrace looking out throughout the marina to Ibiza Town.
The town secret
Rubbing shoulders with Ibiza’s huge guns – La Paloma, Macao, Wild Beets, Il Buco – light-bulb-strung garden restaurant Finca La Plaza has managed to squeeze in and find its location, simply behind the main square in Santa Gertrudis. There are cactuses and flickering candles, Aztec-bright cushions and natural woven chairs – it is still restrained and grown up, contemporary yet still feels rooted. The Josper oven provides up juice Galician T-bone, charred infant chicken, plus grilled artichoke with lemon and blackened corn on the cob alongside bowls of burrata and smoky babaganoush. This fearless cooking from chef Antonio Laruso will be amazing to enjoy. Why not try it for your next Ibiza restaurant reservations?
The seaside shake-up
Drowsy Santa Eularia in Ibiza has pulled up its bootstraps this year with two vibrant new openings. Up, right by the moored-up boats, is Los Otros Harbour. Little sibling to the ultra-hip Sant Joan concept store and kitchen, it dishes out the same vegan/veggie treats: crispy jackfruit steamed bao buns, the well-known betroot-bright pink burger and raspberry and matcha cereal bars. And it runs a cheery weekly DJ set, Happy Fri-Yay, with El Børrel. Down on the beach, Chiringuito Blue has more of a Middle Eastern bent to its food: shakshuka, menemen-style eggs, herby lamb koftas. Kids in Ibiza has a pop-up club here to keep little ones entertained and post-lunch shots of homemade piña-cello (limoncello with pineapple and ginger) are completely motivated.
7 Pines, Ibiza
An extreme turnaround
Finally something has been done with dirty old Club Calimera up on the cliffs in between Cala Codolar and Cala Conta in Ibiza Seven Pines is a vast whitewashed number, a low-rise, traditional-style Truman show of a village, with its matching mini rental properties and swim-up pools. And when the gardens bed in and the dining establishments (The View, with its views down the south-west coast to Es Vedra, and The Cone, left) get into their groove, this resort, huge and brassy as it is, might in fact pull it off.
The club resurgence
Most likely the most significant news on Ibiza’s musical landscape is a polish for the fat cherries of 51-year-old-Pacha. The brand-new owners picked a recognisable but certainly upgraded aim to the tune of a few million euros. The Funky and Worldwide Spaces have actually departed and then DJ cubicle and a few of the VIP tables have actually fallen to the enlarged dance floor. Designer Juli Capella has actually been committed to white, what he calls the colour of the island. The outcome? A different burst of energy for an old classic.
Chiringuito Manolito, Formentera
The barefront beach shack
The owners of the restaurant Can Joana took over this former kiosko in Formentera’s Playa Levante last summer however in some way it didn’t work. Now Ida and Vittorio, the Swedish-Italian power couple behind beach club 10.7, have dived in with Chiringuito Manolito, serving Provençal increased, spaghetti vongole and tiramisu, and a tiny store selling Reina Olga swimwears. That’s not to say it’s chi chi. Vice versa. Cuban salsa plays, stripped-back tables are set up in the dune, and there are focaccia sandwiches and ice cream for anybody just visiting. Here is a cool hangout with pedigree.
The sushi surprise
On the port at La Savina, novice hotspot Temakinho Formentera is complete of Italians on any given night (they know the home-grown brand from its stations in Rome and Milan). They are here for the Japanese-Brazilian blend food – ceviches and tartares, mango and pink-pepper Caipirinhas – and a soundtrack of bossa nova and jazz. The sushi is seriously excellent and fairly sourced.