No trip to Ibiza is complete without ticking off the perfect sunset, and nowhere does that better than La Torre in Cap Negret. We spent 3 nights here and loved it, there’s no pool but one of our favourite beaches, Cala Gracio is a 10-minute walk down the hill and the beautiful clear waters of Cala Salada are a five-minute drive away.
Hacienda Na Xamena- We only visited for an afternoon (see below) but our short visit has us dying to go back to stay. Situated on the north coast of the island the hotel opened back in the halcyon days of the Seventies, and whilst many luxury hotels have opened since then, Hacienda Na Xamena remains just as prominent as its rivals. Its clifftop position (180 meters above the ocean) lends a hand to the hotels popularity. All rooms come equipped with jacuzzi baths and open up onto terraces or balconies so you can take in the dreamy views from dawn to dusk.
Avoid San Antoni like the plague, grimey sports bars, terrible music and teenagers vomiting onto the streets should not be on your holiday wishlist, and instead head north to Haçienda Na Xamena, which boasts the kind of jaw-dropping views you see in the pages of Conde Nast Traveller. We spent the afternoon here to…
experience the renowned La Posidonia spa and their signature Cascadas Suspendidas treatment – an outdoor thalassotherapy circuit consisting of several pools with heated sea water and equipped with air jets providing massages during the 45 minute treatment. We recommend going for sunset and then enjoying dinner at the spectacular Eden restaurant – taking in the unobstructed views of the Med as the sun goes down. The spa is open to non-hotel guests but booking is required.
Take to the open seas with Bohemian Boat Charters. They have a small fleet of traditional Spanish boats available for hire and require no licence. You can charter one for a half of full day from Benirras Beach. The boats are perfect for both beginners and experienced boaters. We spent a morning exploring the coast line with a champagne breakfast and anchored up in some secluded spots so that we could do some snorkelling. It felt like we were the only people around for miles which felt so special and pretty much sums up why I love the ocean so much.
Swimming and seafood at Cala Xuclar – This tiny little beach feels like a well kept secret, tucked up on the rugged northern coast its an ideal spot if you’re looking to escape from the crowds. You won’t find any serviced day beds here, just a simple beach shack serving up some of the freshest seafood we tasted on the island. You can’t book in advance, so get down there with plenty of time.
Famous for its hippie drumming Sundays is Benirrás beach, one of my favourites on the island. The sand isn’t the softest and is mostly grainy with rocks, but what it lacks in sand it makes up with in atmosphere. The vibe is so relaxed here, it’s the complete opposite to the flashy beach clubs on the south of the island. Head down there in time for sunset with a blanket and a glass of wine from the bar and catch the local bongo players bidding farewell to the sun with their rhythmic beats.
Cala Gracioneta is a perfect little beach cove, with shallow turquoise sea, the perfect spot for a lazy afternoon with cold cocktails and snacks from Chiringuito bar and restaurant, situated on top of the bay.
Day trip to Formentera – Ibiza’s cooler little sister completely stole my heart. With ferries running every 30 minutes or so from the port of Ibiza, there’s no excuse not to visit. We loved how relaxed and quiet it was there but with beach clubs such as Beso which had a real buzz about it. Order one of the huge pans of Paella and indulge in some seriously tempting rose’s and cocktails.
Cala Mastella: tiny, pretty and with one of the best fish shacks on the island: El Bigotes. There isn’t a website, or a menu for that matter, but the restaurant serves up some of the best fish on the island. Perched on the edge of the water, there are only 2 servings a day, the first is a selection of grilled fish, and the second is the famous fish stew which we missed but witnessed the preparation of and it smelled amazing. You must book in advance.
WHAT TO PACK:
We didn’t come to Ibiza to party, we wanted to explore the quieter side of the island, that being said, packing for Ibiza should be fun. My suitcase was filled with plenty of bikinis, (we spent pretty much all day every day at one beach or another), statement earrings to take you from a lazy beach day to sunset cocktails and oversized linen shirts that work as well for a relaxed lunch as a nice dinner (just add heels).
HOW TO GET AROUND:
Hire a car as soon as you arrive. The island itself isn’t huge – you could drive the length of it in a hour. But you’ll want to have the freedom to explore the many hidden coves and less well known beach-shack restaurants which do some of the best fish on the island. We hired a car from Europcar for 6 days for around €250 euros. It’s worth noting that most rental cars aren’t permitted to be taken over to the Island of Formentera. We left our car at the port for a couple of days and hired a scooter to get around Ibiza’s smaller sister island.
WHERE — Ibiza / Formentera
PHOTOGRAPHY — Carlie Tasker
DISCLOSURE — Our stay at La Torre and visit to Hacienda Na Xamena was a complimentary collaboration in exchange for social content.