The Ultimate Travel Guide for a Summer Break in Ibiza
From Sir Joan to La Paloma, here are the hotels, shops and restaurants worth visiting.
Welcome to Local Hype, a travel diary where we compile a curated list of our “Hometown Heroes” for you to enjoy. Featuring the buzziest hotels, restaurants and local treasures that we’ve experienced for ourselves suggested by the city’s locals.
Our next destination? Ibiza.
The Spanish island has long been at the top of everyone’s summer holiday list, and there are plenty of reasons for that. Idyllic beaches, life-changing nightlife and delectable food — Ibiza is a place that never seems to go out of style. Whether you’re visiting the island for its renowned commitment to partying or simply want a taste of its buzzy beach clubs and fresh food, there are a few hotels, shops and restaurants that are not to be missed.
First up, The Standard’s island outpost makes the perfect pitstop to lay your head after a long day, coupled with its distinctive cuisine at rooftop restaurant UP. Elsewhere, you’d be inclined to take an Instagrammable dip at Sir Joan Hotel, followed by a deeply aesthetic, homegrown dining experience at La Paloma.
Read on for more of our top picks.
The Standard Ibiza
The Standard Hotel offers a quiet escape in the midst of the bustling city, featuring rooftop views, cozy bedrooms and a delightfully-designed interior. Complete with its very own merchandise store (currently stocking a vibrant sunshine yellow collaboration with Christopher Kane’s More Joy,) the hotel features floor-to-ceiling views in its bedrooms, alongside plush sofas and drinks cabinets, plus a spacious lounge and bar area for drinking, working and everything in between.
Sir Joan has become known for its jewel-toned swimming pool, a major selling point for fans of aesthetically pleasing, water-based locations. Alongside the Instagram-worthy water, the hotel boasts its very own The Butcher restaurant, attached to its building and available to order when sat by the pool. Its best suite rooms come complete with an incredible bookcase, floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop terrace complete with deckchairs and dining table — perfect for entertaining.
Paraiso Beach, Es Canar
For a quieter way to enjoy Ibiza, opt for Es Canar’s Paraiso Beach hotel, an adults-only paradise with just 72 rooms. The small-but-mighty boutique hotel features everything you’d need for a budget-friendly stay in Ibiza, while still boasting a sleek and minimal design with a quiet pool. Rooms come complete with balconies or full terraces, overlooking the tranquil pool, alongside femme-empowering wall art and a compact standing shower.
If you come to Ibiza and do one thing, let it be La Paloma. A must-visit restaurant that’s a little off the beaten path, the unique space boasts a stunning garden overlooking incredible mountain views. Serving Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine during the day and Italian cuisine at night, the picturesque spot offers a truly unique dining experience featuring seasonal produce and fresh homemade food in a delightful summer setting.
One of Ibiza’s newest restaurants, MAINE, offers an elevated experience for Island diners. The luxurious bar and grill utilizes carefully sourced ingredients with the idea of togetherness at the heart of its presentation. Located against the deserted salt pans of Salinas, MAINE’s Ibiza restaurant sits inside an 18th century parish amidst the small church of Sant Francesc de s’Estany. Working with local farmers and fishermen, the extensive menu provides a taste of luxury.
UP at The Standard
UP, The Standard’s rooftop restaurant, combines picturesque views with an intensely refreshing menu. From seasonal spritzes and house cocktails to fresh fish and salads, the Japanese-Mexican fusion menu is the perfect respite for busy days in the city or lazy days in the sun. Paired with an intimate rooftop pool and occasional DJ, UP is an easy way to immerse yourself into Ibiza’s partygoer experience without straying too far from comfort.
The newly-opened ZITYA brings a sense of Boho to the Island, merging Turkish and Greek flavors for an unforgettable dining experience that can be enjoyed through small plates, sharing menus and traditional Aegean cuisine. Complete with its very own finca, the new restaurant takes over an iconic location, previously known as Naif, which once hosted Ibiza’s most memorable parties (frequented by the likes of Mick Jagger and Kate Moss.)
Nikki Beach is one of Ibiza’s most notable beach clubs, providing a vibrant party experience for daytimers and an extensive menu of classic cocktails and small plates. From fresh fish to fizzing Palomas, the bustling beach club and restaurant has the perfect pairing for any palate and provides its guests with the most comfortable way to enjoy an Ibiza party.
Luxury streetwear store HOMME PLUS offers a curated range of designer apparel and accessories, featuring brands like Martine Rose, Casablanca and Billionaire Boys Club. Specializing in menswear, the store features a number of unisex pieces alongside fragrance and homeware, and finds itself located in the heart of the town — right opposite The Standard Hotel.
Sneaker specialists, Thunderstreet, have two unique locations in Ibiza town, one of which specializes in coveted sneaker releases (including a delectable display of Dunks and other sought-after silhouettes) while its apparel store features special releases from brands like Stussy, OFF-WHITE, Supreme and MSCHF. Complete with one-off releases and special editions, the store is a must-visit for streetwear aficionados and collectors.
Numero 00’s newest location opened in Ibiza earlier this year. The minimal streetwear store boasts cool-toned concrete interiors and a distinctive selection of menswear, womenswear and accessories. Featuring a mixture of its own garments and select brands, the store offers a range of casual shirts, pants, hoodies and jackets.