Ibiza Gran Hotel, Spain

A far cry from party-mad Sant Antoni, tranquil Ibiza Town offers visitors historic buildings and picturesque harbour viewsWednesday, November 9, 2016

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

A far cry from party-mad Sant Antoni, tranquil Ibiza Town offers visitors historic buildings and picturesque
harbour views. It’s here they’ll find Ibiza Gran Hotel — an artwork-dotted bolthole with an expansive spa and a fitness zone, not to mention restaurants serving the very finest in Mediterranean and Peruvian-Japanese cuisine.

Beyond the party-loving reputation of Sant Antoni, Ibiza Town offers a more relaxed, glossier vibe to discerning travellers. Home to Dalt Vila — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — Ibiza’s capital features a whitewashed old quarter that hugs the hillside from the cathedral-topped summit down to the quaint harbour below. For those who want to lose themselves in the world-famous vibrant nightlife without compromising on luxury, this southeastern pocket of the island has some of the best bars, restaurants and clubs in Ibiza.

The hotel
With Dalt Vila to one side and the Mediterranean Sea to the other, the Ibiza Gran Hotel can be found on the Paseo Maritimo, facing two super-yacht-dotted marinas: Marina Botafoch and Marina Ibiza. Talamanca beach and the city centre are only a short stroll away. Nestled within perfectly manicured gardens, the urban hotel is spread over five floors, each brought to life with over 365 original pieces of avant-garde artwork and innovative installations created around the themes of earth, life, air, water and sky.

With pale wooden floors, striking wall art and bubbling whirlpool baths, the 157 suites look out over the azure bay, many with hammock-topped terraces — some featuring a private heated pool. Outside, there are two swimming pools: located on an upper level, the adult-only one is ringed by Balinese beds and overlooks the pretty old town, the port and, just beyond, the glistening waters; the other, situated in sculpture-dotted gardens, features a handful of water hammocks.

For a slice of island living, guests can either hire luxe boats — and head to pristine beaches, with or without a skipper — or vehicles to explore nearby towns, sleepy villages, the natural beauty of the north, or the hidden bays and coves strewn along the rugged coastline. There’s also the option to reserve beach clubs and book VIP access to exclusive night clubs, parties and cabanas.

Spa & fitness
For relaxation, guests can retreat to the hotel’s 1,300sq metre Open Spa, which is divided into four dedicated zones. Flooded with light and decorated in a calming pale palette, the Open Aqua zone features a hydrotherapy circuit that takes spa-goers from heated pools with circulation-boosting jets and counter-currents to an ice pool and a Kneipp path. Throw in a hammam, Finnish sauna and whirlpool baths, and it’s easy to see why guests struggle to drag themselves away.

On the menu in the Open Experience zone is a tempting selection of 80-minute wellbeing treatments and therapies, from an Elemis massage with hot stones followed by a skin-softening facial, to a restorative aloe vera body wrap for sun-scorched skin. For guests who’ve overindulged the night before, the spa ritual combining exfoliation, a mud wrap and massage is the perfect remedy, helping the body to detox after those irresistible cocktails. Al fresco treatments are also available for those wishing to experience everything from aromatherapy to deep-tissue massage under the balmy sky.

Elsewhere, in the Open Beauty zone, a range of hairdressing, manicure, pedicure and make-up services are on offer, or for a more aerobic option, the Open Fitness zone is equipped with all the latest state-of-the-art machines to help guests burn off excesses.

Restaurants & bars

Possibly the hotel’s most famous asset — after its casino — is the excellent gastronomy at its three restaurants and bars.

Encompassing an eclectic mix of Eastern, Western and South American flavours, La Gaia and Cipriani form creative experiences that will satiate even the most refined palettes. Helping to put Ibiza on the map as an emerging foodie destination, La Gaia offers an innovative fusion of Japanese-Peruvian, or ‘Japeruvian’, cuisine — and is an extraordinary example of the perfectly executed symbiosis of pisco, matcha and sake. Head chef Óscar Molina interweaves the two culinary styles that appear to be at odds yet make for a delicious combination: think king prawn ceviche with passion fruit and miso, followed by Californian snow crab rolls with cucumber. And for dessert? Spiced chocolate truffles with sesame seed crumble.

Elsewhere, perched on 1960s seats, diners at Cipriani feast on a menu of Mediterranean delicacies in a room with a more modern interior design — plenty of polished wood, eye-catching art and curving, floor-length sliding doors.
Alternatively, tapas-style charcuterie nibbles are served at the poolside bar, washed down with tasty juices for that all-important five-a-day fix. And for those reluctant to move a muscle, the bar offers a sun-lounger service so guests can nibble on light bites while basking in the rays.

Last but not least: breakfast — it’s the most important meal of the day, after all. Everything from oysters to pancakes are on offer at Costa Mara, while the fresh bakery serves up homemade delicatessen chocolates among its sweet offerings.

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Make the most of Ibiza’s nightlife with VIP access to the best clubs and cabanas in the area

Need to know

Key Facilities

• 157 suites
• 2 swimming pools (1 adult-only)
• 3 restaurants: Costa Mara; La Gaia; and a poolside option
• Open Spa
• More than 365 original works of art

Contact Information

ibizagranhotel.com
T: +34 971 806 806
E: info@ibizagranhotel.com

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