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La Galeria Elefante
Carr. de San Miquel, Santa Gertrudis de la Frontera
A treasure trove of clothing, accessories, and home design pieces, La Galeria Elefante was opened by Victoria Durrer-Gasse nearly ten years ago. Located in a historic finca just outside Santa Gertrudis, each room reveals something new—colorful racks of vintage dresses mixed with boho basics from Mes Desmoiselles and Victoria, the in-house line. But it’s about more than just fashion. Many of the artisanal items she sells are produced in partnership with international NGOs, with proceeds supporting these organizations. They also have a small yoga studio behind the shop, where some of the island’s most sought-after teachers run weekly classes.
Chiringuito Cala Xuclar
Carretera San Joan Portinatx, Ibiza
There are plenty of high-profile chiringuitos (casual beach shacks) on the island (like Es Xarcu and Es Torrent), but for a true sand-in-your-toes experience, you can’t go wrong with this little family-run restaurant. Make sure you have four-wheel drive to get down the steep and dusty road to the tiny cove, where you’ll be rewarded with a rotating menu of daily fish specials, cooked to perfection with crisp sides of fried potatoes and grilled vegetables.
Wild Beets
Carrer Venda de Can Llàtzer, Santa Gertrudis de la Frontera
Ibiza isn’t short on vegan options, but the most popular (and the tastiest) has to be Wild Beets. Founded by former New Yorker Cliff Grubin, the light-saturated, roomy restaurant is in central Santa Gertrudis. Açaí bowls and chia puddings to start the day are followed by Buddha bowls and other plant-based mains, like shiitake meatballs, Vietnamese pho with zucchini noodles, and an amazing veggie burger.
La Paloma
Avda Pedro Matutes Noguera, Ibiza
La Paloma, one of the island’s most popular restaurants located in the barely there town of San Lorenzo, kind of does it all. There’s the daytime restaurant, La Paloma Café, serving a casual, Middle Eastern–leaning menu with falafel, hummus, and fresh, farm-driven salads. By night, different owners take over and the garden fills up with island visitors eating an Italian-inspired menu. Whatever meal you choose, make sure to book in advance and ask to sit in the garden beneath the lemon and orange trees, twinkling with lights. Atmosphere is not a problem here.
Soulshine Retreats
Upon Request, Ibiza
Ibiza has as many wellness retreats as it does nightclubs. We’ve sifted through the crystals for you and can attest that Soulshine—a company founded by yogi and life coach Soulla Demetriou in 2013—delivers. Soulshine’s weeklong luxury yoga retreats involve meditation, Reiki, Shiatsu, breathwork, and every other healing modality you can think of. (These consistently sell out, so book early.) A restorative (and hopefully sunny) week is fortified with hearty plant-based food and shimmery sea views from Can Shui, a gorgeous private villa in the north of the island
Formentera Verde
57 Carrer de Joan Castelló Guasch, Sant Ferran de Ses Roques
Landing here without your #goodcleangoop moisturizer is a bummer, but it happens. This cheerful shop in Sant Ferran doesn’t have quite the same merch as Brentwood’s goop Lab, but there are still plenty of clean options. Bright green shelves heave with recognizable Euro brands, and the Lanzaloe moisturizers made from 100 percent organic aloe vera grown in the nearby Canary Islands are especially gorgeous.
Casa Telmo
Carrer d'en Deià, 27, Mahón
The owners of Quintana Roo, a local interior design company, originally purchased this historic home to live in but eventually converted it to a five-room boutique hotel. Despite its location right in the center of Mahón, the only indication you’ve arrived is a red door (there is no sign). Each room is inspired by the fictional travels of “Telmo,” a fictional character whose story is woven through the building. Casa Telmo is far from minimal—antiques, wicker baskets, and tasteful curios fill every nook. The M suite, with its terracotta floors and blush pink bathroom, was an immediate favorite. For something smaller but no less grand, try the E suite, which is tucked under the eaves on the top floor and mimics a luxe safari tent with plush velvet club chairs and zebra hide rugs.
Belmond La Residencia
Carrer son Canals, Deia
In classic Belmond style, the group managed to find the two most authentically preserved, drop-dead gorgeous sixteenth-century manor houses to act as its Mallorcan flagship. Nestled into Deià’s Tramutana mountains, La Residencia’s massive rooms, three pools, spa, and in-house art gallery make the hairpin turns of the drive from Palma entirely worth it. Inspired by Deià’s artistic spirit, the hotel has a café dedicated to surrealist Joan Miró, with thirty-three of his original works on the walls, and a gallery displaying works from other local artists. Belmond partnered with designer Matthew Williamson, who moved to Mallorca several years ago, on Suite 67—it is easily our favorite. The cottage and pool area are soaked in color, with green floral wallpaper, antique furniture, and thoughtful conveniences like a jewelry tray and Roberts radio on the dresser.
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