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Ibiza

Establishment neighborhood
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
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
Carrer de Ses Feixes, 52, Ibiza
The Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay delivers a classic hotel experience, with the luxury turned up. We’re talking two saltwater pools, a luxe Six Senses spa, a John Frieda hair salon, and multiple restaurants—including its Japanese fusion namesake. Most of the rooms have views over Talamanca Bay, plus a contemporary, beachy vibe that’s a departure from Nobu’s usual minimalism. But what the hotel lacks in originality it makes up for with world-class amenities: rainfall showers, organic cotton bedding, and an excellent concierge. The location is ideal—right outside of Ibiza town and highly accessible to other parts of the island.
Finca Legado
Carretera de Ibiza, Santa Eulalia
Not just another farmhouse turned hotel, Finca Legado stands out thanks to the creative vision of its owner, designer Andi Lackner. A well-known event organizer from Vienna, Lackner dreamed up a countryside paradise that feels more like your own (dreamy) private home than a hotel. Lush gardens overflow with hot-pink bougainvillea, olive trees, and rosebushes. And there’s a quiet terrace hidden around almost every corner. We particularly like the pool beds: The low metal platforms are topped with cushions covered in fabrics designed by Lackner himself.
Los Enamorados
Carretera de Portinatx, Ibiza
Overlooking Portinatx harbor on the rural northern edge of Ibiza, this former hostel is the creation of ex-basketball player Pierre Traversier and Roze de Witte, a former magazine editor. Adorned with curios from around the world, Los Enamorados has a distinctly ’70s, bohemian vibe. The hotel has a stunning terrace devoted to sun worshipping by day and gin and tonics by night. Guest rooms come with snorkels, beach towels, and—in a bold move—no televisions. Ibiza is famous for its trendy boutiques, but Traversier and de Witte have created an Aladdin’s cave where you can buy international gems (like Japanese kimonos and Balinese textiles), local crafts, and pretty much everything you see in the hotel.
La Granja
Carr. de Forada, Ibiza
A tiny sign stamped with a G is the only indication you’ve arrived. Set in the rolling farmlands near San Rafael, this secluded finca has been reimagined by Design Hotels founder Claus Sendlinger into an earthy, restrained retreat that doesn’t skimp on luxury. The pool is perched on a hillside and views stretch over the fields and olive groves to San Antonio Bay. La Granja’s interior oozes cool Danish minimalism—low furniture, a navy-and-taupe palette, zero clutter, and cool concrete floors. Bathrooms are stocked with locally made oils (in dainty glass bottles), and single-use plastics are not a thing. If you can’t secure a reservation—there are only nine rooms—book chef José Catrimán’s farmer’s table dinner. The multicourse meal, served communally beneath the pine trees, celebrates the best of La Granja’s garden bounty.
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