In terms of luxury spring break destinations, Ibiza is consistently a top option. This small Balearic Island off Spain's eastern coast is most often considered only a package-tour playground. Insiders, however, know better. There's a serene side to this island: good restaurants, chic boutiques, lush countryside, beautiful beaches, and several luxe villas. And we think it's best experienced in spring.
While, yes, Ibiza's party scene is renowned, it can also distract from the island's beautiful sights, people, and other experiences. In fact, the only thing wrong with Ibiza may very well be its image. We're here to attest for its relaxed, luxurious side––perfect for romantic getaways and even family trips. Take our recommendations; book a large, luxury villa and take in breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Shop around Sanat Gertrudis Square, and enjoy incredible cuisine at any of Ibiza's hot spots.
Read on for more on the perfect short trip to Ibiza...and why spring is the best time to treat yourself to everything this island has to offer.
Where to Stay
Spring in Ibiza means perfect temperatures for enjoying meals al fresco. Opt for accommodations that make eating and sipping aperitif in the sunshine and cool air possible. This six-bedroom luxury villa, just next to the beach Es Torrent, is nestled on a lush coastal hillside, making the views sprawling and the sunrises and sunsets unreal. Its rustic decor compliments its natural surroundings, and with a veranda, swimming pool, and ample space, it makes the perfect location for a group trip, whether for a wedding or just a much-needed vacation. Rates from $4,732/night
On Ibiza there's a few major hotels to know: Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena, perched dramatically on a 600-foot cliff on the island's northern coast. Its 63 rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and terraces to make the most of the stunning views; most have private pools and Jacuzzis, and all suites have hammams. After a bike ride in the breezy spring air, come back and enjoy a full toxin release in your own private suite. The hotel also has four restaurants, lots of common space, and friendly and attentive staff. Rooms from $330
The Atzaro, frequented by A-listers looking to escape or recover from the activity of Ibiza's lively nightlife, is a renowned luxury 5-star hotel. Its rustic-chic decor emphasizes its inviting farm stay environment, making it one of the best options for R&R. Rooms from $237
If you're looking for a swankier, possibly more high-profile experience (it's located near the popular Nikki Beach beach club), ME Ibiza is one to check out. Its rooftop bar RADIO and infinity pool make it a sophisticated option for travelers who'd still like to be near the action. Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather with the multitude of water activities available just steps from the hotel. Rooms from $178/night
Where to Eat
Bambuddha Grove has remained one of Ibiza's chicest spots since it opened in 1998. It offers a perfect mix of urban energy (it's got a live D.J.) and island style (traditional Thai architecture and silky daybeds scattered through lush gardens). The menu features excellent spicy Asian-fusion fare, including delicious curries. Get transported to Ubud here and enjoy the heat of your curry in the crisp and balm spring weather in Ibiza.
Sueño de Estrellas, the restaurant at Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena, has incredible views off the north coast and some of the island's most sophisticated food. Chef Oscar Bueno Nielsson cooks French and Mediterranean dishes using local ingredients and a lot of creativity.
Where to Shop
While there are many ways to enjoy spring in Ibiza, from hiking to boating, shopping may be our favorite. On Santa Gertrudis Square, a shop called Te Quero carries a beautiful assortment of handmade leather bags, belts, purses, and briefcases, as well as deliciously old-fashioned travel cases from $20 to $5,000. The best ceramics in Sant Rafael are at Callert Icardi, which sells plain earthy cups, large bowls embellished with multiple glazes, and our favorite: wood-fired raku pieces glazed with copper that turns black in the oven and luminous in the sun.
And Don't Leave Home Without
A pair of Christian Roth sunglasses. Very Iberian.