Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay shows that the culinary icon’s empire is growing apace – much like chef Matsuhisa’s elegantly devised fusion dishes, Ibiza’s carefree charms have been tastefully synthesised into this ultra-luxe hotel. The spa shows off the wellness wonders of the Six Senses hotel group, rooms exhibit the locals’ artisanal adroitness and a swimwear-all-day ambience gives way to dress-to-impress nights at the poolside bar and namesake restaurant. Its Talamanca Bay locale pairs the isle’s natural parks and beatific beaches, and with a too-cute kids’ club and safe paddling, this is a dish all the family can enjoy.
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Homemade macarons and a shot of the local hierbas Ibicencas (herb liquor) each
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from £371.14 (€419), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out and an additional of 4.4% per person per night on check-out.
Rates don’t usually include breakfast (€40 an adult, each day; €20 a child), unless you’re staying in one of the Grand Suites.
Looking for authentic Ibizan wares with an eco-friendly ethos to bring back as souvenirs? Or did you forget your swimsuit? No problem, the hotel’s Almacen boutique (open 10am to 6pm) stocks covetable artisanal goods and Earth-kind clothing.
The property closes annually from mid-to-late October to mid-to-late April.
At the hotel
Beach, spa with nail bar and John Frieda hair salon, boat-charter service, kids’ club, boutique, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: 48-inch flatscreen TV, Nexus tablet, Nespresso coffee machine, Audio Pro iPod dock, mini cocktail cabinet, plug adaptor, beach bag and Natura Bissé bath products. From the Deluxe Suite Sea View upwards, you’ll have a kitchenette too.
Our favourite rooms
All rooms have been luxuriously outfitted and curated to ensure a true sense of place. We love the colourful hand-blown glass lamps, rattan furnishings and blue-and-white bed covers. Decor is similar in all rooms, but if you splurge on a suite you’ll have a little extra space to play with, and likely a better sea view. The Presidential and Royal suites have two terraces and intriguing extras like a roof terrace, kitchen and bar, but the Penthouse is by far the most generous with very special extras, including one in-suite John Frieda hairstyling session, daily breakfast served to your suite, a special children's play corner for little Smiths, one free spa treatment a day, a signed memoir from famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and a pressing service; plus, you can request a Nobu chef to cook a private dinner for an extra charge.
There are two heated seafront pools. The 200sq m adults-only pool (over-18s only) has double day-beds and cushioned sunloungers (and Bali beds, which can be hired for an extra charge), and the bar is just a few flip-flopped steps away – you needn’t get up though, helpful servers will appear by your side to top up your tinto de verano. The 184sq m family pool sits close to the kids’ club. It’s surveyed by a lifeguard from 9am to 9pm, but parents can watch their water babies from one of the chaises-longues around the sides if they wish.
Another beloved Smith brand – Six Senses hotels – have taken the reins at the spa (sending guests into a state of bliss is what they’re known for after all). Massages involve shiatsu, Thai pummeling and easing muscles using bamboo stalks; facials are laced with the likes of gold leaf, saffron and frankincense and collagen-stimulating serums; and there’s a series of refreshing wraps. Masseurs can unwork knots in beach cabanas with sea views too. The John Frieda hair salon and mani-pedis at the Nail Bar will help you beautify for big nights out, and gym bunnies can hit the ellipticals and free weights, or train outdoors with yoga and tai chi sessions and plyometrics, TRX and boxing by the beach. Holistic practitioners often spend the summer here, too.
Bring rubber beach shoes for navigating stony coves and a kaftan for when sea breezes bring a chill (or for hanging out in Chambao restaurant).
The hotel’s public areas are wheelchair accessible and the ground-floor Deluxe Rooms and the larger suites.
Children are welcome. The impressive kids’ club hosts four to 12 year olds. Babysitting is available for €20 an hour; must be booked five hours in advance.
Juniors, tweens and teens will get the most fun out of the kids’ club and activities.
The Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites interconnect. But if you’re going all out, the Penthouse Suite has three bedrooms and extras for kids, such as free kids’ club entry and a DJ lesson.
DJ workshops, jewellery making and basket-weaving, trips to the hippie markets and even sushi-making sessions at Nobu (quite the start for mini chefs): Ibiza’s lures have been shrunk down for four-to-12 year olds at the kids’ club. Trained childminders also oversee fancy-dress parties, mermaid and pirate days, sandcastle building, beach athletics, yoga, paddleboarding and more from 10am to 6pm.
There’s a heated, open-air, family-friendly pool for under-18s close to the kids’ club, where a lifeguard keeps an eye on swim babies from 9am to 9pm.
Children are welcome in Nobu and Chambao and dishes can be adapted on request, plus there are highchairs to hand and servers will happily heat milk or baby food.
A babysitter can be hired for €40 an hour, must be booked five hours in advance.
Digging your toes into the sand at Chambao and under the twinkling lights of the terrace at Nobu.
Bougie beachy for Nobu (gilded flat sandals, floor-length gowns, light linen suits) and come as you please at Chambao (although a cover-up won’t go amiss).
There are three restaurants at the hotel. Naturally, Nobu is one of them, serving up fine Japanese-Peruvian fare, including chef Matsuhisa’s iconic signatures: tiradito, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, and – of course – miso-glazed black cod. Beachside chiringuito Chambao, is more of a ‘wander in with sand-dusted feet’ kinda joint. With liberal use of rattan and wicker, and ample sea-admiring angles, it’s all set for lingering lunches. Grilled fish and paella are the specialty here, washed down with expertly shaken cocktails and sluggable Spanish wines; and there’s a dedicated kids’ menu too. Even more laidback is the Beach Deck – quite literally as you snack on sushi rolls, fruit platters and vitamin-packed smoothies (or a frosty glass of sangria-like tinto de verano) while reclining on pillow-plumped day-beds. Breakfast is bountiful too, with pastries and pancakes, eggs any way, yoghurts, daily baked bread, English breakfasts and an omelette station, plus gluten-free options.
Slip on some enormous shades for propping up the Pool Bar and mingling with suntan-lotion-scented sophisticates clinking botanical-laced cocktails. As the sun sets it becomes even more modish; here people meet for pre-dinner apéritifs or to listen to DJ sets till late. Nobu bar also has a range of chilled sakes to pair with small plates of sushi. And, if you’d prefer to sip on your terrace, a barman can be summoned to your room for mixology duty.
Nobu serves dinner from 7pm to 11.30pm; drinks flow at the bar till 12.30am. Chambao hosts breakfast from 8am to 11am and lunch/ very early dinners from 1pm to 5pm; and snacks and smoothies are served on the beach Deck from 10am to 7pm.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay sits by the sparkling azure waters of Talamanca Bay, just 2km north of Ibiza Town and close to bustling Marina Botafoch and historic Dalt Vila.
Ibiza Airport is a mere 15-minute drive from the hotel. There are direct flights from major cities in Europe; flights from further afield will need to stopover. Transfers can be arranged from €125 to €145 each way depending on how luxurious a vehicle you choose.
A car will come in handy to explore the island’s lesser-sung natural beauty spots and hard-to-find beaches; pick up some wheels at the airport. There’s free valet parking onsite.
You can catch a ferry to Ibiza from Barcelona (an eight-hour trip with Trasmediterranea), Valencia (a five-hour trip with Balearia) and Palma (a two-hour trip with Balearia). Alternatively, charter your own yacht – staff are happy to help with mooring.
Worth getting out of bed for
Talamanca Beach, on the hotel’s doorstep, will satisfy all your sand-dusted desires, but if you want to mix things up, the neighbourhood has an embarrassment of beautiful beaches. Sail over to Formentera to enjoy the luminous Caribbean-like waters lapping Playa de Ses Illetes, drive 10 minutes to secluded cliff-sheltered cove S'Estanyol, paddle in a natural park at Ses Salines, enjoy music and Mediterranean street food at Beso Beach, and drive northwest to Cala Bassa for crystal-clear waters and a quartet of chiringuitos. If the local art on the walls has awoken something in you, visit La Nave, a gallery in a former Salinas salt storehouse owned by New Yorker Lio Malca, to pick up a piece of your own; or tour the indie shops and tapas bars of Unesco-protected, ancient fortified town Dalt Vila. Take a day trip to the Ses Salines salt flats, then perch on Experimental Beach for sunset views of mystical limestone outcrop Es Vedra. For a closer look, take a trip out to this third most magnetic site in the world, where UFOs have allegedly been spotted hovering above. And, if you’re staying on a Sunday (from June to September), head to the San José mountains in Cova Santa for healing rituals and house parties held in a cave – plus trippy art performances – at the freethinking WooMoon festivities.
If you don’t happen to have your own yacht, the hotel can charter a boat for you, so you can hop along a string of secluded coves, or head out to Espalmador, the northern point of Formentera, where you’ll find a private uninhabited islet that can only be reached by sea, where you’re likely to have the place to yourself. The hotel’s boutique will help you assemble the Ibiza look (scarves, dainty flip-flops, floaty skirts and dresses), but Vicente Ganesha in Ibiza Town and Sluiz in Santa Gertrudis are worth raiding for boho bits.
For those travelling with kids, Ibiza’s hippie markets will enchant with their princess-making flower crowns, noisy instruments and colourful jewellery; the best are well-established Las Dalias, Punta Arabí and Sant Jordi, and many have live music, sizzling street food and run-till-late parties. Minibiza, a 15-minute drive away, is a sports and country club for little ones with a beautiful games park and playroom. Take to the sea for family snorkelling or stand-up paddleboarding or head inland on a jeep safari to see the island’s vineyards, orchards, farmland and pine forests.
Whether you’re a first-timer or long-term fan, dining at Nobu is a must at least once during your stay. But the island’s culinary delights are many, so ask staff to arrange an outing to La Granja farmstead (a 20-minute drive north) for dinner with chef José Catrimán to see slow-food rituals and agricultural knowhow in action. A short drive along the coast, Jul’s Ibiza is elegant yet unstuffy, with an indoor-outdoor seating plan, a DJ spinning house tunes, and fine fare – the lobster risotto with squash and truffle is a favourite. La Torreta in the old town plays fast and loose with Ibiza’s produce to great effect. Its menu has diverse delights such as scallops with ginger panna cotta and cod with tomato marmalade and wasabi aioli. Try to nab a table outside. As luck would have it, just next door is the excellent El Olivo Mio, which tends towards the traditional. Head to San Juan for simple yet satisfying home-cooked tapas at Vista Alegre, or try the alleged best tortilla at C'an Cosmi (Plaza de la Iglesia, Santa Agnès de Corona) on the north coast – take yours on the terrace overlooking the 18th-century church. And, just along the promenade by the hotel is an unassuming fish shack, for sea-to-plate snacks and the flaó d'Eivissa (a tart goat’s-cheese cake with mint and lemon). At Los Enamorados (the lovers) in Portinatx, a fisherman drops off his catch daily, and diners sit under palm fronds on faux-fur lined stools.
La Paloma is a beautiful, shabby-chic cafe with wildflowers and vintage tchotchkes on the walls and mismatched seating on the leafy terrace. The menu is small but superb – order the signature solomillo (steak with balsamic vinegar and thyme).
Ibiza upholds its reputation as a party isle and it’s still home to big-deal dance clubs. Pacha – the first lady of the island’s club scene – still has a stellar line-up each summer. HÏ, on Platja d’en Bossa, gives the spotlight to world-class electronic artists and Heart, a five-minute drive away, holds neon-drenched nights with different music each day.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this high-end hippie of a hotel by Talamanca Bay and unpacked their daisy crowns and stoneware vases, a full account of their glamorous white isle break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay…
The restaurant that made miso-glazed black cod an icon of a dish has become quite the hotelier too. Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay joins a string of seductive stays with tantalising ingredients. Take a pinch of Ibiza’s free-spirit, a dash of cosmopolitan luxuriance and sprinkle with some local flavour to achieve this dishy beachside hideaway. Rooms largely have views of Talamanca Bay and the sparkling Med beyond, and they’ve been accentuated by resident artisans, using their covetable hand-blown glass lamps, wall-mounted ceramics and rattan furnishings (the on-site boutique sells eco-friendly wares if you simply must have something from your room). They’re all charming, but suites with roof terraces, private pools and their own bar prove the most alluring. The beach is close enough to smell the fresh salt air from your terrace, and the hotel’s designed so you can seamlessly move from the swinging chairs in the lobby to the chiringuito for cocktails, to the spa for a that’s-the-spot massage, nail lacquering and a little titivating at the John Frieda salon. This may be more of a dun-glowsticking sort – after all, little ones are warmly welcomed and have their own above-and-beyond kids’ club – but staff will acquire club tickets, yachts for hire and cut-above excursions for those who still want to live it large. And, after sundowners, guests zhuzh up for nights spent with drinks by the Med set to laidback beats after languid meals of world-class sushi, and yes, that black cod.