Sea-facing Seven Pines Kempinski Ibiza takes its name from the sweet-scented evergreen conifers that surround it. It should probably work the word ‘cliff’ into its moniker too, given its secluded setting right on the island’s Es Vedrà-facing, easterly edge. The state-of-the-art Pure Seven spa will have you rejuvenated before you can say ‘om’, and the infinity pool is the place to appreciate the cliff-side setting – especially through the gleaming glass wall that showcases the sea.
Noon, but flexible for a fee (€100 for up to 6pm), subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible (€150 from 8am) if your room’s ready.
Double rooms from £290.68 (€323), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.40 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually include breakfast.
The minibars are actually ‘House Bars’: an in-room cocktail corner with an ice machine, mixers and a garnish-filled fridge (mint, lime, sugar cane, salt and soft drinks).
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, gym, free valet parking. In rooms: beach bag, free bottled water, tea and coffee, air-conditioning, flatscreen TV, Bluetooth sound-system and Molton Brown bath products.
Our favourite rooms
If spying the island’s famous sunsets is top of your agenda, it has to be a perfectly positioned Cliff Suite, which are also the most secluded. For groups, opt for a two-bed option, or book out one of the four-room Ibizan buildings in its entirety for your own family finca. The Laguna Suites are fantastic for families, but – since they’re right in the centre of the resort, and by the children’s pool – not the quietest.
There are two main pools around the resort. The lengthy, Es Vedra-facing infinity pool is adults-only and has an eight-metre glass wall to best showcase the sea. The Laguna Pool is surrounded by the Laguna Suites, shallower and frequented by families.
Fringed by fragrant pines and overlooking the sea, the Pure Seven Spa is arguably the feather in the hotel’s hat. Spread over 1,500sq m, this state-of-the-art facility is staffed by a small army of therapists with wide-ranging specialities – something that’s all too clear once you see the length of the treatment list. Borrowing from ancient medicine and cutting-edge science alike, the menu is inspired by wellness traditions from across the globe, incorporating Maya, Indian Ayurveda, Chinese and European techniques. Treatments are always tailored to the individual, and make use of organic (and vegan) products from the local area, including salts, herbs and citrus fruits. Alongside the treatment rooms, there’s a thermal circuit (complete with steam bath, saunas, a cold mist area and water bed); an impressive window-walled studio for yoga, pilates and meditations sessions; a hair and beauty salon; and barber services. Nutritional coaching and personal training sessions in the gym can also be arranged.
Balearic bronze needs bright white kaftans and fluorescent flourishes to offset it.
Six of the suites are suitable for wheelchair users. Personal trainers can be booked and hiking trails can be mapped out on request.
All ages welcome, but one of the pools is over-15s only. Laguna Suites are best for families, away from the main pool area which has a more adult vibe. Babysitting is available with two days’ notice for €35 an hour (minimum three hours per booking).
Babies and up
The Laguna Suites, which are right by the family-friendly pool, or one of the multi-room options. Alternatively, families and groups of friends will love being able to book four rooms at once, by taking over one of the standalone, traditional buildings.
There’s a shallower pool for kids, set in the middle of the resort and surrounded by the Laguna Suites, as well as palm and olive trees.
Children are welcome in all of the dining establishments, except for the Pershing Yacht Terrace. There are no special menus, but dishes can be adapted for younger taste buds and staff are happy to heat up milk and baby food. Highchairs available.
Babysitting is available with two days’ notice for €15 an hour (minimum two hours per booking).
No need to pack
Travel cots, stair gates, high chairs, booster seats, toys, crayons, paints, paper, board games, bicycles and helmets.
The hotel uses locally sourced, seasonal, organic produce where possible, and the kitchen’s induction stoves have zero carbon emissions. The buggies are electrical and each bungalow has solar panels.
Close to the edge or around the open kitchen up at the chef’s table at the View; and join the party at one of the long sharing tables at Cone Club.
Fabulous florals and fluoros to break up the whitewashed decor.
The View is where breakfast is served in a clifftop setting with a side of panoramic views. Be sure to sample the outputs of the bread oven – you have until midday to make it out of bed. By night, this restaurant transforms into a fine-dining, Med-facing affair, offering European food with a Korean twist (eg: poached and robata-grilled beef tenderloin with barbecued mushroom and charred spring onion). Chilled-out Cone Club dishes up Mediterranean sharing plates with Arabic and Asian influences either indoors or under a covered sunset-showcasing, cabana-toting terrace; we loved the local mackerel with steamed aubergine, split chickpeas and dashi vinaigrette.
There are various imbibing opportunities throughout the resort, but the most spectacular is the Pershing Yacht Terrace, designed by the famous boat builders and with the sleek lines and glossy curves to match. Torches and fire pits surround the outdoor seating area. There’s a bar by both pools – the one at the lagoon pool is open until 7pm, the adults-only infinity pool is open until 8pm – and another by the lobby, which serves drinks from 9am to 5pm.
In the View, breakfast is from 8am until noon, and dinner from 8pm until 12.30am. Cone Club is open from noon until 12.30am.
The hotel is in eastern Ibiza, away from the buzz of the big towns and with the uninterrupted views to match.
The island’s main aviation hub, Eivissa Airport, is 22 kilometres away; the drive should take around 25 minutes. Hotel transfers can be arranged for €105 each way (€130 in July and August).
The closest town is San Josep, around a 15-minute drive from the hotel. There’s free valet parking when you arrive.
Yacht-based transfers can be arranged on request.
Worth getting out of bed for
Your first stop should be the stellar spa, but if your relaxation levels have peaked, the hotel can arrange cross-country biking, swims in the sea and watersports including stand-up paddle-boarding, water-skiing and sailing. Hike to local beauty spots and beaches (Torre Rovida, Cala Comta, Cala Escondida, Sa Figuera Borda), ride a buggy or quad bike up and down the east coast, take an e-bike to Torre Robira, or go cliff-diving if you’re in need of an adrenalin fix. Meditation and private picnics are more low-key ways to pass the time. The concierge will gladly craft itineraries taking in diving, beach-hopping, yacht excursions and more. Head to Ibiza Town to explore Dalt Vila (which translates as ‘Upper Town’), the Unesco-protected part of the city and Ibiza Puerto’s shop-dotted marina. Be sure to get back to the hotel before sundown to secure a perch with the clearest view of mystical isle Es Vedrà.
The resort's twin Mediterranean restaurants have the double-whammy appeal of being close to your room and serving up delicious dishes with a side of view. Further afield (around a 40-minute drive away), in a historic house with a courtyard and street-side tables, Ca Na Ribes has been serving Ibizan food since 1926 (with the trad decor to match); it’s located across the island in Santa Eulalia. A similar distance away is the breezy beach club Sa Punta, near Cala Talamanca, where perfect steaks, salsa verde and crispy chips can be washed down with jugs of sangria. In Eivissa, try the old-school seafood specialists Ca N’Alfredo.
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The pine-scented (and -surrounded) Seven Pines Kempinski Ibiza is a fragrant alternative to the showier side of Ibiza, away from the big towns and sprawling across its own peaceful, cliff-edge patch. Es Vedra is watching you – the island’s iconic offshore rocky landmass is visible from various vantage points throughout the hotel. The rooms cater to every kind of traveller, whether you’ve got mini Smiths in tow and need somewhere happy to host raucous, rowdy behaviour (try the Laguna Suites, set around the family-friendly pool). If it’s the adults in your party most likely to be causing a disturbance, go for one of the Cliff Suites, so you’re suitably sequestered from other guests – it’s just you and the sea, and she’s not going to be complaining. The eating options are varied should you want to stay put; otherwise, it’s a short drive across the island to a breezy beach club or slick restaurant. Fun fact: the bar is the first one ever on dry land designed by luxury boat builders Pershing