Six Senses Ibiza may blend into its lush surroundings but it’s no wallflower – in fact, it’s breaking the mold in more ways than one. For starters, it’s received international recognition for its eco-friendly architecture and design, so a stay here is good for the soul in more ways than one. It’s also the first European outpost for celebrity chef Eyal Shani who’ll work his (mostly) plant-based magic in all four restaurants. Then, there’s the far-beyond-the-ordinary Six Senses spa with its raft of radical treatments. But don’t expect to be entirely virtuous – by night, you can take in the mesmerising sunset views with a cocktail in hand at the Beach Caves, the hotel’s hip-shaking live music venue.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both can be flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £977.26 (€1,150), including tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast – you’ll have a choice of à la carte or buffet options (all local and organic, of course) in the Farmer’s Market or the Orchard.
Curated by two former Vogue editors and stylists, the Agora boutique will reinforce the tenets of sustainable fashion: reduce, recycle, rent and restore.
Unlike many hotels on the island, Six Senses Ibiza will remain open in the cooler months.
At the hotel
Public beach in reach, swimming pool, spa, gym, yoga pavilion, night club, recording studio, photography gallery, library, concept boutique, organic farm, kids’ club, free valet parking. In rooms: TV, free WiFi, minibar, pillow menu, plug adaptors.
Our favourite rooms
It doesn’t get cooler than the Cave Royale – this Batman-worthy suite is built into the cliff and designed to feel like, well, a cave. But instead of darkness, damp and nocturnal mammals, you’ll find a hot tub, a wet bar, a grand piano and a door that leads to a professional recording studio in case creativity calls in the middle of the night.
The heated and family-friendly outdoor swimming pool is infinity-edged and gazes at the clear waters of Cala Xarraca; it’s lined with sleek sunloungers and pretty parasols.
A destination in its own right, the 13,000sq ft spa space has a vitality pool, hammam, steam room, sauna, cryotherapy chamber and an ‘Alchemy Bar’ where you can blend your own essential oils to carry on the good work back home. Treatment rooms are in catacombs with direct access to the nearby organic gardens, where ingredients for the spa botanicals are grown. Need to beautify before a night at the Beach Caves? Book in for manicures, pedicures and hair salon services. Fitness facilities include an outdoor yoga shala with sea views, a boxing ring and a state-of-the-art gym – check the weekly schedule to sign up for free yoga classes, meditation and sound healing sessions as well as guided hikes. Throughout the year, the hotel will also run one-off retreats with guest practitioners – these immersive programmes might centre around fitness, detox or shamanic healing.
An armload of activewear and sturdy swimmers (for cliff jumping).
The public areas, the spa and a number of Deluxe bedrooms are suitable for wheelchair users.
They’ll love it here as much as you do. There’s a children’s club with cooking classes, watersports and crafts on offer; cots and extra beds can be provided and babysitting is available on request.
Most room types can accommodate an extra bed or cot on request but seclusion-seeking families may prefer the Xarraca Two-Bedroom Suite which has sweeping sea views, a large living area and privacy-providing gardens.
There are two brilliant kids’ clubs – one for ages 5-12 and another for ages 12 and up – with crafting workshops, cooking classes, island excursions and beach sports on offer.
The main infinity pool is family-friendly at all hours.
Children are welcome in all four restaurants; there are highchairs available on request.
Babysitting is available for €80 an hour (you’ll need to give a day’s notice).
No need to pack
The hotel can provide cribs, cots, bedlinen and bottle-sterilising equipment.
Staying here will keep your conscience as clear as the waters of Cala Xarraca – the hotel will be the very first BREEAM-certified resort in the Balearics. They’ve also partnered with the Ibiza Preservation Fund to protect the island’s land and sea biodiversity and will set aside a percentage of their revenue to support local foundations and community projects. All food is local, seasonal, organic (when possible, it’s grown at the hotel’s farm) and drinking water is bottled on-site at the hotel’s plastic-free plant. Bath products are delightfully plastic-free, too.
With all the lush landscaping, sparkling sea views and atmospheric lighting in the evenings, there’s not a single dud on the property.
Wear your breezy beach best during the day and slinky silks or light linens at night.
Eyal Shani, better known as the founder of New Israeli cuisine (aka the ‘Cauliflower King’) will oversee all the vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menus, drawing deeply from the organic produce grown nearby at the hotel’s farm in Santa Gertrudis. Menus are still being finalised but expect wood-fired pizzas at the Farmer’s Market in the lobby, local and seasonal dishes served alfresco in the Orchard and tapas to share by the shore in the showstopping Beach Caves.
The poolside Farmacy bar is open from 9am to 11pm, serving everything from fresh juices and smoothies to organic wine and sundowner cocktails, plus a small selection of snacks. As the sun sets, head to the Beach Caves for sundowners and live DJ sets.
Details are still being worked out but the Balearic islands aren’t known for early bedtimes.
The room service menu has options from each restaurant as well as a special menu for little Smiths.
Away from the party people, Six Senses Ibiza faces the crystalline Cala Xarraca bay on the island’s sleepier northern side.
Ibiza’s international airport, which has direct connections to most major European cities throughout the summer, is about a 35-minute drive away. The hotel can arrange private transfers in their WiFi-equipped electric Mercedes van (it’s €150 each way for up to two people, €210 each way for up to four).
A rental car will be useful if you plan to explore northern Ibiza’s lesser-known bays and beaches; there’s free valet parking at the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
With so much to experience on-site, you won’t want to venture too far too quickly – swim laps in the sea-gazing infinity pool, ogle the walls of the permanent photography gallery, browse in the sustainable Agora boutique and book in for a soothing yoga session or stress-banishing treatment at the sprawling spa complex. When you are ready to venture out – Cala Xarraca beach is just a short walk from the hotel and perfect for swimming and snorkelling – it’s one of the most isolated bays on the island with magnificent views. You can even paddle around the point to next-door bay Cala Xuclar.
On a Sunday, drive inland to the village of San Juan to find the lively ‘hippy market’ in the plaza – browse the stalls selling art and hand-made trinkets, listen to live music or take a seat in a cafe and soak up the atmosphere. Also popular on Sundays are the sunset drum circles at Cala Benirras (but you’ll need to arrive early to avoid a parking fiasco).
The hotel can also organise all types of excursions around the island for adventure-seekers – just ask at the front desk about cliff jumping, snorkelling, scuba diving and cave exploring.
One of the island’s best-loved restaurants is La Paloma, a family-run Italian restaurant and cafe in the tiny inland village of San Lorenzo – ingredients come from their organic kitchen garden and tables sit under twinkling lights strung from orange and lemon trees. Also inland is Japanese fusion destination Nagai in Santa Eulalia – order the wagyu tartare, prawn carpaccio, a yellowtail roll and a bottle of biodynamic wine while you gaze at the Japanese-inspired murals and listen to live music. Closer to home, soak up sea views and dine on arguably the best seafood on the island at Port Balansat, a laidback lunch spot right on the beach in Port de San Miguel.
Bambuddha is a Balinese-inspired restaurant and cocktail emporium on the San Juan ‘restaurant road’ with a delightfully decadent atmosphere, canopied beds to lounge on and a signature concoction called the ‘Bamboozle’ which does what it says on the tin (best to call a taxi in advance).
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 White Isle wellness destination and unpacked their artisan finds from the Agora boutique, a full account of their holistic holiday will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Six Senses Ibiza…
For their next act, globetrotting hotel group Six Senses, known for their sustainable-luxe hideaways in tropical locales, are coming to Ibiza. Swerving the superclubs of the south, they’ve perched above an isolated bay on the island’s peaceful and rustic northern side, where artists and spiritual seekers have congregated since the Sixties. Drawing from this hippie history, the hotel is steeped in wellness, music and art (with a healthy dose of hedonism, for good measure) and respects the sanctity of the landscape with impeccable eco-credentials and dedicated sustainability team. They’ll look after you just as well, too – the jaw-dropping spa complex offers everything from hangover cures and sound baths to multi-day yoga retreats and shamanic healing. In terms of actual nourishment (not just the spiritual kind), they’ve tapped Eyal Shani, founding father of ‘New Israeli’ cuisine, to oversee the organic and locally-sourced menus across the four restaurants. The 20-acre site is also home to a photography gallery, concept boutique, kids club and cookery school… so you’ll probably need a disco nap (remember those?) before hitting the Beach Caves nightclub and cocktail lounge built into a glamorous grotto by the sea.