Food and drink
Gloriously, greedily serious. Breakfast at the Farmers Market includes spicy shakshuka, chia seed puddings, and Flu Fighter turmeric and ginger shots. The flagship open-air restaurant HaSalon is run by Israeli chef Eyal Shani, whose modern Middle Eastern cuisine makes plants the stars of the show. There’s plenty of fish and meat if you’re looking for it, but it’s Shani’s rise from lowly veg to hero status that steals the show. New York’s hip sushi outfit BondST has taken to Beach Caves, while spirulina smoothies from the Pharmacy Bar by the pool (try the Xarraca Colada) are the last word in sufficient indulgence.
The nearby Los Enamorados Hotel is a design-driven haven for nomadic creatives, which a few years ago gave a new vibe to sleepy Portinatx. Newcomer Rebrots is the go-to local restaurant for the team behind shack-chic Chiringuito Xuclar, while the whitewashed hamlet of San Juan with its cheerful hippy Sunday market is a 10-minute drive away. Otherwise, it is the hikes, the bikes, the boats (like autotour) and the beaches.
The employees are good-looking, numerous and charming, with a high staff-to-resident ratio that keeps customers from feeling overlooked, although communication between departments could be better. Top marks for having so many Ibicenco employees who provided endless local advice. Six Senses affable and attentive CEO Neil Jacobs floated around, greeting staff and guests by name, which perfectly matches the welcoming and community spirit of the place.
The S word holds a prominent place at Six Senses, and the hotel’s garish green stance has led to grunts of greenwashing. In reality, the ecological gains are numerous, as evidenced by the fact of being the first seaside resort in the Balearic Islands to be certified by BREEAM, an independent international body which assesses criteria such as energy, land use, pollution and waste. The Agora, the on-site boutique curated by fashion luminaries Tiffanie Darke and Daniela Agnelli, whose handpicked labels align with their Reduce, Recycle, Rent and Restore manifesto, is a star in the development constellation. sustainable.
Nothing to report?
Too few lounge chairs for the 116 rooms mean the charming pool staff endlessly soothes displaced and disgruntled bathers. There’s talk of a new pool, but the hotel’s cliff-side location makes it hard to see how. Locally sourced beach baskets are a nice touch in the rooms, but the straw hats were made in China, which seemed wrong.
Hotel address: Six Senses Ibiza, Carrer Camí de sa Torre, 71, 07810, San Juan Bautista, Ibiza
Price £ 335
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