They say the only constant is change, and never has this saying been more apparent than in the Ibiza beach club scene. With each new year comes new players, new concepts, new looks, new people and new vibes – while well-established places continue to grow and evolve, building on their existing reputations to maintain their loyal. Beachouse Ibiza falls into the latter category – over the last two seasons, the renowned Playa d’en Bossa beach club has undergone a quiet evolution as it developed into a venue that is far more laid-back, gentler, quieter and, well, more grown-up than it was in previous years.
Situated toward the south end of Playa d’en Bossa, widely known among islanders as ‘the nicer part,’ of this lengthy expanse of coastline, Beachouse Ibiza is nestled into the sand dunes and accessed on foot by a sun-bleached slatted wooden walkway. Stepping through its spacious and airy entrance invites a feeling of cool calmness – a world away from its initial ‘up-for-it’ vibe. Much like the rite of passage of many Ibiza visitors, whose early trips to the island are all about high-voltage fun on very little sleep, but who then mature and come back with a more low-key agenda that involves fewer late nights and more wellness and rest, Beachouse Ibiza has relaxed into its maturity with sophistication and style.
When it opened its doors in 2014, Beachouse Ibiza quickly gained a reputation for hedonistic beach parties with top name DJs drawing a lively and fun-loving crowd of visitors – packed to the rafters and spilled out across the sand. These days, Beachouse Ibiza opens early with a 9.30am yoga class held on the sand in front of the sparkling sea. Refreshingly, there is no charge for the session, but participants are invited to make a donation, with the proceeds donated to a non-profit organisation that coordinates beach clean-up initiatives across the island. Breakfast is served from 10am until 12.30am and includes fresh croissants and sweet pancakes, muesli, granola and fresh fruit, traditional Spanish tostadas or organic local eggs that can be poached or scrambled as you like, with truffles or salmon, or served Benedict style. A vegetarian breakfast with halloumi and corn crepes, grilled tomatoes, spinach and shiitake mushrooms is a creative option for those with a larger morning appetite.
In keeping with its softer and more gentle incarnation, Beachouse Ibiza has transformed its outside space into a temple of the permanently supine. Countless loungers and daybeds invite you to remain horizontal for the duration of your visit, with rustic natural seagrass umbrellas shading the comfortable beachfront loungers, lending a distinctly Yucatan Peninsula feel, as they hiss and whisper in the coastal breeze. When you add a delicious cocktail with a similar Mexican flavour, such as the El Guru blend of tequila, dark rum, almond syrup and lime, or the zingy Ayur Vida mix of Mezcal with grapefruit, lime and passionfruit, you could easily be transported to a beach in Tulum, that favourite off-season location where many islanders head to in the winter months.
When you head inside to the spacious, cool interior at Beachouse Ibiza for lunch, you can sense that this is a place that has comfortably matured into its laid-back groove. Perfectly appointed to impress, with stripped wood, natural materials such as hessian and wicker, plush sofas laid out in social clusters and large tables that are perfect for groups having long, lazy lunches all illustrate the effortless sophistication of an established venue.
Lunch at Beachouse Ibiza begins at 12.30pm and head chef Ezequial Brazfrom has designed a menu of Mediterranean excellence; there are no tricks or gimmicks here – just an exceptional standard of quality local produce, expertly and creatively prepared and presented. It’s gastronomy purist’s dream, where authentic ingredients and concise flavours are allowed to shine. The grill section is all about the freshest of seafood, such as octopus, king prawns and lobster and sea bass, while meat-lovers can choose from prime cuts of fillet or entrecote steak, along with chuletas de cordero – Spanish spring lamb chops – or the juiciest organic free-range chicken.
In keeping with the idea that the day will be spent horizontally, the Beachouse Ibiza menu also features an inventive selection of sharing platters that are perfect to be enjoyed from a daybed or lounger. Of course, the plan for an indulgent day of pure relaxation, lounging and snoozing in the sun is easy if you’re travelling kid-free, but if you’ve got little ones in tow, take advantage of Little Beachouse – a kids’ club which is open daily with a creative programme of arts and crafts, face-painting and puppet shows and even kids yoga, to keep them amused while some uninterrupted blissful peace is had. There’s also a kids’ menu to tick the family friendly box when it comes to mealtimes.
The evolution of Beachouse Ibiza is chic and inspired, with an essence of feet-in-the-sand chill-out and lazy summer vibes. Those who feel nostalgic for the old days will be happy to know the party spirit is still there in the background – this is Ibiza, the island of hedonistic beach fun after all! Pop-up events and parties with live music take place every month throughout summer at Beachouse Ibiza – events with a distinctly global appeal, fusing international musicians, DJs and gastronomy. As well as it being a constant, they also say change is as good as a holiday, and the changes at Beachouse Ibiza reflect the ultimate in luxury holiday experiences.