Pure House Ibiza is just a short distance away from the glittering lights of Ibiza town, and yet this hidden oasis couldn’t be further from the frenetic pace and large summer crowds of the capital. A space so lush, tropical and tranquil, it feels as if you’ve been teleported to a Balinese hillside or an Asian jungle plantation, the stunning stunning boutique hotel boasts just a handful of stylish suites and its incredible grounds have purely been the domain of hotel guests – until now. In 2019, Pure House Ibizaowners Caroline Foraz and Rushan Muca unveil an all-new and very exclusive poolside restaurant concept that will be open to islanders, residents and travellers just two nights a week.
Thursday and Saturday evenings are the nights to mark in your calendar, and reservations are essential due to the restaurant’s limited capacity and already high demand. The Pure House Ibiza secret was well and truly out after the summer of 2018, when the hotel held a weekly series of pop-up supper clubs in collaboration with White Ibiza – alfresco feasts in the fairy-lit olive groves – and this inspired Caroline and Rushan to expand on the idea this year. “People were always asking me if they could just come to visit and enjoy the space,” explains Caroline. “But the philosophy of Pure House Ibiza is of privacy and exclusivity for our guests, making it complicated for us to host more people during the daytime.”
The seed was planted however, and after decorating a dedicated Bali-inspired dining area by the pool in the off-season, it made sense to welcome external guests too. “Hosting dinners in the restaurant twice a week is a good balance,” says Caroline. “It feeds energy to the space and it’s nice for our hotel guests to meet other people from Ibiza and visitors from all over the world.” It certainly feels justified that more people should experience the Pure House Ibiza ambience – a true labour of love by the owners. The luscious gardens are a fascinating hybrid of the botanical and the tropical, with palm trees, banana plants and colourful flowers dominating the jungle-like interior of the grounds, while Mediterranean orchards of orange, mandarin, lemon and olive trees surround the property.
Like everything else at Pure House Ibiza, Caroline and Rushan have poured their heart into the creation of their evening fine dining concept, from the elegant design and styling of the restaurant space to the unique menus for each night. Every last detail has been lovingly attended to and the ambience is of exquisite, understated luxury. “It feeds our creativity and our passion to add special styling details for the dinners,” explains Caroline. “I love to seek out the perfect items, or have them especially made, to dress the restaurant.” The overall effect is visually stunning, like a softly lit dining area in a colonial hacienda. The soundtrack floating over the airwaves complements the ambience, with French and Spanish music blending unobtrusively with the hum of laughter and conversation.
Unlike the pop-up dinners, where guests dined communally at long banks of tables in the olive grove, for the new Thursday and Saturday dinners, the Pure House Ibiza dining room is set up with individual tables for each couple or group of guests, creating the perfect environment for a romantic dinner a deux or an intimate meal with friends. Guests are invited to arrive between 8.30pm and 9.30pm to enjoy the last rays of sunlight over the 23-metre pool – another clever intentional detail by the owners – the atmosphere becomes vibrant and sociable, as guests table-hop to say hi to friends across the room. The space feels like a relaxed but stylishly bohemian Ibiza dinner party, where everyone is welcome.
The carefully curated Pure House Ibiza menus – lovingly created by chef Benjamin Croquet, the man behind last season’s Midsummer Night Feasts – satisfy even the most discerning palate. As one might expect given the owner and chef’s French heritage, the meal begins with a trio of amuse bouche. A refreshing green or orange gazpacho shot starts proceedings, along with sun-dried tomato hummus and black olive tapenade with crisp garden vegetables and crunchy crostini. Depending on the night of your booking, starters may include a vegan ceviche, seabass tiradito or a luscious beef carpaccio with rocket, parmesan and capers. Main courses on offer include cod with ratatouille and crispy quinoa, or a succulent sirloin of beef with roasted new potatoes and a Mediterranean sauce. Every dish sings with delectable layers of flavour and texture, made using fresh local ingredients that don’t need over-working.
Caroline and Rushan are passionate about the produce that is used in the Pure House Ibizamenus, and source as much locally as possible. “When we first had the idea for the evening dinners, we tried to grow our own vegetables here in the hotel,” Caroline says “But the rabbits on the hillside decided this was paradise for them too! We may try again one day, but for now we work with local farmers who supply us with the very best quality produce. We do grow our own herbs and we have our own Pure House Ibizaolive oil. We produce around 60 litres of oil per year, so it’s not quite enough to sell but it is enough for these special evenings.”
As with everything at Pure House Ibiza, it is the thoughtful and uncomplicated but creative approach that makes these exclusive evening dinners so inviting. To dine in such a space, in the tranquillity of nature, close to Ibiza town but also a world away – this type of occasion has a distinctly holiday vibe, even for island residents who may have to be back at work in the morning! That in itself makes this a treat not to be missed; some time out from a busy lifestyle where you can dress up, turn up and simply escape. And for those who actually are on holiday, you are bound to come away with wonderful memories of this little slice of paradise – and quite possibly a few new friends.