Iconic Ibiza beaches: Sol d’en Serra
What was considered a hidden gem by locals just a decade ago is now undoubtedly an Ibiza icon. The tiny, secluded cove of Sol d’en Serra was just too good to remain a secret for long and these days, it’s considered a picture postcard representation of the luxurious Mediterranean lifestyle. Often called a private beach, due to its slightly shrouded location and concealed access path, the beach has, and always will be, open to one and all yet it retains a feeling of exclusivity.
Just two minutes away from the tourist trappings of Cala Llonga on the island’s east coast, Sol d’en Serra is like another world. Fine, dark sand is complemented by thousands of pale, smooth pebbles and offset by the crystalline turquoise hues of the sea plus the rustic beauty of the surrounding giant rugged cliffs and pine forests. To call it breathtaking barely does this pretty bay justice – at just 300 metres wide and only five deep, it’s a little slice of authentic Ibiza magic.
Sol d’en Serra is now synonymous with award-winning Ibiza beach club and fine dining destination Amante Ibiza. What was once a smaller restaurant with a rickety wooden terrace overlooking the beach was completely redeveloped by DJ-turned restaurateur David Piccioni in 2006 to maximise the multi-level space and million dollar views. With total respect to the nature reserve surrounding it, Amante Ibiza has been designed in harmony with the environment, using natural materials and hues throughout its many spaces.
The upper level of the restaurant boasts panoramic views and must be one of the most Instagram-worthy locations in Ibiza – an element that also makes the venue in high demand for weddings. A flight of (now sturdy) stairs takes you to a lower deck where you can prop yourself up at railing overlooking the sea, or head down a few more steps to the sandy terrace, where you can dine with your feet-in-the-sand or laze the day away on an oversized, plush white sun lounger.
The Mediterranean and Spanish-influenced fresh menu at Amante Ibiza is reason enough to visit for the day but in recent years, the restaurant has done even more to maximise its spectacular location, from early mornings right through until 2am. From Monday to Friday, early morning beach yoga sessions attract the island’s wellness community and visiting yogis alike (bookings essential), followed by a healthy breakfast on the terrace. After dark, it’s a less energetic affair, with a relaxing moonlight cinema experience taking place every Tuesday night throughout summer – a must-do event that has been voted in the top five outdoor cinema experiences in the world.
By night, Sol d’en Serra takes on an enchanting ambience, as flood lights illuminate the cliffs and palm trees, while the moon and stars twinkle overhead like a shimmering, sequined blanket. Witnessing the full moon rising from Sol d’en Serra is yet another extraordinary experience, as the enormous sphere seems to almost float out of the sea from the horizon and above the sea, its milky hue juxtaposed against the deep blues and purples of Ibiza’s evening sky.
Arriving to Sol d’en Serra by boat gives yet another perspective to this wonderful cove and the clean and clear waters provide exceptional conditions for scuba diving and snorkelling. Anchor up and simply soak in the views, or head ashore for some sophisticated sustenance before upping anchor and heading out of the bay. Due to the height of the dramatic cliffs surrounding Sol d’en Serra, the beach loses sunlight earlier than most – all the more reason to pull up a pew and grab a cocktail at that famous Amante Ibiza bar…