Ibiza hotels: Sir Joan – Embracing evolution

Embracing Ibiza’s constant evolution whilst acknowledging its legendary past is Sir Joan – the all-new luxury boutique hotel sitting in pride of place on the corner that divides Ibiza town and the luxury Marina district. Walk ten minutes in one direction and you’ll hit the bright lights and buzz of the charming old town; turn 90 degrees and the newly revamped golden shores of Talamanca and hustle of Marina Botafoch are reached in the same amount of time. Talk about location, location, location!

While its location is indeed fabulously first-rate, once you step inside Sir Joan it could be easy to forget the world outside and get caught up in the luxury, decadence and five-star glamour that surrounds you. The chic, contemporary design evokes an air of exclusivity, with a distinct nod to Ibiza’s bohemian luxe past seen through the use of rich and earthy colours and patterns in the interior. This clever fusion of old meets new is intentional, with award-winning architects and interior designers Baranowitz + Kronenberg drawing on the island’s heritage and the hotel’s modern maritime location for inspiration. Visible from the sky, the chequered black and white façade is fast on its way to becoming an iconic Ibiza building.

There is an air of exclusivity and yet everyone is welcome. Sir Joan doesn’t discriminate – just like the Ibiza of days gone by.

The 38 rooms and suites within this urban oasis have been crafted with your every creature comfort in mind. Stylish stripped back walnut wooden floorboards emulate yacht flooring, while stunning hand-beaten and polished stainless steel wall panels mimic the effect of rolling waves when hit by sunlight. Party people, rest assured – blackout blinds are de rigueur ensuring your beauty sleep is never disturbed. Elegant marble bathrooms are stocked with local Ayurvedic oils plus luxury Dead Clean toiletries, plus feature heavenly rain showers and his and hers sinks. Egyptian cotton sheets, Bang + Olufsen Bluetooth speakers, a ‘guilty pleasure goodie box’, pillow menu and the lust goes on. Oh, and the rooms just so happen to be soundproof.

Each room features a balcony, while suites have up to three, in addition to an indoor living space making them the perfect home away from home. Each space features art created by local artists – be it sculpture, photography or painting – plus books by legendary Spanish writers and photos referencing old school Ibiza. But the true stars of the Sir Joan show are magnificent penthouse suites – taking over the entire top floor, each has an expansive wraparound rooftop terrace, outdoor seating, private cabana, a plunge pool and open-air kitchen overlooking all of the port. The most premium suites built in Ibiza to date.

It’s all in the detail at Sir Joan. Once you’re checked in – a process that most definitely does not involve sitting at a stuffy desk and filling out boring forms but rather, warm and welcoming professional staff discreetly ushering you to your room or suite – the true Sir Joan experience begins. And by the way, there’s a top secret VIP entrance for those who really don’t wish to be spotted! On the ground floor, sleek poolside cabanas line the walls beneath tall palm trees to create a mirage-like effect by the pool, ideal for taking some downtime and topping up your tan before heading out to explore the island.

Owner and founder of Sir Hotels, Liran Wizman, firmly believes in an ethos of bringing locally inspired guest experiences to its dynamic location. He and his team spent months recruiting the perfect concierge team for Sir Joan; those who would understand and interpret the needs of their discerning guests to the letter. Sir Joan clients are treated to the most discreet, personal, efficient and professional service on the island. No request is too big or too small.

Whether you’re an exhibitionist or in need of complete discretion, Sir Joan can curate the perfect Ibiza experience for you.

It stands to reason that dwellings as luxurious as Sir Joan would invite equally as impressive gastronomic offerings to share their space. Enter IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar, the globally acclaimed Japanese and Peruvian fusion restaurant founded by THE ENTOURAGE GROUP – another of Wizman’s ventures, created alongside hospitality entrepreneur Yossi Eliyahoo. Sleek, chic and bringing an urban dining experience unlike any other to Ibiza, the dining space is elegantly sprawled across the ground floor of Sir Joan, and open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Those in the know are already touting breakfast as the best on the island, and special brunch events look set to make IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar the place to be seen on a Sunday morning this summer.

The food at IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar is, quite simply, art – both to look at and to taste. Silky soft sashimi and precision rolled sushi sits alongside a variety of fresh meat and fish prepared on the traditional Japanese Robata grill or in a Hibachi fire bowl. DJs – including the island’s best local talents to a revolving roster of special secret international guests – spin authentic Balearic beats in the adjacent lounge bar area, which almost has the feeling of a bohemian salon in days gone by. One could be sitting next to an author, an artist, a fashion designer or a superstar DJ. Sir Joan doesn’t discriminate, just like Ibiza back in the good old days. Free spirits are welcome, expressing oneself is encouraged and having a good time is the name of the game. All the while sipping on premium cocktails of course.

Long-term island residents may recall some hazy memories related to Sir Joan’s former life as a legendary after-hours destination in the early 2000s (does the name El Divinito ring a bell?). And just like the island has evolved, so too have those same tastemakers, going on to open some of the most successful businesses and brands on the island, build their own properties, start their own families and invite other global influencers to experience Ibiza. The island and its residents have grown up together, and Sir Joan and IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar – along with soon-to-be-opened late-night hangout THE BUTCHER – play homage to these people, filling the gap for a place where they can relive the hedonism of those early days in a manner that suits the new lifestyles to which they are accustomed.

Whether you’re an exhibitionist or a total ‘discretionist’, an Ibiza old-timer or an island first-timer, you will find a place within Sir Joan to suit you. Big enough to be a buzzing nightly hotspot, hot enough to be the name on everyone’s lips yet still small enough for it to feel like an ultra exclusive villa party, Sir Joan is now taking bookings for summer 2017 and beyond.

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