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Ibiza Christmas diaries – 2022 edition

Our editor selects the best places to spend Christmas Day and Boxing Day on the white isle.

Our editor selects the best Christmas events in Ibiza, from long lunches on the beach and farm-to-table feasts, through to iconic sunsets, elegant fine dining events and parties that will keep the festive vibes flowing until Boxing Day.

Words: Kristie Rogers

White Ibiza Restaurants Guide: VIVO Bistrot

VIVO Christmas Brunch at VIVO Bistrot

12pm – Sunday December 25, 2022

Santa Gertrudis has long been a hub for health-aware foodies but VIVO Bistrot, located on a quaint corner of the busy, pretty village, has raised that reputation one step higher. Consciousness lies at the heart of this stylish eatery, where every element of the dining experience is thoughtfully considered. Likeminded guests will feel at home in the community-focused setting, dining on organic dishes that support local producers and set a new bar for tasty cuisine, with a Japanese and Korean based festive menu served on Christmas Day from midday to 5pm. There’s also a jam session with some of Ibiza’s finest musicians – all the more reason to get into the holiday spirit!

Christmas Day Brunch at Six Senses Ibiza

12.30pm – Sunday December 25, 2022

At Six Senses Ibiza, a Mediterranean style Christmas Day Brunch is served in The Farmers’ Market from midday until 4.30pm. The menu is 135€ per person and includes a raw bar, jamon carving station and an oyster bar, plus farm-fresh winter dishes like baked sweet potato with pear, goat cheese and champagne sauce, and pumpkin soup with chestnuts and wild mushroom. Mains include Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce, sumac and local Wagyu ham or spinach; Balearic Wagyu roast beef served with winter vegetables; braised acorn pork cheeks with olives, apricot sauce and topinambur, and creamy seafood rice made with prawns, artichoke and celeriac among other delectable dishes. Be sure to save room for dessert from the beautiful Christmas cake display while relishing the fact there’s no washing up to be done. The Six Senses Ibiza magic elves take care of everything for you.

Christmas Day Lunch at A Mi Manera

12pm – Sunday December 25, 2023

Set in a beautifully restored ancient finca on the iconic San Juan ‘restaurant road’, A Mi Manera is a magical place to spend the most wonderful time of the year. Surrounded by farmland that supports the restaurant’s farm-to-table ethos, the charming venue continues its Christmas celebrations on Sunday afternoon with a four-course set Mediterranean lunch menu with an Italian family influence for 120€ per person including a selection of wines, water and coffee. The festive feast begins with hot and cold seasonal starters, followed by a first course of white lasagne with artichoke, monkfish and tomato cream or beetroot and Champagne risotto with parmesan mousse. Tuck into a delectable slow-cooked pluma Iberica with sweet potato mash for mains and be sure to save room for dessert including cheese and Panettone. Reservations highly recommended.

White Ibiza Beach Restaurants Guide: Cotton Beach Club

Christmas Day Lunch at Cotton Beach Club

12pm – Sunday December 25, 2022

Stylish Cala Tarida restaurant Cotton Beach Club has reopened its doors for the holiday season and there couldn’t be a better place to enjoy Christmas by the sea. Enjoy a decadent Christmas Day lunch on the sunny Grand Terrace with spectacular views out over the Mediterranean, a fabulous soundtrack by DJsDalibor Dadoff and Mr Doris and of course, fine food courtesy of head chef Federico Garcia and his team. The emphasis here is on high quality ingredients and international flavours, with the Rawbar & Sushi menu also a favourite with Cotton Beach Club aficionados. After dining, enjoy a cocktail from the privileged position of the Amphi Lounge and watch the iconic Ibiza sunset. Open daily from 12pm to 6pm until January 8, 2023 – reservations highly recommended.

Christmas Day Lunch at Juntos House

12.30pm – Sunday December 25, 2022

It’s officially Holiday Week at Juntos House, the gorgeous restaurant situated in the sleepy north-west hamlet of San Mateo. The clubhouse-style eatery exudes warmth and good vibes – the perfect destination for a Christmas Day lunch. Open from 12.30pm until 5pm, the newly evolved winter menu is full of fresh seasonal wonders and all produce comes directly from Juntos Farm, just minutes from the restaurant. Afterwards, settle in by the fire and play board games and be sure to sample a Christmassy cocktail or a fragrant mulled wine from the new upstairs bar. And those seeking a very-last-minute gift should peruse the rails and shelves of the sustainably themed boutique, where gifts and sustainable treasures can be found, and gift wrapped on the spot too!

Christmas Day Lunch & Dinner at Amalur

From 1pm – Sunday December 25, 2022

Amalur is a stylish and sophisticated setting in which to gather your nearest and dearest, dress up in your finest and celebrate the festive season, especially now the iconic blue finca is decked in gorgeous garlands, glistening baubles and thousands of flickering fairy lights – inside and out. Just a few minutes from Santa Gertrudis, 10 minutes from the north and Ibiza town and 15 minutes from the south, the location couldn’t be more convenient for Christmas Day feasting, with uninterrupted service from 1pm until midnight. Order your favourite Italian fine dining dishes from the à la carte menu – plates that taste as every bit as exquisite as they look – and enjoy a long lazy lunch or a decadent dinner with cocktails – including festive-themed elixirs designed just for the holidays – plus fine wines and Champagne in one of the most refined settings in Ibiza.

Christmas Lunch at Cas Gasi

1pm – Sunday December 25, 2022

Cas Gasi Restaurant at Christmas is truly something special. Gather your loved ones and head to the heart of the Santa Gertrudis countryside to be welcomed as if you were family, before being seated in the beautifully decorated dining room to enjoy a specially designed menu for 140€ per person (excluding drinks). The menu begins with Guillemaud oysters and kimchi croquettes, followed by starters of salmon tartar, and Christmas consommé. Main courses are a choice of wild turbot with a seasonal mushroom bouquet or traditional Christmas turkey with parmentiere and garden-fresh veggies. Save room for dessert, plus Christmas sweets and chocolate – a festive meal here is the epitome of the most wonderful time of the year.

Christmas Day Lunch, Sunset & Dinner at La Torre Ibiza

From 1pm – Sunday December 25, 2022

Don’t want to host Christmas at home this year? The team at La Torre Ibiza are here to help! Start your Christmas Day with a long seaside lunch, followed by an iconic Ibiza sunset – or perhaps start with the sunset then get cosy by the fire and enjoy dinner afterwards. Set on the cliffside of Cap Negret, the venue exudes authentic Ibiza vibes, a seasonally inspired à la carte menu and an atmospheric Balearic soundtrack. An island twist on the traditional Christmas Day festivities, and the perfect place to enjoy the holidays with friends and family.

Christmas Dinner in Jara at The Standard, Ibiza

8pm – Sunday December 25, 2022

Forget slaving over a hot stove or spending hours washing up after Christmas dinner is over this year – there’s a warm and cosy hangout in the heart of Ibiza town that takes all the fuss and stress out of holiday hosting. The three-course Spanish-inspired set menu in Jara at The Standard, Ibiza is 85€ per person including a selection of drinks, and includes starters such as sobrasada and prawn croquettes, char-grilled aubergines and jamón Ibérico. Next up are sharing-style mains of charcoal-grilled octopus with Ibizan potatoes, mushroom and ricotta ravioli in sage butter and truffle, and slow-cooked suckling pig with fresh tomato salad. Complemented with a live show by Marianna Nasa and friends, it’s the perfect excuse to get yourself onto Santa’s naughty list!

Sanctum Sequence Hike at Six Senses Ibiza

11am – Monday December 26, 2022

On Boxing Day, the experienced Sanctum team lead a group of Six Senses Ibiza hotel guests and community members on a Sanctum Sequence Hike that’s all about accepting nature, tapping into your individual potential and experiencing mindful euphoria. On the picturesque cliffside and rolling hills of Cala Xarraca, there’s no finer place to immerse yourself in the beauty of the island and connect with your inner self. The holistic moving sequence aligns your physical body with the mind and spirit – ideal for a healthy post-Christmas experience that encourages radical self discovery along the way.

Boxing Day at The Beach Caves at Six Senses Ibiza

1pm – Monday December 26, 2022

Just like in most households, when Boxing Day rolls around at Six Senses Ibizathere’s still plenty of amazing food to be devoured – except instead of eating leftovers, you’ll be treated to a flavour-filled feast at The Beach Caves with Cuban Nights performing live. As you overlook the beautiful Cala Xarraca coastline, snack on aji amarillo grisini wrapped in wild fennel, with lime salsa and Mexican pickled vegetables, before sitting down to share Peruvian arancini with duck breast, scallop tiradito and smoked octopus causa, followed by Galician beef tostada with marrow and smoky mojo picon, and sweet potato with ocopa and nopal. Your main course is a delicious roasted wild seabream, served with tortilla, orange pibil sauce, two-colour mole and truffled tamales. The grand finale is a Cocoa Aztecan Ceremony – a quintessential Ibiza way to wrap up the holiday weekend.

Boxing Day Lunch at Casa Lhasa

1.30pm – Monday December 26, 2022

Just because the official holiday is over, doesn’t mean the feasting has to stop! Cassady, Ben and the team at Casa Lhasa return to the restaurant on Boxing Day after a well-deserved one-day break from cooking, hosting and clearing up. The San Lorenzo countryside is the perfect place to host a hangover lunch with friends and catch up on all the festive gossip you may have missed from the big day. It’s also the perfect place to dine on a menu brimming with seasonal farm-to table cuisine, tuck into the island’s finest selection of hand-picked natural wines and enjoy smooth beats from resident DJs in front of a roaring fire. Open from 1.30pm to 5pm, reservations are recommended.

Mexican Christmas Lunch & Dinner Menu at Chidas

1pm – Tuesday December 27, 2022

When Christmas is over and you’ve recovered from Boxing Day, but New Year still feels out of reach, what else is there to do but eat tacos? The team at Chidas Bar and Cantina have devised a very special menu for the entire holiday season (not just for Christmas!) with a big dash of Mexican Christmas spirit – or spirits, as the case may be and in this case it’s agave! The set menu is just 30€ per person (excluding drinks) and includes an array of tacos including cochinita pibil and gobernador, abuela’s tamales with seabass and nopales (cactus), plus arancherra marinated with with morita adobo and served with caramelised peanuts, jalapeño pineapple and cream of potato. Last but never least are Torrijas for dessert, with avocado and dark chocolate ganache. If you can’t make it at Christmas, no pasa nada – the menu is available daily until New Year’s Eve.