To many people, dining on the beach in the winter seems like an impossible dream… but to those of us here in Ibiza, it’s a daily toes-in-the-sand reality, encompassing breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sure, you might need to wear shoes rather than flip flops at this time of year, and throwing a jacket over that Ibiza-style kaftan is most definitely recommended, but the year-round sunshine and balmy daytime temps means dining alfresco need not be a summer memory.
Start your day with coffee, a healthy juice boost and breakfast of your choice (from fresh pastries and fry-ups to healthy Mediterranean bruschettas or fruit and muesli) at Mint Lounge, right on the water’s edge on San Antonio’s sunset strip. Minus the usual droves of summer tourists, it’s a gorgeous, peaceful location to kickstart your day, seven days a week from 10am.
The south coast of the island boasts some of the most beautiful lunch spots in Ibiza, offering protection from any wind, stunning views and first class food seven days a week. At Es Cavallet, the legendary La Escollera serves up a Mediterranean menu seven days a week – think traditional rice dishes and paella, warming lentil soups and hearty meat dishes – using homemade recipes hailing back over 25 years! Just a little down the coast, at the famous Cala Jondal, Yemanja (open 365 days a year – beach Christmas anyone?) maintains its super high standards of the freshest seafood, Mediterranean grilled meats and of course, classic paella. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, those in the know head to the beautiful Playa D’en Bossa, where Nassau Beach Club invites you to sample their molecular cuisine every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until January 7, 2012.
Most Ibiza lovers familiar with Yemanja may not realise that just metres away from those beautiful beach beds sits a rustic restaurant interior, complete with cosy fireplace and impressive wine cellar making it near impossible to leave on any given winter night! The restaurant remains open until just after midnight, with views out to sea to see the stars reflect in the Mediterranean Sea below. For those seeking a more cosmopolitan dining experience after dark, the expansive-yet-protected Nassau Beach Club is the place to be, with floor to ceiling glass panels offering uninterrupted views across the beautifully illuminated Playa d’en Bossa seafront, plus five-star dining delights every Friday and Saturday night until January 7, 2012.