Chief White-ette Natalie Chaponnel takes a mini-break in one of Ibiza’s most beautiful boutique four-star hotels, Las Brisas.
First impressions: Entering via Ibiza’s very own ‘Hollywood Boulevard’, Las Brisas is set amongst just 15 sprawling mansions. Driving through the double gates and round the circular driveway feels like something out of the movies, as if it were your own holiday hideaway mansion (or perhaps that of a very rich relative!). With a maximum of 20 guests at any one time and due to the ‘hacienda’ like layout of the house, there is maximum privacy throughout. Think courtyards and cacti, coffee tables stacked with books and magazines from around the world, alcoves with comfy couches and giant urns. After taking a cheeky peek around the spaces flanking the reception area, I was greeted by the owner and taken straight to the main attraction of the hotel, the front garden with lush green lawn, swimming pool, tropical gardens and views across the bay of Es Torrent.
Location: The hotel is located on the southernmost point of Ibiza, Porroig surrounded by water on both sides. A long circular road takes you in and out, from the one entrance/exit to the estate. Befittingly, the hotel is surrounded by the most sought after beaches and restaurants in Ibiza when it comes to the highest quality beachside dining. It’s a stones throw from stunning beaches like Es Torrent to the west and heading east, past the peaceful Es Xarcu, you soon arrive at the trendy, buzzing Cala Jondal, or further around to the relaxing Es Codolar or more great dining at Sa Caleta. The hotel itself overlooks the bay of Es Torrent and time can be spent lazing in the cabana by the pool counting super yachts as they tour the popular southern coastline. Owner Fabio tells me that you can count up to 100 boats in the bay at any one sunset during summertime. Today, we count just 12.
The room: The best thing about visiting hotels in Ibiza during May is not just the incredible price; it’s getting access to the best rooms – those which clued up tourists book a year in advance during the high season! We elected to stay in the junior suite with apparently the best views on offer, checking in just before sunset, when the views across the peaceful bay and distant mountains were just perfect. After dark the twinkling lights of the distant houses provided the perfect backdrop for a nightcap on our spacious terrace, maximising the enjoyment of this midweek escape long into the mild spring evening. The welcoming and spacious room, designed in a Moorish style, features huge glass sliding doors allowing one to take in the magnificent view.
Wisely the terrace provides even more enjoyment, and its huge spaces include an outdoor lounge, sun beds and even a Jacuzzi. The terrace is incredibly private, making this feel once again like your own private mansion by the sea. Well equipped with a mini bar, fluffy robes, wifi, lots of cupboard space and room service a short phone call away, I had pretty much everything I needed here… I also had the deepest sleep, which I’m not sure whether to attribute it to the very comfy bed with the softest sheets, the nightcap or the sound of the gentle waves lapping against the rocks at the bottom of the cliffs below.
Price: Tonight our room cost 480€, however book in August and the price increases to 650€ (including a continental breakfast of the sunny terrace or in your room). Doubles start from 390€ during May.
Food and drink: We decided not to waste a minute of our short escape to Las Brisas and requested a Degustacion Menu from the Mediterranean kitchen. The restaurant seats under 20 people at the busiest of times, but tonight we are the only guests dining in the hotel, making it a romantic restaurant for two! We were taken to a table in the most romantic of settings, by the edge of the cliff at the bottom of the sprawling gardens, fit for a princess! Having done away with the formalities of a menu, the extremely attentive waiter worked alongside the owner delivering a sublime degustacion menu, plate by plate, to our table over the course of our two-hour feast.
Starting with a mouth watering salmon tartar drowned in fresh lime, followed by ‘Ensalada Las Brisas’, which featured fresh prawns, avocado and mango. Next a risotto de boletus edulis (mushroom) drizzled in truffle oil and later, sea bass with olive tapenade on a bed of fresh beans. Each dish was perfectly cooked, fresh, light and succulent! Just when we thought we couldn’t eat any more, we were delighted by not one, but two desserts!! Homemade vanilla bean ice cream and a raspberry coulis bursting with flavour, after which arrived the dessert of the house: based on a mojito, it was a gel and foam of sweet lime served on a crumbled biscuit base. Simple, creative, inspired cooking. But I digress! This is not supposed to be a restaurant review…
Extras: Gym, fitness, tennis, bikes for exploring, personalised spa services from massage on the outdoor cabana or in your room, to beauty and private classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation, dance and more. Anything you wish can be arranged!
The verdict: Las Brisas is quite possibly now my favorite hotel in Ibiza. I have to admit, I love Porroig, it’s like a real-life fairytale ending to your favorite Disney film. Las Brisas I favour for its privacy and tranquility, its stunning seaside location (such a rare treat in Ibiza) and the gardens, well, I just love a lush green lawn under my feet. The homely atmosphere and design of the hotel make it feel like it could truly be your own magnificent mansion in the Hollywood Hills. But the jewel in the crown has to be the view, quite fitting since one feels very much like royalty when staying at Las Brisas…