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Ibiza New Year Diary: December 31, 2021 – January 02, 2022

Tick tock! The countdown is on until the arrival of 2022 and here on the white isle there are a plethora of things to do, parties and special events...

Tick tock! The countdown is on until the arrival of 2022 and here on the white isle there are a plethora of things to do, parties and special events on the New Year calendar for residents and out-of-season holidaymakers ready to enjoy the warm nights and sunny days. Here, our editor selects the best things to do in Ibiza to celebrate the holidays, from December 31, 2021 to January 02, 2022.

New Year’s Eve Omakase Menu at Cotton Sushi Lab

7pm and 9.30pm – Friday December 31, 2021

If you’re looking for an alternative way to wind down the year, Cotton Sushi Lab in Ibiza town is the perfect place for an intimate dinner with a twist. Instead of worrying about what to serve or even what to order, the high-end sushi menus are served omakase-style, allowing the master chefs behind the sleek blond wooden counter to make the selection for you. Innovative and creative, they use the freshest and finest fish and seafood available and present their creations piece by piece over the course of the evening. Reservations are essential as seating limited to just 24 diners, and there are two sittings per evening at 7pm – perfect if you have a party to get to later – and 9.30pm if you want to ring in the new year in the stylish restaurant.

New Year’s Eve Intention Dinner at Six Senses Ibiza

7.30pm – Friday December 31, 2021

At this time of year all focus turns to the new year: setting new intentions, celebrating and making even more magical memories. While there’s no time like the present, the future is also within our grasp and with that in mind, Six Senses Ibiza is hosting a laid-back, family-style New Year’s Eve Intention Dinner at their The Farmers’ Market. Tickets are 320€ per person and include the farm-to-table feast of an oyster and Champagne to start, wild mushrooms with creamy potatoes and black olives, scarlet shrimp with chestnut and dill, beef carpaccio with baby spinach and truffle, baby squid with black ink puree and green oil, lamb shank with potato and rosemary, plus the sommelier’s expert wine selection. Expect lots of laughter, live music and entertainment designed to ring in the new year in style.

New Year’s Eve Menu at Amalur

8pm – Friday December 31, 2021

Looking for a high-glam, sophisticated setting in which to ring in the new year? Amalur is the place to be. The iconic Santa Gertrudis fine dining restaurant presents a set New Year’s Eve Menu designed by talented chef duo Massimo Larosa and Antonio Borriello that’s guaranteed to be the perfect end to 2021 and the perfect start to 2022. Start with appetisers to share including foie gras and cocoa toast, Iberian cheek bao with porcini mushrooms, roasted pumpkin with Parmesan cheese cream and black truffle, king crab salad on a puffed rice wafer and charcoal macarons with creamed codfish. Then, move onto a first course of blue lobster ravioli with burrata, lime and Salicornia, followed by a main of turbot filet in a delectable frutti di mare soup. Finally, dessert includes white chocolate cream with raw apple on vanilla Breton and a gourmet Panettone. Reservations essential.

New Year Menu at Cas Gasi Restaurant

8pm – Friday December 31, 2021

Cas Gasi Restaurant by night is truly something special. Dinner is irresistibly romantic, whether you are a couple or with friends, and New Year’s Eve takes the style stakes up a notch. Dine within the chic, stylish and warm restaurant interior as a carefully curated soundtrack floats across the airwaves and the refined selection of wine complements the flavours of the creative and delicious dishes on offer. All guests will be welcomed with a drink and house appetiser, in addition to Normandy Oysters, then sit down to starters of foie gras mi cuit with orange jam and Pedro Jimenez and a lobster salad, plus a steaming seafood bisque. Your first course is grilled croaker in its own smoked juice with boletus, followed by a rich sirloin steak with shallots and truffle. For dessert, a cacao cannelloni plus nougat and festive sweets will set the tone for a sweet year ahead. Price is 150€ per person, excluding drinks.

New Year’s Eve Menu at La Torre Ibiza

8pm – Friday December 31, 2021

Set on the cliffside of Cap Negret, with the sounds of the waves breaking on the rocky shoreline complementing the DJ soundtrack from the restaurant, La Torre Ibiza still exudes old school Ibiza vibes thanks to its rustic chic décor, laid-back vibes and breathtaking views. What better place then, to celebrate the dawn of a new year, with a table of your nearest and dearest on the heated terrace, tucking into the special New Year’s Eve set menu? Start with truffled pumpkin cream, followed by an option of seasonal mushrooms with eggs cooked at a low temperature and a boletus consommé, or terrine of foie gras with a green apple compote and olive caviar. Second course is a choice of prime Uruguayan flank steak with chestnuts and sauteed potatoes, or poached turbot leek quiche and pea sprouts. Dessert is an array of chocolate textures and you’ll be given 12 lucky grapes to pop with each chime of the clock at it hits 12 – don’t forget to make a wish, or a reservation as spaces are limited.

Happy New Year Menu at A Mi Manera

8pm – Friday December 31, 2021

Set in a beautifully restored ancient finca on the iconic San Juan ‘restaurant road’, A Mi Manera is a magical place to celebrate the end of 2021 and the start of 2022. The charming venue begins its Happy New Year celebration at 8pm with a leisurely eight-course set Mediterranean menu, for 110€ per person including one welcome drink on arrival (all other drinks are at an additional cost). You’ll be welcomed with oysters and champagne, or a glass of white, red or rosé – whatever your preference – followed by an appetiser of tempura artichoke, cold bites including smoked gravlax, beetroot carpaccio and mustard mayonnaise with Parmesan. Hot starters include wagyu spianata with mushrooms and truffle, plus gnocchi fritto with Fiocco. Then, it’s onto the main event: lobster cannelloni, risotto with Norcia black truffle, a fish and meat tasting and the traditional Italian bite of Cotechino, puree and lentils for good luck. Be sure to save room for dessert – it promises to be the best way to start 2022!

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Bottega Il Buco

8pm – Friday December 31, 2021

This festive season in Ibiza, the charming terrace and cosy interior at Santa Gertrudis eatery Bottega Il Buco come alive at night, as friends and families gather together over fab food and live music to celebrate the end of the year. Chef Tiago Borge has created a special five-course set menu for new Year’s Eve, including oysters, persimmon salad with marinated shrimp, Rubia Gallega carpaccio, tortellini in brodo, cod confit and creamy rice with leeks, Panettone and Chocolate Opera – the cost is 125€ per person or 165€ per person with a bottle of wine. A relaxed, fun and celebratory ambience makes this the perfect place to celebrate the beginning of the new year in laidback yet luxurious Ibiza style.

NYE at Nagai Ibiza

8pm – Friday December 31, 2021

Fusing Japanese tradition with Ibicenco charm, Nagai stands out on Ibiza’s renowned San Juan ‘restaurant road’ thanks to walls decked with a unique urban art installation – an incredible geisha painting by internationally renowned artist Findac. Beyond the impressive façade however, lies a feast for all your senses and as the team get set to bid farewell to the 2021 season before closing for their annual January and February hibernation, there’s still one final celebration to come. Nagai invites one and all to enjoy the menu created by award-winning head chef Reina Nagai, with an optional wine and sake pairing. Additionally, according to Japanese culture, the most important of all the food and drink items offered to a god on Japanese New Year (January 01 – so after the clock strikes 12am!) is sake, so in the lead-up to New Year, Nagai invites guests to sample five cups of different artisanal sakes for 20€ per person – a blessing from the gods indeed!

NYE Dinner Show & Club at Lío Ibiza

8.30pm – Friday December 31, 2021

This New Year’s Eve, Lío Ibiza is returning to its dinner-and-a-show roots and throwing a one night only event to ring in the new year on the Marina. The glitz and glamour of the dancers and performers, the high-end cuisine, the sparkle, the surprises – it’s Lío Ibiza, just as you know and love it in the summer months. After the dinner and show, the countdown to midnight will be done Spanish style – think 12 lucky grapes – and then the dance floor opens with Lunnas and Sebastian Gamboa providing the music for the nights from 12.30am. With a view across the port to the iconic skyline of Dalt Vila, there’s no better dancefloor for partying in Ibiza over the holidays and you’ll need a vaccine certificate (aka Covid passport) or negative PCR, TMA or PRAg diagnostic test to gain entry.

New Year’s Eve Futura Feast at Six Senses Ibiza

9pm – Friday December 31, 2021

If you’re looking to take the style stakes up a notch on New Year’s Eve, make a beeline for the adults-only (18+) New Year’s Eve Futura Feast in Twin Bar at Six Senses Ibiza, where you’ll be treated to a taste of Ibiza’s future via all the senses while overlooking the sea at Cala Xarraca. Start with oysters, lemon caviar and sea water foam, followed by red shrimp carpaccio with smoked olive oil, tuna balfego sashimi, scallop in ponzu and citrus, a deluxe seafood platter, Kobe with black garlic and mushrooms, the mysteriously named desserts of the future and a midnight snack of mini charcoal lamb on pita bread plus the sommelier’s wine selection for 390€ per person. Entertainment is also included and if you need a frock or an ensemble for the occasion, be sure to book in with the Agora boutique for the full Cinderella experience and rent the perfect look.

2021… GET LOST! at Paradise Lost

9pm – Friday December 31, 2021

We can’t think of a more apt way to shoe out the old year and ring in the new one than at Ibiza’s favourite drinking den, Paradise Lost. On New Year’s Eve, the Sa Penya hotspot opens its doors from 9pm and invites you and your pals to grab a cosy Chesterfield or an alfresco table as you’re treated to an end-of-year soundtrack courtesy of DJ Dribbler, Simon Morell, Scott Martin and S/A/M.Settle in for a night of fine cocktails, great music and plenty of good banter from 9pm until 3am. Order a mug of Jimmy’s Hot Winter Grog to get yourself into the festive spirit – and we’ll see you on the other side as we welcome 2022! Covid passports are required by law so be prepared folks!

MTM Meets Game Over at Calea Beach Ibiza

9am – Saturday January 01, 2022

If you’re looking for old school after party vibes after your New Year’s Eve celebrations wrap up, be sure to RSVP for the coolest morning underground dance session on the island at Calea Beach Ibiza on January 01, 2022. Here, MTMjoins forces with Game Over for a beachfront event with a line-up that includes Tania Vulcano (the perfect pre-DC-10 warm up!), 2Vilas, JNJS, Isbel, Cesar Vinzent, Angel Linde and Nuzzo. Capacity is extremely limited so it’s first in best dressed – and speaking of dress code, don’t forget that it’s mandatory to wear a mask. You’ll also be asked to show a Covid passport or recovery certificate, or a negative PCR or antigen test. Access is via guest list only – be sure to register.

Vino & Co Primer Baño del Año at Las Salinas

12pm – Saturday January 01, 2022

Taking the plunge into the chilly sea at Las Salinas on the first day of the year has long been an Ibiza tradition; one that became something of a ritual when the Hamersma family – the brains behind the popular Vino & Co store in San José – began to host the day as an official event just over ten years ago. This year, due to restrictions, the event will continue albeit with some slightly different methods. Instead of setting up communal tables for food and drink on the beach, participants have been asked to snap up an Individual Picnic Bag from Vino & Co in the days prior to the event – each printed and reusable Vino & Co bag includes a bottle of AIX wine or a bottle of Goldtooth Vermouth, along with four glasses, a bag of Mr Chippy crisps, a tin of olives or cookies. Bags are 10€ and 5€ of the cost will be donated to local charity Proyecto Juntos. Participants are encouraged to share photos and tag on social media to still make a splash as they ring in the new year.

Rejuvenation Brunch at Six Senses Ibiza

12pm – Saturday January 01, 2022

For those who don’t fancy getting up early for brunch on New Year’s Day, the good people at Six Senses Ibiza have your culinary needs covered. Beginning at midday in true Ibiza style, you can start the new year with a breath of fresh Mediterranean air and an organic Bloody Mary to shake off the cobwebs at The Farmers’ Market for the Rejuvenation Brunch. Starters are served to share and include a quinoa salad with local fennel, orange and mint, green beans with confit tomato and quail egg, beetroot salad with tahini and black pepper, and pumpkin with Stracciatella and sage. For your main course, choose between luscious lamb chops with yoghurt, pistachio and pomegranate or wild fish with white asparagus, coconut and orange, with sweets to follow. Tickets are 70€ per person including detox juices, healthy shots and coffee, or 155€ per person including detox juices, Bloody Marys, cava and Six Senses organic wine. Another feast to remember, and if you’re feeling truly brave you could even follow it with a bracing dip in the sea.

NYD Winter Menus at Olivia’s Ibiza Kitchen

1pm – Saturday January 01, 2022

When the party’s over and it’s time to refuel and restore your energy, Olivia’s Ibiza Kitchen in Santa Gertrudis is the perfect culinary haven, with a sun-drenched terrace and cosy interior meaning it’s great for all weather. With special winter set menus available – which can be adapted to intimate or large groups –  for 50€ or 60€ per person (excluding drinks), some of the delights on offer include sea bass tiradito in citric sauce, tomato tatin, pumpkin salad, Stracciatella di bufala, steak tartare and more, while mains include Ibicenco lamb or grilled salmon, wood-fired Angus ribs, grilled monkfish with crayfish and more. For dessert, try treats such as a brioche-based ‘coffee cloud’, goat cheese mousse, or chocolate tart with salted toffee among others. The perfect way to start the first day of the new year… and perhaps end up in a food coma!

Circoloco NYD 2022 at DC-10

4pm – Saturday January 01, 2022

The island’s most notorious club opens up its doors once again on January 01, 2022 for its traditional New Year’s Day Circoloco extravaganza. The line-up includes Adriatique, Chloé Caillet, Tania Vulcano, Bambounou, Indira Paganotto, Interstellar Funk, Fjaak, Cici, Jimi Jules, Saoirse, La La Lau.ra, TSHA, Shubostar, Luuk van Dijk and more. Tickets are available online and you’ll need to show a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test, plus wear a mask to guarantee entry. Open from 4pm to 5am, if the three epic parties hosted by Circloloco in 2021 are anything to go by, this event is certainly set to be another roadblock. Always the islanders’ choice when it comes to NYD fiestas.

Heroes: Sanctum Signature Sequence at Six Senses Ibiza

4.30pm – Saturday January 01, 2022

As part of the Sanctum Solstice residency running at Six Senses Ibiza until January 1, 2022 – open to the community – the experienced team lead a group of participants through a New Year’s Day experience dubbed Heroes: Sanctum Signature Sequence that includes a Xarraca mud ritual and a cathartic clay experience as part of the afternoon. On the 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. Sanctum is a holistic moving sequence that aligns your physical body with the mind and spirit – ideal for a healthy and inspiring way to begin 2022.

Keep On Dancing – El Día Dos 2022 at Bora Bora

4pm – Sunday January 02, 2022

Just when you thought the party was over… you remembered this is Ibiza, and there’s always a party somewhere if you know where to look! The island’s number one after party crew, Keep On Dancing, head back to the golden sands of Bora Bora on the beach at Playa d’en Bossa for the next instalment in their famed El Día Dos parties. From 4pm to 4am, you can dance the day and night away in either the techno or disco room (or both!), with music courtesy of Alex Neri, Andrea Fiorito, Nightmares on Wax, Richy Ahmed, Stephane Ghenacia, Cyril Claudel, Knario, Alex & Ion Pott, Marlon, Ferdinan Monk, David Prim, Kirinisky and a very special secret guest. Definitely an event for those who still have stamina (or maybe those who took the time to sneak a disco nap in between parties). Tickets are 35€ and you’ll need to show your Covid passport or negative PCR or antigen test on the door.