Ibiza restaurants: Aiyanna Ibiza – A healthy fusion
Surrounded by raw, rugged nature on the island’s northeast coast, Aiyanna Ibiza has injected a breath of fresh air on Ibiza’s beach club scene in 2017. Forget flashy VIP sections, impossible to reserve sunloungers and hugely overpriced menus – Aiyanna Ibiza is the beach club of the people, offering something for everyone under its colourful signature umbrellas, with an environmentally conscious ethos at the heart of its philosophy.
Aiyanna Ibiza is the new concept of Ibiza restaurateur David Piccioni – founder and owner of Amante Ibiza and former DJ and Azuli record label boss – who knows a thing or two about running beach clubs in Ibiza after nine years at the top of his game. His inspiration for Amante’s sister restaurant was to create a space where everyone was welcome, embracing Ibiza’s beautiful bohemian style and to introduce a menu founded in superfoods and with a variety of healthy options, that could also host special events and weddings in a truly breathtaking setting.
Set on the shores of Cala Nova, one of Ibiza’s last remaining unspoilt beaches, the view from the Aiyanna Ibiza terrace is nothing short of Mediterranean magic. Sparkling turquoise sea, clear blue skies peppered with fluffy white clouds and a long expanse of golden sand, on a still day you could be sitting in the Caribbean; when the wind picks up, the swell evokes the east coast of Australia. The location is 100-percent pure Ibiza however, noted by the happy mix of Spanish families, expat residents and the glamorous cosmopolitan jetset.
Designed to be in harmony with its surroundings, palm trees line the Aiyanna Ibiza entrance while wooden furnishings are understated with just a hint of rustic – Ikat printed deck chairs and woven floor rugs complement Aztec motifs painted on the smooth cement floors. The interior is a nod to today’s Scandinavian design trends, where natural earthy colours sit alongside cool whites while hundreds of hanging succulents are offset with strings of sequins sparkling in the sunlight and overhead cane lamps.
Macramé cushions and rattan poufs create a laidback ambience while the bar glistens and shines with just a hint of art deco. But the true star of the Aiyanna Ibiza show are the vibrant Guatemalan ‘Barriletes’ – giant kites that were handmade especially for the venue, to be transformed into huge umbrellas that provide shade for the expansive terrace.
That Aiyanna Ibiza is stylish is without question, but what makes a restaurant successful goes well beyond aesthetics. Heading up the Aiyanna Ibiza kitchen is award-winning head chef Oskar Reboredo – born in the Basque country, culinary flair runs through his veins. He began his career washing dishes from as early as he can remember, before studying to be a chef in his hometown and Madrid. His career has seen him rise through the ranks in some of Spain’s the most famous restaurants: think Botafumeiro, Les Catre Gats and Shoko, before heading to London where he trained under the tutelage of the famous Pierre Garnier at Sketch, and in the three-Michelin star Japanese restaurant Zuma.
Spanish and Basque cuisine was Rebordeo’s passion however, and he rose to stardom when he was named head chef at the acclaimed Iberian ‘L’ restaurant. He went on to Magazine, where he was awarded the prestigious London chef of the year award. Known in London as the go-to chef for Spanish cooking, he was recommended in the Michelin guide and wrote a weekly recipe column for The Guardian newspaper. Eventually, he was lured back to the tastes of Japan and returned to Madrid and Barcelona, before being approached by the Pacha Group to open Destino four years ago.
Fast forward to 2017 and Oskar now calls Aiyanna Ibiza home – it is here where he can truly excel and influence the menu based on his heritage, travel and tastes. The Aiyanna Ibiza menu has its heart in Eastern Mediterranean cuisine and a focus on using organic, locally sourced produce (from their own garden), superfoods and macrobiotic ingredients. Taste buds are taken on a tour of Spain, Greece, Morocco, Turkey and Italy, with a hint of Japanese and Indian flavours thrown in for good measure. It works, with the menu providing plenty of light and healthy options in keeping with today’s trends for eating clean, plus traditional Spanish holiday favourites such as black rice with fried calamari and baked seabass or beach classics such as hearty burgers.
Understanding not everyone wants to take respite from the sun to eat lunch, Aiyanna Ibiza also offers fresh and healthy takeaway options. A shiny silver food truck sits in pride of place on the terrace, and beachgoers are welcome to order juices and fresh salads to go at extremely affordable prices (think less than 10€ for a meal and a drink!). And don’t be fooled by the containers that appear to be plastic – all packaging is biodegradable and made from recycled materials. Total feel good food, in more ways than one!
Open daily for breakfast and lunch, Aiyanna Ibiza is so much more than ‘just’ a beach club. Daily yoga sessions take place on the terrace and are followed by a healthy buffet breakfast, prepping your mind, body and soul for the day ahead. If you prefer to sit back and relax, an a la carte breakfast menu offers classic tostadas topped with local avocado or tomato, turkey and Havarti or Iberian ham. Fresh juices and cocktails are expertly whipped up by the bar all day long – take your pick whether you’d like your drink pure or spiked with your favourite tipple!
For those looking to take home an Ibiza-inspired souvenir after their beach club experience, Aiyanna Ibiza supports local Ibiza designers with a stylish dedicated boutique corner, Made in Ibiza. Soft, flowing layers in natural hues inspired by the Med, the style is bohemian elegance, in keeping with its setting. With the soothing sound of the sea providing the soundtrack as you shop, it’s easy to wish that days like these could go on forever…