Ibiza restaurants: Wi-Ki-Woo – A seafront sensation
Ibiza has been experiencing a subtle form of gentrification for some time now. Areas like San Antonio on the west coast of the island have undergone a slow but steady transformation from bustling holiday resort to chic, cosmopolitan hangout, where a slew of stylish restaurants and bars have begun to attract a different sort of crowd. At the heart of this metamorphosis are venues like Wi-Ki-Woo, which with its fashionable façade and range of excellent onsite facilities has contributed to the continued influx of interest in San Antonio, a town successfully carving a new identity for itself.
Set back off the stunning coastal promenade that sweeps all the way round from the famous sunset strip right through to Cala Gracio, Wi-Ki-Woo is found within touching distance of the tiny cove of Caló des Moro. An eye-catching hotel inspired by the Art Deco era, its decor is all baby pink and peppermint interspersed with bold, visually impressive patterns – all designed to look striking underfoot (not to mention on the Instagram accounts of every discerning island fashionista). A fabulous place to lay your head, Wi-Ki-Woo’s reputation for great food and drink is now also on the rise.
Part of the buzz centres around the hotel’s location. It boasts unspoilt views of the Mediterranean sparkling all the way to the horizon, and thanks to the hotel’s west-facing location, dramatic vistas of that world-famous Ibiza sunset. Framed by swaying palm trees and sound-tracked by chilled out tunes, it’s no wonder people have been flocking here to dine on the outdoor terrace at every time of day. Add to that an inspiring fusion menu and beautifully mixed, first-rate cocktails, and you’ve got a sure-fire recipe for success on your hands.
Open every day from early morning till night, Wi-Ki-Woo starts the day as it should, with a hearty breakfast. To be taken alfresco as the sun slowly rises on the other side of the island, dishes like the Wi-Ki Burrito and Wi-Ki Healthy and Wi-Ki Avocado can be enjoyed in relative cool. Other options include bagels, classic sausage and bacon sandwiches and omelettes every-which-way, all to be savoured with a glass of fresh juice and a desire to get out and make the most of the dawning day.
Come lunchtime when you’re reclining round the pool, the menu takes on a more Asian-inspired tack. Think duck wrap with rich plum sauce, crispy chilli squid, chicken satay and dim sum – plenty to set you up nicely before a traditional Spanish siesta. More substantial plates include the Malibu shrimp tower, Korean grilled short ribs and tuna ceviche, and make no mistake, each dish is as stylishly presented as the rest of the hotel, not to mention made using the freshest, local ingredients.
The health conscious will savour the range of delicious sounding salads. The Super Woo salad, for example, consists of quinoa, mango-infused tofu, mixed seeds and a coriander dressing, while the goat cheese crisp salad is made with garden herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach and roasted peppers. For something more hearty, look no further than the stacked high WW burgers. The Big Bull burger comes with three cuts of Argentinian beef, tomato chilli chutney, cheese and gherkins, while the Vegan Beet comes in at the other end of the scale, made using a chargrilled patty, red onion chutney and leaves in a beetroot brioche bun.
And it doesn’t end there. Sharing platters are available for sociable snacking with friends – the Asian platter with chicken satay, panko prawns, vegetable spring rolls, sesame short ribs, dim sum and crackers has already proved a favourite. There’s also a range of more traditional dishes for those with bigger appetites, including seared rump steak, carbonara and Pad Thai, all to be washed down with a crisp glass of wine or Champagne, or a freshly made cocktail, of course.
Boasting to-die for views as well as a menu designed to suit every taste and appetite, Wi-Ki-Woo is fast becoming a must-visit destination for first class food, creative cocktails and spectacular sunsets and it’s not only hotel guests who get to live it up in its colourful surrounds – everyone is invited. Here’s to the future of San Antonio.