As the island eases into its 2020 summer season, the gastronomy scene is also opening up, with many Ibiza beach restaurants applying a slowly, slowly approach to ensure the absolute safety of their guests. Some were keen to open to residents in the previous ‘Phases’ of our de-escalation plan to come out of lockdown while others have been hedging their bets on when they’ll be able to guarantee their customers the authentic Ibiza experience they’ve come to know and love. In addition to the restaurants we shared in last week’s guide to beach dining, now most of our favourite restaurants have announced their plans to re-open in the coming weeks and some have even opened earlier than planned due to popular demand. So without any further ado, below is a comprehensive guide to opening dates and places to dine with your feet in the sand this summer in Ibiza.
There’s going to be an all-new energy in Playa d’en Bossa this season without the buzz of the major clubs, however this could be seen as a refreshing change that brings a new type of tourism to one of Ibiza’s most stunning stretches of sand. The atmosphere will be one of laid-back luxury – long days on the beach, luxurious lunches, family friendly places to eat and enjoy – and Beachouse Ibiza will be at the very top of the must-visit list for all of the above. The Ibiza beach restaurant re-opened last weekend and offers something for everyone from 10.30am to 8pm daily. Morning yoga classes on the sand that raise money for ‘Save the Med’ charity, divine breakfasts with a view, luxe lunches, a super cool kids’ club, plus a music program from Thursday to Sunday featuring some of the island’s finest resident DJs – it might be a different Bossa to years gone by, but that doesn’t mean Ibiza’s musical heritage will be lost!
The beach of Playa Niu Blau is still somewhat of an island secret. It’s a place where you can always find a place to soak up the sun, there’s no trouble parking and the shallow waters are ideal for kids. Completing the perfect beach holiday package is stylish seaside eatery Pura Vida Beach Restaurant – a stunning and stylish place to take respite from the sun for lunch, to spend a whole lazy day on the sun loungers or enjoy sundown cocktails and snacks on the terrace. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 8pm (kitchen from 1pm to 8pm), the gorgeous frontline restaurant offers a special weekday menu for just 19€ per person, in addition to its classic Mediterranean à la carte menu and seafood specialties. Every Saturday, there’s kids’ entertainment, so parents can enjoy a luxe beach day safe in the knowledge their little ones are in good hands. Reservations highly recommended.
There’s just one more sleep until islanders and holidaymakers can dine beneath Ibiza’s most colourful and insta-friendly umbrellas at Aiyanna Ibiza. The stunning Cala Nova beach restaurant reopens on Friday June 26, 2020, after its extended winter hibernation, from 10am until 8pm – with the kitchen open until 6pm. A new cocktail menu, the delicious modern Eastern Mediterranean influenced menu, fresh juices (with a selection available to take-away in environmentally friendly containers), boho-chic and relaxing décor, and those amazing views over the rustic shores of Cala Nova beach make it one of Ibiza’s most in-demand beach restaurants, so advanced booking is now highly recommended due to the limited new capacity.
Cala Nova is one of Ibiza’s most rustic, unspoiled beaches and set within the sand dunes, in pride of place at the centre of the north-eastern beach, is Atzaró Chiringuito – the little sister beach shack to the famed Atzaró Beach restaurant, set higher up on the cliff. Atzaró Chiringuito will open to the public on Wednesday July 1, 2020 (with big sister restaurant due to announce its opening date soon) in line with all the new health and safety regulations we’re getting used to with the ‘new normality’. Open daily from 10am to 6pm, it’s the perfect place for delicious breakfasts, laid-back lunches, fresh juices, healthy salads, and refreshing cocktails – the authentic Ibiza beach life experience, with stunning view of the Mediterranean as your backdrop
We’ll admit that Los Enamorados is not technically a beach restaurant, however the way it juts out over the Mediterranean Sea in Portinatx, its incredible island views and the fact that it’s just a mere three-minute walk to the beach gives it enough credence to be included in this list! The in-house dining terrace of this intimate and chic boutique hotel in the far north of Ibiza is open to the public via prior reservation and reopens on Thursday July 2, 2020. This is the kind of place where you can truly feel as if you’ve escaped the world and all its troubles – there’s nothing but peace and love emanating from the walls of this incredibly curated space. The restaurant is inspired by the hotel owners’ love of travelling and international cuisine, reflected in high-end takes on tacos, poke bowls, fresh seafood and other delectable dishes that are easy to share. The perfect place for a post-beach sunset cocktail and dinner.
Set on the secluded cove of Sol d’en Serra on the island’s eastern coastline, the award winning Ibiza beach restaurant Amante Ibiza has been popular with island and international foodies for more than a decade. At long last, the stylish and chic restaurant will reopen on Friday July 3, 2020 for lunch and dinner, offering the perfect place to enjoy a contemporary Spanish and Italian menu with views that are unquestionably some of Ibiza’s finest. With the sparkling turquoise sea stretched out before you, it’s easy to relax into the experience, whether under the bright blue sky or a blanket of stars. Set over three levels, there’s much to see and enjoy at Amante Ibiza, from the comfy beach beds and tables in the sand on the lower level, and the shaded cocktail bar on the mid-level, to the beautiful dining terrace and lounge on the top floor. The venue’s famed yoga mornings on Wednesdays and Saturdays will return from July 8, 2020 – advance booking recommended.
Without a doubt one of the island’s most iconic beach dining destinations, El Chiringuito on the shores of Es Cavallet has been missed by many, so the announcement of its imminent reopening on Saturday July 4, 2020, was much-welcomed. Whether you’re a lover of the huge daybeds on the sand, enjoy dining family-style at a big table with your nearest and dearest, or are looking for a romantic location for a beach lunch, El Chiringuito has it all. And more, of course, thanks to the world-renowned menu of modern Mediterranean fare, a fun and creative kids’ club and a daily soundtrack by the island’s best resident DJs. The opening date is already booked to capacity, so we recommend reserving fast to ensure you get a table or bed in the coming weeks – the return of this island institution has made has Ibiza lovers around the world very happy indeed.
Another island stalwart, Nassau Beach Club, has been dominating the Playa d’en Bossa beach club scene since it first opened over a decade ago. 2020 looks set to be no different, and the restaurant reopens to the public on Saturday July 4 – an Ibiza twist on Independence Day! Luxurious days are spent sipping on cocktails on the beach, with stunning views across the island of Formentera, before heading into the restaurant for a decadent lunch experience like no other. Nassau Beach Club offers a dual-menu concept, one inspired by the principles of molecular cuisine, and the other taking its cues from a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian flavours and cooking techniques. As the sun goes down, enjoy cocktails in the Nassau lounge and music from the island’s best selectors. Open daily for lunch and dinner – reservations are essential.
Set within the five-star luxury resort Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Chambao brings a sense of Mediterranean authenticity to the sleek surrounds of the hotel. Offering hotel guests and members of the public the opportunity to dine with their feet in the sand beneath swaying palm trees, overlooking the beach of Talamanca and with Ibiza’s coolest kids’ club right next door (within the resort), Chambao re-opens on July 10, 2020. Known for its modern Mediterranean influenced menu, including typical Spanish rice dishes and freshly caught seafood grills, plus hearty and healthy salads and plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, most of the ingredients come directly from the best organic farms and fishermen on the island, bringing the true taste of Ibiza to your plate. Open daily for lunch and dinner – reservations recommended.
There’s a new beach restaurant player in town – almost quite literally, as Cotton Lounge Club reopens its doors on the city beach of Figueretas on July 14, 2020. The gorgeous lounge club has operated as a private dining venue in previous years, however due to the limitations placed on its sister beach club venue, Cotton Beach Club (which will remain closed until further notice), a twist of 2020 fate sees it reopen to the public as a day-to-night dining venue, complete with outdoor dining, views to Formentera and a revised cuisine concept. With more details expected to be announced within the coming days, we can tell you that the popular Cotton Weekend Champagne Lunches will be popping up on the south east coast of the island instead of the west – a change is as good as an Ibiza holiday!
The atmosphere in Ibiza right now is like nothing we’ve ever experienced before. Perhaps if you grew up on the island in the 60s, you may remember a time like this but for all millennials and many Gen-Xers – not to mention the thousands of expats who call Ibiza home – scenes of blissfully clean and serene beaches are completely foreign to us. We’re used to traffic in beach parking lots, jostling for a space on the sand, booking restaurant tables a week in advance and seeing the sea filled with luxury yachts. And now, well, it’s just completely the opposite. We know this time is limited and special – our first international visitors will arrive within days. With that in mind, our team of island experts have listed the best Ibiza beach restaurants open during Phase Three of the de-escalation process below. Remember, the national state of alarm will be lifted at midnight on June 21, 2020, so if you want make the most of this time and experience some true Ibiza magic, this weekend is your chance!
The secluded cove of S’Estanyol, set just outside the village of Jesús, has long been considered a local’s secret though over the years and with the addition of popular beach restaurant Cala Bonita, it’s no surprise the secret got out. Right now however, the atmosphere on this little cove is reminiscent of those days gone by, when you’d trek down the long and bumpy camino to find just a few friends, acquaintances or recognisable island faces scattered about the sand or jumping off the little plank into the crystal clear sea. There’s plenty of parking, the sea is more clear than ever, and DJs are spinning laid-back Balearic beats from the terrace of Cala Bonita – the one and only restaurant in the bay, serving up a high-end grill style menu plus holiday favourites like paella and fish baked in salt. Open 1pm to 6pm daily – reservations recommended.
You’d be hard pressed to find a cove in Ibiza with turquoise waters that match the beauty of Cala Gracioneta – this tiny west coast inlet has long been loved by locals, who’d trek over from neighbouring Cala Gracio to beat the crowds. These days, the word is out and thanks to a world-class restaurant, Cala Gracioneta Chiringuito – expertly run by the Mambo Group who know this part of the island better than anyone – the little beach is often quite busy and the wait for a table can be lengthy if you hadn’t pre-reserved. Right now however, Cala Gracioneta Chiringuito is primed and ready to welcome the island’s locals – it’s been in high demand since the very first day it reopened. All your Mediterranean favourite dishes appear on the menu, made using local produce and cooked with love, and the views are a money-can’t-buy bonus. Open daily from 9am to 5pm.
This chic and stylish seafront eatery breathed new life into the south end of Santa Eulalia when it first opened two years ago, thanks to a creative, Mediterranean menu scattered with Middle Eastern delights. The fact that it was right on the sand with uninterrupted views out to sea didn’t hurt either! Fortunately, for island foodies, for Ibiza families and for those who love a classic beach club ambience, the Chiringuito Blue reopened its doors today, complete with its kids’ club and full decadent menu. Now open seven days a week from 12pm to 8pm, with special Family Weekend events held every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm, reservations are recommended to ensure you score a spot, as social distancing measures are in place for the safety of all guests.
Beautiful Benirrás has always been a dream destination, for those seeking a taste of Ibiza’s authentic hippie soul. Even right up until the 1980s, this beach was a place where people came together as one, camped in caravans or on the sand, and danced late into the night in celebration of their freedom. Today’s version of freedom is a little more limited, we’ll admit, but there’s no denying the feeling of bohemianism when you arrive at this pebbly cove. Tastefully spread out along the right hand side of the beach is Elements Ibiza, a feet-in-the-sand beach restaurant that incorporates a juice bar, a boutique, a pizza joint, a massage and treatment room, and of course its signature Mediterranean restaurant. It’s easy to spend the day on Benirrás and visit Elements Ibiza more than once: a healthy juice on arrival, a late lunch, sunset cocktails or perhaps a massage and some retail therapy. Due to the popularity of this beach, there is limted access to Benirrás to ensure safety, so reservations are essential to guarantee access to the beach.
If you were to Google ‘Mediterranean chic’, there’s no doubt the results would bring up Experimental Beach Ibiza. The stylish beach club on the rocky shore of Cap d’es Falco on the island’s south east coast is part of the French-owned, world renowned Experimental Cocktail Club, and its elegant aqua and royal blue décor pays testament to the owners’ eye for style. The Ibiza outpost was the brand’s first foray into beach clubs and its popularity in high summer speaks volumes to its success – this is definitely a place you need to plan ahead and reserve, however right now residents have the pleasure of walking in and enjoying the space at their leisure. Open daily (excluding Tuesdays), it’s the quintessential European beach club experience – chic sunloungers, an amazing menu, incredible cocktails and DJs spinning tunes that keep your toes tapping all day. Sunsets here are out of this world, with the tip of Es Vedra visible in the distance.
It was a sad day for Ibiza when La Escollera was forced to close its doors due to the lockdown – the family run Es Cavallet dining destination has been open 365 days a year for decades – but thankfully, they have had a triumphant return to form. The sun-drenched terrace with panoramic views over the sparkling Med has long been a meeting point for locals and expats of all nationalities – the warm and welcoming service, combined with amazing fresh seafood, grilled meats, sushi, paella and vegan dishes makes it an easy choice for a big group, however quiet corners can be found for those seeking romance. Now open from Thursdays through to Monday from 1pm to 6pm, reservations are essential as its loyal legion of followers are making up for lost time.
‘No hay Verano sin Beso’ reads the Insta-ready bench seat outside Beso Beach on the iconic sands of Las Salinas. Translating to ‘there’s no summer without Beso’ (or ‘there’s no summer without a kiss’ depending on what you’re looking for!), Ibiza residents were happy when the beachfront restaurant was one of the first to open its doors when the lockdown restrictions were lifted. It felt like an omen – if we have Beso, we’ll have a summer. The sister restaurant to the iconic Formentera Beso Beach Club has been open but a mere two seasons, and is already one of the most popular restaurants on Ibiza’s most famous beach. Long and lazy lunches are the order of the day, followed by mojitos at the bar as the sun starts to set – in years gone by, this was followed by dancing but it looks like we’ll have to wait a few more weeks for that. Open from 1pm to 9.30pm.
Those who are old enough to remember, or those who’ve done their research, will know that Jockey Club was one of the very first chiringuitos to successfully transform into what we know today as a beach club. The evolution was organic – it was never about being the biggest or attracting VIPs. The appeal of Jockey Club has always come via its people, from the family behind the brand (now run by the second generation of Lanzoni family) to the long-serving familiar-faced staff, the DJs who provide the soundtrack and the loyal customers who return year, after year, after year. Its location at the heart of the iconic Las Salinas is second to none, and its Mediterranean menu of the highest quality. Most holidaymakers can’t help but snap up some Jockey-emblazoned merchandise on their way out to commemorate such a great experience, but island residents simply tip their hats and know that they can come back whenever they like. Well, technically from Thursday through to Monday, from9.30am to 8.30pm – but you get the gist!
Cala Jondal has always been one of Ibiza’s coolest beaches – even before the rise of mammoth beach club institution Blue Marlin. While it remains to be seen if the iconic club will reopen in 2020 (our sources suggest not), its iconic neighbour and sister restaurant, Yemanja Ibiza, is already back in business and doing what it does best – serving up traditional Ibicenco and Mediterranean fare, made from family recipes that date back decades. Situated on the pebbled part of the beach, it’s one of the few restaurants fortunate enough to be able to provide sunbeds at the moment (since they are situated on its terrace, not on public property) which means getting in early is essential if you want a luxury beach day. And without the constant throb of the music from Blue Marlin, a day at Yemanja during Phase Three feels like stepping back in time – enjoy it while it lasts!
Ask any islander where to go in Ibiza for the best seafood lunch on the beach and the answer is a resounding Es Torrent. This old school seafood restaurant, tucked into the pine trees surrounding the tiny pebbly beach of the same name on the south east coast, opened in 1984 (just one year after Jockey Club) and was founded on the principles of good fresh food, cooked using timeless recipes and made with love, in a location that simply couldn’t be rivalled. Es Torrent has never been tempted to meddle with this winning combination – while other restaurants undergo major renovations or revamp their menus, this island stalwart remains almost the same as the day it opened. Simplicity is the key to its success, and what attracts the world’s jetset – who usually arrive by boat – to its charming, white-tableclothed tables. Of course, you don’t need to arrive by boat – right now there’s plenty of parking and all locals are welcome (as they always are). Es Torrent has always been a place where billionaires dine beside bus drivers – the very essence of the Ibiza spirit.
It’s fair to say that Ibiza is one of the world’s most popular choices for destination weddings. The wonderful temperate climate – with 300 glorious days of sun a year – plus frequent and affordable flights from most of Europe count hugely in its favour of course, but what really sells this Mediterranean gem when it comes to planning unique and memorable nuptials is its stunning selection of seaside venues.
From rustic and romantic bohemian beach settings, to modern and glamorous clifftop terraces, ceremonies, receptions and parties can take any style you desire, with the shimmering sea adding that vibrant pop of turquoise in the background of all your wedding snaps. If you’re looking to get married in Ibiza with beach or sea views, our team of on-island experts have selected some of the best wedding venues with spectacular views on the white isle. All you have to do is say ‘I do’ to your favourite one.
Having Es Vedra rising majestically from the Mediterranean Sea as the backdrop to your wedding arch is the fantasy way to say ‘I do’ in Ibiza, and 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza delivers all the requirements for an awe-inspiringly beautiful event. With iconic cliff top views and azure waters surrounding the stunning promontory, plus various locations across the venue to host different stages of your celebrations – ranging from bohemian chic Cone Club to the glass-fronted, infinity-view Upper Cliff Terrace Restaurant – the resort can also accommodate all your guests, so the celebration can happily spill over into a two or three-day affair without any concerns about getting people home afterwards. With a world-class spa within the resort, all pre-wedding preparation and post-party pampering is completely covered, all you need to do is get ready to have the time of your life.
Tucked away in a picturesque and private cove on the far west of the island, Cala Gracioneta Chiringuito is a gorgeous beach venue ideal for a relaxed and bohemian wedding. The Ibiza dream of a secluded white sandy cove, with waves lapping at the shore, and rustic wooden decking surrounded by stunning natural scenery is brought idyllically to life at this seaside restaurant, part of the well-respected and incredibly professional Mambo Group. The in-house wedding team design beautiful bespoke weddings, with a multitude of packages available to suit any size or budget. The versatile location can also be configured to fit your desires, from a barefoot beach ceremony to cocktails overlooking the headland, including drinking and dancing long after the sun has gone down.
Ibiza’s only exclusive wedding venue, Elixir sits atop one of the most exquisite and romantic viewpoints on west coast of the island. The quiet sandy cove of Cala Codolar sits at the foot of the relaxed venue’s white winding staircase, while the iconic rock of Es Vedra proudly commands the terrace vistas, just picture-perfect ready for those iconic Ibiza sunset wedding shots. Dedicated to the sole purpose of private events and weddings, the entire location has every little detail considered when it comes to your magical celebration, including mouth-watering menus that can be adapted to your style and tastes. Guests cannot fail to be wowed as they approach their beachfront destination, across the cliffs of the south-west of the island, and then be wowed yet again as day turns into night and you wander down to the beach for sunset or dancing the night away under the stars rounds off your unforgettable day.
Boasting hotels all over the world, and with over 60 years of experience in professionally planning spectacular weddings, the Melia team behind the hotel ME Ibiza deliver fabulous bespoke events with a view. Just steps from the shoreline of S’Argamassa beach – on the edge of Santa Eulalia – couples can choose between a range of locations for their ceremony, cocktails and dinner, from simple poolside elegance to stunning rooftop privacy, all with the sound of waves lapping at the shore, and breath-taking views across to Formentera in the distance. The adjoining Nikki Beach Ibiza makes a superb party addition for livelier affairs, and with a range of rooms and suites to suit all your guests at ME Ibiza, the destination wedding can easily double as a friend and familymoon too.
One of Ibiza’s most in-demand seaside wedding venues, the secluded and romantic Amante Ibiza perches on the edge of the rustic cliffs found down a dusty camino, just minutes (but worlds away) from the touristic resort of Cala Llonga. Available for exclusive hire for your special day, the venue can accommodate a minimum of 60 adults and a maximum of 130 on its split-level terraces and sandy main floor. A Balinese hut on the sand forms an idyllic altar, whilst tall swaying palm trees serve to provide shade the sunny dining area, where white tablecloths and elegant seating look out over the natural bay of Sol d’en Serra. The Mediterranean menu is simple yet sophisticated, in keeping with the tasteful theming. Cocktails (not to mention plenty of seaside photo opportunities) take place on the wooden decked tiki-bar, before guests wander up the staircase to the restaurant interior where dancing and drinking until the early hours closes your Ibiza wedding.
With 14 glamorous locations all around the globe producing countless acclaimed events for the last 20 years, events team at Nikki Beach Ibiza in Santa Eulalia are well experienced in realising even the wildest of dream wedding wishes. The stylish seafront Ibiza wedding venue can host up to 800 guests with world-class Mediterranean views plus stylish architecture and design. The all-white décor with tribal influences is perfect for a modern marriage celebration and the exceptional entertainment can be tailored to your taste and style. Next door, ME Ibiza hotel is perfectly placed to accommodate your guests, while every little detail from bespoke menus to unbeatable music can be completely managed in-house, leaving you to just kick back and enjoy your day celebrating friends, family, life and of course, love. Happily ever after starts at Nikki Beach Ibiza.
Those seeking an authentic bohemian beachfront wedding should head straight for Atzaró Beach at the southern end of the stunning beach at Cala Nova. Beautiful turquoise waters create a stunning backdrop to your celebration, complementing the natural pared back style of the relaxed venue itself. Part of the renowned Atzaró Group, brides can expect their dreams to be realised with all the high standards in quality, service and style that the group is famed for. Offering extensive seafront terracing with dining, seating, lounging and social areas, the restaurant can be adapted for groups of varying sizes, whether you take the space exclusively, or prefer to create a special private zone for you and your guests. However you set up your wedding day, the incredible views and laid-back atmosphere offers an Ibiza wedding experience that’s impossible to beat.
For a five-star luxury wedding day, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay has all the seafront style and islnd elegance that any blushing Ibiza bride could dream of. An array of deluxe rooms and suites can acommodate your guests, whilst the various venues and spaces throughout the resort can be used for different elements of your event. With two pools to choose from, your ceremony can be whimsical and waterfront, or set high in the sky on the rooftop terrace to ensure privacy and stunning Formentera views. The relaxed barefoot chic of Chambao fits a bohemian vibe, or perhaps you’d prefer to wow guests with a signature Japanese lunch or dinner at Nobu restaurant itself. When evening arrives, the party begins with a private event space available for your celebration, as the glittering lights of Ibiza marina twinkle in the distance at the end of the promenade. Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay proves there are far more perks to a destination wedding than just the sunny weather.
For a laid-back and luxe seaside wedding, bursting with vibrancy and life, look no further than Aiyanna Ibiza, found at the centre of Cala Nova, a long, golden sand beach on the north-east coast of Ibiza. Owned and operated by the same team behind iconic Ibiza wedding venue Amante Ibiza, you can rest assured that all the finer details will be catered and cared for with same level of professionalism for which both venues are renowned. Aiyanna Ibiza oozes a relaxed atmosphere, with its brightly decorated umbrellas bringing splashes of colour to your theming, while the unassuming modern rustic vibe is highlighted through natural materials on the decking and seating. Lovebirds can invite between 50 and 140 guests for their exclusive event, and the choice of menus mixes western Mediterranean cuisine with Eastern mezze platters, all focused on honest, and nutritious ingredients.
Aficionados of fine dining and fabulous views look to Cotton Beach Club for their seaside weddings. The clifftop restaurant overlooking the bay of Cala Tarida offers five-star service and first-class cuisine served on its distinctive white wooden terrace right in front of the sparkling and turquoise Mediterranean Sea. With a stunning rooftop cocktail bar that can also function as a ceremony area, and an interior dance floor for late night partying, this iconic spot has become one of Ibiza’s most popular choices for luxurious romantic weddings. The impeccably professional team of chefs, waiters and managers run a tight ship when it comes to your once-in-a-lifetime event, and your guests will be impressed from the moment they arrive, thanks to the unforgettable views, spectacular service and mouth-watering menus.
Time truly flies on this little Balearic island – in what seems like the blink of an eye, weeks fly into months, months merge into seasons and seasons spread into years. On that note, the start of the 2019 season also marks the ten-year anniversary of gorgeous Ibiza beach restaurant Amante Ibiza – a huge feat to achieve on an island like Ibiza, where the restaurant industry is thriving and incredibly competitive, with new and noted players entering the arena each year. A decade of divine dining has seen Amante Ibiza quietly, proudly and deservedly earn its place in the white island hall of fame – winning awards, fans, followers and hearts along the way.
Many Ibiza dwellers remember the legendary Amante Ibiza opening party as if it were just last summer – the island was abuzz with talk that internationally-renowned DJ David Piccioni was becoming a restaurateur. Those who knew him well were not surprised – between touring the globe, Piccioni would counter-balance his high-voltage working life with visits to the most tranquil spots in Ibiza, to breathe, re-boot and enjoy the finer things in life. He found his peace and regained his equilibrium in the beautiful cliff-top location where Amante Ibiza stands today, overlooking the rugged pebble beach and crystalline waters of Sol d’en Serra on the island’s east coast.
His own experiences led him to create a venue where others could experience and enjoy that exact same feeling of calmness and recalibration, and Amante Ibiza was born in 2009. The first and most obvious charm of Amante Ibiza is its unparalleled location and incredible, breath-taking vistas. This is a place that invites delicious daydreaming, blissful peace and pure relaxation against a backdrop of the very best views on Ibiza. Sweet dreams really are made of this…
To turn such a vision into a long-standing and established reality requires a true understanding of the clients who come through the doors. Piccioni and the Amante Ibiza team have achieved this by listening to its loyal clientele, constantly evolving and continually manifesting the original dream along the way. Now, ten years since its inception, Amante Ibiza is beautifully fulfilling David’s original plans. Outstandingly welcoming, with a friendly mi casa tu casa vibe and an exceptional Mediterranean menu, Amante Ibiza is Ibiza’s most beautiful rural-meets-seaside restaurant. Set in a stunning cove, the fine dining destination is perfect for anyone looking to relax in a luxurious beach setting.
Amante Ibiza’s appeal is wide and varied – absolutely everyone is welcome and given the same warm, smiling and authentic Ibiza reception on arrival. Frequented by local families, the ever-present glitterati of Ibiza and the global jet-set alike, this beautiful location has developed an aura of accessibility and good times over the past ten years – it’s known as the place where you’re welcome to while away the hours, lounging from day to night with friends, family and loved ones. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a day-one Amante Ibiza devotee, Piccioni’s original idea is that you can enjoy the space as your very own Ibiza home away from home remains firmly in place.
If Amante Ibiza is home, then the team are like family. Managers, chefs, wait staff, kitchen hands, administration and marketing teams – all return to their beloved extended summer roles year after year. On a seasonal island where work opportunities continually shift, this is a testament to Amante Ibiza’s natural charm and supportive work environment. The team share Piccioni’s family vision, and as an extension of this, they view and treat restaurant guests like members of the extended family too.
Presiding over the kitchen team is long standing island favourite, Carlos Fernandez who is executive chef of Amante Ibiza and its sister venue, Aiyanna Ibiza, at Cala Nova. Working alongside long-term chef Jordi Ribas, Fernandez’s profoundly Mediterranean menu is succinctly curated with honesty and integrity – there is no pretence here, no suggestion of fusion cuisine or flashy tricks that confuse the palate. Drawing on traditional and modern influences, flavours are gentle and perfectly timed, locally-sourced ingredients are soulful and magically combined to ensure a flavoursome finish that is pure Ibiza.
At Amante Ibiza, the day starts early, with yoga on the beach terrace, with those phenomenal views, from 8.45am to 10.30am, followed by a delicious and healthy breakfast (included in the class fee). There’s nothing quite like stretching into the great Balearic beyond and breathing in that fresh Mediterranean air in the mornings and the sessions have reached such legendary status that it’s highly advisable to pre-book your mat space. Of course, not everyone wants to start their day with exercise and that’s perfectly acceptable too – the beautiful driftwood bar overlooking the sea is the perfect place to start your day with a freshly-pressed juice or a coffee. Daybeds can also be booked for the day, with no minimum spend for lunch, dinner or snacks (a rarity in Ibiza), giving you another great excuse to settle in for the duration.
If you feel the urge to beach hop, keep it in the family and head to Aiyanna Ibiza (it’s just a short drive up the coast) for lunch, where you can sample more fresh, healthy and seasonal cuisine with a Middle Eastern influence. Later on, return to Amante Ibiza for evening drinks and dinner. On Tuesday nights, the now iconic open-air cinema takes centre stage – a screen that’s been dubbed ‘the most beautiful cinema in the world’ – and guests are invited to nestle into the luxurious oversized beanbags (with a fluffy throw blanket for when the sea breeze picks up) and take in a modern classic or cult movie beneath the stars. Another event that is booked out well in advance, the schedule is available to peruse on the Amante Ibiza website to ensure you don’t miss out.
Over the past ten years, the Amante Ibiza team has put endless effort into all components of the business – sharing a singular passion for making the vision come to life. The interior and exterior spaces of the venue are always carefully tended to, with subtle enhancements always presenting something new for returning guests to delight in. Since day one this iconic island restaurant has been all about nurturing a feeling of belonging and now, with ten years of relaxed integration under their belts, it is all too easy to feel totally at home. Happy anniversary Amante Ibiza!
Her natural people skills and warm personality led her to thrive in hospitality based roles however there came a time when she felt the desire to put down roots, seeking the home comforts of Spain, but with the cosmopolitan, international vibes of her previous career. Ibiza, it seemed, ticked all the boxes. After a few summers spent living as a self-described ‘hippy’, Natalia felt the urge to forge a career for herself in an industry where she could be creative while combining her language and organisational skills. Fate led her to Amante Ibiza in 2016, where the opportunity to become a wedding and event planner serendipitously presented itself just as she was questioning her life’s direction. Natalia rose to the challenge, and today now successfully designs and executes weddings and events in the iconic Sol d’en Serra venue and its all-new sister venue, Aiyanna Ibiza, opening on June 16.
Tell us about your first ever memory of a wedding? I think the first ever wedding I went to was my cousin, then my sister’s and the main thing I remember from both was just having a lot of fun. Weddings are all about fun. What led you to becoming a wedding planner? It wasn’t intentional. I spent five years working at Blue Marlin Ibiza, basically as the ‘right hand woman’ to the boss – involved in events and also reservations, and I had to be really organised. It got to be so busy and I felt the job was taking over my life, so I wanted a change, for my own good. I’d known David [Piccioni, Amante Ibiza and Aiyanna Ibiza owner] for a long time, and he suggested I speak to the manager at Amante Ibiza as there was an opportunity there he thought I’d be perfect for – the event manager was leaving. In the end, I think it was meant to be. I really feel like I have found the right job for me. What was the transition like, from party style events to weddings? The first two months were very intense and I learned a lot. Most people plan their weddings a year in advance, so I came in to work on events that had already been planned. It was challenging, but I felt comfortable. Amante Ibiza is a great place to work – the whole team is like a family. They enjoy working in the restaurant, and when it comes to wedding days, everyone makes such a great effort and it always pays off. We have even more fun working on weddings! What is it about Ibiza that makes it such a popular location for destination weddings? The island is so popular worldwide now – especially now with celebrities doing things here. People who didn’t know it before are even more exposed to it now, even more so with social media. But Ibiza also makes a great meeting point for couples who are from different parts of the world, or Europe. I’ve had couples where one person was from New York and the other Switzerland, but they’ve met in Ibiza and want to get married here. And it is just so beautiful – for people from the UK, it is not too far to travel.
What is it that makes Amante Ibiza so special as a wedding venue? [Gestures at her surroundings] Amante Ibiza is unique. The venue just sells itself. We are so secluded from everything. There is no other venue like it on the island. It’s not just popular for weddings – we do very exclusive events with high-end clients or corporate companies too. These people search the entire island for the perfect venue, and then when they come to us, it is like… ‘wow’. We only offer a very select amount of wedding dates at Amante Ibiza – ten per year – so we can preserve the restaurant for our existing customers and really make each wedding super special. This year, with the launch of Aiyanna Ibiza, we are able to open up a lot more dates for wedding availability. Tell us about Aiyanna Ibiza? How will the weddings be different to Amante? Aiyanna Ibiza will be very suited to the rustic chic, gypsy bohemian style weddings that are so popular at the moment. The style of décor of the venue really lends itself to that – think boho chic, feathers, dream catchers. Weddings here can also be much more casual, with barbecues and buffets rather than the formal fine dining sit-down dinners we do at Amante Ibiza. We can be more flexible there. I think each venue will attract different types of wedding clients. Tell us about the wedding planning process? Well, when I get to know the couples… I have no filter! Seriously – it’s like, I’m Natalia, you tell me who you are and what you want and I will be super honest and tell you what’s going to work best for you. You only get married once, but I get to see so many weddings so based on my experience, so I can really advise you on what will be the best way to achieve the wedding you want. I think this gives my couples confidence in my abilities. I want the best for them. What kind of packages do you offer clients? Our set-ups are very simple – we offer the venue as a base and allow the couple to do whatever they want in terms of style. Some like to stay simple, others want to go big! We will only ever recommend reputable suppliers that we know, however we give our clients the freedom to work with whoever they like. We offer set menus, but they have the flexibility to upgrade or change things – I work as the link between Amante, Aiyanna, the suppliers and the couples to make sure everything runs smoothly.
What is the process like on the day of a wedding? We are super organised. From 9am in the morning on event days, we have dedicated teams in place transforming the venues from the regular restaurant into a beautiful set-up for your family and friends. We have people dedicated to styling and plate settings, the kitchen are super preared and know what each person at each table is eating, and we’re all on the radios communicating each step that should be happening at every minute. I have a nine-page document that is like my wedding bible – I work with the couples on this to plan the way they’d like the day to run, and then we follow this so everything is perfect. Absolutely everyone is clear on their roles, from the cleaning ladies to the managers. The whole team combined really makes it happen. How do you stay up to date with weddings trends? Pinterest! It is such a great tool for inspiration and it’s always at your fingertips, on the phone or computer. What is the biggest challenge you face as a wedding planner? Working with the weather! Although Ibiza is usually always sunny, you have to be prepared for bad weather anyway and so we have a beautiful awning available for guests if bad weather comes. But we have to act quickly in these cases. What do you find most rewarding about your role as a wedding planner? Always the end of the day. There has never been a wedding where I didn’t get a big hug, a huge thanks for everything, the couple telling me it has been more than they expected, and being invited to join them on the dance floor. It is a beautiful moment.
In 2016 however, the chef doesn’t have to look any further than the restaurant’s own backyard (so to speak), as Amante Ibiza introduce their very own 1000 square metre organic vegetable garden. Working alongside experienced Ibicenco farmer Guillermo Ferrer – who boasts over 30 years experience cultivating organic fruit and vegetables on island soil – chef Carlos can now expertly curate his menus with inside information on seasonal vegetables, with daily reports on the progress of each crop allowing him to be totally in tune, and hands-on, with nature’s developments. While most diners are familiar with Amante’s exquisite seaside setting, what many don’t realise is that inland, on the opposite side to the cliffs, are miles of wonderfully fertile farmland. As much of it was unused, it made sense for the restaurant to cultivate their own crops, acquiring their own patch of land in late 2015 (after all, fruit and veggies don’t grow overnight!) and began to watch the organic garden take shape. Ensuring the garden is 100-percent organic is a passion for Guillermo and Carlos, with absolutely no pesticides used on their soil. The ‘farm-to-table’ concept has perhaps never been quite so literal, with the fresh and healthy produce delivered daily to the kitchen, just a hop, skip and jump from the restaurant – the garden is adjacent to the parking area at the front of the restaurant. At present, there are over 40 different types of fruit, vegetables and herbs thriving in the lush, Mediterranean soil – and that’s just the beginning, with plans to adapt the garden as the seasons change. “The varieties grown in the garden have already exceeded our expectations,” says Amante Ibiza owner David Piccioni. “We’re looking forward to adding more crops in the future.” Right now, the earth is abundant with plump, juicy watermelons, lush tomatoes of all sizes, shapes and colours, courgettes complete with their delicious flowers in tact, hefty sized aubergines, hearty, deep red beetroot, crisp celery and more. Rows and rows of enormous lettuces and zesty rocket are complemented with fragrant Mediterranean herbs such as basil and rosemary, ready and waiting to be harvested and transformed into the freshest salads on the island. The healthy, superfood-based quinoa salad is given an extra punch with mixed veggies and fresh rocket, the vegetarian risotto utilises the best seasonal Mediterranean vegetables as does the goat cheese salad and an absolute must-try is the organic rocket salad with tomatoes plucked straight from the vine that day. Most dishes incorporate produce from the garden, while cocktails make the most of the fresh fruit and herbs available, as does the delicious juice menu. In addition to the health benefits for its clientele and the ability to guarantee the highest level of organic produce in their menus, embracing sustainability, reducing its carbon footprint and ensuring as little waste as possible are additional environmental benefits to the Amante Ibiza organic garden. After all – when the food is this good on your doorstep, why would you go anywhere else?