‘New normality’ equals more Ibiza beach dining

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.

Beachouse Ibiza, Playa d’en Bossa, South East

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!

Pura Vida, Playa Niu Blau, East

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.

Aiyanna Ibiza, Cala Nova, East

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.

Atzaró Chiringuito, Cala Nova, East

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

Los Enamorados, Portinatx, North West

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.

Amante Ibiza, Sol d’en Serra, East

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.

El Chiringuito, Es Cavallet, South East

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.

Nassau Beach Club, Playa d’en Bossa, South East

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.

Chambao, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Talamanca, South East

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.

Cotton Lounge Club, Figueretas, Ibiza town

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 best seaside wedding venues in Ibiza

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.

7Pines Kempinski Ibiza, Cala Conta, South West

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. 

Cala Gracioneta Chiringuito, Cala Gracioneta, West

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. 

Elixir, Cala Codolar, South West

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.

Visit the Elixir Ibiza website to read more and enquire

ME Ibiza, S’Argamassa, East

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. 

Amante Ibiza, Sol d’en Serra, East

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.

Nikki Beach Ibiza, S’Argamassa, East

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.

Atzaró Beach, Cala Nova, North East

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. 

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Talamanca, South East

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. 

Aiyanna Ibiza, Cala Nova, North East

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. 

Cotton Beach Club, Cala Tarida, South West

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. 

Two is the magic number

It’s generally agreed that the best things in life come in pairs, so much so that there are countless examples to prove it. Cheese and wine, for instance. Sand and sea, husband and wife, and continuing with that particularly pertinent theme – weddings and sunsets. Nothing adds a slice of the extraordinary to your big day quite like the sun blazing through a kaleidoscope of gold, and nothing provides a better backdrop to the sweet sound of besotted nuptials quite like a sorbet-hued sky. Worth remembering then, that Cotton Beach Club excels in delivering memorable weddings, with sensational sunsets as the tried and tested sidekick.

Situated on a clifftop overlooking Cala Tarida, a vast stretch of golden sand on Ibiza’s west coast, Cotton Beach Club has prime front row seats to nature’s greatest spectacle. Each evening here, the sun dips into the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, transforming the surrounding landscape into a molten scene of splendour, in which unexpected colours collide and the smoky silhouette of the horizon dips and dances in the glittering light. Unsurprisingly, the venue has become famous for its breath-taking vistas, and yet, when it comes to hosting once-in-a-lifetime weddings, there’s so much more to it than that.

At Cotton Beach Club, Ibiza weddings are a seamless affair, taking place on the restaurant’s stunning all-white terrace – a chic, cosmopolitan setting for any couple’s big day. Add to that expert service from a team who are well versed in pre-empting the needs of every guest, spectacular bespoke decor, and menus created by an über-talented chef who takes inspiration from around the world and it’s small wonder that Cotton Beach Club has earned a reputation for excellence.

In addition, consulting with the venue’s event planners can help with planning many aspects of your day – here, they’re happy to share their little black book of trusted contacts to ensure you get the very best. To hire Cotton Beach Club exclusively requires a minimum of 60 guests and a maximum of 160. It’s possible to reserve the venue for fewer people but this requires a minimum spend, depending on the month. Guests are advised to arrive at 7pm, just in time for a ceremony that begins at 7.30pm, avoiding the extreme heat of the day and making the most of that delicious dusky haze. The happy couple say ‘I do’ framed by hanging, hand-picked blooms, and with the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop – it’s a scene that could leap straight from the page of the most romantic tales.

As the sky begins to flit between a rainbow of pastel colours, guests are escorted to the Cotton Beach Club lounge area where a range of delectable canapés are served. Menus changed based on seasonality and plates are accompanied by a range of drinks previously chosen by bride and groom – think delicious homemade sangria or the finest cava and champagne, so no need to worry – there are plenty of bubbles available for everyone over the next 90 minutes.

At 9pm, it’s time for the formal dinner service, where guests are invited to enjoy a world-class meal as the speeches and formalities take centre stage. There are several set menus to choose from, but at Cotton Beach Club the onus is on flexibility and client’s needs, so it’s no problem at all to mix and match for a range of mouth-watering options. Cotton Beach Club also has a wine menu featuring the world’s most delicious drops, saving the newlyweds another of those tricky decisions.

Once dinner is over, the party really begins and at Cotton Beach Club, that means an open bar service alongside live music or a DJ. The basic open bar menu includes spirits, mixers, wine and beer, while the premium bar menu offers the option to add two types of cocktails and champagne. Regardless of choice, it’s all fuel for the nonstop dancing guaranteed to ensue, which come midnight, moves inside.

Here, guests can throw their sharpest moves until 1.30am, or for the party-goers with proven stamina, there’s the option to extend it to 2.30am, before waving goodbye to guests and saying hello to a new life as husband and wife. Cotton Beach Club ensures that every newly unified couple has the best start to married life. From the food and the views to the feel-good vibes, and a sunset guaranteed to induce goosebumps, it’s probably time to rewrite the rulebook: good things may well come in pairs, but that number certainly doesn’t have to stop there.

Visit the Ibiza weddings guide to read more and enquire with Cotton Beach Club
Seaside fairy tales

Most people (understandably) believe fairy tales are the stuff of fantasy however, there’s not a bride in the world that will tell you that their wedding is not. It is the one time where people are given free reign to create the day of their dreams, which here in Ibiza, should always include a stunning view. And there is no fairy tale view more stunning as the sweeping 180-degree vistas from the terrace of Cotton Beach Club at Cala Tarida. While it may indeed look like a fantasy, the gorgeous ambience at Cotton Beach Club is strongly rooted in reality – an Ibiza style reality that is – which on top of the magnificent views includes gourmet dishes, bespoke cocktails and an expert wedding planning service. While the bride and groom float through their fairy tale day, behind the scenes the Cotton Beach Club staff are ensuring the big day runs like a dream.

Set above the velvety sands of Cala Tarida beach, Cotton Beach Club is an Ibiza institution. Famous for the magnificent sunsets off the terrace and the pristine Mediterranean shores below, the venue is a fairy tale in itself. Chic and minimal with just a hint of rustic undertones, the restaurant and terrace are the epitome of Ibiza style – one part jet set, one part boho with a whole lot of soul. Your celebration can begin on the golden sands below Cotton Beach Club, allowing for a dramatic start to the day. Arrive by speedboat (or even parasail for the more adventurous types) before ascending to the striking terrace. The Mediterranean flavours of the Cotton Beach Club menu are perfectly matched to its surrounds. Choose between creative canapés and cocktails or go the whole way with a classic sit-down dinner – the choice is yours.

The Cotton Beach Club signature palette of whites is the perfect canvas for creating a masterpiece of wedding décor. Use the pale scheme as a base to add brightness in the form of fresh bouquets, innovative centrepieces and decorative objects. There’s nothing to distract from the beauty of the loved-up couple except perhaps, that incredible view behind them. As the afternoon slowly turns into evening weddings guests will delight in the kaleidoscope of colours that dance across the vistas. The undulating blues of sky and sea absorb the lush reds and pinks of the sunset casting a glow across the happy faces of the bride and groom. Could there be a better backdrop for wedding photos?

There are few places where the beauty of the venue matches the beauty of the surrounding environment. At Cotton Beach Club you get both plus the extensive expertise and calming influence of the team. From the small details to the big picture, the in-house wedding planner at Cotton Beach Club takes you through the event from start to finish so that your wedding day remains all about you. When stars begin to sparkle on the surface of the dark blue sea, the ambience above shifts from daytime laughter to night-time dancing. Your wedding planner can organise your favourite tunes to accompany the journey into night, and while the wedding party boogies away, the moon glittering on the surface of the sea shines its beauty onto all. It may feel like a fantasy but once in a while, love gives us a fairy tale.

Mediterranean romance

Cotton Beach Club possesses that in spades and with the extra element of an extraordinary view, you’ve reached the heights of romance. The terrace curves around the bay of Cala Tarida, presenting 180-degree vistas of the gleaming Med, where one could say romance was born in the shape of Tanit, the Phoenician Goddess of love. The evening starts with a sharp intake of breath as you enter through the reception area to the terrace. The view is (almost!) indescribable, especially as the setting sun casts its spectrum of pinks across the sky. Champagne is called for, naturally, or perhaps a cocktail such as the signature Cotton Island or Aperol Affair. Stars appear, twinkling and blushing, while Tanit’s legacy threads right through the island, culminating on the terrace of Cotton Beach Club. And there’s that perfect table for two, on the front line, with all that Mediterranean magic stretched out before you.

There’s no rush, just the gentle sound of rolling waves from below. Starting with a shared plate of sashimi and one of Cotton Beach Clubs classic rolls is guaranteed to up the romance factor. Favourites like the Cotton Roll with torched Norwegian salmon and unagi sauce or the Ibiza Roll with soft-shell crab, avocado, cucumber and wasabi mayo are utterly delicious. To follow, there is nothing more romantic than a plate of oysters – not too many, just enough to excite the palate. It’s time to move onto the wine list. The Cotton Club wine list is an extensive selection of highly curated drops. All the European favourites are represented, alongside some highly prized bottles from small producers. A scattering of excellent natural wines are there for the adventurous and are well worth the foray into this new world of winemaking. New Zealand, South Africa, Germany and Greece all appear in the form of beautiful bottles.

With the temperatures staying steady right through the night, a chilly crisp white such as the French Château Castigno or the deliciously fragrant O Luar do Sil from the Spanish Rías Baixas is an ideal choice. Evenings requiring something super special would be well suited to the Mártires 2016 from Finca Allende in Rioja. Its pale colour, subtle fragrance, mineral notes and silky mouthfeel make it a wine to remember. It’s a well-known fact that food can be an elixir for love and romances have been forged over gourmet moments throughout the ages. The Cotton Beach Club menu is unwittingly full of heady choices. Seafood features heavily and it will be hard to hold back. The spicy king crab starter is a conversation piece while whole baked fish, classic Spanish rice with prawns and chargrilled cod are just a few of the offerings available. Additional decadent options include Segovia suckling pig, a melt-in-your-mouth lamb shoulder roast or for vegetarians, an aromatic curry which is rumoured to have aphrodisiacal properties.

Now with the moon glowing high up in the inky sky leaving a glittering trail across the sea, the time has come for dessert; the most romantic part of any meal. The deconstructed tiramisu is a heavenly plate of rich ice cream, crunchy chocolate and Amaretto infused cookie powder. The Chocolate Texture adds an element of humour with toffee on chocolate powder, brownie and chocolate crumble sprinkled with Pop Rocks. Romance doesn’t always have to be serious. With the sweetness of a sticky dessert wine (try the Austrian Alois Kracher Beerenausleese or a classic Lustao Pedro Ximénez) its time to take your lover’s hand and lean back into your chair. After a satisfying meal the stars, the moon, the sea lapping at the shore are all there at your feet. There’s no need for words but if you must, make sure they are whispered sweet nothings, like little prayers of gratitude to Cotton Beach Club and, of course, Tanit.

Conscious and chic

Curated by the phenomenally chic Marinela Cifteli of forward-thinking label kurru kurru, this is a one-stop shop for island fashionistas. The kurru kurru label is paving the way for sustainable fashion with its line of gorgeous, flowing sustainable dresses. Made from cruelty-free silk and printed with toxic-free inks the designs are inspired by the shapes and colours found in the natural world. Macro photographic images of amethyst stones swirl in a dance of pinks and purples while the bright blossoms of mimosa sit proudly against a black background.

The focus on conscious fashion doesn’t stop there. The über-cool men’s board shorts made by Rizo come in an array of prints and colours. Avid surfers and sailors, the founders of this London-based company wanted to find a more ‘soulful, sustainable and sartorial approach to men’s swimwear’. Their shorts are made from 100-percent recycled and recyclable fabric and are digitally printed with earth-friendly inks in small batches. They’ll also recycle your old shorts and give you a 20-percent discount on your next pair. A passion for supporting small, local designers forms the ethos of the Cotton Beach Club boutique. Local label Mia Ibiza delivers a range of easy to wear cotton dresses in sharp geometric shapes. These are the ultimate throw on and go choice for beach lovers across the island. Simple yet elegant they are gorgeously matched with the Mia Ibiza handmade totes sporting the label’s signature triangle motif.

Jewellery line Victoria Deny has a select collection within the boutique. The Italian designer’s pieces take their cues from the voluptuous shapes of nature. The gold and enamel Fragments Ring is highly covetable and sits elegantly on the finger showing just a teasing sliver of skin. The line’s delicate necklaces evoke primal designs in sophisticated finishes. Pieces from jewellery designers gbgh make a confident statement. Their striking Justine necklace is reminiscent of foaming waves running up the shoreline. Rendered in gold or black these pieces only require a simple dress and a pair of strappy heels, et voila! When the party calls for something a little more light-hearted, opt for the fab Swarovski encrusted earrings by Caprice Decadent Bohemian. Fun and bright these are the perfect embellishments to spice up a plain t-shirt and jeans look.

Keeping sun safe has never been easier with a limited edition hand-woven visor. Woven with palm leaves in Bali, the retro design has been given an update for the Ibiza scene. Coming in raw or black, you might as well get both and match them with any number of the beachy accessories on offer from palm tree embroidered espadrilles to beach totes and towels. Once you’ve finished your divine meal on the Cotton Beach Club terrace with that majestic 180-degree view across the Med there is no better way to cap off the day than a visit to the boutique. Gorgeously arranged and selectively curated there really is something for everyone. Pick up a unique Ibiza souvenir, gifts for loved ones and most all something for yourself.

Wedding wow factor

With views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and endless sky, a sophisticated and stylish all-white aesthetic lending itself perfectly to contemporary weddings, a highly-experienced team creating culinary magic in the kitchen plus two dedicated event planners on staff, Cotton Beach Club is the Ibiza wedding venue with wow factor. Now celebrating its fifth year of hosting exclusive Ibiza weddings, the gorgeous Cala Tarida seaside venue has welcomed couples from the UK, Holland, Russia and Australia (among other places) to declare their love for one another in what is without a doubt one of the most beautiful settings in Ibiza. A minimum of 80 guests are required to secure exclusivity and the venue holds a maximum of 320 for larger scale events. Initial consultations with the in-house wedding planning team can take place over the phone, Skype or via email and once you’ve officially said ‘I do’ to Cotton Beach Club as your wedding venue, the fun begins.

Let us set the scene for your wedding at Cotton Beach Club. The event begins at around 6pm, as guests arrive at the beach club for welcome drinks. This is where the initial wow factor comes into play, especially for any friends and family who have never been to the white isle. That first glimpse of the turquoise water across the beautifully decorated restaurant terrace is unforgettable. For many people, it is love at first sight. Love is indeed the order of the day, and guests are soon ushered to the upper terrace, an ultra-romantic rooftop space that feels as though you are on top of the world. Decked out in all-white, with pops of pink bougainvillea and a white carpet creating the aisle that leads to the flower-strewn arch under which the bride and groom will say their vows. Most ceremonies here are spiritual blessings, with expats required to marry in their own home countries for the union to be legally recognised, however Spanish nationals can indeed host an official ceremony. With uninterrupted views, the wow factor continues as the bride makes her entrance… let the festivities, complete with cocktails and canapés, commence!

Once the couple have been declared husband and wife (or spouses for life!), the party moves back downstairs to the stunning main restaurant terrace, for a more formal seated dining experience and speeches. The terrace is covered, providing much needed protection from the sun’s rays (and in the unfortunate case of rain) and can be configured in a variety of ways to suit the size of your event. Up to 170 guests can be seated outdoors, with an additional space for 50 inside. For larger events, the roof terrace can also be utilised as a dining space for up to 320 in total. After the bride and groom of course, the food is quite often the star of the show at a wedding and Cotton Beach Club never fails to satisfy. The head chef has created a variety of four-course catering packages – that can be tailored to suit your tastes and budget – in keeping with the restaurant’s global fusion cuisine concept. If there is something special on your mind for the meal that’s not on offer, the team will do their best to accommodate you. It’s all about making your wedding dreams come true.

Once the toasts have been given and the cake has been cut, it’s time to hit the dance floor and Cotton Beach Club is licensed to remain open until 2.45am – a rarity with beachside wedding venues in Ibiza. With three different spaces set across two floors, guests will never feel ‘stuck’ in once place and more conveniently, there’s no need to organise transport between ceremonies, receptions and after parties. Each wedding package at Cotton Beach Club is tailored to suit individual couples, with a variety of options such as an open bar, late night snacks, kids’ menus, DJs and sound systems available on request. As a specialist venue, Cotton Beach Club focuses purely on doing what they do best: creating the menus, organising guest logistics plus preparing the venue and providing staff. For everything else, they have a tried, tested and most importantly, trusted list of suppliers. Think wedding photographers, transport, florists, stylists and more. Should you prefer to let someone else do all the hard work for you, enlisting the services of a dedicated wedding planner is recommended.

Behind the scenes at Cotton Beach Club on your wedding day, it’s all about attention to detail. Each wedding has a minute-by-minute game plan outlined to all staff, with both event managers on hand on the day to ensure everything runs seamlessly. Availability for weddings at Cotton Beach Club is limited, with the venue accepting bookings in May, June, September and October only. If it’s wow factor you want, it’s wow factor you’ll get. For smaller events and celebrations – from 20 guests and up – areas of the restaurant can be cordoned off for privacy, or an exclusivity fee applies. With wedding dates already being booked for 2019, now is the time for brides and grooms to be to get in touch with Cotton Beach Club to secure their chosen dates and get the planning process started.

Visit the White Ibiza weddings guide to read more and contact Cotton Beach Club
Where magic happens

The word magic is bandied around in Ibiza all too often these days, along with incredible, wonderful, spectacular and a whole list of superlatives too long to mention. When it comes to Cotton Beach Club – the original venue from the group who now boast an empire of businesses across the island – all these words can be put to good use. After four years in business, they are well deserved. The stylish Cala Tarida destination has evolved beyond its original beach club concept; today, the complex boasts one of the island’s most in-demand seaside restaurants, a hip sushi bar, cocktail lounge, rooftop terrace ideal for dining, drinks or special events, luxurious beachfront sunloungers and VIP cabanas (with full restaurant service) and one of the island’s best-curated fashion boutiques. A one-stop shop for exceptional Ibiza holiday experiences.

When it comes to cuisine, the Cotton Beach Club philosophy is to take diners on a tour of the world’s greatest culinary destinations. And who better to lead the charge than well-travelled head chef Federico Garcia? Born in Argentina, he spent many years traversing the globe with a deep interest in cooking inherited from his mother and grandmother. The spices of Thailand, the flavours of Vietnam, the tastes of Cuba, the fresh seafood of the Bahamas, the savoury bites of Morocco and the street foods of Mexico (among many other places) opened his eyes and his taste buds to a new style of eating and thus inspired him to try his hand at becoming a chef. A former double bass player, an injury saw Federico give up his musical career, and the next logical step was cooking. Spending 10 years in Barcelona, he made a sea change for Ibiza in 2006, where he spent his first six years working as a chef in the notorious fusion kitchen of Bambuddha, learning the skills and techniques to bring his gastronomic travelling memories to life. After a brief stint in Formentera, he returned to Ibiza to take up the position of head chef at Cotton Beach Club in 2016 and has never looked back. This year sees the always-smiling convivial chef give the menu plenty of his own unique, signature touches, taking care to ensure each dish is carefully catered to the European palate.

Stand-out dishes include the Som Tam salad, which Garcia calls his ‘fake Som Tam’, with a wry smile, knowing the intense heat of true Thai spice is not something for a hot summer day in Ibiza. The typical flavours and zest are all still there however, with succulent king crab, fresh carrot and zucchini, all swimming in a delectable mix of palm sugar, mint, daikon, basil, lime and fish sauce. His personal favourite is the octopus served with typical Spanish ‘ajo blanco’ cold soup made from pistachio and coconut milk – cooked sous vide with apple, then topped with ground black olives for a taste sensation unlike anything else you’ve ever tried. No matter how big your group, or how varied the dietary requirements, you’ll find something for everyone on the Cotton Beach Club menu. Classic Bellota (acorn-fed) ham, Padron peppers or spicy patatas bravas, for those who like typical Spanish starters, a divine raw tuna tartare for those seeking the freshness of the sea, topped with refreshing mango and wasabi ice cream for a kick, mussels steamed in saffron sauce or a classic tomato and Burrata salad that Garcia says rivals any tomato salad in the world for quality.

No beach menu would be complete without a seabass baked in salt, cut and served at your table, while jetsetters will love the charcoal cod in miso, while those with a taste for the more exotic must try Federico’s signature spicy homemade yellow or red curries. A hark to his Mexican travels comes via chicken tacos, while vegetarians are also spoilt for choice with the veggie burger and mini vegetables in Romescu sauce the star features. Meat lovers should try the 24-hour slow roasted Segovia suckling pig (another of Garcia’s favourites), given a touch of the Orient with Japanese herbs and sauces. Speaking of Japan and all of its gastronomic glory, sushi too, plays a huge part on the menu, with a dedicated sushi bar adjacent to Federico’s kitchen pass spearheaded by sushi maestro Borja García Ollero. The two ultra-professional kitchens work harmoniously to ensure all dishes arrive at your table together, no matter what menu you have ordered from. Sashimi, Nigiri – which can have Caviar added for extra luxury – and premium rolls filled with a variety of flavours ranging from Norwegian salmon and foie gras steak to prawn tempura or spicy king crab, are just the start of the two-page menu. The hardest thing about dining at Cotton Beach Club is being spoilt for choice.

In addition to its daily offerings, Cotton Beach Club also hosts special champagne luncheons on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer season in collaboration with Collet Champagne. Add to all of that great music courtesy of resident DJ Dalibor Dadoff and special guests, million dollar views over the Mediterranean and it seems Cotton Beach Club really is where magic happens.

Sushi & sunset… on a school night!

Finally! The end is nigh… the end of August – obvs. September is so close I can practically smell it… and funnily enough, here at White Ibiza HQ, our deadline pressure is actually easing off for the first time since March (shh! don’t tell the boss!) and we’re finally getting some time to take our lily white computer-tanned skins into the sunshine and enjoy spending time in some of the amazing places we’ve been writing about all summer!

You see, even though it looks like we spend our days lolling about on sun beds, eating the very finest food and basically lapping up the luxury of Ibiza, it’s more of a case of dash in, grab 20 minutes with the owner/chef/manager before they are dragged off to their next clients and survey the venue, snap the food and then dash off to the next venue to do it all again. On the plus side, we do get to experience more cool locations in a day than most people do in their entire holidays, but on the downside, it always leaves you wanting more… like the chance to loll around on a sunbed, the chance to savour the delicious food and yep, lap up the luxury of Ibiza!

So when we realised at 4pm yesterday, that all newsletters had been sent, emails had been answered, magazines were published, interviews transcribed, articles written, photos edited, shop orders sent and even the office was cleaned and tidied… well, we had no other choice than to pack up for the day and get out there and ENJOY this beautiful island we call home. Catching the sunset was our main priority, and there was only one place we wanted to view it from – the all-new Rooftop Sushi Bar at Cotton Beach Club on Cala Tarida.

Of course, it wasn’t easy letting go, leaving all our work (ahem) troubles behind, trying to relax under these trying circumstances and difficult conditions, honestly. There was a constant battle between my inner ‘work voice’ and my own voice. It was quite exhausting actually. I think I might need a sun lounger to go and lie down on after all that. Someone please pass the champagne. And the sushi.

Work thought: I instinctively started to compose the first sentence of my next article about Cotton Beach… ‘As we ascended the stairway (to heaven, I thought with a grin) to the Rooftop Sushi Bar…’
Miss W thought: SHUT UP BRAIN! You’re here for fun, not to make silly dad jokes. Oooh, but what a stunning view to arrive to – you practically feel like you’re in the sky… maybe it is like a stairway to heaven after all.

Work thought: Lucky I brought my iPad and iPhone with me. Definitely need to Instagram this. Must make notes for future reference. The stunning beauty of this location is inspiring me.
Miss W thought: Ohhhh… maybe I’ll pretend there’s no internet service here and make all my Instagram posts tomorrow. I just wanna relax…

Work thought: Sunlounger testing is a tough job: Check it for quality – yup, sturdy, yup, comfortable, yup, huge. Impressive view, check. Proximity to bar – perfect.
Miss W thought: Winning! Pull those pretty white curtains to the side and no one will see me slacking off and snoozing here in the sun. Oh wait – it’s my afternoon off… I can sleep in public!

Work thought: I wonder if any of the stylish chicas sipping cocktails and champagne will ask me where my Dancing Leopard jumpsuit is from (White Ibiza boutique of course). Did I bring business cards? Do I look like a good representation of our brand?
Miss W thought: Dammit, I wish I’d brought a bikini! The sunshine on this rooftop is seriously GLORIOUS! And everyone else is wearing one, I kind of feel left out… Do White Ibiza deliver store purchases direct to day beds?

Work thought: Must remember to compliment the Cotton Beach Club owners on the quality of service offered by their staff. Smiley, happy people, and nothing at all was too much trouble.
Miss W thought: Oooh, aren’t the waiters cute?

Work thought: Must take photos of the menu for future reference and ask the sushi chef where he sources his ingredients, what the inspiration behind the dishes was and remember to check what the signature dish is (For the record, all sourced fresh here in Ibiza, the secret to the perfect form and light, fresh tasting deliciousness of each roll is preparing the rice fresh daily, which means starting three hours before service commences – that’s dedication to the sushi cause – and the signature roll is (obviously) the Cotton Roll, torched Norwegian salmon, cucumber, avocado, tanuki (the crispy bites inside that are similar to tempura) with wasabi mayo and unagi sauce.

Miss W thought: YUM! I’ll have a Hot Tuna roll, a Cotton Roll and some sashimi. Mmm, and maybe a cocktail. Or Sangria de Cava… or both! Must remember to return and try the Cala Tarida roll next time… And thanks to the chef for creating a vegetarian version of the Cotton Roll for my friend. Will be telling absolutely everyone I’ve ever met that this was by far and away one of the best sushi experiences I’ve ever had in Ibiza!

Work thought: Who do you think the people up here on the rooftop are? Should I mingle? Networtk? Can I make some interesting contacts here?
Miss W thought: Let everyone relax and enjoy their holiday… no one wants to talk about work at a gorgeous rooftop bar anyway!

Work thought: Remember to check the names of the resident DJs (Dalibor Dadoff, FYI), find out if there are any special guests (live bands and singers throughout the week on the terrace) and shazam a few songs here or there so I can write about them later.
Miss W thought: Is it OK to spontaneously dance on my sun lounger? This music is wicked! When I complimented the DJ on the music, I was rewarded with an awesome Cotton Beach Club USB stick chock-full of Balearic beats and grooves in the style of the restaurant, so THANK YOU. That’s my new playlist listening sorted!

Work thought: Ah, good to see the original Ibiza Angels are in place here at Cotton Beach Club. I wonder if I could pretend I’m working and score a massage as part of a future write up? Would that be unprofessional?
Miss W thought: Oh pretty! A flock of angels ascending that stairway to heaven. Why yes I’d love a head, neck and shoulder massage please. Hope you don’t mind of I drift off…

Work thought: It’s late August, the sun sets at approximately 8.32pm… ooh, is that another cocktail? Yes please!
Miss W thought: I might cry. It’s just so stunning I might honestly cry. Or clap – is it cool to clap? Quick, quick, let’s get a selfie with the sunset!

Fusion with flair

Ibiza foodies, listen up! There’s a hot new must-visit restaurant on Ibiza’s gastronomic map, a stunning beach restaurant where the food is equally as exquisite as the view – and when you see the jaw-dropping view over Cala Tarida, you’ll know that’s really saying something about the quality at Cotton Beach Club.

Having travelled the world many times over, founders (and self-confessed health freaks!) Christian and Merete Marstrander knew exactly the menu concept they wanted when opening their own beach club in May 2014. More than just a modern fusion menu, they wanted to take the very best elements and dishes from their favourite international destinations and give them a uniquely Ibiza twist, to appeal to both local and international diners.

Upon meeting head chef Marcelo Eufrosino Rodrigues – who hails from Brazil originally but has worked all around the globe – their vision became a reality: a beach club menu that offers something to tempt all tastebuds. Above all, the focus is on creating each dish with the highest quality produce and ingredients – Marcello sources the very best local and seasonal fruits and vegetables where possible.

The menu takes diners on a trip around the world via deluxe salads, ultra-fresh seafood, rich meats and classic burgers, traditional rice dishes and pasta, plus a special nod to the restaurant’s Spanish heritage with a small selection of tapas dishes to share.

For those seeking a truly authentic Spanish experience, Paella Valenciana will sate your appetite or you can snack on pimientos de padron dusted in parmesan cheese, indulge in patatas bravas or share a plate of Iberico ham and local cheeses while you peruse the rest of the menu…

Fancy a visit to Italy? The creamy, lush burrata fuses the famous cheese flown in especially to Cotton beach Club with a range of local tomatoes, while the risotto of mushroom, parmesan and white truffle will blow your mind… and your tastebuds! Detour via France for some saffron mussels, pop over to Brazil for chef Marcello’s mama’s very own grilled squid recipe, or the classic method of grilling steak with pineapple and enjoy a taste of the Orient with stir fries, coconut-infused curried tiger prawns with mago and papaya, melt-in-your-mouth salmon sashimi and more.

Fusing the owners’ Norwegian heritage with a little Peruvian and Nikkei style cuisine is the amazing salmon ceviche, with the chef’s signature passionfruit salsa or the custom-created filet of cod stuffed with tiger praws and drenched in a homemade orange sauce.

“We spent two and a half months trying, testing and tasting every dish on the menu until it was perfect,” says Christian. It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it. And trust us… you’ll want to save some room for dessert!