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The Ibiza New Year Recovery diaries: January 01 – 06, 2024

Our editor selects the best places to spend the first few days of 2024 in true Ibiza style.

Our editor selects the best ways to start 2024 in true Ibiza style, including the annual Salinas swim, after-parties, brunches, lunches, dinners, and even more parties! Start the New Year as you mean to go on!

Words: Sophie Mac & Kristie Rogers
White Ibiza Casual Dining Guide: Santa G. Bagel House

Day After Bagels at Santa G. Bagel House

From 9am – Monday January 01, 2024

For those of us who aren’t lolling about in bed bemoaning the consequences of our NYE excess, a luxe breakfast or brunch in the New Year sunshine beckons. Santa G. Bagel House is open from 9am until 3.30pm, with cosy indoor seating plus a sunny outside terrace, and is the perfect place to catch up on all the gossip from NYE, or pick up some tasty treats for a beach picnic. Bagels here are hand-rolled, boiled and then baked in a variety of flavours your bubbe would love – think smoked pastrami paired with velvety marinated veggies; a vegetarian medley of mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini; and house-smoked salmon layered over local goat cheese and refreshing cucumber. Team with organic coffee and carbonated cold brews – all classics, reinvented, and available all winter long!

Vino&Co Primer Baño del Año – New Year’s Dive 2024 at Las Salinas

From 12pm – Monday January 01, 2024

Taking the plunge into the chilly sea at Las Salinas on the first day of the New Year has long been an Ibiza tradition. It was 11 years ago when the Hamersmafamily – the brains behind the popular Vino&Co store in San José – first began to host the day as an official event to raise money for charity. Bring your swimsuit and your courage and Vino&Co will look after the rest, with plenty of wine served in biodegradable cups for those who brave the (ever-so-mild) waves. Stop by the Vino&Co store or visit them online in the lead up to the event to buy an event t-shirt, with 50% of proceeds going to a local charity. The first swim kicks off at midday followed by further dips at 1pm and 2pm. Participants should bring a plate to share at the communal picnic table and stay behind for a ‘leave no trace’ beach clean. Bring your kids, your grandparents, your dog and your hungover friends for the freshest way to start the New Year.

Vitalik Presents DAY ONE at Zazú Ibiza

From 12pm – Monday January 01, 2024

It’s no secret that Vitalik – the record label and party brand spearheaded by Ryan O Gorman – has always been at the forefront of the local party scene. They pioneered the original Halloween after-parties; they were the OG, pre-DC-10, NYD (say that fast!) party promoters many years ago and were also responsible for the iconic rave-in-a-cave soirees that are still talked about to this day. So, when the Vitalik Presents DAY ONE party was recently announced for January 01, 2024 in new Ibiza beach venue Zazú Ibiza, New Year’s Day just got a whole lot more interesting. With special guest selectors including 2Vilas, Willie Graff, Jaime Fiorito and Nuzzo spinning alongside O Gorman, start the year with the sun on your face and the sand under your feet… and then see where the day and night take you!

NYD Brunch at Passion Café Marina

12.30pm – Monday January 01, 2024

Coffee, breakfast, brunch, juice, smoothies, snacks, lunch and dessert – there’s truly something for everyone at Ibiza’s home of health and happiness, Passion Café in Marina Botafoch this New Year’s Day. Whether it’s for a post-party recovery brunch or a pre-party fuel-up for the afternoon and evening ahead, you can pull up a sun-drenched table in the Marina Ibiza restaurant, or a cosy table indoors (just in case it’s a little chilly) for a very special brunch that kicks off from 12.30pm. Tuck into the island’s tastiest treats to your heart’s content while catching up on all the news from the night before or making resolutions for the year ahead, or maybe even both!

New Year’s Day Brunch at Yalla Ibiza

12.30pm – Monday January 01, 2024

Hot new Middle Eastern fusion restaurant Yalla Ibiza – created by Lana of Passion Café fame – is opening its doors for a very special New Year’s Day Brunch at 12.30pm this coming Monday. The stylish Santa Gertrudis restaurant serves up a breakfast, brunch and lunch menu brimming with dishes that exude Passion style and quality, and are fused with the flavours of Morocco, Persia, Turkey and beyond. Think Turkish eggs and coffee, fresh-baked pistachio croissants, mouth-watering baklava porridge with Moroccan mint tea, shakshuka, Fattoush salads and much more, including Máona specialty coffee for those who love their morning caffeine buzz – especially after (or perhaps before?) a big night on the Ibiza party scene. Different place, same passion!

New Year Lunch & Dinner at A Mi Manera

From 1pm – Monday January 01, 2024

Spending New Year’s Day in the campo is a wonderful way to keep the festive celebrations going, Ibiza style, and there’s no better place than charming Italian restaurant A Mi Manera. Set on the famous San Juan restaurant road, the farm-to-table dining destination invites one and all to its beautiful finca to dine on à la carte farm-to-table cuisine, inspired by Italian traditions and the abundant Mediterranean produce of Ibiza. Gather your nearest and dearest around the table for an afternoon of wining and dining, before heading into the countryside to walk it off, Italian style, with a passeggiata, or heading home to sleep it off, Spanish style, with a siesta. Reservations essential.

Cheers to the New Year at Amalur

From 1pm – Monday January 01, 2024

Why should the New Year celebrations end after midnight? On New Year’s Day, head to Amalur in the heart of Santa Gertrudis with your nearest and dearest, dress up in your finest and channel the spirit of la dolce vita while basking in front of the fireplace, with service non-stop from 1pm until very late. Start with bespoke cocktails like the Trini Mojito or an Alcapone, then order traditional Italian fine dining dishes from the seasonal à la carte menu curated by chef Antonio Boriello. Indulge in luxe dishes like refined, handmade pasta and ravioli – both classic and contemporary – or choose Mediterranean-inspired mains from the grill. Before you leave, don’t forget to sample the incredible range of desserts – classic Italian style with an innovative twist. Whether you choose to head out into the Ibiza afternoon or night and continue the party is up to you!

New Year Lunch & Dinner at .more. by Cas Gasi

From 1pm – Monday January 01, 2024

.more. by Cas Gasi is truly something special, and the perfect place to kick off your New Year in true Ibiza style. Lunches are long and luxurious, while dinner is irresistibly romantic, whether you are dining as a couple, with friends or in a larger group. Whether you’re sitting in the sunny garden or inside the stylish and warm restaurant interior, a carefully curated soundtrack floats across the airwaves and the refined selection of wine complements the delicious dishes on offer. Organic, seasonal produce is the star of the show, described by owner Margaret von Korff as ‘food with personality’. Sun-kissed by day and starlit by night, it’s one of the most magical settings on the island – guaranteed to inspire a happy start to 2024.

White Ibiza Fine Dining Guide: Sa Capella

New Year’s Day Lunch & Dinner at Sa Capella

From 1pm – Monday January 01, 2024

After the famous Mambo Group unveiled their respectful restoration of iconic Ibiza restaurant Sa Capella this season, the island’s foodie community has been flocking to the ancient converted chapel on the hills outside of San Antonio to experience its meticulous menu revamp and ethereal ambience. The fine dining destination has been a pillar of the island’s culinary scene since 1978 and remains open over the New Year holidays, with lunch served from 1pm to 5pm, and dinner served from 7pm until 11pm daily until January 06, and lunch only on January 07, 2024. Don’t miss your chance to experience the renaissance of this Ibiza icon and its world of culinary wonders, where classic Mediterranean flavours intermingle with primitive open fire cooking, with renowned chef Martín Vazquez at the helm.

White Ibiza Restaurants Guide: House of WOW

Jo Mills presents Escucha New Year’s Day Fiesta at House of WOW

From 1pm – Monday January 01, 2024

Newly revamped Santa Gertrudis hangout House of WOW is the perfect place to salute the new year in style as local DJ Jo Mills presents Escucha with special guest DJs S/A/M and Paul Powell joining her for the occasion. Bring your besties, bring the kids and even bring your furry friends – there’s something for everyone within the stylish clubhouse-style restaurant, including a boutique, a kids’ club, a creative culinary menu, amazing music and most importantly, a whole lot of fun! Be sure to make a reservation soon so you don’t miss out, whether you’re popping in for a pre-party meal or cocktails, or a hangover-healing hearty feast.

Feria de Navidad at Sa Joveria

From 5pm daily – January 01 to 06, 2023

The annual Feria de Navidad – for kids and grown-ups alike – has moved this year to the carpark between Ibiza town and the Recinto Ferial, known as Sa Joveria, and it’s just as full of rides, games, and food stalls as before. Take a ride on the Crazy Worm, challenge your friends on the dodgem cars, scale new heights in jail (‘El Carcel’), jump aboard the Viking Boat, relax on the classic merry-go-round, bounce on the trampolines and try your luck in one of the many game booths – you never know what you’ll win! In between your adrenaline-pumping adventures, fuel up on hot dogs, cotton candy, hot chocolate and churros, roasted chestnuts and barbecued delights. Fun for families and friends of all ages, the fair is open from 5pm until 10pm Monday to Thursday and from 11am until midnight on Friday, Saturday, Sundays and fiestas – with a three hour break for siesta from 2pm on those days.

First Sunset of 2024 at La Torre Ibiza

From 5pm – Monday January 01, 2024

When it comes to catching one of Ibiza’s legendary sunsets, La Torre Ibiza takes centre stage this New Year. The boutique hotel and restaurant sits on the west coast of the island in prime position for the nightly spectacle of the sun gently dipping into the sparkling sea. Set on the cliffside of Cap Negret, the venue exudes old school Ibiza vibes thanks to its rustic chic décor, laid-back vibes, breathtaking views and an exceptional DJ roster, with special guests sound-tracking the evenings all year round. Take a seat on the open-air terrace and enjoy the seasonally inspired menu, fantastic cocktails and emotive soundtrack and most importantly, the very first sunset of 2024.

Circoloco NYD at DC-10 Ibiza

6pm – Monday January 01, 2024

There really is nowhere else to be in Ibiza on New Year’s Day than within the hallowed walls of DC-10 Ibiza for the annual Circoloco NYD party. All the action kicks off from 6pm, as the local Ibiza party crew congregate to worship at the altar (aka, DJ booth) of their beloved church and celebrate the start of 2024. This year, the calendar falls on a Monday, making it all the more special for Circoloco devotees, and perhaps that’s why the line-up is so remarkable too. Islanders and residents Tania Vulcano and Sossa are joined by fellow old-schoolers, Dan Ghenacia, Carl Craig and Luciano alongside Arapu, Priku, Pawsa, Beltran, Chris Stussy, Kilimanjaro, Shimza and many more for a full day and night of revelry that is well worth staying in the night before for. In fact, it’s even worth getting on a plane for – better book those flights fast!

White Ibiza Restaurants Guide: Casa Lhasa

Recovery Lunch at Casa Lhasa

1.30pm – Tuesday January 02, 2024

Just because the holidays are almost over, doesn’t mean the feasting has to stop! Cassady, Ben and the team at Casa Lhasa return to the restaurant on Tuesday, January 02, 2024, after a very well-deserved one-day break from cooking, hosting and washing up. The San Lorenzo countryside is the perfect place to host a recovery lunch with friends and catch up on all the gossip you may have missed from the days and nights before. It’s also the ideal destination to dine on a menu brimming with seasonal farm-to table cuisine, tuck into the island’s finest selection of hand-picked natural wines and enjoy smooth beats from resident DJs in front of a roaring fire. Open from 1.30pm to 5pm, reservations are recommended.

Keep On Dancing – El Día Dos at Baloo Ibiza

From 4pm – Tuesday January 02, 2024

Leave it to the Keep On Dancing crew to extend the New Year’s celebrations well into the first week of January! The gang get together from 4pm on Tuesday January 02, 2024 at Baloo Ibiza in Playa d’en Bossa, for El Día Dos ‘La Danceteria’ where anything goes. Pop in for a coffee, a tea, a whiskey or whatever else takes your fancy, and be sure you’ve got those dancing shoes at the ready because the day’s line-up of DJs – over two dancefloors – is guaranteed to keep you dancing until eventually someone pulls the plug! Artists include Ali Love, Andrea Fiorito, Brasi, Cesar Merveille, Cyril Claudel, Jonny Rock, Jyoel, Karcelen, Knario, LVCA, Luciano Esse, Nicolo Bonelli, Paolo Driver, Scacco and Tania Vulcano – when it stops is anyone’s guess!

New Year’s Walk + Healthy Brunch at The Olive Ibiza

10.30am – Saturday January 06, 2024

Wrap up the holiday week at stylish new venue, The Olive Boutique Hotel & Spa in Cala Llonga, where the friendly concierge team hosts a New Year’s Walk + Healthy Brunch on Saturday January 06, 2024 at 10.30am. Meet up at the hotel, then follow the leisurely guided trail through the surrounding campo for around two hours, alongside the gorgeous Roca Llisa golf course, and all the way along to the stunning cove of Cala Olivera for a rest on the beach before returning to the hotel. Once you’re back and refreshed, enjoy a delicious two-course brunch featuring fresh juice, followed by seasonal fruits with yoghurt, honey and granola, and your choice of either salmon, eggs, or portobello mushroom with vegan cheese, all served with cherry tomato and rocket salad plus artisan bread and washed down some well-deserved mimosas. The experience is 49€ per person and numbers are limited, so book early to ensure a place.