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The Ibiza diaries: May 23 – May 29, 2024

Our editor selects the best things to do in Ibiza this week.

Once upon a time, the end of May was traditionally considered the season opening weekend, but with the extension of the season, that’s a thing of the past! It is, however, still one of the busiest weekends to visit Ibiza, as the last of the clubs launch their residencies and the island’s bars, restaurants, galleries and beaches host some very special events. Here, our editor selects the best places to see and be seen in Ibiza this week.

Words: Sophie Mac & Kristie Rogers
Chef Roberto Ruiz at The Beach by Ushuaïa Ibiza

Clandestinos Paella Tasting Menu at The Beach by Ushuaïa Ibiza

1pm – Thursday May 23, 2024

In a celebration of Spanish gastronomy, The Beach by Ushuaïa Ibiza brings together a collective of MICHELIN-starred chefs for a special one-off rice show cooking this afternoon. Manning the pans are Luis Valls Rozalen (El Poblet – two MICHELIN Stars), Javier Sanz (Cañitas Maite – two MICHELIN Stars and one MICHELIN Green Star), Edu Torres (Molino Roca), César Marquiegui (El Cranc and L’Olleta), Carlos Fernández (also known as Octopuss Black), and the venue’s two in-house chefs, Adrián Paniagua and Ismael Fernández. Each chef will prepare a paella with their own particular twist or spin, giving diners the chance to indulge in a taster of each creation. Starting from 1pm, the menu is 40€ per person, with the option to add a wine pairing for an additional 20€, and is served on the beach, complemented by DJs spinning a carefully curated soundtrack and dancers providing the entertainment.

Full Moon Dinner at Casa Maca

From 7pm – Thursday May 23, 2024

The gorgeous open-air restaurant space at luxurious Ibiza hotel Casa Maca is without a doubt one of the most in-demand dinner destinations on the island. With jaw-dropping, uninterrupted views of the iconic Dalt Vila skyline, from its privileged position on a hillside just outside of Ibiza town, the location is simply magical, with a menu that rivals the quality of the view as the full moon rises over the old town at night. Dine alfresco, adjacent to the onsite farm, sample grilled delights from the famous domed barbecue, sip on bespoke cocktails from the Airstream bar and enjoy the soundtrack provided by resident DJs – a quintessential Ibiza dining experience.

Mark Broadbent presents Friends & Family in Jara at The Standard, Ibiza

Mark Broadbent presents Friends & Family in Jara at The Standard, Ibiza

8pm – Thursday May 23, 2024

Hot Ibiza town boutique hotel The Standard, Ibiza has quickly become a go-to hub for discerning music lovers and fun-seekers alike, thanks to its schedule of nightly events that combine impressive soundtracks, fab food and good vibes. Select Thursday nights throughout summer see famed promoter and DJ Mark Broadbent step up to the booth in the hotel’s ground-floor restaurant Jara as he presents Friends & Family. With over two decades experience in programming nightclubs and festivals plus a lifetime of global travels under his belt, Mark’s selection of guest DJs are anything but boring – don’t miss it!

Photography By Elliot Young www.eyphoto.co.uk

Connect with Larissa Laudenberger at Six Senses Ibiza

Thursday May 23 – Sunday May 26, 2024

Treat yourself to an enlightening escape and Connect with your Behavioural Patterns with historian Larissa Laudenberger and neuropsychologist Dr. Alana Schmider at Six Senses Ibiza. The four-day retreat starts each morning with private movement classes and daily group chats. Dr. Schmider guides guests through various workshops that give deep insights into the brain-heart structure, the subconsciousness and how it influences the decisions made in our daily lives. Perched on the cliffs of Cala Xarraca in the far north of the island, the luxurious resort boasts breathtaking sunset vistas, incredible amenities, wholesome cuisine and is the perfect setting for an idyllic escape from life’s cares. Reservations essential.

Rock Nights Opening at Pikes Ibiza
Photo: Lighuen Desanto

Rock Nights Opening at Pikes Ibiza

8pm – Thursday May 23, 2024

Diego Calvo’s merry band of rockers roll up monthly on Thursdays for Rock Nights’ 11th season of debauchery and frolics at Pikes Ibiza in the hills outside of San Antonio. Resident DJs Colin Peters, Simone, and Lola Von Dage spin a heady mixture of electro house and disco to get your groove on while elsewhere in the venue, the original spirit of rock’n’roll lives via the Playboy Pinball machine, Paul’s Live Tattoo Corner (yes it does what it says on the tin) and the secret Bathtub Club where anything goes. What happens at Rock Nights stays at Rock Nights, as they say – just be prepared to leave with more than you bargained for. Guestlist essential.

Summer Opening Party at Villa Mercedes

From 5pm – Friday May 24, 2024

Proudly overlooking the stylish San Antonio marina, Villa Mercedes officially opens for the season this Friday night, all set for a summer of indulgent culinary evenings tucked inside a famous foodie haven, as yacht life bustles away in the harbour across the street. Honouring the enjoyment of good food is the mission at Villa Mercedes, and you’ll find Mediterranean classics and contemporary dishes on the Ibiza restaurant’s new ‘market to table’ menu, all made with the freshest local and seasonal produce to bring fresh and vibrant colours to your plate. Hector Roldán is on hand to provide the musical soundtrack for the evening, kicking off another summer of fun in San Antonio.

Saturday Spa & Brunch at The Olive Spa

8am – Saturday May 25, 2024

In today’s fast-paced, highly connected world, taking care of mind, body and spirit is more important than ever – and this is exactly why places likeThe Spa at The Olive exist. A calm and tranquil oasis located on the east coast of the island, this gorgeous wellness space has been designed to offer quiet repose so that leaving the rest of the world behind — even if it’s just for a few blissful hours — suddenly doesn’t seem so difficult. Every Saturday morning from 8am until 2pm, indulge in a 90-minute spa session, including oversized infrared sauna, cool dip pool and state of the art hydro-pool followed by a delicious alfresco brunch for 49€ per person. What better way to start your Saturday?

White Ibiza Luxury Resorts Guide: 7Pines Resort Ibiza

Infinity Pool Day Pass at 7Pines Resort Ibiza

Daily throughout May 2024

Set on the stunning west coast of Ibiza, 7Pines Resort Ibiza – part of Destination by Hyatt – boasts one of the island’s most iconic swimming pools, and it’s not just for hotel guests! The resort invites holidaymakers and island residents to make the most of all of their facilities, and in addition to the restaurants and spa, visitors can also book Infinity Pool Pool Day Passes – choose between a plush sunbed (for one person) from 100€, or the Balinese Beds (for four people), from 500€, with the value to be used as credit for food and drinks, a pool towel service, valet parking plus 15% off spa treatments. As an added perk, Ibiza residents receive 20% off the Pool Day Pass prices (T&Cs apply). Due to the resort’s ever-growing popularity, and limited capacity by the pool, prior reservation is required.

Morning Yoga Sessions at La Torre Ibiza

9.30am – Saturday May 25 & Sunday May 26, 2024

While most people associate La Torre Ibiza with sunset sessions and a Balearic soundtrack, there’s also plenty of reasons to visit the Cap Negret hotspot by day, including delicious breakfasts and long lazy lunches. Saturday and Sunday mornings also see the iconic venue host yoga sessions by the sea at 9.30am, followed by a healthy breakfast on the terrace. Classes are 30€ per person (including breakfast) and are led by instructor Jana of Yoga Balance Ibiza. Practicing on the rocky headlands with the beautiful blue Balearic skies above, and the Mediterranean Sea stretched out before you is a truly magical experience and spaces are limited so reservations are essential.

Ibiza Hippie Heaven Live Dinner Show at Teatro Pereyra

9pm – Tuesdays to Sundays throughout May, 2024

After unveiling the impressive restoration of the theatre earlier this month, Nacho Cano’s live music dinner show, Ibiza Hippie Heaven, is now open nightly (excluding Mondays in May) within the iconic blush-pink building the heart of La Marina, next to the walls of UNESCO World Heritage listed site Dalt Vila. The show, created specifically for the venue by the famed Spanish musician, features an international cast of musicians, actors and dancers, celebrating the bohemian and creative spirit of Ibiza, and to complement the experience, chef Emiliano Cruceli has curated a vibrant culinary offering. Tickets and tables are on sale now, starting at 50€.

Miso Hungry at Bambuddha Ibiza

Miso Hungry at Bambuddha

7pm – Wednesday May 22, 2024

One of the island’s longest-running restaurant institutions, Bambuddha Ibiza is a must-visit destination for holidaymakers and island residents alike and as the season warms up, locals and visitors can indulge in its legendary all-you-can-eat buffet, Miso Hungry. For 48€ per person and 30€ for children up to 12 years of age, tuck into the very best of the restaurant’s famous trademarked MediterrAsian cuisine delivered directly to your table every Wednesday night throughout May. Island residents also receive a 15% discount at the bar and restaurant with proof of residency (T&Cs apply).