Given the island of Ibiza’s longstanding reputation for its high voltage partying social scene, wellness and serenity arent’s generally the descriptions that first come to mind. But that could change now that global wellness brand Six Senses has planed a flag on the island, opening Six Senses Ibiza, its frist in Spain, in mid – July.
The first aspect of the promised serenity is the location on the island’s quieter north tip, a half hour drive from the clubs in town, on a 20 acre ocenfront site overlooking Xarraca Bay. 116 rroms are divided into various types from airy suites with oversized terraces overlooking the bay to atmospheric cave suites built into cliffs and five bedroom townhouses available to buy or rent. The decor is similarly calming: a color palette of beige and slate blue and liberal use of natural woods and rattan.
The 12,917 square foot spa, always a focus in the group’s retreats, showcases the company’s trademark multilayered mix of high tech/high touch treatments, some featuring global expert practitioners brought in to create tailored programs. Individually assembled treatment schemes range from sleep techniques, fitness and recovery, emotional centering, detoxing and immunity boosting; some include botanicals grown in the resort gardens. Having experienced them at other Six Senses resorts, I can attest to how throughout and individually modeled they are – starting with scientific evaluations and continuing to carefully crafted regimes.
When you eat is obviously an integral part of health and to that end, the resort features Israeli celebirty chef Eyal Shani, creator of a worldwide network of restaurants including the Israeli street food / vegetable forward Miznon, as culinary director. He has a lot to work with: vegetables grown at the resort’s farm in Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera in the center of the island from the basis of many of the dishes and guests have a choice of venues in which to experience them. Among them: HaSalon Ibiza, sibling of his popular, critically lauded Tel Aviv restaurant HaSalon here combining Israeli and Mediterranean influences; the all day dining The Farmers’ Market stalls featuring wood fired pizzas, a juice and vegetable bar, a pinchos (tapas usually served on top of bread) station, coffee bar and backery; The Orchard, an intimate outdoor space featuring a menu of classic dishes grounded in local flavors plus a number of plant based creations and Beach Caves, an open air beachfront space featuring classic Spanish dishes and weekly live musical performances.
Apart from time spent in the spa or dining destinations, guests have a range of activities from which to choose. Scuba diving is available off the north coast, as is kayaking. Other water activities include sailing on solar powered catamarans and paddle boarding. For the truly daring, guests led by guides to assure safety standards, can indulge in a local custom of cliff diving into a secluded bay from cliffs up to 33 feet high. Back on land, there are also trails in the nortj for hiking or E – Bikes. Those who want to duplicate the meals served here can take cooking lessons from the resort chefs or discover more facets to the island by touring local villages. Given the range of experiences, guest won’t miss the party scene at all.