Ibiza: once the playground of intoxicated teens trying to avoid spewing on their shoes. Now, the bolthole for twenty-to-thirty-somethings on a blissed-out Balearic break that’s only a two-hour flight from London.
It’s true. The White Isle really is now the Wellness Isle.
So, if you’re in need of a dose of last-minute summer sun then keep reading for WH guide to Ibiza – we’ve found the best things to do if getting your cardio done in a club is no longer your thing.
From stunning hikes to hidden trails and fresh, plant-based fare – this is how to do (healthy) Ibiza.
Avoid Saint Antonio and you’ll be safe from the onslaught of summer clubbers. Instead, head just a bit further south and your inner wellness warrior will come into her own.
Where to stay
Calle Puig Delfin s/n 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia
The hotel’s name is inspired by the fragrant evergreen confiners that surround it and their pool loungers are positioned to look out to sea – simply put, there are few other hotels on the island better positioned to allow nature to reboot your system.
A stay here should go like this: After breakfast, allow a good 45 minutes to feast on shakshouka, wedges of melon and homemade bread (gluten-free? You’re covered. There’s a GF buffet section). Then beeline for a bed by the infinity pool. You’ll want to go early as the midday sun will have you sprinting for the air-conditioned fitness center. Which btw, has one of the only ICAROS machines (a fusion of fitness and VR gaming) in Europe – it’s a workout for the fitness forward. After this, head out on a walking tour stopping to swim in deserted coves.
For dinner, eat at Cone Club. The menu is relaxed and includes Padron peppers to start, grilled octopus for main or fresh fish caught earlier that day. There’s no better location to watch the breathtaking sunset over Es Vedrà.
Don’t checkout without stashing the Molton Brown bathroom products in your hand luggage or using the road outside of the hotel reception for an early morning sprint session.
Essential info: Double rooms from €200 (£180) in low season; and from €700 (£630) in high.
Healthy things to do
GO TO COTTON FITNESS CLUB
This is not your average gym. Consider this the swankiest place to get your sweat on while on Spanish soil. There are two outdoor swimming pools and an expansive indoor gym, plus Fitbox. When you’re done exerting yourself refuel with a post-workout smoothie (the menu rivals Deliciously Ella’s IG) before collapsing on the massage platform.
Drop-in for only 10€.
HIKE WITH ES VEDRA IN VIEW
This small rocky island off Ibiza is shrouded in myths and legends. Some say it’s one of the world’s most magnetic points but ask a geologist and they’ll disagree. But that doesn’t stop yoga teachers, healers and therapists pitching up with their crystals to ‘re-charge’ them in view of the rock. Woo-woo wellness, not your thing? Book a walking tour to (leisurely) heal while you hike.
RELAX AT CALA D’HORT
Hiking, not your thing? Head to Cala D’Hort and enjoy brilliant views of Es Vedra from your lounger.
BRUNCH AT PASSION CAFE
Various locations on the island)
If your avocado addiction is still going strong head to the Passion Café. Now in four locations, although the original Passion Café stands proudly on Playa den Bossa’s main strip (it’s open from 9 am – the clubbers won’t be there until at least 11 am so go early). The pancakes and fresh fruit are delish.
EAT LUNCH AT ES TORRENT
Sant José, Ibiza
Pescatarians listen up: these ones for you. They serve Ibicenco fish dishes on an almost private beach. This summer Millie Mackintosh headed there with her pals. Order the catch of the day (you need to phone up the day before to do this) and then retire to one of their loungers. But be warned, the latter is a paid-for extra. The only drawback of this cult restaurant.
Strikingly beautiful, this rocky side of the island is more rural with bohemian, laidback lifestyle options aplenty.
Where to stay
Camino Viejo de San Mateu s/n 07814 Santa Gertrudis
If you’ve been tempted by a detox trip but aren’t ready to pack yourself off to India then we’ve found the happy medium: Cas Gasi. Let the stunning countryside inspire you to put your phone down and enjoy some time off-the-grid. This will serve you now but also later when you want to get to sleep. Although getting good shut-eye at this hotel shouldn’t be too difficult – they’ve sourced the softest luxury bedding and there’s an open-air yoga deck for a sleepy yoga flow show you feel inclined to do so before bedding down.
Want something a bit more energetic? There’s a well-stocked indoor gym or you can easily run 2.5km, 5.5km or 9km without any route planning headaches. You’ll find a running route card in your room.
GO WILD WITH IBIZA HORSE VALLEY
If you’re still not convinced that unspoiled Ibiza exists to set your GPS to Ibiza Horse Valley. This sanctuary offers picture-postcard activities: trekking through forests rides across the sands and more.
EAT LUNCH AT GIRI CAFÉ
Plaza España 5
Do not, I repeat, do not let the small entrance fool you. Beyond the modest wooden doors is a restaurant drenched in natural light with reclaimed wooden tables, artsy lights, and ornaments that reflect the well-traveled architects behind this restaurant. Order from their Mediterranean inspired menu but allow time to deliberate dishes – everything sounds far too delicious! There’s also a sweet garden with four-poster beds for kicking back on after you’ve ordered more than you can chew.
EAT DINNER AT AUBERGINE
Carr. de San Miquel, km 9
Located between Santa Gertrudis and San Miguel, which is on your way to the north end of the island, Aubergine is one of the best ways to taste true Ibizan cooking. It’s authentic, yet serves a modern a farm-to-table menu, which isn’t surprising when you discover it’s part of the Atzaró Group (this small, yet the mighty group is doing great things on the island). Book a table to eat on their vine-covered terrace and wash your dinner down with organic wine. Do order the aubergine main – it’s a must.
GO TO CALA BENIRRÁS
Benirrás is a hippie haven in the north (Kate Moss is a regular) that’s becoming increasingly popular. But look beyond the multiple beach bum and go there for the cardio challenge. Swim out and around the King of Benirrás, a huge rock thrusting out of the sea. The roundtrip from the beach takes around an hour. After, hang about for the drumming at sunset – a weekly Sunday ritual that happens will.
The East is where all travel tribes flock to enjoy all that is creative, especially gastronomy.
Where to stay
HOTEL MiM ES VIVE
Carrer de Carles Roman Ferrer
Hotel es Vive is the island’s club-cleanse compromise. It’s close enough to Pacha (Ibiza’s iconic hippie hangout) that you don’t need a mortgage for the cab ride, but far enough away from the beats of Playa d’en Bosa.
And they offer 90-minute yoga classes too. Book a class to realign your body after the flight and it’s the perfect way to work up a hunger for dinner at Deco. Let me suggest ordering a tender steak severed with summer vegetables – healthy yet tasty.
What’s great about staying here is the Aqua Bus (the cheapest sea taxi to Formentera) is only a few minutes away. Likewise Nirvana Beach (nirvanafitnesscenter.com) – a gym that’s right on the beach – is just a short jog away too.
Healthy things to do
EAT AT LOCALS ONLY
Plaza del Parque, 5, 07800 Ibiza, Islas Baleares, Spain
Their philosophy is to think globally, eat locally so the menu is mostly organic with fresh fish too. The owners are eco-conscious so everything from the restaurant’s design to how it runs has the planet in mind. Veggie? Order the grilled corn dressed with mayo, Parmigiano and cayenne pepper. Simple yet so good.
GO ON A MINDFUL WALK
If you like to keep active on your hols book a mindful hike this summer. It takes 2-3 hours and is the fittest way to soak up Ibiza’s spectacular coastline.
BOOK BLOWOUT IBIZA
Blowout Ibiza (blowoutibiza.com)
On the island for a healthy hen? Book these mobile beauty pros to come and give your bridal crew a makeover. And they use BareMinerals too so it’s as good for your skin as your style. Win-win.
GO TO FORMENTERA FOR A DAY TRIP
If you want more adventure then hop over to Formentera. Here you’ll find soft, white sands and sea that looks like it’s gone through an Instagram filter. You will question whether you’re still in the Balearics.
Unlike Ibiza – where the central freeway goes to most destinations – Formentera is coastal roads and beaten tracks; it’s made for biking about.
Bikes are easily hired straight from the ferry but not all have baskets (essential for stashing water and beach picnics) so hire from the last rental hatch on the left.
The island is easy to navigate so there’s no need to worry about getting lost. I suggest tripping to the beaches first before heading to Big Store, the island’s juice bar, for a refreshing vitamin hit.
TRY SUP BOAT IBIZA
SUP is gathering a cult for its core-chiseling abilities. Book aboard to see the island from a new perspective and work those abs as you do it.