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Ibiza trips, new hotels, restaurants – The Hollywood Reporter

Known locally as Eivissa, the Spanish island of Ibiza has become known for its elite party atmosphere, which attracts Hollywood stars and those who want to live luxuriously on vacation. Part of the Balearic Islands archipelago near eastern Spain, the island hosts millions of guests a year – and a slew of DJ residencies – mainly during the peak season which spans from early from spring to late autumn, ending in the last days of October.

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Seabass ceviche at La Gaia restaurant at the Ibiza Gran Hotel.
Ibiza Grand Hotel

This season has already seen visits from Shakira, Rihanna’s stylist Jahleel Weaver, footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and DJ Calvin Harris, who recently bought a 138-acre farm on the island. Over the past two years, Jared Leto, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry, Oprah Winfrey and Chris Hemsworth have also visited. And earlier this year, Loewe hosted a party at the Six Senses Ibiza resort to celebrate its collaboration with local bohemian boutique Paula’s Ibiza.

Where to stay

The island is already home to Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Oku Ibiza, Six Senses Ibiza and 7Pines Ibiza, which has its own yacht.

At the end of last year, the family-run 5-star Ibiza Gran Hotel earned the distinction of having the first hotel restaurant on the island to receive a Michelin star. Led by Executive Chef Óscar Molina, the late night restaurant La Gaia by Óscar Molina spotlights locally caught seafood, freshly grown produce and savory Ibizan cuisine. A multi-course pairing of Ibizan wines can be led by sommelier Vasili Abodzich can be added to the dining experience. Located in Ibiza Town, in the Paseo Marítimo area, next to the marina (and near Talamanca Beach), the hotel is a serene ocean-view hideaway that boasts 189 tastefully decorated suites and villas in a cozy Mediterranean style. It is home to the only casino on the island and its Open Spa offers a hydrotherapy circuit including Finnish saunas, large jet Jacuzzis, ice showers, steam rooms, and more. Two new restaurants have also just opened in the complex, Zuma Ibiza and ASAL, run by award-winning chefs, Rainer Becker and Mario Sandoval. In addition, Island Hospitality has just opened Club Chinois, a late-night Shanghai-style retro jazz club that incorporates Asian delights and the beauty of Chinese culture into entertainment. (Rooms from $950, ibizagranhotel.com)

Ibiza also recently hosted The Standard in the old town, where actresses Florence Pugh and Sheila Atim (Bruised, The female king) have already stayed. (Rooms start around $240 a night; standardhotels.com).

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The view from a suite at the Ibiza Gran Hotel
Courtesy of Ibiza Gran Hotel

Where to eat

An inventive dining experience awaits atop a tiered terrace at Sa Punta restaurant in Talamanca, which offers tempura, sushi, bok choy, fresh local fish, charcuterie and more. The restaurant offers a multitude of varied cuisines as well as a winning cocktail menu.

What to do

At the southern end of Ibiza, perched opposite Las Salinas beach, is a workshop that invites visitors by appointment. Ceramist Maria Sejas Balda creates her trinkets, plates and clay crafts in her eponymous Spanish-style studio where she spends hours shaping, firing and perfecting her pottery pieces. The studio even has some of her early works, which she likes to show her guests. Some parts are available for purchase, while items can be made to order based on custom requests. The Ibiza Gran Hotel’s La Gaia restaurant uses Balda ceramics to prepare its Michelin-starred dishes.

Opened two years ago, the port of Marina Ibiza and its commercial area is just a five-minute walk from the Ibiza Gran Hotel. The hotel’s personal shopper, Anita Moreno, can tell anyone about all the shops at the port, including Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Loewe, Gucci, Dior, Bulgari, and more. The end of the marina includes the waterfront restaurant Sa Calma.

In the central countryside of Ibiza, the Can Rich vineyard is open to discovery. Founded in 1999, Ibiza’s largest winery has also become one of the most sought after wine producers in the Balearic Islands. With a collection of hand-harvested wines, the organic winery practices ecological agriculture and roots its enterprising viticulture in sustainable practices. Open only on weekdays, the winery also sells locally sourced extra virgin olive oil and different flavors of salt from Ibiza’s natural salt pans. Beneath the cellar is where the wine grapes are fermented and prepared for bottling. A lovely squid ink paella was prepared by the family of the vineyard owners for guests during a recent visit.

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Can Rich in Ibiza
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