Chilled Ibiza: Experience the Ultimate Sunset Mix

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Chilled Ibiza: Experience the Ultimate Sunset Mix

Chilled Ibiza: Experience the Ultimate Sunset Mix

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Everything was still in post-Covid recovery mode and a strange, faintly dazed feeling was detectable.

Meanwhile, the island continues to evolve, even if old-timers such as me sometimes have a hard time adjusting to the new realities. The funky chairs beside the pool are not from a big-name Scandinavian brand but handmade by artisans in Papua New Guinea. She also knows about the loveliest new hotels, especially those low-key ones that open their doors quietly.

As such, it’s a perfect illustration of a tendency – one that has come to the fore as the island rakes over its recent past – to see what can be retrieved, reassessed, and if at all possible, recycled. Not to be missed are the multicoloured installation by artist Miranda Makaroff and chef Jean Imbert’s avocado dish – it’s oven-baked and delicious. Few places on the planet have undergone changes as sweeping, as transformative, both for good and ill, as Ibiza.

Or a smart seaside hotspot such as Beachouse at the scrappy end of Playa d’en Bossa, where the large Ushuaïa and Hard Rock Hotels fizzle out into overgrown waste ground and car parks. For 10 whole years, I reflected, something very similar to this view of beams and rough-hewn plaster was what I gazed at. Parts of my mental geography were virtually unrecognisable: Santa Gertrudis, in my day a one-horse hamlet with a couple of bars and a tobacconist, was now a fully grown town of done-up villas with a world-class cocktail bar, Overall, and Bottega il Buco, an outpost of New York restaurateur Donna Lennard’s Il Buco, also found in NoHo and the Hamptons. One of the first wave of agriturismos in Ibiza, Can Domo was recently taken over by the three Spanish partners behind Can Tres on Formentera. A 300-year-old casa payesa in the classic ibicenco style, this gorgeous San Lorenzo property had stood abandoned for 80 years before its exemplary six-year restoration job.

The group has overhauled the house and its grounds, drawing on a deep knowledge of the area’s traditional architecture. I committed it to memory as I set off to catch my flight with the salt still drying on my skin: ‘Accept, and let it go.

Finally, the island gets the avant-garde coctelería it’s been wanting for years, set in the foodie hub of Santa Gertrudis.The passion projects of Rebecca Frayn, who is bringing a spectacular finca in San Vicente back to productive life, and Sophie Daunais and Christian Jochnick, with their ambitious farm-to-table venture Juntos in San Mateo, are remarkable enough to warrant a story of their own.

Further round the west coast, I stopped for a dip at the pretty cove of Cala Moli, just down the road from the splashy private community Sabina Estates. On the rock face above them a series of legends, gobbets of feel-good hippie wisdom, had been written in paint. As I traversed the island, I found plenty to confound my expectations as well as stir up long-dormant memories.It was Marañón who introduced me to the community of estate owners who are restoring and regenerating great swathes of abandoned land. Back in the day, the sleepy hamlet of San Lorenzo had a single bar, the Casanova, where country folk went to smoke cheroots and play cards.



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