As those of us who live on the White Island know, Ibiza is one of the most romantic places on earth. Here is my insider’s guide to romantic nights out in Ibiza, based on years of exploring and happy discoveries.
La Granja, described by The Telegraph website as a “rustic, luxurious hideaway” is only 25 minutes away from Ibiza airport but nestled in the countryside near San Rafael in the centre of the island.
Although the staff are friendly and welcoming, I’d put this gorgeous old farmhouse transformed into an upmarket boutique hotel in the somewhat swanky category.
You can see for miles across the countryside from La Granja but the real joys are to be found within the hotel’s beautiful gardens.
Apart from the superb restaurant, open to anyone, with its delicious, generous meals that almost all use ingredients from La Granja farm and an eclectic selection of cocktails, you have a truly bohemian vibe, a cool crowd and a DJ playing laidback Balearic tunes.
Given that the name of this quirky, charming restaurant on the very north of the island in Portinatx loosely translates as “The Lovers” it’s not surprising that it epitomizes romantic nights out in Ibiza.
Los Enamorados overlooks a small, rugged bay and its gorgeous terrace is the perfect place to watch the sun slide into the sea.
As not so many tourists venture this far north, Los Enamorados is also a great place to meet open-minded locals and the more discerning traveler.
If the urge takes you, Los Enamorados also offers rooms and promises that “if you can’t see the sea from your balcony, we guarantee you a hundred percent refund”.
This relatively new restaurant overlooking the swish boats at Marina Botafoch, boasts an incredibly stylish interior. But the real pleasure of dining here when it comes to romantic nights out in Ibiza is Roto’s position right on the water.
There is not much finer experience in Ibiza than sipping a perfectly made cocktail, contemplating a truly creative menu and dining against a backdrop of the twinkling lights of Ibiza Old Town and the boats coming into and out of port.
One of the great joys of living on Ibiza is that I’m constantly discovering hidden gems. Can Berri Vell is a charming restaurant in the tiny village of San Augustin to the west of the island that I had no idea existed until recently.
It’s tucked away next to the village church which is beautifully illuminated in the evening, has panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and is simply perfect for a quiet, romantic evening.
What I love the most about Can Berri Vell is the way it combines the feel of an authentic local restaurant with first-class, attentive service.
Romantic nights out in Ibiza, or even days, certainly don’t have to involve a restaurant. The glorious beaches and places from which to watch the sun set (or even rise) are, for many of us, the real reason we’re in love with Ibiza.
It’s difficult to single out one place where you can enjoy a romantic picnic of local food and delicious wine but, for me, Cala Salada is hard to beat.
Cala Salada is a compact, sandy beach that can get busy in the summer months but locals know that the real joy of being here is the stretch of rocks and fisherman’s huts at either end.
With a tiny bit of a scramble, you can find a private, idyllic spot from which to soak up the picture-perfect White Island sunset.