Ibiza’s best beach hotels
The range of hotels in Ibiza is as dizzying as the island's nightlife options. Family-friendly to adults-only, party-centric to design-centric, the many hotels that line the sunbathed coast all offer ever-present sea views and multiple outdoor infinity and rooftop pools to choose from. From party central Playa d'en Bossa to the quiet Santa Eulalia bay, here are some of Ibiza's best beach hotels.
Smack in the middle of Playa d'en Bossa with its own private beach and a stone's throw from Ibiza's famous party spots is the groovy-themed Hard Rock Hotel. The main pool, which boasts the Hard Rock logo, hosts regular pool parties and is a wonderful place to relax with underwater loungers and a swim-up bar. The 493 guestrooms come with marble walls, music-themed artwork and neon mood lighting. But this is also a family-friendly property with a kids' club, pool and playground.
The adults-only Sol Beach House sits on a quiet rocky beach by the Santa Eulalia marina. Despite its size – there are 277 rooms – it retains a cheery boutique feel. Baskets and candles adorn the lounge entrance, and guestrooms are beautifully furnished with colourful patterned Desigual throw pillows and rugs. Balconies come with sun loungers, tables and yoga mats. There are two sea-facing pools and one rooftop pool to choose from. In keeping with the wellness theme, guests can also sign up for free pilates and yoga classes.
Ushuaïa Tower is the more laid-back sister of Ibiza's most famed party hotel, the Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, in Playa d'en Bossa. The former stands out in its own way. Visually, it's unmissable – giant pastel flowers and vines crawl up the side of the hotel and the guestroom balconies. Palm trees circle the property and the swimming pools are lit in neon lights. The rooms are equally snazzy, especially the “fashion victim" suites which come with lavish-patterned beddings, see-through standing showers next to beds and circular ceiling mirrors.
This design-led hotel with wooden pool decks and minimalist-style rooms is a quiet refuge on Talamanca Bay. The two split-level pools that overlook the bay share an oyster and champagne bar, but that's as indulgent as it gets. Guestrooms are about understated luxury, from the wood and marble contrast to the simple white and royal blue or white and chocolate brown colour themes. Suites with private pools are a pinch more decadent.
5. ME Ibiza
The lobby with its hanging wicker chairs and wicker ceilings sets the tone for a relaxing stay at ME Ibiza. Located in the quiet town of Santa Eulalia, the hotel has plenty of places to unwind in, including the loungers by the main pool that overlooks the sea and a rooftop pool for guests staying in the Passion Suites. The rooms come in calming colour palettes of seashell-pink, pastel orange and creams and bathtubs to gaze out at the ocean. Wander over to the rocky beach or perhaps rent a private boat from the hotel and sail off to explore other nearby beaches.
In true W fashion, this newly-opened hotel on Santa Eulalia does not hold back when it comes to colour and design. Guestroom balconies come with yellow, green and blue sunshades that together look like the gills of a fish. The 162 rooms sport a bohemian-chic look complete with patterned pillows sewn with poms poms and kaleidoscopic knitted throw blankets. The W lounge where DJs spin sets is inspired by the hues of the Ibiza sunset and sea – think crisp gold, sandy beige and deep blue. Swimming pools are carved like geometric shapes in the centre of the hotel's towers and there's a rooftop pool overlooking Santa Eulalia Beach.
The aptly named Tropic Garden sits in 6,000 sq m of lush greenery and palm trees in Santa Eulalia. A low-rise white and pink façade aparthotel that folds around two outdoor swimming pools, Tropic Garden is also extremely family-friendly. The pool has a rock waterfall and bridge and there are activities for children such as t-shirt painting and mini discos. Rooms are beach-themed with light-wood floors, white walls and pops of blue.
A cream façade building with arched windows and windswept terraces, the Grand Hotel Palladium sits royally on the small beach of Siesta by the Santa Eulalia bay. In fact, the hotel is modelled after the Italian Palazzo style and rooms have cool marble floors, white walls with gold-frame paintings and large balcony doors that open to spacious sea-view terraces with tables for dining. Relax on a blue-and-white striped cushioned sunbed by the outdoor pool or book a spa treatment and soak in a Roman bath. The hotel's restaurants have a wonderful selection of locally-grown wines, some from the owners' vineyard.
9. Bless Hotel
It's the outdoor pools, one with a speckled floor that resembles coral reefs and another perched over the ocean, that are the winning points of this hotel in Cala Nova. Owned by the Palladium Group, the Bless Hotel positions itself as “hedonistic luxury." The marble-floor rooms with sleek black and white colour scheme and splashes of pink, and big windows that look out into the sea, certainly live up to this description. The hotel has five restaurants to choose from and Cala Nova, a popular surf spot, is just steps away.
Torre Del Mar means “tower of the sea" and this hotel on Playa d'en Bossa gets its name from an old stone tower that juts out from the middle of an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel's décor is, by contrast, electrifyingly modern. White and grey marble and zigzag light fixtures characterise the lobby, and the 217 rooms, most with either sea or mountains views, boast a purple and grey colour scheme with mint green or lavender pillows and headboards.